Bevan "Bev" Mason Hall, a New Zealander from Kiaranga believed to be born in 1922, served with 486 Squadron from January 1944 as a Flight Sergeant, receiving his commision in early July.
On return from a patrol from Grimbergen on 1 October (the same day the Squadron was moved to Volkel) Bevan Hall's Tempest EJ693 developed engine trouble. Hall pulled off a skillful forced landing just short of base, and was rescued unhurt. (This is the Tempest Mk. V now owned and restored by Kermit Weeks.)
On 27 December 1944 he was involved in a fierce engagement with Fw190D9s of III/JG54. Whilst several of the German aircraft were shot down, Hall's Tempest SA-E (EJ627) was shot down by Lt Peter Crump of 10/JG54 and he was killed.
Tempest Mk. V SA-E (EJ627) in which Hall was killed in action on 27 December 1944.
Halls's victories in Tempest
|Date of Claim||Type Claimed||Aircraft Serial No.||Location of Claim||Unit|
|18 June 1944||V-1||SA-M (JN809)||SE Sevenoaks||486 Sqn|
|23 June 1944||V-1||SA-M (JN809)||NW Battle||486 Sqn|
|28 June 1944||V-1||SA-M (JN809)||SE Rye||486 Sqn|
|30 June 1944||V-1||SA-H (JN821)||23 m S Hastings||486 Sqn|
|30 June 1944||V-1||SA-G (JN854)||S Tunbridge Wells||486 Sqn|
|11 July 1944||1/2 V-1||SA-E (JN805)||N Tunbridge||486 Sqn|
|12 July 1944||V-1||SA-H (JN821)||E Bexhill||486 Sqn|
|16 July 1944||1/2 V-1||SA-H (JN821)||Hastings||486 Sqn|
|29 August 1944||1/2 V-1||SA-D (JN803)||N Rye||486 Sqn|
Aces High Vol 2 by Christopher Shores