George Desmond "Dessie" Sherwood Perry.

Message by his nice Juliet Hartridge, 16 January 2019 - dob 11.5.24 - Greorge died last week, aged 94.

We knew he was a rear gunner in Lancaster's who was involved in ops over the Ruhr. He was very reluctant to talk about this in any detail.

He started his air gunners trainings in Feb 1944, and this was followed by flight training and exercises until he started ops in October 44, including the flight over Cologne on October 30 (Lancaster HK595). His last flight was Dec 27th 44. His tour ended on 19.1.45.

In total he did 24 ops and survived unscathed, which is amazing considering how vulnerable rear gunners were. After the war he returned to run the family motor trade business in Paignton Devon, but went on to take his private pilots licence in the 1950s, I believe he stopped flying in 1970.

Alex KerrAlex KerrAlexander "Alex" Kerr.

Passed away on 30th December 2018.

He was posted in April 1941 to 115 Squadron, flying Wellington Bombers.
Alex was shot down on his fourth operation on 10 May 1941 over Hamburg. Badly wounded and unable to get out of the escape hatch, his life was saved by his rear gunner. Taken to a POW hospital for life saving surgery by a French surgeon who was himself a POW.

During his time as a prisoner he was involved in three escape attempts. He succeeded on his third attempt and returned to England.

He was a proud member of the 'Caterpillar Club'.

Frank leatherdaleFrank Leatherdale.

Frank LeatherdaleIt is with great regret that we announce that Squadron Leader , D.F.C. passed away peacefully on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.

He was President of 115 Squadron Association for many years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Flew as a Sgt Navigator with 115 Squadron on Lancasters.
After a period of instructing sent to 7 Squadron PFF as a Master Navigator.
Frank finished the War on Mosquitoes and completed 59 Operations with Bomber Command.

Photo b/w: "We never blamed the crews": the flooding of Walcheren Island, October 1944. Book by Paul Crucq.

Barry Aldridge Barry Aldridge,
passed away peacefully in Soham Lodge Care Centre on Friday 1st January 2016, aged 68.

Barry played a key role in setting up a display of Second World War memorabilia at Ely Museum in May 1995 to celebrate 50 years since the war ended. Over the years, Barry became increasingly passionate with his research and the display grew and grew.

There is now a RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia at the Lancaster Way Business Park - the former RAF Witchford airfield.

Info on Traces of War.com

Sue Aldridge has fulfilled her ill husband's dream of having his own book Memories of RAF Witchfordpublished.

Aubrey Howell.

27th August 1921 - 4th December 2012. Howell Aubrey

Flight Lieutenant D.F.C. Order of Service to the late Mr Aubrey Howell, and an extract from the Obituary I wrote for Dad's funeral.

It includes some 'behind the scenes' stories about their RAF experiences never before published (in bold) ...