Davis, Carl Raymond (1911-1940)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Carl Raymond Davis (1911-1940), born at Krugersdorp, Transvaal, South Africa on 30 July 1911, son of Carl Raymond Davis and Clara May Davis of Fryern, Storrington, Sussex.
Sister: Ruth Davis (married Sir Archibald Hope, brother of Carl’s wife, Katharine Anne Hope).
Married to Katharine Anne Hope, sister of Sir Archibald Hope of 601 Squadron.
Attended Ridge School, Johannesburg.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1924-July 1929; 6th form.
Trinity College, Cambridge, BA.
McGill University, Montreal, BA, qualifying as a mining engineer.
Took flying lessons in New Jersey.
Became a British citizen in 1932.
Returning to the United Kingdom in 1935,
Joined No. 601 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force at Hendon, being commissioned in August 1936.
WW2, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), 601 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force).
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 30 August 1940. His citation read:
‘Flying Officer Carl Raymond Davis (90131), Auxiliary Air Force. Flying Officer Davis has been engaged on operational flying since 3rd September, 1939. He has taken part in nearly all patrols and interceptions carried out by his squadron. He has been a section leader for the last two months, and on several occasions has led his flight. Flying Officer Davis has personally destroyed six enemy aircraft, and severely damaged several others. He has shown great keenness and courage.’
Killed in action during the Battle of Britain on 6 September 1940 when his Hawker Hurricane P3363 was shot down by a Messerschmitt BF 109 and crashed into the garden of Canterbury Cottage, Matfield, Brenchley, Kent, aged 29.
Storrington (St Mary) Churchyard, Sussex, www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2723895/DAVIS,%20CARL...
Battle of Britain London Monument bbm.org.uk/the-airmen-stories/c-r-davis/
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
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