Officer Geale W. Hewson (1944)
courtesy of G.W. Hewson Copyright © 2005
A few years ago,
I had the great pleasure of corresponding with the late
Geale W. Hewson who graciously provided me the photos and commentary
of his sojourn with 439 as a
Flying Officer, Typhoon pilot and POW for the
last 8 months of the war.
provided are copies of his flying log and letters his mother and sister
received from the the Squadron's wartime Chaplain H.E.D. Ashford; his Squadron CO S/L
Ken Fiset; and his Flight Commander , F/O Babe Swingler, and one of his
wingers, F/O Royce Johns. Also include is
a letter from one J.C. Weststrate, a Dutch civilian who witnessed his bailout
and subsequent capture by the Germans and who at some personal risk retrieved
some letters that Geale had hurriedly dropped just before his
then is his story in pictures.