November 6. Belfast pilot died saving village school. Roll of Honour

In 1940 RBAI educated JK Haire, a RAFVR pilot from Belfast, died saving a village school. His Hurricane was shot down, on fire. He was seen to turn it away from the village of Arreton before baling out at too low an altitude for his parachute to fully open. Ten days previously his Hurricane was damaged in combat with 109s over the Isle of Wight but he managed to ditch it off Bembridge and wade ashore, unhurt. Three more RAFVR from NI died on this date in 1942. They were Thomas McCloud from Comber, Joseph Adams from Belfast, and William Clyde from Bushmills. The liberation of Walcheren, in the Netherlands in 1944 involved 4 Special Service Brigade ferried in by the Royal Navy. 41, 47 and 48 Commandos. They were part of a daring assault against multiple, heavily defended batteries (Photo). Veteran John Piggott a Chief Petty Officer served in the RN 1901 – 1927. Born in Limavady he lived in Coleraine.

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