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Peter Dixon & Roly Williams, Air Gunners – Evenden Crew, 1945.

Inscription by Peter Dixon on rear of 1945 75 NZ Squadron group photo cropped and cont

Inscription by Peter Dixon on rear of 1945 75 NZ Squadron group photo supplied by Andrew Nodwell.

“This is the ‘gen’ Squadron, the only Squadron that does not break formation for flak over target…………”

 

A massive thank you to Andrew for a series of ‘quick turn-around’ emails to provide me with some wonderful pictures of Bill Evenden’s crew who flew with the Squadron in 1945.

Peter Dixon was Mid Upper Gunner with the crew and Andrew’s Great Uncle. Through Andrew I am also able to pass on to you all the wonderful news that ‘Roly’ Williams, the crew’s Rear Gunner, is still in fine fettle – I am all sure you would join with me in wishing him the warmest regards.

I must confess, the inscription of Peter’s on the back of his copy of the Large Squadron photograph from 1945 gave me a lump in the throat, especially as I re-typed it underneath – a true testament to the Boys of 75(NZ).

Poignant perhaps as well then, that by sending named captions for the photographs, Andrew and Roly have allowed, perhaps for the first time since 1945, for the full names of the Evenden crew to be read – something the destruction of RAF records at the end of the War, would otherwise have stopped us from knowing……….

Enjoy pictures of the Evenden crew on their Op History page here.