Regular visitors will remember the fantastic images I posted a from Jimmy Wood, Air Bomber with the Banks crew. I held back on this image, as I was a little confused by one individual in the photograph and also 2 of the signatures.
On first inspection the photograph is of the Banks crew, however on closer inspection, Alex Hirst, the Wireless Operator with the crew is missing and the fellow stood behind Jock Fraser is a mystery to me……..
Secondly, there are 2 unexplained signatures on the photograph. On the left hand side of the image is what I make out to be – and I am going out on a limb here – ‘JB Mossman’. Next to Jack Britnall is the signature ‘Ted Smith – Hop Head’
The fellow on the left hand side back row is clearly the same chap stood behind Jock in the previous picture……….
Now this all gets stranger when I remember the wonderful pictures of Maurice Wiggins that Catherine and John sent to me last month – I recall there was this strange character in the crew photo again………
If we take a punt on my ‘JB Mossman’ guess, interestingly we find the following airman;
F/Sgt John Edward Barry Mossman, RNZAF NZ42112587 – Wireless Operator. Rangiuaia crew.
The fact that he is a WOp like Alex makes it all the more bizarre. Having been through Jimmy’s logbook and the ORB’s, Alex Hirst flew every Op with the boys.
I am at a loss – someone see the obvious for me please……
I didn’t want to let Jack Wall’s memoirs just stop, so I will finish them simply, but in a way that I think is fitting.
TO ALL AIRCREW OF ’75’ SQUADRON WHO FLEW IN WORLD WAR TWO
Boys of then, who are men today, turned in their civvies to free my land Volunteers they were, these aircrew chaps who gave the hun no place of fun Bomber Command this mighty force, had boys of spirit to serve the cause Belgium people in those days would listen carefully to their voice The voice of Merlin who night and day, boosted their morale in a magnificent way No one else as those involved, will ever understand the meaning of it all A song of freedom high above, who would bring relief for the people I so dearly love My father and mother and many more, have prayed for you, who helped to win the war We think of them, these magnificent men of ’75‘, who served and died to free my land Standing here today, is thanks to them, who served and died We will remember them.