207 Squadron: the Hazel crew

Living History

My father, Edward Wright, was the navigator with the Hazel crew on a bombing raid on Brunswick on the night of 14th/15th October 1944. The plane ran into trouble on the way home. Three of the crew baled out before F/O Hazel was able to bring the plane under control. The 3 who baled out were Wireless Operator Derrick Lewis, Mid Upper Gunner Sgt Clarence Stewart Dixon, and Rear Gunner Sgt Cecil Flear, and they were all taken prisoner. F/O Bert Hazel, my father, Sgt J Beard and Sgt Stephen Hicks RCAF, all returned safely to base.

Bert Hazel died in 2005 aged 90, and my father died in 2006 aged 82. I am already in contact with Bert’s son-in-law, and we would dearly like to know what happened to the rest of the crew, and also those who joined them after the Brunswick raid.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Regards,

Terryl Lewis

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