Air Marshal Sir Edward 'Tap' Gordon Jones KCB CB CBE OBE DSO DFC, Greek DFC, RAF no.

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  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Air Marshal Sir Edward 'Tap' Gordon Jones KCB CB CBE OBE DSO DFC, Greek DFC, RAF no. 37357

    31 August 1914 – 20 February 2007

    'Tap' Jones (middle) in late 1940. Edward 'Tap' Gordon Jones was born on 31 August 1914 in Lancashire and was brought up in Widnes, near Liverpool.
    After school he entered Liverpool University to study Medicine before deciding to pursue veterinary science. Although he loved shooting, gun dogs and the outdoor life he had no real interest in being a vet, his sole ambition being to fly with the RAF. He neglected his studies, concentrating on rugby and courting his future wife, a fellow student. Eventually, his powerful mother gave up and let him join the RAF.
    He joined the RAF in 1935, and in 1937 was serving as Pilot Officer in 17 Squadron's 'B' Flight on Gauntlets, from which 80 Squadron was formed in March of that year; he became the unit's first adjutant in May.
    He was married in 1938 to Margery Hatfield.
    He was promoted Flying Officer and went with the squadron to the Middle East in April 1938, becoming a flight commander in March 1940.
    On 28 June 1940, after the Italian entry into the war, he took command of the flight formed in the squadron with the first Hurricanes.
    He became temporary commanding officer on 19 August 1940, but after the arrival of the new CO, was to lead a flight of Gladiators to Greece on 18 November.
  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Can you imagine the size of his business card with all those letters after his name?!
  3. marshall

    marshall New Member

    I have come across a family photo of Sir Gordon Jones taken in Malta in 1965 which I would like to send to his family if anyone has contact details
  4. jjbristol

    jjbristol New Member

    Hi Marshall i'm Tap's grandson, my farther is setting up an archive of Taps RAF history so your photo would be most welcome. How did you come by it?
  5. marshall

    marshall New Member

    We were helping sort ny wifes' Uncle and Aunts bungalow (Merlin and Dorthy Franks) after Dorthy died . Merlin has severe dementia and is in a nursing home.

    The picture is not a military one but a family one with some names on he back . Out of pure curiosity I searched on the names to find Taps mentioned on this site.

    I am not sure of the relationship between your family and I think Dorothy.

    Just happy to reunite it if you want me to post it . I am happy for the admiistrator to give you my email address
  6. marshall

    marshall New Member

    I have found the photograph and would be please to post it to you free of charge

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