Operations On by Philip West

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Signed by a 101 Squadron Lancaster pilot and at least two aircrew.

Flt. Lt. Ronald Homes DFC (Pilot) joined the RAF in March 1942 and after initial training, went to Terrell, Texas, USA for his flying training, where he gained his wings in May 1943. He returned to the UK and joined No. 101 Squadron in May 1944, going on to complete 32 ops. over Europe. After his bombing tour he converted onto Dakotas, joined No. 238 Squadron and flew out to India and Burma, then on to Australia and the South Pacific. After the Japanese surrender he joined 1315 Flight and flew up to Japan with the occupation forces.

Sergeant Stan Waind DFM completed 31 operational sorties with No. 101 Squadron as Flight Engineer, this prior to his 20th birthday! Commissioned at the end of his stay with 101 Squadron he was posted to HQ 229 Group Transport Command, New Delhi. After a short spell of administrative duties Stan applied to be returned to flying duties, resulting in a posting to No. 215 Squadron. Singapore where he took up the position of Co-pilot/Flight Engineer with the crew responsible for flying VIPs across Southeast Asia.

Squadron Leader Tony (Charlie) Neve M.B.E. was taught German at school and visited Germany as a guest of the Hitler Youth! Having survived the bombing of his hometown of Bristol, he decided to retaliate and volunteered for aircrew in September 1942. After a spell of training in Canada as an Air Gunner he returned to England and was posted to No. 101 Squadron where he trained and operated as a Special Duties Officer, finally completing 31 operations. Tony flew in SR-W (to the right of the painting) on 11th November 1944 during a raid on Dortmund.

Overall size: 28" wide x 12 1/2" high.

Image size: 24" wide x 8" high.