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No. 159 Squadron RAF

Xmas Booze-up. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Pilot F/L. Jock Craig, Co-pilot Stan ? from Hexham. This crew were lost when their Lib crashed at Pegu. I served on their aircraft for over a year and flew with them on two ops. Photo an text courtesy of Thomas Oliver, ground crew 159 Squadron.

Groundcrew of ""C"" The groundcrew led by Corp. Blondie Hall fitter, 2nd from left frt. row, Cpl George 3rd left frt row, Thomas Oliver 4th from left back row. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver.

Zombie Aircrew.

W.E. Hopkins (RG) J.A. Buchanan (1st Wireless Op) S. A. Sharpe (Captain) Ray King (2nd Wireless Op/Air Gunner) Joe E. Woodward (Beam Gunner) James Walter Fayle (Mid Upper Gunner) George W. Webzell (Nav/Bomb Aimer) If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Zombie Air & Ground Crew. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Christmas1942. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Wally Fayle. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Rowing at Ootycamund 1944. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Picture Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Wally Fayle aged 21. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Unknown Crew Photo. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Ootycamund 1944. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Unknown Crew photo If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Wally also known as Jim/James Fayle If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me. Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

Wally Fayle also known as James or Jim, middle row on the right. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

February 1943. If you recognise anyone in this photo please email me Pictures Courtesy of Gary Fayle Son of Wally or James/Jim Fayle.

159 Squadron Groundcrew. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver.

159 Squadron Groundcrew. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver.

159 Squadron Groundcrew. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver.

Gordon at Khargpur Club. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Gordon G.& Bill Hanson at Salbani. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Cpl. Blondie Hall. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Big Taff Williams. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Andy Devine. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Salbani Group. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Salbani Group. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Khargpur Club. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Digri, Billet group. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Char break. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Bruce at work, Digri. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Blondie and crew. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

Billet Group, Digri. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver (ex 159 Squadron Groundcrew).

159 Squadron Groundcrew. Photo courtesy of Thomas Oliver.

Dad with a drink! If you recognise any of them please email me. Picture Courtesy of Gary Fayle son of Wally or Jim/James Fayle.

Cairo 1941. If you recognise any of them please email me Picture Courtesy of Gary Fayle son of Wally or Jim/James Fayle.

The Salbani Christmas Show 1942. A burnt-out basha used as stage, a harmonica group performing while Lofty Laughton sits at piano. Note mike stand, and the loudspeaker is a domestic radio set. Photos & Text Courtesy Of George Barker-Read.

On the right standing in front of ""P"" for 'Puggled Pete' is Sgt. Joe Wilkinson, a Fitter IIa. NCO i/c aircraft. Joe was so keen on the job he actually flew on 'ops' with the aircrew, unofficially, at least once to my certain knowledge, during 1945, Digri. Post war, I think I saw him driving a London bus! Photo & Text Courtesy of George Barker-Read.

Navigator F/O E.R Cutlan in flight gear. Photo Courtesy of Ted Cutlan.

Left To Right. Sgt. B McKinnon Front Gunner Sgt. B. McFarlane Mid / Upper Gunner F/O E.R Cutlan Navigator. Taken under the wing of A/C KH-359 R-Roger in March of 1945 at Digri. Photo Courtesy of Ted Cutlan & The Canadian Air Force Photo Archive.

From left to right: Don Wilshire - Rear Gunner. Jim Weston - Wireless Operator. Jock Watson - Navigator. Anthony Black Skipper (My Father). Fred Holroyd Mid Upper. Ken Bavistock. Photo & Text Courtesy Of John Black.

Photo was taken at Digri on 27 January 1944, the same day as the A Flight group photo in this gallery. It shows the McDougall crew of A Flight in front of BZ926, P for Pegasus, which was shot down with a different crew aboard on 29 Feb 1944. From left to Right. L.J.H. Talbot (2nd W.Op/AG) Denis Boissier (N) Roy McDougall (Pilot) Tom Morris (2nd Pilot) W. 'Ginger' McCaffrey (AG), probably J.P. 'Paddy' Goodison (AG) J. Brown (W.Op) Dennis Stokoe (AG). Picture & Text Courtesy of Matt Poole.

The Boss Returns.

S/Ldr James W. Bradley DFC. These were taken right after he was liberated from Rangoon Jail in May 1945. He paid a visit to Digri, where 159 Squadron was still located, in order to visit 'the lads' - primarily those who were on C Flight involved with the electronic intelligence ops. Picture & Text Courtesy of Matt Poole.

The Boss Returns.

Squadron Leader James W. Bradley DFC. These were taken right after he was liberated from Rangoon Jail in May 1945. He paid a visit to Digri, where 159 Squadron was still located, in order to visit 'the lads' - primarily those who were on C Flight involved with the electronic intelligence ops. Picture & Text Courtesy of Matt Poole.

Dumbo Delivers

159 Squadron Leader L.P. Massey (wearing an officer's cap) stands under the nose art

Liberator BZ906 ""Algy"" and her crew.

W/O C.A.Morgan- 1st Wireless Operator F/O Ken H. Brailsford - Pilot P/O Jack G. Portch - Navigator W/O G.W.""Billy"" Clegg Rear Gunner F/Sgt P.J.""Johnny"" O'Keefe Beam Gunner W/O J.C. Stuart - 2nd Pilot normally F/Sgt W. Lear - Mid-Upper Gunner F/Sgt W.Etherington 2nd Wireless Operator (Beam Gunner). Picture Courtesy of Brian Johnson

B-Flight 27/01/44

RAF 159 Squadron B-Flight (Photo taken 27 January 1944 at Digri, West Bengal, India)
TOP ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: 1. F Sgt Bill Kirkness DFM WOP/AG 2. F Sgt. E.J. O'Connor AG 3. Sgt George Moth WOP/AG 4. Unidentified 5. F/Sgt R.H. Pryde WOP/AG 6. Sgt George Plank WOP/AG 7. Sgt Stan Wilson (American) WOP/AG? 8. Sgt Jack R. O'Brien AG 9. F Sgt W. Davey AG 10. Sgt W. Lear AG 11. Sgt S.P. Blackburn? WOP/AG 12. F Sgt G.E.T. White AG 13.

The two men seated are from the left Sgt F W Bennett (Butch) and Sgt E W Robinson both members of the flying control staff at Digri. Picture Courtesy of Mike Robinson

The men standing by the flying control caravan are from the left Sgt Eric -----?, Sgt E W Robinson, Sgt. F Bennett and Sgt A Rutherford. Picture Courtesy of Mike Robinson.

Left to Right F/O Denford and Flt/Lt Kirk. Both Flying Officers with 159 Squadron. Picture Courtesy of Mike Robinson

'D' Dumbo Delivers. Bods are a mix of air and ground crew. George Barker-Read is standing 1st on left. Photo & Text Courtesy Of George Barker-Read.

W.C. Skinner. C/O 3rd.right standing. Failed to return March '43. also S/Ldr. Boffee. subsequent C/O. 4th right standing. Failed to return later '43, definitely identified. Photo & Text Courtesy Of George Barker-Read.

Harry Waller. Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Six unknown airmen/groundcrew. If you recognise any of them please email me. Picture Courtesy of Gary Fayle son of Wally or Jim/James Fayle.

Myself next to a Palestine Policeman aircraft guard, was taken July 1942 at St. Jean Palestine, a 'grim place' I've noted. Akir, the next aerodrome was better, but the ground personnel lived very rough in tents. My special pal, Roger Dugdale, another Instrument basher and ardent communist, and I spent three days living in a 'kibbutz' close to Akir, which was very interesting. Later, Roger was killed in a 159 Lib. flying from (I think Digri), 'over the hump' to China. Photo & Text Courtesy Of George Barker-Read.

'A' Flight, 159, Salboni (Salbani), May, 1943. The officer seated centre I've forgotten, but next is 'Chiefy' Hughes who did a wonderful job with the 'new' Liberators during latter months of 1942. I've noted also he returned to England after a breakdown and died summer 1944. Next to him is Sgt.Harper,Fitter 2e. and next to him (front row 3rd left) is Chiefy Warren, NCO i/c Armourers. The officer apart, these are all ground crew (myself back row, right.) Photo Courtesy Of George Barker-Read.

F/Sgt David T Elliot. 05/04/1923 - 27/10/2002 Photo Courtesy Of John Elliott.

Harry Waller. Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

Harry Waller. Photo Courtesy Of Charles Waller.

A-Flight 27/01/44

A-Flight 27/01/44 RAF 159 Squadron A-Flight (Photo taken 27 January 1944 at Digri, West Bengal, India)

The aircraft in the background is BZ926, Pegasus, which was shot down over Rangoon by two Japanese night fighters on 29 February 1944.

Front Row Left To Right P.N. Higgins (Pilot) A. Black (P) Robert Ustick (USA, flying for RCAF) (A/G) Died approx 1997. Eric Wallace (Aus)(P)