Biography

Final rank: Squadron Leader
Service number: 406265 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: No. 450 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 450 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 450 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

MEA1387

Italy. c. 1944. 406265 Squadron Leader Ken R. Sands DFC, of the Desert Harassers No. 450 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF, of Nedlands, WA, briefs pilots in front of the Operations trailer just prior to an operation over the Eighth Army front.

MEA1387

MEA1388

Italy. c. 1944. Informal portrait of 406265 Squadron Leader Ken R. Sands DFC, of the Desert Harassers No. 450 Squadron RAAF, of Nedlands, WA, in front of a Curtiss P40 Kittyhawk aircraft.

MEA1388

MED1156

Within ten days, No. 450 Squadron RAAF flying Kittyhawk (Kittybomber) aircraft from an Italian base, damaged or sank 20,000 tons of enemy shipping. One of their biggest successes was the sinking of a 5000 ton warship off the Yugoslav coast. The pilots who participated in this particular attack...

MED1156

UK1272

LONDON, ENGLAND. 1944-05-01. 406265 SQUADRON LEADER K. R. SANDS DFC AND BAR, PERTH, WA, AT RAAF OVERSEAS HEADQUARTERS. SQN LDR SANDS ARRIVED IN THE UK FROM THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE HE COMMANDED A RAAF FIGHTER BOMBER SQUADRON.

UK1272