Ben Bennions DFC
Battle of Britain Fighter Ace
Imprint: Pen and Sword Aviation
256 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 40 Approx mono in plates
- July 2022
- In Stock
- February 2012
- Out of print. Available in Digital Formats at the links below.
Ben served in 41 Squadron and, following their overseas tour he returned to the UK and Catterick. Patrols and scrambles were common throughout the early months of the war, but it was in May 1940, that 41 Squadron first saw the enemy in any number, providing air cover for the retreating BEF. The Dunkirk operations saw Bennions record his first combat victory - he was to damage or destroy 20 plus enemy aircraft during the following months, earning the DFC and becoming one of the RAF's top scorers. The squadron alternated between Catterick and Hornchurch, and although Bennions was afforded some rest between operational periods, the frontline the sorties came thick and fast, particularly during the latter phases of the battle of Britain when Bennions was flying several patrols and scramble every day. His tally grew steadily. His much deserved DFC was promulgated on 1 October 1940, the day he was due to begin a short period of leave, however, he decided to have one last crack at the enemy and during this engagement, adding another Messerschmitt BF 109 to his total, he was hit and forced to bale out. Badly wounded in the head, Bennions lost an eye and became one of Sir Archibald McKindoe's Guinea pigs.