Flt/Lt Charles Roach Observer/ Navigator

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576 Sqn Lancaster PD 309 recovery

150 Squadron R.A.F.


576 Sqn Wing/Cmdr Basil Arthur Templeman-Rooke

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Leslie Brown

576 Sqn. Flt/Sgt Eddie Wise

49 sqn Flt/Lt Charles Dunnet

49 Sqn Fred Cooper.

576 Sqn F/O William Carland Johnston

49 Sqn Flt/Lt Victor Medway Arnold

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Charles Roach

 49 Sqn Sgt. E.B.(Ted) Cachart.

49 Sqn Sgt Douglas D.R. Dalaway

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Bertram W. Roberts

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Johnny Musgrove

576 Sqn Flying Officer Edward L Saslove

49 Sqn Pilot Officer Edgar R. G. Haines D.F.M.

576 Sqn Flt/Lt Herbert Benson

576 Sqn Flying Officer Frank Wilson

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Dennis Ovenden

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Danny Ranchuk

576 Sqn Flt/Sgt Ken Tamkin.

49 Sqn Flying Officer Alexander V Bone

576 Sqn Sgt Stanley Lloyd

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Frederick Taylor, DFM

576 Sqn Warrant Officer Reg Croot

49 Sqn. S/L J.E Raw-Rees D.F.C.

576 Sqn Sgt Alfred Thorpe Turton

 576 Sqn Warrant Officer Eugene Patrick (Jimmy) Collins

576 Sqn. F/O R Bastick & Crew

576 Sqn. Sgt. George Lynn.

576 Sqn Airman Ron Kent

576 Sqn. Sgt. D.Girling.

576 Sqn F/O A.J.L Ridge

576 Sqn F/O Archibald de Largy Greig

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The information and images on this page were supplied by Tony Roach whose late Father was a 576 Sqn. navigator stationed at Fiskerton.

He was: Flight Lieutenant Charles,(Chas,Charlie) Roach, service number: 1321147. Born 26th October 1921 in East ham, London, and joined up in late 1939.

He trained as an Observer/Navigator at Durban, South Africa from March to July 1942, after having joined up in late 1939 aged 18. He completed his

flight training at various places (RFU Dunfries,ABTF Fulbeck & Con. Unit Waddington) before being assigned to No. 57 Squadron, Scampton in December 1942.

His crew completed 29 successful and 5 unsuccessful sorties between December 1942 and June 1943 from Scampton. In July 1943 he transferred to a special flight,

1577 RDU taking 2 Lancaster and 2 Halifax aircraft to India for trials to determine their suitability for use against Japan. During this period they also trialled towing Hamilcar

and Horsa gliders, presumably as a precursor to the D-Day landings. They returned from this duty in November 1944 and he undertook refresher training at

No. 20 OTU Lossiemouth and 1656 HCU Lindholme until May 1945 when he was attached to No. 576 Squadron Fiskerton. He was moved to

No. 50 Squadron Sturgate in September 1945 and to 1668 HCU Cottesmore in February 1946. He was demobbed in March/April 1946. 

Charles sadly died in June this year, aged 86. He was married to Tony's Mother for 59 1/2 years and they have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl, of whom Tony is the eldest.

During his life,Charles was reluctant to talk about his wartime experiences, he was grateful to have survived when so many didn't.

He was also proud to have served his country and done his duty.

He had every right to be.

F/L Roach aged 21 in flying suit. 1942.

F/L Roach (on right) with friends, South africa July 1942. Photo taken at Charles "Wings" dinner 41 Air School.

Charles(Front right) and crew. India, late 1943/early 1944.

Image taken 1945.