Sergeant George Isaacs - 61 Squadron  
   

Sergeant George Isaacs (DFM)   - RAFVR

 

  George Isaacs was the joint owner, along with his elder brother, of a small upholstery company in the East End of London and in 1940 this made him exempt from call up. He was one of four brothers who served and survived the war without serious injury. His younger brother serving in the BEF in France was later posted as missing in action after Dunkirk, but eventually turned up clinging to wreckage in the English Channel. 

 On hearing this information, George decided to enlist and was accepted into the RAF.He trained as a gunner and in 1943 joined 61 squadron as a Sergeant mid upper gunner in the Lancaster crew of Pilot Officer Ward Parsons with whom he completed a tour of 30 operations. George was born in 1910,which made him around ten years older than the rest of the crew and earned him the nick name of "Pop". Along with the rest of the crew George was decorated, receiving his Distinguished Flying Medal from the King at Buckingham Palace. As a Sergeant he received a bounty with the DFM. Officers received a Distinguished Flying Cross and no bounty. His commission finally came through and was backdated to a date prior to the award of the medal. A letter from the Air Ministry invited him to return his medal along with the bounty in order to collect his DFC. George declined and retained his DFM with pride, which remains a treasured family memento.

 The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade
P/O Ward C. Parsons  RAFVR Pilot
Sgt  Alfred G. Mullins  RAFVR Flight Engineer
F/Sgt Robert Dyson  RAFVR Navigator
F/Sgt Frank Poole  RAFVR Bomb Aimer
Sgt “Nobby” Clark  RAFVR W/Op/AG
Sgt George Isaacs  RAFVR M/U  Gunner
Sgt G Touse  RAFVR Rear  Gunner

The crew is mentioned in the book “Thundering through the clear air” by Derek Brammer with P/O “Nobby” Clark DFC mentioned in the chapter “Air crew volunteered” Sergeant Towse and  F/Sgt Poole were later to lose their lives on their second tour of ops. in 1944.

 After a spell in a training role George joined 223 Squadron at RAF Outon and flew Fortresses and Liberators in their "Confound & Destroy" role, completing a second tour. He was demobbed in late 1945.

George Isaacs passed away in 1977.

 

Photo courtesy of George Isaac's son , research by Linda Ibrom