People & Places
Gallery captions written by John Ward (President & Historian......49Squadron Association)
The former 49 Sqn ‘Dambuster’ Townsend crew after their investitures at Buckingham Palace........22nd June 1943. (l to r) Ray Wilkinson DFM, Doug Webb DFM, Charles Franklin Bar to his DFM (DFM awarded for service on 49 Sqn), Bill Townsend DFM received the CGM, Jack Grain, the crew’s former wireless operator on 49 Sqn, who took leave to be with his old crew and Lance Howard RAAF DFC. Missing from photo is George Chalmers who received a DFM and Sandy Powell the flight engineer, who strangely wasn’t awarded a medal!
No 49 Squadron O/C. Wing Commander Leonard Slee airborne from Fiskerton in early 1943. Aircraft is thought to be ED441 EA- D for Donald.
The rear turret of W/Cmdr Slee's aircraft D-Donald. Gunner thought to be Sgt HW Hill.
The 'Mess' at Moose Jaw', Canada.
Sgt Somerville 'Jock' Galloway, 'being aware of the dog' in Moose Jaw, Canada for pilot training. As F/L Galloway, Jock was destined to killed in action along with his crew on 8/9 Feb 1945 failing to return to Fulbeck after the long trip to Politz.
Wings passsing out parade at Moose Jaw, Canada.
Sgt Somerville 'Jock' Galloway braving the cold in Moose Jaw, Canada during pilot training. As F/L Galloway, Jock was destined to killed in action along with his crew on 8/9 Feb 1945 failing to return to Fulbeck after the long trip to Politz.
HM King George VI visiting 49 Sqn on 12th November 1942 at RAF Scampton. He is escorted by W/Cmdr Slee DSO. They are in No. 1 Hanger.
Another image of HM King George VI visiting 49 Sqn. They are in No. 1 Hanger.
The Officers Mess at RAF Scampton.