I am writing with reference to a book I am currently writing for Pen & Sword in the UK on the Boulton Paul Defiant; a two-seater turret armed fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force between 1939 and 1942.
Part of the manuscript will include a detailed examination of the actions of 141 Squadron on 19th July 1940, where in their first engagement with the Luftwaffe they lost 10 aircrew. This day is now known in Battle of Britain folklore as “The Slaughter of the Innocents.”
One pilot that took part was Pilot Officer (later Flight Lieutenant ) Hugh Tamblyn of North Battleford. He was one of the nine pilots engaged, and along with his air gunner, Sydney Powell, managed to fight their way back to their base at Hawkinge, despite having a partially functioning gun turret with one two operational guns. He later joined 242 Squadron, winning the D.F.C. before being killed in action April 3, 1941. His parents were listed as Norman and Ethel.
I would like to appeal to any family members to make contact with me, or anyone who may be in the position to supply me with any material relating to his time with 141 Squadron.
I can be contacted on the address, number or email below if anyone wishes to get in touch.
71 Staverton Road
Reading UK RG2 7LL