|F/Sgt Battista Dompe served as
a mid-upper gunner for W/C Davenport's crew, after joining the
crew at 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit in November of 1944. He
followed the crew to 432 squadron and then to Croft where W/C
Davenport took command of 431 Squadron. F/Sgt Dompe then flew as a
spare gunner with the Haw, Henry and Heaven crews as P/O Hubert
Bishop DFC took his place in the Davenport crew.
In an ironic twist of fate F/Sgt
Dompe flew as a rear gunner in F/L Henry's crew during the same
operation in which W/C Davenport and his crew were lost.
See crew The
Wingco and His Crew