PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Fokes, Ronald Henry "Ronnie" (Service number: 740109/88439, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve)
Date of birth: Unknown (Middlesex, Great Britain)
Date of death:  June 12th, 1944 (near Caen/Normandy, France)
Buried on:  Commonwealth War Cemetery Banneville-la-Campagne
Plot: XV.  Row: B.  Grave: 11.
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Ronald Henry Fokes was born as son to Henry Max Augustus Fokes en Grace Fokes. He was married to Audrey Eileen Fokes.

Ronald Henry Fokes was hit by anti aircraft fire on June 12th, 1944, flying his Hawker Tyfoon MN372, FM-A, during a ground attack. In this he was killed. His remains were buried in Soulangy and in 1945 transferred to the War Cemetery at Banneville-la-Campagne. On June 5th, 2010 a memorial to him was erected at thechurch in Soulangy.

Promotions:
December 6th, 1940: Pilot Officer on probation (seniority November 29th, 1940);
December 6th, 1941: Pilot Officer;
December 6th, 1941: Flying Officer on probation (seniority November 19th, 1941);
December 1st, 1942: Flight Lieutenant (war subs. - seniority November 29th, 1942);
?: Acting Squadron Leader.

Career:
April 1937: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves;
?: No. 5 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School, Hanworth;
March 6th, 1939: No. 151 Squadron, North Weald;
March 24th, 1939 - August 7th, 1939: No. 87 Squdron, Debden;
August 1939: No. 10 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School, Yatesbury;
December 14th, 1939: No. 4 Initial Training Wing, Bexhill;
January 15th, 1940: No. 92 Squadron, Croydon;
May 1st, 1941: Instructor No. 53 Operational Training Unit, Heston;
August 4th, 1941: Central Flying School, RAF Upavon;
August 24th, 1941: No. 61 Operational Training Unit, Heston;
November 17th, 1941: Flight Commander No. 154 Squadron, Fowlmere;
March 26th, 1942: No. 56 Squadron, Snailwell;
August 26th, 1942: Test Pilot Gloster Aircraft;
March 1st, 1943: No. 193 Squadron, Harrowbeer;
July 2nd, 1943: Commanding Officer No. 257 Squadron, Warmwell;
February 21st, 1944: Flight Leaders' Course, Milfield;
March 11th, 1944: Commanding Officer No. 257 Squadron, Tangmere.

Victories (9 confirmed, 4 shared, 2 damaged, 5 probably):
No. 92 Squadron:
June 2nd, 1940: Heinkel He 111 (1 confirmed, 2 probably);
July 4th, 1940: Heinkel He 111 (shared);
September 10th, 1940: Dornier Do 17 (shared);
September 15th, 1940: Dornier Do 17 (damaged);
September 24th, 1940: Junkers Ju 88 (probably);
September 30th, 1940: Messerschmitt Me 109-E (probably);
October 15th, 1940: Heinkel He 111 (confirmed) en 2 Messerschmitt Me 109-E (confirmed);
October 26th, 1940: Messerschmitt Me 109-E (confirmed);
November 9th, 1940: Junkers Ju 88 (shared);
November 15th, 1940: Messeerschmitt Me 109-E (confirmed);
November 17th, 1940: Messerschmitt Me 109-E (probably);
December 5th, 1940: Messerschmitt Me 109-E (confirmed);
December 21st, 1940: Messerschmitt Me 109-E (confirmed);
January 23rd, 1941: Dornier Do 17-Z (damaged);
February 5th, 1941: Junkers Ju 87 (shared);
April 26th, 1941: Messerschmitt Me 109-F (confirmed).
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL (DFM)
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: No. 92 (East India) Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 92 (East India) Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on: November 15th, 1940
Action: Citation:
"In October, 1940, this airman was on patrol with his squadron at 30,000 feet, when a formation of more than twenty Messerschmitt 109s was sighted. Sergeant Fokes attacked one, and followed it down to the ground where it crashed. He has displayed great courage and tenacity and has personally destroyed at least six enemy aircraft."
Details: LG 34993/6570.
 
     
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
Rank: Acting Squadron Leader
Unit: No. 257 (Burma) Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 257 (Burma) Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on: March 10th, 1944
Action: Citation:
"This officer has completed a very large number of sorties during which he has shot down at least 10 enemy aircraft. He is a fine leader and has invariably pressed home his attacks with skill and resolution."
Details: LG 36418/1166.
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Tom MacNeill
Information source(s):   - The London Gazette of 15th November 1940, Issue 34993
- The London Gazette of 31st December 1940, Issue 35028
- The London Gazette of 10th March 1942, Issue 35483, dated 10th March 1942
- The London Gazette of 31st March 1942, Issue 35508
- Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13th April 1943, Issue 35981, dated 16th April 1943
- Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 7th March 1944, Issue 36418, dated 10th March 1944
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- Commonwealth Wargraves Commission
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