Posted by Norman Dunn on January 26, 2019, 10:04 pm
In 2002 I borrowed this class photo from the late Norman Robb.Norman had dementia setting in and his son said his dad couldnt tell you what he did half an hour ago yet he's remembered all those names. I wonder what those other boys did after leaving school.Did they also go off to war? One boy was off school the day the photo was taken and his name was Tommy Kidger. Tommy like Howard Langlands also went into the RAF and was awarded a DFC by 'Bomber Harris'.He survived and had a long life.
I read up a little on 196 Squadron and saw that it was based at RAF Leconfield at the time Howard's Wellington aircraft was lost 3/4 July, 1943.
I was based at RAF Leconfield from 1964-1967 and must have walked in his footsteps many times. At that time I worked in the Hydraulic Bay refurbishing components for EE Lightning aircraft that came to the MU for major servicing.
Hello Alison, I spotted that lad D. Scott but not aware that he was any relation. The surname Scott was quite common in the NE and I have bee led to believe that many people from Scotland changed there name to Scott when moving south to find work...perhaps to escape any 'tribal' issues that may have developed between other Scottish workers.
The boy in the 2nd row 1st left on the photo is called Acxelle and he lived in Windermere Cres 1953 onwards with his wife and at least 2 children Geoff & Joyce.Geoff became a seagoing Engineer and married Dorothy Burns who lived next door to me in Grasmere Rd.