Here are a few of the events which took place in the run-up to V.E. Day in 1945.
Most people remember RAF Kenley for the crucial role it played in the defence of London during the Battle of Britain in 1940, but by VE Day in May 1945, the situation had changed dramatically, and so had Kenley.
We are saddened to learn that Flight Lieutenant William Terence Clark has passed away this evening, only a few weeks after his 101st birthday. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.
George was born 16th January, 1922, in Yorkshire. His Father, Gibson Uttley, a Yorkshireman, was working as a Special Investigator for the Department of Pensions and National Health, in Toronto, when George enlisted in May 1941. His Mother, Ethel Smith, was from Leicestershire.
"Mac" was 21 years old, the son of Robert Taylor McKim, a clergyman, and Mary Annetta Renfrew Gilchrist, of Westfield, New Brunswick.
Pilot Officer Milne was shot down by a BF109 in the Rouen area, while on a reconnaissance sortie. He was flying Spitfire Mk.I P9449.
Arnold, known as "Mick", was born on 9th December, 1919. He was the son of William and Emily McNeil (nee Burgess), of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.
James was the son of Patrick and Annie Burke (nee Maher) of Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand.
David Malyon Russell was the son of John and Beatrice Hawes Russell. He left behind a wife, Violet Ada Russell (nee Surridge), of Manurewa, Auckland.
On 19th April, 1943, a serious accident befell Pilot Officer Cooke (J21231) of No.416 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, during take-off from Kenley...