Pottinger Ron, Flying Officer

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Flying Officer Ron Pottinger

Ron Pottinger was conscripted into the British army in October 1939. Army service with the Royal Fusiliers was spent in the Uckfield area of Sussex, and after Dunkirk guarding the beaches of East Kent in anticipation of the invasion that never happened. By January 1941 there was a shortage of pilots and Ron applied for a transfer to the RAF. After successfully completing the entrance exams he was shipped out to Florida for aircrew training. On his return to England Ron joined 3 Squadron who had recently converted to flying the Hawker Typhoon. Later 3 Squadron were to be one of the first to convert to the Hawker Tempest and with the appearance of the V1 Doodlebug, were held back from the invasion to deal with this menace.


January 1st 1945 saw him shot down by flak (JF-R EJ719) and taken prisoner. After interrogation and several days spent in the back of a train he arrived at Stalag IIIA, Lukenwalde. With fighting all around, the Germans retreated and he now became a guest of the Russian army until his eventual release some time after the end of hostilities!

Peacetime brought air testing and ferrying planes around the country until he was de-mobed. In civilian life he qualified as an Electrical Engineer at night school and reached the peak of his profession as a Chartered Engineer.

 

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Left: Ron infront of a Tempest Mk. V, at Volkel late 1944.
Above: Ron when 3 Squadron handed over their Harriers and took on the new Typhoon. Photo taken at Cottismore March 2006. 

 

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A photo from Ron's personal album; Tempest SN110 ablaze after a collision with a moving tractor! On 8th October 1945 at Milfield.

 

 

Pottinger's victories in Tempest

 

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Serial No.

Location of Claim

Unit

16 June 1944

V-1

(JN743)

nr Ashford

3 Sqn

23 June 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

28 June 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

12 July 1944

1/2 V-1

3 Sqn

14 July 1944

1/2 V-1

3 Sqn

30 July 1944

1/2 V-1

3 Sqn

3 Aug 1944

V-1

3 Sqn

 

Pottinger's previous victory

 

Date of Claim

Type Claimed

Aircraft Flown

Location of Claim

Unit

24 Feb 1944

LeO 451

Typhoon IB (JP744)

nr Louvain

3 Sqn

 

 

 

Images source:
Ron and Mark Pottinger
Text sources:
A View From the Office by Ron Pottinger
Ron and Mark Pottinger
Aces High Vol 2 by Christopher Shores