The War Illustrated No 170 Vol 7 December 24th 1943

Pte. ERIC ANDERSON, of the East Yorkshire Regiment (below), stretcher-bearer hero of the Wadi Akarit, Tunisia, fighting. On April 6,1943, his battalion was making a dawn attack on a strongly held enemy position, when the advance company suddenly came under intense and accurate machine- gun and mortar fire, being compelled to withdraw behind the crest of a hill, and unavoidably leaving behind a few men who were wounded and pinned to the ground by the strafing. Anderson went forward alone and, single-handed, brought back one of his comrades. Again and yet again he entered the hell that was no man’s land, carrying two more of the wounded to safety. A fourth time he went out alone, still regardless of his own safety, and ashe was administering first-aid preparatory to making the return journey he was hit and mortally wounded. Posthumously awarded the V.C., “his example was an inspiration to Fall.” O L.R. TRIGG, D.F.C., R.N.Z.A.F. (above) awarded the Victoria Cross for an exploit cited as "an epic of grim determination and high courage.” In Aug. 1943 he under­took, as captain and pilot, a patrol in a Liberator, a type of machine new to him, and attacked a surfaced U-boat, his aircraft receiving many hits from the submarine’s A.A. guns. With his plane inflames he skimmed to within 50 feet of the, enemy craft and so effectively bombed her that she sank in 20 minutes. Trigg and his gallant crew are missing believed killed. A/ter a liritish Official photo VICTORIA CROSS highest British Empire award For Valour F, Lieut. W.E. NEW TON, R.A.A.F. (above), in 52 operational sorties over New Guinea, from May 1942 to March 1943, provided "many examples of conspicuous bravery,” culminating in the feat of valour which earned him the V.C. On March 17, having bombed his objective, his aircraft burst into flames. He kept calm and turned his machine away towards the shore, finally landing on the water. Two members of the crew managed to extricate themselves and were seen swimming to the land their V.C. captain is missing, having done all he could to keep his comrades out of enemv hands, regardless of risks he himself ran. Acting F/Sgt. A.L. AARON. D.F.M., R.A.F.V.R. (above), posthumously awarded the V.C. for “an example of devo­tion to duty which has seldom been equalled and never surpassed.” On the night of Aug. 12,1943, Aaron was Captain and pilot of a Stirling bomber detailed to attack Turin. Devastating bursts of fire from an enemy fighter met themas they approached to attack. Three engines were hit, the windscreen shattered, front and rear gun turrets pu£" out of action and elevator control damaged, rendering the Stirling unstable and difficult to control. The navigator was killed and members of the crew wounded. Aaron himself was badly hit in the face and wounded in the lung and his right arm was rendered use­less. Unable to speak, by signs he urged the bomb-aimer to takeover control and set course southward in an effort to fly the crippled bomber to Sicily or North Africa. Aaron was assisted to the rear of the bomber and treated with morphia, but, mindful of his responsibility as captain, he insisted on resuming control, and was assisted into his seat and had his feet placed on the rudder bar. But his weakness was so great that he was persuaded to desist. Though nearing complete exhaustion and in great pain he helped to get his machine home-—by writing in­structions with his left hand. Five hours after leading the target the flare path at Bone airfield was sighted, and he summoned his remaining strength to direct attempts to land the damaged crafc in the darkness. Nine hours after the bomb-aimer achieved the landing Aaron died. Photos, liritish Official: Crown Copyright L .N.A .,Daily Express PAGE 478 They Trod the Path of Duty to its Glorious End
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