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George William Crowe

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Name: George William Crowe

 

Service Number: 120251

 

Medals: DFC (awarded in 1943)

 

Rank: Flying Officer / Squadron Leader

 

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 106 Squadron - based at Metheringham

 

 

George Crowe started the early years of the war by being called-up on the army reserve in the Royal Artillery for service in France.

 

He subsequently found himself being evacuated from Dunkirk and decided to transfer to RAF aircrew.

 

He was trained as a navigator/bomb aimer and wore the “O” observer insignia.  

 

He was posted to 106 Squadron at Metheringham on Lancaster's where Guy Gibson was the Squadron Commander.  

 

He completed two tours and took part in numerous raids.

 

He flew mainly with a captain also with the surname Crowe (Albert).

 

It is of note that on one occasion when he flew with a different crew he was the first observer to command a Lancaster.

 

 

It is also interesting that George Crowe became the first traffic warden in London and issued the first parking ticket on 19/9/60 surrounded by the Paparazzi of that day!

 

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Information and photo provided by George Crowe

 

 

Mentions in newspapers,  periodicals and books

 

London Gazette

 

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Croydon and the Second World War

 

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