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Davis Carl Raymond

Carl Raymond  Davis
Flight Lieutenant
Serial Number:
601 Squadron, RAF
Date of Death:
New Jersey
St.Mary's Church, Storrington, West Sussex
Distinguished Flying Cross

F/Lt. C R Davis: Carl Raymond Davis was born on 30th July 1911 at Krugersdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, son of Carl Raymond Davis and Clara May Davis of Fryern, Storrington, Sussex. He attended Ridge School, Johannesburg and later Sherborne School (Westcott House) in the UK from September 1924 to July 1929. Davis then went on to study at Trinity College, Cambridge and McGill University, Montreal where he qualified as a mining engineer. He took flying lessons in New Jersey before becoming a British citizen in 1932 and returning to the United Kingdom in 1935, He lived in London during the 1930's and joined 601 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force at Hendon, being commissioned in August 1936 (Officer Number 90131). He was called to full-time service on 27th August 1939 and later that year flew one of the six 601 Squadron Blenheims that attacked the German seaplane base at Borkum on 27th November. Once the Battle of Britain began, Davis claimed a Me110 destroyed on 11th July 1940 plus a Me109 damaged on 26th July, two Me110's probably destroyed and one damaged on the 11th August. Then on the 13th August three Me110's destroyed, one probably destroyed, one Ju88 shared damaged and one Me110 damaged. This was followed by Ju88's destroyed on 15th and 16th August, a Me109 and a Ju87 Stuka destroyed on the 18th, a Me110 probably destroyed on the 31st and then a Me110 destroyed on 4th September. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 30th August. Davis was shot down and killed on 6th September when his Hurricane P3363 was shot down into the garden of Canterbury Cottage, Matfield near Tunbridge Wells. He was 29. He is buried near the family home in Storrington, West Sussex at St.Mary's Church. Background from the Battle of Britain London Memorial Website.