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Boston Artwork Collection



Tribute to the Boston Crews by Ivan Berryman.


Friendly Smoke by Michael Turner.

Squadrons for : Boston
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No.107 Sqn RAF


Country : UK
Founded : 8th October 1917
Fate : Disbanded 10th July 1963

Nous y serons - We shall be there

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No.114 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 22nd September 1917
Fate : Disbanded 31st October 1971
Hong Kong

With speed I strike

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No.226 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st April 1918
Fate : Disbanded 9th March 1963

Non sibi sed patriae - For country not for self

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No.23 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st September 1915

Semper aggessus - Always having attacked

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No.342 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st April 1943
Fate : Disbanded 2nd December 1945
French G.B1/20 Lorraine

Nous y sommes - Here we are

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No.418 Sqn RCAF

Country : Canada
Founded : 15th November 1941
Fate : Disbanded 7th September 1945
City of Edmonton

Piyautailili - Defend even unto death

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No.530 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 8th September 1942
Fate : Disbanded 25th January 1943

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No.605 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 5th October 1926
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
County of Warwick (Auxiliary)

Nunquam dormio - I never sleep

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No.88 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 24th July 1917
Fate : Disbanded 17th December 1962
Hong Kong

En garde - Be on your guard

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Signatures for : Boston
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Ft Lt Arthur Eyton-Jones DFC

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Ft Lt Arthur Eyton-Jones DFC

Arthur Eyton-Jones joined the RAF in 1940 and flew over 1,000 hours operationally as a navigator on Bostons, Mitchells and Mosquitoes. He flew on the notoriously dangerous day time bombing offensive conducted by the RAF during the Second World War, during which he survived a ditching in the North Sea after flying he spent a short on the gorund at wars end. After the war he left the Royal Air Force and pursued a career in management with Littlewoods Pools before eventually retiring in 1985. He wrote a superb book Day Bomber.



Flight Lieutenant Albert E Gregory DFC

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12 / 11 / 2010Died : 12 / 11 / 2010
Flight Lieutenant Albert E Gregory DFC

Albert Gregory was born in Derby on 9th May 1917. Gregory joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in April 1939 as an Airman u/t Wop/Air Gunner. Called up on 1st September and posted to Aldegrove in October to commence Air Gunnery training in December 1939, Albert joined 141 Squadron at Grangemouth as an Air Gunner flying in Blenheims before the squadron converted to Defiants. He could not fly in the Defiant because he was too tall for the turret, so transferred to 219 squadron based at Catterick in May 1940 with whom he served throughout the Battle of Britain on Beaufighters. In September 1940 the introduction of Radar equipped Beaufighters meant Albert Gregory retrained as a Radio Observer and in March 1941 his aircraft accounted for the destruction of a He111. In May 1941, he went to no 2 Radio School at Yatesbury for a Wireless Operators course and passed out from this in September 1941. Albert then served with 23 Sqn in Boston IIIs on intruder patrols over occupied France, Belgium and Holland on bombing and strafing missions, before spending time with 275 and 278 (ASR) Squadrons. On 2nd April 1942 he damaged two Do 17s and in July 1942, Albert Gregory was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was commissioned in August 1942. Albert later served with 278 (ASR) squadron and was released from the RAF in November 1945 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. In July 1947 Albert Gregory rejoined the RAF and in February 1948 he was posted to 52 Squadron at Changi, Singapore. The squadron was engaged in Army support supply dropping and troop carrying in the anti-terrorist campaign in Malaya. In 1950 following his return to Britain, Albert became a signals instructor and retired from the RAF in May 1955. Sadly, he passed away on 12th November 2010.


Flight Lieutenant John Mackenzie

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Flight Lieutenant John Mackenzie

Navigator on Bostons as 88 Squadron took part in the D-Day operations flying smokescreen and bombing operations.


Squadron Leader Mick Maguire

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Squadron Leader Mick Maguire

Having signed up in 1936, he served as both a Gunner and Bomb Aimer with 88 and 9 Squadrons. He flew on many aircraft including Blenheims, Bostons and Lancasters and also spent time with the Air Ministry.


Aubrey Mann

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Aubrey Mann

Pilot, Bostons and Blenheims.


Squadron Leader Charles Patterson

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Squadron Leader Charles Patterson

Charles Patterson joined the RAF on the outbreak of WWII and flew Whitleys. He switched to Blenheims in 1940 with 114 Squadron on anti-shipping operations over Norway. After a period instructing he briefly flew Bostons before converting to Mosquitoes with 105 Squadron flying mostly Daylight raids, but also the first night raid to Berlin. In January 1943 he was selected as pilot for the Mosquito Film Unit and flew Mosquito DZ414 (now restored) on over 20,000 operational hours both day and night. In September 1943 he converted 3 Ventura Squadrons to Mosquitoes under Group Captain Pickard. In total he completed an unprecedented 3 tours on Mosquitoes, his final tour being with 487 Squadron (New Zealand) mainly on strikes against V1 sites. On D-Day he flew the film unit Mosquito over the beach head during the invasion.




Flying Officer Leslie Valentine CdeG

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Flying Officer Leslie Valentine CdeG

Entrusted with one of the RAFs most critical roles on D-Day, Valentine took his 88 Squadron Boston down to between 30 and 50 feet above the D-Day beaches laying smoke to protect the invasion fleet from enemy fire. Above and over his aircraft arched the trajectories of shells from the capital ships of the Royal Navy and the German heavy guns firing back. Before and after D-Day Valentine flew many sorties against tactical targets by both night and day. He flew two tours back to back, 60 operations in all. Valentine had originally joined the army and saw action in France in 1940 with the Highland Light Infantry. Gaining selection for pilot training in the RAF he was sent to Canada for training, returning to 13 Operational Training Unit at Bicester in January 1943. He joined 88 Squadron in May 1944.


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