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Obituary for a navigator

Air Cdre Ted Sismore, who has died aged 90, was recognised as the RAF’s finest low-level navigator of the Second World War.

He led 'daylight spectaculars' on targets - including 3 separate Gestapo headquarters and on Goering and Goebbels themselves.

For the most part, he completed these exploits - for which he was 4-times decorated - alongside Sqn Ldr Reggie Reynolds. They teamed up in December 1942 when Sismore - recently commissioned and a veteran of operations on Blenheim bombers - joined the Mosquito-equipped 105 Sqn, seeing continuous action on operations for the next 20 months.

After the war, he continued his association with the Mosquito and was selected as the navigator for an attempt to break the record for a flight from London to Cape Town; his pilot was Sqn Ldr Mickey Martin (of Dambuster fame). They took off on 30 April 1947 and, after refuelling stops in Libya and Kenya, completed the 6,011-mile journey in 21 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds, to establish a new point-to-point record.

In 1951 he trained as a pilot, and commanded 29 Sqn, the RAF’s first jet night fighter squadron, equipped with the Meteor. He went on to command an advanced flying school, then went to HQ British Forces Middle East, and in 1962 commanded RAF Bruggen, with 2 Canberra squadrons.

He then converted to the Victor bomber before joining the Central Reconnaissance Establishment and then - on promotion to Air Cdre - became Commandant of the Royal Observer Corps. His final appointment was as Director of the Air Defence Team until retirement in June 1976.

Air Cdre Ted Sismore was born on 23 June 1921 and died on 22 March 2012.

A full and interesting obituary can be found on The Telegraph website below . .

  • 03 April 2012
  • RIN

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