17th April, 1912 - 20th October, 1987
On 3rd February 1940 Hallowes shared in destroying a He111, the first enemy aircraft to crash on English soil in the war. On 4th April he damaged a He111 and was surprised when it followed him down to the aerodrome at Wick. The pilot believed he was landing on water and after stopping he let go his dinghy and emerged from the aircraft, minus his boots, into the snow, only to be confronted by a soldier with a fixed bayonet. Both rear gunners were dead.
On 8th August Hallowes claimed two Me109’s destroyed, on the 13th a Ju88 and a Do17 destroyed, another Ju88 probably destroyed, and another damaged, on the 15th a Ju88 probably destroyed, on the 16th three Ju87’s destroyed, on the 18th another three and destroyed a He111 and shared another on the 26th. Hallowes was awarded the DFM and Bar (gazetted 6th September 1940).
Commissioned in September 1940, he was posted away on 18th December to 96 Squadron, then being formed at Cranage. He returned to 43 later in the month. In early 1942 Hallowes was with 122 Squadron at Scorton. He got a probable Fw190 and damaged another on 5th May, damaged a Fw190 on the 9th, got another probable Fw190 and damaged two others on the 17th.
Sketches by B J Mullen of 4 Commando courtesy of Frank Sidebottom. His late father in law, Ben Clifton, served alongside the artist. Left to Right; Zero Hour, Through the German Minefield, Withdraw from Beach, Rescue of US Airman in Channel and Ben Clifton of 4 Commando, Ex York & Lancaster Regiment. (Source: Combined Ops)
Hallowes was given command of 222 Squadron at North Weald in June 1942. In August he took command of 165 Squadron and led it in the Dieppe operation on the 19th, destroying a Do217 and damaging another and on 8th November he damaged another Fw190. Hallowes was awarded the DFC (gazetted 19th January 1943). In October 1943 he took command of 504 Squadron at Peterhead.
Hallowes was promoted to Acting Wing Commander in March 1944 and became Station Commander at Dunsfold. He stayed on in the RAF, in the Secretarial Branch, and retired on 8th July 1956 as a Squadron Leader, retaining the rank of Wing Commander. He went to work for the Ministry of Transport.
Hallowes died on 20th October 1987.” (Obituary via the excellent Battle of Britain London Monument website)
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