After initial training he served in HMS Valiant from December 1939 to Sept 1941 andsaw action off Norway, Africa, Malta and Matapan. He trained as a pilot in 1941, passing out top of his course. He was awarded his Wings in March 1942 and was then appointed for duties as a night fighter pilot. After a brief spell in 1943 in 800 Sqdn as Senior Pilot, he returned to the N.F.I.U. and saw action flying Mosquito night fighters in night defence of the U.K. and Intruder Operations over France.
On 24 February 1944 he intercepted a Junkers 88 over Basingstoke and engaged it from astern - hits were seen and the Junkers was seen to go down. Intelligence reports later confirmed that it crashed into the sea south of Newhaven.
On 24/25 March 1944 contact was made with a Junkers 88 over Weybridge. Searchlights caused some problem and although a few hits were seen, the JU 88 escaped.
On 15 July 1944 during the Allied invasion of Normandy he was on patrol West of Antwerp having taken off from Manston, when an enemy aircraft was seen. After a 15 minute pursuit an attack was made from 300 feet and the aircraft went down in flames. It has since been confirmed as a ME 110.
After a year in 784 Naval Night Fighter Training Sqdn as an Instructor and Senior Pilot (1944) he was appointed as CO of the first Hellcat Night Fighter Sqdn (No. 892) which was later in 1945 embarked in HMS Vengeance.
His career after the war was as follows :
1946 - Appointed as CO No. 784 Sqdn (NF Training.)
1947/8 - Attached to the Tactics Branch of the Central Fighter Establisment, R.A.F West Raynham.
1948 - Mission to the U.S.A. in connection with Carrier Controlled Approach System.
1949 - appointed CO of 809 Sea Hornet Night Fighter Sqdn. Transferred to RN as Lt Cdr.
1950 - HMS Vengeance as Air Group Cdr. 15th Carrier Air Group.
1951 - Directing Staff, School of Land/Air Warfare, RAAF Williamtown, N.S.W. Australia.
1953 - i/c Pilots Pre - Flight Training School Gosport.
1954 - Helicopter Pilots conversion course.
1955 - Promoted to Commander and after Staff Course, appointed to Admiralty, Directorate of Air Equipment.
1958 - Loan Service to Naval H.Q. New Delhi for Indian Navy. Served as Deputy Director Air Warfare and Training.
1960 - Retired under Government Scheme for reduction of the Armed Forces.