Second World War - Lynsted Memorial Project

George Ivan DRURY (of Teynham)

b. 1923
d. 31st March 1943. Aged 20

Leading Aircraftsman, Service Number 1265610
601 Squadron
Royal Airforce (Volunteer Reserve)

Malta Memorial
(Valetta, Southern Harbour)
Panel 9, Column 2
Killed in Action

Malta Memorial for RAF

George was the son of Sidney James and Edith May (née Harris) Drury, both farm workers of 17 Orchard View, Teynham. They later lived at 3 Donald Moor Avenue, Teynham.

At the time of George's death, 601 Squadron were at a landing field at El Hamma, Tunisia, which had been liberated by the Allies just 2 days before. Suitable only for use by fighter aircraft it was literally just a landing strip next to an oasis. It had been built by the French in 1941 and designated for emergency use only. It had previously served mainly as a landing ground for Italian fighter units.

George is remembered on the Malta Memorial. This was unveiled in 1954 by HM The Queen to commemorate almost 2,300 airmen who lost their lives during the Second World War whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar, and who have no known grave.

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