Richard Hillary

Born Apr 20, 1919

Flight Lieutenant Richard Hope Hillary was a Battle of Britain pilot who died during World War II. He is best known for his book The Last Enemy, based upon his experiences during the Battle of Britain.

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  • Books Of The Times; A Husband Tells His Wife's Other Love Story
    NYTimes - May 20, 1989
  • In The Whirl And Muddle Of War
    NYTimes - Jul 31, 1988
  • Junior Birdmen Grow Up
    NYTimes - Apr 24, 1988
  • New &Amp; Noteworthy
    NYTimes - Jul 22, 1984


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1919 Birth Born on April 20, 1919.


1938 19 Years Old He rowed in the successful Trinity College VIII of 1938.


1939 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He joined the Oxford University Air Squadron and RAFVR in 1939.
1940 21 Years Old On 3 September 1940 he had just made his fifth "kill" when he was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 flown by Hauptmann Helmut Bode of II./JG 26: … Read More
1941 22 Years Old Hillary's love affair with Mary Booker which lasted from December 1941 until his death was the subject of Michael Burn's book Richard & Mary (1988) … Read More
1943 24 Years Old 1 More Event
The funeral service of Richard Hope Hillary took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 25 January 1943 at 12:30pm followed by cremation at Golders Green Crematorium, where he is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cremation memorial. … Read More
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