Personnel Index - Detail

Name
HIRD
First Names
Douglas George
Rank
F/Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
1585473
Crew Position
Wireless Operator
Posting Details
Posted in 7/44

 

Awarded the DFM.

Flew 28 operations with 49Sqn as the Wireless Operator.

The final trip was November 1944.
 



This is a photograph of the 'Russell' crew, nicknamed, 'The Gen Crew'.

It was taken at Winthorpe Heavy Conversion Unit just before the crew were posted to 49 Squadron at Fiskerton in July 1944. The aircraft is a Short Stirling code letters GP-L.

The crew standing at rear left to right are;
Sgt D G Hird (Wireless Operator), Sgt B A Frost (Mid Upper Gunner), Sgt G (Dusty) Miller (Navigator), F/O T Russell (Pilot)

Squatting down in front left to right are;
Sgt A R Boyce (Flight Engineer), Sgt R W Reid RCAF (Bomb Aimer), Sgt J G O'Callaghan (Rear Gunner)



Two images of Douglas Hird courtesy of his daughter Pam Nakashima.
The LHS image is dated 1943 which shows Douglas as an Air Gunner.
The RHS image appears to be 1946 and he is wearing a Wireless Operator (Signaller) brevet.

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