Dave Leicester - Between ops

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1 min 18 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


We'd normally know by about 11 o'clock in the morning if we were rostered for an op that particular night. Or if there were no ops on at all because of weather or any reason at all, most crews would hop into the local village and go to the pub. We would do that too, but we would often stay behind.

The rear gunner would give us a lecture on aircraft recognition, or the navigator would give us a lecture on some of the things he had to do and so on, right throughout the crew.

Although no one else in the crew could actually fly the plane or land it, the day when it was my turn to give a lecture I would show the engineer or someone the basics of flying straight and level and being able to get out if they had to.

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