Ken Ballantyne, “First Wave” memoirs of Reg Payne of Bomber Command

We are delighted to be welcoming author Ken Ballantyne, along with Reg Payne, in association with Waterstones to visit us on 5th November, in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday. Ken will be giving us highlights and insight into his book about Reg’s incredible experiences in WWII.

Local WWII Veteran Reg Payne, who has lived in Kettering all his life, has had his life story turned into a book by author Ken Ballantyne. The book, First Wave, focuses on his time as a Wireless Operator on Lancasters during the Second World War. Many of his experiences are recounted in the book, such as his part in the infamous Nuremburg Raid in March of 1944, widely renowned as Bomber Commands most disastrous mission. It also paints a fascinating insight into wartime Kettering. Waterstones will be holding an afternoon event with Reg Payne and Ken Ballantyne. There will be a talk by the author, a display of memorabilia and a chance to ask Reg any questions or to get your book signed. The book will be available to buy at the event along with a selection of the authors other titles. It is being held at Kettering Arts Centre on the 5th November from 1pm-4pm.

The event is FREE entry.

Read more here

2 Responses to Ken Ballantyne, “First Wave” memoirs of Reg Payne of Bomber Command

  1. david payne says:

    Not many of these brave men still surviving …. so ….. this is a must go to event to meet a fascinating local man with a wonderful story to tell’.

    • Fred says:

      I met reg, took him for lunch and the guy is amazing. Great stories to tell with his pocket diary of the war…. Just An amazing man. Have read his book which is incredible.
      Would love to see him again, I hope he is still with us.

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