Date added: 11 Mar 2015
On behalf of Mrs Shirley Alldis:
Like all those who were lucky enough to survive WW2 he only told of its lighter side of their service. His survival, he said, was partly due to having learned to fly with the Cambridge Air squadron prior to 1939. Great Britain obligingly not declaring war until he had a degree safely in his back pocket. Cecil had wanted to join Fighter Command but had left "the queue" to go off on some personal errand and had been assigned to Bomber Command in his absence.
Cecil, despite saying that his early navigation was hit or miss must have done alright as he finished flying (27 years later) with a CBE (Military) DFC and AFC.
One of his favourite stories concerned the only time he flatly refused to carry out an order! One night 144 Squadron was scheduled for an operation, everyone was ready, all kitted up and including that scarce luxury in wartime England a BAR OF CHOCOLATE firmly believed to give you energy. At the very last minute a sudden change in the weather caused cancellation and he was told to tell his men to hand back the chocolate! Probably what we knew at the time as a "sixpenny Cadbury". I can't imagine him ever losing his temper but he left the powers that be in no doubt that he considered that just too much for men who were willing to risk their lives on a nightly basis.
I guess that he and so many like him were part of that special breed of young men who knew who they were and what was expected of them.
Thank God they did and that there are still some today - don't take too much notice of whats in the newspapers.