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Flt Lt Maurice Mounsdon 1918-2019

 

One of the last four veterans of the Battle of Britain has died, aged 101. Flt Lt Maurice Mounsdon flew Hawker Hurricanes with 56 Squadron in 1940. After destroying or damaging several German aircraft, he flew his last sortie of the battle on August 31. Tasked with intercepting a group of German bombers, his fighter was badly damaged during the fray. Maurice baled out at around 14,000ft (4,267m) and survived, although he sustained serious burn injuries that required lengthy treatment. In later life, he settled on the Spanish island of Menorca – the Red Arrows staged a flypast over the coast to mark his 100th birthday in 2018. Maurice’s death means that only three of Churchill’s Few are now living – Flt Lt William Clark, aged 100, Wg Cdr Paul Farnes, 101, and Fg Off John Hemingway, 100.

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