Friday, August 31, 2007

Group Capt Harold E.Walmsley DFC* 1922-

Harold Walmsley was born on 14 December 1922, in Preston. He joined the RAF in December 1940. Being sent to Rhodesia to begin flying training. He joined 61 OTU to complete his training and was then posted, as Sergeant Pilot, to 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron in September 1942. Harold Walmsley was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 4th January 1943, and Flying Officer on 4 July 1943. He became F/Lt in August 1943 when he joined 132 (City of Bombay) Squadron, then serving in 125 Airfield (later 125 Wing). He was awarded a DFC in April 1944. He was rested the same month, attending the CGS course at Catfoss. In May he became an instructor at 57 OTU. In October 1944 he was posted to 130 (Punjab) Squadron at B.64 Schaffen/Diest – again as part of 125 Wing. During spring 1945 he was acting Commanding Officer of 130 (Punjab) Squadron, but was transferred to command 350 (Belgian) Squadron on 23 April. He received a Bar to his DFC after having claimed nine victories in one month. He left the unit in July 1945. Wef 4 July 1946 his rank was adjusted from Flt Lt (war substantive) to Flt Lt. He was authorised to wear the Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm wef 24 January 1947.
Awarded a Bar to the DFC on 17 July 1945.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Group Capt Allan R. Wright DFC AFC 1920-2015

Allan Wright was a veteran of the Battle of France and is one of the original "Hunting Party" for which No 92 Squadron was famed. Having served with 92 Squadron throughout 1940, he was posted to 59 OTU in July 1941, this picture having been taken in June 1941 while the squadron was based at Biggin Hill. While with No 92 squadron he amassed 10 destroyed, 3 shared destroyed, 2 possibles, 5 probables and 6 damaged. In 1943 while flying night missions in Bristol Beaufighters he added 1 Ju 88 destroyed and 1 Ju88 damaged