L’article paru dans Airforce Magazine avec permission spéciale de le publier sur mon blogue Lest We Forget.
The View From A Ringside Seat
Reprinted with the express permission of Airforce magazine
By Jack McLean — as told to Paul Nyznik
Halifax Mk III « Willie the Wolf » of 415 (Swordfish) Squadron which would carry mid-under air gunner Jack McLean on his tour-completing 32nd trip – a raid on a synthetic oil plant at Castrop-Rauxel, Germany on November 21st 1944. Note the mid-under gun position.
On the morning of a scheduled night mission, life on a bomber squadron in 1944 England stirs before dawn. And as the « new boy » on the squadron, I have already heard it all — about the crew failing to return from its first mission, from its « unlucky » 13th, its 31st — or any other number in between. In 1943-44 aircrew losses reached 55 percent — and I have heard that too.
My log book entry for Aug 7th 1944 shows:
Sortie No. 1 — Halifax Mk III — GU « V » —…
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