Tom Rosser, also known as Squadron leader T.N Rosser OBE DFC, flew with spitfire and Hurricane squadrons in England and Bengal during 1941 ad 1942.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF, Tom, a resident from Cliveden Manor, was invited to join the Queen’s Flight from Northolt to Biggin Hill. Tom enjoyed the day very much and it was a very different style of flying, being in the Queen’s flight in comfort and he said it was an honour to pass the baton to the new generation of the RAF.
The former pilot has always been interested in flying, right from his teenage years, so had chosen to go into the RAF for his service in World War II. Tom is modest about the fact he flew more than 60 sorties over enemy territory held by the Japanese, on his own in an unarmed single engine spitfire. He would cover 500 miles per sortie, capturing photographs that were essential to the war effort.
Unfortunately, after the war Tom was unable to get a permanent flying position in the RAF, due to his defective colour vision.