The Pathfinder Year - 97 Squadron at Bourn
COMMANDING OFFICERS -
97 SQUADRON AT BOURN & CONINGSBY


Group Captain Noel H Fresson
Fresson was CO when 97 Squadron moved to Bourn from Woodhall Spa in March 1943.
He was posted to RAF Snaith on 15th December 1943.

By kind permission of his son, Anthony Fresson, and with thanks to David Layne.

S/L Dunnicliffe
Acting Commanding Officer 15th December 1943-7th January 1944.
He was CO on the night of Black Thursday.
Photograph and other details on the above link.


Wing Commander E J Carter
He assumed command of the Squadron on 7th January 1944.
He was killed on D-Day, June 6th 1944.
A lovely new image has recently arrived from his nephew, James Stewart.
The much smaller, and rather fuzzy picture below, is from 'Flight' magazine, March 3rd 1938. Carter is thought to be the tall man in the centre, at the back.

With thanks to David Layne for Carter photograph from 'Flight'.


Whilst Fresson was at Snaith, some dramatic photographs were taken of the Control Tower, thought to be on the night of the catastrophic Nuremburg raid of 30/31 March 1944. The men in the Control Tower are waiting for the bombers to return. In the image below, Fresson is standing on the balcony outside the office, looking over the airfield.