Memories of S A Logan
My father was an air gunner on Consolidated B24-J Liberators and Avro
Hansons with 53 then 547 squadrons. They flew out of St Eval in Cornwall,
St David's in Wales and Rejkavik in Iceland that I can recall. He has told
me many stories but two are of quite an interest. Unfortuantely I do not
know the years as to when these occurances took place (sorry) My father
died in Feb 96 and I have only just recently starting using the Net so I
cannot clarify the dates.
The first occured whilst he was out over the bay of biscay and while flying
through a break in the cloud he saw a Wellington flying below them off the
port wing, however what made him a little surprised was that the propellers
were not moving but the plane was certainly going forward. On returning to
the base for debriefing, he told them what he had seen and a senior officer
was sent for and my father was told that he had never seen this plane. He
later found out that the aircraft had been fitted with one of the first jet
engines to be tried. I wonder if anyone could tell me if they know of this
event either from a ground crew or one of the crew who flew the said plane.
Another story happened whilst he was out over the arctic circle hunting
U-boats, they flew through some cloud and came across a U-boat sitting on
the surface, my father and his crew thought they had found an easy target
but when they attacked they were absolutely pelleted with 88mm shells,
aparantly this was one of the first subs to have been fitted with them and
it took alot of convicing the debriefing people that they had seen what
they had seen.