...::: THE 59 SQUADRON CREWS :::...

Unlike the 'portrait' that was sent back to a sweetheart, a loving mother or a family, the 'crew' photo holds a special place for those pictured because it highlights the comradery between them. As you look through the images, you can see a range of emotions on people's faces. Sometimes they've got a look on their face like they'd rather be 'somewhere else', especially if they've just returned from a sortie, they've still got their flight gear on, it's windy and miserably cold.. but hang on fellas.. it's time for a 'snapshot'! Other times, the sun is out, the smiles are glowing and you wouldn't even think there was a war going on... They really are 'a moment in time' captured...

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...::: BRISTOL BLENHEIM :::...
(above) 59 Sqn TR-A at Thorney Island, image sent in by Terry Sheldon.
I'm not sure why but there seems to be a lack of images available for Blenheim crews. Perhaps at the start of the war the official 'crew photo' wasn't considered as important for boosting moral both within the squadrons and for the general public (ie. family members). There are 'unofficial' crew photos taken such as those shown here but the more official 'sit down' photo seems to be non existent for this era... I guess there were more important issues at hand during these early stages of the war and maybe, they just didn't have the time or resources to give to crew photos.. It may have been that security was so tight during the early years, that no images were to leave the bases at all? Here are the images that made it out for the Blenheim era... If you have some more, please contact me!
Crew Size: 3 - Pilot, Observer, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner

Name of Captain

F/L Anthony Fry DFC
P/O Alec McCurdy DFC/BAR
.....:::: A Look at the Bristol Blenheim ::::.....
Top turret (view from cockpit)
Navigator/Bomber in nose
...We Shall Remember...
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