This is a comment I had received on this blog in 2011.
my Uncle Alastair Lawson was a pilot with 23 Squadron in Malta (OC B Flight). He had a Kiwi Navigator F/O Roberston who is still alive AFIK and living in Auckland. Unfortunately my uncle’s eyesight has gone so I cannot show him the photos.
Do you have any other photos of 23 Squadron personnel?
I have been writing this blog since 2010 with Peter Smith’s help whose father was Tommy Smith. I had known more and more about 23 Squadron in 2011 but not enough to help this reader.
Information about Alec Lawson were very scarce on the Internet except here on this Webpage.
Johnny Burton: Went to Test Pilots’ School and also to APS at Leconfield.
Chris Capper: Went to Test Pilots’ School and eventually joined de Havilland – I believe he took over John Derry’s work after the crash.
‘Rox’ Roxberry: My pilot for the second two years on the Squadron. Also went to Leconfield and Farnborough and spent a year with the Yanks at Edwards base.
Les de Garis: Also went to Leconfield and each time the weather was unfit for flying we all heard Les’s lecture ‘T.S.C.S. x SIN Angle Off’ again – and again – and again.
Sax Saxby: One of the best pilots on the Squadron, but unfortunately in those days inhibited by the PII ranking.
Monty Mountford: Overcame the PII syndrome and became a Groupie or something. ‘
Chips’ Hunter: Excellent swimmer and diver. A bit hair-raising to fly with – later killed in an air crash.
Iain Dick: Good footballer.
Alec Lawson: Never took a parachute and always sat on a seat cushion made from the folded engine covers.
Dave Spencer: We did OTUs on Canada and England together and he was my pilot for three years until grounded with high tone deafness. Like Jimmy Gill he joined the Equipment Branch.
‘Ferdie’ Fortune: Hit Rox’s tailplane during formation. We then discovered he was half blind in one eye.
Archer: Alec Lawson fell out with him one night in the Mess and chased him back to his room (the last block on the left when looking with your back to the Mess at Gutersloh). Archer hid round the corner in his room and locked the door. When Alec couldn’t get in, he fetched his 12 bore and blasted a hole in the door. Luckily Archer was out of the way, but his raincoat was hanging on the door!
‘Willie’ Williams: Spent all his time reading Bradshaw and could tell you the time of almost every train in the UK and all the connections.
Jock Marshall: Received his Croix de Guerre and legion of Honour through the normal post. We celebrated on the beach at Sylt with crates of Guiness left in the edge of the sea to cool.
Not much of a lead…
But Peter Smith had this picture in his manuscript he sent me about Hector Goldie, Vicki’s father-in-law.
The Baron and Alec Lawson, also with 23 Squadron (via Norman Conquer)
Normand Conquer had it in his collection. The Baron was on this picture taken beside someone whose name was Alec Lawson. Alec was Alastair Lawson, Al’s uncle.
Al Bowie has been reading my blog ever since and he wrote a few comments. This morning Al wrote me a personal message about his uncle.