Geoffrey Allard




Flight Lieutenant G. Allard, DFC, DFM and Bar, 21 confirmed kills.  Geoffrey Allard was know as the pride of no 85 Sqn, he shot down 10 enemy fighters & claimed another 7 probable, in a period of just 7 days, so it was a welcome relief for Allard when on the 17th of May 1940 that he was sent back to England from France for a brief rest period. Allard or 'Sammy' as he was also known, was born in York in 1912 and joined the R.A.F. as an aircraft apprentice in 1929. In 1936 he was accepted for pilot training and graduated as a Sergeant Pilot.' Sammy' as he was also known to his fellow pilots, was so worn out by the countless sorties that the RAF were flying, once fell asleep no sooner as his Hurricane had landed after returning form a sortie, much to the surprise of a young aircraft fitter! In may 1940  Raf pilots from no 85 Sqn were flying no less than five sorties a day over France, a typical day for an Raf pilot was, get up at dawn, make five patrols of an hour and a half each, fall into bed - to be kept awake half the night through AA fire. 85 Sqn left France around the 20th of May, after accounting for 89 planes destroyed in just 11 days, it had just 3 fit Hurricanes left to fly.



By the beginning of July the squadron was fully operational again, now under the command of the legendary Peter Townsend. The squadron would go onto win further glory during The Battle Of Britain, with it's 'Ace' pilot Allard. On the 8th of July he shot down a HE 111, the sqn was then moved to Croydon to help reinforce no 11 sqn. In just a few days the sqn destroyed over forty enemy aeroplanes, Allard accounting for 10 and another 3 probable. On the 1st of September he attacked a formation of 12 ME 109's, accounting for one destroyed after he sent it crashing into the sea, also on the same day, the sqn went up against a huge formation of over 200 bombers and 109's, three times he took his Hurricane down in scorching attacks out of the sun, breaking up an enemy formation and taking down a DO 17, an ME 109 shot away most of his starboard aileron and he was forced to make an emergency landing at Lympne, whilst  the mechanics were looking at it, an ME 110 dived out of the clouds, dropping to bombs, they killed one mechanic and shredded Allards Hurricane with shrapnel. Shortly after this Allard's sqn became an advanced training unit and Allard was promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant. In October 1940 the sqn was moved again to start training in night fighter operations, after exchanging their Hurricanes for American Havoc's it was here that Allard and two collages were killed in a tragic accident after their plane stalled and smashed into the ground, at the time of his death Allard had accounted for 21 aircraft destroyed and three shared.

Nice example of an RAF Hurricane.







Boston A-20 Havoc in Raf markings.



Flight Lieutenaut G. Allard

D.F.C, D.F.M and Bar

21 confirmed victories