Flight Lieutenant George Dunn was just 16 years old when World War Two gripped the world in September 1939. Speaking to Key.Aero at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, George recalled vividly how living in Kent allowed him to witness many of the battles taking as the RAF and Luftwaffe fought for air superiority during the Battle of Britain. Despite not being old enough to join the war effort at the time, watching the dogfights piqued George’s interest – as soon as he reached 18, he volunteered for aircrew.
George began his flying training in Canada soon after on de Havilland Tiger Moths. On his return to Britain, he flew Airspeed Oxfords, before joining an Operational Training Unit in Scotland – it was there he flew Vickers Wellingtons. On completing his instruction, George ventured back south, ending up at RAF Elvington near York. It was here that he joined his first operational squadron flying the Handley Page Halifax – it was a type he would spend most of his wartime career flying