was taken outside Haverhill Railway Station, the nearest large station to
RAF Stradishall. This has been confirmed by residents of Haverhill who Colin
Burningham contacted through the local newspaper, the Haverhill Echo.
It seems fairly certain that it was taken on 11 March 1942 when 2 crews travelled to 15OTU en route to 215 Squadron.
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington Mark I C ??Smith
SEE CREWS AND LOSSES for Wellington (model unknown) ??Williams
The photographer was FS William Gordon Venner and four people have been confirmed as in the photograph :
Plt/Off R Fellowes, Sgt C T Enright, Sgt A N Jenkins and Sgt B G Brown.
The other crew members in this photo are believed to be :
FS J E Williams, FS C M Gills, Sgt G Hill, Sgt J A Dillow, Sgt F B Kershaw, Sgt H Smith, and Plt/Off C Logan.
Source Colin Burningham and residents of Haverhill, Suffolk
was owned by our relative, Flt/Lt Sidney Clayden Matthews.
We have now discovered that Sidney was with 9 Squadron prior to serving with 214 Squadron and flew in this aircraft
.SOURCE: John and Carol Edwards
Regarding 'Lola', regret to have to confirm that I was right re the
Lanc identity. Just after sending you the e-mail I found reference to
it (and more photos) in a number of other books on Lancs and Lancaster squadrons.
In fact it was rather a special aircraft as it flew 97 Ops.
Audis of 9 Squadron writes:
I have researched your photograph and details and I can confirm that the photograph is Lancaster Mk1 LL845 WS”L” “Lonesome Lola” of IX Squadron based at RAF Bardney (5 Group) in Lincolnshire.
LL845 replaced Lancaster Mk111 W5010 WS”L” which failed to return from an operation to Leipzig on the 19/20th February 1944.
LL845 undertook its first operation with IX Sqn on the 15/16th March 1944 when P/O Clark and crew (including F/O Matthews) took it to Stuttgart, this was P/O Clarke’s 10th operation.
The artwork on the photograph shows 8 bombs which indicates that it had carried out 8 operations, my records show that the 8th operation was carried out on the 10/11th April 1944 when Ft/Sgt Horne and crew took it to Tours. The 9th operation was carried out on the 11/12th April when P/O Clark and crew (including F/O Matthews) took it to Aachen . Assuming the art work (bombs) were added/painted after each operation the photograph must have been taken on the 11th April 1944 prior to P/O Clark undertaking the operation to Aachen. LL845 operated with IX Sqn until the end of the war.
On the 15th September 1944 S/L Pooley and crew flew it to Yagodnik in Russia for the first “Tallboy” operation against the German Battleship “Tirpitz” by IX and 617 Sqn’s. W4964 WS”J” another IX Squadron Lancaster was the only aircraft to obtain a direct hit on the “Tirpitz” during this operation, this caused the Germans to take it further South to Tromso hopefully for repair, however this became within range of Lancaster’s flying from a forward base in Scotland if the mid upper gunner was taken out and extra long range petrol tanks were inserted into the fuselage.
Two more “Tallboy” operations were undertaken by IX and 617 on the 29th October and finally on the 12th November 1944 when it was capsized. LL845 took part on the 29th October operation but was iced up and could not take off on the 12th November.
LL845 carried out its last wartime operation on the 25th April 1945 when F/L McIntosh and crew took it to Berchtesgaden .
On the 12th May 1945 15 IX Sqn Lancaster’s including LL845 took part in Operation “Exodus”, their cargo this time was not bombs but was 336 Ex POW’s who were successfully repatriated to the UK.
SOURCE: Carol & John Edwards, Ian Hunt and Roger Audis - Historian 9 Squadron Association
This was taken at Pershore in February 1942, possibly after the completion of an OTU course. It is signed on the back as follows :
- TEL Palmer, ??, W Edge, ?Moody, ?Webster, ??.
Second crew - HJ Skelly, N Catt (on photograph but no signature), G Heath, D Hutchinson, A Hutton, J Wintrup.
Third crew - L Curtis, J Hurst, T Pearman, J Fletcher, G Littlejohn, J McLeod.
Skelly, Palmer, Heath, Littlejohn and Pearman all died in crashes.
Catt, Hutchinson, Hutton and Wintrup became POW's.
SOURCE : Rick Catt son
of N Catt
Avro Lincoln RF453
Dave Gambold son of John Gambold.
RAF Upwood Rugby team 1952
taff powell-taff lewis-bill low-john gambold- smithy-?-?-jock corbett-paddy tony sloe-P.A.-don harman-taff howells ?
Gerry Micklewright is third from the right in the middle row of the photograph
Can anyone else help with these names?
Dave Gambold son of John Gambold and Ian Micklewright (son) of Gerry Micklewright
Marc Stainier and crew. Marc is first on the left and Angus Cameron is last on the right. Can anyone name the other crew members?
SOURCE: Lt/Col Jean-Marie Stainier (son of Marc Stainier)
Murray Peden has identified a few people in the above photo, which was taken
about March 1944.
In the row immediately behind the first seated row the second man from the left is the then Flt/Lt Jack Furner (later Air Vice-Marshall Furner)
Murray Peden is third from the left in the same row.
In the centre of the photo are Wing Commander Desmond McGlinn and Group Captain T.C. Dickens
The same picture as above identified as 214 Squadron personnel in front of Fortress SR386 BU-N, Oulton 1944
Source : Gerhard Heilig
Bostock writes : It was the occasion of a visit to Blickling by a film crew
to shoot scenes on location for the film 'The
Wicked Lady'. The officers had entertained them so the sergeants not to
be outdone followed suit soon after. Pat
Roc one of the female leads is looking adoringly, (I wish) into my eyes
as she is about to sign a crew photograph. We had quite a lengthy chat, given
the circumstances. Immediately behind me is Harry Richardson and just behind
him is Pip Piper, our top gunner. The remainder of the crew that were present
are lost in the crowd.
Source : Les Bostock
Source : Mark Gibbs (son of Fg/Off Jack Arthur Giggs)
Source : Eric Hallam
1941 Eric Cooper is third from left middle row. Does anyone recognise any one else in the photo?
: Eric Hallam
The picture of a Wellington surrounded by crew signatures above was presented to Wing Commander Nuttall, the CO of 214 Squadron when he was due to leave in August 1940. However he had to stay for another month until his replacement could take over. So, when it was finally presented to him in September 1940, the picture had the signature of Flt/Lt Craigie Halkett who was killed on August 1940.
Source : Kareth Paterson (daughter of Plt/Off Harold Paterson) and Sheila Scott Byrne (daughter of Wg/Cdr Peter Doig Scott)