A Survivor's Tale: The True Life of a Wireless Operator/air Gunner
from Enlistment in 1941 to Demobilisation in 1946
- A Survivor's Tale: The True Life of a Wireless Operator/air Gunner
- from Enlistment in 1941 to Demobilisation in 1946
- Nelson, T.
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- Ted Nelson was born in Hazel Grove, Stockport in May 1923 and despite attending six different schools in Lancashire, London and Southampton between the ages of 4 and 11 he still managed to obtain an academic scholarship to King Edward VI Grammar School in Southampton in 1934. To avoid becoming an evacuee when the Second World War began he ran away from school and later enlisted in the RAF as aircrew at just 17, recording his age as 18, despite signing a declaration that any untruth could result in 2 years imprisonment with hard labour! In completion of his training as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner he survived 87 operational flights spread over 698 operational flying hours. In total he completed 717 flights covering 1658 hours, flew with 125 different pilots in 25 different aircraft. He landed or was stationed at 75 airfields during his service, with 206 Squadron, the Coastal Command Development Unit and the Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit. He was demobilised in 1946 and finally wrote A Survivor s Tale in the Autumn of 2008 at the age of 85. He is married to Ona and has 3 children and 7 grandchildren and has lived in Dorset for the past 46 years.