Royal Air Force, 1941-46
Derek Till was born in the south of England and worked in the civil service during the early days of the war. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1941; after pilot training in Canada, Till returned to England to fly Lancasters (similar in size to a B-17) with three times the bomb tonnage. After V-J Day, Till was sent to Rangoon, Burma, to fly spare parts and supplies to small RAF detachments. He left the service as a flight lieutenant, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
This interview was recorded at the International Museum of World War II-Boston.