Tag: Bomber Command

Was Guy Gibson killed by friendly fire?

That is what James Cutler, a British historian, claims to have discovered. For years, it was presumed that Gibson had run out of fuel or crashed while flying at low altitude. On the night he was killed, he was flying a de Havilland Mosquito, acting as a pathfinder for heavy bombers raiding Germany. The date …

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Air Commodore ‘Dim’ Strong †

Air Commodore ‘Dim’ Strong, who died on August 21 aged 97, had to ditch his Wellington bomber in the North Sea; after being rescued by fishermen, he and his crew were given “a hell of a party” by officers of the Luftwaffe before being sent to a PoW camp. Read the obituary on the Telegraph.

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Warrant Officer Tom McLean DFC, DFM †

The legendary aerial gunner Thomas Joseph McLean died on July 20, aged 89. He is arguably the highest-scoring gunner, his DFC citation crediting him with seven confirmed kills as well as two probables. Postwar research indicated the two probables were actually destroyed, giving him a total of nine aerial kills, but McLean always limited his …

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Bomber Command Veterans to raise funds for Memorial

Veterans of the RAF’s Bomber Command will be campaigning to raise funds to build a national memorial for their 55,573 comrades who died during World War II. Permission to build the memorial in Green Park, Central London, has already been obtained, but the construction work will only begin when the £5 million total has been …

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