The man who shot down Günther Kramer

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After converting to Hurricanes he joined 601 Squadron at Tangmere on 7th August 1940. Taylor damaged a Ju88 on the 15th, claimed a Ju87 destroyed on the 18th and shared a He111 on the 30th. He destroyed a Me109 on the 31st. His own aircraft was then hit in the gravity petrol tank. Taylor baled out, unhurt. His Hurricane, P3735, crashed and burned out.

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DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Flying Officer
Awarded on: December 15th, 1942
Action: Citation:
“In November, 1942, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft launched by catapult from a ship in convoy in the Atlantic Ocean, to engage a Focke-Wulfe 200. Displaying great skill, Flying Officer Taylor intercepted and drove off the enemy aircraft before it could deliver an attack on any of the ships in the convoy. Despite adverse weather and in the face of strong opposing fire, he succeeded in destroying the enemy aircraft from close range.
His courageous and skilful work earned the admiration of officers of the ships in the convoy who witnessed the operation.”

3 thoughts on “The man who shot down Günther Kramer

  1. More information here…

    http://www.601squadron.com/Norman_Taylor_2.php

    Norman Taylor was born in Chellaston near Derby and his early years were spent in South Derbyshire. He attended schools in Melbourne, Ashby and finished his education at Bablake College in Coventry.

    He joined the Standard Motor Company in Coventry as an apprentice and then the RAF in January 1939 as the war clouds were forming over Europe. Following pilot training at Prestwick he joined 601 the ‘City of London’ squadron in early August 1940. This was based at Tangmere and as a Sergeant pilot he flew throughout the Battle of Britain scoring several kills over the Luftwaffe bomber and fighter force. He was shot down twice and awarded the caterpillar badge from the Irving parachute company.

    After the battle he made further kills flying missions over France and Belgium.

    In 1941 he volunteered for the Merchant ship fighter unit based at Speke Liverpool. This unit operated catapult launched sea Hurricanes from specially converted merchant ships called Camships; these were deployed to counter long distance four engine Focke-Wolf Fw 200 Condor bombers that threatened Allied convoys. In November 1941 he catapulted from the Camship ‘Empire Heath’ and shot down a Condor after which he parachuted into the sea where he was rescued by a British Corvette. After this incident he admitted that he needed to learn to swim.

    For this action he was made an officer and awarded a DFC to join the DFM he received during the Battle of Britain. This brought his tally of German planes shot down to 10.

    Norman then joined Rolls Royce Ltd at Derby as a test pilot and also instructed staff on the famous Merlin Engine. He flew many types of planes on test for the company.

    Next he joined 222 ‘Natal’ squadron, who were flying twin engine Meteor jet fighters and took part in the 1946 Victory fly past over Buckingham palace.

    Norman died in 1948 at the age of 27 when the Harvard aircraft he was flying crashed near Wunsdorf in Germany. He is buried in a commonwealth war grave near Munster. He is honoured on the memorial to the Battle of Britain pilots located on the embankment in London and at the National Arboretum at Alrewas Staffordshire.

  2. From day one of the Second World War to the last, fighter pilots from Derbyshire were active. They fought the Germans over France during the Blitzkrieg, played a vital part in the Battle of Britain, and operated over the Western Desert, Syria, Greece, Sicily, Italy, Malta and the Atlantic, as well as against the Japanese over the Timor Sea. Derbyshiremen flew sweeps, ground attacks, escorts and fighter-bomber missions into the heart of the Reich. Through bad times and good, they made a significant contribution to the final defeat of the Axis. – Portraits of Heroes: Derbyshire Fighter Pilots in the Second World War by Barry M. Marsden

    1. Thank you for your comment.
      I did not know Norman Taylor although I knew about the Battle of Britain, the CAM ships etc.
      Very interesting follow up when I have time…

      But I always take the time to honour these men.

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