Wing Commander Norman John Starr
Mosquito fighter pilot.
DFC and BAR 1917 - 1945
In early 1945 Harold Starr's brother, W/Cdr. Norman John Starr, who had been awarded the DFC for flying Mosquitos on anti-V1 operations, was serving with 276 ASR Squadron at landing ground B.83 at Knoke-le-Zoute in Belgium.
He was due to marry Margot Goodwin, a VAD nurse, on 9th January and on the 8th took off in Anson MG552 with three wedding guests. At that time the French port of Dunkirk was surrounded by Allied troops but remained in German hands until the end of the war with fully functioning flak batteries.
Starr must have passed within range as the Anson was shot down, Starr and the three passengers were all killed:
W/Cdr. JH Humphris
S/Ldr. HC Haley
F/O RB Moore
All are buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery.