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    Default F/L LAWSON Alexander & G. ROBERTSON

    I am looking for F/L LAWSON. and/or Gordon ROBERTSON

    Did Lawson survive the war ? By chance, would he/they still be alive ?

    what I know this about them :

    LAWSON,Alexander Cherry Squadron Leader RAF No.42508

    Lawson was granted a short service commission in the RAF in August 1939, being promoted Flg Off in February 1941 and Flt Lt a year later. In April 1943 he joined 605 Squadron, but in June of that year he was posted to 23 Squadron on Malta. Here, with Plt Off 134367 Gordon Robertson as his navigator, he undertook intruder sorties over Italy, being promoted Sqn Ldr by early 1944. He was awarded a DFC, gazetted on 23 May 1944. Robertson later became a Flt Lt and returned to 605 Squadron, also being awarded a DFC, gazetted on 2 October 1945.

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    Neither of them is listed on the CWGC website.
    www.cwgc.org


    A C Lawson is listed in London Gazette as late as 1957:

    ROYAL AIR FORCE RESERVE OF OFFICERS
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH,
    Commission relinquished (class CC).
    The undermentioned on cessation of duty:
    Flight Lieutenant A. C. LAWSON, D.F.C. (42508). 10th Mar. 1955.

    If you search for C. Lawson in the Fligth Magazine Archives you will find him in 1965 being a BUA test pilot on route proving with the BAC 1-11
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/search.aspx

    Gordon Robertson's name is not distinct enough I think to find much else about him at this moment
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Shores' Those Other Eagles lists him as P/O Gordon Robertson 134367. Shores states that both were with 23 Squadron. Robertson later returned to 605 Squadron, promoted to F/Lt, DFC gazetted 2/10/1945.

    Neither have any post-war details.

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    Dennis/Gilles,
    In 1969 holding a CC (Civilian Component) Commission in the RAFRO meant that one was a Civilian employee of Air Ministry/MoD(Air) - or whatever - who would be expected to put on uniform on mobilisation to carry out whatever the specialisation was that you were good at. It was all to do with the Geneva Convention and the Laws Of War!!! It might be the case that same set of rules applied in 1955?
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    Hi Guys,

    looks like I did find Mr A. Lawson, the Mosquito pilot.

    I shall go and visit him to interview him about this night when he shot down a JU88.

    Keep you posted.

    Best regards.

    GC

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    I met in London A. Lawson, the Mosquito pilot.

    He explained me that he is still in contact with G. Robertson, his navigator, who lives in New Zealand.

    He told me about this crazy night in Toulouse when he shot down a JU88.

    Picture hereafter.

    http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2010/10/10/924368-Pechbusque-Il-a-retrouve-le-pilote-anglais-qui-a-abattu-le-Junker.html

    Article in french, sorry..

    Real nice meeting an actor of a great event.

    Good evening all.

    GC

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    Gilles,

    Would you know if G Robertson is the same as:

    NZ4212710 Geroge Robertson, RNZAF?

    That is, was he of New Zealand nationality in WWII or did he immigrate to here after the war?

    Errol

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    Default Mosquito crew finnally found

    Sorry for late answer Errol, I just noticed your poll now.

    I believe Gordon Robertson is not from NZ but rather emigrated there.

    If you want, I can ask him: I have his contact details and I spoke with him this morning over the phone.

    He told me his memories of this night when they flew over Toulouse and shot down a JU88 and damaged another one.

    I also obtained a copy of A. Lawson logbook page with the 6 Jan 1944 entry. The puzzle gets completed..

    Cheers.

    GC

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilles collaveri View Post
    Quote remopved. Read the sticky.
    Ross
    Gilles,

    That would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Errol

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    Default Gordon Robertson

    Hi Errol,

    I just spoke with him (time difference is OK this way !) :

    he is definitely british, was born in England, came to NZ in 1949 and never flew with RNZAF. He precised to me that "Robertson" is a scottish name and would be like "Smith" in England.

    Cheers.

    GC

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