A Battle of Britain pilot who was born and raised in Llandudno was saluted with a flypast in his memory by the Red Arrows.

The flypast over Llandudno on August 13, was carried out in honour of Sergeant Glyn Griffiths, while the Red Arrows were carrying out a display rehearsal at nearby RAF Valley.

(Image ©Battle of Britain London Monument)

Glyn Griffiths, was born in 1918 and worked at Llandudno Urban District Council’s gas department, before taking a short service commission in the RAF in 1937. This ended on August 22, 1939 but he rejoined in early April 1940 as an Airman Pilot.

He joined 17 Squadron at Kenley in May and from June the squadron was operating in France from Dinard and Le Mans and by the November he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM).

In early 1941 Griffiths was posted away from 17 Squadron to become an instructor. Commissioned from Warrant Officer in April 1942, he later went to Canada to instruct. After his return to the UK he flew operationally with 4 Squadron, an Army Co-operation unit.

In October 1943 he was returning from a sortie over France when his wingman, collided with him over their base at Odiham. He baled out but not before he had suffered severe burns, from which he had not recovered before the war ended.

Griffiths was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant, he died in 1983 in Epsom, Surrey.

Images and words courtesy of ‘Battle of Britain London Monument’.

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