Tributes paid as RAF top gun dies

Second World War flyer Dennis Gosling in his flying days.
Second World War flyer Dennis Gosling in his flying days.

A HIGHLY decorated Second World War fighting ace who turned his achievements into a book has died aged 90.

The funeral of night fighter Dennis Gosling has taken place with former military and freemansons colleagues paying their final tributes.

Second World War flyer Dennis Gosling, aged 88, of Bawtry, whose autobiography is soon to be published.

Second World War flyer Dennis Gosling, aged 88, of Bawtry, whose autobiography is soon to be published.

Mr Gosling, of Bawtry, had received the Distinguished Flying Cross for shooting down German bombers.

In his 80s he spent hundreds of hours at a computer typing up the many thousands of words that made up his own story of wartime courage, Night Fighter Navigator. His well-preserved hand-written wartime logbooks helped him to recall the events that took place all those years ago.

Mr Gosling said at the time: “I initially intended to write it for friends and family and I never thought that it would be published. “I wanted to tell readers what it was like for an ordinary man from a working class Yorkshire family to serve in the RAF during the Second World War.”

Mr Gosling was brought up in Hyde Park and attended Doncaster Grammar School before joining the RAF Volunteer Reserve aged 18.

Posted to Malta, the 21-year-old Flight Sergeant and his pilot downed five enemy aircraft and damaged two others.

After the war he opened a general store in Harworth.

Family friend Graham Woodford said: “He was a wonderful guy and a lovely gentleman.

“He was a like a father to me and I always enjoyed reliving his memories with him.”

Mr Gosling, who had been ill for a few weeks with an infection before he died in hospital,

After the memorial service at St Nicholas Church on Monday Mr Gosling was buried in Sheffield alongside his late wife Irene.