Jack Sharkey (1647382) – An India Album

JackSharkey01Robert¬† Sharkey had contributed several photographs from his father’s collection. His father, Jack Sharkey served with the RAF in India.

Jack Sharkey was actually John Victor Sharkey. He worked for the GPO working on telephone lines from 1936 to 1960. He is listed on Page 83 in the AIR 78/142/2 file available at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C15625667 . His service number is 1647382 . He was probably in the RAF from 1941 to 1946.

The several photographs indicate his service with No.151 OTU after it consolidated in Peshawar in 1945 and 1946. Several souvenirs and ephemera documents confirm the same as well.

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Some Preview Photographs


(Above) RAF and Indian Airmen with a Hurricane IIC at the OTU

Visit of Air Marshal Sir Keith Park KDB KBE MC DFC to RAF Peshawar on the 27th and 28th of July 1945 . The AOC-in-C in conversation with the AOC 223 Group RAF and the OC NW Frontier Wing of the RAF. Lady Park to the left.

Keith Park addressing a gathering of Indian airmen at the Harvard and Vengeance Hangar on the morning of Saturday 28th July 1945

This photograph was taken in November 1945 when Mohammad Ali Jinnah (later the first Governor General of Pakistan) visited RAF Peshawar. He is greeted by various followers at the airfield.


Jack Sharkey standing right most in front of a Spitfire VIII with SEAC markings

Another group photo of Indian Airmen with a Spitfire VIII. Jack Sharkey possibly sitting on ground 3rd. from right


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