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|Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased)|
Hubert Luiz Flower (always known as Luiz) 24.11.1921- 17.04.2015. Hubert Luiz Flower was born in Balla Salla in the Isle of Man on the 24th November 1921 to Connie and Jack Flower. He was the second of four boys and was the last surviving sibling. He joined the RAF in 1939 flying in Bristol Blenheims as a navigator bomber and wireless operator throughout the Second World War. He only realised that he was one of the Few about twenty years ago when he received one of the special medals that were awarded to Battle of Britain crew. He was the youngest airman to fly in the Battle of Britain flying in over 120 sorties. Luiz met his first wife Eve when stationed in Scotland and they had a son, Colin. Luiz Flower and his friend Harry Rose flew together in the Berlin airlift after the war. Luiz completed 103 sorties carrying coal to Berlin. After the war Luiz studied at the London School of Economics and was recruited by the colonial service. He met his second wife Jutta and they had three daughters, Petra, Deirdre and Hilary. Luiz took his young family to Sierra Leone in 1951 serving there for ten years until independence in 1961. While working for the Sierra Leoneon government, he studied as an external candidate for a law degree and was called to the bar at Grey's Inn. He met his third wife Mina in Sierra Leone and had two children, Judith and James.He returned to England in 1966 and started working as a Crown Prosecutor for Custom and Excise. He then became the Courts Administrator for the North of England working in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. He retired in 1981, meeting his wife Clara, who shared the same pastimes as him of music and walking. They walked in the Himalayas together and have spent the last twenty seven years, happily hopping all over the world together. He sadly died on 17th April 2015.
Items Signed by Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased)
| ||A Day for Heroes by Ivan Berryman. (B)|
Price : £100.00
|The afternoon of 25th July 1940 was a desperate one for the already exhausted fighter pilots of the RAF defending the South coast of England. As convoy CW8 made its way through the English Channel, sixty JU.87 Stukas and forty JU.88 bombers launche......|
|Bitter Engagement by Robert Taylor. (AP)|
|Just after midday on 27 September 1940 one of the bitterest engagements of the Battle of Britain took place in the skies over Kent when the Spitfires of 19 Squadron took on the Bf109s of JG54. In the huge dogfight that ensued, 19 Squadron claimed 8......||NOT|
|Bitter Engagement by Robert Taylor. (B)|
Price : £495.00
|Just after midday on 27 September 1940 one of the bitterest engagements of the Battle of Britain took place in the skies over Kent when the Spitfires of 19 Squadron took on the Bf109s of JG54. In the huge dogfight that ensued, 19 Squadron claimed 8......|
Packs with at least one item featuring the signature of Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased)
| ||Ivan Berryman Aviation Prints Pack.|
Pack Price : £120.00
Saving : £302
|Aviation Print Pack. ......|
Titles in this pack :
A Day for Heroes by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Hard Hitter by Ivan Berryman.
Tribute to Squadron Leader Derek Ward by Ivan Berryman.
Impossible Odds by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Operation Ebensburg by Ivan Berryman. (C)
|Squadrons for : Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased)|
|A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.|
Country : UK
Founded : August 1918
Fate : Disbanded 30th September 1946
Il faut en finir - It is necessary to make an end of it
|No.248 Sqn RAF|
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Country : UK
Founded : 5th November 1915
Quam celerrime ad astra - With all speed to the stars
|No.27 Sqn RAF|
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|Aircraft for : Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased)|
|A list of all aircraft associated with Sergeant Hubert Luiz Flower (deceased). A profile page including a list of all art prints for the aircraft is available by clicking the aircraft name.|
Manufacturer : Bristol
Production Began : 1935
Retired : 1956
Number Built : 4422
The Bristol Blenheim, the most plentiful aircraft in the RAFs inventory when WWII began, was designed by Frank Barnwell, and when first flown in 1936 was unique with its all metal monoplane design incorporating a retractable undercarriage, wing flaps, metal props, and supercharged engines. A typical bomb load for a Blenheim was 1,000 pounds. In the early stages of the war Blenheims were used on many daylight bombing missions. On the day that war was declared on Germany, a Blenheim piloted by Flying Officer Andrew McPherson was the first British aircraft to cross the German coast and the following morning 15 Blenheims from three squadrons set off on one of the first bombing missions The Blenheim units operated throughout the battle, often taking heavy casualties, although they were never accorded the publicity of the fighter squadrons. The Blenheim units raided German occupied airfields throughout July to December 1940, both during daylight hours and at night. Although most of these raids were unproductive, there were some successes; on 1 August five out of 12 Blenheims sent to attack Haamstede and Evere (Brussels) were able to bomb, destroying or heavily damaging three Bf 109s of II./JG 27 and apparently killing a Staffelkapitän identified as Hauptmann Albrecht von Ankum-Frank. Two other 109s were claimed by Blenheim gunners. Another successful raid on Haamstede was made by a single Blenheim on 7 August which destroyed one 109 of 4./JG 54, heavily damaged another and caused lighter damage to four more. There were also some missions which produced an almost 100% casualty rate amongst the Blenheims. One such operation was mounted on 13 August 1940 against a Luftwaffe airfield near Aalborg in north-western Denmark by 12 aircraft of 82 Squadron. One Blenheim returned early (the pilot was later charged and due to appear before a court martial, but was killed on another operation); the other 11, which reached Denmark, were shot down, five by flak and six by Bf 109s. Blenheim-equipped units had been formed to carry out long-range strategic reconnaissance missions over Germany and German-occupied territories, as well as bombing operations. In this role, the Blenheims once again proved to be too slow and vulnerable against Luftwaffe fighters and they took constant casualties While great heroism was displayed by the air crews, tremendous losses were sustained during these missions. The Blenhiem was easy pickings at altitude for German Bf-109 fighters who quickly learned to attack from below. To protect the vulnerable bellies of the Blenheims many missions were shifted to low altitude, but this increased the aircrafts exposure to anti-aircraft fire. In the German night-bombing raid on London on 18 June 1940, Blenheims accounted for five German bombers, thus proving that they were better-suited for night fighting. In July, No. 600 Squadron, by then based at RAF Manston, had some of its Mk IFs equipped with AI Mk III radar. With this radar equipment, a Blenheim from the Fighter Interception Unit (FIU) at RAF Ford achieved the first success on the night of 2–3 July 1940, accounting for a Dornier Do 17 bomber. More successes came, and before long the Blenheim proved itself invaluable as a night fighter. One Blenheim pilot, Squadron Leader Arthur Scarf, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for an attack on Singora, Thailand, on 9 December 1941. Another bomber of No. 60 Squadron RAF was credited with shooting down Lt Col Tateo Katō's Nakajima Ki-43 fighter and badly damaging two others in a single engagement on 22 May 1942, over the Bay of Bengal. Katō's death was a severe blow to the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force.
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