You met the man? I wish I could ask him his opinion of the Halifax III and VII, and how these aircraft compared with the 18-boost Lancasters vis-a-vis performance in conditions of heavy icing.Ref. Eric's survival of the Audacity sinking:
Aside from what he wrote in his memoir, he told the story a couple of times. He'd just bought a stylish nightgown for his then-fiancee' Lynn (a lovely lady) during a port call. The CVE got torpedoed on the return trip and Eric said he had to make a fast decision: save the nightie or his logbook.
You know what he chose. (Besides, he could always get another garment.)
We exchanged visits a couple of times, and I particularly enjoyed showing him the late-great Champlin Fighter Museum here in Arizona. We walked into the WW II hangar and Eric immediately spotted the Wildcat. He spread his arms wide, "Ah, the love of my life!"
You could sorta feel the ambient temp drop a few degrees.
Eric immediately added, "Except you, my dear."
Lynn gave him a sideways look. "Nice recovery!"