The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. G W Rouse
Geoffrey Walter Rouse was born on 23rd August 1920 in Gravesend and employed as a papermakers assistant when he joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.
Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and went to No. 1 (C) OTU Silloth on 12th August 1940.
After converting to Blenheims he joined 236 Squadron at St. Eval on 12th September.
Rouse was posted with his flight to RAF Aldergrove on 19th November 1940, where it combined with a flight from 235 Squadron to reform 272 Squadron on the 21st.
He flew his first sortie with 272 on the 24th.
His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was commissioned from Warrant Officer in August 1942.
Rouse was awarded the DFC (gazetted 5th December 1944) as a Flight Lieutenant with 235 Squadron.
He was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.
He died in August 1997 in London.
His brother F/Lt. Stanley Thomas Rouse was killed whilst flying in Lancaster I PA214 9J-P of 227 Squadron, which was lost a raid against the Wintershall synthetic oil plant at Lutzkendorf.
Also lost were:
F/Lt. MW Bell
F/O GF Orry
F/O LS Smith
F/O HA Thomas
P/O PT Edwards
F/Sgt. GFC Stephenson
F/Sgt. RCS Wells
All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery.