Gordon Lamputt was the former squadron leader at Hereford Air Training Corps. He rose from the rank of cadet to commanding officer of the 124 Squadron Air Training Corps, based in Eign Road at Hereford, remembered by many as the site where a redundant Vampire T11 jet was parked outside for many years.
Gordon Lamputt was born in 1925 to Edith and Percy Lamputt of 3 Geoffrey Villas, Green St. His father was a cooper in East Street. Gordon attended St James and Scudamore schools and left at 14.
“There was a little sweet shop, like a shed, in Green Street, in the 1930s. The lady who owned it was Edna Boucher and she lived in Park Street. Afterwards it became a junk shop."
“Bartonsham Five Meadows was my playground. I did all my fishing down Bartonsham Hole, which is where the new bridge is built. I was invariably swimming in the river or running away from the attendants in Castle Green. It was a fantastic area to be brought up in."
“At the Bassom, the swimming station on the Matthews Five Meadows where the water was very deep. In the early part of the war when I was about 15 or 16 I can remember we were down there one day and the army chaps who were stationed at Bradbury Lines used to come across and catch the ferry over. When we were down there one day half a dozen men were rowing across and the boat over turned and they went in. We were diving in to try and get them up and we couldn’t. I don’t know how many got away but I know we were bringing their clothes up. That was a sad event.
Gordon also recalled an air crash in Harold Street between 1944 and 1946. “Mr and Mrs Matthews lived in a cottage nearby when a Percival Proctor crashed. I was told it was a Polish pilot from RAF Madley.”