Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 12, 2013 17:33:32 GMT 12
Ben is a really neat chap. I've met him several times and interviewed him. He also attended our 2011 Forum Meet here in Cambridge with his lovely wife Val, as some may recall. I might have to get this magazine if I can find a copy. I probably won't find it around here though.
Ben was very nearly shot down by a Zero too, it came from nowhere and had him in the sights when Ray Richards, who I also was lucky to get to know, spotted it and shot the Zero out of the sky. One of Ray's two and a half Zero kills. Ray was planning to attend that same forum meet which would have been great but sadly last minute he had something come up. Sadly he passed away in July this year.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 12, 2013 21:02:01 GMT 12
Thanks Ian! Yes Ben lives over in Tauranga.
I popped into Classic Flyers when they had the genuine Zero fighter there a few years back, and there were a number of people in the hangar looking it over too. One was Ben, and it was interesting chatting with him as he finally got up face to face with his old enemy.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 17, 2013 10:38:00 GMT 12
I have pinched this Ralph Starck photo from our 2011 Cambridge Forum Meet thread. It shows Ben Heffer on the right, his wife Val in the middle of the couch, and fellow Fleet Air Arm Corsair pilot Bob Glading on the left of the shot.
Bryan Cox informed me this week that Ben is not well having suffered a stroke, which is very sad.