Farvis came from University College Swansea to
join the radar team at Worth in July 1940, starting work
in the aerials group. He moved to the Radio
Countermeasures team in September when Robert Cockburn
arrived from RAE Farnborough working to counter 'Knickebein'
- the German bombing navigation aid.
For Operation Overlord, the electronic
countermeasures for the D-Day landings, he identified
the German radar stations along the French coast so as
to plan phantom targets to confuse the Germans about the
After the war he returned to academic life at
later in his career becoming Professor of Electrical
Engineering at Edinburgh University.
Prof William Ewart John Farvis CBE
12 December 1911 - 12 October 2005