A new 'story thread' starts here....
The compass shown below is the one found in the wreckage of the W7531 MacRobert's Reply that crashed in Gals Klint Forest, Denmark, on 18 May 1942. My thanks to our good Danish friend and researcher Bo Summerby for his detective work in finding the original owner of this piece. Thanks to her amazing generosity the compass was personally handed over to my father in 2002.
This compass starts another story to unfold here over the forthcoming months. The navigator on the last flight of W7531 was Flying Officer John (Buck) Ryan, RCAF. After 70 years since his death I am delighted to have been in touch with John's son and other members of his family in New Zealand, and shortly a memorial page will be created for John with lots of new information and photographs kindly donated by the Ryan family overseas. Keep watching .....I intend to create a page for each crew member in due course.
This compass also links us to another crew member who my regular visitors are already familiar with. On that last flight John Ryan was tutoring an additional member of the crew, a young rookie named Ronnie Maycock. My father and I met his sister and niece who in Denmark for the 60th anniversary ceremony.
So, with this new addition to the website, we are able to begin a new chapter in our story, namely the 'navigator's of the MacRobert's Reply'.
I wish also to note my thanks to Linzee Druce (fellow WW2 researcher) who came up with the idea that eventually put me in touch with John Ryan's son. Without her touch of genius this would not have happened. Thanks Linzee.