An Air Gunner’s Lament

Posted by Ken Marshall

So time for a poem. This was one was written by Sqdn.Ldr. ‘Dusty’ Miller, an air gunner who flew with 38, 69, 115, 148 and 458 Squadrons. He certainly got around and I’d love to know how many ops he completed. It was written, I think, when he was a Sgt. Air Gunner, before he reached his later rank.


 

AN AIR GUNNER’S LAMENT.

You helped ’em get their DFCs
And, now and then odd OBEs
Whilst down the back you sit and freeze
And just press on rewardless.

It seems to be a pilot’s war,
They go on rest – you do four more;
But belt up son, you know the score,
You’ll just press on rewardless.

It would be nice to win more rings
All up your sleeve – or gongs and things;
But till you wear a pilot’s wings,
You’ll just press on rewardless.

And when I reach St.Peter’s door,
It won’t be long, I feel quite sure,
He’ll ask « Just what are you here for?
Shove off Jack. » – Still rewardless.

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