Laid to rest at Ipswich New Cemetery.


Born: November 1913, Isle of Wight, Hampshire.

Died: 23rd September 1940; age 26; Baled out of his aircraft and killed in the sea off Southwold, Suffolk.

Last seen alive on the 23rd September – body found 4th October 1940 at sea.

Residence: Halford, Parsonage Road, Herne Bay, Kent.

Employed: as a Bank Clerk.


Joined the R.A.F.V.F in July 1937 – he was called up on the 1st September 1939. In August 1940 David left 600 Squadron and joined 74 Squadron.


Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 740696.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 74 Squadron.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frank Kidall Ayers & Edith Margaret Ayers, of Herne Bay, Kent.


Father: Frank Kidall Ayers, born March 1879, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Mother: Edith Margaret Ayers (nee Hart), born October 1877, Highgate, London.


David attended Kent College, Canterbury, entered 1926 – 1931.


Probate to Frank Kidall Ayers – father, a retired bank manager, and a volunteer Air Raid Precautions warden.


23rd September 1940


Aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire Mk 11a; serial number: P7362, based at R.A.F. Station Coltishall, Norfolk. David baled out of his aircraft during a routine patrol in to the sea SE of Southwold, Suffolk. His body was recovered on the 4th October 1940.


November 2020


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