Before the Second World War, Jack Maskall was working for the Cambridge Instrument Company, married to Doris and both had a daughter. In May 1939 he joined the RAFVR as an AC2. On September 3rd 1939 he was mobilised as wireless operator and air gunner. In November 1940 he followed his training as wireless operator at No. 1 Signals School, Hamble where he graduated on December 19th 1940. Between February 2nd and March 14th 1941, he attended the No.4 Bombing and Gunnery School at West Freugh. After this he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant. By June he was converted to twin engined aircraft at No. 4 Squadron 12 OUT, Benson on the Avro Anson and with No. 1 Squadron 12 OUT on the Vickers Wellington. After this he was placed with No. 57 Squadron, flying with the Vickers Wellington with the rank of Sergeant. After 33 operational flights he transferred to the No. 1483 Training Flight at Marham in May 1942. By July 1942 he was made Pilot Officer. He stayed with this unit until March 1944. The unit also took part in operational flights. In January 1943 he was promoted to Flying Officer.
Maskall was transferred to No 161 (Special Duties) Squadron in March 1944. Here he became dispatcher of Agents in May 1944. During an operational flight in a Lockheed Hudson 3 V9155 ‘Q’ for Queenie on June 1st 1944 the plane was shot down, killing al personnel and passengers. Because of the SOE and SIS flights it took over 30 years before the full information about his work came out.
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