Sub Lieutenant (A) Dennis ‘Pinky’ Pywell RNVR joined the RN in January 1943 and trained initially as a seaman at Lee-on-Solent before sailing to Canada for training as a Fleet Air Arm pilot on Harvards near Ottawa under the Commonwealth Training Scheme. Returning to the UK, Dennis joined No 887 Squadron in September 1944 to fly Seafires from HMS Indefatigable based at Scapa Flow. The Squadron was ‘loaned’ to HMS Implacable to undertake attacks on targets on the Norwegian Coast above the Arctic Circle, returning to Indefatigable in November flying off Angelsey. Deployed to the Far East in late 1944, Dennis was one of six pilots to disembark at Port Said and cross the Nile Delta to Dekheila, near Alexandria, to collect and test six Spitfires before transiting the Red Sea to rejoin their ship. He was then heavily involved in the bombing of the Japanese held oil fields in Sumatra before being engaged on Fleet protection duties in the Pacific. He was aboard, but was uninjured, when HMS Indefatigable became the first British ship to be hit by a Kamikaze aircraft. In the Spring of 1945 Dennis went to Australia to convert on to Hellcat aircraft, but VJ was declared before he could go operational on the aircraft. He returned to the UK by troop ship and was ‘demobbed’ in early 1946 to take up a civilian career managing an agricultural crop spraying company. In retirement he became a School Governor and a Volunteer in the education department of a Zoological Park. Over the years Dennis and his wife Joan had been staunch supporters of the Air Crew Association until they were both admitted to a nursing home in late 2015. Joan passed away on 20th December 2015 at age 89 after battling dementia for some years; Dennis, who had devotedly cared for Joan in her declining years, passed away on 15th February 2016 at age 91. Both Joan and Dennis’s funerals were well attending by our ACA members, and will be sadly missed; our condolences were passed to their family.