Flight Leiutenant J C Lascelles DFC
Jack Lascelles was educated at Dulwich College, gaining a school prize for excellence in Mathematics.
He volunteered for the Royal Air Force at the Yorkshire Grey Public House in Eltham Park for aircrew duties. He did his initial traing in England and soon went out to South Africa as a sergeant to trian as an Observer. During the trip by boat, jack was able to avoid many of the duties as having a fine tenor voice he entertained the troops during the voyage.
It was fortunate that the family had relatives in South Africa who looked after him and showed him around the country during his leave periods.
Haing been commissioned he returned to England for further training at Bournemouth at a requisitioned hotel, believed to be the Royal Bath.
Jack did navigator training at Cambridge University, during which time he supported the Light Blue team in the boat race.
Having trained as a navigator he was sent to a Conversion Unit before being posted to 61 Squadron.
His first operation with 61 squadron was the thousand bomber raid to Cologne, Being part of Norman Barlows Crew.
15th June 1943 Gazette. Award of DFC to Flying Officer John Clarence LASCELLES (122352), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 61 Squadron.
4th February 1944 Gazette. 122352 J C Lascelles DFC. Flg Off. promted to Flt Lt.
Flt Lt Jack Lascelles posted in to 50 Sqdn on 10th July 1944 as Squadron Navigation Leader from 1654 Conversion Unit.
Flt Lt Jack Lascelles DFC was a founder member of the Association and its Secretary for many years. A silver salver presented to him in October 1967 by the Association. It was presented to him at the Olde Cock Tavern in Fleet Street, London. I recall being the newly qualified chauffeur driving Dad’s big white ‘Z Car’ that evening to bring Dad and Jim Flint back to Catford where we lived in those days. In sorting out Mum’s bungalow my brother Alan (or ‘Half Pint’ as Jim used to call him) found quite a bit of 50&61 Squadrons memorabilia which I would be pleased to share with the Association.