Vic Bashford volunteered for Royal Air Force service in December 1938. He trained as an electrical fitter, joined No 615 Squadron at RAF Kenley, equipped with Gloster Gladiator fighters, and was deployed to France in December 1939. The pace of war quickened, and on 10 May 1940 the Luftwaffe attacked his airfield at Abbeville. They were evacuated over the Dunkirk beaches, and so consequently he was at Kenley at the time of the Battle of Britain. Following this came a series of postings, before he was finally sent to No 134 Squadron, at RAF Leconfield in August 1941.
We lost the lot that night