Ken, Post War 1969
Ken was born on September 18, 1923 in Manchester, England. He attended Altrincham Grammar School in Cheshire. He enlisted in the RAF on May 10, 1943 at ARC Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England. He did his ITW at
Cambridge; #7 Air Observer School, Portage la Prairie in Canada. He received his Navigator Wing at Portage in 1944. He was posted to the UK in August 1944. He did further training at #4 AFU, West Freugh, Scotland; #84 OTU Desborough,
Nothants; #1668 HCU Bottesford, Notts.
Posted to #153 Squadron at Scampton on Lancasters, Bomber Command.
His Pilot was F/L J.A. Johns.
Ken reports “As a younger, and therefore later arrival “on ops”, I only did one bombing operation. Shortly thereafter, we dropped food on Rotterdam (Operation Manna) and flew repatriated POW’s home from Italy. In September1945, my crew transferred to #12 Squadron at Binbrook to conduct H2S trails. Later in 1946 while at Central Bomber Establishment at Marham, I had the privilege and good fortune to be 2nd Navigator on Bomber Command’s firtst post-war good-will mission to the Far East under the command of Group Captain
S.C. Elworthy, later Marshall of the RAF, Lord Elworthy. This trip is memorable for many reasons, including the H2S failing and requiring total relaince on basic Dead Reckoning navigation.
Ken left the RAF in February, 1947 at Kirkham, Lans.