Ray Herrington was born in Bethnal Green, East London, and joined 208 at RAF Tangmere. He used to joke with his friends that if he hadn’t joined the RAF he would have ended up working for the Kray brothers.
He served in Jordan, Cyprus, Aden, Kenya and Bahrain amongst other places. He was on the Queen’s Flight for 5 years, on 42 Squadron (Shackletons), and in Bomber Command. He was also a Chief Technician on the Field Repair Squadron on Jaguars, based at RAF Abingdon.
The photo of the Queen’s Flight Wessex over Tower Bridge was one of his favourites, taken a mile from where he was born. He always said that the RAF gave him a great life. He will be sadly missed.