C R Snell, Leslie Thomas Harman, L Lintott, N J Smith, J Grieve, C J Green, O D Wood, RAF, 635, 97, squadron, Pathfinders
Right: Oliver Wood, the rear gunner on Black Thursday
The photograph of Sgt Oliver Derek Wood was sent in by his grandson Chris Wood.
Chris writes that his grandfathr was "most commonly known as Derek ...
I am sad to say that my Grandfather passed away on the 29th Aug 2005 at 83 years old. He was a devout Methodist and senior manager for the British Rail and SeaLink organisations. Survived by his two Sons, Michael, my father, and David Wood.
He was married to Phyllis Wood having met her while stationed at Downham market (with the 635). She was a volunteer worker in the airdrome canteen and a local farmer's daughter.
He was often known to recite anecdotes about the war but solely of a humorous nature. Most memorable for me was his imitation of "Chucky" Snell's complaint's about Leslie Harman's flatulence whilst flying. While imitating "Chucky's" Canadian accent Granddad quoted "Harman, is that you? You dirty b*******d!" It's about the only time in my life I heard him use a profanity and the source of many childish sniggers."
Leslie Harman was the only crew member who did not survive the war. Derek obviously remembered him with teasing affection.