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Pathfinder B24 Liberators
I'm Tom - my picture is at Pathfinder
Why Pathfinders? In 1942 I was an RAAF pilot on the way to Britain when our convoy had to survive attack by submarines. I arrived in a Britain on her knees from loss of shipping sunk by German submarines and from German bombing. RAF bombers were flying from England to destroy German manufacturing, particularly of submarines, but darkness, ground mists, bad weather and German defences frustrated their attacks.
Enter Australian Don Bennett. He arranged for selected and specially trained flying crews to form the RAF Path Finder Force (PFF). Pathfinders would lead the way. It was the big turning point in the effectiveness of RAF bombers and the beginning of victory in WWII.
My Pathfinder Squadron (614) became the Path Finder Force in Italy, leading RAF bombers into France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and N.Italy.
Planes we flew as Pathfinders included specialised Halifax ii (GR) and B24 Liberator V111
good story to this cartoon. Cartoonist
Ed Riley, Bomb Aimer and Radar Operator flew 62 operations
You'll see more of his cartoons, when you buy Tom's book and CD ROM.
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