|Ron ‘Dick’ Pullen
Ron Pullen was a native of Byfleet, Surrey, whose early interest in aviation was sparked by the proximity of Brooklands airfield. He joined Hawker Aircraft at Brooklands in 1936 aged 13 initially as a timekeeper’s boy and as a general dogsbody and teaboy.
Within a few years however he was working on Hurricane production in the Brooklands Flight Sheds and got to know all the Hawker Test Pilots of the day, including Chief Test Pilot ‘George’ Bulman. He left Hawkers to join the Royal Air Force during the war, serving in North Africa, but afterwards returned to Brooklands and had a long career in aviation with Vickers. He now lives in Wales but remains very proud of his early association with the Hurricane and the role it played in the victory of the Battle of Britain.