Many thanks indeed to Kerry for passing on these images of his collection of dress and flying uniforms of Richard Melville Curtis. Kerry was kind enough to pass on a copy of Richard’s logbook a month ago and you can see it here. This represents an astonishingly diverse and well preserved collection of period clothing. the full set of images can be seen here, in the ‘collections’ section.
Many thanks again to Kerry, for passing on 3 more images form the collection of documents of Leonard Gould, Wireless operator with Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas. The image shown here is a fantastic hand tinted photograph of Leonard. Also added to the ‘Collections’ section is an extract from a newspaper describing Leonard’s modesty in telling his parents he had won the D.F.M. and gone to Buckingham Palace to receive it and also a fantastic picture of ‘Popeye’ taken, Kerry believes in Trafalgar Square.
View these new images here, in the ‘Collections’ section of the blog.
Many thanks to Kerry for donating the logbook of Richard Melville Curtis to the blog, from his collection. By Kerry’s own observation, this represents the earliest logbook in the collection for the Squadron. There is also a connection from a previous post about Leonard Gould and his Pilot Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas – Richard flew as 2nd Pilot with their crew before taking his own crew into combat.
Richard was a Pilot with 75(NZ) between 9th December 1939 and 10th October 1940. The citation for his D.F.C., which was awarded on the 11th February 1941 reads as follows;
“Flying Officer Curtis has been continuously employed on operational work since May 1940, during which time he has completed 34 major operations over enemy and enemy occupied territory. On one occasion he was captain of an aircraft detailed to bomb shipping in Ostende harbour and to cooperate with certain naval forces operating off the port. Although weather conditions were extremely difficult, Flying Officer Curtis performed the allotted task with complete success and received congratulations and thanks from the Admiralty the next day.”
Fascinatingly, the event described in the citation is also recorded in the logbook, with a copy of the note of thanks sent to the Squadron from the Admiralty.
Read through Richard’s logbook here.
Many thanks to Kerry for contacting me, initially regarding some additional information for the Wellington database, which included the above 2 images as proof of the serial no. information.
Kerry is a keen collector of 75(NZ) memorabilia and I hope to be able to share further items from Kerry on the blog in the near future. These 2 pictures came from what Kerry described as ‘a small photo & document grouping from the estate of 552462 Sgt Leonard Roy GOULD DFM’
Leonard Gould was the Wireless Operator with Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas and I think from the little I can find on him, flew on 2 occasions with the Squadron and with ‘Popeye’, between April and November 1940 and then between July 1941 and July 1942.
Unfortunately, as with my previous post regarding Cliff Page, my lack of a complete set of ORB’s from the earlier years of the war prevents me from adding my normal crew Op history to a posting like this – which perhaps means a trip to the National Archive Website when I get paid next month……….