Veterans’ Stories

Jack Dye Followed His Star

As we closed in on the target and began our bombing run, we could see aircraft above and below and on both sides of us.

Sgt Bob Pearson

Our .303 machine guns were like pea shooters compared with the night fighter’s cannons.

Rear gunner Lancaster

Sgt John Sargeant DFM

As usual combats with fighters could be seen going on all around by the lights of tracers from each aircraft.

Flight engineer Rear gunner Lancaster

LAC Fred Perkins

I nearly got hit several times. One night I went to the cinema and there was a raid. The Lyon's Cafe, on the corner, got hit and when we came out of the shelter, the cafe wasn't there anymore.