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Crew 67, Pilot Trevor Ross Gallop – 462 Squadron RAAF

Crew 67, 462 Squadron RAAF, Foulsham, 24 April 1945, Pilot Trevor Ross Gallop.

Crew 67, 462 Squadron, Foulsham, on 24 April 1945. The crew are identified on the reverse of the photo as shown below.

Back row, from left:- Rear Gunner Bryan Meade, Flight Engineer Ron Johnston; Wireless Operator Les Dooley; Mid-Upper Gunner Ron Gleeson.

Front row, from left:- Bomb Aimer Ron Philpott; Pilot Ross Gallop; Navigator Allan Sutherland.

Captain/Pilot: Trevor Ross GALLOP
Navigator: Allan SUTHERLAND
Bomb Aimer: Ronald Bruce PHILPOTT
Wireless Operator: Les DOOLEY
Flight Engineer: Ron W JOHNSTON
Mid-Upper Gunner: Don GLEESON
Rear Gunner: Bryan MEADE
Special Duties: Various
Crew information summary.

Photo supplied by and used with the permission of Peter Meade, son of Bryan Meade.

 

Identification of Crew 67, 462 Squadron RAAF, Foulsham, 24 April 1945, Pilot Trevor Ross Gallop.

 

 

Transcription of the reverse of the Crew photo .........

"GLAMOUR" BOYS. 24-4-45

BACK ROW. Left to Right. 462 Sqd
Myself Rear Gunner
Ron Johnston. R.A.F. Flight Engineer.
Les Dooley. Wireless Operator.
Don Gleeson. (Chopper). Mid-upper Gunner.
FRONT ROW. Left to Right.
Ron Philpott. Bombaimer.
Ross Gallop. (The Boss). Pilot.
Allan Sutherland. (The Old Man) Navigator.
Hope you like this. We all look a bit
squiffy but this was taken after we
had done four ops in six nights.

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Pilot

Name: Trevor Ross Gallop
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 427820
Date of Birth: 9 September 1923
Place of Birth: Subiaco, Western Australia
Date of Enlistment: 6 October 1942
Place of Enlistment: Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin: T. Gallop
Date of Discharge: 30 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit
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Navigator

Name: Allan Joseph Sutherland
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 426242
Date of Birth: 22 May 1923
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 23 May 1942
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Queensland
Next of Kin: Nora Sutherland
Date of Discharge: 18 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron
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Bomb Aimer

Name: Ronald Bruce Philpott
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 433023
Date of Birth: 1 September 1921
Place of Birth: Marrickville, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 9 February 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, New South Wales
Next of Kin: N. Philpott
Date of Discharge: 21 February 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 462 Squadron
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Wireless Operator

Name: Leslie Charles Dooley
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 432136
Date of Birth: 7 October 1924
Place of Birth: Summer Hill, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 5 December 1942
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, New South Wales
Next of Kin: Zena Dooley
Date of Discharge: 21 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit
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Flight Engineer
(Information from 462 Squadron ORBs)

Name: R. W. Johnston (Ron)
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 1596218
Rank at posting to 462 Squadron: Sergeant

(No other information is known about Ron Johnston, sometimes recorded in error as Johnstone or Johnson, but not to confused with W/O R.K.Johnston W/OP, RAAF 432535, also Ron, in Fl/Lt B.K.Drinkwater’s crew. If you can assist with more information, please make contact.)

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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: Donald Gleeson
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: A4578 (442422)
Date of Birth: 8 July 1925
Place of Birth: Adelaide, South Australia
Date of Enlistment: 17 July 1943
Locality on Enlistment: Nth Walkerville
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, South Australia
Next of Kin: D. Gleeson
Date of Discharge: 12 April 1949
Rank at Discharge: (T) Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: LAV
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Rear Gunner

Name: Bryan Douglas Meade
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 439898
Date of Birth: 7 August 1925
Place of Birth: Hurstville, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 14 August 1943
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, New South Wales
Next of Kin: Joan Meade
Date of Discharge: 11 March 1946
Rank at Discharge: Warrant Officer
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit
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Crew information summary.

The initial 6-man crew formed at 27 Operational Training Unit (27 OTU) Lichfield in early July 1944, and trained in Wellington Bombers. They were posted to Acaster Malbis on 20 October 1944. On 7 November 1944, they were posted to 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit (1658 H.C.U.) Riccall, where Flight Engineer Ron Johnston would have joined the crew. At Riccall, they trained in Halifax Bombers.

On 16 March 1945, the crew of seven were posted to 462 Squadron, Foulsham. They carried out 8 Ops – on the 2nd, 4th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 22nd April 1945. The "four Ops in six nights" referred to on the reverse of the crew photo (dated 24 April 1945), may have been the four from 13th to 18th April 1945.

All members of this crew survived the war.

For more information and photos of this crew, please visit the Philpott page.
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