Tag Archives: Short Stirling

Johnny Travis – Wireless Operator

One of the crew members on that ‘one way journey’ to Emden was Johnny Travis and he is one I wasn’t able to find too much about initially. There aren’t too many photos of him around and those are rather … Continue reading

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Dave Cheetham, a painting and signatures from the past….

Today I met a man called Dave Cheetham… he popped over to our house with a painting that he’d acquired back in the 1990s at a RAFA function. When Dave came around it was clear that he and Tony (my … Continue reading

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What an amazing discovery!!!

I always felt that any sight of a photo of dad’s plane the Stirling W.7471 MG-J (Johnny) was going to be something that was never going to come my way and I’d resigned myself to this notion. Although disappointed I … Continue reading

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Hamburg bombing mission 1942

On this day in 1942 dad was Front Gunner on a different plane from their usual one…N.6073 … was it a Stirling? They were on a raid to Hamburg, along with another 172 others. However, as had happened in the … Continue reading

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WWII 7 Squadron image… dad’s plane?

A Facebook friend, Jack Craige, sent me a photo of Stirlings lined up at Oakington on the night of the Dortmund raid. Looking at the image and enlarging it a little I can just see that the 4th aircraft from … Continue reading

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