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Hubert Hastings Adair
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Birth name Hubert Hastings Adair
Nickname Paddy
Born 1917
Died November 6, 1940(1940-11-06)
Place of birth Norwich
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1936 — 1940
Rank Sergeant
Service number 580088
Unit No. 88 Squadron RAF
No. 151 Squadron RAF
No. 213 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars

World War II

Relations Robert and Elizabeth Adair (Parents)

Sergeant Hubert Hastings "Paddy" Adair (1917–1940) was a World War II Royal Air Force pilot during the Battle of Britain.

Adair was born in Norwich in 1917, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Adair, and was educated at the City of Norwich School.

Royal Air Force[edit | edit source]

Adair joined the Royal Air Force in 1936. After completing his training he joined No. 88 Squadron RAF and flew the Fairey Battle aircraft during the Battle of France. Adair volunteered for Fighter Command.[1] He converted to hurricanes in August 1940 and joined No. 151 Squadron RAF at RAF Digby on 4 September 1940 and then was posted to No. 213 Squadron RAF at RAF Tangmere on 16 September 1940.[2]

On 6 November 1940 Adair was killed in action over Southampton flying Hurricane AK-D (V7602). It is believed that he was shot down by Major Helmut Wick of JG 2. Adair was posted as "missing in action" and was presumed to have come down in the English Channel.[3]

Later research found that Hurricane V7602 crashed at Pigeon House Farm, Widely, Hampshire and was Adair's. When it was excavated on 6 October 1979 the pilot's remains were found and later sent to Porchester Crematorium for disposal.

Memorials[edit | edit source]

Adair is named on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, Surrey, on panel 11.[4]

A memorial plaque, situation on top of Portsdown Hill in Hampshire close to the believed site of Adair's crash. The plaque reads:

SGT. H.H. ADAIR IN HURRICANE AK-D-V7602 CRASHED NEAR HERE ON THE 6/11/1940 WHILST DEFENDING PORTSMOUTH. HE FOUGHT AGAINST SUPERIOR ODDS AND LOST HIS YOUNG LIFE SO THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS COULD ENJOY THEIRS.

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