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  1. Thank you for creating this wonderful blog. “The war” has become a rather anonymous event, often used simply as a marker (shortly after WW2″ or “before the war…”. Your blog shows us a personal view of a terrible period not just for PoWs but also for those on the home front. It is almost beyond one’s imagination to have to live in fear of THE dreaded telegram.

  2. Good afternoon, I’ve just stumbled upon this wonderful blog whilst researching wireless operators’ training for a book I’m writing about my great Uncle, Jack Clyde DFM. He was a wireless op on Halifaxes with 10 Sqn. Thank you so much for sharing Wally’s story. I think it’s so important that we keep the Bomber Command Veterans’ stories alive. I can empathise with the the huge amount of research you’ve clearly put into the blog! With very best wishes, Jane Gulliford Lowes.

    • Thank you for this factual yet poignant record of Wally’s war. I stumbled upon it and thought of my Dad, who was a POW too. Bless em all 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I was so thrilled to read it, as it contains so much of what my father would have experienced ias he also served in 50 Squadron. Born in England in 1911, he migrated to Australia when a teenager. He enlisted in 1940 and in 1942 after training in Canada was posted to 50 Squadron. I know from my mother that he didn’t like flying in the Hampten bombers before the Lancasters. He was a wireless operator and air gunner. Like Wally, he also spent some time at OTU. I have visited the Swindby area where 50 Squadron was based and Lincoln Cathedral, and now, to know that my father would have driven along the Fosse Way, a road I loved to drive, has made the picture of his life in Bomber Command far more real. My father returned to Australia in early 1944 and served time flying on submarine patrol from Pearce in Perth before instructing at Sale in Victoria. In January 1945, he was recalled to active service in New Guinea and while on a night submarine patrol during a storm, the Beaufort Bomber he was in disappeared. No trace has ever been found. I was 10 weeks old.

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