About his pilot…
Information taken from a genealogy forum with this topic:
51 OTU Cranfield, Mosquito Intruder training 13/4/43
After many years of searching I have finally made contact with the family of the Pilot, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Charles Matheson, who was killed in action with my wife’s father, his navigator, Fl. Sergeant Laurence W Bush on the night of 23-24/8/43.
They were together at 51 OTU,Cranfield from 13/4/1943 before being attached to 418 RCAF squadron.
These photos of the Mosquito Intruder training course may be of interest to others. They include Charles “last time” Scherf, DSO DFC & bar of 418 squadron and “Pip” E.T. Orringe, DFC of 605 squadron.
We would be interested to hear from other family members with links to the men in these pictures.
I found this on John Augustin Le Rossignol (front row second from the right, labelled L’Rossignol) who was with 23 Squadron briefly. (as would have my late father-in-law had he not ‘volunteered’ to join the 418 Squadron after having received his tropical kit and been assigned to 23 Squadron in Malta). born Berlin, Germany 25.09.1911.
Son of Robert Le Rossignol, British physical chemist who was working for the Auer Lighting Company, later to become ‘Osram’, and Agnes Emily Le Rossignol, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, later of Harrow, Middlesex. KIA 05.09.1943 [age 31] [Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, II.C.9]