The Battle of Britain was fought with distinction by brave pilots from around the world, but the majority of those who took to the skies were from Britain.
Sadly, there is no official record of the Battle of Britain pilots as no such document survived World War Two - only those who died had their names recorded, and it is these that have been placed on a special memorial in Westminster Abbey (unveiled in 1947).
However, one determined RAF officer spent 14 years (between 1955 and 1969) creating a thorough list of all the pilots who fought and died in the battle, ensuring each individual can have their name go down in history.
Thomas Dalton-Morgan, counted as one of 'The Few', was one of these pilots, having flown Hawker Hurricanes as part of No. 43 Squadron RAF or "The Fighting Cocks". After being appointed flight commander in June 1940, Dalton-Morgan shot down at least eight enemy planes and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.
George Lovell "Uncle" Denholm was also counted among 'The Few', flying the new MK.1 Spitfire to claim at least four destroyed aircraft and three shared, as well as many damaged. George featured in Richard Hillary's Battle of Britain memoir, The Last Enemy, having served as Hillary's senior commander at No. 603 Squadron; Hillary's high regard for George was stressed throughout.
Below is a list of all the pilots with Surnames beginning with D. Pilots marked with * were killed in the Battle of Britain:
Sgt = Sergeant
PO = Pilot Officer
FO = Flying Officer
Fl Lt = Flight Lieutenant
Sq Ld = Squadron Leader
Wg Com = Wing Commander
Rank held during the Battle of Britain
We hope that these lists of pilots are accurate. However, if you believe that there are any mistakes, please contact the editor.
See also: British Pilots Surname E
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