Another sad loss of one of The Few

It is with great sadness that we heard that Flying Officer Kenneth Astill Wilkinson AE who was 99 on the 29th June, passed away this morning.  Ken was an immensely active member of the BBFA since its inception and a great supporter of the Trust, a true gentleman who we shall miss dearly.  Our deepest sympathy and condolences to his daughter Penny and grandson Piers.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said:

‘On behalf of a grateful nation and the whole of the RAF, I would like to pay tribute to Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson AE who has sadly passed away. Ken as one of ‘the few’, represented an extraordinary generation to whom we owe a great debt that should never be forgotten, our freedom being won by their sacrifices. Our heartfelt condolences are offered to his family and friends, Ken will be sadly missed by us all’.

25 thoughts on “Another sad loss of one of The Few

    Very sad news indeed.
    Thank you for your service for this country and its people.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    Thank you Sir.

    Unfortunately there are fewer of the “FEW” as time goes on, I for one know the great debt we owe these very brave men and women. May your sky’s be permanently blue Sir. R.I.P.

    Ken,
    I met you more than once & each time, your “can do, will do” approach brought a smile.
    May your peace be restful, your skies clear & your view similarly so.
    To departed merit,
    Dave

    We spent some time together chatting, along with some of your comrades over lunch. As young men you were lions, in older years so very modest. Inspiring. The stuff of legends. God Bless you, Sir.

    Sad news. I spent a very entertaining lunchtime with this gentle man at an air show a few years ago and have never forgotten him. a true gentleman. Many condolences to his family but we should remember that this world is greater because of men like this, and this man especially. Rest In Peace.

    Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few! And never a truer word spoken. Thank you for giving us the freedom we enjoy today. You will NOT be forgotten. RIP

    Mr Blue you did it right,
    But soon comes Mr night,
    Creeping over, now his hand is on your shoulder,
    Nevermind,
    i will always remember you this way.
    – Jeff Lynne, Mr Blue Sky.

    Rest in peace Sir, I had the honour if meeting Ken at Capel le Fern where he told me hus picture was being used for some sort of aircraft game (his words) It’s so sad to lose yet another of our HEROES. Enjoy reminiscing with your colleagues in the great crew room in the sky.

    A sad loss indeed. My condolences to his family. We owe a lot to Ken for what he did and in later years, was always a joy to talk too at book signings. Thank you Sir. Rest in Peace

    They roared over my head doing battle in the bright blue skies while I gazed transfixed at these little dots swooping above me. I still regard them as my childhood hero’s. Bless them all.

    All I saw at 5 years old were contrails in the sky, and later, after the conflict flying above us down The Mall, all manner of war planes including our favourite, the Spitfires….Now, at eighty may I thank you sir, and your pals, for a happy life in our beautiful free country….RIP

    Very sad news indeed….True heroes these pilots…Many died at the time in combat…but i do hope the memories of all of them live on forever.

    I take my hat off to you Sir…and to all that served this once great nation.

    May your God be with you.

    Thank you.
    M. Harris.

    What a debt we owe you, still with your lovely smile, God Bless You and all. Thank you . xxx

    White cliffs to white fluffy clouds.

    Flying Officer Wilkinson AE – thankyou can never be enough for what you & all our other brave Hurricane & Spitfire heroes did for us. You will live on in gratitude in our memories – good speed you on your final scramble..

    RIP sir, we thank you for all you and our other brave Hurricane and Spitfire pilots did for us. Words cannot express our gratitude. We will remember “The Few”.

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