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Picture of David Campbell Gordon.

My father was born on 4th April 1923. His parents, Kenneth Gordon MC and Mavis Gordon (nee Lyne-Smith), opened the Garden House Hotel in Folkestone, Kent, the following year. He attended Feltonfleet School in Folkestone before going to Copthorne Prep School and finally Charterhouse. He joined the RAF in 1942 and after basic training on various aircraft including the Sopwith Camel, he was posted abroad for further training. He served with squadrons 40, 49, 52, 69, 138 and 180, flying Canberras and Vulcans in later years and even flew a Spitfire! He left the RAF in the mid-60s to take over the running of the family hotel. In the late 1970s he was divorced and my parents went their separate ways. Father remarried and took various jobs including a directorship with Checksfields Motors in Dymchurch, Kent. He was a keen photographer and gardener. In his later years he became ill and spent the last few years in a number of nursing homes in Hythe, Saltwood and Littlestone. He died on 27th March 2007 and is sadly missed by two sons and a daughter. He will be cremated at Hawking on 12th April 2007. No flowers please, but donations if desired, to the RAF Benevolent Fund, c/o Hambrook & Johns, Funeral Directors, Hythe, Kent.


Added by: David on 5th April 2007.





Kathy Gordon writes [11th September 2020]:

Always remember Dave the dad in law. Very special man.



David writes [15th August 2008]:

Dad's resting "in spirit" at RAF Wittering. A plaque will soon be in evidence where his ashes have been buried. He can dream of flying those Vulcans again!



David writes [17th February 2008]:

Many thanks Stephen, did you know Barry Higgs? Get in touch if you did. And do you have any pics of my Dad?



Stephen " Paddy" Roe writes [20th January 2008]:

i had the good luck to be on the boss,s ground crew when he was on 138 sqd ,we now have a small troop of bods from the sqd ,with some aircrews ,iam sorry he miss it



Ginger Cucolo writes [1st October 2007]:

A lovely sentiment about a man who must be loved dearly. I hope his memory remains strong. I have added him and his information to my website to help in this endeavor.



Peter Heselden writes [5th April 2007]:

As a resident of Brewres Hill and a user of the Clarendon Pub I met David first many years ago. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and will be missed. Charmian and I send our love to David's family.



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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity providing practical, financial and emotional support to all members of the RAF family, from childhood through to old age. We help with issues from childcare and relationship difficulties to injury and disability, and from financial hardship and debt to illness and bereavement.