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Wings Over Wick
Mr C F
Cheekley, Newport Pagnell, Bucks
Now comes my sad story and lucky escape. On Monday August 3rd we were ordered to move over to Wick. Having prepared "G" for George ready for take off, I was sitting in the plane with my crew, fully expecting to travel the short distance with them. The Pilot, Flight Sgt Randall was hopefully looking to the end of the war.
He said he hoped I would still be one of his ground crew all the way! But then a Sgt arrived and told me I had to go by road. I was never told why. On arrival at Wick, I went looking for a place to sleep for the next few days and was startled with a shout "Your kite has crashed". Even then I thought it had perhaps had a mishap on landing. I remember dashing outside and down the side of an airfield, until I came to find the plane with a guard around it by then and one of the crew thrown clear. At least he was lying in front of the aircraft. It was a shock and sight I will never forget.
But for the Grace of God I would have been with those brave airmen. With Flt Sgt Randall were two of his New Zealand friends, Sgt Dunn and Sgt Byers and three Englishmen, Sgts Sparham, Friendship and Stewart. The 3 New Zealanders were buried in Wick cemetery on Friday August 7th and the bodies of the other 3 crew returned to their families on the East Coast.
I remember going to the Pavilion Cinema at Wick and saw a film "Kiss the Girls Goodbye". We returned from Wick on Friday August 11 leaving at 10.15 and making St Eval at 3.30. But a few weeks later our squadron was on the move again - posted to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides!