Flt Lt Eugene George Achilles Seghers DFC, Croix de Guerre

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Reference WMO266944

Address:

The Highlands Inn

Eastbourne Road

Uckfield

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A rectangular Belgian Blue Stone tablet set into a purpose-built arch- topped brick wall.
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This memorial is dedicated to the memory of / Flight Lieutenant EUGENE GEORGE ACHILLES SEGHERS DFC Croix de Guerre / Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve / One of Churchill's "Few" / Born Ledeberg, Ghent, Belgium on the 7th April 1910 / Killed in Action above Uckfield on the 26th July 1944 // Serving with No 91 Squadron RAF, Eugene Seghers and his Mk XIV Spitfire / took off from RAF Deanland Advanced Landing Ground on an "Anti-Diver" / patrol and intercepted a German V1 Flying Bomb south of Uckfield. / After intense cannon shell-fire failed to destroy the "Doodlebug", its engine / cut-out, meaning that its terrible descent towards the town was imminent. / Flight Lieutenant Seghers then courageously attempted to deflect the high explosive flying bomb away from Uckfield using his own aircraft's wing. / Near this location at 14.22 hrs he made contact with the bomb causing it / to detonate, destroying the Spitfire and killing the brave airman instantly. // SUB ALIS GLORIAE

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