Pilot Officer Robert Watson

Pilot Officer Robert Watson, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was lost on operations on 27th December 1941 aged 22. He was the son of Duncan and Kate Watson of Lauder and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. At the time of loss 50 Squadron were still flying Handley Page Hampdens from R.A.F. Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire. He was educated at the Berwickshire High School, Duns and is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet placed in the new High School, Duns. ( This was now the swansong of the twin engined bombers that the R.A.F had started the War with. Aeroplanes such as the Hampden, the Blenheim the Whitley and the Wellington were in the process of being replaced by the four engined “heavies” such as Stirling, the Halifax and the Lancaster all of which could fly further and with a much greater bomb load).

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