Ken Stone, whose own father completed a wartime tour in Bomber Command as a Lancaster pilot, has kindly sent me the full obituary from the West Australian of the “other” Flt Lt Martin, who died recently. This wasn’t available online, so it’s a useful resource. Click here to see in full.
Thank you to all the gallant RAF and RCAF aircrew who served so valiantly in WWII.
I lived across the road from Phil Martin in Kelmscott, I remember him telling years ago a bit about the Dam Busters and showed me some of his keep sakes. Yes he died recently and there was a very nice obituary in the West Australian News Paper – he actually worked at the news paper as a photographer.
In this the special commemorative year of the Dambusters Raid, I would like to say how special it was to grow up with Phil’s children. We lived across the road from them for many years, I went to the same school as Owen and Glenda, and spent many happy hours playing with them. I learnt to ride a bike in their garden. Phil and May were good friends to my mum and dad, both now sadly passed, and my childhood was much the better for knowing the Martin family.
I worked with Phil – he was Chief of Staff (if I remember the title correctly) of the photographic department at WA Newspapers back when I was there in the late 60s and early 70s. I joined the RAAF in 1972, partly due to Phil’s example and leadership. I am proud to have known him.