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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. L C Sones

 

Lawrence Charles Sones was born on 22nd November 1913 and was a civil servant at the time he joined 601 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in 1932 as a wireless operator. When the RAFVR was formed in 1937 Sones left 601 in September that year to enlist as an Airman u/t Pilot.

He did his flying training at 8 E&RFTS Fair Oaks and had just been awarded his wings when war was declared. He was called to full-time service and after some weeks billeted at his home was posted to 4 FTS Brough for a flying instructors course.

He did not meet the required standard and was sent to 3 ITW Hastings and then on 5th February 1940 to 14 FTS Kinloss to requalify as a pilot on low wing monoplanes.

 

 

Above: 14 FTS - Sones standing first left, rear row.

 

Above images courtesy of Simon Eyre.

At the end of the course he went on leave but this was immediately cancelled and he was ordered to 605 Squadron at Drem, he arrived on 18th June 1940.


By the end of October he was credited with one Me109 probably destroyed, another damaged and a Ju88 shared. In December 1940 Sones was posted to 96 Squadron, then forming at Cranage. He later served with 258, 403 and 111 Squadrons.


In April 1942 he went to 52 OTU Aston Down as an air firing instructor and was commissioned from Warrant Officer in July.

He joined 65 Squadron at Drem in October. In January 1943 the squadron was based on HMS Argus, practicing deck landings and seeing how the RAF would cope on aircraft carriers. The experiment was not successful.

In May 1943 Sones went to North Africa and joined 93 Squadron at Souk-el-Khemis. He was later with 74 Squadron in Cyprus and Egypt. He returned to the UK in February 1944 and later went into Maintenance Command as a test pilot.


Sones was released from the RAF on 13th September 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant. He returned to the Civil Service.

He died in February 1993 in Windsor.

 


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