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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.

B Flight Pilots, June 1945.

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B Flight No. 75 (NZ) Squadron, Mepal, June 1945 – NZBCA archives, Ivan Carroll collection.

Thanks as always to Chris for doing a bit of detective work on this photograph of ‘B’ Flight Pilots, taken in June 1945 and generously passed on by Peter from the NZBCA archives.

Flying Officer Ivan Carroll arrived at Mepal on 13 March 1945, flew his first op’ on 18 March, and stayed on with the Squadron after VE Day for Tiger Force training at Spilsby until 29 September.

This is the first formal group photo I have seen from the immediate post-war period.

The photo is a little worse for wear, but nevertheless a great shot of the Pilots who made up B Flight, just after the war ended, and for once we can put faces to all the names- luckily for us, Ivan wrote them on the back:
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Back row: F/O Bruce Crawford (F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF, NZ427551), F/O John Young (F/O John Simpson Young, RNZAF, NZ4213650), Self (F/O Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF, NZ4213254), F/O Hardie (F/L William Leslie Hardie, RNZAF, NZ 428111), F/S Daly (F/O Alfred George Daly, RNZAF, NZ4211789), F/O Don Shearer (P/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF, NZ4210512), F/O Pete Trevarthen (F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF, NZ429974).
Front row: F/O Alan Baynes (F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF. NZ427453), F/L Charlie Stevens (F/Lt Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF, NZ4210535), S/Ldr Ballingall (Sqn Ldr. Alexander Stewart Ballingall, RNZAF, NZ2286, B Flight Commander), F/Lt Rus Banks (F/Lt Russell Ashley Banks, RNZAF, NZ416437), F/O Bill (Tubby) Evenden (F/O William Evenden, RAF, 1337365, 196039).

As always, thanks to Peter Wheeler and the NZ Bomber Command Assn., for permission to reproduce this photo.

See this photograph within the ‘Group Photographs’ section of the blog here.