Flight Lieutenant C. T. Welch DFC
Cyril was born in Plymouth, Devon on 11 June 1920, married to Hazel with one son Steve and two grandchildren.

He Joined Bomber Command in June 1942 as a trainee wireless operator and released from duties June 1946.

Cyril continued to work within the aircraft industry, working for Channel Island Airways in Jersey then British European Airways at Lands End and Gatwick Airport as a ground operations manager. Finally finishing his working days with British Airways and retiring after 61 years.

He was a very modest man who kept his war time experiences to himself, though he would speak of them if asked, his answers were very economical.

He died 5 October 1994 aged 74 years. 
 

Kindly donated by his wife Hazel and son Steve.

Ops prior to joining 156 Squadron:
Coastal Command     Aircraft - Whitley,     Pilot - Sgt Gaze:
1/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay  - Returned early
2/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
4/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
7/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
11/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
16/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
19/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
22/2/43    Anti Submarine Sweep - Bay of Biscay
78 Squadron       Aircraft - Halifax,    Pilot - F/L Gaze: 
 4/5/43     DORTMUND     - Landed at Marsden Moor  on 3 engines
 4/5/43     DUISBERG         - Did not complete, engine Failure
13/5/43    BOCHUM
23/5/43    DORTMUND
28/5/43    DUSSELDORF
11/6/43    DUSSELDORF
12/6/43    BOCHUM
19/6/43    Le CREUSOT
21/6/43     KREFELD
22/6/43     MULHEIM        - Engine trouble
24/6/43    WUPPERTAL
28/6/43    COLOGNE        - Bombed on three engines
 3/7/43     COLOGNE
30/7/43    HAMBURG
31/7/43    REMSCHEID     - Returned from target on three engines
 4/8/43     HAMBURG
 9/8/43     MANNHEIM
10/8/43    NUREMBURG
12/8/43    MILAN               - Landed at Abingdon
31/8/43    BERLIN
 5/9/43     MANNHEIM
 6/9/43     MUNICH
17/9/43    MODANE         - Returned on two engines
22/9/43    HANNOVER
23/9/43     MANNHEIM

 
All of the material displayed on this page was donated by F/L Welch's family.

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