Interview with Ken Oatley

Title

Interview with Ken Oatley

Description

Initially too young to enlist at the outbreak of war, Ken Oatley served in the Home Guard until he was able to enlist in October 1940, when after initial training he undertook pilot training. After basic flying training he went onto Canada training on Oxfords. It was whilst there Donald Bennett was forming the Pathfinder Force. Five pilot trainees were taken from each course to retrain as navigators and Ken was selected for transfer. Eventually posted to 627 Squadron at RAF Woodhall Spa on Mosquito aircraft, Ken flew a total of 22 operations. He describes how 627 Squadron operated within Bomber Command operations, explaining how their role was to arrive and illuminate the designated targets for the following bombers. This included the operation on Dresden in February 1945. At the end of the war, Ken served with the Bomb Development Unit at RAF Marham, before being demobbed in 1946.

Creator

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

2017-03-21

Contributor

Ian Whapplington

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01:03:33 audio recording

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AOatleyK170321, POatleyK1701

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Citation

David Kavanagh, “Interview with Ken Oatley,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 19, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/11430.

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