Vivian Lester Currie

Pilot Officer Vivian Lester Currie (106035) died while serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was born on 17th July 1920 in Newhaven Sussex.

Pilot Officer

Vivian Lester Currie

106035

Pilot Officer Vivian Lester Currie (106035) died while serving with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was born on 17th July 1920 in Newhaven Sussex.

Pilot Officer Vivian Lester Currie (106035) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was born on 17th July 1920 in Newhaven, Sussex. He was the son of Captain Samuel Currie and Margaret Currie (née Wray) of Stormont, Co. Down.

RAF 263 Squadron in Flight

Imperial War Museum Photo: CH 5002 (Part of the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection). Three Westland Whirlwinds of No 263 Squadron RAF based at Exeter, Devon, flying in stepped line-astern formation over the West Country. Copyright Flight Lieutenant Bertrand John Henry Daventry.

Vivian Lester Currie, known as Lester or as “Paddy” to those in Royal Air Force 263 Squadron, died on 23rd July 1942. He was twenty-two years old.

Whirlwind P7035 Crash

Currie was piloting Westland Whirlwind Mk I P7035 when he became involved in a skirmish with two German planes. His plane went down in the English Channel to the north of Morlaix, Brittany, France.

Westland Whirlwind of RAF 263 Squadron

Imperial War Museum Photo: CH 4997 (Part of the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection). Whirlwind Mark I P6984 ‘HE-H’ similar to the plane flown by Pilot Officer Vivian Lester Currie of RAF 263 Squadron. Photo taken on the ground at Exeter, Devon. Copyright Flight Lieutenant Bertrand John Henry Daventry.

Remembering Vivian Lester Currie

He is remembered on the family plot in Dundonald Cemetery and on Panel 69 of the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. The young pilot is also commemorated on the war memorial at Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

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