1907 - 1968 (60 years)
||Alfred Daniel (Fred) Jaffe |
||15 Sep 1907
||Tatsfield Surrey, England
||After university he joined the RAF and trained as pilot. Seconded to Fleet Air Arm. Subsequently pilot for Imperial Airways, and self-employed with own plane for cartography, newspaper run Croydon Aerodrome - Paris etc. Rejoined RAF in 2nd World War and reached rank of Squadron Leader, Acting Group Captain. After 2nd World War and becoming deaf given a desk job at Croydon Aerodrome, but retired early. A car enthusiast who raced Lagondas and motor-bikes at Brooklands etc. in the 1930s, and a keen dahlia-grower. Died of cancer July 1968 in Guy's Hospital London.|
You will see my father is mentioned in the 6th paragraph from the end. I had no idea that he was involved in ferrying planes to Spain for use during the Spanish civil war. Another site Martin referred me to showed the registry with the owners of the plane and obviously my father had sold it on to someone else before it crashed near Redhill in 1947.
Yet another link he gave me was the following, showing my father as a pilot with Surrey Flying Services. I guess this could be the time when he did the daily paper run with British newspapers to Paris and French newspapers back to England that he often used to talk about.
||30 Jul 1968
||17 Mar 2013 |
- [S59] E-mail message, from Sylvia Dawn Kieling.