May, Ben John


May, Ben John
B J May


Three items. An oral history interview with Ben May (1925 -2018, 1894955 Royal Air Force). He flew operations as a flight engineer with 420 Squadron. Also includes a short memoir and a photograph.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Ben May and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.


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May, BJ

Collection Items

Ben May
Half-length portrait of an airman wearing battledress with flight engineers brevet. Captioned 'Ben May flight engineer, Tholtorpe 1945'.

Flight Engineer, 420 Squadron RCF, Bomber Command, RAF WWII
Ben May's life and service as a flight engineer on 420 Squadron flying Halifax from January 1945. Relate life before volunteering for aircrew and being called up for the RAF in February 1944. Provides short description of training and joining 420…

Interview with Ben John May
Ben was born in 1925 in Kent and his first job was in the gas works. A member of the Air Transport Command, he was called up in 1944 and after initial training at RAF Locking he joined No.4 flight engineers course at RAF St Athan for one year. He…
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