First Strike of the Thunderbirds: Lorient, 14-15 January 1943

This painting was presented to 426 Squadron by the Association and the people of Dishforth, Yorkshire, during the 9th Biennial Reunion 24 Jun 92, and coincided with the 50th Squadron Anniverary. The crew of the Wellington Mk III depicted, BK542/OW "L" were in attendance and witnessed the presentation.

This painting is currently displayed in Blanchard Hall, Dishforth Building, Trenton. Artist: Lance Russwurm.

(r to l) LCol John Jensen, Harvey Fenton, Navigator, Ottawa, George McMenemy, Pilot, Hamilton, Ray Williams, Wireless Operator, Lyndhurst, UK, Larry Holtby, Bomb Aimer, Ottawa, Howard Welch, Rear Gunner, Belleville and Hugh Naylor, representing the people of Dishforth.


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