Gaunt Geoffrey 609 *

91230 Pilot Officer Geoffrey Norman Gaunt

Geoffrey Gaunt joined the Auxiliary Air Force in 1936 and served with 609 (West Riding) Squadron, receiving some flying training before the war but not completing it. He was commissioned in April 1940 and completed his flying training at Cranwell and No 7 Operational Training Unit at Hawarden, where he converted to the Spitfire.

He rejoined 609 Squadron in August at the height of the Battle of Britain and he shared in the shooting down of a Messerschmitt Me110 on the 25th.

Gaunt was killed on 15th September 1940 when he was shot down during an attack on German bombers over London. His Spitfire, R6690, crashed and burned out near Kenley, he was 24 years old.

He is buried in the family plot at Salendine Nook Baptist Chapel, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

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