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Memories of an Air Traffic Controller

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:33 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

EJ Vernon CPL RAF NO.3065697. Air Traffic Controller served in France and mainly in the Middle East. Object is a cigarette case dated 1947 with RAF logo. Name and address engraved inside. Whilst in Egypt he was 1/c of a group of German POWs, one of those men made him the case of old aeroplane parts - aluminium. The group were all ok except one, who was an ardent Nazi, and the rest didn't like him. Photo of him in ATC uniform. 1941. Also see picture of '3 Jerries' and 'The Gen Man' in the Control Tower. In later life, Ted actually wrote up memories of his time in the RAF - about RAF Lineham - 'Flarepack Party'. Ted was the last survivor of the local ATC from that era. Squadron 487 still exists and has a tree planted at the National Memorial Arboretum.

In 2023 a memorial shield was inaugurated in his name for the best musician of the year in his old squadron.


Item list and details

1. Cigarette case 2. Photo of E. Vernon and training 28/4/1944 3. Three Jerry's photo 4. Picture of Vernon in a control tower 5. Flarepack Party '45-46' - article p. 19 6. 487 Squadron Badge - ATC

Person the story/items relate to

Edward John Vernon (known as Ted)

Person who shared the story/items

Janet Rose

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Contributor's father

Type of submission

Shared at National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire on 17 February 2024.

Record ID

119139 | NMA020