Sergeant Frederick Halsey and the Herts Police Flying Club

from photos and information provided by his son, John Halsey

John Halsey

Police Flying Club 1956

Frederick Halsey's 1st solo flight
Frederick Halsey's 1st solo flight
After seeing the Herts Police Flying Club Pathe Newsreel film clip on this site, John Halsey very kindly sent some photos and memories of his father, Sgt. Frederick Halsey (and his friend Ken Green) and the Flying Club. See the Pathe News clip at

http://www.hertspastpolicing.org.uk/page_id__97.aspx


Passing out parade, Eynsham Hall
Passing out parade, Eynsham Hall
Frederick Edward John Halsey joined the Hertfordshire Police in 1950 and initially served in Berkhamsted. This photo is from his passing out parade at Eynsham Hall, Witney, Oxfordshire in 1950. He is on the right, nearest the camera.

P.C. Halsey was a keen photographer, and in 1953/4 he joined the Photographic Department at Headquarters in Hatfield. While there he was promoted to Sergeant. He became a fingerprint expert and was involved in some notable crimes.


In September 1956 the Herts Police Flying Club was formed at Panshanger Airfield. 

Panshanger airfield, 1961
Panshanger airfield, 1961
The club was the idea of a Constable at the local police station who was a former bomber pilot. It had a civilian instructor, and was open to any member of the Herts Police Force, whether or not they’d flown before. The club started out with one dismantled Tiger Moth, without an engine, and an uncompleted club house.

Sgt Halsey joined the Club in 1957.


Playing at the airfield
Playing at the airfield
 John Halsey remembers playing cricket or football with his brothers at the airfield (or even playing in the old WW2 plane bits lying around) while his father flew or worked on the club house.


Frederick Halsey and the Tiger Moth
Frederick Halsey and the Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth G_ANOH in flight
Tiger Moth G_ANOH in flight

Sgt Halsey qualified for his Private Pilot’s Licence on 3 August 1958.

He mainly flew the Tiger Moth, G – ANOH, and with his pal Ken Green went on trips around the UK and even ventured across the channel into Europe a few times.

The Tiger Moth was also used for aerial photography and police searches when required.


Frederick Halsey and Ken Green flying the Tiger Moth
Frederick Halsey and Ken Green flying the Tiger Moth
Frederick Halsey and Ken Green in the Sea Otter
Frederick Halsey and Ken Green in the Sea Otter

Some years later the Tiger Moth was changed for a converted Sea Otter, which was far more comfortable for pilot and passenger.


Sgt. Halsey had to stop flying when his eyesight started to deteriorate, but he still went up with other Club members. He retired from the Police Force in 1975 after 25 years service, and lived in North Wales until his death in 2006.

Frederick Halsey
Frederick Halsey

n.b. The Herts Police Flying Club was officially re-born in July 2013 – http://www.policeflyingclub.co.uk/ – and is now at the Cranfield Airfield in Bedfordshire.


John Halsey has uploaded further photos and info on his father’s career, including a couple of famous cases while he was in the Photographic Department.

See  http://www.hertspastpolicing.org.uk/page/sergeant_f_e_j_halsey


 

This page was added on 03/03/2014.

Comments about this page

  • My dad, (John Mackintosh) a civilian photographer known as `Mac` to many, worked alongside Fred for many years. When I was about 17, Fred took me up on a flight in the TIger Moth. What a fantastic experience that was! A lovely guy and I know dad thought a lot of him.

    By sheila farey (23/11/2015)

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