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My wife's cousin was Sgt. J R Hulley, the stand-in bomb, aimer on the night that the Sgt. Hill shot down the German night fighter. He flew with Sgt. Virgo on a few other occasions.sharkyjones wrote:Very interested to read this. The W/OP on the crew was my late grandfather Alfred Driver.Yes that's the crew. The ME110 shot down was of 6./NJG4 , flown by Fw. Rase. The Halifax had seen the fighter and began weaving, the enemy closed underneath and RG lost sight. The 'blister gunner' then gave instructuion to pilot to dive to to port.... The rear gunner Sgt Hill,fired 250 rounds at 100 yds hitting the enemy a/c between fuselage and port engine it then stalled and exploded. The whole port wing then broke off and she went down in flames.
So I still have the same question!
Halifax JB910 ZA-R
F/S Virgo Capt
Sgt Furlong W.V. Nav
Sgt Hulley J.R. A/B
Sgt. Driver A. W/OP
Sgt Tester D. M/U
Sgt Gabbut F/E
F/S Hill W.L.H. T/G
Sgt Solomon 2nd Pilot
I'm researching the operational reports for 10sqn (and later 77 sqn) so far only up to March 1943 hadn't got this far yet!
Alf was an air gunner as well as a wireless op.
Did the halliax have other guns ? e.g. I visited a B17 the W/op had a hatch in the roof that opened and a 50 cal that swung into place.
You mentioned the book the melbourne 10 - Is there anywhere to get a copy of that real or digital ?
Also if anyone has any more information on Alf Driver or members of his crew e.g. Sgt Virgo - I'd love to hear it.
E.g. Alf won a DFM a bit later in the war would love to see the citation. Much of the family memorabilia has been lost. I'm reconstructing the history.
Additionally I heard a story about him doing leaflet drops and getting in trouble for carrying a couple of half bricks to chuck out with the leaflets in the hope of hitting someone.
Would love to hear any stories about him or his crew.