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Dave Fellows

About This Project

Dave Fellows volunteered in 1942 aged 17 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force in Britain as tail gunner on a Lancaster bomber. After the war he was posted in India, and went into civil aviation. He featured in the Bomber Command memorial service at the Albert Hall in 2012.

 

Fellows also flew missions from RAF Binbrook in Lincolnshire as part of Operation Manna and said he was proud to have been part of such an important campaign.

 

For 10 days from 29 April 1945, Operation Manna dropped nearly 7,000 tonnes of food over parts of the Netherlands.

 

About 20,000 people had died through starvation, with a further 980,000 classed as malnourished. Crews from across Lincolnshire were heavily involved in the campaign.

 

The mission followed a blockade of supplies by German forces in retaliation for Dutch rail companies going on strike in support of an Allied offensive. The winter of 1944-45 was also particularly harsh, compounding the problem of food shortages.

 

A number of events have taken place this year to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Manna and to honour veterans from Bomber Command who flew 31,100 food aid missions.

Origin

United Kingdom

Category
Royal Air Force
Tags
Tail gunner