Maurice Mounsdon, one of the last surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain, has passed away

Maurice Mounsdon at the controls of his Hurricane (Photo Crown Copyright)

Maurice Mounsdon at the controls of his Hurricane (Photo Crown Copyright)

Flight Lieutenant Maurice Mounsdon, one of the last surviving pilots to have fought during the Battle of Britain, passed away on December 6 at the age of 101.

Born on 11 February 1918, Maurice “Mark” Mounsdon began his training on 24 August 1939 and was assigned to No 56 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on 3 June 1940 as the Battle of Britain was raging. Flying a Hurricane, he shared the destruction of a Dornier Do 17 on 3 July, and three weeks later probably destroyed a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka. In August, he scored two victories against Messerschmitt fighters, as well as a probable victory. He destroyed or damaged about seven German aircraft before being shot down himself over Colchester on 31 August 1940.

He was able to bail out from his stricken aircraft but was seriously burned in the process and spent nine months recovering in hospital before returning to serve with the RAF Headquarters and later as a flight instructor and flight commander. Returning to civilian life in 1946, he resumed his engineering career with the General Electric Company.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363 in July 2000, adorning the colours of Mounsdon's Hurricane during the battle. (Photo Andrew Thomas (CC BY-SA 2.0))

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF363 in July 2000, adorning the colours of Mounsdon’s Hurricane during the battle. (Photo Andrew Thomas (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Mounsdon moved to Spain in the 1970s with his wife Mary, who passed away in 1993. For his hundredth birthday in 2018, the RAF’s Red Arrows team made a flyby next to his house in Melorca.

With┬áMaurice Mounsdon’s passing, there are only three surviving British pilots of the Battle of Britain: F/L William Clark, W/C Paul Farnes and F/O John Hemingway.

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2 comments

    • Ted Tunnicliffe on December 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM
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    Our heartfelt thanks, Sir. My condolences to your family, and I wish you blue skies.

    • Marc Lecocq on December 15, 2019 at 8:55 AM
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    Let us pay tribute to this man who fought and was marked in the depths of his flesh to allow us to live free today.
    My thoughts are also with his family. A great man has left us.
    If there’s anything after life, he’s gone to meet those squadron buddies.
    And he will probably be present at the edge of the track during the next meetings in Duxford.
    One last word, thank you and respect…….

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