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Air Op for a Day

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:59 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My father, Gerry Gorman (1912-1995), was an officer in the Royal Artillery in Burma during World War Two. I have attached his typewritten account of his experience as a Forward Observation Officer on an air reconnaissance operation with an American non-combatant pilot. My father thought the pilot might have been a Quaker and sent this account to Paul Thompson, an historian of the Quakers. I have attached Mr. Thompson's fascinating reply. It's hard to date this event, but my best guess is that it was in May 1945. My father was awarded the Military Cross in February 1945 for his brave conduct in a dangerous position whilst relaying key information about enemy positions.


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Typewritten account 'Air Op for a Day in Burma'.

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Gerry Gorman

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Michael Gorman

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I am proud to say he was my father.

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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