408 Sqn Past Memories

Molly “Mother Goose” Rayner Memorial Scholarship.

408 “Goose” Squadron Association is proud to sponsor the Molly “Mother Goose” Rayner Memorial Scholarship. The funding for this Scholarship has been provided by the estate of Henrietta May “Molly” Rayner, AKA Mother Goose, for the purposes of establishing an academic scholarship fund. The 408 Squadron Association has dedicated the Scholarship to Molly and the short version title is “The Mother Goose Memorial Scholarship”. Mother Goose was renowned for her care and love of the men and women at 408 Squadron during the harrowing days of Bomber Command in the…

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Squadron Leader ‘Mac’ McIlroy, wireless operator who was shot down over France – obituary

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/03/18/squadron-leader-mac-mcilroy-wireless-operator-shot-france/ During the Cold War he specialized in signals and electronics, much of it top-secret, as well as guided-missile systems Squadron Leader William “Mac” McIlroy, who has died aged 99, was shot down during the Second World War, and later became a signals expert during a long career in the RAF. McIlroy was the wireless operator of a 408 Squadron Halifax bomber that took off from Leeming in North Yorkshire on the night of April 14 1943. It was his 28th operation. After successfully attacking Stuttgart, the bomber was…

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