No. 214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron
Royal Air Force

PHOTO ALBUM

The following are interesting photos and newspaper clippings of a general nature not specifically related to any one event or individual in particular. Neither do they particularly have to relate to the squadron. All have been kindly provided from many sources, the author or owner of which is indicated below each picture.



Crew of Fortress HB817 BU-B in the spring of 1945. They are Back Row Left to right Freddy Langhorn, Alan Mercer, Ted "Lofty" Baumfield, Ken "Chalky" White, Frank "Curly" Herlihy, Herbert "Smithy" Smith. Front Row Left to Right Ken Kemmett, Horace "Duke" Maddox, "Olly" Green

The final operation for the crew was also Bomber Command's last op of WWII, which was the subject of a recent book: "The Final Fling" by William J Rees.   

SEE PERSONAL PROFILES OF CREW MEMBERS FOR MORE PHOTOS.
PHOTO SOURCE: Jennifer Baumfield



THE FORGOTTEN HERO WHO SAVED A VILLAGE
A story about F/O Tom Tate and F/O Norman Rix
by W/C John Wynne DFC
Clipped from local newspaper



FL\O  J.M. Lacelle and FL\S Harry M Haskell
SOURCE: Marshall Johnson
NOTE: The above must have been a widely distributed war propaganda picture issued by the government as I have seen this photo in numerous locations, including published books. They give a glimpse of how severely cramped it was for the gunners and it is difficult to imagine sitting in one of these turrets for hours on end and often in freezing temperatures.



     CRASH of US BOMBER IN PARIS STREET
            SOURCE: Marshall Johnson



                CRASH of US BOMBER IN GERMANY
                  SOURCE: Marshall Johnson



          Aug 1, 1943 CRASH OF HONKEY TONK GIRL GERMANY
          93 Group, 49 Squadron
                SOURCE: Marshall Johnson

        BODY OF CREWMEMBER , HONKEY TONK GIRL
             IN RESPECT TO FAMILY, NAME IS OMITTED
                   SOURCE: Marshall Johnson

The two photo's above are from a German newspaper published at the time, which was smuggled into the RAF prisoner of war camp where Marsh was held captive. The subtitles in German are the newsclip headings. I have noted, right or wrong, that the Germans seem to have had greater reservations about publishing distasteful photographs of their fallen enemy then the Allies did. In this "particular incident" they showed a rather bizarre contradictory sensitivity, in that they did not publish the victims name, purposefully took only a picture of his feet and draped a parachute over the body.



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