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Robert Griffith writes the following piece of social history from a personal point of view and it's eminently readable to anyone interested in WWII and RAF Brize Norton.
"On the 27th August 2009, it was my privilege to attend the Memorial Service at Black Bourton commemorating the lives of F/Sgt A.H. Busbridge (Pilot); F/Sgt B. Mowan (Nav.); F/Sgt Wl Insley (B/A); Sgt K Shay (Wop/A/G); and Sgt E Bonser (A//G), who were killed 65 years earlier when the Albemarle aircraft crashed at the site on their return from an SOE operation in France.
"The service was particularly poignant as I knew most of the crew members. I had served at Brize Norton from March to October 1944. It was thus suggested that I should record my experiences of my time there, as much has changed in the interim years.
"Despite my advanced years my memory continues to serve me well. The following is a personal account of my impressions and memories as an Air Gunner there in 1944. Any errors or inaccuracies are thus entirely down to me."