Operations On - The Signatories
This print is signed by:
Marshall of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris
Wing Commander Rod Learoyd VC - 49 Squadron
Flight Lt. William 'Bill' Reid VC - 61 Squadron
Warrant Officer Norman Jackson VC - 106 Squadron
Group Captain Hamish McHaddie DSO DFC AFC
FO Ray Grayston - 617 Sqn Flight Engineer AJ-H Eder Dam
Sqn Ldr Tony Iveson DFC AE - 617 Sqn - Tirpitz raid
Freddie Watts DFC - 617 Sqn - Lancaster pilot who bombed V2 rocket sites and U-boat pens and shared in the final destruction of the battleship Tirpitz.
Flying Officer Basil Fish - Navigator 617 Sqn - involved in raids on the Kembs and Urft dams together with those on the German battleships Lutzau and Tirpitz.
Sig Ldr Larry Curtis - wireless operator and subsequently Signals Leader of 617 Squadron - flew on some of its most celebrated raids of the post-Dams Raid era, including attacks on V-weapons sites, U-boat pens, and the battleship Tirpitz.
Sqn Ldr Norman H Scrivener DCO DFC AC - one of the top RAF navigators of the war who went on more than 100 sorties in Bomber Command including Peenemude.
Sqn Ldr Ron Curtis - with 109 Squadron equipped with Oboe as part of the Pathfinder Force - flew 104 Oboe operations and 139 ops in total, and was widely credited with helping advance development of the Oboe system.
Harry Hughes DFC DFM AE - 102 and 692 Sqn Light Night Striking Force Mosquitos.
Air Commodore Wilf Burnett DSO OBE DFC AFC - 49, 408, 138 (Special Duties from Tempsford) Sqn.
Flight Lieutenant John Petrie-Andrews DFC DFM - 102, 158, 35 Sqn - 70 ops on heavy bombers.
Air Commodore D M Strong CB, AFC - 166, 104 Sqn - prisoner Stalag Luft III.
WO Martin Brennan DFM AFM
Flight Lieutenant Douglas Newham LVO DFC - 156, 150, 10 Sqn.
Squadron Leader B A Jimmy James MC - 9 Sqn - survivor of the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III.
Beck Parsons 617 Sqn Electrical NCO - 207 Squadron at Waddington then in March 1943 he was posted to 617 Squadron at Scampton where he flew with Barnes Wallis during the tests on the bouncing bomb. As Electrical NCO Beck was responsible for the electrics on “B” flight at the time of the raid, together with ‘Top Maintenance’ on five of the Lancaster’s, including those of Guy Gibson and Mick Martin.
Flt Lieutenant Bob Knights DSO, DFC - 619, 617 Sqn - flew on Operation Taxable on the night before
D-Day which simulated the approach of the invasion across the Pas de Calais by dropping metal strips of window to a very precise pattern - the enemy was completely deceived and kept most of their best troops on the wrong side of the Seine.
A Riddle LAC - groundcrew 617 Sqn AJ-H