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Crew Selection

Crew Selection

Mr. Watts speaks about his Occupational Training Unit (OTU) and the process of crew selection.

Nursery Raid Over Tobruk

Nursery Raid Over Tobruk

Mr. Watts describes “nursery raids” and tells us about his first raid over Tobruk which resulted in a forced landing at sea in the Halifax.

Nursery Raid Over Tobruk (Part 2)

Nursery Raid Over Tobruk (Part 2)

After landing in the sea, Mr. Watts describes the eventual rescue and subsequent induction into the Wing Goldfish Club.

Experiencing A Suicide Raid (Part 1 of 2)

Experiencing A Suicide Raid (Part 1 of 2)

Mr. Watts describes the dangerous moonlight attack against the Tirpitz.

Experiencing a Suicide Raid (Part 2 of 2)

Experiencing a Suicide Raid (Part 2 of 2)

On the second attempt at sinking the Turpitz, Mr Watts recalls the devastation and loss of crew notwithstanding a gallant effort.

Lack of Morale Fibre

Lack of Morale Fibre

Mr. Watts describes the psychological aspect of being a member of a crew and how some couldn’t cut it.

Doubling up his Membership

Doubling up his Membership

Requesting to stay with his crew, Mr. Watts find himself involved in dangerous operations which result in his membership to the Caterpillar Club and Wing Boot Club.

Surviving the Crash

Surviving the Crash

Caught in search lights and hit, Mr. Watts provides details to the steps taken for survival after crashing at sea.

Swimming for Survival

Swimming for Survival

After crashing at sea, Mr. Watts continues to detail the events of his survival and how his navigation abilities led him to shore.

A Building in the Distance

A Building in the Distance

Realizing he is in enemy territory, naked and hungry, Mr. Watts sights a building in the distance and begins to make his way to shelter.

Finding Shelter

Finding Shelter

After finally reaching shelter, Mr. Watts details steps taken to care for himself, only to be awoken by the sound of footsteps.

Getting Back to the Squadron

Getting Back to the Squadron

Under the protection of the Brits, Mr. Watts is given some nourishment and escorted back to the Canadian air base.

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