Monday, April 20, 2009

Legends -People as well as aeroplanes

Meet George, photographed in front of the P-47 at Flying Legends in 2005.

Here is George's story - Enlisted 9th July 1940 aged 20, Fitter / Armourer. Demobbed August 1946. Trained at Morecambe (Square Bashing) then Melksham, Wiltshire.

Now the bit in between.

Posted to 149 Squadron at RAF Mildenhall working on Wellingtons, George was posted in July 1941 to 27 Squadron in Northern Malaya, equipped with Blenheim Mk1’s. From there he went to Ceylon where 160 Squadron were equipped with B24 Liberators before transferring again to 320 Maintenance Unit on which he worked on various aircraft including Thunderbolts (his MU reassembling 3 crated SEAC P-47's per day).

During his time in the Royal Air Force, George travelled from the UK to Northern Malaya, through Singapore and the Dutch East Indies to Ceylon and India over the course of 4 years, all the while with Far East Command. He now lives in a quiet village in Norfolk where he spent his working life in farming - a bit different to his memories of diving, half clothed into a slit trench during one of the frequent bombing raids on his base in the Far East!

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