Mosquito to Berlin: Story of ‘Bertie’ Boulter DFC, One of by Peter Bodle FRAeS

By Peter Bodle FRAeS

When Don Bennett shaped the Pathfinder squadrons in 1942, nearly all of the selected pilots have been hugely skilled aircrew who had realized their talents within the beginning years of worldwide conflict . a few, even though, have been exceptions and located themselves flying with this elite band with out past strive against event. 'Bertie' Boulter was once one such pilot. He used to be born in Saskatchewan, on 15 April 1923, the son of British emigrants. while his father died in 1938 the relations lower back to their local domestic in Norwich. On three January 1942 'Bertie' used to be authorized for pilot education with the RAF and located himself again in Canada studying to fly. Upon his go back to England, and with 'exceptional' describing his flying skills, he was once published to No eleven Radio tuition at Hooton Park as a employees pilot flying Avro Ansons and the lugubrious Botha, during which instant operators have been studying their alternate. After a brief spell at No. 12 complex Flying Unit, he used to be published to No 128 Pathfinder Squadron in October 1944, established at Wyton and flying the mythical de Havilland Mosquito XX. He used to be now within the thick of Bomber instructions destruction of Germany's commercial centres and communications process. His first venture was once to Wiesbaden, by means of raids on Hanover and Cologne. November observed the 1st of his nineteen visits to Berlin and the 1st bale-out. Flying at 7,000 feet, with heavily malfunctioning Merlins, Bertie, and his navigator have been pressured to desert the plane and landed adequately just about front line yet not sure of which part of it they have been. finally he arrived in Dunkerque, the place he boarded an MTB for his go back to Wyton. Bertie was once compelled to bale out once again, in January 1945, while he used to be compelled to desert his airplane close to his domestic base end result of the dense fog that used to be masking all of jap Britain. This was once on his go back from a raid on Berlin made through 36 plane, twelve of which didn't go back. Boulter's occupation with the RAF endured after the warfare with a variety of devices together with Met. Flights and liaison tasks. His log-book documents that he flew forty eight wrestle operations within which 128,000 lb of ordnance was once dropped on enemy territory. Bertie Boulter was once nonetheless flying a Stearman biplane fifty years later and he nonetheless meets frequently with survivors of the Pathfinder squadrons.

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