Scenes of the Battle of Britain


Duel Duel
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Print ID: BB7


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Pilot Officer Harold "Birdy" Bird-Wilson of No.17 Squadron in combat with Oberleutnant Hasso von Perthes of 3/LG2, 31st August 1940.

Signed by these Battle of Britain pilots:

  • Air Vice-Marshal H Bird-Wilson, CBE, DSO, DFC & Bar (17 Squadron)
  • Pilot Officer B H Drobinski, DFC (65 Squadron)
  • Wing Commander W J Gregory, DSO, DFC & Bar, DFM (29 Squadron)
  • Air Commodore C J Mount, CBE, DSO, DFC (602 Squadron)

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Von Perthes baled out and was captured at Oxted, Surrey. His Me109 crashed at Crowhurst.

During the Battle of Britain, "Birdy" Bird-Wilson scored two victories and shared several others whilst flying this Hurricane (P3878, YB-W). But on 24th September 1940, he was shot down by the renowned Luftwaffe ace, Adolf Galland. "Birdy" baled out injured and his Hurricane crashed into the Thames Estuary.

Harold "Birdy" Bird-Wilson returned to active service in November 1940 and ended the war as a Wing Commander. He retired from the RAF in 1974 as an Air Vice-Marshal.