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Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson (deceased)
*Signature Value : £40
|Battle of Britain pilot flying Hurricanes, he flew Spitfires with 611 Sqn and then 616 Sqn at Kirton-in-Lindsey and 19 Sqn at Fowlmere during 1940 and after a spell instructing returned to operations on Spitfires, with 234 and 165 Squadrons. After spending time with 53, 24 and 10 Operational Training Units, he left the RAF in November 1945 and served in the RAFVR.|
Ken said :
From 1st September 1939 I wrote myself off. I thought, 'you've got no chance' lasting through whatever is going to be. It was quite obvious, in the way the Germans were moving, they were going to make a hell of a war out of it, so I was ready for war. I can remember saying 'we've got to stop this fellow Hitler'. When you think of all the thousands of citizens that were being killed by this absurd bombing. They had to pay for it didn't they. Yes, we lost people. Friends that didn't come back. I don't think we were the sort of people to brood over it, ever. You have to get into an attitude to make sure that you're as cold as a fish. Once someone has failed to return, that's it. Fortune smiled on me and not on some of the others. I can only say that whoever it was who pooped off at me, wasn't a very good marksman. It transpired that we were doing something far more important than we thought. As far as we were concerned, it was just that there were some untidy creatures from over the other side of the channel, trying to bomb England and the United Kingdom. And we didn't want them to bomb us. After all, we never asked the Germans to start this nonsense, did we? But they did, and we had to stop them, and we did. It's our country. You die for you country.
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|Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 20th February|
|20||February||1941||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. J. Mcadam of 41 Squadron, was Killed.|
|20||February||1941||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. A. Angus of 611 & 41 Squadron, was Killed.|
|20||February||1941||Former Polish Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. R. Pilch of 302 Squadron, was Killed.|
|20||February||1945||Former Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt V. B. Corbett of 1 RCAF Squadron, was Killed.|
|20||February||1995||Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. K. AFC Quill of 65 Squadron, Passed away.|
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