Pathfinder Force, Bomber Command, Squadron 582
Dad said he survived 55 operations (missions), but some of those were 'unofficial'. Statistically it was unlikely you would survive 30 ops. Per Wikipedia: Bomber Command crews also suffered an extremely high casualty rate: 55,573 killed out of a total of 125,000 aircrew (a 44.4% death rate), a further 8,403 were wounded in action and 9,838 became prisoners of war.
I am just sorry that Dad never got to see the Bomber Command Memorial in London last year.....too late for so many. This photo is of one of Dad's very best mates - David Leicester DFC and Bar, OAM. He is seen in the foreground speaking to Queen Elizabeth at the unveiling in June last year (2012).....a very tearful day.
Miss you every day Dad............