"The Boys"





I offer my sincere and grateful thanks to all those who kindly took the time and trouble to contribute and assist me in bringing together this story of 'The Boys'

49 Squadron Association

Anthony Beard, Widecombe History Group

John Bradford

Flight Lieutenant Eric Clarke, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 49 Sqn.

Belinda Day Assistant Curator, RAF Museum, London

Kate Evans, Photographer

Mervyn Hallam, RAF Scampton Museum

Tanya Hartley

Deborah and the late Ted Hannaford

Flight Lieutenant Fred Hill, DFC Pilot, 49 Sqn

Flight Lieutenant David Howells RAFVR (T) CFI

Charles Kidd

Barbara and Leonard

Ed Norman, Archivist 49 Squadron

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage

Zena Lowe

Peter Ludlow

Dr Colin May

National Archives

Fiona Peal

Anastasios Polychronis

Darren Priday, Michael Beetham Conservation Centre, RAF Musem, Cosford

Steve Shaw

Giles Whilte, D&S Fire and Rescue Service

Hon. Mark Wilson

Imperial War Museum

'The Boys' has been written in good faith and without any intention to deceive or alter facts. It is not an academic or scientific analysis. It stands out as a reflection of my interest in what took place. Any errors or deviation from what is seen to be fact is utterly unintentional, therefore accidental and has not been done to cause offense.

The images used on this website were created and released by the Imperial War Museum on the IWM Non Commercial Licence. Photographs taken, or artworks created, by a member of the forces during their active service duties are covered by Crown Copyright provisions. Faithful reproductions may be reused under that licence, which is considered expired 50 years after their creation.



The Book


by John Lowe