Fri 15 Sep 2017, 6:41 pm
I knew about several sportsman who had 'famous' RAF careers but never knew that Kenneth Wolstenholme of the most famous phrase in English football was a squadron leader. From his obit:
In 1941, Wolstenholme qualified as a bomber pilot and was posted to 107 Squadron, flying Mark IV Bristol Blenheims out of Great Massingham airfield, Norfolk. At the start of 1943 he transferred to Mosquitos with 105 Squadron, part of Air Vice-Marshal Don Bennett's No 8 (Pathfinder) Group. Wolstenholme completed more than 100 highly hazardous sorties over Occupied Europe and in May 1944 was awarded the DFC.
The following year he won a Bar to it for his continual bravery in raids on Germany in a period of exceptionally heavy night fighter activity. He finished the war as an acting Squadron Leader, having spent its last stages working in the RAF's public relations department.