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    Default P/O A J Bodger 576 Sqn Elsham Wolds

    P/O A J Bodger DFC and crew completed their tour with 576 Sq at the end of April 44.
    Does anyone know:
    1) what Bodger's his first name was?
    2) any names for the rest of his crew.
    I believe he was one of the first intake of crews for the newly formed 576 Sq in Nov 43 and think they were one the new crews who had already flown a handful of trips with 100 Sq before arriving at Elsham Wolds.
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    Tom

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    Name and DFC citation

    Pilot Officer Alan John BODGER (170721), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 576 Squadron.

    This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in January, 1944. Whilst over the target a fire broke out behind the port inner engine but Pilot Officer Bodger continued his bombing run and executed a successful attack. Shortly after the bombs had been released, two more fires started. Both wings of the a aircraft set alight and burned fiercely at first but soon afterwards died away. Although considerable height was lost, Pilot Officer Bodger flew the damaged aircraft to base. In the face of a harassing situation this officer displayed coolness and courage of a high order and his example was most inspiring.

    A

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    Tom,
    I've had a look at the 100sqdn ORB for Nov/Dec 43 but cannot find a posting of this crew. Could they have come from 101 or 103sqdn.
    The Dec ORB for 576sqdn gives names of Bodger crew as.......
    Sgt R.P. Lloyd.
    Sgt S.G. Barnes.
    Sgt W. Scott.
    Sgt K. Watkins.
    Sgt P.W. Roberts.
    Sgt J. Russell.

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    Thanks guys - I believe all survived the war.
    Will look for them with 101 / 103.
    Cheers,
    Tom

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    Default 576 Sqn

    Hello. I know that J Russell made it through as he is still alive, living in London. Nov 2016.

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    Hi

    Saw this while chatting with my grandad - Jack Russell.He is certainly alive and well and has a few stories about his time in the Lanc and knew Bodger pretty well.

    Reply if you want to know more; have some photos of the crew including Bodger.

    Cheers

    Simon Russell

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    Default Alan Bodger ex 576 Sqn

    Hi all
    I am researching Alan Bodger, he has passed away some years ago but not sure of the date. Does anyone know when he died ?.
    He was the manager post war of Gulf Aviation then Gulf Air. He was married with a son and daughter
    eventually I will put his details on my website.
    Here is the link. Book 2 has yet to be built
    http://www.raffiskertonairfield.co.uk/fisk_1_011.htm
    regards
    Dave

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    Dave

    The National Probate Calendar on ancestry.co.uk has an Alan John Bodger, of 53 Chiddingstone Street, London SW6, died September 2nd 1995. A couple of family trees on ancestry.co.uk have his date of birth as September 1st 1921, born Ilford, and have his address in Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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    Cheers Simon for that info.
    I thought it was in that time frame. I built up a profile of Walter Scott, Alan's Navigator with 576 sqn
    http://www.raffiskertonairfield.co.uk/fisk_1_057.htm

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    Hi Elsimian
    Yes if you have pictures could you put them up as I can include all on Alans profile on my website

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