Gravely, England. c. 1944. Group portrait of Lancaster crew No. 35 (Pathfinder) Squadron RAF ...

Accession Number P02496.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 5x4" safety base
Date made c 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Gravely, England. c. 1944. Group portrait of Lancaster crew No. 35 (Pathfinder) Squadron RAF standing in front of their plane. From left to right, back row: Warrant Officer Ian (Mac) McGregor RAF, engineer, of Eickelfecken, Scotland; 413453 Pilot Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) Francis William Gordon (Frank) Tropman RAAF, pilot, of NSW; Pilot Officer John Lloyd George (Lloyd) Marshall RAAF, bombardier, of WA; Wireless Air Gunner Paddy Stevens RAAF, mid-upper gunner of WA; and Wireless Operator, Sergeant, later Flying Officer, Neil William Curtis RAAF, of Bankstown, NSW. Front row: Warrant Officer Max Ladyman RAAF, Wireless Air Gunner, rear gunner, of WA (left), and Pilot Officer R. W. (Bill) Bullen RAAF, navigator, of NSW. Later, Flight Lieutenant Tropman (who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross) was killed and Sergeant Curtis was taken prisoner when their Lancaster was shot down over the Ruhr in Germany on 21 February 1945. (Donor M. Sieradzan)