Your Tributes to World War 2 Servicemen and Women
We welcome your tributes to family and ancestors who served during the Second World War and are connected with the village of Box through birth, residency or other reasons.
Donald and Audrey Warren
By 1942, with the war still raging, my father, Donald Warren, and my aunt, Audrey, had both joined the forces. At the time Donald was living at 67, Aldhelm Crescent, Box Highlands. Audrey had joined the Women's Royal Navy Service otherwise known as the WRENs and Donald joined the Royal Air Force. He joined in November L942, was assessed for flying ability in De Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft and sent to Canada in July 1943. There he trained in Cornell and Avro Anson aircraft before gaining his wings in November 1944.
Back in England he had training in Avro Lancaster bombers before he contracted polio and spent a year in hospital. He returned to flying Tiger Moths, Airspeed Oxfords and then in Avro Yorks. Donald then flew over 150 flights in Yorks mainly to Egypt and India. In 1948 this was followed by 91 flights on the Berlin Air Lift delivering supplies to the city. The next aircraft Donald flew was the Douglas Dakota, making 90 flight before his final flying experience of 72 flights in Dakotas towing gliders, leaving the RAF in 1950.
Right: Donald Warren (courtesy Michael Warren)