Plinston, George Hugo Formby

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Plinston, George Hugo Formby

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    Squadron Leader George Hugo Formby Plinston

    RAF Well.37419

    He was born 10. November 1918 in Teignmouth in Devon. He graduated from the Royla Military College in Camberley and in April was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieuenant and until October 1935, when he joined the RAF, served in the army in Yorkshire. In April of 1935 in addition underwent in Bristol, civilian pilot training.
    The RAF was adopted at four years and a military pilot training completed in January 1936. In November he was sent to the 56. squadron, from that in July 1939 he moved to 1. squadron, where he became a squadron commander*). In September 1939 he led his men into France and there received 23. November share in the downing of He 111 (F6+FK) of 2.(F)/122.
    15. December 1939 was the Plinston sent to 607. squadron and missed out on the rank of Acting F/Lt. Re-moved 10. may 1940, when he was sent back to France, this time to 85. squadron. The next day he scored two victories when he shot down battle Hs 123 from 5.(S)/LG 2 and participated in the shooting down of a Ju 87 B (T6+MS) from 8./StG 2. The eighteenth is once again becoming Acting F/Lt and osmadvacátého is sent to the 242. squadron, where takes the squadron B. The squadronou intervened in the fighting over the Dunkirkem and gained a further three victories. But when the commander of the squadron became the Douglas Bader, Plinston with him somehow did not fall into the eye, once again came to the rank of Acting F/Lt and 30. June 1940 was sent as an instructor to 6.OTA. In July, the short once again joined the 607. squadron, in August he was back at 6.OTA. She finally got the rank of F/Lt permanently. In July 1941 he was sent to headquarters 11. the group FC. Then volunteered into the service at the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, i.e. the unit, which was equipped with Hurricanes modified for launch from the catapults of the trade ships that should protect them from attacks Fw 200. With this unit he served Plinston to 6. April, 1942, when he was sent to north Africa. He briefly worked at the headquarters of the 239. wing, after the u 3. squadron RAAF and 250. squadron which flew Kittyhawky and won their last two victories. First 2. October shot down one Bf 109 and 17. November eliminate one Ju 52. Gained so a total of 6+2-0-0 victory.
    At the end of November he is promoted to Squadron Leader and taking command of the 601. squadronou, in which he remained until march 1943. In the same month he was awarded the DFC.
    It is then sent to the headquarters of the RAF for the Middle east, but already after a month is sent to the unit, which přelétávala aircraft to the units. This activity dealt with until February 1945, when he was transferred to the headquarters of the transport of the air force. In October 1945 he left the RAF.


    Sources:
    Shores C.... Williams C....: Aces High, Grub Street , London, 1994
    Shores C....: Aces High, volume 2, Grub Street , London, 1999



    *) had the rank of Acting F/Lt – it was only borrowed and Plinston had the task to lead the pilots of the squadron in the air, the second officer with the rank of F/Lt took care of administrative running of the squadron and was its de facto commander, to the sorties but did not intervene.
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