Norman "Jock" Cameron was born in 1917. He grew up in Barnard Castle, Co Durham. In 1936 he Joined the Auxiliary Air Force with No. 608 Squadron RAF Thornaby and was transferred to Volunteer Reserves at Hartlepool.
Had two serious crashes as a passenger in Westland Wapiti and a Hawker Hart.
September 1940 he was posted to No. 103 Squadron, flying Fairey Battles. He converted to Wellingtons as a W/Op A/G and his pilot was Bill Crich. As a Rear Gunner he crashed on January 9th, 1941 crashed in Wales with Bill Crich in Wellington R3215 returning from Germany. Also as a Rear Gunner he had to ditch between February 10th/13th, 1941 ditched in North Sea returning from Germany in Wellington T2610. Too frostbitten to return to Bombers he was then sent to 276 ASR Squadron in July 1941.
The Squadron rescued over 300 people and served in Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway.
On November 5th, 1949 he bailed out of Wellington over Pockingtonn, Yorkshire (Wellinton NA 827) and in 1951/52 Crashed in an Avro Anson in the jungle of Southern Rhodesia.
He completed nearly 30 years in RAF, serving in Southern Rhodesia, Wildenrath, Germany (W/O for C in C on Valettas) and Watton Norfolk, 1956-58 (No. 192 Sqdn, Operational Signals Research, Central Signals Establishment on Radar Counter-Measures. and Electronic Counter Measures, flying Lincolns on “Special Duties”. Avro “Lincoln” B2 Aircraft for ELINT).
Finally his war injuries caught up with him, (lung damage and spinal injuries) and he spent much of the rest of his life in hospitals and last years in a wheel chair. He was declared 100 per cent war pensioner and died in 1981 aged 63.
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