Sergeant Pilot - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - 263 Squadron - Service No. 927360
Reginald Gunn Pascoe was born on 30th November 1920 in Gravesend, Kent. His father was William Pascoe, an Estate Agent, and his mother was Alice (née Gunn). The first school that he attended was Cecil Road School in Gravesend.
In 1929 Reginald Pascoe joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Reginald’s address as 45 Kent Road, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, Reginald was in Town House. Two older brothers also attended the School, William (born 1911) and Douglas (born 1917). William was a Flight Sergeant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves in World War Two and Douglas was a Flying Officer. Douglas was killed in action on 13th July 1942.
In 1937 Reginald left the School and became an Articled Pupil. During World War Two he volunteered for the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, joining 263 Squadron as a Sergeant Pilot, Service Number 927360. In 1941, 263 Squadron flew from RAF Filton near Bristol.
On 11th June 1941, Reginald Pascoe’s plane engine cut out and undershot the runway on a forced landing, hitting trees. His body was found on Cefn Coed Farm Kingcoed, Llandenny, Monmouthshire, he was 20 years old. He was buried at Swanscombe Cemetery on 16th June 1941.
Reginald Pascoe was in the same Form as two other fellow students who were killed in action in World War Two – Basil Wills-Sinclair and Thomas Wilson.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: