Sergeant André Paul Vilboux

 

Born 29 Jan 1921 at Rennes, France

RAF Service number 30330

Killed in combat 19 Aug 1942 at Dieppe aged 21

Arrived at Falmouth from France 21 June 1940. Moved to St Athan, South Wales and then Odiham, Hampshire. Entered No 6 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) Sywell, Northants June 1941, on to No 5 Service Flying Training School (SFTS) Ternhill, Shropshire in July then to No 53 Operational Training Unit (OTU) Llandow, South Wales in Oct 1941, Dec 1941 joined No 131 Squadron. Attacked a Ju88 near Valley, Anglesey, claimed as damaged. March 1942 posted to 611 Squadron

RAF Form 540 extract:

DREM - SCOTLAND All Spitfire Vb aircraft until 15 Aug 1942 converted to Mk IX

No note in March 1942 about posting in

09 04 42 9 April first note, attached to No 4 Delivery Flight, Turnhouse, today with Flt Sgt S B Neill

24 05 42 Scrambled from base - Drem - in AD452 take off 06.20 landed 07.20

Squadron moved to Kenley, Surrey

05 06 42 High wing cover to Le Crotoy, France as Charlie 3; aircraft not designated. t/o 14.55 landed 16.15 to and from Kenley

11 06 42 Anti Rhubarb Patrol in BM212 (this is the wrong serial number - the Sqn also operated BM 122 and BM211 so could be either aircraft) t/o 13.50 landed 15.10 - Kenley

20 06 42 Patrol in BM143 t/o 21.45 landed 23.05

21 06 42 Patrol over Isle of Wight in BM301 t/0 08.40 landed 09.55 one of two aircraft

22 06 42 Patrol in BM413 t/o 07.50 landed 08.50 one of two aircraft

22 06 42 Patrol in BM418 t/o 16.20 landed 17.35 one of two a/c

26 06 42 Patrol in BL422 t/o 12.00 landed 13.40 one of two a/c

28 06 42 Air sea rescue in BM190 t/o 22.30 landed 23.30, one of two a/c searching for Sgt Guilloux who had forced landed near Eastbourne and was missing for some time but okay except for a fractured arm and bruises

29 06 42 Convoy patrol in BM143 t/o 19.15 landed 20.55 one of two a/c

30 06 42 Convoy patrol in BL422 t/o 09.30 landed 11/15 one of two a/c

Sometime in July part of the Sqn was detached to Martlesham Heath Suffolk

02 07 42 Scramble at 15.55 in BM510 landed 16.45 no sightings

06 07 42 Convoy patrol in BM189 t/o 10.45 landed 12.50 no sightings

07 07 42 Convoy patrol in BM413 t/o 21.30 landed 23.30 one of two

09 07 42 Convoy patrol in BM305 t/o 08.30 landed 09.45 no sightings one of two

11 07 42 Convoy patrol in BM305 t/o 22.15 landed 23.30 one of two no sightings

12 07 42 Sweep Somme area t/o 12.05 landed 13.30 one of five

20 07 42 Sqn moved from Kenley to Redhill

23 07 42 Rhubarb in BM305 t/o 11.10 landed 21.15 one of two with Plt Off Graham destroyed one soldier doing guard duty at Le Touquet and fired at factories, engines and signal boxes

23 07 42 stated to be in 'A' Flight

26 07 42 Convoy patrol in BM305 t/o 15.30 landed 16.45 no sightings one of two

27 07 42 Detachment at Martlesham Heath moved to Ipswich 9 Spitfire IX and 8 Spitfire V's

29 07 07 Detachment returned to Redhill

15 08 42 Convoy patrol in BR622 (first operation in a Spitfire Mk IX) t/o 09.40 landed 11.35

19 08 42 Patrol Dieppe in BS179, t/o 05.15 one of eleven in sqn to patrol the landings at Dieppe. The Sqn patrolled in loose groups of 4 aircraft, the bottom section at 1,500 ft and the top at 5,000 ft about 2 to 4 miles off Dieppe. Blue section (Vilboux must have been part of Blue section but this is not specifically stated in the records) was engaged by some Fw190s, the 540 states 'a Spitfire was seen taking evasive action was hit and seen spinning at 1,500 ft - this was probably our Fighting Frenchman Sgt Vilboux who, so far, has not returned. The CO engaged a Fw190 and saw it crash land west of Dieppe, 2 other Fw190s claimed as Damaged'

 

He has no known grave.

Sergeant André Vilboux (Free French)