Jimmy Muncie 1921-2008
A WW2 hero who almost daily risked his life to take vitally important aerial photographs has died. Jimmy passed away suddenly on Christmas Day aged 87 years.
His death came just a month after he and his wife Emily celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Although born in Lanark, Jimmy was educated at Carluke High School, Hamilton, Canada and lived in the town for most of his life.
He joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant in 1937. His life long interest in photography developed and Jimmy became an aerial reconnaissance photographer. Lying on his stomach in stripped down aeroplanes, he made countless sorties over occupied territory to take photographs vital to the war effort. The dangers were highlighted when he was shot down during the Dunkirk evacuation.
It looked as though Jimmy and his crew were set to be captured by the Germans but they managed to evade the enemy. Following the end of hostilities in Europe he was posted to the Far East, where he was responsible for some of the iconic photos showing the aftermath of the atomic explosion at Hiroshima. These photos are on permanent display in the city, gifted much later to Hiroshima by Jimmy himself.
He was to meet his wife Emily in London during the war, with the couple going on to marry in 1948. On leaving the RAF, Jimmy became a photographer with the Daily Mail before establishing the Motherwell based freelance agency County Newsphotos with the late Frank Adam.
A keen bowler, Jimmy was for many years a hard working committee member of Carluke Bowling Club. His other lifelong interest was Carluke Opera Society and he was a member for 60 years.
Jimmy is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The funeral was at Daldowie Crematorium on Monday 5th January 2009.
By kind permission of the RAF Photographers Association magazine ‘Flashback’