43 Squadron, shot down a Luftwaffe Heinkel 111 of 4./KG 26 near Whitby.
Return fire from the Dornier hit the Hurricane coolant system and Townsend was forced to ditch 20 miles (32 km) from the English coast, being rescued by HM Trawler Cape Finisterre. On 31 August, during combat with Bf 110s over Tonbridge, Townsend was shot down and wounded in the left foot by a cannon shell which went through the glycol tank and exploded in the cockpit.
85 Squadron to night operations at RAF Hunsdon during early 1941.
In May 1941, by now an acting wing commander and credited with shooting down at least 11 enemy aircraft, Townsend was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).
(22 November 1914 – 19 June 1995) was a Royal Air Force officer, flying ace, courtier and author.
He was Equerry to King George VI from 1944 to 1952 and held the same position for Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to 1953.