In his publication, The Shiphunters, Gillman writes about his experiences joining the air force and the training in the UK. When he eventually gets his qualifications they send him to Gibraltar and then ultimately on to Malta.
Gillman joined the R.A.F. in 1939 and, after flying Blenheims on bombing and anti-shipping operations, was given command of a photographic unit formed to make "newsreel" records of both operational and experimental flying. His career as a commercial pilot began with Railway Air Services in 1946.
2 juni 1962 (Queen's Birthday Honours: Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air (as Senior Training Captain, British
European Airways Corporation).
? Flight Sergeant
February 3th, 1943: Pilot Officer (probation)
August 3th, 1943: Flying Officer (probation/war sub)
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