This history is chronological so “Flying Log Books” may not be in sequence.
I have to admit every time I read this, I realise why Dad showed no fear in any situation, even as he got older, he would never stand down when he was confronted by any altercation.
Remember as I said in the Flying Log Book 09 “This training will prove to be life saving in the future as you will see!”. Click Here…
In saying that this was a turning point in Dads future one where he decided to continue flying even though he had been involved in a crash which could have cost him his life, but also where he saved his pilot.
Original “Observer’s and Gunner’s Flying Log Book” image at the bottom of the page!
NU’UTAIVAVA! This was the name Dad was given prior to him leaving Tahiti by his grandfather (Can’t confirm if it was maternal or paternal) the meaning is, “If you should fall into the sea you will resurface”. You have to wonder how much that name was part of Dad’s survival – food for thought?
A LIFE LONG CONNECTION: Information coming soon…
Vol en formation – Flying In Formation
Exercice de bombardement – Bombing Exercise
Sgt Pierre DRES a ete tue 2.h30 dans le dinghy – Sgt Pierre DRES was killed – 2hr 30mins in the dinghy
S/LT – Sub Lieutenant
W/OP – Wireless Operator
AG – Air Gunner
FRENCH: Le 27 juin 1943, au retour d’une mission « Air Sea Rescue And Submarine Patrol, son Boston tombe à la mer et se brise. Le pilote et le radio-mitrailleur sont sérieusement blessés mais le navigateur-bombardier, le sergent Pierre DRèS, 22 ans, est tué dans l’accident.
« A cause de ma blessure, on voulut me faire passer dans le personnel non navigant. Je m’en défendis de toutes mes forces et fus aidé par le Colonel de Rancourt qui demanda à me garder dans son unité comme radio-mitrailleur de remplacement. Je fis quelques vols avec lui puis avec l’Adjudant Melville Lynch et le Capitaine Goychman. J’ai participé à la mission de Chevilly-Larue, je m’en souviendrai. C’était la première fois que je voyais Paris mais ça allait trop vite. »
TRANSLATION: On the 27th of June 1943 while returning from a mission “Air Sea Rescue And Submarine Patrol” his Boston ditched in the sea and broke up. The Pilot and Wireless Operator and Gunner were seriously injured but the Navigator Bomber, the Sergeant Pierre Drès, 22 yr old, was killed in the accident.
Because of my injuries they wanted to take me out of active duty. I fought with all my force and was assisted by Colonel de Rancourt he said that I should be returned to my unit as a replacement Wireless Operator and Air Gunner. I flew several times with him ( Colonel de Rancourt) then with Officer Melville Lynch and Captain Goychman. I took part in the Chevilly-Larue mission I remember well. It was the first time I saw Paris but it all went so quickly.
Below in the photo is this young man who gave his life, 21yr old Sergeant Pierre Drès. He is in the top right hand side of the photo, I apologise it’s not as clear as I would like but it was in Dads photo album.
COMMENT: I have noticed that when Dad flew sometimes two of the members had been his pilot at one time or another one of them would have been an Air Observer. (An air observer or aerial observer is an aircrew member whose duties are predominantly reconnaissance.)
© Paul L T Mara 2020