Bevan "Bev" Mason Hall, a New Zealander from Kiaranga believed to be born in 1922, served with 486 Squadron from January 1944 as a Flight Sergeant, receiving his commision in early July.

On return from a patrol from Grimbergen on 1 October (the same day the Squadron was moved to Volkel) Bevan Hall's Tempest EJ693 developed engine trouble. Hall pulled off a skillful forced landing just short of base, and was rescued unhurt. (This is the Tempest Mk. V now owned and restored by Kermit Weeks.)

On 27 December 1944 he was involved in a fierce engagement with Fw190D9s of III/JG54. Whilst several of the German aircraft were shot down, Hall's Tempest SA-E (EJ627) was shot down by Lt Peter Crump of 10/JG54 and he was killed.








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Tempest Mk. V SA-E (EJ627) in which Hall was killed in action on 27 December 1944.


Halls's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No. Location of Claim Unit
18 June 1944 V-1 SA-M (JN809) SE Sevenoaks 486 Sqn
23 June 1944 V-1 SA-M (JN809) NW Battle 486 Sqn
28 June 1944 V-1 SA-M (JN809) SE Rye 486 Sqn
30 June 1944 V-1 SA-H (JN821) 23 m S Hastings 486 Sqn
30 June 1944 V-1 SA-G (JN854) S Tunbridge Wells 486 Sqn
11 July 1944 1/2 V-1 SA-E (JN805) N Tunbridge 486 Sqn
12 July 1944 V-1 SA-H (JN821) E Bexhill 486 Sqn
16 July 1944 1/2 V-1 SA-H (JN821) Hastings 486 Sqn
29 August 1944 1/2 V-1 SA-D (JN803) N Rye 486 Sqn



Aces High Vol 2 by Christopher Shores