Service Details
Name:
HULL
Given Name:
CAESAR BARRAND
Initials:
C B
Service No:
37285
Trade:
Pilot
Rank:
Squadron Leader
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Regiment:
Royal Air Force
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Unit:
43 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1940-09-07
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Age:
27
Cause of Death:
Killed in action. Scrambled with nine Hurricanes. They attacked German bombers as they ran up to bomb Dockland. He was last heard speaking to the leader of his rear section, Flight Lieutenant John Kilmartin, before diving to attack the bombers. It was believed that the 27-year old Rhodesian flying in Hurricane V6641 had been shot down by Bf109s (probably from JG54). Squadron Leader Hull's aircraft crashed in Purley, Surrey at 16.45.
Decorations:
D F C
Citations:
LG 21 June 1940 - "After having shot down an enemy aircraft one day in May, 1940, this officer, two days later, relieved the Bodo Force from air attack by engaging five enemy aircraft single-handed. He shot down four of the enemy aircraft and damaged the fifth. The next day, despite heavy air attack on the landing ground, he attacked enemy aircraft in greatly superior numbers until he was wounded and forced to retire"
Additional
Information:
"One of the few" Battle of Britain pilot. Son of William Barrand Hull and Winifred Cockburn Hull, of Breyten, Transvaal, South Africa. On Ermelo War Memorial, Mpumalanga. His brother also died in service. Born on 23rd February 1913 at Leachdale Farm in Shangani, Southem Rhodesia. His father served in the desert campaign in German West Africa in the First World War. In 1918 the family was farming at Nylstroom in the Transvaal, South Africa, moving in 1922 to Voeglestruiskvaal, near Rustenburg. Hull and his elder brother were taught at home by their parents until 1926, when they went as day boys to St John's College, Johannesburg. They later became boarders in this, the best and most expensive school in Transvaal. On leaving, Hull returned to the family farm, then at M'Babane, Swaziland. He went to work for a mining company and in 1934 he was picked for the Springbok boxing team at the Empire Games at Wembley.
Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
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Locality:
Sussex
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Cemetery:
TANGMERE (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD
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Grave Reference:
Plot E. Row 1. Grave 477.

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