Remembering Today 5/9/40 Squadron Leader P.C.Pinkham 37208 Royal Air Force 19 Sqdn.

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    S/L Phillip C.Pinkham of No 19 Squadron was a career officer in the R.A.F. which he joined in 1935. He served with No 17 Squadron flying biplanes then he joined the Meteorological Flight. In the January of 1940 Pinkham took command of the Air Fighting School at St Athan, training pilots to fly Hurricane's. On the 10th of June 1940 he took over command of No 19 Squadron. In July he received the A.F.C. for his flying training work. P.C.Pinkham was shot down and killed on the 5th of September 1940 at 10:15hrs. His Spitfire I (P9422) was shot down by a Bf 109 over the Thames Estuary. His aircraft crashed at Birling in Kent.
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  3. Jon Hayes

    Jon Hayes New Member

    S/L Pinkhams simple memorial is at the foot of the downs near Birling in Kent. It is a wooden cross that was placed at the site some years ago but has now fallen into disrepair.
    I am in the process of having another cross made and when complete will place it at the site.
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    thank you Jon and well done.

    please can you take a photo of it and post here

    I took the first photo of his headstone in 2010

    this is from 2016 so his headstone is still in good condition

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  5. alieneyes

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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
    Name: Philip Campbell Pinkham
    Birth Date: 1915
    Death Date: 5 Sep 1940
    Cemetery: St. Andrew's Church
    Burial or Cremation Place: Kingsbury, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
    Has Bio?: Y
    Father: Philip Pinkham
    Mother: Nora Pinkham

    England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976
    Name: Philip Campbell Pinkham
    Death Date: 5 Sep 1940
    Death Place: Battle of Britain

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  7. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Just noticed that title of this thread is incorrect. Can it be edited in case of future searches?

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  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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  9. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    6 Rossdale Drive, Wembley M.B., Middlesex
    Nora Pinkham - ?? ??? ???? - Unpaid Domestic Duties (married)
    James M Pinkham - ?? May 1920 - Salesman, Typewriter Carbon Paper
    Molly Brady (Pinkham) - 04 Jan 1924 - Not Previously Employed
    ??? Campbell - 25 Sep 1887 - Nursery Governess
  10. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Flat 12, Tarradrae, Willesden Lane, Willesden M.B., Middlesex
    Lillie Pinkham (Standish) - 12 Jan 1895 - Unpaid Domestic Duties (divorced)
    Phillip I Pinkham - 04 Jan 1889 - Local Government Official (married)
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.
  11. Jon Pinkham

    Jon Pinkham New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I am the nephew of Philip Campbell Pinkham, his brother James 'Jock' Pinkham was my father.
    Thank you all for your interest in Tommy, we are currently in the process of arranging a replacement cross and memorial in Birling in Kent through the RAF(19 Sqd) Association. This is likely to happen on the 80th anniversary of his death in Sept 2020 so still sometime to go.
    I would be happy to share information regarding this with your website and especially Jon Hayes.


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  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    hello Jon

    please do share

    thank you

  13. DaveSiggy

    DaveSiggy New Member

    I visited the White Horse Woods memorial today, sat for a while and drank some tea. The replacement cross is in place and I tided the general area - I walk the area regularly and often sit with "Tommy" and have a chat. My Grandfather was a Flt Lt at Brize Norton during WW2, never met him unfortunately.


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