ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

6 May 2013

Reg Sturt

24 September 1920 - 28 April 2013

Sgt Reg Sturt in 1943 Reg Sturt in 2003

We record with deep regret the death of another World War II veteran, the former secretary of the Woking and District AirCrew Association, Reg Sturt.

Reg volunteered for the RAF in 1940 and first served as a ground gunner.  He was posted to the Middle East in 1942 and after promotion to sergeant, his repeated applications for aircrew duties finally bore fruit and he trained and qualified as an air gunner in Egypt.

He joined No 37 Squadron at Torterello in Italy flying as a tail gunner in Wellingtons and took part in bombing operations over northern Italy and in supply drops to partisan resistance forces.  In the following year he and his crew transferred to No 40 Squadron at Foggia carrying out similar operations over Italy and Yugoslavia.

His aircraft sustained damage during a raid on the docks at Fiume and the pilot was forced to crash-land on return to base.  All the crew escaped but Reg was trapped by the jammed doors of his turret and had to be cut free by the fire crew.  In all he completed 38 operational flights.

After his return to civilian life in 1946, Reg took an active part in sports clubs and other activities in Chobham and exhibited the same bubbling enthusiasm for everything he did when he joined the ACA.  As secretary of the Woking Branch he was tireless in organising a wide variety of events for the members.

In later years he moved to Bognor Regis and there became secretary of the West Sussex ACA and his drive was instrumental in transforming an almost moribund group into a thriving organisation.  Reg continued to maintain his close links with Chobham and the Woking ACA and his funeral service will be held at St Lawrence Church, Chobham, at 12.30pm on Wednesday, May 15th, followed by the cremation at Woking Crematorium at 2pm.

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