Flight Sgt Blake RAFVR
Val Mattock called us in response to the ‘Living in Havering’ magazine article to kindly donate some personal effects to the Heritage Centre, being the flying log book, medals and some letters relating to Wireless Op/Gunner F/Sgt Walter Stewart Blake RAFVR. He had lived in Argyle Gardens, Upminster with his parents who were known to Val’s family and who had passed on his personal effects as there were no living relatives. On closer inspection of the flying log book it revealed that he had flown in a variety of aircraft including Whitley, Halifax and Lancaster bombers having served with 83 and 103 Squadrons. He was sadly killed on the 20th December 1943 when his Lancaster was lost on a raid over Frankfurt. The letters include a letter of sympathy from King George VI, a letter advising movement of his remains to a war cemetery near Munich and a letter enclosing his medals which were still in the original wax paper envelopes having never been worn. This is a very moving story of a local airman whose memory and sacrifice will not be forgotten thanks to Val and we will look to remember Flight Sergeant Blake with a future exhibit within our Bomber Command room.