Bio / Text:
Edward William Bitmead joined 65 Squadron RAF on 31st January 1943
Brother of S/l Ernest Ralph Bitmead and Flying officer Peter Arnold Bitmead (Kia 148 sqn 16th November 1941)
BITMEAD, EDWARD WILLIAM (76001) RAFVR; age: 31
He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire VC, EE629 of No 65 Sqn, which crashed into the sea off Land's End following an engine failure during a patrol, he attempted to bail out but the canopy jammed trapping him inside. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial
16 Nov 1941
BITMEAD, PETER ARNOLD
He was killed whilst flying in Wellington II, Z8355 'B' of No 148 Sqn, which was shot down by flak whilst attacking Benghazi. He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.