Feldman Seymour, Flying Officer (DFC)

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Flying Officer Seymour Feldman

Born: 17 February 1920

Died: 11 August 2010

Seymour Feldman

Seymour "Buck" Feldman was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1920, and grew up in upstate New York. Upon graduation from high school, he moved back to New York City with his family and took flying lessons at Floyd Bennet Field, earning a commercial flying license in 1941.

Career Details

Feldman was one of many American flyers recruited to the British Royal Air Force in the early years of WWII. Known affectionately to his fellow fighter pilots as "Buck" he remained with the RAF for the duration of the war. He flew many combat missions in the Spitfire, Hurricane, Typhoon, and Tempest.

Feldman served with 3 Squadron on Typhoons and Tempests, first as an NCO and later being commissioned. He was posted to 274 Squadron at the end of 1944 as a Flying Officer.

Later he flew with the Israeli forces as a volunteer during 1948-49, flying Spitfire IXs. He gained one victory against the Egyptian Air Force.

Feldman was extremely proud of his service to the RAF and considered it one of his greatest accomplishments. Among his awards was the British Distinguished Flying Cross which he received in person from King George VI in July 1944. Feldman lived in Albuquerque from 1956 until his death. He worked at the Federal Aviation Administration until he retired in 1985.

 

Feldman's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim

Unit

16 June 1944

V-1

(JN735)

Ashford area

3 Sqn

19 June 1944

V-1

(JN752)

Bexhill

3 Sqn

19 June 1944

1/2 V-1

(JN752)

8m SW Ashford

3 Sqn

20 June 1944

V-1

(JN735)

N Eastbourne

3 Sqn

20 June 1944

V-1

(JN761)

SW Tonbridge

3 Sqn

23 June 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

25 June 1944

V-1

(JN761)

sea, 40m SE Hastings

3 Sqn

28 June 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

4 July 1944

V-1

(EJ540)

10m S Rye 

3 Sqn

4 July 1944

1/2 V-1

(EJ540) 

3-5m N Hastings 

3 Sqn

8 July 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

10 July 1944

1/2 V-1

3 Sqn

 

Feldman's other victories

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft flown

Location of Claim

Unit

5 Oct 1943

1/2 Ju88 on ground

Typhoon IB

Courtrai

3 Sqn

5 Jan 1949 

MC205

Spitfire IX

Israel

101 Sqn

 

 

Photo:

via John Colton

Sources:

Airforce Magazine Spring 1998

Aces High Vol.2 by Chris Shores

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