Bill Hasselstrom

 He was posted to Silloth in 1943 to train as Captain of a Coastal Command.

“We flew Mk VIII and Mk X Wellingtons and we had formed a great crew including a couple of Canadians. Our day sorties were excellent and our spirits were high and we were keen to get to a Coastal Command Squadron.

Sadly it was discovered after many night sorties and rather horrific landings that I had defective night vision. Medical examinations down in the RAF Medical Centre in London confirmed that I was unfit for night flying so sadly I had to say goodbye to my crew.”

Extracted from RAF Silloth – Wartime memories of the men and women who knew the airfield at Silloth when it was operational. Ed. Maggie Clowes. Retyped by Chris Graham.


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