Imeson, Ronald Henry


War Service:
RONALD HENRY IMESON was commissioned on 29 May 1941 and served as a flying instructor at Little Rissington in Oxfordshire. As a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was called to duty on 22 August 1940.

In the early part of the war Little Rissington was home to No.6 Flying Training School, operating more than a hundred Avro Ansons and Airspeed Oxfords. By 1941 the majority of pilots learned to fly in the United States, Canada or South Africa. These newly qualified pilots needed more experience before going to Operational Training Units and Squadrons and on 22nd April 1942 6 FTS was re-designated No.6 Pilot - Advanced Flying Unit.According to the unit Operations Record Book (AIR 29/ 558 at the National Archives) Pilot Officer 68179 Imeson was posted to 6 FTS from No. 2 Central Flying School on 28 July 1941. From 14 December to 25 December 1941 he was detached to the Bomb Aimer Training Flight at Watchfield. On 31 December 1941 he was promoted to Acting Flying Officer.

The ORB for 15 May 1942 reports that F/O Imeson, Sgt pilot W Fox and Sgt pilot J J Carthew were killed in a flying accident near Chipping Norton Relief Landing Ground. Their deaths from injuries received on active service were reported in The Times of Tuesday 1 September 1942. His two pupils are buried in their home towns.

Flying Officer Imeson was buried on 22 May. He was 21. He lies in grave 8, Row E, South Plot, Little Rissington, (St Peter) Churchyard. The inscription on his grave reads : “Into thy hands eternal father we commend all we hold most dear’’.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered in the Brockley County School Book of Remembrance. and his name is inscribed on the Roll of Honour in the front entrance to New Scotland Yard.

He was born on 29 August 1920, the son of Frank and Annie Elizabeth Imeson, of Hayes, Kent. On the 18 August 1939 he joined the Metropolitan Police Civil Staff as a Clerical Officer and was posted to S1 (Firearms) Branch at Scotland Yard.

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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