John Rodger Colston Small

war-medals

Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR)

Service No: 1860999

Died 30 January 1945 in Egypt aged 21

When he was called up John joined the RAFVR and he was sent to Southern Rhodesia for initial training as a pilot. After getting his wings in December 1943 he was posted to 73 Operational Training Unit (OTU), RAF Fayid, Egypt. he was killed flying a Mk 1 P47 Thunderbolt KL205 in dive bombing practice. Apparently five aircraft entered a dive but only two pulled out, three aircraft and their pilots were lost. John is buried in Fayid War Cemetary, Ismailia, Egypt, plot 5 row B grave 21. John was awarded the 1939-45 Star and the 1939-45 War Medal.

fayid-cemetary

Fayid War Cemetary

Background Information

John was the son of David Winder Small and Olivia Small of King's Langley, Hertfordshire. He attended Gordonstoun at Plas Dinam in Wales where he was a helper. After leaving school he was initially deferred from military service and worked briefly at the de Havillands aircraft factory in Hatfield.

 

 


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