Here's Bob's crew. The photograph was taken at Aviano on 18th May 1945 by Maurice Harmes who was Matt's Bomb Aimer. He was using the large RAF Air Camera. He took a very similar photo of Matt's crew which is also shown on this website. Left To Right. Taff Morris (Waist Gunner), Two Italian Partisans, George Wootton (Tail Gunner), Dick Tindell (Mid Upper Gunner) Bob Simpson (Pilot) Geof Cole (Flight Engineer) Arthur Burley (Wireless Operator) Harry Hatton (Navigator). Missing is Bomb Aimer Jock Burt who did not join this supply run. We carried composite rations and indeed we needed to open one of the boxes as we had to stay overnight to wait for a damaged tyre to be replaced from Foggia. The two partisans you see laid on a party for us in a little house not far from the airfield. They also supplied us with much from the German Quartermaster's Stores. I still have a Luftwaffe cap, but handed a Bauer pistol. I have recollections of a pretty young girl by the name of Augusta. The partisans brought her out to the aircraft the following day and indeed that was another occasion to open another box of compo' rations. I wonder if she still lives in Aviano? We flew back to Foggia on 19th. We transported flour there on 20th. We transported jerry cans of petrol on 21st, 23rd and 25th but it was always a quick turn round and there was no further chance to get into the town. Photo & Text Courtesy Of George Wootten.
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