Douglas Frederick Wooldridge, Halifax Flight Engineer, Royal Australian Air Force, 1944
Two of my friends from across the pond, John and Richard Havers, share my enthusiasm for aviation and World War Two history. John has written several books on the history of civil aviation in Britain and Richard has written on a variety of subjects.Bettina Wooldridge (now Havers), Douglas Wooldridge, and their parents, early 1944
Their fourth mission on the night of 18/19 March was as part of a raid against Frankfurt – Twelve Halifaxes from 466 Squadron got airborne that night although two returned early due to hydraulic trouble. Seven of the remaining ten aircraft bombed the primary target and returned safely, three failed to return including my Uncle’s aircraft.
In this painting by aviation artist Nicholas Trudgian, a squadron of Royal Australian Air Force Halifaxes heads over the Lincolnshire Coast bound for Germany in 1942.