Remembering Bomber Command
The majority of the young men that flew with Bomber Command, were barely out of their teens, some as young as 17. It was said that a 25 year old man, was an ‘old’ man in Bomber Command.
Strike hard, strike sure, was the command’s motto; and for the aircrews, it took astonishing courage to run the gauntlet of the German Nightfighters, flak and anti-aircraft guns, night after night over occupied Europe. Their nerves were stretched to breaking point, never knowing if they were coming back from a raid or not.
Bomber Command didn’t win the Second World War, but victory could never have been achieved without their efforts. Facing unimaginable danger, the brave young men of Bomber Command; and the unselfless sacrifices they made for our freedom, should never be forgotten.
In Remembering Bomber Command, we have captured the memoirs of veterans, in their twilight years, which for the majority, is their ‘last post’
Group Captain Thomas Gilbert “Hamish” Mahaddie, DSO, DFC, AFC & Bar, FRAeS
Warrant Officer Bill Willcox, DFM
Flight Lieutenant Harry Hughes, DFM. DFC.
Squadron Leader Ken Butler, Pilot / Flight Commander
Flight Lieutenant Doug Londers
Warrant Officer Alf Huberman
Wing Commander William John Simpson QSO, DFC,
Group Captain Kenneth Batchelor, CBE. DFC.
Flight Lieutenant Ralph Temple, DFC
Sgt Bob Nelson, Wireless Operator
Squadron Leader Tommy Broom, Navigator, DFC & Two Bars
Squadron Leader, Pil Pilgrim
Flt Lt Leonard Sumpter, DFC. DFM.
Ron Irons – Aircrew
Air Marshall Sir Ivor Broom, KSB, CBE, DSO, DFC, AFC
Flying Officer Ronald Goebel
Sgt Maurice Arthur Hentall / Air Gunner
Flight Lieutenant Dominic Bruce, MC, KFM, KSG
LAC ‘Taffy’ Jones / Air Gunner
Warrant Officer Jack Reed, DFM.
Squadron Leader Charles Patterson, DSO.DFC