Soham Grammarians : Victor Key

In memory of VICTOR SYDNEY KEY Sergeant 759103, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
235 Squadron
who died on Sunday, 23rd March 1941. Age 20.

New River Bank, Littleport, Cambridgeshire.
Parents: Charles & Fanny Key.
Brothers: Charles (served in the RN), Fred (served in the RAF), Brian
Sister: Diana
Wife: Renée Mary Key (née Butcher), Littleport
Father was an agricultural worker.

He was at Soham Grammar School 1931-1935. The programme for a Prizegiving (1935?) noted that in the June 1934 Royal Drawing Society's Examination he was awarded two certificates.

The Spring 1940 Soham Grammarian listed him as being in the RAF.

Former employ: Mechanic at Audley Garage, Crown Lane, Littleport

No known grave: commemorated by name on Panel 46, Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede

Victor was a volunteer reservist so was called up early in the war for RAF aircrew service. He served as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in twin engined Bristol Blenheims with Coastal Command, carrying out torpedo attacks on enemy shipping, mine laying and low level daylight raids. Success was to be obtained by flying at low level, but there was a high casualty rate.

CWGC record with links to the Air Forces Memorial

source: via Colin Thornhill (1940): The Littleport Fallen 1939-1945 is being published by Mr Rex Strawson - for more information please contact Rex [ - replace AT with @ before sending]. The editor is grateful to Rex for the above information and photo.

page last updated 10 Oct 2003: CWGC link updated Aug 2020