Exceptional – Redux

Something I wrote in 2012.


This is not only about an exceptional night intruder pilot.

It’s about paying homage to all those related to him.

Alec Lawson or Alastair Lawson was just like Eugene Gagnon.

An unknown Mosquito pilot.

Very little information about him on the Internet.  

Alec Lawson: Never took a parachute and always sat on a seat cushion made from the folded engine covers. 

For now that is…

With his nephew Al, who has just shared his uncle’s logbook, we will reach out for people who are related to Alastair Lawson just like Hector Goldie seen on this picture with Alec Lawson.

Courtesy Peter Smith

There are more info about 605 Squadron though… 

Ian sent these after I contacted him.

Courtesy Ian Piper

Courtesy Ian Piper

F/Lt. A. C. Lawson. D.F.C.

‘Alec’ joined the R.A.F., on the 14th August 1939 under the Short Service Commission scheme. In April 1943 he joined 605 Squadron as a Flight Lieutenant and with ‘B’ Flight operated a couple of times at night. Then he was posted to 23 Squadron in June ’43. 23 at this time were intruding from Malta and between June ’43 and Feb ’44, Alec successfully completed 35 sorties with them. He shot down three Huns and became a Flight Commander before returning te England. He was awarded the D.F.C., for this tour of Ops but unfortunately had to relinquish his acting rank of Squadron Leader on return. For the next few months he instrueted at an O.T.U., where he taught future Mosquito pilots all he knew about handling this aircraft (and he knew plenty) and in Nov.’44 he rejoined 605 at Hartford Bridge when they were in the throes of changing over to 2 Group’s night interdiction role. Between that date and the end of the war, he successfully completed a further 30 sorties and was with the Squadron at their disbandment, having acted as Deputy Flight Commander (‘B’ Flight) during this period.

What about Ian Piper…

He wrote a book about 605 Squadron.


26 November 1942 Redux


This post was written back in 2010.

I just found the pilot’s name on the same page as Flight Lieutenant Bob Williamson’s name who was shot down over Cognac.

On the night of the 26th, Sgt Hutt and Sgt Cridge were killed in a crash whilst on local flying.

Williamson 1942 28 November ORB

Original post written in 2010.

I got this comment on my blog.

My uncle flew for RAF Squadron 23 and was killed on November 26 1942 in a Mosquito fighter bomber. His name was Duncan Stuart Hutt, RCAF. This was before the move from England. My mother told me that her mother sent packages to the pilots in Malta, but the Wing Commander told her that all pilots that Stuart had flown with in England were KIA.

Source of images

I found these locations of No. 23 Squadron on this Website.

16 May 1938 – 31 May 1940: Wittering
31 May – 12 September 1940: Collyweston
12 September 1940 – 6 August 1942: Ford
12 – 25 September 1940: Detachment to Middle Wallop
6 – 14 August 1942: Manston
14 – 21 August 1942: Bradwell Bay
21 August – 13 October 1942: Manston

13 October – 11 December 1942: Bradwell Bay

11 – 27 December 1942: On way to Malta
27 December 1942 – 7 December 1943: Luqa
3 September – 5 October 1943: Detachment to Signella
5 October – 1 November 1943: Detachment to Gerbini Main
1 November – 7 December 1943: Detachment to Pomigliano
7 December 1943 – 8 May 1944: Alghero
8 – 19 May 1944: Blida
19 May – 2 June 1944: Returning to UK
2 June 1944 – 25 September 1945: Little Snoring

Duncan Stuart Hutt was stationed at Bradwell Bay when he got killed.

I found this video on the Internet about No. 23 Squadron based in Italy.

If you have information on No. 23 Squadron, just write me a comment and I will get in touch just like I did with Stuart Hutt’s nephew.

What about this?

What about this?

23 Squadron Group Picture

Gosling family collection

Eugene Gagnon is on that picture, but not under the nose this time.


23 Squadron Group Picture Eugene Gagnon

Ted Gosling in on the left and Eugene Gagnon is sitting on the tarmac.

Gosling and Gagnon

The picture is fuzzy but I could find Eugene in a haystack.

These pictures were taken in July 1945. 23 Squadron was disbanded in September 1945.

Here are some more pictures from the Gosling family collection.

23 Squadron end of the war 2


23 Squadron end of the war 3

Tony Marks beating up the airfield on the day it was disbanded

23 Squadron end of the war 1

More Mosquitos

Tony Marks?

Who is Buzzing Tony Marks from 23 Squadron?

I will have to look it up. Meantime, I wonder if Robert Harris can find his father in the Gosling family collection?

I have…

Déjà Vu?

23 Squadron Group Picture A Fight

Gosling family collection1945

Wing Commander Russell collection via Tommy Cushing via Peter Smith

What about this?

23 Squadron Group Picture

Gosling family collection

A member of the Gosling family sent many pictures of 23 Squadron and is willing to pay homage to Flight Lieutenant Gosling.

23 Squadron Gosling Memorial

Gosling family collection

As much as this blog serves as a memorial to Flight Lieutenant Eugène Gagnon, this blog is opened to all who wants to share their precious mementos.

You share and I share.

23 Squadron Crest

Gosling family collection

Another View From His Grandad Mossie

Marten is this navigator’s grandson.

Click here to get reacquainted.

Marten wrote back to contribute more to this blog.

Hi Pierre

It’s great to continue to read about the squadron, so keep up the good work! I have attached a better quality scan of the photo my grandfather took, as well as a scan of the 23 squadron entry from Martin Streetly’s ‘Aircraft of 100 Group’. I will get around to photographing my model, I promise.



This is a very picture of a Mosquito equipped with the ASH radar.

Grandad Mossie

page from book

About St. Chris…

1943-1944_Plane (bike)

We all know who flew St. Chris don’t we…Paul Beaudet and George Stewart 1About Marten’s grandad picture… I did a little touch-up.

ASH Radar

ASH Radar notes

R. C. Harris

I found a relative of Eugène Gagnon’s navigator!

Richard Craig Harris.

No. 23 Squadron Aircrew 1945 R. Harris


Amazed to find all this information about 23 Squadron! My father was R. C. Harris – he flew with Eugene Gagnon on 33 missions out of Little Snoring. Sadly my father died young at the age of 51 in Wellington Somerset UK

I finally found a relative after three years.

All this effort writing about 23 Squadron was all worthwhile.


Click below for Eugene’s and R.C. Harris’ missions


More on One More Airman… Flight Lieutenant E. L. (Ted) Gosling

This is what his grandson wrote me…  I wanted to get his permission before posting it.

Hello Pierre

Thanks for creating this blog, it’s great to see that there are so many people keeping their memories alive.

My name is Marten Richens and I am the grandson of Flt/Lt E. L. Gosling (Ted). I have attached a photo highlighting him, but in the group shot he is right in the middle, next to Flt/Sgt Goody.

Flight Officer EL (Ted) Gosling

I thought you may like a photo that he took. I can’t remember when or why he took it and he unfortuantely died in 1989 so I am unable to ask him. It was published in a book (The Aircraft of 100 Group by Martin Streetly (ISBN: 978-0709010432)) but it has been out of print for many years now. I shall try to get a better scan for you.

Mossie in flight 23 Squadron

I am a member of a model club and have a model  built to commemorate him. I will send photos of it when I have taken them.

Best Regards