Sergeant Frederick Halsey and the Herts Police Flying Club
from photos and information provided by his son, John Halsey
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.
Sgt Halsey joined the Club in 1957.
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.
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.
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.