Kent

Kent memorial for Battle of Britain pilot Robert Fraser

Robert HB Fraser
Image caption Sgt Robert Fraser was 20 when he died and is buried in Glasgow

A memorial to a Battle of Britain pilot whose plane crashed after an encounter with German fighter aircraft above Kent has been unveiled.

Sgt Robert Henry Braund Fraser, 20, of Glasgow, was a pilot in 257 Squadron when he was killed on 22 October 1940.

His Hurricane crashed at Moat Farm in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, after it was shot in combat with Messerschmitt Bf 109s over Folkestone.

High Sheriff Michael Bax, who lives at the farm, unveiled a memorial plaque.

A fellow Hurricane pilot, Wing Commander Bob Foster. attended the event along with other representatives from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, of which he is Life Vice-President.

Sgt Fraser, who is buried at Craigton Cemetery, Glasgow, was credited with the probable destruction of a Bf 110 over Essex on 3 September 1940.

His name is commemorated on the Christopher Foxley-Norris wall at the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, between Dover and Folkestone.

It lists those who received the Battle of Britain Clasp to the 1939-45 Star for service in the air under the control of Fighter Command between 10 July and 31 October 1940.

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