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The Airmen's Stories - F/O K W Worsdell


Kenneth Wilson Worsdell was born in Wakefield on 6th June 1920, the son of Major Geoffrey Bradford Worsdell, formerly of the Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) and Winifred Mary Worsdell (nee Lee).

He was at Wellington College from 1933 to 1937. Worsdell entered RAF College, Cranwell in April 1938 with a prize cadetship and graduated in September 1939.



In October Worsdell joined the newly-formed 219 Squadron at Catterick and was still with it at the start of the Battle of Britain.


He was captain of Beaufighter R2065, which hit trees trying to locate Redhill in bad visibility on 30th October 1940. The aircraft crashed and exploded 150 yards south of Balcombe Place, Haywards Heath, Sussex killing Worsdell and his radar operator, Sgt. EC Gardiner.



Worsdell is buried in Nutfield Cemetery, Surrey.






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