I sent an e-mail to George Stewart this week after posting Monday’s article…
He answered back and he insists I call him George.
I am not the kind of guy to argue with a Mosquito pilot…
George identified most of the airmen on the pictures that Paul Beaudet’s daughter sent me two weeks ago.
Paul Beaudet was George’s navigator on all his 50 missions. They never suffered any injuries.
I would venture to say that they were each other’s good luck charm.
Getting back to the photographs, I first believed that these pictures were taken at Luqa, Malta, but George told me they were taken in Alghero in Sardinia and also in Naples, Italy.
This is the first picture I posted last time.
This is what George Stewart wrote me…
His answers are in blue…
This photo shows my navigator F/O J. R. Paul Beaudet, beside F/L J. (Jackie) Curd, a squadron pilot who flew with his navigator F/S P.H.Devlin.
This photo shows me with F/O A.L. (Al) Berry, a squadron navigator, whose pilot was P/O R. A. (Ron) Neil, both members of the RNZAF.
The other officer on the left side of the photo escapes my memory for now, but I think he was our engineering officer. This shot was taken in Naples, and you can see Mount Vesuvius in the background.
We landed here off the Italian cruiser Garibaldi, which sailed us here from Cagliary, Sardinia, after we found out that the squadron was going back to the U.K., in the spring of 1944.
We sailed from here to Liverpool on the Strathnaver.
The picture shows a few of us in Sassari (Sardinia), a city close to our base at Alghero in Sardinia, (after we did a bit of shopping. I bought a lovely small oil painting, for 800 lire).
In the dark battledress to my right, is F/O Ken Eastwood’s navigator F/L G.T.(Griff) Rogers.
‘Scappa’ W/O.K.V.Rann, a squadron navigator who flew with Lt. J.H.Christie, of the Dutch Airforce, is on my right, and Paul to his right.
I’m not sure about the chap in the top picture with his right arm around my navigator Paul, but it may come to me later; it may have been taken a the #1 B.P.D. tent camp in Algiers.
Paul Beaudet and the Vesuvius of course.
Al Berry again, likely taken the same day as the photo on page 1, in Naples.
With all these new articles on No. 23 Squadron, I would like to consider myself as being George’s navigator on the Internet…