Jim recalls his year in combat – at the blunt end of a Lancaster bomber


ONE of Thurrock’s few remaining World War Two heroes marked VE Day this evening (Friday, 8 May) with a lengthy interview about his experiences during the conflict.

Jim Gooding, 94, of Hogarth Road, Grays, was featured on Radio Five Live’s Stephen Nolan show when he told of the missions he flew over occupied Europe as the rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber.

Jim served in 622 squadron, flying out of Mildenhall after joining the RAF aged 17. In 1945, just a year older, he flew nine missions before the war ended – though he never actually saw any German fighters in the air.