Newspaper cuttings



Newspaper cuttings


Two newspaper cuttings. Left - Scunthorpe day by day: account of Squadron Leader Robert Wareing returning home after several months in German hands. Right - For local airman/daring bomb attack on Brest harbour - announcement of award of DFC to Robert Wareing's for his part in bombing Brest harbour. Some description of attack and that Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were in port at the time.




Two newspaper cuttings mounted in frame


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“Telegraph” House, Friday.

A WELCOME home to Squadron Leader Robert Wareing, Scunthorpe D.F.C. and Bar, who arrived this week after several months in German hands.
He was taken by the enemy

Squadron Leader WAREING

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us,” he writes, “has naturally evoked many expressions of thankfulness and joy, but there are many to whom feelings of joy will not come easily, those whose boys are maimed in body or in mind, or who will never return.
“To such people I would send a message of goodwill and hope that we ourselves may learn to live up to the standard these boys have set for us, so that all need not be wasted.”

SATURDAY, APRIL 26th, 1941.


[Photograph] Daring Bomb Attack on Brest Harbour

For his part in a bombing raid on Brest Harbour, Pilot Officer Robert Wareing, 24-years-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Wareing of “Centralia,” Cemetery Road, New Brumby, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The award was officially announced by the Air Ministry on Thursday, after a week’s delay in confirmation of the news which was received in Scunthorpe eight days ago.
The story told by members of his family is of a daring “dive” through the inner defences of the harbour, in which Wareing, whose crew was one of four to volunteer for the attack, dropped a heavy bomb on or near a ship in the dock.

Persisted In Attack
It will be remembered that the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau, the important German battleships, were in the harbour, but it does not appear certain which of them suffered from Wareing’s bomb. Wareing’s ‘plane was caught in a cluster of searchlights and met heavy anti-aircraft fire from the inner defences, but he persisted in the attack, while the rear gunner machine gunned the searchlights.
Pilot Officer Wareing, who is engaged to Miss Joan Walker, of West Common Gardens, was a former pupil of the Scunthorpe Doncaster Road School, and later attended the Evening Technical School. He was employed by Messrs. Stephenson and Smart, accountants, when he joined the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve a year before war broke out.
His brother, Sgt-Pilot Stanley Wareing, joined up at the same time.



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