He joined the Royal Air Force at the beginning of 1938 and joined No.615 (County of Surrey) Squadron on 4 October 1939. He accompanies the unit on his transfer to France. On 17 December, he was sent with the A Flight on the Saint-Inglevert airfield to protect the British liaison ship. He took off the next day with Flight Lieutnant Leslie T.W. Thornley and Flying Officer Peter Collard in the direction of Boulogne at 13h15. However, the weather conditions are abysmal and the section must return to the base. Unfortunately, the Gloster Gladiator mk II N5582 crashes to the ground, during the landing, killing the pilot. He was buried, on 21 December 1939, in the communal cemetery of Douai.