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Ian Templer

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by GRW, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Also believed to be the last Swordfish pilot.
    "A former Second World War pilot believed to be to the last surviving Fleet Air Arm pilot has died.
    Ian Templer, who was aged 100, flew several aircraft during the Second World War, but the one he most fondly remembered was the Swordfish.
    Ian, who lived in the Bridport area since 2009, had been living at the Hyde Residential Home, Walditch, where he celebrated turning 100 back in June on Father's Day (Sunday, June 17).
    After war was declared in 1939, Ian served as a meteorology assistant in the Orkney Islands from 1939 until 1940.
    Following this, he was a naval airman trained as a pilot with the 14 Elementary Flying Training School at Elmdon and the Seven Standard Flying Training School at Peterborough from 1940 until 1941.
    It was after 1941 that Ian piloted the Swordfish for the first time, an aircraft he firmly remembered up to his death, with one of his flights seeing him pilot the Swordfish from Egypt to Malta.
    After the war, Ian returned to work for Dunlops in the midlands, where he worked until his retirement age at the age of 64."
  2. ColHessler

    ColHessler Member

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