P/O Kenneth Gordon Slade-Betts was born in London in 1923. He flew Tempests with No. 3 Squadron during 1944. He was receiving a DFC, gazetted on 22 September 1944.
On 29 December 1944 Slade-Betts became involved in a fight with Bf109Gs of IV/JG 27. During this engagement his Tempest (JF- D JN803) was shot down north of Rheine and he was presumed killed.
But in early 1947 a Military Court was held in Osnabrück, Germany. Slade-Betts should have survived, been taken PoW and two German nationals were now accused of commiting a war crime when killing Slade-Betts with a shot in the head. (Read more in the link below.)
Kenneth Slade-Betts is buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 24.B.18.
Photo taken at Newchurch on 23 June 1944. Left to right: F/Sgt Rose, F/O Barckley, P/O Dryland and P/O Slade-Betts.
Slade-Betts' victories in Tempest
|Date of Claim||Type Claimed||Aircraft Serial No.||Location of Claim||Unit||Note|
|31 May 1944||1/5 of 2xJu188s||3 Sqn||On ground|
|31 May 1944||1/5 of 2xJu188s||3 Sqn||Damaged on ground|
|18 June 1944||1/2 x V-1||JN755||in sea||3 Sqn|
|18 June 1944||V-1||JN812||N Bexhill||3 Sqn|
|20 June 1944||V-1||JN705||6m N Eastbourne||3 Sqn|
|22 June 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|23 June 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|28 June 1944||2 x V-1s||3 Sqn|
|29 June 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|30 June 1944||V-1||JN753||4m S Maidstone||3 Sqn|
|3 July 1944||V-1||EJ504||15m N Hastings||3 Sqn|
|3 July 1944||V-1||EJ504||6m S Hastings||3 Sqn|
|4 July 1944||V-1||JN817||4m S Eastbourne||3 Sqn|
|8 July 1944||2 x V-1s||3 Sqn|
|9 July 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|12 July 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|13 July 1944||V-1||3 Sqn|
|21 July 1944||V-1||JN817||14m N Beachy Head||3 Sqn|
|21 July 1944||V-1||JN817||15m S Hastings||3 Sqn|
|21 July 1944||V-1||JN817|
- F/O Kenneth G. Slade-Betts DFC -- Aircrew Remembered
Aces High Vol. 2 by Christopher Shores
Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 by Chris Thomas