Born: 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 16:35hrs; 29th November 1940; age: 19.
Rank: Sergeant/ Wireless Operator; Service Number: 552935.
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 59 Squadron.
Father: Richard Albert Scotchmere, born October 1891, Saxmundham, Suffolk.
Mother: Helen Scotchmere ( nee Williams), born 1887, Battisford, Suffolk – died 1929, Ipswich.
Monday 22nd July 1940 – 6 Blenheims of 59 Squadron and one Hudson bombed invasion barges at Amsterdam. On return the undercarriage of Blenheim R3639 collapsed on
landing at Thorney Island, West Sussex. The aircraft caught fire and burnt out but fortunately, the crew Pilot Officer Hovenier , Sergeant Magee and Sergeant Scotchmere escaped unhurt.
Pilot Officer Arthur P. Hovenier; age 26, of Crosby, Lancashire.
Sergeant Lewis L. Magee; age 24, of Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
The Battle of Britain by Christer Bergstrom.
In his memoirs, Julius Meimberg, wrote: ‘Next day, in bad weather, we systematically scanned
the sea area between Cherbourg and the Isle of Wight to try to find Wick. when I went out over
the Channel for the second time, I quite surprisingly came across a Bristol Blenheim which I
shot down at 16:35 hrs. This twin-engined aircraft is the first bomber that I shot down. In doing
so, I kill Flying Officer Arthur P. Hovenier, Sergeant James B. Scotchmere and Sergeant
Lewis E. Magee, all of whom follow their machine down into the Channel. Several decades later,
I find out who my victims were, and held photographs of them in my hands. Three young men
in their early twenties – pilots like me, like Helmut Wick, the victor in 56 aerial combats who
never was seen again.’
Helmet Wick’s death on the 28th November 1940 was a heavy blow to morale within the
Luftwaffe. He was probably shot down by twelve – victory ace, Flight Lieutenant John Dundas,
of No. 609 Squadron, though it is also possible that Wick fell victim to the Spitfire of Pilot
Officer Eric Marrs of 152 Squadron.
Paragraph from the Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited courtesy of the author Christer Bergström.