Tim ElkingtonWing Commander Tim Elkington admits to an uneventful childhood. He's also equally modest about a very eventful life as a Second World War fighter pilot. Aside from action at the Battle of Britain, he also served in Russia, the Atlantic and India...
Tim Elkington – Film 1In this the first of his 8 films, Tim talks about his childhood and the circumstances around his arrival at Cranwell.
Tim Elkington – Film 2Tim is posted to No1 Squadron at Northolt in North London. He talks about life there during the Battle of Britain. He is still slightly staggered by the lack of training...
Tim Elkington – Film 3On the 16th of August, 1940, Tim is separated from his flight and attacked by a German 109. In this film he talks about the circumstances around that and his subsequent recovery.
Tim Elkington – Film 4Tim is posted to 134 Squadron which was destined for Russia. In Scapa Flow he prepares to sail on HMS Argus.
Tim Elkington – Film 5Tim talks about his stint in Russia. They were there to train Russian pilots who would subsequently fly to the Eastern front. He then reflects on his time on a Catapult Aircraft Merchant ship. Out of 35 ships converted to CAM during the war, 12 were sunk. He didn't fly off much, but when he did, he admits 'it was interesting'..!
Tim Elkington – Film 6Tim is posted to 539 Squadron. This was a Night fighter squadron where his role was to accompany Boston aircraft fitted with huge Turbinlites. It was not a posting he enjoyed...
Tim Elkington – Film 7Another Hurricane Squadron beckons. This time in India. He arrived after the Japanese had been restrained which mean't he was again a lucky pilot. He then moves South of Calcutta to create a tactical unit...He then reflects on his subsequent life with the RAF. He retired in 1975.
Tim Elkington – Film 8Tim reflects on a particularly frightening experience when he is forced to fly on instruments during thick fog. Thanks to Tim and his wife for taking the time to meet with me. And special thanks to Patrick Tootal of the Battle of Britain Memorial trust for helping to make this interview possible.
Wing Commander Tim Elkington admits to an uneventful childhood. He’s also equally modest about a very eventful life as a Second World War fighter pilot. Aside from action at the Battle of Britain, he also served in Russia, the Atlantic and India…