Seabourne arrived at Tangmere in June 1940 to join No 238 Squadron, with no experience in Hurricanes, he spent three hours on Masters and then went solo on the Hurricane, after seven hours he was declared operational, without even having fired a gun! However in his first encounter with the Luftwaffe he had a shared destroyed Bf 110 and damaged two more, on the 8 August he destroyed a Bf 109 and on the 13 August another two destroyed. Unfortunately on 13 August he was shot down by three Bf 109s and suffered serious burns when the cockpit hood ‘jammed’. In May 1941 he returned to flying until he joined Operations at HQ 10 Group in June 1945. He finally retired from the RAF in 1960.
Squadron Leader Eric Seabourne DFC
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.