Roy Latham



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Roy as he was known joined the RAF in 1947 , he joined up despite a childhood injury where he almost lost his arm and following an operation he was unable to fully straighten his right arm. But such was the nature of Roy he wanted to serve his country and he signed on for eight years.
Following his enlistment which was during the hsrsh winter of 1947 he did his basic training which was in West Kirby . Following this he was sent to work in Yorkshire on the maintainence side looking after Dehavilland Mosquitoes an aircraft the he admired all through his life , taking every opportunity to fly in them as if you fixed them you went up to test them. Roy always spoke highly of the Squadron Leader whom he used to fly with .
Working on MT Roy travelled the length and breadth of the country taking aircraft and equipment on Queen Mary transporters and having to travel on landing craft to deliver equipment to remote islands in Scotland.
Roy attended NCO training school in Hereford where he became a Corporal.
Roy also served in Gibraltar having many tales about life there and "taking the lads across to Malaga" and also about the last Halifax that flew from there.
Roy was always proud of having served in the RAF and always had a huge interest in aircraft and flying.

Added by: neil fell on 30th October 2011.

 

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