Alan Gillespie exhibition in Carlisle

If you are in the Carlisle area sometime before the end of this month, you can see a small exhibition in the town’s Museum of Military Life about Plt Off Alan Gillespie DFM.
On the Dams Raid, Gillespie was the bomb aimer in AJ-E, which was piloted by Norman Barlow. He had completed a full tour of operations with Barlow in 61 Squadron and had been awarded the DFM.
More about Gillespie in his Dambuster of the Day profile, here.
(Thanks to Dom Howard)

3 thoughts on “Alan Gillespie exhibition in Carlisle

  1. Craig Anthony May 22, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Hi Trying to Alan Gillespie to see if he could help with a set of fruit knife and forks by Elkington & co dated 1936 Made for the Petwood Hotel – The Officers mess of The Dam Busters WW2

    • charlesfoster May 22, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Hi Craig — I don’t think Alan Gillespie is in a position to comment on your post. He died on the Dams Raid in May 1943.
      It seems pretty unlikely to me that anyone would be able to confirm whether or not your cutlery was ever used by the Dambusters. The Petwood Hotel only became the 617 Squadron Officers Mess in September 1943. It had previously been used by other RAF squadrons. Also, the cutlery was manufactured in 1936, 3 years before the war started. I would suggest you contact the Petwood Hotel directly.

      • Craig Anthony May 22, 2017 / 7:22 pm

        So So Sorry
        it was yourself i was trying to contact , i was reading about the ALAN GILLESPIE EXHIBITION
        Thanks for your comment will try Petwood Hotel

        Once again i can only apologize

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