Letter from Group Captain C.D.V Willis to Air Vice Marshal E B Addision



Letter from Group Captain C.D.V Willis to Air Vice Marshal E B Addision


Copy sent to Wing Commander Donaldson. Relates to Daily Mirror newspaper cutting which is amusing to all at RAF Foulsham. Relates incident to 192 squadron Halifax at RAF Staverton. No official action was taken over incident but story has rolled on.




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Two page typewritten letter


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From:- Group Captain C.D.V. Willis, D.S.O., D.F.C.
[inserted] Personal file [/inserted]
R.A.F. Station,
[inserted] Send to [underlined] W/C Donaldson [/underlined] [/inserted]
D.O./CDVW. 20th July, 1945.
[deleted] 1. [/deleted] the attached cutting from today's Daily Mirror is rather amusing and very satisfying to all of us at Foulsham.
2. Perhaps you will remember the unfortunate incident where one of 192's Halifaxes landed at R.A.F. Staverton and was damaged in the process of being pulled out from an over-shoot.
3. Perhaps you may remember, too, that S/Ldr. Crotch was reproved for his part in the proceedings – mainly for allowing one “gullible ferry pilot”, F/Lt. Allen, talking him into sending a Halifax to an airfield which was not altogether suitable for heavy aircraft.
4. As far as we know here, no official action was taken against Allen, but apparently the good Lord himself has taken the Manual of Air Force Law into his own hands and has struck down the “gullible ferry pilot” - by the hands of his own wife. We have followed the case with great interest, especially Crotch, who naturally felt that the wretched Allen should have been punished too. Crotch now reluctantly admits that he has had his full pound of flesh.
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5. We are not absolutely certain that it is the same Allen, but we feel pretty confident that it is, as he was described as an ex P.F.F. Flight Lieutenant pilot, with no gongs, lived in the Staverton area and, as can be seen from the attached report, was a shocker of no mean order.

Air Vice Marshal E.B. Addison, C.B., C.B.E.,
No. 100 Group,
Near Dereham,



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