Desmond Hugh O'Neill was born in December 1914 in Madras, India and arrived in the UK on 7th March 1922.
He joined the RAF on a short service commission in July 1938. He was posted to 10 FTS Tern Hill on April 9th and joined 2 AACU at Lee-on-Solent on 29th October 1938.
He went to 611 Squadron at Digby on 20th August 1940 and then moved to 41 Squadron at Hornchurch on 29th September.
O'Neill was involved in a mid-air collision with Sgt. LR Carter during a battle climb to engage Me109s on 11th October. He baled out but was killed when his parachute failed to open. His Spitfire, X4042, crashed near the Crooked Billet, Ash.
O'Neill was 25. He is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery,