Desmond was born in Paris, France on the 15 May, 1924. He attended Brevet Superior school.
He enlisted in the RAF in Paris on April 28, 1942. He trained in North Africa Blida, Agadir, Morocco and Marakesh.
He received his Air Gunner wing at Agadir in September 1942. He was then posted to Lossimouth,
Scotland in February 1943. He did advanced training at Rufforth1620.
He was then posted to 346 squadron at Elvington, 4 Group where he completed a tour of 34 ops.as a Air Gunner on Halifax’s.
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