🇬🇧🏴British fighter Ace Wing Cdr Thomas “Ginger” Neil died on Wednesday evening (11 July), just three days before his 98th birthday. Neil flew Hurricanes with No 249 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain.
A pre-war member of the RAFVR, he is credited with having destroyed more than 17 enemy aircraft, most of them during the Battle. He went on to see further action in Malta with No 249 Squadron.
Wing Cdr Neil returned to the UK to fly Spitfires over the Channel and elsewhere during 1943. Attached to the American 9th Air Force in 1944, he took part in the invasion of Normandy and remained with the USAAF until the Allies reached the German border. He later saw action in Burma.
After the war, Wing Cdr Neil spent four years as a service test pilot. He has flown more than 100 types of aircraft.
Wing Cdr Neil leaves three married sons, Terence, Patrick and Ian. His wife Eileen died in 2014. [Photo & Caption via The Battle of Britain Memorial] #history #wwii #ww2 #england #raf #uk #british