Warrant Officer Ken Cranefield DFC flew ‘Daks’ with 233 Sqn during 1944.

Ken Cranefield - 233 Squadron Dakota pilot

RAF BBMF C-47 Dakota ZA947 is currently painted to represent 233 Squadron Dakota FZ692 ‘Kwicherbichen’ in commemoration of the men and women who operated these tough load carriers in support of the D-Day invasion and the Allied advance towards Germany.

One of those surviving heroes, Warrant Officer Knivett (always known as ‘Ken’) Cranefield DFC, recently passed away at the age of 94.

The Air Force Cross has been awarded to Mark Discombe

Air Force Cross for ‘Disco’ Discombe

Long-standing members of the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club may remember an item in the Club e-newsletter for August 2015 that reported an incident that had occurred with BBMF Hurricane LF363 on 25th July 2015 when one of the oil pipes to the aircraft’s constant speed unit fractured, whilst conducting a flypast over Cadwell Park racing circuit, 20 miles north of Coningsby.

RAF Memorial Flight Club's ballot prize for October

Win two BBMF t-shirts and signed planning maps

This month, one lucky Club member will win a pair of officially licensed RAF BBMF t-shirts and the maps used to plan the BBMF’s flypast over Westminster Abbey on Battle of Britain Sunday 2016. The maps have been signed by OC BBMF, Sqn Ldr Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin.


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