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No . 3 Squadron informal group picture taken at dispersal at Oak Farm
Back Row: F/O Kenneth Slade-Betts, F/L Ted Sparrow, F/L Spike Umbers, F/O Ray Clapperton, F/O Don Butcher.
Front Row: F/O Tom McCullogh, W/O Frank Reid, FSgt Johhnie Foster, Rocky the Dog.

 

 

Raymond "Ray" Hedley Clapperton flew with No. 3 Squadron during 1944. On 29 September 1944 he was shot down by FLAK south-east of Kronenburg, while flying EJ504. He survived but became PoW. He was awarded a DFC, gazetted on 3 November 1944.

 

 

Clapperton's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No Location of Claim Unit
18 June 1944 V-1 JF-K (JN765) W Hailsham 3 Sqn 
20 June 1944 V-1 JN738 SW Ashford 3 Sqn
22 June 1944 V-1 JF-G (JN769)    3 Sqn
27 June 1944 V-1 JF-G (JN769)    3 Sqn
28 June 1944 3 x V-1s     3 Sqn
4 July 1944 V-1 JN744 2m N Halisham 3 Sqn
4 July 1944 V-1  JN744  2m N Hastings  3 Sqn
4 July 1944  V-1  JN744  3m S Hastings 3 Sqn
4 July 1944  V-1  JN744 3m S Bexhill/Hastings 3 Sqn
6 July 1944 V-1 JN818 nr Tonbridge 3 Sqn
9 July 1944 2 x V-1s JN818    3 Sqn
12 July 1944 2 x V-1s JN817   3 Sqn
19 July 1944 V-1 EJ504 10m NNW Hastings 3 Sqn
27 July 1944 V-1 JN815 nr Maidstone 3 Sqn
27 July 1944 V-1 EJ504 Tunbridge Wells area 3 Sqn
3 August 1944 2 x V-1s     3 Sqn
10 August 1944 2 x V-1s EJ504    3 Sqn
20 August 1944 V-1     3 Sqn

 

Sources:
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores
The Typhoon and Tempest Story by Christopher Shores and Chris Thomas
No. 3 Sqn ORB Form 541



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