Williamson was initially recommended for a Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM), but this was changed on April 28 by the AOC of 6 Group, Air Vice Marshal Brookes, to a recommendation for the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM), the other rank's equivalent of the Distiguished Service Order, which is of a higher valor. The recommendation was signed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris on May 2, 1943.
The body of the unfortunate rear gunner, Sergeant Bertrand, was found by the Germans, and he was buried in the Reichswald War Cemetery. The aircraft was eventually repaired, but it spent the rest of the war with an Operational Training Unit (OTU).
Original caption: "Damage to Vickers Wellington Mark X, HE239 'NA-Y', of No. 428 Squadron RCAF based at Dalton, Yorkshire, resulting from a direct hit from anti-aircraft gun fire while approaching to bomb Duisburg, Germany on the night of 8/9 April 1943. Despite the loss of the rear turret and its gunner, as well as other extensive damage, the pilot, Sergeant L F Williamson, continued to bomb the target, following which it was found that the bomb doors could not be closed because of a complete loss of hydraulic power. Williamson nevertheless brought HE239 and the remainder of his crew back for a safe landing at West Malling, Kent, where this photograph was taken."
The kit is the Trumpeter Wellington Mk. X, the final Bomber Command version of the Wellington with Hercules engines and a four-gun rear turret. Approximately 3,800 Mk X Wellingtons were built. The kit is very good: it is easy to build, the details are excellent, and so are the dimensions. The turrets actually feature good interior detail, and so does the fuselage interior, although the the tires are a tad too narrow.However, the decals are both bad and uninteresting, so I purchased the Matchbox Wellington Mk X just to get the decals. The tanker id from the Airfix "RAF Refueling Set" and the Jeep is from a Revell kit. The figures are from Revell's RAF personnel set.
A more extensive review of the kit can be found here: http://www.hyperscale.com/2009/reviews/kits/trumpeter01628reviewgp_1.htm