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Youngest of the Few: Historian uncovers story of Mersea teenager killed in Battle of Britain. By Charley Goff.
The youngest pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain was only 18 years old and came from Mersea. Martyn Aurel King, who died in the battle, was born on the island 15 October 1921. He was shot down by fighters over Southampton August 16 and was buried in Fawley, Hampshire, churchyard 22 August 1940. The age on his gravestone was incorrectly recorded as 19. It should be 18.
From Essex County Standard 21 September 2018, page 24.
From CWGC: Pilot Officer 42845, 249 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Son of George Edwin King, M.B., B.Ch., and of Ivy Ethel King, of Mill Hill, Middlesex.
Photo: Mersea Museum
Image ID ECS_2018_SEP21_024
Category 1 War-->World War 2
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