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Richard Wish

Sgt Richard Wish (known as Dickie) was the rear gunner on the night of the crash. He was rescued by Basil Stirratt
Basil Stirratt
taken June 1940
and Betty Bools and taken to Betty's parents house at 18 Maurice Road.

Susan Morley, a family friend told me he may have had a metal plate inserted in his head after the crash. This was confirmed by Dickies nephew, Chris Tatlow. Hugh Houghton remembers flying several more times with Dickie until he stopped flying due to headaches.

Dickie was born on 30th October 1913. He had four sisters, Joan, Betty, Dorothy and Kathleen. The picture to the right was sent by Dickie to his sister Joan in January 1941 and was kindly provided by Chris Tatlow (Joan's son). Hover over the image to see an enlargement of the inscription, which reads, "To Joan with all my love. Jan 1941". He married Emma Mears in 1938. In 1969 he married again to Dorothy Smith. Carole Rennie, Richard's step daughter, tells me Richard was shot down 5 times! She told me that Richard went to India for some time after the war and contracted malaria. She also told me that he was not well for some years before he died in November 1994, suffering from kidney failure.