Picture taken from the Evening Star – 22nd February 1943
Born: June 1922, Hintlesham, Suffolk.
Died: 9th July 1944; age 22; shot down by enemy aircraft south of St. Lo, Normandy.
Residence: 48, Vernon Street, Ipswich.
Occupation: Shop Assistant – Grocer.
Rank: Flight Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 1335762.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 175 Squadron.
Originally buried in a field opposite orchard on lane from main St. Lo – Caumont Road, 2 ½ miles from St. Lo. Body exhumed, identified and reburied 30th January 1945 at Bayeux War Cemetery.
Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Charles & Ivy Dale, of George Street, Hintlesham, Suffolk; husband of Hazel Jean Dale of Ipswich.
Father – Joseph Charles Dale, born 1892, Hintlesham, Suffolk – died 1935, Hintlesham.
Mother – Ivy Mary Dale (nee Finch), born 1901, Hintlesham, Suffolk.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Ronald was a Grocer’s Shop Assistant. He was living with his widow mother at their family home – George Street, Hintlesham.
Ivy, unpaid Domestic Duties.
R.A.F. CADETS WIN THEIR WINGS IN CANADA.
Trained in Canada under the Commonwealth Joint Air Training Plan, these R.A.F. pilots won their wings at a Service Flying Training School at Medicine Hat (Alberta), on the Canadian prairies. In the centre is L.-A.-C. R.C. Dale, whose home is at 48, Vernon Street, Ipswich.
On the 26th December 1943, at St. Thomas’s Church, Ipswich, Ronald married, Hazel Jean Talbot, of Ipswich, formerly of 151, Heathfields Avenue, Dover, Kent, born December 1921, Werribee, Victoria, Australia – daughter of William Alan Talbot & Agnes Ethel Talbot (nee Gibbens).
They had 1 daughter.
Ronald is also remembered on the Hintlesham War Memorial, Suffolk.
9th July 1944
Aircraft: Hawker Typhoon MK 1B; Serial number: JR 502, took off from the base at Le Fresne-Camilly, Normandy, France, on an armed reconnaissance mission. The single seated fighter was shot down by enemy aircraft south of St. Lo, Normandy, France.