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.
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.
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.