550 Squadron and RAF North Killingholme Association

Squadron Operations: Summary Information

Overview

There follows below a list of the all of the operations flown by 550 Squadron and the aircraft involved on each. The information used to build this page was taken in the first instance from the lists provided on the original Squadron Association web-site, but has been augmented by new information gathered since that time (squadron operations logs, individual aircrew log books, and other sources).

This information is not yet complete: it has been build from the a number of sources (documentary and people) and compilation of complete lists is an ongoing task that is expected to take quite some time to complete. So please don't shout just yet if you spot an omission - work continues to build a more complete, and accurate, list.
Do however shout if you spot an error! Please email any corrections or information to the contact details in the link at the bottom of the page.

Operation Summary: The column headers should be fairly self-explanatory. The term "aborted" as used here covers a number of possibilities:

Aircraft Deployed: When a link to a particular aircraft is given, this indicates aircraft known to have taken part in this raid (in the records currently available to the web-site author). A record of whether the aircraft returned or failed to return (FTR) is also logged.

Servicemen Deployed: Names of the crew in the operation.

Station Summary: This section is the information from the RAF North Killingholme Station Record Book for the operational date (if available).

Definitions of the abbreviations used are available: here.

Manageable Lists

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Operation/Target: - (25 Nov 1943 - 25 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Nov 1943 25 Nov 1943 Y The Squadron was formed from this date (Authority, HQ No. 1 Group letter reference 1G/S.5285/11/Org, dated 17th November 1943) and to comprise "C" Flight of No. 100 Squadron. At the same time personnel of No. 9100 Servicing Echelon were transferred to form No. 9550 Servicing Echelon. The squadron and serving echelon were formed to establishments WAR/BC/362 and WAR/BC/360 respectively at 16 + 4 Lancaster I/III Aircraft.

With aircraft allotted to the Squadron from "C" Flight No. 100 Sqdn and experienced operational crews posted in, six aircraft were offered for operations. Aircrews briefed for operations but operation subsequently cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Operation/Target: Berlin (26 Nov 1943 - 27 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 26 Nov 1943 27 Nov 1943 N Eight aircraft took off to attack targets in Berlin, of which 7 were successfull and dropped ca. 29 tons of HE and incendiaries. They returned and landed safely Base, Grimsby. No news received from LM379 after take-off and F/L Prangley and crew considered missing.

[Ed: The Prangley crew therefore were the first crew the squadron lost after it commenced operations.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV343 Returned Primary 2115hrs. 22,000ft. Bombed release point flares P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 2116hrs. 22,000ft. On arrival streets patterned by HE and later fires. Much bellowing smoke to 5000ft F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
Sgt S E Emmett (Nav)
EE139 Returned Primary 2125hrs. 20,000ft. Bombed green TIs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 2120hrs. 22,000ft. Bombed green TIs. Good concentration of fires. Aircraft holed by flak over target. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 2123hrs. 21,000ft. Concentrated fires seen. Coned over target for 1-2 mins. Defences extremely effective. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 2127hrs. 22,000ft. Bombed green TIs lying on edge of large fire area. Fired on a TE enemy aircraft which broke away. F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 2123hrs. 22,000ft. Large sheet of yellow flame followed by much black smoke at 21.21hrs. Reflection of fires seen over 150 miles away. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt D J Cornes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt I F Ruppel (Nav)
LM379 FTR Missing. No news after take-off. The first aircraft 550 Sqdn lost after squadron formation. F/L P J M Prangley (P)
Sgt A K Ward (F/Eng)
F/O G H R F Harris (Nav)
P/O J W Lowe (A/B)
Sgt R Redfern (MU/AG)
Sgt P W Smith (W/Op)
Sgt F C Diggle (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (27 Nov 1943 - 27 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Nov 1943 27 Nov 1943 Y Seven aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the squadron was stood down.

Operation/Target: - (28 Nov 1943 - 28 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Nov 1943 28 Nov 1943 Y Eight aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the squadron was stood down.

Operation/Target: - (29 Nov 1943 - 29 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Nov 1943 29 Nov 1943 Y Eight aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the squadron was stood down.

Operation/Target: - (30 Nov 1943 - 30 Nov 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 30 Nov 1943 30 Nov 1943 Y Seven aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the operation was subsequently cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Operation/Target: - (01 Dec 1943 - 01 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Dec 1943 01 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft and crews were offered for operations and subsequently briefed for targets in BERLIN. At the last moment owning to bad weather conditions the operation was cancelled.
Station Summary
INAUGURATION
On Consultation with Resident Engineer, it was decided that priority for completion to scale be given to No.4 and 5 domestic sites, and that S.H.Q should be finished as soon as possible.

Operation/Target: Berlin (02 Dec 1943 - 03 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 02 Dec 1943 03 Dec 1943 N Twelve aircraft and crews were offered and accepted for operations. Crews were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Three aircraft abandoned their mission, one aircraft is missing with all of the crew, and eight aircraft successfully bombed the targets.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000ft. at 20.15hrs. Bombed centre of 4 Red TIs. Saw fires taking hold through cloud breaks after bombing. W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
DV343 Returned Abandoned due to W/T transmitter and receiver being unserviceable. W/O G W Brook (P)
Sgt E V Condell (F/Eng)
Sgt E G Patterson (Nav)
Sgt H S Ferdinando (A/B)
Sgt J J McAnaney (W/Op)
Sgt J Godsave (MU/AG)
Sgt J Flynn (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,800ft. At 20.22 attacked by J.U.88. Enemy opened fire, returned by Lancaster. Enemy aircraft probably damaged. No further fires seen. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
JB678 Returned Abandoned due to W/T transmitter and receiver being unserviceable. F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt H Asquith (MU/AG)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.27. Large area of dull red fires developed with smoke to over 4000ft. Reflection seen for 150 miles on homeward journey. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
LM301 FTR Missing. W/O A T S Collier (P)
Sgt F Turner (F/Eng)
F/Sgt P A Lee (Nav)
F/Sgt H S Bennett (A/B)
F/Sgt J A Cromie (W/Op)
Sgt W F Dowson (MU/AG)
Sgt E A Topham (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.22. Bombed concentration of green TIs seen on ground. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.37. Three large fires seen spreading rapidly. Large column black smoke to 15000ft. Landed Ludford. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 19,000ft. at 20.26hrs. Good fires. Plenty of smoke. Pretty good "prang". F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000ft. At 20.31hrs bombede centre of Green TIs burning on ground. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
JB673 Returned Primary 20,000ft. at 2024hrs some explosions seen short of main concentrations W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
JB674 Returned Abandoned due to being 16 minutes late to enemy coast and unable to make correct T.O.T. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: Leipzig (03 Dec 1943 - 04 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Leipzig 03 Dec 1943 04 Dec 1943 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations. Crews were briefed for targets in LEIPZIG. All aircraft returned safely to base - GRIMSBY.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV343 Returned Primary 20,500ft. At 04.06hrs twice opened fire on ME109 without reply P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 21,500ft. At 04.06hrs found green TIs in three clusters 2 miles apart. Fire glow see for 200 miles. W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
JB618 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.07hrs near BRANDENBURG with both turrets unserviceable, also intercom to rear gunner. Attacked by 2 single engine fighters. 1 was evaded. The other made 2 more attacks but was eventually evaded. Turrets being unserviceable, no fire was returned. F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt H Asquith (MU/AG)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Claimed probable destruction of ME110 that attacked south west of BRANDENBURG. MU/AG and R/AG counted two attacks. Enemy fire damaged hydraulics. Bomb doors would not open over target. All bombs brought back. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 23,000ft. At 04.08hrs. Carried special type Cookie. Bombed RP flares running N-S. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000ft. At 04.06hrs. Bombed RP flares. After FRANKFURT lost track owing to difficult winds and returned via Brussels. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
JB673 Returned Primary 21,000ft. At 04.06hrs. Bombed green TIs. Return route markers too scattered. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 04.05hrs. Bomber RP flares. Found all route markers will placed and effective. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
JB674 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 04.10hrs. Attack believed successful. Fires seen for 150 miles. F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt J Rawson (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (04 Dec 1943 - 04 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Dec 1943 04 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but there were no operations during this period.

Operation/Target: - (05 Dec 1943 - 05 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Dec 1943 05 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but again there were no operations during this period. Ground and air training was continued.

Operation/Target: - (06 Dec 1943 - 06 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Dec 1943 06 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but no operations laid on and round and air training was continued. The number of trained crews available exceeded the number of aircraft available tfor operations

Operation/Target: - (07 Dec 1943 - 07 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Dec 1943 07 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered but there were no operations laid on. A Postagram received Ref.1.G/S 2109/2 Air intimated that no large scale operations would be ordered before 14 December.
Station Summary
Station HQ building ready for use on limited scale. Provisional M.T. Room opened on No.2 site.

Operation/Target: - (08 Dec 1943 - 08 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Dec 1943 08 Dec 1943 Y In confirmation of the Postagram received yesterday signal from HQ No.1 Group was received Ref.A.C 611 8th December stating that no large scale operations would be ordered before the night 14/15 December and that surplus crews could proceed on leave. This order was carried out.

Operation/Target: - (09 Dec 1943 - 09 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Dec 1943 09 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.
Station Summary
Station Commander, Group Captain R V McINTYRE DFC, Station Commander arrived.
G/C McIntyre DFC was attached to the Station on Dec. 9 as Station Commander. His main concern was completion of Contractors work as Technical Site. Particular attention was paid to Flying Control Section and, in particular, to installation of Drem lighting.
F/Lt BENNETT was attached to assist in this work. A sergeant and corporal were obtained on load for the purpose of building certain fittings in the Control Room.

Operation/Target: - (10 Dec 1943 - 10 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Dec 1943 10 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.
Station Summary
No. 1 Ante-Room and Dining Room in OFFICERS MESS completed for use.

Operation/Target: - (11 Dec 1943 - 11 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Dec 1943 11 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.

Operation/Target: - (12 Dec 1943 - 12 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Dec 1943 12 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.
Station Summary
Sergeants Mess partly opened. A/F/L P BENNETT (Flying Control), F/O R A MURRAY (Int/Ops) arrive.

Operation/Target: - (13 Dec 1943 - 13 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Dec 1943 13 Dec 1943 Y Stand-down continued. Air and ground training carried out.

Operation/Target: - (14 Dec 1943 - 14 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Dec 1943 14 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Stand-down continued.

Operation/Target: - (15 Dec 1943 - 15 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Dec 1943 15 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircrat with crews were offered for operations but the Stand-down continued. Crews available still exceed the numer of aircraft available for operations.

Operation/Target: - (16 Dec 1943 - 16 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Dec 1943 16 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Stand-down continued. Crews available still exceed the number of aircraft available for operations.

Operation/Target: Berlin (16 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 16 Dec 1943 17 Dec 1943 N Fifteen crews were offered for operations and with aircraft loaned from No.100 Squadron. They briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two of the sorties were abortive but the remaining aircraft bombed the targets and returned safely to BASE.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 21,500 ft at 20.04hrs. Marking seemed fairly concentrated. Some glow reflected on cloud and from fires. Quiet trip except for conditions at BASE on return. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.03hrs. Red glow on cloud and explosion seen at 20.00hrs. Landing conditions difficult. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 20.0hrs. Bomder green TIs, Red TI8s and RP flares scatted over wide area. Sgt L R Chisnall (R/AG)
F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.01. Defenses quiet. Flighter flares seen from DUTCH Coast to targets.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett 2nd pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
DV343 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.00hrs. Bombed too early to assess results. Holed in starboard petrol tank by heavy flak just as we bombed. P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.07 hrs. Orange glow on cloud. Trip very uneventful. Sgt H F J Woods (P)
F/Sgt J R E Legere (A/B)
Sgt L F Wright (W/Op)
Sgt J C Atherton (MU/AG)
Sgt T A (pos Thompson (F/Eng)
Sgt M Miles (A/B)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA934 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.06. Bomber centre of Green TIs. W/Cdr B Bell (P)
Sgt L B Martin (F/Eng)
W/O A Selman (Nav)
F/O R C Rice (A/B)
Sgt B G Davies (W/Op)
Sgt C Gregory (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Brown (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 290.02hrs. Bombed RP flares. No fires seen. Route markers very good and helpful. F/O R H Mawle (P)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
Sgt Anderson (F/Eng)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 20.04hrs. Bombed centre of RP Flares. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
DV192 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.04hrs, Attack seemed much too scattered. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
ED730 Returned Abandoned. WT / RT. DR Compass unserviceable. Coolant leak on Port Outer causing overheating. Sperry panel unserviceable Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 20.07hrs. Glow seen under cloud PFF effective and on time. Difficulties on landing at BASE. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20/08hrs. Black smoke seen below cloud and glow of fires to NE. F/L A B Craig (P)
Sgt L C Woodcock (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E M England (Nav)
W/O L W Notman (A/B)
F/O L W Denton (W/Op)
Sgt R S Pilson (R/AG)
F/Sgt S H Brasher (MU/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.04hrs. Several patches of glow on cloud spreading as aircraft left although looking back it seemed rather extended. F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Abandoned. Rear turret unserviceable.
[Ed: 'H' in ORB (unexpected aircraft service number). JA712 is a guess.]
F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (17 Dec 1943 - 17 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Dec 1943 17 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was a Stand-down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: - (18 Dec 1943 - 18 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Dec 1943 18 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was a Stand-down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: - (19 Dec 1943 - 19 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Dec 1943 19 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was a Stand-down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: Frankfurt (20 Dec 1943 - 20 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Frankfurt 20 Dec 1943 20 Dec 1943 N Thirteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in FRANKFURT. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully attached targets and returned safely to BASE. Air and ground training was carried out during the day and night.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.39hrs. Bombed on green TI markers. Good concentration of fires. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.44hrs. Some scattered fires reflected on cloud before bombing. Good red fires seen as aircraft left target area. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.42hrs. Not many target marks seen. RP flares most concentrated. F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
Sgt W J Brown (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.45hrs. PFF very poor. Two large explosions seen. Only scattered incendiary fires. F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/L A B Craig (P)
P/O E M England (Nav)
Sgt L C Woodcock (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E M England (Nav)
W/O L W Notman (A/B)
F/O L W Denton (W/Op)
Sgt R S Pilson (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.43hrs. Attack seemed very scattered at outset. One large explosion observed at 19.50hrs which lit up cloud for approx. 5 seconds. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
ED730 Returned Abandoned. Port outer engine unserviceable. Suspected coolant leak. Unable to gain height above 14,000ft. F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt J Rawson (R/AG)
Sgt J A Jordan (MU/AG)
LM321 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.45hrs. Bo green TIs. Good solid glare of fires on clouds. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Abandoned. Heat in hydraulics to mid-upper turret causing failure of turrent gunners thermal clothing, oil saturated and smoking. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
DV192 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 19.43hrs. Bombed read and green RP flares. Fires will spread over area. Consider it will be a good attack. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.46hrs. Area marked by incendaries, had every appearance of being a town. Slight heavy flak in one engine. Twice intercepted near target. Could not fire as guns were frozen. Sgt H F J Woods (P)
Sgt M E Giles (Nav)
F/Sgt J R E Legere (A/B)
Sgt L F Wright (W/Op)
Sgt J C Atherton (MU/AG)
Sgt L B Martin (F/Eng)
Sgt J McConnell (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 19.54hrs. Reflection of fires seen on clouds up to 150 miles on homeward run. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.44. Bombed green TIs. Markings rather scattered, also fires were mostly incendary. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV343 Returned Primary 20500ft at 19.48. Bombed centre of concentration of fires visible through cloud as no markers visible. P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (21 Dec 1943 - 21 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Dec 1943 21 Dec 1943 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.

Operation/Target: - (22 Dec 1943 - 22 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 22 Dec 1943 22 Dec 1943 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there were no operations and air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: Berlin (23 Dec 1943 - 24 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 23 Dec 1943 24 Dec 1943 N With aircraft loaned from 100 Sqdn, seventeen aircraft and crews were briefed for operations and to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft cancelled at the last moment owing to unserviceability. Shortly after takeoff two aircraft collided in mid-air, crashed and were burnt out, the crews of both being killed. One aircraft did not return - no news after take off. Two aircraft returned early, the remainder successfully attacked the targets and in spite of very bad weather conditions over BASE - GRIMSBY landed safely.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ED730 FTR Aircraft crashed at Fulstow after collision with K/550. All crew killed.
Crew listed as flying ED730 on Lost Bombers site, but LM319 on ORB (with LM319 lost later on 21 May 1944) Worth more investigation.
Sgt H F J Woods (P)
Sgt D G Davies (F/Eng)
Sgt M E Giles (Nav)
F/Sgt J R E Legere (A/B)
Sgt L F Wright (W/Op)
Sgt J C Atherton (MU/AG)
Sgt J McConnell (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20500ft at 04.09hrs. Bombed green TI markers. Only two glows of red fires seen through clouds. Large explosion at 04.10hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Last resort overflakee 01.35hrs. 19,000ft. Bombed ISLE of THOLEN. Starboard outer engine unserviceable, oil leak. Tried to bomb defences at W.SCHOUWEN but could not reach it. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
Sgt W L Bradley (P)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 04.06 1/2hrs. Marking good with plenty of R.P. flares. Good fires to south of target reflected on clouds visible up to 80 miles. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
JB604 FTR Collided with G2/550 and crashed at FULSTON at 00.30hrs. Pilot, F/Eng and Navigator killed. Other members of crew not yet identified.
Listed as 100 Sqdn ND327 on Lostbombers site.
F/Sgt W R Cooper (P)
Sgt G W Claydon (F/Eng)
Sgt A R Laurence (Nav)
F/Sgt G W Guest (A/B)
Sgt R W Theobald (W/Op)
Sgt J Rawson (R/AG)
Sgt J A Jordan (MU/AG)
LM321 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.07hrs. Tracer suddenly focused on our aircraft from port bow causing strikes. Rear gunner returned fire as dark shadow of presumed enemy aircraft appeared astern. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ED750 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 04.11hrs. one large fire with flame coming up several hundred feet. Hit by light flak in windscreenm fuselage and wing.

[Ed: ORD shows a 2nd Nav (Sgt Pickford) was flying.]
W/O G W Brook (P)
Sgt E V Condell (F/Eng)
Sgt E G Patterson (Nav)
Sgt H S Ferdinando (A/B)
Sgt J J McAnaney (W/Op)
Sgt J Godsave (MU/AG)
Sgt J Flynn (R/AG)
Sgt V J Pickford (Nav)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.03hrs. Marking quite good. Bombed green TI 6 large red flares seen and some incendiary fires. Attack seemed to be mainly east of town. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt R N Aitken (A/B)
DV192 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 04.08hrs. Attack should be very effective and concentrated. 2 explosions seen, one large white one at 04.11hrs the second which had an orange coloured reflection at 04.24 hrs in target area. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
DV343 FTR Missing. No news after take off P/O D C Dripps (P)
Sgt J C Scott (F/Eng)
F/O J E Stewart (Nav)
Sgt W T Sibley (A/B)
Sgt D Campbell (W/Op)
Sgt R Gillies (MU/AG)
F/O G C Orme (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Abandoned over BASE at 00.03hrs. 15000ft due to rear turret being unserviceable. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.00hrs. Bombed centre of R/G R/P flares. Large explosion at 04.25hrs F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
ME556 Returned JU88 seen 500yds astern. Rear gunner opened fire ME109 300ft above opened fire. Aircraft evaded and enemy aircraft lost. No return fire. Returned on three enginees. Starboard inner caught fire during bombing run. Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
JB289 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.05hrs. Big fire glimpsed in cloud break. W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 04.08hrs. Very well concentrated attack and there seemed to be a lot of incendiary fires. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (24 Dec 1943 - 24 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 24 Dec 1943 24 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there were no operations during this period. Weather conditions were poor.

Operation/Target: - (25 Dec 1943 - 25 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Dec 1943 25 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.
Station Summary
Officers and Senior N.C.O.s attended dinner in Airmens Mess at 12.30
Dance held in N.A.A.F.I during evening to which were invited residents who had extended hospitality.

Operation/Target: - (26 Dec 1943 - 26 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Dec 1943 26 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.

Operation/Target: - (27 Dec 1943 - 27 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Dec 1943 27 Dec 1943 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Ground and air training continued.

Operation/Target: - (28 Dec 1943 - 28 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Dec 1943 28 Dec 1943 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down.

Operation/Target: Berlin (29 Dec 1943 - 30 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 29 Dec 1943 30 Dec 1943 N Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Five aircraft returned early but the remained successfully attached their targets and returned safely to BASE. Orders were received that the Sqdn should remove to RAF Station, NORTH KILLINGHOLME, LINCOLNSHIRE by 3rd January 1944.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 20.18hrs. Seemed a very well concentrated attack. PFF very good. Glow of fire could be seen through cloud as far as HANOVER. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.18hrs. Successfull attack. Sky markered well grouped. Reflections of fires visible on cloud up to 100 miles on homeward journey. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
DV192 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 20.21hrs. PFF markers well placed and concentrated. Reflection of fires seen for 70 miles from target. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND326 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.16hrs. Very good attack but would have liked to have seen attack. Heavy flak caused flak holes 15 miles south of HANOVER at 19.40hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ED536 Returned Abandoned over BASE at 5000ft at 17.05hrs. Port inner engine unserviceable. Boost fluctuating badly. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Abandoned at 18.06. Starboard engine overheated. W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 20.12hrs. PFF marking RP flares and red and green stars will concentrated. Reflections of fires seen 80 miles form target. F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
DV176 Returned Abandoned at 17.45hrs at 18,000ft. Oxygen supply reduced to one third and one half after take-off. Suspected leak in altitude regulator.

[Ed: ORB states DU176. Unclear which aircraft this is or could be. (There is no DV176?. Other?)]
F/L A B Craig (P)
Sgt L C Woodcock (F/Eng)
F/Sgt E M England (Nav)
W/O L W Notman (A/B)
Sgt R S Pilson (R/AG)
F/Sgt S H Brasher (MU/AG)
Sgt B G Davies (W/Op)
LM319 Returned Abandoned at 18.05hrs at 20,000ft. Naviator on wrong course and heading to NORWAY. F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt W L Bradley (P)
Sgt S J Harrison (F/Eng)
Sgt V J Pickford (Nav)
Sgt R N Aitken (A/B)
Sgt J Hill (W/Op)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.17hrs. Glow of fires seen for 125 miles. Frequent explosions were of good size. Weather favourable. Defences more intense and spread out. Flak most of the way on last leg to target. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV345 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.29hrs. Bombed centre of R.G. flares. Sky markers very promising. Heavy flak holes rear tail and main plane at EMDEM at 21.50hrs.
DV306 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 20.16hrs. A large green glow seen under cloud. A terrific concentration of aircraft. 20 below us as we bombed. Serious lack of markers on homeward run.
ME556 Returned Abandoned at MABLETHORPE at 12,000 ft at 17.55hrs. Starboard inner engine oil pressure reduced to 50. Temperature increased to 90 degress. Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt R E Oliver (P)
Sgt G T Barlow (F/Eng)
P/O F R Clarke (Nav)
F/Sgt W S Bryans (A/B)
Sgt W Manderson (W/Op)
Sgt W Russell (R/AG)
LM321 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.15hrs. Bombed centre of R.P. flares red and gree. Big explosion 12 miles W.S.W of NEUNUPPEN at 20.40 hrs. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (30 Dec 1943 - 30 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 30 Dec 1943 30 Dec 1943 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Instructions were issued to various sections of the Squadron to commence packing technical equipment, subject to operational requirements, in anticipation of the Squadron move.

Operation/Target: - (31 Dec 1943 - 31 Dec 1943)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 Dec 1943 31 Dec 1943 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but Stand down came through early, after crews had been warned ready for briefing. The month has seen the Squadron settling down and taking its part in bombing the Hun. Various "teething" troubles have had to be overcome. The weather has been typical for this time of year. The health of all personnel in the Squadron has been good and everyone is looking forward to their new "home" at RAF Station NORTH KILLINGHOLME. Details of the sorties carried out are attached on F.541 for the month. Where there were no operations, air and ground training was carried out. New crew arriving completed cross-country flights or BULLS-EYES.
Station Summary
No. 2797 A.A. Squadron R.A.F Regiment O/C F/O R H EVERSON arrived. Some were quatered in SHQ Building, and remainder in No.2 Site.
F/O R.A. MURRAY who had reported previous evening for INT/OPS duties, consulted Resident Engineer regarding immediate adaption of Operations and Briefing Rooms for Operational use

Operation/Target: Berlin (01 Jan 1944 - 01 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 01 Jan 1944 01 Jan 1944 N Twelve aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft returned early, one aircraft failed to return to BASE (no news since take-off) and one aircraft on returning, crashed and was burnt out at Whapole Drive, Lincs all the crew being killed. RAF Station SUTTON BRIDGE signalled details of the crash. The remaining aircraft bombed the targets and returned safely, landing base - GRIMSBY.
Station Summary
This date had been tentatively arranged for arrival of 550 Squadron. The Squadron however, operated from WALTHAM on 1/2 Jan and no squadron personnel arrived ay North Killingholme.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 03:17 bombed glow of R/G R/P flare through cloud.
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000ft. Bombed reflection of green TI on ETA. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV345 FTR Crashed at 07:20hrs at WAHPODE DRIVE, near SPALDING. No Survivors. F/O R H Mawle (P)
Sgt P P O'Meara (F/Eng)
F/O G M G de Menten de Horne (Nav)
Sgt J R Rounding (A/B)
Sgt M G Capel (W/Op)
Sgt C W Taylor (MU/AG)
Sgt E Skelton (R/AG)
DV306 Returned Primary 20,000ft, Bombed at 03:18hrs. A certain amount of concentration was achieved on the target. Defences were negligible.
DV176 Returned Primary 19,000ft. Bombed at 03.13 hours glow of fires on cloud as markers has disappeared after run in.
DV505 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 03.18 hrs. Bombing appeared scattered during run up but when we bombed appeared more concentrated. Reddish yellow glow appeared through cloud.
DV189 FTR Missing. No news after take-off. F/O J G Bryson (P)
Sgt D F Fadden (F/Eng)
Sgt T F M Roxby (Nav)
F/Sgt P H Evans (A/B)
Sgt J E Donnan (W/Op)
Sgt J J Sawkins (MU/AG)
Sgt W C Gundry (R/AG)
DV192 Returned Abandoned. Port Outer engine unserviceable. S gear would not engage port outers thereby making crew run late on time. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Abandoned. Rear turret unservicable, Unable to rotate. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ND328 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.13hrs. Markings very scattered. very few greens, Wind broadcast very good. F/Lt A Davison (P)
Sgt L B Martin (F/Eng)
W/O A Selman (Nav)
F/O R C Rice (A/B)
Sgt B G Davies (W/Op)
Sgt C Gregory (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Brown (R/AG)
ND388 Returned Primary 20,000 ft at 03.13hrs. P.F.F seemed too late and the backers up were missing.

[Ed. F/Lt K Aleaavy was flying as 2nd Nav.]
S/L K MacAleavey (Nav)
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
JB563 Returned Primary 19,000 ft at 03.19hrs. Bombed glow of red/green flares.

Operation/Target: Berlin (02 Jan 1944 - 03 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 02 Jan 1944 03 Jan 1944 N Eleven aircraft were offered for operations, three subsequently being withdrawn owing to unserviceability. The remainder briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder successfully bombed the targets and on returing to this country, owing to bad weather conditions were landed at various bases.
Station Summary
550 Squadron again operated from WALTHAM.
9550 Servicing Echelon, C.O. F/L G COOPER having, been formed on 25/11/43, arrived today, complete with Electrical Section.
F/O H G GARDINER, Station Armament Officer, has been on duty for the last few days arranging for equipment to be transferred from WALTHAM. Bomb trolleys arrived today.
S/Ldr E R BARKER Station Intelligence Officer arrived today from Wickenby.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 02.54hrs. Diverted to Middleton St. George. Engaged ME.109 at 03.05hrs over BERLIN. M.U.G. opened fire. Aircraft seen hit in engine and burst into flames and go straight down into centre of fire over target.
LM425 Returned Abandoned due to two W/T messages from 1 Group at23.30hurs amd 00.01hrs reading land at [...unreadable...]. Negative messages received at 00.30hrs. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
DV176 Returned Primary 19,000feet ay 03.06hrs. Late take of caused lateness of target. Enemy aircraft opened fire at 600yards. Our aircraft made a diving turn and lost enemy aircraft.
DV505 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.49 hrs. Diverted to Middleton St. George. Bombed flares and green stars. Well concentrated.
ND403 Returned Mission abandonend. Late on take off and unable to climb above 15,500ft on reaching enemy coast. Possible cause icing.
EE107 Returned Abandoned. Rear turret unservicable, Diverted to EXETER. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.50hrs. Diverted to CROFT. Not considered very successful attack. Markers very scattered.
DV192 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.51hrs. Diverted to Middleton St. Gerge. Bombed centre of concentration of Red flares with Green Stars.

Operation/Target: - (03 Jan 1944 - 03 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Jan 1944 03 Jan 1944 Y On this date the Squadron removed to RAF Station NORTH KILLINGHOLME, GRIMSBY, LINCOLNSHIRE. Owing to the move the Squadron was stood down from operations. The advance party had arrived on the 1st January and on this date the Air and main parties arrived leaving a rear party at RAF Station GRIMSBY.
Station Summary
Squadron personnel began to arrive from Waltham. Aircraft of 550 Squadron taking part in the operation of 2/3 Jan landed here direct from stations to which they had been diverted on that operation. A considerable addition was made to WAAF strength by posting of 25 airwomen from Waltham. Total WAAF strength now 35.

Operation/Target: - (04 Jan 1944 - 04 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Jan 1944 04 Jan 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down from operations and personnel proceded to get established in their various sections and quarters.
Station Summary
Main armament equipment for 550 Squadron arrived by road. Further personnel of 550 Squadron arrived from Waltham. The layout of the station Operations Block, adjacent to Admin Block on S.H.Q site, has been discussed at length by the Station Commander with Int/Ops staff, Contractors Agents, and Resident Engineer. It has now been possible to divert Contractors from completion of Operations Room (so-called) to preparation of the smaller by adequate room (laid down as Interrogation Room) which it has been decided to use as Operations Room. Maps and other fittings have yet to be installed but a started has now been made to line Operations Room with fibre boarding and to build adequate Map Board and Black-Boards in Briefing Room. Operatioanl Telephone system is now in working order, and all necessary extensions of the tie-line are installed. The preparation of Maps is well forward. Absence of cupboard space makes it difficult to classify and file the lasrge quantiy of materials recevied from 13 Base., but everything possible is being done to prepare for the contingency of an operation within the next few days, priority being given to essnetial requirements.

Operation/Target: - (05 Jan 1944 - 05 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Jan 1944 05 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Squadorn was stood down. Air and ground training was carried out.
Station Summary
Station M.T. Section, so far handicapped by lack of vehicles, were today called upon to move main party of 550 Squadron from Waltham together with equipment. Squadron personnel were accomodated on Nos 4 and 5 Sites. Arrival of 2 Clerks S.D. and a Sergeant Watchkeeper (WAAF) enabled considerable progress to be made in pareparation of Operations Block in the absence of other assistance. 13 Base Armament Officer visited site.

Operation/Target: - (06 Jan 1944 - 06 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Jan 1944 06 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but again the Squadorn was stood down.
Station Summary
S/O M R E BRITTEN (WAAF Int/Ops) arrived from HEMSWELL.
Station Armament Officer held conference of N.C.Os of 550 Squadron Armament Section to discuss coordination of bombing-up with Station Armament Personnel.

Operation/Target: - (07 Jan 1944 - 07 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Jan 1944 07 Jan 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations but there was another stand down. Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
550 Squadron offer 9 aircraft for operations and none for Bulls-eye.
Operations Room and Briefing Room though still lacking many refinements are adequate for Operational purposes. After all preparations had been made to operate the Squadron was stood down.
Moon period - Bomber Command stand down.

Operation/Target: - (08 Jan 1944 - 08 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Jan 1944 08 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Squadron was "stood down". Weather conditions this time were bad with mist and fog. Ground training continued.
Station Summary
550 Squadron offer 10 aircraft for operations but again stood-down.

Operation/Target: - (09 Jan 1944 - 09 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Jan 1944 09 Jan 1944 Y Eight aircraft with crews were offered but were again "stood down". Air and ground training continued where possible.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.
Station Armament Officer visited WALTHAM regarding Armament Equipment.

Operation/Target: - (10 Jan 1944 - 10 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Jan 1944 10 Jan 1944 Y Eight aircraft with crews were offered but were "stood down". Air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down (Moon Period). Every advantage of it is being taken to sort out minor difficulties of organisation and equipment generally on the Station.
Today the Electrical Section has been able to fix temporarily accumulator charging boards in the assumulator room. The Chief Technical Offer of 13 Base held a conference here of all technical officers and NCOs on the Station to dicuss maintenance of operational efficiency.

Operation/Target: - (11 Jan 1944 - 11 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Jan 1944 11 Jan 1944 Y Eight aircraft with crews were offered but were again "stood down". Training was continued.
Station Summary
S/Ldr WARD-JACKSON and F/O POTTS (WAAF) from Air Ministry, ARW2, visited Station. Stand-down continues.

Operation/Target: - (12 Jan 1944 - 12 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Jan 1944 12 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but "stand down" came through early. Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
Stand-down continues.

Operation/Target: - (13 Jan 1944 - 13 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Jan 1944 13 Jan 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but "stand down" continued. Air and ground training completed.
Station Summary
Stand-down continues.
Under the chairmanship of F/Lt G COOPER (O.C. 9550 Servicing Echelon), who has been appointed Station Entertainments Officer, a meeting was held in the NAAFI to draw up a programme of entertainments for the Station. Since the beginning of the month, two film shows a week have been given and 2 ENSA stage entertainments have been obtained in spite of the handicap of inadequate accommodation. A Station Entertainments Committee has today been appointed bythose present at t his meeting, and consists of: Cpl HAYME (9550 Servicing Echelon), Cpl. JENKINS (SHQ), Cpl, McGUIRE (SHQ), Cpl. HOLNEY (SHQ), Cpl. BOARDMAN (SHQ), ACW MITCHELL (MT), ACW WATSON (MT) and LACW EARL (MT). Proposal to form a Dramatic Society and a Station Band and to equip a stage and cinema hall were discussed.

Operation/Target: Brunswick (14 Jan 1944 - 15 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Brunswick 14 Jan 1944 15 Jan 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in BRUNSWICK. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability, two aircraft returned early (abortives) and one aircraft did not return (no news since take-off) and is, with the crew posted as "missing". Eight aircraft successfully bombed the targets and returned safely to base.
Station Summary
11 aircraft of 550 Squadron were detailed to take part in a heavy attack on BRUNSWICK, Preparations for this first operation went, on the whole, smoothly, although the early take-off called for maximum speed and an all-out effort from still under-established ground-staffs. Bombing-up was duly completed and 11 aircraft took off in 37 minutes. 2 sorties were abortive; 1 aircraft was missing and 1 landed at WOODBRIDGE due to engine failure. The remaining 7 aircraft, which claim to have attacked the primary target, were landed at base all within 18 mins by portable lighting, the Drem lighting system being unfinished.
A timely demonstration of bomb-handling by a special party from 1 Group Headquarters proved of value to the Station Bomb Stores personnel.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ME556 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 18.16hrs. Bombed southern tip Texel. Starboard inner cut. Engine feathered. Loss of height made continuation inadviseable. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ND396 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.15hrs. Hit by predicted flak. Damage port inner engine.

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 19.18hrs. Incendiaries hung up over target.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
DV306 FTR Missing - no news after take-off.

[Ed: this was the first crew lost since the squadron moved to North Killingholme.]
F/O D W Cobbin (P)
Sgt F T Stiling (F/Eng)
F/O K L Agnew (Nav)
P/O J L McKeown (A/B)
Sgt R Laverick (W/Op)
Sgt L K Gilmar (MU/AG)
Sgt R Willis (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.19hrs. Bombed 1/2 miles to port of Sky Markers. Inter-communication momentarily unserviceable on run up. Bomb Aimer unable to direct Pilot.
ND403 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 19.45hrs
DV176 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.16hrs. Returned on 2 1/2 engines. Landed at WOODBRIDGE.
EE139 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 19.19hrs. All incendiaries brought back. Believed due to electric failure. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Inter-communication unserviceable. Returned early. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 19.18hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.31hrs W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (15 Jan 1944 - 15 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Jan 1944 15 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Last night's operation has given each of the many sections concerned its first test under working conditions. For the first time, newly assembled Station and Squadron personnel have coordinated their activities to ensure a successful operation.
Results have been satisfactory. Though there have inevitably been some improvisations to make up for the lask of certins facilities not yet obained, coordintation has been adequate and there have been no serious difficulties of organisation. "Make and mend" is the order of the day. The Station Commander held a conference to discuss questions of station personnel and establishment vacancies. F/Lt BEATTIE, Base Electrical Officer, gave a lecture tp aircrew on electrical and oxygen systems. And a second demonstration of bomb-handlinh was given by the party from 1 Group Headquarters to Station and Squadron Armament personnel.

Operation/Target: - (16 Jan 1944 - 16 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Jan 1944 16 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered, but were again "stood down", and air and ground training continued.
Station Summary
Squadron Officer HARDING (1 Group Headquarters) and F/O GUTHRIE (13 Base) inspected Station WAAF quarters.

Operation/Target: - (17 Jan 1944 - 17 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Jan 1944 17 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but another "stand down" enabled air and ground training to be continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.
Int/Ops Section endeavoured to arrange for supply of training films to be shown to aircrew, also security and general instructional films for general release in station cinemas.
3 films promised on loan by Group Headquarters, and other sources are being contacted with a view to presenting the security angle to all activities on an operational station.

Operation/Target: - (18 Jan 1944 - 18 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Jan 1944 18 Jan 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was continued.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.

Operation/Target: - (19 Jan 1944 - 19 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Jan 1944 19 Jan 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was carried out.
Station Summary
Command stand-down. RAF Officers' Ward and O.R's Ward opened in Station Sick Quarters, where 8 beds are equipped.

Operation/Target: Berlin (20 Jan 1944 - 21 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 20 Jan 1944 21 Jan 1944 N Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability and one aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Nine aircraft successfully bombed their targets and returned safely to BASE.
Station Summary
11 aircraft of 550 Squadron detailed for major attack on Berlin. 1 was cancelled because of u/s rear turret. Of the remaining ten sorties, 9 claim to have attacked Berlin, while 1 was abortive. In spite of even shorter notice of this operation than the last, preparations were adequate for the eary take-off called for, and bombing-up was completed.
The A.O.C. 1 Group, air Vice Marshal Rice, accompanied by the acting Base Commander, 13 Base Group Captain Dickens, arrived after briefing and remained to watch take-off. The S.I.O. of 1 Group, S/Ldr Foster, accompanied by the S.I.O 13 Base, S/Ldr Dale, also by F/Lt Gould (Intelligence 1 Group Headquarters) also visited us. F/Lt Gibson, S.I.O. ELSHAM WOLDS, paid a short visit to the Station during interrogation.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND396 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.35hrs

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.47hrs
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000 at 19.40hrs

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 19.37hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Returned early. Starboard outer engine unserviceable.
EE107 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.39hrs W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
ED408 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 19.37hrs
LM319 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 19.42hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 19.45hrs

[Ed. ORB says aircraft ED425, but ND425 is assumed as ED425 is not a recognised service number, and ND425 was the frequent aircraft for this crew.]
F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 19.49hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Magdeburg (21 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Magdeburg 21 Jan 1944 22 Jan 1944 N Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MADGEBURG. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability, two aircraft returned early. Six aircraft successfully attacked the targets and returned safely to BASE. One aircraft did not return to BASE - no news since take off.
Station Summary
Command "Bullseye" flown by new crews.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.01hrs
LL747 Returned Returned early. Gee unserviceable W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Returned early. Port outer engine unserviceable P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.15hrs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
EE107 FTR Missing. No news after take off. W/O G K Peasgood (P)
Sgt S Sykes (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W P Morris (Nav)
F/Sgt G Walker (A/B)
F/Sgt S J Richards (W/Op)
Sgt S J L Jones (MU/AG)
Sgt P P Clarkin (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.09hrs
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.24hrs
DV305 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 23.11hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.11hrs F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (22 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 22 Jan 1944 22 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but there was a "stand down".

Operation/Target: - (23 Jan 1944 - 23 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Jan 1944 23 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was continued.

Operation/Target: - (24 Jan 1944 - 24 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 24 Jan 1944 24 Jan 1944 Y Ten aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training was continued.

Operation/Target: - (25 Jan 1944 - 25 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Jan 1944 25 Jan 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered, but "stand down" came through after crews had been briefed.

Operation/Target: - (26 Jan 1944 - 26 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Jan 1944 26 Jan 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were "stood down". Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: Berlin (27 Jan 1944 - 28 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 27 Jan 1944 28 Jan 1944 N Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Four aircraft returned early, but the remaining ten successfully bombed the target and returned safely to BASE.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 20.34 1/2 hrs
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.39 hrs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 20.35 hrs
DV176 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.33 hrs
ND396 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 20.36 hrs

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.35hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Returned early. Navigational error S/L P A Nicholas (P)
Sgt J E Legg (F/Eng)
P/O W Dinney (Nav)
Sgt F C Wilkinson (A/B)
F/Sgt B G Todd (W/Op)
Sgt W H Ansell (MU/AG)
Sgt N S Smart (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Returned early. Unable to gain height. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
DV305 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 20.35 hrs F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 20.35 hrs
ME556 Returned Returned early. Lack of height. Behind time.
DV279 Returned Returned early. Gee and compass unserviceable. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.43 hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt T A (pos Thompson (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.38 hrs

Operation/Target: Berlin (28 Jan 1944 - 29 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 28 Jan 1944 29 Jan 1944 N Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft returned early, but the remaining eleven dropped their bombs on the target returned safely to BASE.
Station Summary
A Station Post Office was opened on a Class A basis.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND396 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.20hrs

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 03.19 1/2hrs. Unable to climb above 175000ft until through front on outward journey. Rime and icing.
ME556 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 03.24hrs
ED942 Returned Port inner engine caught fire. Feathered and fire went out.
ND463 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 03.24hrs. Bombed centre of three red/green RP flares. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.19hrs

[Ed: ORB says "ME381": must be an error as this service number is not recorded anywhere else in the ORB, so "ME581" is assumed.]
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
JA934 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.13hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.18hrs. Starboard outer engine unserviceable from 06.20hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.21hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 03.18hrs
DV305 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 03.38hrs F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 03.22hrs
ME582 Returned Returned early. No air pressure to operate Super Charger change gear. Difficult to maintain height.

Operation/Target: - (29 Jan 1944 - 29 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Jan 1944 29 Jan 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered but were stood down, most of the aircrews spending a well earned rest in bed.
Station Summary
Command stand-down.
At 2200hrs, Stirling EF246 from Swinderby crashed in 2 fathoms of water on the Humber foreshore about 4 miles from NK. At low tide 5 bodies were recovered and a 6th next day. 2 bodies presumed washed away.

Operation/Target: Berlin (30 Jan 1944 - 31 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 30 Jan 1944 31 Jan 1944 N Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. One aircraft did not take off due to unserviceability, one aircraft returned early, and one aircraft did not return - no news since take off. Ten aircraft successfully bombed the target. F/O G.A. Morrison in DV305 was attacked by enemy fighter over BERLIN and the two gunners killed instantaneously. The B/A (F/O Warren) through a misunderstood order, baled out. In spite of severe damage to the aircraft and with no navigational aids, apart from the Moon and Stars, returned safely, landed WOODBRIDGE.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL747 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.22hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt T A (pos Thompson (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.25hrs
ME556 Returned Cancelled. Hydraulic pipe unserviceable
ND463 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.23hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
ED942 Returned Returned port inner engine unserviceable. Load brought back. [Recorded in pencil on log entry: "? No navigator. No wonder."]
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000ft are 20.28.hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND396 FTR Missing. No news after take-off

[Ed: ORB says NB396, but this is possibly a typo and ND396 is meant.]
Sgt G Hunter (P)
Sgt J C Cartwright (F/Eng)
F/O G Pickavance (Nav)
Sgt L I Smith (A/B)
Sgt W C Frost (W/Op)
Sgt T W Vittle (MU/AG)
Sgt C V Gale (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 20.23hrs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 16,000ft are 20.28.hrs. Aircraft received late. Insufficient time to complete bombing up.
DV305 Returned Landed Woodbridge. F/O G A Morrison (P)
Sgt P W Wise (F/Eng)
F/O F W Bennett (Nav)
F/O R Warren (A/B)
Sgt H C Gilbert (W/Op)
Sgt J M Cantor (MU/AG)
Sgt J McKenzie (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000ft are 20.25.hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 21,500ft are 20.21.hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
DV476 Returned Primary 20,000ft are 20.25.hrs

Operation/Target: - (31 Jan 1944 - 31 Jan 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 Jan 1944 31 Jan 1944 Y Nine aircraft with crews were offered for operations but sere "stood down".

The month has been noticeable for the number of abortive sorties, mainly due to technical failures. January record is not so good as that for the month of December 1943. The weather was typical for the season of the year, althoufh so far no snow has fallen. Since the Squadron was formed in November 1943 ten aircraft with crews have been lost - missing or killed. The crews were mainly experienced on operations.
Station Summary
No. 1 Site partially ready for service personnel.
Nissen huts ready but Lang type huts still incomplete.
On WAAF site, some huts ready but no water supply or ablutions. Officers Mess not yet ready.
No. 2802 Light A.A. Squadron posted in.
January postings in include: F/L B DREMER (Int/Ops) replacing S/L Barker, F/L F L ROBERTS, Station Adjutant, F/L R CUNNINGHAM, Station Medical Officer, P/O R H NEWBY, Station M.T. Officer, F/L A W STRACHAN, P/O G K A HOLLETT and P/O G SYMTHE, Flying Control, Major WHIPP, Local Defence Advisor, F/O G T STEVENS, Daily Servicing Squadron, P/O K H BEESTON, Gas and Fire Officer, F/O T M HARRIS amd P/O E CAHILL to Meteorological Office.

Operation/Target: - (01 Feb 1944 - 01 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Feb 1944 01 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the Stand Down came through early. Air and ground training was carried out.

Operation/Target: - (02 Feb 1944 - 02 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 Feb 1944 02 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were offered but again another Stand Down. Air and ground training continued.

Operation/Target: - (03 Feb 1944 - 03 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Feb 1944 03 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were offered Operations but Stood Down. Air and ground training continued and five news crews carried out a "Bulls-eye" successfully.

Operation/Target: - (04 Feb 1944 - 04 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Feb 1944 04 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft and crews were again offered but Stood Down, presumably owing to weather conditions (Moon period). Night flying was laid on for two of the new crews but was cancelled owing to unsuitable weather, just prior to take-off. Training continued where possible.

Operation/Target: - (05 Feb 1944 - 05 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Feb 1944 05 Feb 1944 Y Information was received that the Squadron would stand down (except for manning fifty percent of all available aircraft) during the main period 5th to 10th February inclusive. This enabled a percentage of aircrew to proceed on 48 hour pass. There were no operations during this period. Training was continued.
Station Summary
Lancaster 550/R on circuits and landings collapsed undercarriage leg when landing with burst tyre. Crash tenders arrived within 3 minutes and prompt action with foam prevented fire from leaking petrol.

Operation/Target: - (06 Feb 1944 - 06 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Feb 1944 06 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period. Air and ground training continued, new crews carried out night circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: - (07 Feb 1944 - 07 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Feb 1944 07 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period, aircraft with crews were offered but stood down. New crews carried out night cross country flying and practice bombing.

Operation/Target: - (08 Feb 1944 - 08 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Feb 1944 08 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period, but new crews completed night cross country flying.

Operation/Target: - (09 Feb 1944 - 09 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Feb 1944 09 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period, but new crews completed night flying, circuits and landings and practice bombing. Other crews carried out Gunnery practice and Fighter Affiliation.

On the 9th February 1944 His Majesty the King was pleased to award the IMMEDIATE AWARD of the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER to 150107 Flying Officer Godfrey Arnold Morrison PILOT of this Squadron.

Operation/Target: - (10 Feb 1944 - 10 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Feb 1944 10 Feb 1944 Y There were no operations during this period. Air training was carried out including Gunnery practice and Fighter affiliation.

Operation/Target: - (11 Feb 1944 - 11 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Feb 1944 11 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Air and ground training was continued with Gunnery practice and Fighter affiliation receiving preference.

Operation/Target: - (12 Feb 1944 - 12 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Feb 1944 12 Feb 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but another stand down enabled training to continue. Six crews successfully completed "Bullseye" exercise.

Operation/Target: - (13 Feb 1944 - 13 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Feb 1944 13 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered and accepted for operations. Crews were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN, but the operation was cancelled during the late afternoon. Two new crews completed night cross country flying.
Station Summary
Oxygen supply to mid-upper and rear gunners increased to help combat severe cold.
"Gen" room for aircrew provided in Operations Room.
Gas masks to be worn from 0930 to 1000hrs each Tuesday.
Night photographs being processed at Elsham Wolds.
S/L BRECKELL takes up appointment as Station Navigation Officer.

Operation/Target: - (14 Feb 1944 - 14 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Feb 1944 14 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Owing to bad weather conditions, no flying was possible during this period. Local fog with poor visibility.

Operation/Target: Berlin (15 Feb 1944 - 16 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 15 Feb 1944 16 Feb 1944 N Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted. Crews were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Two aircraft did not take-off owing to technical trouble. One aircraft failed to return from the operations - no news since take-off. One aircraft successfully bombed the target and returned on three engines, landing at RAF Station LISSETT, YORKSHIRE. The remaining ten aircraft successfully attacked the targets and returned safely to BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME. Two of the new aircraft Pilots flew on the operations as second Pilot.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.29hrs. Bombed flares. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.31hrs. Bombed flares. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 21.24hrs. Bombed R/P flares.
DV309 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 21.33hrs. Bombed green TIs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Abandoned. Danish coast, starboard outer unserviceable. "George" u/s. Oil leak in front turret S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.23hrs. Bombed flares.
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.36hrs. Bombed R/P flares had been shot by flak. No trouble. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
Sgt R H Field (P)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.26hrs. Bombed green TIs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 21.36hrs. Bombed R/P flares. Rear gunner shot at enemy aircraft coming out of target area. No claim or return fire. F/L J S G Crawford (P)
Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng)
F/O P A Lockton (Nav)
Sgt J N Andrew (A/B)
Sgt W J Green (W/Op)
Sgt W V Moss (MU/AG)
Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 21.35hrs. Bombed fires
ND463 Returned Primary 18,500ft at 21.36hrs. Landed LISSET.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
P/O T N Large (A/G)
JA934 FTR MISSING. NO NEWS AFTER TAKE OFF F/Sgt R E Woodger (P)
Sgt D L Jones (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J D McIntosh (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Stockton (A/B)
Sgt R W J Wivell (W/Op)
Sgt V H Mate (MU/AG)
Sgt D Willsdon (R/AG)
LM392 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.45hrs. Bombed fires, quite trip except for shadowing by enemy aircraft in target area. Mid upper and rear gunner fired and claimed strikes. P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (16 Feb 1944 - 16 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Feb 1944 16 Feb 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted but cancellation came through during early afternoon.

Operation/Target: - (17 Feb 1944 - 17 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Feb 1944 17 Feb 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, accepted and stood by but again the operations can cancelled during the afternoon.

Operation/Target: - (18 Feb 1944 - 18 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Feb 1944 18 Feb 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted but for the third successive day cancellation came through in the late afternoon, presumably due to weather conditions.
Station Summary
Airfield lighting almost complete but no illuminated letters "NK" on outer circle are working - arrangements made for local searchlights to help identify airfield.
Station Medical Officer authorises issue of rum ration to ground staff working at dispersals in very of very cold weather.

Operation/Target: Leipzig (19 Feb 1944 - 20 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Leipzig 19 Feb 1944 20 Feb 1944 N Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in LEIPZIG. Two aircraft did not take-off due to technical failures, two aircraft returned early with engine trouble. One aircraft failed to return - no news since take-off. Eleven aircraft successfully bombed the target nine of whom returned safely and landed at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME. One aircraft landed at RAF Station MANSTON and the second at RAF Station COLTISHALL. One enemy fighter (ME109) was shot down by the gunners in LM392 F/L J. S. G. CRAWFORD, PILOT.
Station Summary
Decision made that Bomb Aimers should attend Main Aircrew Briefing for Operations rather than accompany Navigators to the specialist briefing given by the Station Navigation Officer - it would seem that, at that time, navigators did not attend the main briefing.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.08hrs, brought back 90 x 4lb incendiaries, due to release grear failing. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.03hrs. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.13hrs. Glow on cloud and red explosion at 04.14hrs.
ND463 Returned Returned early, super charger to port inner unserviceable.
LM392 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 0410 hrs and landed at MANSTON. F/L J S G Crawford (P)
Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng)
F/O P A Lockton (Nav)
Sgt J N Andrew (A/B)
Sgt W J Green (W/Op)
Sgt W V Moss (MU/AG)
Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG)
LM461 FTR MISSING, NO NEWS AFTER TAKE OFF F/Sgt J P Harrison (P)
W/O J I Miller (P)
Sgt R E White (F/Eng)
Sgt D V H Evans (Nav)
Sgt P H Hurst (A/B)
Sgt G E Brown (W/Op)
Sgt T K M Williams (MU/AG)
Sgt F C Thomas (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Returned early. Starboard outer cut. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 04.03hrs. Fire glow well concentrated, seen 100 miles on exit at 04.36hrs.
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.08hrs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 04.00hrs, orange explosion at 04.15hrs on southern edge of area marked by P.F.F lasted 3 seconds. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 04.17hrs. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ME556 Returned Primary 19,500ft at 04.09hrs, hit by believed H.W. at 5238/1010 0251 hrs. Hole in port tail plane.
LM460 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 04.16hrs, landed at COLTISHALL due to petrol shortage. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 04.04hrs. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Stuttgart (20 Feb 1944 - 21 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Stuttgart 20 Feb 1944 21 Feb 1944 N Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in STUTTGART. Two aircraft did not take-off owing to techincal troubles. Twelve aircraft successfully bombed the targets and returned safely, landing at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME.
Station Summary
Lancaster ME582 modified so that camera is operated by the opening and closing of the bomb doors.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 04.04hrs, bombed green TIs.
EE139 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 04.00hrs, bombed green TIs. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 04.03hrs, bombed green TIs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.03hrs. Port wing damaged in collision with Bomber (2 miles E Cranwell). Both aircraft continued journey. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.01hrs, bombed green TIs
DV279 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.05hrs, bombed green TIs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.12hrs, bombed green TIs. Starboard outer unserviceable at 0720hrs. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.09hrs, bombed Sky flares. Green Red.
ED942 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 04.08hrs, bombed G/R flares. Landed FORD, due to petrol shortage.
LM460 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.16hrs. Bombed green TIs W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 04.05hrs, bombed green TIs
LM455 Returned Bombed G/R Sky markers at 21,000ft at 0402hrs. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (21 Feb 1944 - 21 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Feb 1944 21 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood which came through early. No air training was carried out owing to poor weather conditions.

Operation/Target: - (22 Feb 1944 - 22 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 22 Feb 1944 22 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered and accepted for operations. Crews were standing by all day but the operations was finally cancelled in the late afternoon owing to bad weather conditions.
Station Summary
Even colder - S.M.O. authorises more rum.

Operation/Target: - (23 Feb 1944 - 23 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Feb 1944 23 Feb 1944 Y Fourteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down enabling air and ground training to be completed.

Operation/Target: Schweinfurt (24 Feb 1944 - 25 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Schweinfurt 24 Feb 1944 25 Feb 1944 N Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered and briefed to attack targets in SCHWEINFURT. One aircraft did not take-off owing to technical trouble and two aircraft returned early with engine failures. The remaining 12 aircraft successfully bombed the targets and returned safely, landing at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME. One new crew completed night cross country flying.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned - P/O W N H Brawn (P)
P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LM425 Returned - F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Returned early, generators overcharing
LL747 Returned -
DV309 Returned -
LM460 Returned -
LM455 Returned - S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned -
EE139 Returned - P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 0115hrs. Bombed Red T.Is F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
ME581 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 0110hrs. Bombed Red and Green T.Is F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME582 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 0115hrs. Bombed T.I Reds. Landed FORD S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ND463 Returned RETURNED EARLY. Port Outer unserviceable. Starboard Inner gave trouble.
LL826 Returned Primary 24,000ft at 0112hrs. Bombed Red T.Is

Operation/Target: Augsburg (25 Feb 1944 - 26 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Augsburg 25 Feb 1944 26 Feb 1944 N Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in AUGSBURG. One aircraft did not take-off owing to technical trouble. Two aircraft did not return from the operations, no news since take-off, but the remaining nine aircraft succcesfully bombed the targets and returned safely, landing at BASE - NORTH KILLINGHOLME.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.56hrs, bombed 2 red TIs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.07hrs, bombed centre of Fire area W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 22.52hrs, bombed red TIs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.52hrs, bombed 3 red TIs
ME582 FTR Missing, no news after take off

[Ed: ORB stated ME583-"E"]
Sgt C Tattersall (P)
Sgt W Johnstone (F/Eng)
Sgt P L Colman (Nav)
Sgt W R Williams (A/B)
Sgt H Stollar (W/Op)
Sgt A Hatfield (MU/AG)
Sgt J L Powell (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.45hrs, bombed 4 red TIs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
ED942 FTR Missing, no news after take off. F/O G B Hoddle (P)
Sgt D P Dingle (F/Eng)
F/O J W Bryan (Nav)
Sgt K M Fairbairn (A/B)
Sgt S G Hubbard (W/Op)
F/Sgt J K Boothroyd (MU/AG)
Sgt T F Quine (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.47hrs bombed 4 red TIs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.50hrs, bombed red TIs F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 22.48hrs, bombed green and red TIs F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.47hrs, bombed red TIs

Operation/Target: - (26 Feb 1944 - 26 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Feb 1944 26 Feb 1944 Y Twelve aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the stand down came through early. Air and ground training was completed by new crews.

Operation/Target: - (27 Feb 1944 - 27 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Feb 1944 27 Feb 1944 Y Eleven aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down owing to bad weather conditions. At this time a snow fall was experienced and personnel were kept busy in clearing the runways and perimeter track. No flying was possible.
Station Summary
Snow 4 1/2 inches deep. All station M.T. used to try to clear runways, taxitrack and disperals.

Operation/Target: - (28 Feb 1944 - 28 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Feb 1944 28 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH, but the operation was cancelled at 18.30hrs. The runways had been cleared of snow and the airfield serviceable.
Station Summary
Snow 7 inches deep - telephone lines to disperals brought down. Test rig for heated clothing installed in Squadron Crew Room. P/O HOLDEN appointed for full time work on Committess of Adjustment - responsible for clearing up the affairs of missing aircrew.

Operation/Target: - (29 Feb 1944 - 29 Feb 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Feb 1944 29 Feb 1944 Y Thirteen aircraft with crew were offered for operations but the stand down came through early. Local flying was completed but two night cross countrey flights for new aircraft had to be cancelled owning to poor weather conditions.

The Squadron took part in Five operational attacks against the enemy during the month and for the same period four crews were lost, all missing, with no news after take off. Several new crews have been posted in and complete preliminary training prior to going on to operational flying. The weather has been typical for this season of the year with the first fall of snow recorded in this period. The health of the personall of the Squadron remains good in spite of minor discomforts usually associated wit the opening of a new Station.

On the 9th February 1944 HIS MAJESTY THE KING was pleased to award the IMMEDIATE AWARD of the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER to 150107 FLYING OFFICER GODFREY ARNOLD MORRISON - PILOT of this Squadron.
Station Summary
WAAFs move to No. 6 site.
S/O M PEACOCK, WAAF G Admin posted in, S/O ESCOTT (posted out).
3 cinema shows per week arranged. Discussion Groups started on the Station - first subject is "The Future of Germany".

Operation/Target: Stuttgart (01 Mar 1944 - 02 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Stuttgart 01 Mar 1944 02 Mar 1944 N Thirteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in STUTTGART. One aircraft did not take off owing to insufficient brake pressures. Twelve aircraft successfully bombed their targets and returned safely to base. One aircraft landed at RAF Station, Manston and a second at RAF Station Grimsby. One aircraft and crew completed a night cross country.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.07hrs. Bombed green & red flares
JA712 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 03.12hrs. Bombed fire glow. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 03.12hrs. Bombed fires. Landed MANSTON.
LM460 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 03.02hrs. Bombed green & red flares
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.08hrs. Bombed fire glow. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 03.08hrs. Bombed green & red flares. Landed MANSTON. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 03.11hrs. Bombed sky markers. Landed GRIMSBY.
ND425 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 03.15hrs. Bombed green andred flares. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.13hrs. Bombed red TIs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ND463 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.14hrs. Bombed red TIs.
LL826 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 03.03hrs. Bombed green and red flares. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
LL882 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 03.07hrs. Bombed green and red R/P flares.

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]
W/Cdr J J Bennett (P)
P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (02 Mar 1944 - 02 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 Mar 1944 02 Mar 1944 Y Thirteen crews with aircraft were offered for operations but the stand-down came throught early. Air and ground training was completed including three night cross-country flights.

Operation/Target: - (03 Mar 1944 - 03 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Mar 1944 03 Mar 1944 Y Thirteen crews with aircraft were but stood-down. Local flying included fighter affilliation was carried out and three crews carried out "bullseye" exercises.

Operation/Target: - (04 Mar 1944 - 04 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Mar 1944 04 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack MUNICH. A snow warning was received shortly before briefing time and a light fall was experienced at 1.00 hrs. Aircrews proceeded out to their aircraft but the operation was cancelled at 19.00hrs, one hour before take-off.

Operation/Target: - (05 Mar 1944 - 05 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Mar 1944 05 Mar 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH. Weather conditions were not too good - poor visibility with the promise of mist or fog and the operation was finally cancelled just before 17.00hrs. Weather indications widespread fog over the whole country.

Operation/Target: - (06 Mar 1944 - 06 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Mar 1944 06 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations. Operational order received called for experienced crews to attack targets in KONIGSBERG and ten aircraft were briefed for this operation. Weather conditions were unfavourable and after the majority of crews had proceeded out to their airacft the operation was cancelled at approximately 17.00hrs. A night cross country flight by a new crew was also cancelled.

Operation/Target: - (07 Mar 1944 - 07 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Mar 1944 07 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down early. All officers attended a Defence Tactics Lecture in the morning lasting one hour, given by the LDA. A new aircrew completed a night cross country flight
Station Summary
Group Captain McIntyre attends investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.

Operation/Target: - (08 Mar 1944 - 08 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Mar 1944 08 Mar 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Cross country flying, fighter affiliations and practice bombing was carried out. Night cross country flying and a "bullseye" exercise was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Operation/Target: - (09 Mar 1944 - 09 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 09 Mar 1944 09 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stood down. Cross country flying, practice bombing, circuits and landings were carried out. Night cross country flying was cancelled owing to weather conditions

Operation/Target: - (10 Mar 1944 - 10 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 10 Mar 1944 10 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered and accepted for operations but operations were cancelled during the early afternoon. Six crews successfully completed a "bullseye" exercise.

Operation/Target: - (11 Mar 1944 - 11 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Mar 1944 11 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Air training was carried out, including air firing and bombing and formation flying. Whilst on exercise F/O Bowen-Bravery spotted a mine in the shipping lanes and immediately reported his discovery. This Officer was congratulated for the accuracy of his report by Base and No. 1 Group

Operation/Target: - (12 Mar 1944 - 12 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Mar 1944 12 Mar 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were stood down. Air training was carried out including figher affiliation, beam practice, air to air firing, bombing pratice, dingy search (anchored dingy) and formation flying, the formation flying being lead bby W/Cdr J.J. Bennett DFC & Bar. Night cross country flying was cancelled owing to bad weather.

Operation/Target: - (13 Mar 1944 - 13 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Mar 1944 13 Mar 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but were stood down. Air training was carried out including dingy search (anchored dingy).

Operation/Target: - (14 Mar 1944 - 14 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Mar 1944 14 Mar 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down early. Air training was carried out including air to sea firing, dingy search, practice bombing and formation flying.

Operation/Target: Stuttgart (15 Mar 1944 - 16 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Stuttgart 15 Mar 1944 16 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in STUTTGART. One aircraft did not take off owing to unserviceability. Two aircraft (Captains F/Lt S G Crawford LM392 "J" and F/Lt J F Craig LL852 "X") failed to return to base (no news since take off) and are with the crews posted as "missing". Fourteen aircraft successfully the target and returned safely to Base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL882 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 23.23hrs. Large dull red explosion seen at 23.32hrs lasting 4-5seconds. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.20hrs. Vivid red explosion seen at 1 1/2miles NW of A/P at 23.18hrs. Identified river and built-up area. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ND430 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.23hrs
LM392 FTR Missing. No news since take-off. F/L J S G Crawford (P)
Sgt J R Powell (F/Eng)
F/O P A Lockton (Nav)
Sgt J N Andrew (A/B)
Sgt W J Green (W/Op)
Sgt W V Moss (MU/AG)
Sgt W B Robertson (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,000ft ay 23.18hrs
LL836 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.30hrs
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.26hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LL460 Returned Primary 23,000ft ay 23.15hrs
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.21hrs. Large explosion seen at 23.28hrs, died out and exploded again lasting about 3 seconds F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 23.19hrs W/O T E Boyle (Nav)
F/L J O Richard (P)
F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt A G Day (F/Eng)
Sgt R W Scott (A/B)
F/Sgt W G Rate (W/Op)
Sgt W J Carthew (MU/AG)
Sgt T J Connaghan (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 23.59hrs. Explosion seen at 23.26hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.28hrs. Incendiaries from aircraft flying above fell between MU Gunner and door, damaging DR compass and ammunition tracks to starboard guns and rear turret. Incendiaries did not explode. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.26hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 23.23hrs
JA712 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 23.23hrs. Incendiaries from aircraft flying above fell through starboard wing. One incendiary lodged in wing ignited and burnt itself out. Slight damage to wing. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
LL852 FTR Missing. No news since take-off. [Ed. ORB stated on the date page LL825 "X". But on the monthly summary page it was stated LL852 "X"] F/L J F Craig (P)
Sgt K Thompson (F/Eng)
Sgt R D Samuels (Nav)
Sgt K R Sumner (A/B)
Sgt D E Nutter (W/Op)
Sgt H C Petty (MU/AG)
Sgt L W F Overend (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (16 Mar 1944 - 16 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Mar 1944 16 Mar 1944 6 Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH but the operation was cancelled at 18.44hrs owing to bad weather conditions at Base. Air training, including circuits and landings was carried out by two new crews. Night flying training was cancelled owing to the waether conditions.

Operation/Target: - (17 Mar 1944 - 17 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Mar 1944 17 Mar 1944 6 Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.40hrs. Air training was carried out, including formation flying, circuits and landings dingy search (anchoured dingy) and cross country.

Operation/Target: Frankfurt (18 Mar 1944 - 19 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Frankfurt 18 Mar 1944 19 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft with crew were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in FRANKFURT. All returning safely after a very successfuly attack. The speedy take-off was a very fine show indeed the seventeen aircraft all being airbourne in 16 mins. Three aircraft ("J" NB733, Captain Sgt Lloyd, "K" LL834 Captain P/O Bouchard and "X" ME687, W/O Romber) were subseuqently abortive, due to electrical failure, Gee u/a and rear and mid-upper turrets u/s respectively. Few fighters were seend and only the French coastal batteries gave any trouble. The only combat reported was a short burst from the mid-upper gunner of "F" ME556 (Captain W/O McCrae). No hits are claimed and the E/A did not return the fire.
A special message of congratulations to all concerned for aircrew and ground staff was received from the Base Commander. Good show 550!
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.03hrs. Large explosion seen at 22.02.hrs F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
LL836 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.12hrs. PFF late but markers concentrated. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ME556 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.01hrs. Explosion seen at 21.53hrs
ND463 Returned Primary 20500ft at 22.08hrs. No markers of sky flares seen.
LL862 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.01hrs
LM392 Returned Abandoned at 20.48hrs (21,000ft). Electrical failure affecting rear gunners clothing, MU turret and artifical horizon. Luminous paint u/s
LL882 Returned Abandoned at 20.0hrs (20,000ft) due to Gee being unserviceable. F/L P J Cornwall (F/Eng)
P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.05hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt W Essar (MU/AG)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.01hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.01hrs.
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.05hrs. Small explosion at 22.04hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.03hrs. Collision danger very apparant at turning points before and after target.
DV309 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.02hrs. Fires seen to be burning well.
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.08hrs. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.12hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Abandoned at 20.14hrs (17,000ft) due to rear and MU turrets being unhserviceable. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.07hrs. Heavy flak burst and suspected ???? shaking aircraft. Damage not assessed but not serious. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (19 Mar 1944 - 19 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Mar 1944 19 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BRUNSWICK, but operations were cancelled at 16.40hrs. Training proceed new crews doing circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: - (20 Mar 1944 - 20 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 20 Mar 1944 20 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in MUNICH, but operations were cancelled at 16.50hrs. New crews continued training with circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: - (21 Mar 1944 - 21 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Mar 1944 21 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in BERLIN, but operations were cancelled, this time at 18.15hrs. Training proceded, three new crews carrying out cross country flights.

Operation/Target: Frankfurt (22 Mar 1944 - 23 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Frankfurt 22 Mar 1944 23 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and briefed to attack targets in FRANKFURT. Another excellent take-off was achieved all seventeen aircraft being airbourne within 21 minutes. There was only one abortive sortie, "N" LM425 (Capt F/S Jefferies) having to return, after reaching the enemy coast, with an unserviceable starboard inner engine. All the rest of the aircraft successfully bombed target and returned safely to base, after one of the best attacks for some time. Enemy defences were moderate and night fighters not much in evidence.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.58hrs. Bombed red and green target indicators.
ME581 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.57hrs. Bombed red target indicators. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.58hrs. Bomber red TIs
LL826 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 21.59hrs. Bombed red and green TIs.
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.05hrs. Bombed red TIs.
LL834 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.52hrs. Bomber red TIs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
F/O P G Milburn (P)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
LL850 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.50hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LM425 Returned Abandoned. Starboard inner engine u/s. Starboard outer engine coolant leak and oil leak F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 21.54hrs. Bomber red and green TIs
LL837 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 21.50hrs. Bombed red TIs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 21.53hrs. Bombed red and green TIs.
DV309 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.01hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. P/O W N H Brawn (P)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.55hrs. Bombed red TIs. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.53hrs. Bombed red & green TIs.
LL851 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 21.56hrs. Bombed red TIs.
ME687 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 21.59hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 21.57hrs. Bombed red TIs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt D W Magan (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (23 Mar 1944 - 23 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Mar 1944 23 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down early. Five new crews were briefed for night cross country flights, but these had to be cancelled owing to bad weather.

Operation/Target: Berlin (24 Mar 1944 - 25 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Berlin 24 Mar 1944 25 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in BERLIN. Another snappy take-off was achieved, sixteen aircraft being airbourne within 17 minutes, the seventeenth aircraft being delayed for five minutes while a navigation aid indicator was changed. The route was "hot" but 15 aircraft bombed Berlin. The remaining two were forced to bomb last resort targets - "T" LM455 S/Ldr Graham Captain bombing an aerodrome 50 miles SW of Berlin after overshooting and "G" ND403, Captain P/O Bowen-Bravery who, after having his rear turret rendered u/s, bombed a flak emplacement on the West coast of Denmark. Soon afterwards "G" encountered a single engineed aircraft and the mid-upper gunnner gave it a short burst. A short while later a burning aircraft was seen by three members of the crew to be descending, and burning on the ground. It is claimed as destroyed. Defences over Berlin were moderate, but there were a large number of enemy night-fighters around Berlin. Soon after leaving Berlin "D" ME581 Captain F/L R. W. Picton had a combat with a FW. Condor and both the MU gunner (Can.R.110509 Sgt. Keen, W.M.), and rear gunner (Sgt. Porteous, J.W.) received serious injuries from cannon fire. Fortunately, however, both are recovering. The wireless operator (Sgt. Williams, K.T.C.) who was in the astrodome after warning the pilot continued to give advice and evasive instructions to the pilot. After the action Sgt Williams went to the rear gunner whose oxygen was severed, gave him his own mask and assisted him out of the turret. Subsequently Sgt. Williams sent a W/T message giving details of the casualty so that medical aid was waiting when the aircraft landed. Sgt. Williams prompt action combined with the pilots skilled handling of his aircraft undoubtedly prevented the E/A from making a more effective attack. All the aircraft landed safely at Base, except "F" LL747 (Captin F/O Richard, Can.J.23518) which without brake pressure landed safely at Woodbridge.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.38hrs. P/O W N H Brawn (P)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 22.23hrs. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt D W Magan (R/AG)
ME581 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 22.31hrs. Combat with F.W. Condor on leaving target area. Both gunners wounded. F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W M Keen (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Porteous (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 22.31hrs.
ND403 Returned Rear turret u/s. Bombed last resort target Aurum Island identified visually. Claimed single-engined fighter shot down.
LL826 Returned -
ND733 Returned -
LL834 Returned - P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned - F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned -
LL837 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 22.33 hours P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 22.28 hours
DV309 Returned Primary 18,500ft at 23.05 hours
LM455 Returned Bombed centre of AID 5218N / 1220E due to P.F.F. being late and overshooting target. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.42hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 22.53hrs
ME687 Returned Primary 23500ft at 22.40hrs Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (25 Mar 1944 - 25 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Mar 1944 25 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down. Four new crews were briefed for night cross country flights, but these had to be cancelled owing to unfavourable weather.

Operation/Target: Essen (26 Mar 1944 - 27 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Essen 26 Mar 1944 27 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in ESSEN. Sixteen aircraft took off in 25 minutes, the seventeenth "C" MD425 (Capt F/S Foster being cancelled due to the rear turret being u/s. Much layer cloud wasencounted at the enemy coast going out, over the target and to the enemy coast on return. Opposition from the ground was light in the early stages of the attack, with a tendency to increase as the attack developed, while fighter activity was on a somewhat reduced scale as compared with recent raids. LL831 "M" (Captin F/O E V Sage) and DV309 "S" (Cpatin F/S Hinde) both had inconclusive combats, in which no damage or casualities were sustained. All our aircraft returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 22.04hrs P/O W N H Brawn (P)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 22.08hrs
ND403 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 22.07hrs
LL826 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.01hrs
ND733 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 22.08hrs
LL834 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 22.05hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 23,500ft at 22.00hrs
LM425 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.05hrs F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
P/O E C W Bull (F/Eng)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 22.05hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 23,800ft at 22.10hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 22.00hrs
DV309 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.04hrs
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.04hrs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 22.11hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 22.09hrs
ME687 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 22.07hrs W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (27 Mar 1944 - 27 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 27 Mar 1944 27 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.40hrs. Night flying training was arranged but had to be cancelled owing to unfavourable weather.

Operation/Target: - (28 Mar 1944 - 28 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Mar 1944 28 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.45hrs. Bad weather again interfered with training and a night flying programme for new crews had to be cancelled.

Operation/Target: - (29 Mar 1944 - 29 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Mar 1944 29 Mar 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but operations were cancelled at 16.40hrs due to weather conditions over the target. Five news crews wound up their training when they completed successful "bulleyes".

Operation/Target: Nuremberg (30 Mar 1944 - 31 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Nuremberg 30 Mar 1944 31 Mar 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attack targets in NUREMBURG. Twelve successfully attacked the main target, three the last resort target and two (F/S Jefferies in LM425 "N" and F/S Foster in ND425 "C") failed to return. The remaining aircraft landed at base with the exception of F/O Sage in "U" who landed at Kelstern owing to fuel shortage. One new crew also carried out night circuits and landings. P/O McCrae in ME556 "F" received injuries to his left arm and the rear gunner Sgt Brown injuries to his left eye in combat with an enemy night fighter. The aircraft also suffered extensive damage.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 01.16hrs. Bombed R/Y sky markers. F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W Essar (MU/AG)
ND425 FTR Up 21.55. Missing - news not received after take-off. F/Sgt C G Foster (P)
Sgt J McGhie (F/Eng)
F/Sgt J C Garratt (Nav)
Sgt R Johnson (A/B)
Sgt E W Wash (W/Op)
Sgt W Barratt (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Johns (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Last resort target 18,000ft at 01.18hrs. Attacked by night fighter. Pilot slightly injured in left arm and rear gunner in left eye by broken perspex. Aircraft extensively damaged. Bombed searchlight and flak enplacement West Kapelle to lighten aircraft and evade second night fighter.
ND403 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.16hrs. Bombed MPI of 12 R/P flares R/Y.
LL826 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 01.21hrs. Bombed MPI of R/P flares R/Y.
ND733 Returned Primary 19,500ft at 01.24hrs. Bombed estimated position of R/Y flares.
LL834 Returned Primary ... P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary ... F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LM425 FTR Missing - no news since take-off. F/Sgt A H Jefferies (P)
Sgt H Simpson (Nav)
F/Sgt D S Jeffrey (A/B)
Sgt S A Keirle (W/Op)
Sgt W G Upton (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Whitley (R/AG)
Sgt R H Paxton (F/Eng)
LL747 Returned Primary ...
LL837 Returned Primary ... P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Last resort target bombed 21,000ft at 01.18 hours. Bombed centre of incendiary fires approx. 30-40 miles east of primary target.
DV309 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 01.26 hours. Bombed red T.Is
LM455 Returned Primary last resort target estimated position of "cookie" explosion approx. 30 miles NW of target. 20,000ft ay 01.07 hours. S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 01.24 hours. Landed at Kelston on return owning to shortage of petrol. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 01.25 hours. Bombed M.P.I. of red T.Is
ME687 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.24. Bombed R/Y flares. W/O R A Rember (P)
Sgt L Whybrow (F/Eng)
F/O E E Radcliffe (Nav)
Sgt R W Smalley (A/B)
Sgt K Hibbert (W/Op)
Sgt J Tweedie (MU/AG)
Sgt D H Phillips (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (31 Mar 1944 - 31 Mar 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 Mar 1944 31 Mar 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but operations but were stood down early. Air and ground training was carried out, two crews doing local flying training and one new crew completing night cross country exercises. Unfavourable weather prevented further flying.

Operation/Target: - (01 Apr 1944 - 01 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Apr 1944 01 Apr 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.05hrs. Air training was carried out, including fighter affiliation, special beam approach, air firing and practice bombing.

Operation/Target: - (02 Apr 1944 - 02 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 Apr 1944 02 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.35hrs

Operation/Target: - (03 Apr 1944 - 03 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 03 Apr 1944 03 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.45hrs

Operation/Target: - (04 Apr 1944 - 04 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Apr 1944 04 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but the Squadron was again stood down at 10.27hrs

Operation/Target: - (05 Apr 1944 - 05 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 Apr 1944 05 Apr 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.50hrs

Operation/Target: - (06 Apr 1944 - 06 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 06 Apr 1944 06 Apr 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.45hrs. Air training was resumed after a period of bad weather, the training including fighter affiliation and special beam approach.

Operation/Target: - (07 Apr 1944 - 07 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Apr 1944 07 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 11.20hrs. Air training proceeded with air to sea firing and formation flying.

Operation/Target: - (08 Apr 1944 - 08 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Apr 1944 08 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were again stood down at 09.45hrs. Training continued with formation flying,air to sea firing, special beam approach, practice bombing and dinghy search (anchoured dinghy).

Operation/Target: Villeneuve (09 Apr 1944 - 10 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Villeneuve 09 Apr 1944 10 Apr 1944 N Sixteen aircraft with crew were offered for operations, five of these being accepted with number later reduced to three. The crew were briefed to attack the marshalling yards at VILLENEUVE. The three aircraft were airbourne in two minutes, but unfortunately JA712 ("Q") (Captain P/O J S Bibby [Ed: LL837??]) was forced to abandon the sortie on reaching SELSBY BILL owing to the pilot head cover have been left on thus rendering the air speed indicator u/s. The F/Eng (Sgt McLauchlin [Ed: McLoughlin]) and Air Bomber (F/O Susdeck [Ed: Shedock]) made valiant efforts with a stick to remove the cover but to no avail. The other two aircraft found weather conditions excellent over the target area, and many bomb explosions were seen bursting on the yards, followed by large clouds of block smoke. Fifteen minutes after leaving the target a member of F/O Milburn's crew saw a line of what looked like a train, followed buy a satisfactory explosion. Defences throughout were conspicious by their absence, whilst over the target only light flak was encountered. Both sorties obtained good photographs of ground detail and landed safely at base
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
ND773 Returned Primary 13,500ft at 23.55 1/2hrs. Bombed red TI.
LL837 Returned Target not attacked - returned early owing to ASI being u/s. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 13,500ft at 23.5hrs. Bombed red TI. Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Aulnoye (10 Apr 1944 - 11 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aulnoye 10 Apr 1944 11 Apr 1944 N Fifteen aircraft and crew were offered for operations and were briefed to attack the marshalling yards at AULNOYE. The weather was clear over the channel and France, and at the target some thin cloud or ground haze did not prevent the PFF markers being clearly seen. The attack was well concentrated and many HE explosions were seen., Retuning to the French coast active searchlights and flak were encountered, while night fighter were also active in the area. LL747 "P" (Captain F/O J.O. Richard) had an inconclusive combat with an ME109, and strikes were seen, although no claim was made. No damage ot casualties were received by aircraft "P". All our aircraft returned safely to Base, except LL836 "E" (Captain F/Lt R.W. Picton) about which no news has been received since take off.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL836 FTR Missing

[Ed: The ORB lists only six crew flying (the W/Op Sgt K P C Williams DFM not being listed. However this is an error/omission in the ORB, as the crew were lost on this op and all seven are buried in Achiet-Le-Petit Communal Cemetery (France).]
F/L W H Waycott (A/G)
F/O J J Logan (Nav)
F/L R W Picton (P)
Sgt K P C Williams (W/Op)
Sgt T H Guest (F/Eng)
F/O J F Potter (A/B)
Sgt W Essar (MU/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 02.23hrs F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
Sgt K R Dye (MU/AG)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
F/L E D McConnell (A/B)
LL834 Returned - P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned - F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LL747 Returned -
DV279 Returned - P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LM455 Returned - S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM319 Returned Primary 9,500ft at 02.33hrs Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.33hrs F/O P G Milburn (P)
F/O J Palfrey (F/Eng)
P/O N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
Sgt S M Clarke (MU/AG)
Sgt D W Magan (R/AG)
ND733 Returned Primary 9,500ft at 02.34hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.35hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.38hrs P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LL831 Returned - F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned -
JA918 Returned -

Operation/Target: Aachen (11 Apr 1944 - 12 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aachen 11 Apr 1944 12 Apr 1944 N Fifteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, eleven being accepted and were briefed to attack targets in AACHEN. Another smart takoff resulted in all eleven aircraft being airborne in 10 3/4 mins. The weather en route was fair and on arrival at the target some patchy thin cloud and haze was apparant. All our aircraft bombed within the space of five minutes and although the haze prevented detailed observation most crews considered that the attack had been successful. Defences throughout were seen and they were not aggressive. All our aircraft returned safely to base.
Station Summary
Station conducts its first District Court Martial. An airman was tried on various counts of thefts from the Officers Mess and found guilty on all charges.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.43hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.42hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 22.43hrs
DV309 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.44hrs P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.47hrs
JA918 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.42hrs
LM392 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.43hrs
LL850 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 22.45hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 22.44hrs
LL834 Returned Primary 18,500ft at 22.43hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 18,500ft at 22.45hrs

Operation/Target: - (12 Apr 1944 - 12 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 Apr 1944 12 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.00hrs
Station Summary
Air Raid Warning red at 0120. 12 German aircraft reported over Lincolnshire and East Anglia. Nothing seen from NK.

Operation/Target: - (13 Apr 1944 - 13 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Apr 1944 13 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were again stood down at 09.55hrs. Air training proceed with formation flying, figher affiliations and special beam approach and bombing practice.

Operation/Target: - (14 Apr 1944 - 14 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 Apr 1944 14 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and were briefed to attach targets in OSNABRUCK. Operations were cancelled however owing to unfavourable weather conditions (at 20.30hrs).

Operation/Target: - (15 Apr 1944 - 15 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Apr 1944 15 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.15hrs. Air training continued with fighter affiliations, special beam approach and air firing.

Operation/Target: - (16 Apr 1944 - 16 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 Apr 1944 16 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09.50hrs. Training proceeded with special beam approach and formation flying.

Operation/Target: - (17 Apr 1944 - 17 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Apr 1944 17 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and nine were accepted, but operations were cancelled at 17.50hrs before the crews had been briefed.

Operation/Target: Rouen (18 Apr 1944 - 19 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Rouen 18 Apr 1944 19 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and sixteen accepted, the crews being briefed to attack the marshalling yards at ROUEN. Another splendid take-off was achievced, all sizxteen aircraft being airbourne within 15 minutes. Excellent weather prevailed over France and the PFF delivered their markers with punctuality and clarity. The attack was both accurate and concentrated and many HEs were seen exploding on the marshalling yards. Night photographs of ground details were obtained by practically all the crews. Defences over the target were slight to moderate, mainly projected at the higher flying aircraft, and search lights were conspicuous by their absence. All out crews returned safely to Base. Training was continued, two new crews taking part in a night cross-cournty and night circuits and landings.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.21hrs. Bombed Green TIs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.20hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
ND425C Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.26hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. [Ed: The ORB lists ND425 "C", but must be an error - ND425 lost on Nuremberg raid 30 Mar 44.] F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.26hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. F/O P G Milburn (P)
F/O J Palfrey (F/Eng)
P/O N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
Sgt S M Clarke (MU/AG)
Sgt D W Magan (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.24hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
ND733 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 00.21hrs. Bombed visually.
LL834 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.20hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
LL850 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 00.20hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.21hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.20hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
LL837 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.31hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 6,500ft at 00.28hrs. Bombed Green TIs. Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.22hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 10,500ft at 00.23hrs. Bombed Red TIs. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.22hrs. Bombed R/G TIs.
JA918 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.23hrs. Bombed R/G TIs. P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (19 Apr 1944 - 19 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Apr 1944 19 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 09:50hrs. A training programme was laid on, including cross country flying, practice bombing and circuits and landings, but the programme had to be cancelled owning to bad weather conditions.

Operation/Target: Cologne (20 Apr 1944 - 21 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Cologne 20 Apr 1944 21 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in COLOGNE. All our aircraft were airbourne within 24 minutes despite the fact that enemy intruders were in the neighbourhood. The route was quiet and on arrival at Cologne 10/10ths cloud with tops approximately 1-50000ft were encountered. PFF were late and when they arrived were somewhat scattered. Although the could mitigated against observation, two explosions penetrated through, and the glow reflected in the sky was visible until our aircrafrt were past the Dutch Coast on return. Defences over Cologne were reported as a moderate flak barrage with search lights ineffective due to the cloud blanket. LL 747 "P" (Captain F/Lt J.O Richard) was shadowed by an unidentifed twin engined aircraft over the North Sea on the outward journey which made three approaches, but a short burst from the rear gunner (Sgt. Conaghan) discouraged any further attentions. The homeward route was quiet and all our aircraft returned safely to base. Only four sightings of enemy aircraft were reported throughout the trip. Train continued, one new crew successfully completing a night cross country flight, bombing and circuits and landings and another crew day circuits and landings.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned - P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
EE139 Returned -
ND425C Returned [Ed: The ORB lists ND425 "C", but must be an error - ND425 lost on Nuremberg raid 30 Mar 44. F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
ME581 Returned - F/O P G Milburn (P)
F/O J Palfrey (F/Eng)
P/O N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
Sgt S M Clarke (MU/AG)
Sgt D W Magan (R/AG)
ND403 Returned - F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
LL826 Returned -
ND733 Returned -
LL834 Returned - P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned - F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned - P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned -
LL837 Returned - P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned -
DV309 Returned Primary 19,500ft at 02.15hrs. Rear turret u/s, iced up from English Coast to Enemy Coast and return.
LM455 Returned - Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 02.09hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.10hrs
ME687 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 02.12hrs

Operation/Target: - (21 Apr 1944 - 21 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Apr 1944 21 Apr 1944 Y Nothing listed in ORB.

Operation/Target: Dusseldorf (22 Apr 1944 - 23 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dusseldorf 22 Apr 1944 23 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in DUSSELDORF. The route to the target was quiet. Over the target area high cirrus cloud and many condensation trails hampered the view of some of the higher flying aircraft, but it was clear below. The defences were very active, flak being described as slight at the beginning of the attack but increasing to a moderate to intense loose barrage, with a great deal of searchlight activity. Night fighter activity was moderate, only three sightings being reported. Just after bombimg the target LM460 "R" (Captain F/Lt A B Craig) was coned and some flak damage to the R/T aerial and the M/U turrets was received. This was quickly followed by an attack by a ME 109 which was beaten off after a short exchange fo fire. No further damage was received and there were no casualties. All crews were enthusiastic over the result of the attack. All our aircraft returned safely to base except ME581 "D" (Captain F/O Milburn), no news of which has been received since take-off. In the last four attacks the Squadron has sent 60 aircraft without any early returns - a jolly good show by all the personnel concerned. Training continued with a new crew succeessfully completing a cross country flight, practice bombing and circuits and landings. When taking part in air to air firing LL834 "K" (Captain F/O D F Neilson) was forced to land on the sea near Grimsby owning to engine failure. All the crew were rescued by the A.S.R.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.22hrs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 17,500ft at 01.27 1/2hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.15hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.20hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
ND425 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.21hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.20hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.23 1/2hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LL826 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.18hrs
ND403 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.18 1/2hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
ME581 FTR Missing. F/O P G Milburn (P)
F/O J Palfrey (F/Eng)
P/O N W E Burdett (Nav)
F/O B B Ashley (A/B)
Sgt S W Courtenay (W/Op)
Sgt S M Clarke (MU/AG)
Sgt D W Magan (R/AG)
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.23hrs
JA712 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 01.24hrs Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL831 Returned - S/L K MacAleavey (Nav)
F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
DV309 Returned -
LM319 Returned - P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
EE139 Returned -
LL851 Returned - P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 21,000ft ay 01.25hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (23 Apr 1944 - 23 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 Apr 1944 23 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.35hrs. Air training proceeded with two crews participating in cross country flights, practice bombing and circuits and landings.

Operation/Target: Karlsruhe (24 Apr 1944 - 25 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Karlsruhe 24 Apr 1944 25 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and briefed to attach targets in KARLSRUHE. The weather was more difficult than usual; thick cloud was encountered soon after the enemy coast was reached and this remained until near the target area with a great deal of static disturbance and icing. The cloud broke suddenly just short of the target, and most crews were able to see quite clearly the PFF markers, which although a few minutes late, were well concentrated. Defences en route did not affect most of our aircraft, although the MANNHEIM area was active. At KARLSRUHE defences were reported as slight to moderate with flak with no searchlight, while the homeward route was uneventable. Night fighter activity was not very apparent, only four sightings and no comabts being reported. All our crews retuned safely to base. Training proceeded, a new crew carrying out air to air firing.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned -
EE139 Returned -
EE193 Returned - F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
Sgt P L McIver (MU/AG)
LL748 Returned - P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 00.42hrs. Bombed green T.I.s. Bombing appeared scattered. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
LL826 Returned Primary 22,500ft at 00.47hrs. Bombed red T.I.s on ground. No P.F.F seen until 00.42hrs.
ND733 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 00.44hrs. Bombed on ETA.
LL850 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 00.46hrs. Bombed red and gree T.Is. Considered good attack. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 0043.hrs. Bombed green and red T.I.s on ground. Fire seen on leg home. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned -
LL837 Returned - P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned -
DV309 Returned -
LM455 Returned Primary 15,000ft at 00.47 1/2hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. Some bombing seen before TIs went down. Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 17,000ft at 00.44hrs. Bombed red and green TIs. F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 01.05hrs. Bombed fires and incendiaries. Only one TI 10 miles ahead seen. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Bombed MANNHEIM 21,000ft ay 04.44hrs. Concentrated PFF.

[Ed. the record has errors because it records the flight as return landing at home base at 04.40. So assume target probably hit at 01.44.]
P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 00.46hrs. Bombed red TIs on ground. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: - (25 Apr 1944 - 25 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Apr 1944 25 Apr 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft with crews were offered for operations and accepted, but operations were cancelled at 17.50hrs. A new crew successfully completed a cross country flight.

Operation/Target: Essen (26 Apr 1944 - 27 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Essen 26 Apr 1944 27 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft were offered and accepted for operations. The crews were briefed to attach ESSEN and after the usual excellent Squadron take-off all attacked the target area and returned safely to Base. The general impression was that the ESSEN defences has lost much of their sting, but as for the searchlight belt, F/O Sage "U" said "I have never seen so many searchlights, but they did not worry us and we went straight through them without any trouble." P/O Kenyon in "M" however, had a less pleasant experience, watching a cone building up on his aircraft during his bombing run, he was forced to drop his load short in order to escape from it. As his photos show, he was only 4 miles north of the aiming point when this happened. One "cookie" made the round trip on "S" (P/O Jones) whose Bomber AImer found it had "hung up" over the target and brought it home. Only slight flak damage was reported by two aircraft "H" W/Cdr Bennett DFC and "O" P/O Marles. Weather en-route caused no trouble and although industrial haze over the target was reported by most crews conditions were good for ground marking. The Target Indicators were all "pranged". F/Lt A B Craig and his crew were first home by a short spinner to finish their first tour. In addition to the Squadron Operational effort three new crews carried out night circuits and landings.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned - Sgt R H Field (P)
Sgt F N Ashton (F/Eng)
Sgt W E Sellis (Nav)
Sgt S J Strand (A/B)
Sgt B G Holmes (W/Op)
Sgt J Boyd (MU/AG)
Sgt F A West (R/AG)
EE139 Returned -
EE913 Returned -
JA712 Returned - Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
ND403 Returned - F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
LL826 Returned -
ND733 Returned -
LL850 Returned -
DV279 Returned Last resort target 20,000ft at 01.30hrs. Coned by searchlight on bombing run and as cone was building up and we could not evade dropped bombs 10 miles N of target area. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL747 Returned -
LL837 Returned - P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000 at 01.30hrs
DV309 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.30hrs. 1 x 4000 HC brought back to base as no lights showing "on" after bombing check and not discovered till doubtful as to locality of occupied territory. P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000ft ay 01.37hrs S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 21,5000ft at 01.32 3/4hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.33 1/2hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.33hrs. Coned on run up to Markers, took evasive action and bombed fires.
ME687 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.36 1/2hrs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: Friederichshafen (27 Apr 1944 - 28 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Friederichshafen 27 Apr 1944 28 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft were offered and accepted for operations. The crews were briefed to attack targets in FRIEDERICHSHAFEN, Seventeen aircraft became airbourne in seventeen minutes, maintaining the high standard of take off met by the Squadron. One aircraft had to be cancelled owing to engine trouble at the last moment much to the disappointment of F/O Sage in "U" and his crew. Two more aircraft developed engine trouble soon after take-off, P/O Jones "S" had trouble with the inner starboard motor, and F/S Shervington "B" experienced trouble with port outer motor, both aircraft jettisoned their bombs into the sea. P/O Jones "S" landing at Kirmington, F/S Shervington returing to base. W/Cdr JJ Bennett DFC "O" bombed the last resort target owing to engine trouble. The remainder successfully bombed primary target. The weather was good and good concentration on target was reported, smoke from fires rising to 6000ft....
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Returned early, port outer engine unserviceable.
EE913 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 02.11hrs. Bombed read and green TIs.
LL748 Returned -
ND403 Returned -
LL826 Returned -
ND733 Returned -
LL850 Returned - F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned - Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
JA712 Returned Target attacked FREIBURG 13,000ft at 01.32hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.11hrs. Bombed green TIs.
LL837 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 02.09hrs. Bombed red&green TIs. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.06hrs. Bombed green TIs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
DV309 Returned Returned early, starboard inner engine unserviceable. Landed at Kirmington. P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 02.14hrs. Bombed fires.
LL851 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 02.09hrs. Bombed red & green TIs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 02.07hrs. Bombed red & green TIs.
ME687 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.12hrs. Bombed red & green TIs. P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (28 Apr 1944 - 28 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 Apr 1944 28 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but were stood down at 10.25hrs. One bulls eye exercise was carried out by a semi-experienced crew.

Operation/Target: - (29 Apr 1944 - 29 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 Apr 1944 29 Apr 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but stand down came through at 10.35hrs. Training of inexperienced crews was continued.

Operation/Target: Maintenon (30 Apr 1944 - 01 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Maintenon 30 Apr 1944 01 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but only twelve were required. The crews were briefed to attack MAINTENON. The twelve aircraft were again airbourne in the short space of fourteen minutes. All the aircraft bombed the primary target successfully, ten photographs being plotted, two of which were on the aiming point. The weather was good and the target was clearly identified , Terrific explosions were seen by the crew when nearing the target and further explosions seen on on the return journey and whilst over the English coast. All the aircraft returned safely to Base without damage or incident. Ground and air crew alike were very enthusiastic to think that the Squadron may be top of the Group "League" for these successful results.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned -
EE139 Returned -
LL748 Returned -
ND403 Returned - F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
LL826 Returned

[Station CO McIntyre co-pilot]
G/C R V McIntyre (P)
F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned - P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
LL747 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 00.13hrs Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 00.04hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 23.55hrs

[Ed. With S/Ldr J A Breckell (Station Navigation Officer) flying as 2nd Nav]
S/L G D Graham (P)
F/O J R Harding (Nav)
F/Sgt H Jennings (A/B)
F/Sgt A B Frost (F/Eng)
Sgt B G Winzar (W/Op)
Sgt E J Brennan (MU/AG)
Sgt J W Nash (R/AG)
S/L J A Breckell (-)
LL831 Returned Primary 6,500ft at 23.53hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 23.59hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
Sgt A R Blackburn (MU/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.02hrs

Operation/Target: Lyons (01 May 1944 - 02 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Lyons 01 May 1944 02 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but only seven were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack the SOCIETE BERLIET MOTOR VEHICLE WORKS at LYONS. Weather conditions were good, bright moonlight, cloudless sky with good visibility marred only by slight ground haze over the target. Bombs were seen to burst on buildings and large clouds of black smoke soon began o obscure the target. Excellent photographs secured by six of the seven Squadron aircraft indicate that the attack was successful. The journey to and from the target was entirely uneventful. Several crews reported having seen fires still burning in the distance from last nights attach on Ammunition Dump at MAINTENON. All our aircraft returned safely to Base, the 550 Squadron representatives were lead by W/Cdr J.J. Bennett DFC the Squadron Commander who had taken with him a "sprog" crew to give them condfidence.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL850 Returned Primary 7,300 ft at 01.06hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL826 Returned Primary 8,300 ft at 01.05hrs
ND733 Returned Primary 10,000 ft at 01.16hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 11,000 ft at 01.14hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 9,800 ft at 01.12 1/2hrs
LL455 Returned Primary 8,500 ft at 01.07hrs

[Squadron CO W/Cdr Bennett pilot]

[Senior Navigation Officer McAleavey navigator]
ME687 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 01.06hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (02 May 1944 - 02 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 02 May 1944 02 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but were not accepted, the Squadron being "stood down" at 10.00hrs. The day was devoted to training, formation flying, air to air firing, standard beam approach and dingy search being carried out.

Operation/Target: Mailly (03 May 1944 - 04 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Mailly 03 May 1944 04 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations and were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack the Military Barracks at MAILLY. The accepted number of aircraft and crews took off without incident in the usual Squadron style. The weather was clear throughout the journey to and over the target, good visibility and bright moonlight assisted in locating the target, resulting in the target being effectively dealt with. Fires caused by earlier attacks int he MAILLY area were still burning but the Master of Ceremonies had some difficulties in assessing the markers accuracy, with the result that the main force was held up for some minutes. When the order to bomb was finally given, the rush, to quote W/O Knox "D", was like the starting gate at the Derby! Markers appeared to be accurate and a very good concentration of bombing at once became apparent with one or two healthy fires and smoke clouds rising to a height of 8,000ft. The flak defences in the MAILLY area were only moderate, although the light flak was more intense than had been seen for some time. Numerous enemy night fighters were present and many combats were seen taking place in the bright moonlight - these combats continued until well on the way homewards. "J" F/Sgt Lloyd had a somewhat "dicey" return journey, about half an hour after having bombed the objective he was attacked by an unidentified aircraft and with the trimming tabs shot away his aircraft became temporarily out of control but managed to shake off the enemy fighter. Five minutes later a second attack set fire to the aircraft bomb bay and fuselage. The order to bale out was given and obeyed by the Mid Upper Gunner Sgt Pearce, Read Gunner Sgt Crilley and the Air Bomber F/O Yaternick. The aircraft went into a dive which help to extinguish the flame. Sgt Moore the wireless operator, used all the extinguishers to put out the remaining fire, and when these were exhausted, beat out the flames with his feet and hands. Finding the navigator suffering from severe burns, he rendered first aid and took over the navigational duties, obtained accurate fixes which enabled the pilot to bring back his aircraft safely to England, landing at R.A.F. Station FORD. A very good show put up by the worthy members of 550 Squadron. Many crews found that interference from a broadcasting station made listening to the Master of Ceremonies possessive wireless instructions difficult - as F/Sgt Salmon of "Q" said "One didn't know whether to go in and bomb or stay 'Deep in the Heart of Texas'!" Fourteen good night photographs taken by the Squadron aircraft show that this small precision target received a good "Strafing".
One aircraft "H" (F/L Grain and crew) failed to return. In addition to a very fine crew the aircraft contained the Army Local Defence Adviser, who had gone to see what real modern bombing attacks were like.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 00.29hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.30hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.29hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.30hrs P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
Sgt W H Ansell (MU/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.28hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
ND403 Returned Primary 7,500ft at 00.29hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
LL826 FTR Missing - no news since take-off F/L A J Grain (P)
Sgt J Stanley (F/Eng)
F/O M R Oliver (Nav)
F/O E C Jones (A/B)
F/O H W Batt (W/Op)
Sgt K R Dye (MU/AG)
Sgt J Ellis (R/AG)
Maj S Whipp (-)
ND733 Returned Primary target attacked prior to being severely damaged by enemy night fighter. Aircraft abandoned by A/B, MU/AG and R/AG. Crashed landed at Ford. Remainder of crew admitted to hospital Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
W/O T A Lloyd (P)
Sgt R L G Moore (W/Op)
F/Sgt D M Stephen (Nav)
F/O E Yaternick (A/B)
Sgt J G Pearce (MU/AG)
Sgt A C Crilley (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.32hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.32hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 00.29hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 00.25hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 7,500ft at 00.29 1/2hrs
LM455 Returned Primary 4,000ft at 00.27hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 00.31hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
JA918 Returned Primary 9,500ft at 00.29hrs
LL851 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.30hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt A H Bowers (MU/AG)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
ME687 Returned Primary 9000ft at 00.30hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (04 May 1944 - 04 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 May 1944 04 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operationsi, none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down at 10.10hrs, and the day devoted to training, standard beam approach, dingy search and air to sea firing.

Operation/Target: - (05 May 1944 - 05 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 05 May 1944 05 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but none were accepted, and the Squadron was stood down at 10.05hrs, and the time devoted to air to sea firing. New crews doing circuits and landings and cross country flying.

Operation/Target: Aubigne (06 May 1944 - 07 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aubigne 06 May 1944 07 May 1944 N Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations but only five were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack AUBIGNE-RACON AMMUNITION DUMP. The trip to and from the target was a very quiet and uneventful one, except over the target, where due to accurate bombing, terrific explosions shook the crews almost silly. One member described the ordeal as being similar to riding a cycle over a cobbled stone road. The target was reported by all as having been thoroughly "pranged", in other words, a complete write-off. Huge columns of black smoke rising to a height of between 9 to 10,000 feet, together with huge flames and yellow flashes were seen. All the Squadron participants were able to identify the target visually, good photographs were again obtained. All aircraft returned safely to base. This also applied to other Squadrons in No. 1 Group with one regrettable exception that of A/Cdr Ivelaw-Chapman (13 Base Commander) with F/Lt Shearer and crew of No. 576 Squadron.
F/Sgt Lloyd with Sgt Burke (F/Wng) had Sgt Moore (Wop) who had an eventful trip on the MAILLY BARRACKS raid returned to this Station after having enjoyed great hospitality extended to them by R.A.F. Station FORD.
W/O Stephen (Nav) suffering from burns has been admitted to the Chichester Hospital and is likely to be off for a few weeks.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.43hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.42hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.46hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 7,500ft at 02.43hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 7,500ft at 02.45hrs F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Rennes (07 May 1944 - 08 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Rennes 07 May 1944 08 May 1944 N Seventeen and crews were offered for operations but only eleven were accepted. The crews were briefed to attack RENNES AIRFIELD, and an AMMUNITION DUMP situated some three miles south of the airfield. The eleven aircraft took off in the Squadron style, ten having been detailed to attack the hangers, flying control and oil fuel stores between the runways and "K" P/O Bouchard with fourteen aircraft of other Squadrons, to attack the Station Headquarters buildings and barracks and also the main runway. All seems to have gone according to plan and to quote "D" (F/O Bowen-Bravery) "a cookie dropped between hanger and runway and I saw part of the hanger blow up". Several members of aircrews reports having see thick black smoke clouds from oil fires up to 10,000ft. The weather was clear and the airfield clearly seen. The defences were not at all pronounced and the searchlights were immediately doused after the first bomb went down, another case of "discretion being the better part of valour". Ten good night photographs were taken. All our aircraft returned to Base. Two new crews (P/O Purney and Sgt White) completed night cross country training flights.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 Returned -
EE139 Returned - F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
EE913 Returned -
LL738 Returned -
LL834 Returned - P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
LM460 Returned -
LL747 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 00.18hrs P/O R A Jones (P)
Sgt S G Conrath (F/Eng)
F/O A H Crich (Nav)
F/O D J Bremner (A/B)
Sgt E K C Smith (W/Op)
Sgt J C Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt W C T Freeman (R/AG)
LL837 Returned - P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM455 Returned - Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
P/O E F Marles (P)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
Sgt H W Cooper (Nav)
F/Sgt J H Elliott (A/B)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt E W Kendall (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (08 May 1944 - 08 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 May 1944 08 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down at 10.15hrs, the day being devoted to training and lectures given by Specialist Officers

Operation/Target: Mardyck (09 May 1944 - 10 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Mardyck 09 May 1944 10 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, eleven of which were accepted and briefed to attack MARDYCK coastal battery approximately 6 miles west of DUNKIRK, situated on the sand dune and, being only a few hundred yards in area, was not an easy target to hit. All aircraft took off as usual - without incident. The weather became increasingly clearer on the outward journey, and over the target visibility was excellent with bright moonlight. The P.F.F marking was good, the markers going down exactly on time, and a good concentration was achieved. Spectacular results from this kind of attack cannot be expected but all crews were unanimous in expressing the view that the H.E. bomb flashes were exploding all around the markers and in some cases on the markers themselves. The defences were moderate, coming mainly from the Dunkirk area, night fighters were conspicuous by their absence. Once again good photographs were obtained and from these there is every reason to suppose that the attack was satisfactory. One aircraft "W" (F/O Sage) and crew failed to return, no news of it being received after take-off.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 11000ft at 00.12 1/2hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 11000ft at 00.13 hrs
ED562 Returned Primary 11000ft at 00.12 1/2hrs
LL810 Returned Primary 12000ft at 00.11hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 12000ft at 00.11hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 11000ft at 00.10 1/2hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 10000ft at 00.12hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 11,000ft at 00.11 1/2hrs. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
DV309 Returned Primary 8000ft at 00.11hrs.
JA918 FTR Missing - no news after take off F/O E V Sage (P)
Sgt H P Robinson (F/Eng)
F/O O L Albutt (Nav)
Sgt W C Taylor (A/B)
F/O D A Goulden (W/Op)
Sgt W W Hopper (MU/AG)
Sgt E G R Pepper (R/AG)
LL851 Returned Primary 13,000ft at 00.12hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Dieppe (10 May 1944 - 11 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dieppe 10 May 1944 11 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, only six accepted, and these were briefed to attack a coastal battery near DIEPPE. The six aircraft took off in the usual Squadron fashion, without incident and at the rate of one aircraft per minute. All claim to have attacked the target in spite of hazy weather. The markers were both prompt and accurate, easily seen by the main force, and collected most of the bombs. Photographs taken were again technically good for all six aircraft. Complete absence of enemy fighters was once again a feature of the operation. Ground opposition was reported as being light to moderate from surrounding heavy flak guns. All aircraft returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL850 Returned - S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL831 Returned - F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
EE193 Returned - W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
LM460 Returned - P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
F/O H A Honey (A/B)
LM455 Returned - F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
W5005 Returned -

Operation/Target: Hasselt (11 May 1944 - 12 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Hasselt 11 May 1944 12 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but only tweleve were accepted and briefed to attack the marshalling yards at HASSELT in north west Belgium. The target lay on the fringe of the small but compact town of Haselt on one of Germany's main lines to the West. Precision bombing of a hight order was necessary to achieve our objective wihout inflicting civilian casualites in occupied territory. The weather over the targe unfortunately was not good enough to permit sufficiently accurate marking for this pinpoint target. Haze prevailed and after investigating possibilities, the aircraft directing operations ordered the main force to bring their bombs home much to the disappointment of the boys. Of the twelve aircraft sent by 550 Squadron, five had released their bombs near the target area, another joined No. 3 Group's attack on the Marshalling Yards at LOUVAIN, 30 miles away - this target being well marked. Of the others F/S Maxwell "V" and Sgt Essex "G" landed with their full bomb load, the remained jettisoned part of their load over the sea. One pilot and his bomb-aimer with the assurance of Ripley himself with "a believe it or not" twinkle on their eyes, claimed to have taxied down the railway line to the right sport but their photograph shows open fields which suggest that thety were derailed.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea.
EE193 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea.
ED562 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea.
ME556 Returned Bombed last resort target. 10500ft at 23.50 1/2hrs (open country in target area). P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 00.02hrs. Bombed visually. P/O V J Bouchard (P)
W/O D H Knight (Nav)
Sgt J H Knox (A/B)
Sgt R Binney (F/Eng)
Sgt E J Baker (W/Op)
Sgt C A Rann (MU/AG)
Sgt J J M Calvin (R/AG)
DV279 Returned No target attacked, bombs jettisoned in sea with the exception of 8 x 1000MC, 4 x 500GP. P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 00.04hrs. Bombed small fires and explosions. P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 00.02 1/2hrs. Bombed visually. P/O P J Dukelow (P)
LM460 Returned Last resort target. 15,000ft at 00.22hrs (Leuvain). P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
DV309 Returned No target attacked, 8 x 1000MC, 4 x 500GP brought back to base, remainder jettisoned in sea.
LM455 Returned Primary 11,000ft at 23.59 1/2hrs. Bombed yellow TIs.
LL851 Returned No target attacked - all bombs back to base. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (12 May 1944 - 12 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 12 May 1944 12 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.30 hours. Training programme carried out by both "A" and "B" Flights, Formation Flying, S.B.A., Local Flying, Circuits and Landings by three crews Flt. Off. Fauman U.S.A.A.F and Crew, P/O Dukelow and Crew, and P/O Newman and Crew carried out "Bullseys" exercises. Two new crews joined the Squadron from No. 1 L.F.S Hemswell.

[Ed: F/O Fauman crew log-book: LM319 Local Flying, (50mins), LL811 Circuits and Landings (30mins), LL811 Bullseye as Briefed (4hr 15min night)]

Operation/Target: - (13 May 1944 - 13 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 May 1944 13 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, ten were accepted. All the aircraft were bombed up and ready for action, but operations were cancelled at 18.30 hours due to adverse weather conditions. Three recently arrived crews completed their final Cross Country exercises and are now considered to be fully operational.

[Ed: F/O Fauman crew log-book: EE193 Cross country, Returned base port inner u/s(3hrs 20mins night)]

Operation/Target: - (14 May 1944 - 14 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 14 May 1944 14 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" from Operations at 10.25 hours. The day was devoted to training Fighter Affiliation and Standard Beam Approach were carried out by crews of both "A" and "B" Flights. The Squadron was visited by one Officer and twenty four members of the 1914 (2nd Grimsby) Squadron "E" IMMINGHAM & District Flight Air Training Corps. They weer without exception smart, well disciplined and very nterested inthe work of the Royal Air Force, and above all, keen to have a trip in a heavy bomber. Quite a few were lucky enough to have their wishes satisfied. A signal was received, posting Wing Commander CONNOLLY to 550 Squadron. The present Squadron Commander Wing Commander J.J. Bennett D.F.C. (Bar) has been selected to attend the Senior Commander's Course at R.A.F. College, Cranwell, commencing 17th May 1944.

Operation/Target: - (15 May 1944 - 15 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 May 1944 15 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircarft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was "stood down" at 10.20hrs. Flying training was limited owning to bad weather. All flying personnel on the Squadron were lectured on various subjects of interest to air-crew only. W/Cdr CONNOLLY reported for duty with the Squadron, official notification received attaching W/Cdr BENNETT to O.A.T.A Cranwell for the Senior Commanders Course. P/O Bouchard and his crew having completed their first tour with the Squadron proceeded on leave prior to posting. This crew joined the Squadron on its formation and is the first to complete the whole tour in the Squadron.

Operation/Target: - (16 May 1944 - 16 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 16 May 1944 16 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" from Operations at 10.00 hours. A training programme of S.B.A., air firing, fighter affiliation was carried out, and a Night Cross Country by F/S Lloyd to regain confidence after his somewhat hazardous trip of 3/4th May. uneventfual day - cold and raining.

Operation/Target: - (17 May 1944 - 17 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 May 1944 17 May 1944 Y The usual eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, but none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" at 09.50 hours. Owing to bad weather no flying took place and the members of aircrew attended lectures and a cinema show of "Oxygen" and "Interrogation of Prisoners of War" in the STations Gymnasium. The weather was cold and miserable, colder than most days during the windter months.

Operation/Target: - (18 May 1944 - 18 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 May 1944 18 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations, and again none were accepted and the Squadron was "Stood Down" 09.30 hours. Although the weather left much to be desired air to air firing and local flying took place. W/Cdr Connolly himself carried out air test with the .5 gun fitted to the mid-under of one of our Lancasters. The mounting and fitting are in the experimental stages and every endeavour is being made to improve the mounting to avoid the gun being affected by the slipstream, which makes manipulation very difficult. Aircrews paraded for Pep Talk and games in the afternoon.

Operation/Target: Orleans (19 May 1944 - 20 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Orleans 19 May 1944 20 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews offered for operations, fifteen of which were accepted and briefed to attack Marshalling Yards immediately north of the City of ORLEANS. The boys in the Squadron were delighted at the thought of being able to take to the air again after a lull of eight days. The take-off was of the usual 550 Squadron standard, the fifteen aircraft taking off in 14 minutes. The preliminary reports of the attack give every sign of it having been highly successful - another feather in the cap of Bomber Command and 550 Squadron. All reports speak of explosions of which the most outstanding one seems to have been at 00.46hrs early in the attack when debris was hurled up to 3000ft. The explosions turned into a raging fire seen from 40 miles away. Photographs taken show that the Squadron were either on or very near the aiming point. W/Cdr Connellys' pre-bombing photo shows him travelling in the right direcvtion some 550 yards short of the aiming point - a promising preface, but his bombing pictures were unplottable due to the smoke. This was W/Cdr Connelly's first operatiuonl trip with the Squadron since taking command. P/O Marles in "T" (Tommy) made the round trip in spite of the rear turret being unservicebale from a few minutes after take-off. P/O Dukelow put up a creditable show on his maiden trip. All our aircraft returned safely to Base, and the crews satisifed with their nights work.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.45hrs. Brought back 1 x 1000 MC & 1 x 1000 GP (USA) F/O G P Fauman (P)
F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 11,000ft at 00.50hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.53hrs. Large fires seen 40 miles away. P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.47hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.47hrs P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 7,500ft at 00.45hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
P/O K J Newman (P)
DV279 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 00.46hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.43hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 11,000ft at 00.56hrs.
LL747 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.47hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.47hrs F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.46hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 00.47hrs. Ten minutes after take-off rear turret u/s owing to burst pipe-line, but decided to continue.
LL831 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.44hrs.
LL851 Returned Primary 10,400ft at 00.45hrs P/O P J Dukelow (P)
Sgt D S Bruty (F/Eng)
P/O L R Dunham (Nav)
Sgt L R Towsley (A/B)
Sgt D A W Mayo (W/Op)
P/O H E MacDuff (MU/AG)
Sgt S A Jarvis (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (20 May 1944 - 20 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 20 May 1944 20 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews were offered for operations but none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down at 10.15 hrs. The weather was wet and cold, there was no flying and little of interest occurred.

Operation/Target: Duisburg (21 May 1944 - 22 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Duisburg 21 May 1944 22 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews offered for operations and all were accepted and briefed to attach targets in DUISBURG, the steel and coal centre of the Ruhr and Rhine, which has not had the attention of Bomber Command for about twelve months. The weather over the target was cloudy and called for blind bombing by a method which has already paid good dividends in "Happy Valley". Photographs as was to be expected yielded no joy and cannot profitably be commented upon, all showing thick cloud and in some instances fine tracks. Although there were several sightings of the enemy the general impressions of DUISBURG defences confirms the view that they were less active than a year ago. P/O Dukelow, F/S Hinde and Sgt Essex with their crews failed to return to Base.

[Ed: but can only find 17 aircraft listed in the battle-order (after multiple cross-checking)of which 3 FTR.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LM319 FTR Missing Sgt K A Essex (P)
Sgt A W McWhirter (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F J W Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt R E Porter (A/B)
Sgt A Symonds (W/Op)
Sgt P L McIver (MU/AG)
Sgt R E Muffett (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.21hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.11hrs. 24 x 30 incd. brought back
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.12hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt T G P Cruickshank (W/Op)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt D S Lowe (MU/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.21hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.13hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.13hrs
ED796 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.19hrs P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
F/Sgt J C O'Riorden (MU/AG)
Sgt K J McCallum (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.11hrs P/O C G H Kenyon (P)
F/O P C Sharp (Nav)
F/Sgt J N Ellis (F/Eng)
Sgt W R J Maroney (A/B)
F/Sgt G E Duncan (W/Op)
Sgt G K Logan (MU/AG)
Sgt L M Collicutt (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 23,000ft at 01.10hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.09hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 24000ft at 01.11hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.16hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
DV309 FTR Missing P/O G W Hinde (P)
Sgt T L J Whittick (F/Eng)
Sgt D Hughes (Nav)
F/Sgt C C Sharland (A/B)
Sgt D R M Davies (W/Op)
Sgt E C Beacham (MU/AG)
Sgt W A J Young (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.13hrs
LL831 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.09hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL851 FTR Missing P/O P J Dukelow (P)
Sgt D S Bruty (F/Eng)
P/O L R Dunham (Nav)
Sgt L R Towsley (A/B)
Sgt D A W Mayo (W/Op)
P/O H E MacDuff (MU/AG)
Sgt S A Jarvis (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Dortmund (22 May 1944 - 23 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Dortmund 22 May 1944 23 May 1944 N Sixteen aircraft and crews offered for operations all being accepted and were briefed to attack DORTMUND.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned No target attacked. Inter-com u/s to rear turret over Base. Abandoned 23.40hrs. Immediately bombs went trouble cleared. P/O T M J Shervington (P)
Sgt A Small (F/Eng)
W/O J R Mawhinney (Nav)
Sgt K R Ansell (A/B)
Sgt E R Hall (W/Op)
Sgt A C Griffiths (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Dennett (R/AG)
EE193 Returned - P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
F/Sgt J C O'Riorden (MU/AG)
Sgt K J McCallum (R/AG)
LL748 Returned - P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt J G Hill (W/Op)
ME556 Returned - W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned - P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
LL811 Returned - F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL810 Returned - P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL850 Returned - F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned -
W5005 Returned -
LL747 Returned -
LL837 Returned - P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned - P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM455 Returned -
LL831 Returned -
LL796 Returned - F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (23 May 1944 - 23 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 23 May 1944 23 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews offered for operations but the Squadron was stood down at 10.09hrs, the training of new crews was continued in good weather. Two night cross country exercises were carried out by F/O Wareham and F/O Buchanen with their crews. P/O Kenyon and his crew completed their first tour of operations and have been sent on leave pending disposal to an OTU or Conversion Unit. Whilst the Squadon is loathe to part with such an excellent crew and the poorer for it, P/O Kenyon and his crew have the very best wishes for their future success and well-being from all members of the Squadron.

Operation/Target: Aachen (24 May 1944 - 25 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aachen 24 May 1944 25 May 1944 N Seventeen aircraft and crews offered and accepted for operations. The crews were briefed to attack the Marshalling yards at AACHEN. With their mission successfully completed all aircraft and crews returned safely and unscathed. The take-off was good, as is usual, and the weather good. Two of the Squadrons aircraft were engaged in combat F/Sgt Barton ("T") and P/O Newman (C") both proved inconclusive, the enemy breaking off the engeagement in both cases. Bombing photographs taken were of exceptional interest to the Intelligence, and confirm that the Squadon has assisted in adding some aches to AIX-LA-CHAPELLE.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.23hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 02.27 1/2hrs P/O K J Newman (P)
Sgt J B Rowlands (F/Eng)
F/O E A F Hall (Nav)
Sgt W J Kemp (A/B)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
F/Sgt J C O'Riorden (MU/AG)
Sgt K J McCallum (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.25hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
ME556 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 02.26hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned No target attacked. Starboard inner engine caught fire due to collant leak and had to be feathered. P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 02.28hrs. 1 x 1000 GP (USA) brought back. F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
W/O P E E F Keeley (W/Op)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
LL810 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 02.27hrs P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 02.24hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.28hrs P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt J G Hill (W/Op)
W5005 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 02.28hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.25hrs
LL747 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.25hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 02.29hrs F/O M A Buchanan (P)
P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.25hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.26hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 02.30hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 21,500ft at 02.26 1/2hrs

Operation/Target: - (25 May 1944 - 25 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 May 1944 25 May 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews offered for operations and were accepted and briefed to attack MANNHEIM. Everybody was set with the machines bombed up and engines being run-up preparatory to take-off when the order cancelling Operations was received at 21.59hrs

Operation/Target: - (26 May 1944 - 26 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 May 1944 26 May 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft with crews offered for operations but the Squadron was stood down at 09.34hrs and the day devoted to training. Fighter affiliations, air to sea firing and cross country exercises were carried out.

[Ed: F/O Fauman crew log-book: LL748 Fighter Affiliation (1hr)]

Operation/Target: Aachen (27 May 1944 - 28 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Aachen 27 May 1944 28 May 1944 N Eighteen aircraft with crews offered for operations, fifteen of which were accepted and briefed to attack the Marshalling yards ROTHE-ERDE of AACHEN, east of the city. The fifteen aircraft took off in typical 550 Squadron style. Two aircraft "K" (P/O McCrea and "H" (P/O Purney) failed to return, but the majority of the others claim to have bombed the primary target, which despite a light haze, was clearly marked and in some cases visually identified. Information from crews and photographs taken suggests that the attack was successfully carried out. Poor visibility at Base made it necessary for ten aircraft to land at other airfields on their return, and were accommodated at Binbrook, Kelstern, Ludford-Magna and Waltham. The only three which made Base were "J" (W/Cdr Connolly), "S" (P/O Maxwell) and "P" (F/Lt Richard). With this trip the last named with his crew completed their tour.
Higher authority have officially recognised the destruction of a JU 88 by Sgt Campbell the rear gunner in "F" (Sgt White) on 22/23rd May 1944, as a result of supporting evidence having been recorded by five other bombers in the Command.
S/Ldr Graham (Australian) "B" Flight Commander affectionately know to the boys as "Bluey" completed his second tour of operations, rendered his Swan Song prior to his departure from the Squadron on posting to No. 1 Lancasters Finishing School, RAF Station Hemswell. "Bluey" was always keen and conscientious and extremely popular with the boys and it often needed a firm hand to keep him on the ground. Had he succeeded in getting his own way, he would have simply whistled through his second tour of operations.

Information received from HQ Bomber Command that the King, on the recommendation of the Air Officer Commanding, had approved the Immediate Award of the Distinguished Flying Medals to F/Sgt LLOYD and Sgt. MOORE for their magnificient show on the night of 3/4th May after attacking their target at MAILLY. [As narrated earlier on page 1.]
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL839 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.25hrs
EE139 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.31hrs. Landed at Binbrook.
LL748 Returned Primary 11000ft at 02.28hrs. Landed at Kelstern. [Fauman crew log book confirms)
ME556 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.25hrs. Landed at Waltham. W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 02.26hrs. Landed ay Kelstren. P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
JA712 FTR Missing P/O E C Purney (P)
Sgt J L Sheahan (F/Eng)
Sgt T E Flanagan (Nav)
Sgt E J Molnar (A/B)
Sgt D Yardley (MU/AG)
Sgt K H F de Lengerke (R/AG)
Sgt P C M King (W/Op)
LL810 FTR Missing P/O D McCrae (P)
Sgt R A Drury (F/Eng)
F/O M Shapiro (Nav)
F/Sgt F G Lebano (A/B)
Sgt A G Hall (W/Op)
Sgt C A Bonner (MU/AG)
Sgt A H Brown (R/AG)
LL796 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.29hrs. Landed at Waltham.
W5005 Returned Primary 12,500ft at 02.26hrs. Landed at Waltham. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.25hrs.
LL837 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.26hrs. Landed at Waltham
LM460 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.26hrs. Landed at Waltham. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 02.26hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 11,500ft at 02.25hrs. Landed at Kelstern. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 02.25hrs. Landed at Kelstern.

Operation/Target: - (28 May 1944 - 28 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 28 May 1944 28 May 1944 Y Six, plus ten aircraft and crews which had landed away, were offered for operations but none were accepted and the Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.30hrs. The day was devoted to Training, Air Firing, Fighter Affilliation, Cross-Country and Local Flying. A number of Air Crews were very usefully employed in tidying up the surrounding ground outside the Squadron Offices. Weather as reasonably good, with haze and thunder clound.

Operation/Target: - (29 May 1944 - 29 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 29 May 1944 29 May 1944 Y Fifteen aircraft and crews were offered for oparations bu the Squadron was stood down again and Instructional Films being shown to all aircrew. A talk to all officers on the Sation was given by the Station Commander, Group Captain McIntyre, DFC on discipline in general, chiefly for the benefit of the Junior Officers. The Wireless Operators received instruction in the manipulation of the latest "MONICA", by a Command Specialist Officer. Weather was good with plenty of sunshine.

Operation/Target: - (30 May 1944 - 30 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 30 May 1944 30 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered but again none were accepted for operations and the Squadron stood down at 10.40hrs. The day was devoted to ground training, the Link Trainer Installation being completed was used for the first time. Recreational gardening and PT and games were played. Weather was mostly dull with low cloud base.

Operation/Target: - (31 May 1944 - 31 May 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 31 May 1944 31 May 1944 Y Sixteen aircraft and crews were offered but once again were stood down at 10.35hrs. The day was devoted to Formation Flying, Air to Sea Firing and Bombing, Fighter Affiliation and night Cross Country and Bombing by recently arrived crews. Permission was granted by Headquarters No. 1 Group for an additional crew from each Flight to go on leave for the present Moon Period. The Squadron was visited by the Group Flight Engineer and Bombing Leaders - S/Ldr Spinks and S/Ldr Morris respectively. The Squadron Flight Engineer Leader F/Lt Cornwall (Australian) departed this Squadron to take up appointment as Group Flight Engineer Leader at No. 1 Group Headquarters, after having been selected from several Squadron Flight Engineer Leaders within the Group. The weather was very good with, once again, plenty of sunshine.

Operation/Target: - (01 Jun 1944 - 01 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 01 Jun 1944 01 Jun 1944 Y 15 aircraft and crews offered for operations but stood down at 18.25hrs. Crews received lectures during the course of the day and carried out Air Firing exercises and local flying.

Operation/Target: Calais (02 Jun 1944 - 03 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Calais 02 Jun 1944 03 Jun 1944 N 16 aricraft offered for operations, but only 14 accepted, to attack defended areas on a coastal battery at CALAIS.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL747 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.30 1/2 hrs P/O N D Holdsworth (P)
Sgt H Mimmack (F/Eng)
Sgt V Kirby (Nav)
Sgt C S Venables (A/B)
Sgt J A C Steer (W/Op)
Sgt W Johnston (MU/AG)
W/O H Granger (R/AG)
LL800 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.33hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Mission abandoned over target due to inability to pinpoint. TIs not sighted. Brought bombs back.
ME556 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.30 1/2hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.32 1/2hrs F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
LL134 Returned Mission abandoned over target due to inability to pinpoint. TIs not sighted. Brought bombs back.
LL850 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 00.33hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.32hrs
Note from crew log: aircraft came under heavy ack ack fire and rolled over down to 10,000 feet before recovering.
F/O L Wareham (P)
Sgt F J Thrush (F/Eng)
F/O B O Sibree (Nav)
F/O G F Bodman (A/B)
Sgt C A McKernan (W/Op)
Sgt J H Washington (MU/AG)
F/O R W Kemp (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.30hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 00.34hrs
LL838 Returned Primary 5,500ft at 00.33 1/2hrs S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.31hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 9,500ft at 00.30 1/2hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 00.30 1/2hrs F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Wimereaux (03 Jun 1944 - 04 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Wimereaux 03 Jun 1944 04 Jun 1944 N 16 aircraft offered for operations and 14 accepted. Crews briefed to attack railborne coastal battery in the vicinity of the peace-time resort of Wimereaux near Boulogne. All the Squadron aircraft successfully took off in the usual style and claimed to have bombed their objective. The Squadron's striking force had to contend with thick cloud over most of the route, but found the target practicially clear at their bombing heights. P.F.F markers were prompt, and, as far as can be ascertained from the bombing photographs were accurate to within a hundred yards of the bombing point. P/O Holdsworth "B" sighted a twin engined aircraft while bombing, and shortly afterwards the mid upper gunner had a crack at a F.W. 190 which appeared to be acting as a decoy for a M.E. 110 which was attended to by the Rear Gunner. Neither of the enemy aircraft returned the Lancaster's fire, and the Pilot observed stikes on the F.W. 190, which is claimed as probably damaged.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE139 Returned Primary 9000ft at 01.14hrs P/O N D Holdsworth (P)
Sgt H Mimmack (F/Eng)
Sgt V Kirby (Nav)
Sgt C S Venables (A/B)
Sgt J A C Steer (W/Op)
Sgt W Johnston (MU/AG)
W/O H Granger (R/AG)
LL748 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 01.18hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 01.16hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 01.18 1/2hrs F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
LL134 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 01.18hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
F/O S C Beeson (P)
PA995 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 01.15 1/2hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
Sgt R Blackburn (MU/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 01.17 1/2hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 01.17hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 01.16hrs
LL837 Returned Primary 9,500ft at 01.16hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 01.17 1/2hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 01.15hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 01.17hrs F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 01.17 1/2hrs F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (04 Jun 1944 - 04 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 04 Jun 1944 04 Jun 1944 Y 16 aircraft and crews offered for operations but stood down at 10.23hrs and day devoted to lectures, horticultural gardening and general cleaning of the Squadron quarters.

[Ed: Fauman crew log-book: ED562 Map reading (training) (1hr 5mins)]

Operation/Target: Crisbecq (05 Jun 1944 - 06 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Crisbecq 05 Jun 1944 06 Jun 1944 N The crews of the 18 aircraft which had been accepted for operations were briefed to attack a coastal battery commanding a strategic position on the Cherburg peninsula at CRISBECQ. All aircraft took off promptly and without incident. Although some cloud was encountered across England on the outward journey enough was seen to realise that the whole of southern England was on the move. Whilst flying across the Channel a vast armada, of ships was seen making their way towards France. At the target 10/10th cloud was encountered but the glow from the markers was seen quite distinctly beneath. All crews agreed that the bomb flashes, as far as could be judged were well centred around the marker. The Flak around the target was negligable and very few incidents were reported by our crews who all returned safely after participating in the opening phase of the invasion of Europe.
The A.O.C No. 1 Group has received a message from the A.O.C in C in which he states that a recent return showed 100% servicability of all first line aircraft throughout Bomber Command. This extraordinary degree of serviceability not only reflects the utmost credit upon the devoted efforts of all maintainance personnel during the intensive operations but is, and will be a major contribution towards winning the War. The Squadron personnel can justly, and with pride claim that they have and will continue to contribute towards the destruction of the Hun.
Since recording the above S.H.A.E.F. have issued a communique to the effect that surprisingly little resistance was offered by coastal defences which is very gratifying to the boys of the Squadron. The Squadron striking force of eigtheen aircraft who beat the spearhead by a matter of hours know now, like all the world that the spear was driven straight and true, leaving 550 Squadron to create more chaos behind the Hun's lines.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.37hrs
EE193 Returned Primary 9,200ft at 23.35hrs
LL743 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.35hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.37hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
ME556 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 23.36hrs W/O H C White (P)
Sgt D D G Pryce (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W E Megaw (Nav)
F/O C Garner (A/B)
Sgt F D Mason (W/Op)
Sgt H W Jamieson (MU/AG)
Sgt M H A Campbell (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.36 1/2hrs F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
LM134 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 23.36hrs
LL850 Returned Primary 10,500ft at 23.36 1/2hrs
LL811 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.34hrs F/O K Bowen-Bravery (P)
Sgt L G Thompson (F/Eng)
P/O G E Thomas (Nav)
F/Sgt J P Fyffe (A/B)
Sgt A Cleghorn (W/Op)
Sgt R R Thompson (MU/AG)
F/Sgt A Bodill (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 23.37hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.34hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 23.36hrs F/O M L Dubois (P)
F/O W Boocock (P)
LL747 Returned Primary 8,500ft at 23.25 1/2hrs. S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)
F/O G H Packham (P)
LL837 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 23.37hrs.
LM460 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 23.35hrs. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 23.35 1/2hrs. P/O P Maxwell (P)
F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 23.36 1/2hrs. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 9000ft at 23.34hrs. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Achères (06 Jun 1944 - 07 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Achères 06 Jun 1944 07 Jun 1944 N Nineteen aircraft and crews offered for operations and briefed to attack the rail junction at ACHÈRES, near Paris. The weather was cloudy and quite a few of the aircraft brought their bombs back on orders from the Master Bomber. The evidence of those who saw and bombed the markers together with the tale told by their photographs, gave every indication that this particular junction no longer exists. Two of our newer crews returned with very fine bombing prints. From this operation "F" (P/O Shervington and crew) failed to return.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
EE193 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
LL748 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
PA991 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
ME556 FTR Missing P/O T M J Shervington (P)
Sgt A Small (F/Eng)
W/O J R Mawhinney (Nav)
Sgt K R Ansell (A/B)
Sgt E R Hall (W/Op)
Sgt A C Griffiths (MU/AG)
Sgt R G Dennett (R/AG)
ED562 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
LM134 Returned Primary 11,000ft at 02.30hrs
LL811 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
PA995 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL850 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 02.21hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 02.21hrs
W5005 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.24hrs
LL796 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
LL747 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 02.26hrs F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.20hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.19hrs. Starboard outer engine u/s. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL831 Returned 16 X 500 GPTD bombs brought back, MC ordered return to base.
LL800 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 02.24hrs

Operation/Target: - (07 Jun 1944 - 07 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 07 Jun 1944 07 Jun 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, but the Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.35hrs and the day weas devoted to ground training and lectures. F/O Dubois and crew carried out local flying and a night Cross Country exercise. P.R.U. photographs taken today show that most of the tracks at the northern apex of the triangular complex at Achères were severed, while at the junction itself six craters of seen on the tracks.

Operation/Target: - (08 Jun 1944 - 08 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 08 Jun 1944 08 Jun 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered for operations, but after having made all the preparations the operations were cancelled at 19.13hrs. No flying took place during the day owing to bad weather conditions, ground training and lectures were given buy the various section leaders.

Operation/Target: Flers (09 Jun 1944 - 10 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Flers 09 Jun 1944 10 Apr 1944 N 18 aircraft offered and briefed for operations. The attack was made against the enemy airfield at FLERS and all the aircraft took off to time and without incident. The weather difficulties less than expected and all crew claim a successful attack. Owing to low cloud over the target, bombing took place at heights from 1500ft to 6000ft and several reports of visual identification indicate that the airfield believed to be used by day fighters, was both accurately marked and bombed, several explosions were seen. The whole force on this target returned without loss.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 1,200ft at 03.27hrs F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 3,500ft at 03.25hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 4,000ft at 03.21hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 1,500ft at 03.26hrs
ED562 Returned Primary 3,500ft at 03.22hrs
LM134 Returned Primary 3,600ft at 03.22 1/2hrs
LL811 Returned Primary 3,000ft at 03.15hrs
PA995 Returned Primary 2,500ft at 03.22hrs S/L P A Nicholas (P)
LL850 Returned Primary 3,500ft at 03.24hrs F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 03.28hrs F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 4,000ft at 03.18hrs
LL796 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 03.25hrs F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
LL747 Returned Primary 1,500ft at 03.20hrs S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 3,500ft at 03.18hrs P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 3,500ft at 03.27hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 2,000ft at 03.21hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 3,000ft at 03.27hrs F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 3,500ft at 03.22 1/2hrs

Operation/Target: Achères (10 Jun 1944 - 11 Apr 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Achères 10 Jun 1944 11 Apr 1944 N Eighteen aircraft were offered for operations, sixteen of which were accepted and briefed to attack the railway station at ACHÈRES, on the main Paris-Rouen line. The aircraft took off in the usual Squadron style and successfully completed their missions, claiming to have bombed the target from 4000ft to 10,000ft. The haze over the target was insufficient to prevent visual identificiation and the bombing photographs bear out the general opinion that the attached was successful. The rear gunner of "K" (F/O Dubois) reported having fired at a J.U. 88 which did not return fire. The rear gunner of "E" (P/O Purvis) saw a JU 88 attacking a Lancaster which it apparantly shot down. He gave it a short burst at 650 yards range as the fighter turned in to attack, both gunners beaded the Hun, who after some ineffectual return fire dived steeply and exploded on the ground. All the Squadron striking force returned safely to base.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 5,500ft at 01.15hrs. Bombed green TI. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 4,500ft at 01.10hrs. Bombed red TI
LL748 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 01.12hrs. Bomber mixed T.Is.
PA991 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 01.18hrs. Bomber green T.I. Claim JU88
ED562 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 01.10hrs. Bomber green T.I.
LM134 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 01.14hrs. Bomber green T.I. Saw good fires starting.
LL811 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 01.09hrs. Bomber red T.I. Port outer engine u/s.
PA995 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 01.14hrs. Bomber green T.I. F/O W F Cox (A/B)
F/O M L Dubois (P)
Sgt H Tulip (F/Eng)
F/O J C Young (Nav)
Sgt H Wood (W/Op)
Sgt R Eves (MU/AG)
Sgt L R R Haynes (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 10,000ft at 01.15hrs. Bomber green T.I. F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 01.13hrs. Bomber green T.I. F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 01.09hrs. Bomber red T.I. F/Sgt D C Barton (P)
Sgt R C G Ashby (F/Eng)
F/O W H Twitchell (Nav)
F/Sgt A H Ingram (A/B)
Sgt S Sulley (W/Op)
Sgt S G Reeve (MU/AG)
Sgt K Coleman (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 4,000ft at 01.11hrs. Bomber green T.I. P/O N S Rogers (P)
Sgt H J Pearce (F/Eng)
F/O H T A Evans (Nav)
Sgt N C Jenkins (A/B)
F/Sgt D Salmon (W/Op)
F/Sgt M E Mills (MU/AG)
Sgt J H Marshall (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 01.10hrs. Bomber mixed T.Is. P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 01.10hrs. Bomber red T.I. P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LL796 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 01.12hrs. Bomber red T.I. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 5,000ft at 01.11hrs. Bomber red T.I.

Operation/Target: - (11 Jun 1944 - 11 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 11 Jun 1944 11 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down from operations and the day was devoted to air-sea firing exercises, lectures and ground training.

Operation/Target: Gelsenkirchen (12 Jun 1944 - 13 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Gelsenkirchen 12 Jun 1944 13 Jun 1944 N 19 aircraft offered for operations and briefed to attack synthetic oil plant at GELSENKIRCHEN four miles north of Essen. All aircraft carried nearly six tons of HE including "cookie" and claimed to have bombed the markers. The weather offered no unusual difficulties the target, however, was a more than usually elusive one even for the Ruhr, consisting as it did of a compact and highly vulnerable plant in a sparsely built up area.

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F/L Waite and P/O Rogers and their crews completed the first operational tour on this sortie.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 17,000ft at 01.06hrs. Saw yellow explosion at 01.05, followed by smoke. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.02hrs. Smoke up to 15000ft. Aircraft hit by flak.
LL748 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.03hrs. Say large explosion at 01.04 fires concentrated.
PA991 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.04hrs. Say serveral large explosions at 01.04. Grey smoke up to 10,000ft S/L P A Nicholas (P)
F/L J C Lord (P)
ED905 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.06hrs. Much smoke up to 8000ft
ED562 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.00hrs
LM134 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.09hrs. Concentrated fires.
LL811 Returned Primary 20,500ft at 01.00hrs. Believed TI we bombed was overshoot on Bochum.
PA995 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.06hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 00.59hrs. Several large explosions. F/L D A Shaw (P)
F/L R E G Waite (P)
Sgt T J Murphy (F/Eng)
F/Sgt W H Westley (Nav)
F/Sgt K M MacAuley (A/B)
Sgt H M Urquhart (W/Op)
Sgt J T Bayliss (MU/AG)
Sgt V O Gillingham (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.07hrs. Coned over target for 3 to 4 minutes.
LL796 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.06hrs. 1st TI fell some miles SE following concentration good. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt R Finlay (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.00hrs. Two marking points about 2 miles apart.
LL747 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.10hrs. TIG surrouned by fire and smoke. F/O W F Cox (A/B)
F/O M L Dubois (P)
Sgt H Tulip (F/Eng)
F/O J C Young (Nav)
Sgt H Wood (W/Op)
Sgt R Eves (MU/AG)
Sgt L R R Haynes (R/AG)
ME850 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.05hrs. Flame up to 3000ft.
LM460 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.00hrs. One stay TI a few miles south of concentration. P/O W J Bibby (P)
F/O C J Clarke (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.05hrs. Five explosions at 01.08hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.09hrs. Smoke up to 5000ft. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 01.08 1/2hrs. Orange explosion at 01.05 followed by smoke. F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (13 Jun 1944 - 13 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 13 Jun 1944 13 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron was called upon to supply a striking force of 16 aircraft, but the intended operation was cancelled at 12.35hrs and the remainder of the day was devoted to training and lectures. Five night cross contry exercises taking place.

Operation/Target: Le Havre (14 Jun 1944 - 15 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Le Havre 14 Jun 1944 15 Jun 1944 N 16 aircraft were called for to attack the dock area of the French port of Le Havre one hour after sunset, which necessitated a daylight take-off, much to the delight of all the crews. Weather conditions at the target were ideal for the operation. All the aircraft and crews returned safely and are looking forward eagerly to some more daylight raids - referred to as the bomb aimers paradise. One aircraft failed to take off owing to a tyre bursting on the perimeter track and only 15 aircraft participated.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.41hrs F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 23.34hrs
LL748 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.35hrs
PA991 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.44hrs
ED562 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.44hrs F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt P J Sculley (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.33hrs F/L F S Steele (P)
F/O D F Neilson (P)
Sgt C A Bennett (F/Eng)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
F/O C Stocks (A/B)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
PA995 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.36hrs F/O G P Fauman (P)
Sgt W J Killick (F/Eng)
F/Sgt A E Stebner (Nav)
F/O M S Merevitz (A/B)
Sgt P E Cooksey (W/Op)
Sgt J A Ringrow (MU/AG)
Sgt W A Drake (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 22.39hrs
DV279 Returned Primary 18,000ft at 22.47hrs F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.42hrs
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.33hrs P/O W J Bibby (P)
F/O H A T Clark (P)
Sgt F P McLoughlin (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 22.34hrs P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 19,500ft at 22.47hrs F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 22.37hrs F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
ME840 Returned Primary 18,500ft at 22.33hrs S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (15 Jun 1944 - 15 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 15 Jun 1944 15 Jun 1944 Y 19 aircraft and crews were offered for operations but the Squadron was stood down at 18.45hrs, the intended operation being cancelled. Weather conditions were pretty bad, and no flying took place.

Operation/Target: Sterkrade (16 Jun 1944 - 16 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Sterkrade 16 Jun 1944 16 Jun 1944 N Nineteen aircraft and crews were offered, accepted and briefed to attack the syntheic oil plant at STERKADE on the north western edge of the Ruhr. All the aircraft took off without incident, but one aircraft "B" (P/O Beeson) was forced to abandon shortly afterwards due to the Port Inner Engine becoming unserviceable. The remainder found cloudy conditiions over most of the route, and some icing troubles were encountered. Over the target conditions of 10/10th cloud, tops above 10,000ft and from two to three thousand feet thick prevailed. However the glow of the PFF markers could be clearly seen through the cloud and the concentration was not so good as had been the case recently. Crews opinions were mixed and it is possible that bombing was somewhat scattered. Flak at the target was reported as moderate to intense, it being heavier than on previous sorties to the Ruhr, and night fighters were active. F/O Thygessen "N" had an indecisive combat, being fired at by an unidentified aircraft and returned fire, no damage or casualties were sustained. A member of "O" (F/O Wareham) thought he was seeing things when he spotted 15 enemy aircaft flying in formation, as they was on a reciprical course to "O", took no notice, he decided that Brer Rabbits advice was good so "laid low and said nothing". After a long period of sixty-nine successful sorties, it is regretted that three of our aircraft failed to return, no news being received since take off. "V" (S/Ldr Smith DFC - "B" Flight Commander), "H" (F/O Neilsen) and "P" (P/O Packham). Among the crew of F/O Neilson was the Squadron Bombing Leader F/Lt McConnell. They will be sadly missed, for they were all jolly good fellows.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Bombed glow R & G TI from 21,000ft at 01.27hrs. 8 bombs believed dropped safe. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Bombed glow R TI from 21---ft at 01.21hrs.
PA991 Returned Abortive - Port outer engine u/. Jettisoned 6 x 500. Nose I.
LL748 Returned Bombed glow R &G TI from 21,000ft at 01.24hrs. F/L D A Shaw (P)
Sgt T P Burke (F/Eng)
Sgt C A Bruce (F/Eng)
F/L R N Harris (Nav)
Sgt S Gartland (A/B)
A L Llanwarne (W/Op)
Sgt A Buckingham (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Griffiths (R/AG)
ED905 Returned Bomber estimated positions of RTI from 20,000ft at 01.24hrs. F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt P J Sculley (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Bombed glow RTI from 21,000ft at 01.26hrs F/O R G Fink (Nav)
F/L F S Steele (P)
Sgt A W E Walters (F/Eng)
Sgt B St. J Railton-Jones (A/B)
Sgt W G Merills (W/Op)
Sgt W G Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt R Smith (R/AG)
LM134 FTR Missing - no news after take off F/L A D McConnell (A/B)
F/O D F Neilson (P)
F/O H B Brett (Nav)
Sgt A T Paget (W/Op)
Sgt E W Webb (MU/AG)
F/O J M McKay (R/AG)
Sgt J E Legg (F/Eng)
W/O J K Murray (P)
PA995 Returned Bombed glow RTI from 21,000ft at 01.23hrs. Saw flashes below cloud.
LL850 Returned Bombed glow RTI from 21,000ft at 01.23hrs. Saw flashes below cloud.
DV279 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.25hrs. Bombed Glow RTI F/O H A T Clark (P)
Sgt W Aspinall (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G W James (Nav)
F/Sgt W E Reed (A/B)
Sgt P E Binder (W/Op)
Sgt W E Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt D L Marks (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.24hrs. Bombed Glow RTI. Combat with unidentified aircraft - inconclusive. F/O W D Robertson (A/B)
F/O V A Thygessen (P)
Sgt R Finlay (F/Eng)
F/O E C Packham (Nav)
Sgt A Pavlovitch (W/Op)
Sgt A E Howting (MU/AG)
F/O H B Parker (R/AG)
LL796 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.21hrs. Bombed Glow RTI. Explosion at 01.20 1/2hrs.
LL747 FTR Missing - no news after take off F/O G H Packham (P)
Sgt C C C Pettit (F/Eng)
Sgt J Matthews (Nav)
Sgt J S Jenkins (A/B)
Sgt F A Willson (W/Op)
Sgt J Jackson (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Morgan (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.22hrs. Bombed Glow RTI
LM460 Returned Primary 20,000ft at 01.23hrs. Bombed Glow RTI P/O W J Bibby (P)
Sgt H Tulip (F/Eng)
F/O J P Rennie (Nav)
F/O A N Shedock (A/B)
Sgt A J Jeffries (W/Op)
Sgt D R S Howell (MU/AG)
Sgt R J Kimbrey (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.23hrs. Bombed Glow RTI P/O P Maxwell (P)
Sgt R W Willey (F/Eng)
F/Sgt F Fowkes (Nav)
F/Sgt S J Oslund (A/B)
Sgt P R Greenhalf (W/Op)
Sgt C Whitters (MU/AG)
Sgt R Greathead (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 21,000ft at 01.25hrs. Bombed R & G TI Glow F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 22,000ft at 01.21hrs. Bombed Glow (est. position) RTI F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
ME840 FTR Missing - no news after take off S/L G S Smith (P)
F/Sgt R Townsend (W/Op)
F/O R Kay (F/Eng)
F/O J J Berg (Nav)
F/O L Pulfrey (A/B)
F/L St. J Tizard (MU/AG)
F/O J Heath (R/AG)

Operation/Target: - (17 Jun 1944 - 17 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 17 Jun 1944 17 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down from operations at 10.24hrs and the day was devoted to training. Fighter Affilliation, Formation Flying, Bombing, Air-Sea Firing , Visual Monica Local Flying and five night Cross Country Exercises were carried out. The Squadron Commander ordered all the Gunners to thoroughly overhaul their guns and have them ready for his inspection. The inspections were duly carried out on the following morning.

Operation/Target: - (18 Jun 1944 - 18 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 18 Jun 1944 18 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron was stood down at 10.20hrs and stood by from 12.30hrs until 22.05hrs, when intended operations were cancelled. Training programmes which had been arranged had to be curtailed but the Squadron managed to do a fair amount of training nevertheless. Air-Sea Firing, Air Firing and Bombing, together with local and formation flying were carried out .

Operation/Target: - (19 Jun 1944 - 19 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 19 Jun 1944 19 Jun 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered, accepted and briefed for operations, but after a number had successfully taken off, operations were cancelled at 23.00hrs, and the aircraft which had already taken the air had to be recalled. Weather conditions were bad and only ground training took placed during the day.

Operation/Target: - (20 Jun 1944 - 20 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 20 Jun 1944 20 Jun 1944 Y Seventeen aircraft and crews were offered, and stood by until 13.30hrs, when the Squadron was stood down. At 18.30hrs the seventeen aircrews were ordered to stand-by and this cancelled at 00.50hrs on the 21st June. Formation flying took place during the hours of the stand down.

Operation/Target: - (21 Jun 1944 - 21 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 21 Jun 1944 21 Jun 1944 Y Again seventeen aircraft with crews stood by for operations but were stood down at 18.05hrs, only ground training and lectures taking place.

Operation/Target: Pas de Calais (22 Jun 1944 - 23 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Pas de Calais 22 Jun 1944 23 Jun 1944 N The seventeen aircraft and crews were again offered and accepted were briefed to attack a "Doodle Bug" (Flying Bomb) lair in the Pas de Calais soon after lunch, the Squadron's first real day-light excursion after almost a week of stand-ups and stand-downs without any operations taking place. Great excitment prevailed at having the opportunity of taking part in a Mind-Sumers day's dream, not to mention the satisfaction given to the Station personnel and the local inhabitants of seeing the boys take off and return between lunch and tea time. The weather conditions were almost ideal, the Lancasters raced the clounds and get to the target first, where visibility was excellent. In the concentrated queue of aircraft making for the target, most or our crews were, at one time or another, able to recognise our own Lancasters. An inconspicious, but effective fighter cover completed the picture. The general impression was that is a very quiet trip, the Luftwaffe was either too busy elsewhere or too "browned off" to interfere. One aircraft "G" (P/O Lord) had to return early due to engine trouble. The remaining aircraft successfully bombed the target including "S" (F/Lt Redmond) which after having been badly damaged by enemy flak crashed near Tunbridge Wells, after all the members of the crew had baled out without injury. Two others were damaged by flak and one member of "M" - F/O Strecke - sustained a slight shrapnel wound in his feet. The cameras recorded a good concentration of bombs in the target area.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.45hrs. Had aerial shot away. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 15,500ft at 15.48hrs. Target was covered in smoke when leaving. F/O J C Hutcheson (P)
Sgt S Wright (F/Eng)
Sgt D F Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt J K Francis (A/B)
W/O W Y Smith (W/Op)
Sgt E C Hodgson (MU/AG)
Sgt A F Tosh (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.45hrs. Bombing good.
LL748 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.45hrs. Observed under and overshoots.
PA991 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.45hrs. Smoke obscuring target.
ED905 Returned Primary 15,000ft at 15.46hrs. Slipstream over target. F/L D A Shaw (P)
Sgt C A Bruce (F/Eng)
F/L R N Harris (Nav)
Sgt S Gartland (A/B)
A L Llanwarne (W/Op)
Sgt A Buckingham (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Griffiths (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Abortive - Starboard Inner u/s F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
LL881 Returned Primary 14,500ft at 15.44hrs.
PA995 Returned Primary 15,000ft at 15.52hrs. F/O R G Fink (Nav)
F/L F S Steele (P)
Sgt A W E Walters (F/Eng)
Sgt B St. J Railton-Jones (A/B)
Sgt W G Merills (W/Op)
Sgt W G Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt R Smith (R/AG)
W5005 Returned - P/O W N H Brawn (P)
W/O C A Sowden (Nav)
Sgt P Pindar (A/B)
Sgt F E Dawson (W/Op)
Sgt R A Caley (MU/AG)
Sgt W J Jones (R/AG)
Sgt G L Grant (F/Eng)
LL850 Returned -
LL796 Returned -
LL837 Returned -
LM460 Returned - F/O W D Robertson (A/B)
F/O V A Thygessen (P)
Sgt R Finlay (F/Eng)
F/O E C Packham (Nav)
Sgt A Pavlovitch (W/Op)
Sgt A E Howting (MU/AG)
F/O H B Parker (R/AG)
LL838 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.45hrs. Hit by flak over target after bombing. Aircraft badly damaged and abandoned over Sussex. All crew baled out without injury, aircraft burned out on the ground.

[Ed: Listed as LL837 "S" in the ORB - but cannot be as LL837 already earlier in the battle-order - "Q" with Wareham crew. LL838 "S" is thus assumed.]
S/L B J Redmond (P)
F/L O A Hardy (MU/AG)
Sgt J R Penton (F/Eng)
Sgt J D Naunton (Nav)
F/O N Nunns (A/B)
Sgt J T Kermack (W/Op)
Sgt C J Watson (MU/AG)
LL831 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.46hrs. Considerable spread of bombs. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
DV279 Returned Primary 16,000ft at 15.45hrs. Aircraft hit by flak, wounding Bomb Aimer in right arm. F/O C Stocks (A/B)
F/O H A T Clark (P)
Sgt W Aspinall (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G W James (Nav)
Sgt P E Binder (W/Op)
Sgt W E Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt D L Marks (R/AG)

Operation/Target: Saintes (23 Jun 1944 - 24 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Saintes 23 Jun 1944 24 Jun 1944 N Seventeen aicraft and crews were again offered and accepted and briefed for operations against a marshalling yard outside the small Basque town of SAINTES some sixty miles north of Bordeaux. The weather over the target was good and visibility likewise, the markers were both prompt and accurate and effective. Earlier photographs disclose that extensive yards with a marker burning brightly in the centre of the tracks and at least one stick of bombs bursting along the central tracks, on which were standing several lines of rolling stock.
Photographs taken later in the attack prove that the marshalling yard took a heavy concentrated straffing.
The trip concluded the first operational tour fo F/O Bowen-Bravery and his crew.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.00hrs. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.06hrs. F/O J C Hutcheson (P)
Sgt S Wright (F/Eng)
Sgt D F Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt J K Francis (A/B)
W/O W Y Smith (W/Op)
Sgt E C Hodgson (MU/AG)
Sgt A F Tosh (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 7,500ft at 02.00hrs.
LL748 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.00hrs.
ED905 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.13 1/2hrs. Port outer u/s 4738/0350W - continued and bombed target. On return, port inner started running rough. Gee u/s. F/L D A Shaw (P)
Sgt C A Bruce (F/Eng)
F/L R N Harris (Nav)
Sgt S Gartland (A/B)
A L Llanwarne (W/Op)
Sgt A Buckingham (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Griffiths (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 8000ft at 02.11hrs. F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
LM134 Returned Primary 6000ft at 02.07hrs.[Ed: ORB states LM134 "H" - but this aircraft was lost 16 June 44 to Sterkade with the Neilson crew] F/O W F Cox (A/B)
F/O M L Dubois (P)
Sgt H Tulip (F/Eng)
F/O J C Young (Nav)
Sgt H Wood (W/Op)
Sgt R Eves (MU/AG)
Sgt L R R Haynes (R/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 5,660ft at 01.59hrs.
PA995 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.06hrs.
LL850 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.00hrs.
PA991 Returned Primary 9,000ft at 02.15hrs. F/O H A T Clark (P)
Sgt W Aspinall (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G W James (Nav)
F/Sgt W E Reed (A/B)
Sgt P E Binder (W/Op)
Sgt W E Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt D L Marks (R/AG)
LM460 Returned Primary 6,800ft at 02.07hrs. F/O W D Robertson (A/B)
F/O V A Thygessen (P)
Sgt R Finlay (F/Eng)
F/O E C Packham (Nav)
Sgt A Pavlovitch (W/Op)
Sgt A E Howting (MU/AG)
F/O H B Parker (R/AG)
LL796 Returned Primary 7,000ft at 02.01hrs.
LM455 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 02.05hrs. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL837 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.02 1/2hrs.
LL831 Returned Primary 8,000ft at 02.00hrs. F/O M A Buchanan (P)
Sgt E A Johnson (F/Eng)
F/O H B Snelgrove (Nav)
Sgt E Clarke (A/B)
P/O A E Sutton (W/Op)
Sgt L E Updike (MU/AG)
Sgt W G Beney (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 6,000ft at 01.57hrs.

Operation/Target: Pas de Calais (24 Jun 1944 - 25 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Pas de Calais 24 Jun 1944 25 Jun 1944 N Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered, accepted and briefed to attack another flying bomb lair in the Pas de Calais. P/O Boocock in "O" was forced to abandon the mission owing to engine trouble, otherwise the Squadron effort passed without incident, and all the remaining aircraft claimed to have bombed the markers in clear weather. All crews agree that the searchlight belt has been brightened up, three of our aircraft were held in the cones of searchlights for varying periods although the Ack Ack response seems to gave been spasmodic. Sightings of enemy aircraft were few and far between, being exceeded by glimpses of pilotless planes seen crossing the Channel.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 12,500ft at 03.19hrs. Aircraft held by S/L cone in target area. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)
F/Sgt K R S Scholefield (A/B)
Sgt L W Guthrie (W/Op)
Sgt J Wright (MU/AG)
Sgt V S B Scoble (R/AG)
EE139 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 03.24hrs. Aircraft held by S/L three times in 5 mins in target area. F/O J C Hutcheson (P)
Sgt S Wright (F/Eng)
Sgt D F Smith (Nav)
F/Sgt J K Francis (A/B)
W/O W Y Smith (W/Op)
Sgt E C Hodgson (MU/AG)
Sgt A F Tosh (R/AG)
EE193 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 03.17hrs.
LL748 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.24hrs.
PA991 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 03.21hrs.
ED905 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.22hrs. F/L D A Shaw (P)
Sgt C A Bruce (F/Eng)
F/L R N Harris (Nav)
Sgt S Gartland (A/B)
A L Llanwarne (W/Op)
Sgt A Buckingham (MU/AG)
Sgt E J Griffiths (R/AG)
ED562 Returned Primary 19,000ft at 03.21hrs. F/L J C Lord (P)
Sgt K W C Down (F/Eng)
F/Sgt R Sebaski (Nav)
Sgt A A A Vass (A/B)
P/O J Elliott (W/Op)
Sgt A J Schomberg (MU/AG)
Sgt J E Roberts (MU/AG)
LL811 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.21hrs. S/L P A Nicholas (P)
PA995 Returned Primary 13,700ft at 03.25hrs. F/O R G Fink (Nav)
F/L F S Steele (P)
Sgt A W E Walters (F/Eng)
Sgt B St. J Railton-Jones (A/B)
Sgt W G Merills (W/Op)
Sgt W G Roberts (MU/AG)
Sgt R Smith (R/AG)
LL850 Returned Primary 12,000ft at 03.20hrs. P/O S B Taylor (P)
Sgt I V Browse (F/Eng)
WO2 E Salte (Nav)
F/Sgt S G Card (A/B)
Sgt R H Hoggard (W/Op)
Sgt R L Wood (MU/AG)
Sgt D A Stanley (R/AG)
F/O L W Hussey (P)
DV279 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.22hrs. F/O H A T Clark (P)
Sgt W Aspinall (F/Eng)
F/Sgt G W James (Nav)
F/Sgt W E Reed (A/B)
Sgt P E Binder (W/Op)
Sgt W E Johnson (MU/AG)
Sgt D L Marks (R/AG)
W5005 Returned Primary 13,000ft at 03.20hrs.
LL796 Returned Abortive. All bombs jettisoned live 5347N/0131E at 02.20. 5000ft due to port outer engine u/s
Pl837 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.21hrs.
LM460 Returned Primary 12,500ft at 03.23hrs. F/O W D Robertson (A/B)
F/O V A Thygessen (P)
Sgt R Finlay (F/Eng)
F/O E C Packham (Nav)
Sgt A Pavlovitch (W/Op)
Sgt A E Howting (MU/AG)
F/O H B Parker (R/AG)
LM455 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.23hrs. F/Lt R Thomas (P)
Sgt S F Beardmore (F/Eng)
Sgt V R Farmer (Nav)
F/Sgt A C H Stack (A/B)
Sgt E J Wilkins (W/Op)
Sgt J J Curtis (MU/AG)
Sgt C R Cronk (R/AG)
LL931 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.17hrs.
LM134 Returned Primary 14,000ft at 03.22hrs.

[Ed: ORB states LM134 "H" - but this aircraft was lost 16 June 44 to Sterkade with the Neilson crew]
S/L B J Redmond (P)
F/L O A Hardy (MU/AG)
Sgt J R Penton (F/Eng)
Sgt J D Naunton (Nav)
F/O N Nunns (A/B)
Sgt J T Kermack (W/Op)
Sgt C J Watson (MU/AG)

Operation/Target: - (25 Jun 1944 - 25 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 25 Jun 1944 25 Jun 1944 Y Eighteen aircraft and crews were offered but the Squadron was ordered to stand-by and at 13.00hrs the Squadron was stood down, with a stand-by ordered for the next day.

Operation/Target: - (26 Jun 1944 - 26 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
- 26 Jun 1944 26 Jun 1944 Y The Squadron stand-by was cancelled at 10.30hrs and the day devoted to ground training and lectures.

Operation/Target: Pas de Calais (27 Jun 1944 - 27 Jun 1944)

Operation Summary
Target Out Back Aborted
(Y / N)
Comments
Pas de Calais 27 Jun 1944 27 Jun 1944 N Seventeen aircraft were offered, accepted and briefed to attack another lair of the "Doodle Bug" in the Pas de Calais. The trip was largely without incident "M" (P/O Clarke) had, however, a close brush with an unidentified enemy fighter who opened fire at point blank range with no effect. This was the only sighting reported. All our aircraft returned safely and claimed to have bombed the primary target. Opposition over the target was reported as being negligible.
Aircraft Deployed Servicemen Deployed
Aircraft Service Number Returned
or FTR
Comments Crew Details
LL800 Returned Primary 14,000ft as 03.31hrs. 1 x 500 MC hung up and jettisoned. F/O R Purvis (P)
Sgt S Leary (F/Eng)
F/Sgt C Stoddard (Nav)