Christopher DUNSMORE

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Senior Aircraftman Christopher DUNSMORE. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force. 2003-2007

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Senior Aircraftsman Matthew Caulwell, Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Dunsmore and Senior Aircraftsman Peter McFerran in southern Iraq on Thursday 19 July 2007.
He joined the RAF in 2003 as a member of No. 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force based at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland. SAC Dunsmore (along with a second member of 504 Squadron and other Auxiliaries across the country) was called for full-time service. He was attached to No.1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment based at RAF Honington in August 2006. He committed a year of his life to the service of his country.
Based at Basra airport at the time of his death, SAC Dunsmore was tasked to protect military aircraft from the threat of attack from Militia who regularly tried to target the aircraft while at their most vulnerable - during take-off and landing.
During an early afternoon rest break when there were no aircraft movements, SAC Dunsmore had been due to return to patrol when the airport came under rocket attack.

He is commemorated on a memorial plaque onthe Royal Auxiliary Air Force Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

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