Thursday, March 10, 2011

William (Bill) B.Cairns

Bill Cairns joined the RAF in 1942 and flew Whitley's and later Lysander and Stirlings on special duties with 138(special duties) Squadron, dropping agents and
supplies in enemy-held France and Norway. Later flew Stirlings, Halifaxes and Hastings in Transport Command and awarded the AFC in 1951. Joined Vickers in 1953 and for five years was involved with development and production test flying at Hurn. Transferred to Wisley in 1958 to fly Valiants and later Vanguards. In charge of the VC10 tropical trials programme.