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Douglas Webb DFM, (12 September 1922 - 8 December 1996) was a British photographer who worked in the film and television industries. He was also a veteran of the Dambusters raid.

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Early life

Webb was born in Leytonstone, London. Before the war he worked for Ilford and then as a printer with the London News Agency in Fleet Street.

World War II

During World War II he served with the Royal Air Force as an air gunner with No. 49 Squadron and No. 617 Squadron. Douglas was front gunner with the crew of Avro Lancaster AJ'O' for Orange, piloted by William Townsend, which took part in the Dambusters raid. Webb was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for his part in the operation.

Career

After the war he joined the London News Agency as a staff photographer and was then offered a contract with the Rank Organisation's Denham Studios as a stills photographer. Webb later moved to Gainsborough Pictures where he worked on his first film Miranda.

Webb went on to establish a successful business as a freelance photographer with his own studio in Greek Street, Soho, and in 1948 met his future partner, the model Pamela Green. He later moved to larger premises in Albany Street near Regents Park.

During his career, Webb was involved in the production of photographic stills and projection transparancies for numerous films such as The Killing of Sister George (1968), Perfect Friday (1970) and Krull (1983). His television credits included Special Branch, Van der Valk and The Sweeney.

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