Princess Elizabeth and Ralph Saunders

We have just received this wonderful photograph, taken in 1945, after Ralph Saunders’ return from prisoner of war camp. Ralph was shot down on the Leipzig operation of 20/21 October 1943 when flying with the Painter crew, 97 Squadron. Only two of the crew survived to become prisoners of war. Here we see Ralph, second from left, directly facing the King, and on the right Princess Elizabeth, our future Queen.

With many thanks to Pete Saunders.