Service Ne: 552271 Member of the 8th Entry at Farnborough in 1938, and after graduation, was posted to Calshott where, in I939, his tasks included using, hand-held 14″ F24’s to photograph German vessels such as the Bremen, Eurupa etc., from ﬂying boats such as Londons, Stranraers and Singapores. This was followed by several years of very extensive travels around the various battle zones of World War II.
Reading like a dangerous Cook’s Tour, he went to Europe, exiting via Dunkirk. After some time with Blenheims at Walton, he was off again, this lime to Freetown, Durban, Alexandria, Ismailia, Abourkir, Crete and Malta where he spent 2.1/2 years serving with ﬂying PR heroes such as Adrian Warburton.
Ken liked to say that his only honourable war wound was when he was too close to an exploding, ammo dump which sent him ﬂying through the air to land on his eating irons, resulting in a trusty RAF fork lodging, deeply in his palm (but no Purple Heart for him).
Then it was on to North Africa and Gibraltar, eventually ﬁnding himself back home to be re-kitted for Europe again and on to Arromanche, Amiens, Arnhem etc. Postwar, his elders and betters once again decided he ought to try Bombay and Japan as a change of scenery. His last unit was Thorney Island in the Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit, ﬂying in Lancasters, messing about with ﬂash bombs and sono buoys. After demob in May 1948, he joined his father’s building ﬁrm.
Ken was a very popular member of any team or organisation to which he belonged, not least the old BEPA. He was a near professional standard sportsman in several sports, often playing cricket against Test and County teams, once captaining his side against the legendary Garﬁeld Sobers. As his mobility reduced over the years he took up bowls and was an excellent ﬂat green player.
Ken leaves a devoted wife, Brenda, four daughters and grandchildren.
By kind permission of the RAF Photographers Association magazine ‘Flashback’