Bill in RAF



Bill served in RAF during WWII. He worked in bomber command (102 Squadron, No 4 Group at Pocklington, Yorkshire) as ground crew servicing Halifax's and picked up lots of knowledge about aero engines.

Chris Harper has put together an excellent website about 102 Squadron and people who served in it, including a page about Bill based on the photos below.



Bill is 3rd from bottom

Bill is right end in 3rd row





He also took an active part in entertainment of the troops as stage crew.

"Night Must Fall" 1945. Paul Daneman went on to be a star of stage and TV --

"Punch Bowl" April 1945 [Pocklington Theatrical Company]

"Black Magic"/"Winter Sports"  Oct 1945

"Black Magic"/"Ballet Thoroughfare"   Dec 1945


It meant he met visiting acts such as Norman Evans



Click for other web pages associated with 102 Squadron at Pocklington:

An Interesting Halifax Story


Flying Officer Alfred Martin, Aircrew

Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation: No 101 - 105 Squadron Histories


Veteran Celebrates 84th Birthday with Halifax Bomber Tour

Model of Halifax "Manga Taipo" 102 (Ceylon) Squadron, RAF Pocklington, August, 1944

Airfields in Yorkshire: POCKLINGTON



102 Sqn Halifax (DY-B) at Pocklington - taken at the end of tour in 1944

(L to R) Bud Watson, Rear Gunner; Ron Champion, Pilot; Saxon, Navigator; Paddy Gilmour, Flight Engineer;

Phil (can't remember last name), Bomb Aimer

Front Row (L to R): Butch Lewis, Wireless Operator; Johnny Willis, Mid-upper gunner

(taken from




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