A small collection of memorabilia from Steve Yates about No 428 squadron of the Canadian '6' Group stationed at Middleton-St, George.
The squadron was known as 'The Ghost Squadron' and had a small ghost painted on the nose of each aircraft.


Last updated 19 May 2010

Sadly, Steve, the last survivng member of the Q for Queenie crew,
passed away in Basildon Hospital on Sunday, 28th February 2010.
Steve was 87 years young.



Besides the photos and text included below, Steve's site contains a few other sections that can be seen by clicking one of these links:

Steve's wartime story

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Pete Smith's story ...

Photos of the Memorial Reunion of 1985.

Photos of Steve's surprise medal ceremony at Duxford in 2002.

Photos of Steve taking part in a memorabillia signing at Duxford in 2004.

Steve's story is also to be found on the BBC archives, starting at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/60/a6536360.shtml

A dedication has also been added to the RAF Benevolent Fund's Friends and Relations site and can be seen here.

Email the family

Steve Yates and Pete Smith meet up at the Middleton St. George dedication and reunion in 1985.
Many Canadians attended.
More photos here

The gallant crew of Q for Queenie of No. 428 Squadron - Canadian 6 Group - stationed at Middleton St George.
Left to right:
Sgt Harry Pritchard, Sgt Stan Swartz, F/Sgt Wilf Gay, F/O Bill Cullen, Sgt Steve Yates, Sgt Pete Smith, Sgt 'Chuck' Woychuck.

Chuck, Wilf and Steve
Steve and Tommy Sharples visit Wilf's grave in Le Mailleraye, France. Whilst in hiding with the Resistance, Steve was joined by Tommy from the 57th Squadron.
Steve and Tommy in the garden of Maurice of the Resistance (standing right), waiting for the S.Wales Borderers to 'free' them.

The ID card produced by the Resistance in case of capture but never needed to be used.