The following three photographs show my father and his crew; all three were taken sometime in 1945, probably in June or July while he was posted to 51 Squadron at Leconfield. This period was immediately post war and much of the work then was bomb disposal and familiarisation ready for the squadron being re-mustered into Transport Command. The wartime crew of a Halifax was 7 but once hostilities had ended the air gunners were withdrawn leaving a crew of five. Looking closely at the first two pictures, the Halifax has already been modified for transport duties with the navigator/bomb aimer’s nose mounted weapon having been removed. Apparently it was the practice at the time (either squadron or just the crew’s) to include some or all of the ground crew in “family photos”. The pilot in the three pictures was Flt. Lt. Arthur St. John “Johnny” Price and in all the pictures he is in the middle or middle rear row. Photograph 1. The crew and two of the ground crew. My father, F/O Dave Walters was the flight engineer, third from the right. The aircraft was a Halifax III. Photograph 2. The aircrew are all in the back row, the rest are ground crew who just got dressed up in parachutes. The aircraft is also a Halifax III. My father is second from the left. Photograph 3. The crew and others, this time in front of a Short Sterling MkV. My father this time is second from the right, and no, the young WAAF next to him was not my mother. This was probably taken just before the crew moved out to RAF Castel Benito, now Tripoli Airport in Libya where they were flying the trans North Africa/Middle East transport route (Castel Benito – Lydda – Shaibah – Mauripur and back). Working from his aircrew log book he started flying in Halifaxes in March 1944, training at 1652 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) before going operational with 76 Squadron where many of the sorties were in support of the advance on Caen during the Battle of Normandy and others were against the V1 launching sites in Northern France. After crash landing at Woodbridge emergency aerodrome after the raid on Russelsheim in August he returned to 1652 HCU awaiting re-assignment to a new crew and a new squadron. He flew operationally with 77 Squadron from the end of 1944 until the end of April 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Germany and was then posted to 51 Squadron which was then transferred to RAF Transport Command. During March and April 1946 he retrained on the Avro York transport aircraft (a derivation of the Lancaster) and was then posted to 246 Squadron. Once again flying the North Africa route and on to Changi. He was demobbed at the end of 1946.