Service Details
Name:
VAN MENTZ
Given Name:
BRIAN
Initials:
B
Service No:
70826
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
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Regiment:
Royal Air Force
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Unit:
222 Sqdn.
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Date of Death:
1941-04-26
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Age:
24
Cause of Death:
On April 26th 1941 the Ferry Inn at nearby Horning was struck by a bomb, killing over 20 people including at least one RAF Pilot - Brian Van Mentz of 222 Squadron
Decorations:
D F C
Citations:
LG 25 October 1940 pg. 6194 - "Flying Officer Van Mentz has been engaged in operations against the enemy since the outbreak of war. He has destroyed six enemy aircraft and probably a further three, two of which were shot down during the period of intensive operations in France. This officer has led his section, and at times his flight, with skill and courage and has shown great determination in pressing home his attacks against large enemy formations."
Additional
Information:
Son of Sidney and Rosine Van Mentz; nephew of Samuel Mence, of Burghclere, Hampshire. "One of the few" Battle of Britain pilot. Native of South Africa. ***Jewish
Commemoration
Country:
United Kingdom
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Locality:
Surrey
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Cemetery:
BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
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Grave Reference:
XXV. A. 9

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