By Peter Jacobs
Les Bartlett has turn into one of many nice characters of worldwide warfare II heritage. He flew as bomb aimer with the then Flying Officer Michael Beetham, who later turned Marshal of the Royal Air strength. at the moment he used to be a sergeant yet received his fee in April 1944 and flew his journey, together with 27 raids over Germany and France among November 1943 and will 1944. On his moment operation his plane used to be attacked via a Ju 88, leaving it without flaps or brakes - a crash touchdown at Wittering ensued. on the finish of his 3rd project they discovered the complete of Lincolnshire fogbound and at last landed at RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire earlier than that airfield was once closed additionally a result of fog. His airplane was once hit within the wing by way of a 30lb incendiary bomb dropped by way of one other Lancaster flying above them on his 6th operation - yet they survived. On his 12th operation to Leipzig he used the nostril weapons to spoil a Ju 88 evening fighter, for which he was once offered the DFM. In February 1944 the port outer engine stuck fireplace and the team baled out. Les was once then published as Assistant Adjutant to RAF Thornaby.
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