|Rushden Echo & Argus, 18th February 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins
“Halifax” Pilot Wins D.F.C. - Higham Man Who Learned Flying at Sywell
Twice mentioned in dispatches for his fine work in connection with raids on Germany, Flight Lieut. A E (Ted) Kilsby, R.A.F.V.R., of Higham Ferrers, now has a further distinction in the award of the “immediate” D.F.C. His parents, Mr and Mrs H Kilsby, of 50 North End, received this information from him last Friday, and although no details are as yet available they expect to receive them shortly.
Flight Lieut. Kilsby, aged 26, joined the R.A.F.V.R. in pre-war days, learning to fly at Sywell. He completed one batch of operational duties, followed this with two years as an instructor, and is now well on the way in his second batch as the pilot of a Halifax. He was mentioned in dispatches in June 1942, and later in January 1943.
An old boy of the Rushden Intermediate School, he worked at Messrs John White’s Newton-road factory at Rushden, and was a member of the Query Motor Club and follower of sport in general.
Wife at Rushden
Nearly two years ago he married Miss Verna Penn, who resides in St Margarets-avenue, Rushden. His younger brother is a cadet in the R.A.F., training as a wireless operator, and his sister is a corporal in the W.A.A.F.