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by
Maurice and John Davis

The crew of short Stirling MKIV call sign X9-Y "Worry!" were together from 1943 until the end of hostilities in Europe.

In that time they flew Special Operations missions, dropping agents and supplies all over Europe. During the battle for Arnhem they flew at low level to drop supplies to the paratroops on the ground who were fighting for their lives. The paras eventually fell back and formed a defence in Oosterbeek cemetery. The Oak Tree behind the memorial was grown from an acorn found in the cemetery. Known as an Oosterbeek Oak. The memorial is also surrounded by Lavender.

The memorial was gifted in 2006 by Maurice Davis who was a Wireless Operator. His log book and other information are contained on these pages.

Maurice and the crew conducted operations in the following known areas:-
Arnhem - Auxerre - Bergarae - Brussels - Copenhagan - Eindoven - Rhine Crossing - Rotterdam - Soggne Fjord - The Hague & Utrecht.

 X9 Y WORRY
X9 - "Y" WORRY

To my grandchildren,

Wars are a terrible thing and some brought about for all the wrong reasons. This war (1939-45) was I believe, fought for the right reasons against an evil group (nazis) led by Hitler. They were determined to wipe out every Jew and take away all the things we believe in, free speech, free elections and many things we take for granted.

I joined the RAF when I was eighteen and a half years old and served as a aircrew wireless operator - airgunner. Was I afraid? sometimes, mostly when I got back safely and had time to think, how the blazes did I get out of that.

At times the training was more frightening. If you were towing a glider and the glider pilot flew too low, your tail would go down and your nose up, either way you could stall and crash.

Coming back from Arnhem once we were flying back (tree top height to avoid fighters) following an avenue of trees with a dyke either side of the road. Ahead of us cycling like mad was this big fat man wearing a striped jumper. He turned his head to wave and rode straight into the dyke, we all laughed and it broke the tension.

There are still evil men in the world who try to impose their ways. They try to take away our ways of life and I believe its worth fighting for and I would do it again.

I hope and pray none of you ever have to go to war.

Grandad

 MAURICE DAVIS
Maurice Davis
Edmonton A.T.C. Report
 A.T.C. REPORT

March 18th. 1942

This is to certify that 115936 Cadet Maurice Davis joined Squadron 1159 A.T.C. on the 16th. July 1941 and has received 150hours instruction.

His present classification is W/OP Ground. He is a very steady & enthusiastic lad & is considered a suitable candidate for the R.A.F.

  • Maths - a very satisfactory record in W/OP Syllabus. Steady intelligent & consistent application.
  • Signals - Progress satisfactory & diligent. Morse sending speed - sending & receiving is 8 w.p.m.
  • Aircraft Identification - Has done well in tests on well known types and with more practice should do well. Has made a number of excellent models.
  • Armaments including Firing - (15 Rounds Table B) 80% Grouping 60% Application 55% Application.
  • Sports - Completed in 1 mile Squadron Sports 1941. Trained regularly. Swam for Squadron in Inter-Squadron Gala.

M.G. Pearce - Adjutant
for O/C 1159 Squadron

Air Crew Wing - RAF Madley
 AIR CREW WING RAF MADLEY

Front Row Seated
Cadets: - A Pope, J O'Dwyer, R Heath, S Buchan, Cpl. C Lawrence, Cl. Ldr. R Woodrow, Sgt Robinson, S/Ldr Holman, F/lt. Burke, Cpl. T Cruickshanks, Cpl. Kirk, Cadet D. Broomhall, J. Hubbard, A Evans, C. Crawley.
Second Row
Cadets: - A Leavey, A Brain, A Charlton, F Eden, F Waghorn, K Andrews, B Watkins-Jones, J Hayton, I Gillespie, B Sisman, J Holden, W Davis, N Haveland, F Grosvenor, D Averill, S Blyther, J Bewley
Third Row
Cadets: -J Woodward, D Clinton, G Ogilvie, Maurice Davis, H Plumb, K Ellam, A Lewis, J Elliot, J Gibson, G Dyke, S Madeley, A Raver, N Rixon, S Gallaugher, S Hynes
Forth Row
Cadets: - D Roberts, A Perkins, W Davies, R Townicliffe, D Withers, J McNeill, A Bell, J Longman-Edden-Clark, G Wilson, R Walker

As a Wireless Operator I was responsible for taking the Rear Gunners place if he was killed or wounded, and taking messages to and from base, or if the Navigator for any reason was lost I had to contact ground an duse Loop to get us back. I could read Morse and transmit at 26 WPM (Words Per Minute).

 WHITCHURCH HEAVY CONVERSION TRAINING   WHITCHURCH HEAVY CONVERSION TRAINING

At Whitchurch where we had our heavy conversion training from 2 engine to 4 engine aircraft.

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Training with Airborne, towing Gliders with Whitley Bomber. This could be very dodgy.
Whitley's always flew nose slightly dipped. With a glider on tow this pulled the tail up more.
So Pilot had to counter balance this. We had 4 crashes in Whitley's - two were licky to get away with it.

 WATER TRAINING  WATER TRAINING
Special Operation Service
 SPECIAL OPERATION SERVICE IN STIRLINGS

We went onto Stirlings dropping supplies to the underground in France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Norway.

We went out on our own on moonlight nights flying low so we could see the underground signals giving us the dropping zone.

It could be 'A' .- flashing. The drop zone would be a field so we had to be very accurate.

 DROPPING PARAS OF THE FIFTH PARACHUTE BRIGADE INTO BATTLE

En-planing Paras of the 5th. Parachute Brigade and dropping them into battle.

 RAID ON UDEM DROPPING 24 X 500 LB BOMBS

We went on a Bombing raid to Udem and at 10,000 feet we could drop 24 X 500 lb. bombs.

We also crashed twice in a Stirling, once near Findhoven in Holland.

 TOWING A GLIDER

Towing a Glider

 CREW BEFORE ARNHEM

Crew before Arnhem
 RADIO OPERATOR

Radio Operator

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