The Airmen’s Stories – Sgt. F Gash


Fred Gash joined the RAF in September 1939 as an Airman u/t Air Gunner. He completed his training and joined 264 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey in August 1940. Gash teamed up with P/O FD Hughes and on 26th August they destroyed two Do17’s in daylight.

In the early hours of the morning of 16th October they destroyed a He111 over Brentwood and then overshot the runway in mist on return to Luton. Both were unhurt.

Above: Gash, standing left, with S/Ldr. PA Hunter of 264

During the night of 23rd November they attacked a He111 but Gash’s turret jammed and it was only claimed as a probable. Hughes and Gash destroyed a He111 on 12th March 1941, damaged another on 8th April and destroyed a Ju88 on the night of the 10/11th.

Gash was awarded the DFM (gazetted 18th April 1941) and Hughes the DFC.
His subsequent service is currently undocumented but Gash was commissioned in May 1943 from Warrant Officer and released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

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