Flight Lieutenant Jarvis Blayney AFC
Joined 609 in 1936 and was stationed at Yeadon Aerodrome. Flying Officer Jarvis Blayney flew Spitfire serial number L1065 “Harpo” PR-M, B Flight, Green Section. Following the outbreak of war, the Squadron was stationed at Catterick, the Drem, Kinloss, Northolt and Middle Wallop. Throughout the Battle of Britain Jarvis Blayney undertook many operations, earning him the honour of being referred to as one of “the Few” by Prime Minister Winston Churchill whom he had previously escorted to France. Following the Battle of Britain he suffered a hearing problem requiring surgery. By then into his 30s he was no longer permitted to fly Spitfires and was posted to Training Command where he trained many pilots to fly. He was awarded the Air Force Cross for his work.