Montage of aviation images. Follow this link to skip navigation.
Link to the aviation archive

Aviation Archive: Aviation Heritage

Link to home page
Link to canals section
Link to railways section
Link to aviation section
Link to learning zone
Link to about this site
Link to send feedback
Navigation ends

The pride of a younger brother

From Helsinki the men were taken to the nearby Turko Abo airfield and on February 28th a Junkers 52 flew them to Stockholm in Sweden. Here, in this neutral capital they were a political embarrassment to the British Embassy. There were no restrictions; no rationing on food or drink, but the embassy staff only gave them the barest subsistence allowance. These eager young men fretted away the next two weeks until, on March the 13th 1940, they were flown back to Perth in Scotland via Oslo, again in a German Junkers 52, but at least in English markings.

One must remember that many of these were young men, not long out of school, and who probably had not been abroad before, to them it had been a great adventure despite some of the off hand treatment they felt they had received from British Embassy staff. But, now the mission was over and all too soon they would be back in the fray as RAF fighting airmen.

Some, like Aircraftman 1st Class Trew went on to complete many more operational flights, one 21 Squadron member, Leo Lightfoot earned the DFM for his part in downing an ME 109. Others like Sergeant Albert Williams from Easton in Bristol were not so lucky, his aircraft was shot down following a successful bombing mission against a large tank formation at Foret du Gault some miles to the east of Paris. All three crewmembers, Pilot Officer Lewis Mervyn Blanckensee, Pilot, Sergeant Jack Guest DFM, Air Gunner and Sergeant Albert Williams, Observer, were killed. They are buried and remembered with honour at the St. Hilliers Communal Cemetery, Seine et Marne, France. They were all young men in their early twenties.

On the 6th December 1990, at the Finnish Ambassador's residence in London, some of the remaining crew and relatives were honoured with a presentation of the Finnish `Winter War Commemorative medal. Unfortunately Sergeant Albert Williams was not listed amongst the recipients, a fact which has deeply upset his younger brother, Jack, who so kindly gave this story to our website.

This is page 4 of Some forgotten heroes of World war 2.
View the complete story contents.

The sad duty of a squadron commander

The sad duty of a squadron commander
Find out more about this image >

The Air Commodore adds his regrets to the country's loss of another aviator.

The Air Commodore adds his regrets to the country's loss of another aviator.
Find out more about this image >

The Bristol Blenhiem - workhorse at the wars outbreak

The Bristol Blenhiem - workhorse at the wars outbreak
Find out more about this image >

  Intro     1     2     3     4