RAWLINSON, MICHAEL HENRY GRAYSON

Birthdate
Age
22
Parents
Son of Lt. Col. Arthur Richard O.B.E. and Ailsa Margaret Rawlinson of Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
Service number
40851
Date of death
1940-05-16
Died
Belgium, Killed in Action
Force
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Air Force
Plot 11 | Row J | Grave 8

"HE HAS OUTSOARED THE SHADOW OF OUR NIGHT R.I.P."

Military grave
Additional info

At about 1330 hrs, No. 85 Sqdn pilots were sitting in their cockpits at Readiness when they were scrambled to defend their own airfield from attack by He 111s (Heinkel 111 bombers) of 3./LG 1, escorted by Bf 109s (Messerschmitt 109 fighters) of 5./JG 2. Flight Lieutenant R.H.A. Lee and Sergeants S. Allard and C. Hampshire claimed an He 111 destroyed, probably sharing a single aircraft, while Sergeant A. Deacon successfully engaged one the Bf 109 escort.

Sergeant L.A. Crozier (flying N2389) was shot down and suffered burns before he was able to take to his parachute. Meanwhile, replacement pilot, Sergeant H.H. Allgood (ferrying L1898) was shot down, crash-landing North West of Lille, France, wounded. The Hurricanes were claimed by the Bf 109s of Unteroffizier Hans-Joachim Hartwig and Oberleutnant Helmut Bolz, Staffelkapitan of 5./JG 2.

During the same engagement, Flying Officer A.B. Angus (flying L1641) and Pilot Officer M.H.G. Rawlinson (flying P2535) each destroyed two enemy aircraft, before being shot down by Bf 109s of 5./JG 2 South West of Lille, France and/or Mons, Belgium. It is believed that Flying Officer Angus fell victim to Lieutenant Schetelig, while Pilot Officer Rawlinson was probably shot down by Lieutenant Hepe.
(Source: Their Finest Hour: Stories of the Men Who Won the Battle of Britain)

However, another source reports both were shot down in the region of Brussel/ Mons, Belgium by Lieutenant Rudolf Krafftschick 1./JG 27 and/or Lieutenant Igor Zirkenbach 1./JG 27. 

His father earned the Order of the British Empire award.

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