Commandant : Graduation Reviewing Officer
23-2 Entry February 1923 -
Addams James A St. Pauls
Allinson Norman B Trent College
Bandon Percy B Wellingon
Beamish George B Coleraine Academical Inst.
Beardswotth George A Christ's Hospital
Cocks Adrian B Dulwich College
Cox George A Cheltenham
Ford Richard B Portsmouth G.S.
Hardy Stephen B Malvern
Harris Sydney A Imperial Service College
Hayes Guy B Uxbridge G.S.
Hayes Montague A Wellington
Lywood Geofirey A Brighton College
Montgomery Alexander B Wellington
Nowell Henry A Cranwell
O'Hanlon Francis B Cranwell
Rhys Jones B Rossall
Scott Ian A Repton
Walker Neil B Clifton College
Willetts Alfred B Polytechnic, Regent St.
DSO for :
This officer is air adviser to the Chief of Combined Operations. He took part in the successful raid on Vaagso carried out by the three Services on the 27th December, 1941, and was responsible for the organisation of the air plan adopted for this combined operation. Group Captain Willetts flew in the leading Hampden bomber and much of the success which attended the operation may be attributed to his skill and devotion to duty
Rosa (granddaughter describes Great grandfather's time in Germany.
My Great Grandfather, Group Captain Alfred Henry Willetts DSO, was shot down in August 1943. He was flying in a bomber over Berlin. The plane was on fire and he jumped out.
He got on a train where a German soldier caught him and was taken to Stalag Luft 3, a Prisoner of War camp.
My Great Grandfather helped organise 2 escape plans, the ‘Wooden Horse’ and ‘the Great Escape’ - they have been made into films.
In the cold and snowy winter of 1944, he was ordered on the ‘Long March’ with the rest of the prisoners. He had no warm clothes and little food.
The war ended on 8th May 1945 and my Great Grandfather was flown home. The first thing he did was visit my Granny at her boarding school, she was 12 years old.