Warrumbungle Warrior

in Bomber Command

Paul Davey


Copyright Paul Davey 2012

Smashwords Edition

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National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

Author: Davey, Paul, 1947

Notes: Illustrated; includes footnotes and bibliographical references

Dewey Number: 940.544092

Cover images:

Wellham’s crew photographed in January 1944: Left to right, mid-upper gunner John Egan, RAAF; rear gunner John Atherton, RAAF; navigator Noel Knight, RAAF; pilot Reg Wellham, RAAF; wireless operator Percy Moore, RAF; bomb aimer Bill Lamb, RAF; and flight engineer Ted Groom, RAF. In just 22 weeks between 26 August 1943 and 28 January 1944, these men completed 20 operations, three early returns, and many air tests and exercises together with 460 Squadron RAAF and 626 Squadron RAF. (Knight family and RAF Wickenby Memorial Collection - Type C.1 fuselage roundel used by RAF Bomber Command, 1942-1945 (The Royal Air Force Roundel -

To the memory of Noel Knight,

his fellow crew members,

and all who served as aircrew

and ground crew in

RAF Bomber Command 1939-1945,

with a special dedication to

the 55,573 airmen – 3,486 from

Australia – who never returned

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