We were contacted by Derek’s Granddaughter, seeking information about her Grandfather. Unfortunately we were not able to get a whole lot. What we know:
Joined 55 OTU on September 1st 1942 and left again on November 25th – posted to 2 PDC (Personnel Despatch Centre). Then he appears in 601 Squadron in November 1943 and disappears again in August 1944.
We have a photograph which was taken of 601 Squadron at Foggia Airfield in Italy, 1943 which shows Derek. He was a Flight Sergeant at the time, and was later commissioned.