Charles Avey: a wartime picture

Pic: Avey family

Wartime 617 Squadron member Flt Sgt Charles Avey died in July this year, as I reported at the time.

I was unable to source a wartime picture of him, but am happy to say that I can now publish one, courtesy of his niece Lisa Ingham.

Avey joined 617 Squadron in December 1944 as the mid-upper gunner in a crew skippered by the Canadian pilot Flt Lt G R Price. He flew on some eleven operations in Price’s crew before the end of the war.

I’m sorry to say that there are only a handful of 617 Squadron wartime veterans still with us. We salute them one and all.

4 thoughts on “Charles Avey: a wartime picture

  1. David Chamberlin December 10, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    Great to hear of those brave men who gave so much so we could live.

    My Dad was one of them too. (156 Squadron kia 6/6/42)

    Also related to David Maltby. God rest his soul.

    David Chamberlin

  2. Reuben Holmes December 10, 2020 / 4:55 pm

    Would I be right in thinking he would have been at RAF Woodhall Spa during his time on the squadron ? Next time I visit Woodhall Spa (which is now a nature reserve) and walk on what remains of one of the runways he will be in my thoughts…..

  3. Peter Merchant December 10, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    Charles was in my fathers crew. Dad was the bomb-aimer. My brothers and I are in contact with Gordon Price’s grandson. I will send you a picture of this crew.

  4. Lisa Williams August 21, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    Yes my grandad was at Woodhall Spa and like many others signed the ceiling of the Dambusters pub

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