Bio / Text:
Geoffrey Kenneth Gout was educated at New Beacon School, Sevenoaks. He was a keen motorist and raced at Brooklands before the war. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in February 1939 and, after completing his training, he was posted to 234 Squadron at Leconfield at its reformation there on October 30th 1939.
Gout was killed on July 25th 1940 when his Spitfire, P9493, crashed near Porthowan during a routine flight, cause unknown.
On return the airfield was blacked out, the pilot became disorientated while low on fuel and crashed near Porthowan. (RAF St Eval WW2 Historical Page).
He was 24 and is buried in St Eval Churchyard, Cornwall - Row 1. Grave 13.
Son of Geoffrey Davee Vernon Gout, and of Dorothy Marguerite Gout, of Sevenoaks, Kent.
Diary of 50 Maintenance Unit
Thirty second job: Spitfire P9493: Mawla, Nr. Redruth, Cornwall.
Left Taunton 4.30pm via Exeter, Okehapton, Launceston, Bodmin, Truro where we stayed overnight. Left Truro 7.30am via Redruth to Mawla. Located crash in field at top of tin mine shaft. couldn`t get into field with gang lorry, borrowed 30cwt Bedford truck (Hawksworth driving) and removed aircraft to place of loading. Stayed at Mrs. Middle`s house. Scorrier transport arrived 3.30pm Monday 5/8/40. Bill (Taffy) Francis driving, loaded and returned Taunton. Stayed overnight Bodmin, arrived Taunton 7.30pm 6/8/40.
Battle of Britain Monument
Men of The Battle of Britain: A Biographical Dictionary of The Few