Coaltown of Wemyss

Walter Watson was a Scot who emigrated to New Zealand before WW2, and signed up to defend King and Country when the 'Mad Painter' invaded Poland.

He joined the RNZAF and after training as a Navigator landed up with a posting - eventually - with 75 (New Zealand) Squadron based at Mepal in Camnbridgeshire. He died on the night of 29/30th of August 1944, having been shot down over Sweden and parachuting into the Baltic Sea.

During his training in Canada Walter (on the left) vacationed in Valley Forge in the US and is pictured with 'Bill Morris', also a Navigator, and possibly the same (NZ) Sgt. Morris W who also flew in a 75Sqn Lancaster.

I suspect that Bill also hailed from the Otago region; does anyone recognise him?

With help from the Otago Times I traced family and friends of Walter, and of Jock Fitzgerald, and hopefully someone out there will recognise Bill Morris.

I can be contacted via the newspaper.

Thanks folks, and regards from Sunny Scotland!

 - Jake Drummond

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