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Charley Fox

Affable, modest and loyal, Charley Fox was a highly decorated Spitfire pilot.

Charley Fox

Affable, modest and loyal, Charley Fox was a highly decorated Spitfire pilot.

Charley Fox

Charley W. Fox was a tireless advocate for veterans and the man who has been credited with strafing Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's car after the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. He also fought in the battle immortalized by Sir Richard Attenborough's film, "A Bridge Too Far.” Fox attacked enemy trains and enemy vehicles 153 times during the war, leading to the Distinguished Flying Cross honour.

Fourteen of his planes were rendered no longer usable after being hit by enemy fire. He ended his tour of duty in January 1945 but became active in the London-based 420 Reserve Squadron after the war. On April 30th, 2004 he was named Honorary Colonel of 412 Squadron passionately devoting his time and energy to honour the veterans, past and present.

Born: 16 Feb 1920
Died: 18 Oct 2008
Awards: DFC

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