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The Airmen's Stories - F/O A J Blayney


Adolf Jarvis Blayney was born on 25th June 1910 in Harrogate and was educated at Stowe School.

After leaving Stowe he took a textile course at Leeds University and joined G & J Stubley at Batley, woollen manufacturers.

He was awarded Aero Certificate 14279 at York County Aviation Club on 28th August 1936.



He joined the RAFVR on 25th January 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

In 1938 Blayney transferred to 609 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force and was commissioned on 20th November. He was called to full-time service on 24th August 1939.

He married Daphne Jacobs in October 1939 in Wharfedale, Yorkshire.





On 11th July 1940 Blayney destroyed a Me109. On 29th July he blacked out at 12000 feet, came to at 1000 feet and landed at Boscombe Down.

Taken off operational flying, he went from 609 to 4 Ferry Pilot Pool on 16th August. Blayney went to CFS on 25th August for an instructors course, after which he was posted to Training Command, remaining with it until his release from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

For his services as an instructor Blayney was awarded the AFC (gazetted 2nd April 1943).

He died on 9th February 1995 in Leeds.


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