Flying to Norway, Grounded in Burma: A Hudson Pilot in World War II
Gron' Edwards signed up with the RAF in 1936 on a Short Service Commission and went solo on his eighteenth birthday celebration. After acquiring his wings he joined No 233 General Reconnaissance Squadron of Coastal Command based at Thornaby in Yorkshire. The airplane he flew was the Avro Anson, a small twin engine airplane that was initially created for private usage yet had actually been hastily customized with the enhancement of two machine guns and a 280 pound bomb tons. Prior to the episode of war the squadron was transferred to Leuchers. Early in 1939, Coastal Command crews were bought to ferry some Blenheim twin-engined bombing planes to Middle East Command and also Gron was chosen as a navigator for the trip to Egypt. Upon touchdown in Egypt they found that they had actually established a record time of 33 hours, 3 hours much less compared to Imperial Airways.
233 Squadron were re-equipped with the Lockheed Hudson, a bigger airplane that allowed reconnaissance patrols along the Norwegian coast. In April 1940, as they were approaching the Norwegian coastline, Gron identified a Heinkell 115. He struck from astern and damaged the airplane. Although extremely almost flying into the sea. Patrols proceeded, looking for German funding ships hiding in the Fiords. Throughout the initial 5 months of the Norwegian project 233 Squadron experienced 35% casualties– even 50% on one delivery strike. Gron was awarded the DFC for his part in this procedure. After ending up being short-sighted and night-blind Gron was provided a brief reprieve then published to the Navigational School at Cranage in Cheshire and a little later qualified as a Specialist Armament Officer. In September 1944 he sailed for Bombay and afterwards travelled overland to Maniur, 500 miles north-east of Imphal. Gron took the job of Armament Officer of No 221 Group, a close-support fighter/bomber team of around 20 armadas attached to the 14th Army. With the Japanese in retreat the team transferred to Indianggye in Burma. Gron regulated the RAF advancement party. Throughout his service there he was Mentioned in Despatches.