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Remembrance: Fg Off Vincent Allan Jackson Stuckey

Lest we forget: in memory of Vincent Allan Jackson Stuckey 1918-1941
Fg Off VIncent Allan Jackson Stuckey (OMK 1931-34)
Fg Off VIncent Allan Jackson Stuckey (OMK 1931-34)

Vincent Allan Jackson Stuckey was born in Bakewell, Derbyshire where his father, Leonard Stuckey, was a mining engineer. The family later moved to Kent to be near relations while his father moved abroad to other mining posts. Vincent came to Kelly College in 1931 aged 13 and left in 1934 aged 16. He was a member of the College Shooting VIII and 1st Cricket XI and also occasionally played in the College football team. His mother died when he was 14 and two maiden aunts took over the responsibility of looking after Vincent and his sisters.

Vincent joined the RAF Air Training School in November 1938 and was granted a short service commission as Acting Pilot Officer, with the appointment being gazetted in December 1939. He joined 80 Squadron RAF flying Gladiator fighters. These were biplanes which saw much service in the early days of the war. 80 Squadron was posted to El Amiriya air base near Alexandria in January 1939 in anticipation of a belligerent Italy moving from their Libyan colony towards the Suez Canal. Italy declared war on Britain in June 1940 and, as a deterrent, the Squadron moved near the Libyan border close to the Italian airbase at El Adem near Tobruk. Vincent had a small detachment which was frequently in action. He shot down two Italian CR 42 biplane fighters and one bomber. He was given the nickname of “Heimar”, an Icelandic name, by his fellow pilots.

In October 1940, Italy invaded Greece and 80 squadron was soon sent to help the Greek forces into action. Vincent was promoted to the rank of Flying Officer. He shot down two Italian aircraft and tackled a third but in doing so was wounded in the shoulder. He spoke gratefully of his treatment in the Red Cross Hospital in Athens. Shortly after leaving hospital, he was shot down and killed in an aerial combat over Phaleron near Athens and was buried in the CWGC cemetery in Phaleron in grave 4 A 6. With a total of six enemy aircraft destroyed, he was classed as an Ace. Vincent's father died three years later and, sadly, Vincent’s two older sisters died unmarried leaving the family line to die out.

Vincent is not only remembered on the Mount Kelly Memorial but also on the War Memorial in his home town of Sidcup, Kent.

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