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Kaufman, J S

Philadelphia, United States
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment US Army, Air Force
Medal or honour Legion of Merit

Kaye , John Dyson

The Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Captain
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Was an clerk in the Accident Claims Department at Manchester. Decorated 27 July 1944, when he was a Lieutenant, for gallantry in India. Had returned to company service by 1946.

Kenny, John Henry

Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Date of Death 07 August 1944, aged 30
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAFVR, 139 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, Air Medal
Additional information

Awarded DFC in June 1943 for "gallantry displayed in operations against the enemy in the Middle East and from home bases." Bar awarded August 6 1944. Killed during air operations. At his death he had flown nearly 100 sorties over enemy territory.

Kern, Herbert S

City, London
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Flight Sergeant
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour British Empire Medal
Additional information

Decorated c July 1946 for services as a senior instructor. His Commanding Officer was R C Chatfield of Glasgow branch.

Kingaby, Donald Ernest (known as Don)

Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Rank Sergeant Pilot
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Medal plus 2 Bars, Distinguished Service Order, Croix de Guerre (Belgium), Air Force Cross (American)
Additional information

An Air Ace known as the ME 109 specialist having shot down four of them in one day during the Battle of Britain. The only pilot to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal three times.

Distinguished Flying Medal gazetted 6 December 1940, official citation reads: "This airman has displayed great courage and tenacity in his attacks against the enemy. He has destroyed at least nine hostile aircraft, four of which he shot down in one day."

First bar gazetted 29 July 1941 official citation reads: "This airman pilot has continued to prove himself a very able section leader who fights with coolness and courage. He has now destroyed at least fourteen enemy aircraft and damaged others."

2nd Bar gazetted 11 November 1941, official citation reads: "This airman leads' his section- and occasionally the flight, with great skill and courage He has participated in 36 operational sorties during which he has destroyed 17, probably destroyed 6 and damaged a further seven enemy aircraft Flight Sergeant Kingaby has at all times displayed the greatest determination and sound judgment, combined with a high standard of operational efficiency."

By the 12th October 1941 he had brought down 18 enemy plans which, according to the Post Magazine, was highest score to date by a Sergeant Pilot of Fighter Command.

In November 1942 he was promoted to lead the Bombay Squadron of Spitfires.

DSO citation 9 March 1943 reads: "Squadron Leader Kingaby has taken part in more than 300 operational missions, a large number of which have been over enemy territory. Recently he has led his wing in several engagements, during which considerable losses have been inflicted on the enemy. Much of the success achieved can be attributed to Squadron Leader Kingaby's skill and inspiring leadership. Since being awarded a second bar to the DFM he has destroyed four enemy aircraft, bringing his victories to 21."

Kirkwood, James

Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Date of Death 17 December 1943, aged 28
Rank Flying Officer (Pilot)
Regiment RAFVR, 97 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Member of the Accident Claims Department. Killed in action. Decorated posthumously "In recognition of skill in flying operations and a successful return from Mannheim in a badly damaged aircraft."

Kirvin, J F

United States
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Medal or honour Air Medal (with 6 clusters)