‘Kind’ Chesterfield war hero dies aged 94

Ken Haslam, who has died aged 94.
Ken Haslam, who has died aged 94.
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A Second World War bomber pilot has passed away at the age of 94.

Kenneth Lewthwaite Haslam, known to his friends as Ken, died in Chesterfield Royal Hospital at the start of January.

Ken moved to Chesterfield after the death of his wife in 2006 to be closer to his daughter Tricia and family.

He lived independently at Hawkinge House and was well known by all as a “true gentleman”.

Ken served in the RAF with 34 Squadron based in India and Burma. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for exceptional valour, courage and devotion to duty while flying in active operation against the enemy. Ken was married to Betty Haslam and lived in Rotherham for 57 years until her death. They had three children, two sons and a daughter. Ken was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be sadly missed by his family and remembered for his kindness, intelligence and wit.