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I strongly suspect Ron Neil is my great uncle Ronald Arthur Neil (my grandfathers brother)! I only just heard he flew Mosquitos and then stumbled across this amazing resource. I’m getting family members to look at the photos to confirm.
Al Berry and Ron Neil
A reader sent me this…
We are sad to announce that Theodore Griffiths past away after a long illness on Monday 29th August.
In case you are not aware on ‘You Tube’ there is a short newsreel about 23 Squadron Havocs, it’s called:
Douglas DB-7 (A-20) Havoc Night Fighters
My Uncle’s crew flew all three of the aircraft shown, YP-T/W & S.
From a message in my inbox from Cliff Adams, 418 Squadron Association Historian…
F/Sgt H. E. D. Tilby an observer who was transferred from 23 Squadron RAF to 418 Squadron RCAF. F/Sgt Tilby was lost in April of 1942 shortly after joining 418 Squadron. You may be interested in this story as it certainly fills in some of the early intruder work done by 23 Squadron.
Have attached a couple of photos for you.
In the crew photo my Uncle is on the right, in the centre is the pilot, Flt/Lt A.J. (Jack) Love and on the left is F/Sgt Malcolm Bunting their Air Gunner.
I believe this photo to have been taken while they were still with 23 Squadron, although the nose recognition letter on the Boston/Havoc behind them is indistinguishable. My family did not receive any photos from Harry while he was with 418, so I’m 99.9% certain they are with 23 here.
The other photos are self-explanatory.
They are buried together in Montdidier, northern France along with several other R.A.F and R.C.A.F. aircrew shot down in the area. Montdidier itself was a Luftwaffe base with Heinkel 111’s of Luftflotte 2 stationed there.