This memorial is dedicated to the memory of
Flt Lt Eugene Georges Achilles Seghers DFC Croix De Guerre
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
One of Churchill's "Few"
Born Ledeberg, Ghent, Belgium on 7th April 1910
Killed In Action above Uckfield on 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.