The Gordon crew – a little more

Untouched 20.11.1944 No. 75 Squadron (R.N.Z.A.F.) Lancaster I PB689

Caption from ARS website “Crew of Lancaster PB689 (courtesy of Jean Mitchell and Techie Serivces) Left – Right: P/O. Louis Sampson, ? ground crew, F/O. Ronald Gordon, ? ground crew, ? crew, ? crew, ? ground crew, ? Sgt. Carl ‘Bob’ Freeman. Front L – R: Sgt. Sidney Hone, F/O. John Robson Bell, taken incredibly before that final fateful Op to Homberg”.
© Aircrew Remembrance Society/ Kelvin Youngs

Whilst initially unsure, I am told that Kevin is sure that Louis Sampson is in this picture. Given the changes to crew prior to the Homberg Op – the apparent chance of this picture being taken before the boys were lost is quite incredible….

Many thanks to Kelvin, from the Aircrew Remembrance Society for passing on this albeit battered, but nevertheless precious picture of the Gordon crew, with some of their ground crew. I simply think than in cases of photographs like this, the state and quality doesn’t matter, its what it contains, the memories and the people that’s what important.

5 thoughts on “The Gordon crew – a little more

  1. Mark Weston

    My Grandad FSGT Albert (Mick) Weston is kneeling front row…I am shocked and stunned will love to share what I


    1. 75nzsquadron Post author

      Hi Mark
      Wonderful to hear from you – I have sent you an email, simply to establish a line of communication a little more robust than these messages!

      look forward to hearing back from you at the earliest




      1. Mark Weston

        Will be a pleasure, thanks I have a few things I would love to share. I even spoke to Bill Otway(WOP/AG) back in 1994 over in NZ and I have a few letters back and forth. Just need to dust off the folder when I find it


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