Group Captain G H Womersley(Master Bomber, DFC, DSO and Bar)

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Group Captain G H Womersley(Master Bomber, DFC, DSO and Bar)

Postby SimonK123 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Group Captain G H Womersley(Master Bomber, DFC, DSO and Bar)

Group Captain Geoff Womersley, died on October 28th 2010 aged 95, was one of the outstanding pilots of Bomber Command's Pathfinder Force, and was awarded two DSOs and a DFC.

His flying career started on the biplane bombers of No 102 Squadron before it re-equipped with the Whitley. Immediately after the outbreak of war he dropped propaganda leaflets over German cities and bombed the German seaplane bases on Heligoland and Sylt.

The squadron was called on to support the British Expeditionary Force and when, on May 22, his aircraft was hit by flak on the German-French border, he and his crew were forced to bail out. On the ground he inadvertently stumbled into a group of German soldiers. Turning round and striding off in the other direction, he eventually came across some British soldiers. From there he managed to get to Paris and on to the last flight to England from Le Bourget airport. Throughout his life he would refer to "the luck of the Womersleys".

He also flew Wellingtons and Lancasters and had already completed more than 50 bombing operations over Europe when he Joined AVM Donald Bennett in the Pathfinder force and was appointed to command No 139 Squadron, flying Mosquitos as part of the Light Night Striking Force. On many occasions he acted as "master bomber". He was awarded a Bar to an earlier DSO for his part in a raid on Mannheim.

He joined Donald Bennett after the war in South American Airways later flying the Avro Tudor. On May 10 1954, following the airline's merger with BOAC, Womersley flew a Comet into Rome airport, where another crew took over for the flight to London. Shortly after take-off the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression and crashed into the sea off Elba; there were no survivors. He remained with the airline until 1968, retiring as one of its senior Boeing 707 captains.

On May 10 1954, following the airline's merger with BOAC, Womersley flew a Comet into Rome airport, where another crew took over for the flight to London. Shortly after take-off the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression and crashed into the sea off Elba; there were no survivors. He remained with the airline until 1968, retiring as one of its senior Boeing 707 captains.

His full obituary can be read here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... sley.html#

Our condolences to his daughter Miss Pat Womersley and her family and our apologies for not including his details in a previous newsletter.
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