Gerry was born on January 28, 1922 at Poole, Dorset, England
He attended and graduated from Public School and Grammar School.
Gerry enlisted in the RAF on August 1940 at Southampton, Hampshire.
He trained at Cardington - Blackpool - Bishop, Briggs, Scotland - Driffield - Yatesbury(Radio School) - 10 B&G, Dumfries, Scotland (Gunnery) and was awarded his WOP/AG in May/June 1941.
He did his OTU at Lossiemouth, Scotland.
He was posted to #149 Squadron, RAF, 3 Group Bomber Command stationed at Mildenhall and Lakenheath in Suffolk.
His crew consisted of; PILOT - Roy Woodhouse; 2nd PILOT - George Anderson; OBS - Jack Nason;
WOP/AG - Ron Waite; FE - Gordon Locke; AG - Mike Wootton>
The FE and AG did not survive when we crashed on May 18, 1942. Their names are on the RAF Memorial at Runnymede in England.
On my first OP in Aug/Sept 1941(Not with crew listed). we went to Cherbourg. On return from target everything went wrong---got on track for base at Mildenhall and then headed back south and out over the channel and finished up in the “Balloon Barrage” over Southampton and Portsmouth. Finished up landing at the Coastal Command station at Thorney Island near Portsmouth.
I was not shot down. With the crew listed above we flew into the Baltic while on a mine laying OP, (flew in after dropping the mines). At 1:30am on May 18, 1942, on impact the fuselage broke just in front of the tail section and rear turret. That night we had no front gunner and I was in the mid-upper turret. As I fell out of the turret with all the cables and ammo around me, I looked back and up and could see the night sky!!
I climbed up to the open end of the fuselage, looked down and heard my skipper shout “Jump Gerry, for Christ‘s sake, jump”!!. He could see the Stirling “S” for Sugar was about to do a “Titanic”!! - It was a bit like going down the bath plug!!
Picked up by a Danish fishing boat, transferred to a customs boat and then to the German Army -- and eventually to Germany. I did meet the fishing boat skipper with my wife “Mo and son Gerald” in 1977. When I met the skipper (Karl Weaver) he gave me the tin of emergency rations from our dinghy. I am still in touch with his family.
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Frankfurt; Stalag Luft 3, Sagan; Stalag Luft 6, Heydekrug; Stalag 357,Torun, Poland and 357, Follingbostel.
Gerry was demobbed in 1950 at Innsworth, Gloucester.
UK Police(Leeds, Yorkshire and Bournemouth, Hampshire.
My wife Maureen (Mo) became Mississauga’s first Policewoman(Later Peel Region) January 4, 1971
Maureen passed away on May 24, 1995, aged 55, after losing a courageous battle with cancer. Our son, Gerald is in the Waste Management/Recycling Busines. February 1, 2002