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Kenneth Breckon

Kenneth Breckon was born on 19 December 1921 and attended the School between January 1935 and December 1938.

During the Second World War, Kenneth served as a Warrant Officer (Pilot) with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 103 Squadron.

In 15 June 1943 Sergeant Breckon was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. The citation reads “when returning from a bombing raid, one of plane’s engines caught fire and became unserviceable and a little later another engine ceased to function. Despite this, Sergeant Breckon flew on and, although a 3rd engine became unserviceable as the English Coast was reached, he succeeded in gaining an airfield where he executed a masterly landing without the aid of flaps. He displayed great skill, courage and determination in circumstances fraught with great danger”.

On 22 August 1943, Kenneth took off from R.A.F. Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire at 21:39 hours, to take part in a bombing mission. The plane was intercepted and shot down and crashed near the castle at Heusden, Noord Brabant, Holland. All seven crew were killed during the attack and resultant crash.

Kenneth was 21 years of age and he is buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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