At First Sight
At Second Sight
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At First Sight
We Dressed Ship on VJ. Day - “Sailor” May. DFC.
time with 627 Squadron was very brief, from 3 July to 30 September
1945. I was in the middle of a tour with 139 Squadron when the German
war ended, in fact I was on the last raid of the war which was on Kiel,
2 May 1945. I had previously completed a tour with 9 Squadron on
Lancasters. I moved to 627 Squadron on 3 July, having volunteered for
Tiger Force and my Log Book tells me that my first flight with 627 was
in the company of F/O Endean on a cross- country in an H2S MkVI fitted
Mosquito on 19 July. I first flew with Scottie (Wing Commander C. W.
Scott. AFC) the CO of 627 on 24 July and soon after that became
Scottie’s navigator and Squadron Navigation Officer. |
Scottie and I flew down to Portreath in Cornwall in an Oxford on 5
August to commence embarkation leave before moving to Okinawa to mark
for 617 and 9 Squadrons (the latter my old heavy squadron) on Japanese
targets. It was during this leave that the Japanese surrender occurred,
Scottie and I spent part of the leave on my father’s yacht cruising in
the Fal Estuary and were anchored off Cowlands Creek when a former
employee of my father’s rowed out to let us know it was all over. We
therefore dressed ship and went back to Falmouth for a celebration.
On return from leave there occurred a variety of activities including a
trip to Berlin (Operation Spartan) in one of the H2S training
Lancasters; a trip to Bari also in a Lancaster, when we went sailing in
the Adriatic. I have a clear memory of Johnny Hanks, our then Adjutant
who had flown out with us, bargaining with the young Italians to buy a
cameo for his wife - Johnny was unable to outdo the Italians in
On disbandment of 627 Squadron on 30th September I moved with Scottie
to RAF Wickenby with the newly reformed 109 Squadron. Ultimately we
moved to Hemswell with 109 and my hyrmer Mosquito Squadron, 139, where
I became Station Navigation Officer with the rank of Squadron Leader. I
was demobbed on 11 July 1946.
My wife Sally (formerly LACW Sally Crosswell) was Scottie’s driver on
627 Squadron when we first met. Our relationship blossomed by the time
we have moved to Hemswell and we were married at All Saints Church,
Putney, on 16 December 1946.
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