Crews of No 137 Squadron RAF pose with a mascot in front of their Whirlwind Mk I fighter bombers at RAF Manston, Kent.  March 5 1943.


Left to right: P/O Robert Leslie Smith, DFC/DFM; F/O Edward Lancelot Musgrave RAAF (KIA 18/5/43); P/O Desmond Roberts RNZAF; F/S John McGowan Barclay (KIA 31/7/43); W/O Arthur Gaston Brunet RCAF; F/L John Michael Bryan (KIA 10/6/44); F/O Joseph Laurier DeHoux RCAF (KIA 2/9/43); Sgt. Aubrey Cartwright Smith; F/O John Edward McClure RCAF; Sgt. Norbury Dugdale; Sgt. Thomas Arthur Sutherland; Sgt. Ernest Alfred Bolster; F/O John Maude Hadow; S/L Humphrey St John Coghlan, DFC; and Sgt. Robert Woodhouse. The dog’s name was Lynn and belonged to Mike Bryan.
(Text – Courtesy of Robert Bowater – RAF Southend)

Colourised Image courtesy of “Colourised RAF Fighter Command 1939-1945”