Hawker Hurricane P2978

Hawker Hurricane P2978 1




On 11th August 1940, at about 1100 hrs. over Portland, No. 238 Squadron (being four sorties of twelve aircraft in all engaged a mixed force of about 150 plus enemy aircraft composed of Me.109s, He.111s, Do.17s and Do. 215s. The Squadron attacked by flights.

“A” Flight (Red and Yellow sections) engaged the enemy flank from the direction of Weymouth. “B” Flight (Blue and Green sections) engaged the enemy from a point about 5 miles South of Swanage.

In the fight which followed the whole of Blue section were unfortunately lost. (F/Lt. S.C.WALCH, F/0. M.STEBOROWSKI (Polish) and SGT.GLEDHILL). Green Leader, (R/0 J.R.URWIN-MANN) saw his Green 2 (P/0 F.N.CAWSE) shot down by a 109, which he then destroyed.

The enemy formation was broken up and Red Leader (F/O D.P.HUGHES) shot down a Me.109, Sgt. BANN and Sgt. MARSH jointly destroyed a He.111.

P/0 J.R.URWIN-MANN and SGT.DOMAGALA (Polish) destroyed a 109 each. The above four victories are all confirmed. In addition, Sgt.PIDD claimed a 109 unconfirmed.

Hawker Hurricane P2978 2


Geoffrey Gledhill joined the RAFVR in January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 5 FTS and arrived at 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 6th July 1940.

After converting to Hurricanes Gledhill joined 238 Squadron at Middle Wallop on 4th August.

Geoffrey Gledhill

He was killed on the 11th, shot down in combat two miles east of Weymouth in Hurricane P2978. It is believed that this was his first operational sortie.
Gledhill was 19. His body was washed up on the French coast and he is buried in Criquebeuf-en-Caux churchyard.

He is also commemorated on the family grave at Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

Make: Hawker

Model: Hurricane

Serial No: P2978

Pilot: Sgt Geoffrey Gledhill

Date of Loss: 6th July 2026

Reason of Loss: shot down

Rough Location: Two miles east of weymouth