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75 Squadron material

Provided by Ken Flavell
Italics = information provided by Dan Engle

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Ken was an airman who worked on the Instrument Section at RAF Feltwell between 1940-42. He had worked as an instrument maker before joining the RAF, and his duties consisted of repairing cockpit instruments, bomb aiming equipment & autopilots. 

Ken has identified his section chief as F/Sgt. “Tubby” Barr.

The first two photographs below were taken on the aerodrome at RAF Feltwell, (possibly the summer of 1941), and show unnamed ground crew relaxing in front of two No.75 Squadron Wellington’s. The last photo is of the “Erks” of the Feltwell Instrument section. Ken has named as many of the airmen as he can, including Willie Nevett (front row far right); who was a pre-war jockey. 

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Research shows that Mr. Nevett rode the winning horse in three wartime Epsom Derby races. It is difficult to imagine how he may have done this whilst serving in the RAF?

Miscellaneous Items

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Cecil Beaton Photo. One of a number of photos taken at RAF Feltwell by the famous portrait photographer. These were used in a number of Ministry of Information publications. Photograph was taken in the summer of 1941 in the briefing room at RAF Feltwell Sgt Ian McLauglin an air gunner with No. 75 Squadron. Back Row: L-R Flt Sgt “Spud Murphy”, Petrol Bowser Driver, Lofty Hall (stores), Ernie Brook, Terry (Engine Fitter), Unknown, Alan “Abdul” Budds (Instrument Section), Referee

Front Row: L-R Unknown, Unknown, Ronnie Soo, Eric Cole, Unknown

20 OPERATIONAL TRAINING UNIT Photo taken in June/July 1941. This Unit was based at RAF Bassingbourne, Cambs, and was the training school for a number of No.3 Group Squadrons. There are several men shown on this photo who served with No. 75 Squadron including Sgt’s Faguy, Strickland & Hill (from Hughie Roberts crew). Sgt Fox who was killed in a 75 Squadron Wellington crash off the Suffolk Coast at Corton.