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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A K Sandifer


Alfred Kemp Sandifer was born on 3rd August 1913 and joined 604 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force before the war as an Aircrafthand. Called up on 24th August 1939, he remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner, completed his training and was entitled to wear the new Air Gunner badge from 29th February 1940. He was then a Corporal.



On 19th June Sandifer damaged a He111. He served with 604 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. With the advent of the Beaufighter he retrained as a Radio Observer.

On 12th December 1940, flying with F/Lt. H Speke, he assisted in damaging a He111.

In May 1941 Sandifer was posted away to 109 Squadron, which was formed from the Wireless Intelligence Development Unit at Boscombe Down, concerned with the development of radio counter-measures and new radar aids.

Commissioned in July 1943, Sandifer was released from the RAF in 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died in December 1990 in Epping, Essex.


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