CREW: Donald William Mansbridge, Albert Stanley Palmer, Gerald Herbert Cruwys, William Courtney White, John Richard Hanson, Ernest Hambling, Peter Horace Walder, P Walder, Ernest Rowe Newton Barrell


Percival Ashford Walder's original crew was that of the well-known Sqn Ldr Alfred Eaton-Clarke DFC. This was the crew that Walder flew with for most of his time at 97 Sqn but they completed their tour around November 1943. Walder must have had some extra ops to do to finish his tour, hence he was flying with Mansbridge on Black Thurdsay.
This photo was taken at Eaton-Clarke's wedding in (it is thought) November 1943.
L-R: Percival Walder, Sqn Ldr Eaton-Clarke, the bride, Flt Lt Carlton, Wing Commander Alabaster, F/Sgt Hambling and Warrant Off Smith.

The Pathfinder Year - 97 Squadron at Bourn
The crew members in April 1944 after joining 635 Squadron:
From left to right: Mansbridge, Cruwys, Courtney, Hanson, Hambling, Barrell, Palmer

The crew together at Heverlee, the wreath is on Palmer's grave. The wreath, together with the photograph of the crew which appears above, were laid by Graham Smith, whose uncle was married to the sister of Palmer.