Ken Plowman – Film 1Ken talks about his early life in Melton Mowbray. He joined the Royal Air Force at the age of seventeen and a half and retired 20 years later
Ken Plowman – Film 2Ken talks about his Initial Training Wing in Torquay. Like many, his first plane was a Tiger Moth. It took him 6 hours before he went solo. He later went to Canada to train onboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth.
Ken Plowman – Film 3Ken talks about his time in Canada. It was a land of promise for an aspiring pilot.
Ken Plowman – Film 4Ken recalls a day of aerobatics and a small problem with a locking pin By the time he returns to Harrogate in England, the Battle of Britain has been won and the demand for fighter pilots is waning. Ken trains to be a fireman Then its onto gliders.
Ken Plowman – Film 5Ken becomes First pilot on an Airspeed AS.51 Horsa Glider. He describes the differences between flying full and empty [of soldiers].
Ken Plowman – Film 6Ken collects some new gliders that were to be used on an upcoming mission. When he returns to base hes lucky to survive an incident with another glider.
Ken Plowman – Film 7Ken talks about Operation Varsity which took place on the 23rd of March 1945
Ken Plowman – Film 8Ken talks in detail about the equipment and personnel he was carrying on Op Varsity.
Ken Plowman – Film 9Figures for Operation Varsity are staggering. Ken was to fly in a stream of 440 gliders and prior to this, 6000 paratroopers were dropped to prepare the landing zones. Ken recalls in detail the flight and complications he was experiencing with his glider.
Ken Plowman – Film 10Kens glider hits the ground and within seconds everyone [and everything] is out. Ken was lucky, there was little opposition en-route to their rendezvous HQ.