79731 Pilot Officer, Pilot, British, 29 Squadron (Blenheims) and 17 Squadron (Hurricanes)
Solomon joined the RAFVR before the war and was called up on September 1 1939. On August 18 1940 his Hurricane was shot down over the Channel by Messerschmitt Bf 109s. He was buried in France.
William Louis Buchanan Walker
82662 Pilot Officer, Pilot, 616 Squadron (Spitfires)
William Walker was educated at Brighton College and worked in the brewing industry before the war. He joined the RAFVR in 1938 and was called to full time service on September 1 1939. Walker arrived at 616 Squadron at Leconfield in June 1940.
On August 26 1940, Walker was shot down during an attack by Bf 109s, He baled out, wounded in the foot, and was rescued from the Goodwin Sands by a fishing boat. This episode ended his participation in the Battle of Britain.
Later in the war Walker’s service included anti aircraft co-operation duties and time with the Sector Gunnery Flight at Gatwick. During his RAF service, which ended as a Flight Lieutenant in September 1945, Walker was known as “Bill” or “Johnnie”. In later life he preferred to be addressed as “WIlliam”. He rose to become Chairman of Ind Coope. In 2011 a book of his poems was published by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and is available for sale.
William Walker died, aged 99, on October 21 2012.