102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Tentate et perficite (Attempt and Achieve)

Sqd Ldr Wally Lashbrook - MBE, DFC, DFM, AFC

We have just been sent a book by Wally's daughter entitled
"Some Anxious Moments in World War Two", written by Wally himself.

His dughters have given us permission to reproduce that book here. It is in several chapters, and we have placed each chapter on it's own page.

Below is the crew he did his last mission with 102 as 'C' Flight Commander.

HR663 DY-T OP: Pilsen - 16th April 1943

S/L Wally I. Lashbrook - Pilot - DFC DFM Evd
F/S D.C. 'Nippy' Knight - F/E - PoW
F/O Kenneth J. Bolton - Nav - Evd
F/O Alfred (Alfie) Martin - B/A - DFC Evd
Sgt W.Robert Laws - WOp - Evd
W/O Lawrence Irving Neill - AG - PoW
F/O George Williams GM - AG - KIA Aged 22 - (C.W.G.C.)

F/S D.C. Knight initially evaded until captured in Paris on the 18th Sep 1943 and interned in Camps 4B/L3, PoW No.250739.
Sgt L. Neil in Camps L1/L6/L4, PoW No.1192
F/O George Williams is buried at the Maubeuge Cemetery in France.


Wally Lashbrook is sitting front row
Wally is sitting front row, in the center

Wally is sitting front row, in the center. Sat on the far left is George Williams, Wally's tail gunner.

The man to his right as we look is Sam Weller, who also a trainer with we believe 1652 conversion unit at Pocklington.


This is taken from Edward Saywell's log book showing Wally Lashbrook and Sam Weller training Saywell's crew which included the webmasters great uncle Joseph Marsh


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