Flying Officer Richard Lindsay GLYDE DFC

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 39983 (RAF)
Born: Perth WA, 29 January 1914
Enlisted in the RAF: Pilot Officer, seniority 9 August 1937
Unit: No. 87 Squadron (RAF), Exeter
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 4 June 1940
Died: Air Operations (No. 87 Squadron Hurricane I aircraft P3387), 13 August 1940, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank Cave Glyde and Phyllis Napier Glyde of Claremont, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Remembered: Battle of Britain Memorial, Westminster Abbey, London UK
Remembered: WA 150th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque, north-west corner of St Georges Terrace and King Street, Perth WA

DFC Citation: “This officer showed great dash and offensive spirit and has accounted for four enemy aircraft. London Gazette 4 June 1940, page 3353.”

On 14 November 1939 Flying Officer Glyde flying in Hurricane L1628 came down at La Parne, Belgium, and was interned. He escaped on 27 November 1939 and returned safely to the UK.

On 13 August 1940, Flying Officer Glyde died in combat with a German Ju88 aircraft, which was shot down by other members of his Squadron. He had nine confirmed victories and had destroyed at least 5 other aircraft. He fell with his plane in the English Channel off Selsey Bill, West Sussex.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/34/110


Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954

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