Remembering the Telegraphist Air Gunners
The Inimitable Ken Davies, PO(A) TAG December 1, 2010 An obituary by Roy Gibbs; Obituaries and notices of death 2010 from http://www.fleetairarmoa.org Our old comrade Ken "passed over the bar" in September at the great age of 87. He volunteered for Aircrew early in WW2 under the Fleet Air Arm Y Scheme and was accepted as a Telegraphist Air Gunner. Having been through the usual joining period at HMS Royal Arthur, he started his Initial TAGS training at HMS St. Vincent, graduating from there to Flying Training at RNAS Worthy Down. Having successfully won his wings he joined 758 Squadron in 1943, then on to 766 squadron followed by a short period with 813 in Gibraltar. He was then drafted to 845 squadron on HMS Battler in the Indian Ocean. It was here he was involved in the sinking of the German tanker, Brake that had been supplying enemy submarines. 1945 saw him back at Lee-on-Solent with 798 squadron until he was released and referred to the Royal Fleet Reserve. Ken was a dedicated Swordfish man and did all his flying service in these obsolete biplanes which still managed to carry out so many operations for the Fleet Air Arm. On his return to "Civvy Street" he went back to his career in Banking and successfully worked his way up to a Senior Manager. When the TAGA Hon Sec resigned some 25 years ago, Ken volunteered for the job. He was a great Hon Sec nothing was ever too much trouble and as other Officers died he took on their jobs, finishing up as Hon Sec, Membership Sec, Association Archivist and Magazine Distributor. He was greatly assisted in all these tasks by his wife Barbara who continued to deal with his work while he was fighting, what was to be his final illness. He will be very missed and I would like to offer a big thank you, from the Association to Barbara who is still holding down the job until the Association can come to terms with his loss. He leaves behind his loving wife and daughter and his latest pride and joy; two grandchildren. Happy landings Ken and I hope you always pick up the first wire.
Roy Gibbs & Ken Davies
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