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Wellingtons of No 75 Squadron

(Rus)   A full moon and a raid tonight: a panorama of the Wellington dispersal at Feltwell, home of No 75 Squadron from April 1940 to August 1942. The wartime caption states that these men are going out to their bombers, but the incomplete flying kit and the orderly line of ground crew personnel suggests that this stroll was set up for the photographer. Although most key airmen were New Zealand nationals, crews were frequently made up with men from Britain and other Commonwealth countries.

Several of these smiling faces would soon be gone, for by the end of the war nearly a thousand members of No 75 were either dead or had been taken prisoner—one of the highest casualty rates in Bomber Command. (IWM CH2671)