Richard ‘Dick’ Andrews was a member of the crew of Heavenly Body II, the B17 that crashed into the Thames to the east of the Point following the collision.
Dick died last week aged 99. The archive has been very fortunate to have direct contact with him and his family for many years. His memories and photos appear on this site.
We had planned, when the inevitable happened, to arrange some sort of service at the Point. Unfortunately with the works happening shortly on the seawall we decided instead to have a low key service on the day of his funeral. So today myself, my colleague, Janet Walden and Rev Marion Walford stood on the freezing but sunny seawall at the Point and said goodbye to Dick – joining his crew at last.
We played the song ‘That Old Black Magic’ the song Dick’s fellow crew member Louie would sing on their return flight from a bombing mission.