With the death of Flight Lieutenant Maurice Mounsdon aged 101, there are just three surviving Battle of Britain veterans. He joined No 56 Squadron at North Weald in June 1940 and over the next two months he destroyed two enemy fighters, probably destroyed two others and also claimed two damaged. On 31 August he was scrambled and attacked a fighter escorting a force of bombers. His Hurricane was hit from behind, set on fire and Mounsdon baled out. Badly burned about his legs and arms, he became a Guinea Pig and spent almost two years recovering. He spent the rest of the war as a flying instructor and left the RAF in 1946. After retiring as an engineer, he left for Menorca where he spent the rest of his life.
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