M.226  First Officer Sydenham 'Armstrong' Payn 

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  b. 6 Feb 1903, Dover, Kent 23 Sep 1940 to 22 Sep 1942 

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 Ed. 'Public School'

m. 1923 Una St Mary [Kittoe]

Address in 1940: Vince Cottage, Kingsdown, Deal, Kent

Next of Kin: (brother) Squadron Leader Murray Payn, [who had "taught Prince Bernard to fly at Hatfield", according to Lettice Curtis]

prev. a Company Director; also a racing motorist [at Brooklands, and in the 1931 French Grand Prix]

prev. exp. 390 hrs

Had owned an SE5A and a 1929 Avro 504K G-AARV [which he wrote off in an accident in 1931], but had also flown "Tiger Moth, Miles Hawk, Comper Swift, Desoutter etc"

Postings: 1FPP, 2FPP, 15FPP

"An extremely keen and helpful member of the Pool"

 Rather accident-prone, though... 9 accidents in 15 months, (admittedly only 3 of them deemed to be his fault)

- 2 Nov 1940, accident in a Hurricane, "not blamed but guilty of indiscretion and poor judgement";

- 17 Nov 1940, hydraulic failure in a Master, "pilot showed good judgement";

- 18 Dec 1940, taxied a Hurricane into a parked lorry, due to low brake pressure;

- 13 Feb 41, heavy landing in a Hurricane, damaging a wing tip;

- 26 Apr 1941, landed a Spitfire with the undercarriage up;

- 8 Jun 1941, accident in a Tomahawk (for which he was deemed "Not Responsible, as information which would have helped was not available to him");

- 3 Nov 1941, collided with a stationary Blenheim in (of all things) a Handley Page Hereford, after his port engine failed, and

- 18 Nov 1941, forced landing in a Swordfish after engine failure;

- 25 Jan 1942, forced landing in a Spitfire after engine failure.

d. 22 Sep 1942, at the Victoria Hospital in Deal, while on sick leave, "after a short ilness"

Buried St James Cemetery, Dover

His brother Murray wrote to Gerard d'Erlanger: "[His death] is very sad but I would like you to know that Armstrong was very happy in the ATA."

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