It is a great honour to be joined at the UK Gallery in Wendover by the following veterans who flew with RAF Fighter Command during WWII:
Flying Officer KEN WILKINSON - called up in September 1939, he flew Spitfires throughout the Battle of Britain with 611, 616 & 19 Squadrons. After a spell as an instructor, he returned to operations again flying Spitfires, with 234 and 165 Squadrons.
Squadron Leader TONY PICKERING – with 32 Sqn and 501 Sqn he flew Hurricanes throughout the Battle of Britain and on September 11th was forced to bale out after being hit by return fire from a bomber he was attacking. He moved to 601 Sqn at the end of 1940 before a spell as a test pilot and instructor. He returned to flying operationally with 131 Sqn in 1943 and finished the war serving in the Middle East.
Warrant Officer ERIC CARTER - from late 1940 he flew Hurricanes and Defiants with 615 Sqn in air defence over Liverpool and Manchester, before moving to 81 Sqn. With this unit he took part in 'Force Benedict' a top secret operation to assist the Russians, flying Hurricanes from Murmansk for 8 months. On returning to the UK he joined 456 Sqn flying Spitfires over the North Sea and across Europe.
Flight Lieutenant RODNEY SCRASE DFC - he flew Spitfires with 72 Sqn over North Africa, Sicily and Italy, scoring 4 victories and 3 damaged. He finished the War with 1 Sqn at RAF Manston, flying Spitfires on Bomber Escort duties over Europe.
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