At DiligentiaGraphs our focus is to source out the best, authentic items and give you expedient and just service. The photos for sale are with the intention to honor the service of the veterans who served. Many stories go unnoticed or unrecognized, this is to help honor their service and help bring light to the incredible stories of our World War II vets.
Hand signed 4x6 inch photo by World War II veteran, Les Munro (deceased). Munro learned to fly in Tiger Moths at the RNZAF's Flying Training School at Bell Block near New Plymouth, and on graduation chose to fly bombers so was posted to Canada for initial bomber training. He trained on twin-engine aircraft in Saskatchewan at RCAF Station Saskatoon, the present-day John G. He moved to England in October 1941 for further training, and joined 97 Squadron at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. There, he flew Avro Manchesters and then Avro Lancasters in 1942/43 and while there his DFC was gazetted, on 11 June 1943.He was one of hundreds of aircrew volunteering to be part of the secretive 617 Dambusters Squadron being formed at RAF Scampton, and joined it four days after it was formed, on 25 March 1943. The squadron was created to attack the dams of the Ruhr in an effort to wreck the industrial capacity of Germany. Munro, as pilot of W-Willie, was scheduled to bomb the Sorpe dam.
His aircraft was damaged by flak over the Netherlands,  which knocked out all communications, and after a vote among the crew it turned back to land in Lincolnshire, still carrying its mine. His DSO was awarded while he was with 617, on 28 March 1943.
Munro was promoted to Squadron Leader on 14 February 1944 and was posted to command 1690 BDTF Squadron (Bomber Defence Training Flight) on 13 July 1944. His logbook shows that when departing Scampton to bomb Bremen with four 500 lb general purpose bombs, his aircraft crashed and burned shortly after takeoff, but the crew escaped. Munro took part in Operation Taxable in conjunction with the D Day landings in Normandy in which the Lancasters flew precise, elongated circuits dropping Window (aluminium strips), to convince German radar installations that a huge flotilla of ships was approaching Cap d'Antifer. The ruse was successful and the last of the 617 squadron Window droppers witnessed German shore batteries firing on the "Ghost" convoy.Munro described the operation in his logbook as. The creation of a tactical surprise to support the landing of troops on the opening of the second front. The most hazardous, difficult and most dangerous operation ever undertaken in the history of air warfare.
Involved flying within at least nine miles of the enemy coast without fighter cover, and in conditions of bright moonlight and at a height of not more than 3000 ft (three thousand) at which the aircraft was open to attack by the deadliest of all weapons light flak. Munro's co-pilot on this operation was Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire, the squadron's commanding officer who later was awarded the Victoria Cross.
He was released from the Royal Air Force on 5 February 1946, a veteran of 58 missions. A COA will be issued upon request. The item "Les Munro Signed 4x6 Inch Photo WW2 Dambusters D-Day Normandy 617 Squadron RAF" is in sale since Tuesday, August 4, 2015.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Military". The seller is "diligentiagraphs" and is located in Sourcing Autographs!. This item can be shipped worldwide.