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The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. J N W Farmer


James Nigel Watts Farmer was born on 11th March 1915 and attended Shrewsbury School from 1928 to 1933. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1935. On 19th October he went to 5 FTS Sealand and after completing his training joined 57 Squadron on 28th June 1936.

He was posted to RAF Upwood on 1st October 1938 on the SHQ Staff. He joined 302 Squadron at Leconfield from 14 FTS on 15th July 1940 as Chief Flying Instructor.

Awarded the DFC (gazetted 7th March 1941), he was posted away in April 1941 to join 610 Squadron at Westhampnett as a Flight Commander.



Farmer (above and below) at 57 OTU Eshott in 1943.



Above images courtesy of JE Hybler archive.


His subsequent service is currently undocumented though Farmer stayed on in the postwar RAF and retired on 6th February 1960 as a Group Captain, retaining the rank of Air Commodore.

He died on 5th December 1999.


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