Attachment-1On this day in 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain, Flying Officer Michael Jebb of 504 Squadron RAF was shot down over Dartford and suffered critical injuries.  He was admitted to Dartford Hospital, but died four days later.

Michael Jebb was the son of Brigadier-General Jebb, and a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a member of the University Air Squadron and joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve during the prelude to the Second World War. Sadly. very little information exists in the public domain about the combat in which was he was involved, nor the location in Dartford where his Hurricane crashed. I have written to the RAF Museum Archives for more information, but they were unable to shed any further light on the incident.

On the same day in 1940, Sergeant Tadeusz Andruszkow of 303 (Polish) Squadron was also shot down over Dartford, but survived. On this day alone, the RAF lost 29 aircraft, with 16 airmen killed.

About the author

Richey Estcourt is a volunteer with Dartford Litterpickers, Dartford Living and Dartford parkrun, and also a former Special Constable.

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