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Strike Hard: A Bomber Airfield at War, RAF Downham Market and Its Squadrons 1942-46 (Aviation) Hardcover – November, 1997
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'On another occasion when we had been to a local hostelry and were returning late at night we decided to raid the Group Captain's asparagus beds. We climbed the stone wall into the garden and were busy pulling up the spears when the shutters on the first floor of the house flew open and there was the irate CO in his pyjamas able to see clearly in the bright moonlight what we were doing. We took to our heels, hoping we had managed to avoid being identified. No such luck, as I was summoned to appear before the CO next day together with the Senior Medical Officer. The Group Captain then waded into me and told me that I was a disgrace and that if anything went wrong in the neighborhood such as a WAAF being knocked down or a pub being set on fire he had only to look as far as Rothwell and his crew to discover the culprits. He then turned to the doctor and said he was surprised to find that he had been involved in the escapade, whereupon the doctor protested most indignantly his innocence and that he had been asleep in his bed. Then I realized how the confusion had occurred. One of our party, whose initials were D.R., was always known as 'Doc'. Obviously the CO had heard us calling out to him during our foray into the asparagus beds and had assumed that the medical officer was one of our party. ' (G.M. Rothwell, 218 Sqdn., p.28) All was not high-jinks; following are many pictures of long lost crews. They are accompanied by many personal recollections of men and women connected with DM.