Abbreviations

DZ

LZ

Nav

OTU

R/T

Wef

Drop Zone

Landing Zone

Navigator

Officer Training Unit

Radio / Telephony

With Effect

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

 

17th September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather:- overcast early morning, improving later in the day.

OPERATION "MARKET" (GLIDER TUG 1st LIFT)  L.Z. "S" ARNHEM AREA.

48 Squadron contributed 23 crews out of the 49 detailed for the first glider tug of this big operation.  The airborne troops arrived at their respective glider approximately 23 minutes fore the time of take off.  The first of 48 Squadron's aircraft took off at 0955 hours, followed by the other 22 aircraft plus Horsas with perfect regularity, the last one left the airfield at 1013 hours.  As crews had instructions to keep below cloud, they were forced down very low due to low cloud when nearing Oxford.  Two gliders were released over the sea when the tug engines cut, Airsea Rescue craft picking the glider crews up almost immediately.  A third cast off when in difficulties landed safely 5 miles west of Abingdon Aerodrome.  A fourth cast off when the tug engines cut - landing safely on the Dutch Island of SCHOUWEN.  19 crews reported successful release over the L.Z. and all aircraft returned to base safely.  Names of the crews taking part appear in Form 541, A.

 

Movement : Flight Lieutenant J.M. Woodcock (J.11505) Nav.B. posted to 147 Squadron.

Promotion : Flying Officer A.J. Williams (J.13313) G.D. promoted to the rank of Temporary Flight Lieutenant w.e.f. 14.8.44.

 

18th September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather :-Slight fog early, clearing later.

OPERATION "MARKET" Glider Tug 2nd Lift D + 1 L.Z. "S".

LZ "S" was the objective on this 2nd lift.  The same marshalling procedure was used as on the 1st lift of the day previous, but the route was changed slightly:

Position B.

C.

D.

E.

F.

T.R.V.

L.Z

ATTU

BORNEO

CATALINA

GHENT AIRFIELD

DELOS

51 44 00 N   00 54 25 E

51 22 25 N   01 26 55 E

51 16 20 N   03 00 20 E

51 01 25 N   03 41 25 E

51 06 50 N   04 58 37 E

51 38 15 N   05 18 15 E

ARNHEM AREA.

26 Horsa Gliders were towed successfully to the L.Z., one glider had its tow rope severed (probably by flak) and landed safely 5 miles E.N.E. of HERTOGENBOSCH - about 10 miles from the L.Z.  Once again all the aircraft returned safely, not having sighted any enemy aircraft.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather :- Cloudy, becoming fine.

OPERATION "MARKET" (Re-supply D + 2)

One of the prematurely released gliders on D-day was successfully towed to LZ. "S", the aircraft piloted by F/Lt. G. Whitfield, D.F.M., returned safely to base after experiencing a little flak N. of the L.Z.  16 aircraft were detailed to take part in a re-supply drop on D.Z. "V" at Arnhem.  By the time our aircraft arrived at the D.Z. the enemy were partly in control there, so the mission was not the success it was hoped to be.  Apparently the airborne forces tried to get a message through to postpone this re-supply mission, but the attempt failed.  Fighter escort was lacking due to bad weather, and flak was intense, several aircraft being damaged.  Two aircraft did not return, P/O V.B. Christies' and F/O. L.R. Pattee, the latter crash-landed N.W. of Kassel after being hit by flak repeatedly, the crew and 3 despatchers were safe, but one despatcher died of his injuries.  The crew and despatchers were brought back to base in a Blakehill Farm aircraft.  12 crews were detailed to convey petrol to B.58.  On arrival these crews found 10/10 cloud with base at 100 feet.  F/O Macreanor managed to land safely, but the remaining 11 aircraft had to return to base with their loads.

 

Movement : F/O G.L. Connelly (J.23598) posted to this Unit from No.107 O.T.U.

 

20th September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather : Cloudy and hazy.

OPERATION "MARKET" (RE-SUPPLY D + 3)

16 crews were detailed to take 256 panniers to DZ. "V" at ARNHEM.  A considerable amount of accurate machine gun fire and light and heavy flak were experienced but in spite of the enemy opposition the operation was considered to be successful.  One aircraft piloted by F/O Makay sustained flak hits on the starboard engine which cut.  However, the pilot regained control and safely made base on one engine, the remaining 15 aircraft also returned safely.  As the weather had improved, fighter escort was greatly improved.

 

Commissioning : W/O R.M. Martin G(S) appointed to commissioned rank in the G.D. branch w.e.f. 25.4.44.

Promotion : P/O V.C. Smith (J.85112) G(S) promoted to the rank of Temporary Flying Officer w.e.f. 6.7.44.

 

21st September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather :

OPERATION "MARKET" (RE-SUPPLY D + 4)

13 aircraft were detailed to carry 208 panniers to DZ. "V" at ARNHEM for the 1st Airborne Division.  This was a successful drop, but several crews and aircraft were lost due to the presence of enemy F.W. 190's and heavy flak and tracer at HERTOGENBOSCH, BOXTEL, KEELSAN, and from near to the D.Z.  1 Dakota was reported to have had the port wing torn off by a pannier dropped from an aircraft overhead.  One aircraft piloted by S/Ldr. Duff-Mitchell crash landed safely at B.56 after flak had severed the oil and fuel pipes.  5 aircraft were lost, F/O Finlay, W/O Webb, F/S. Webster, Capt. Campbell and F/O Wills; some of these crews have since returned to base and reports were made by the following captains - F/Sgt. Webster (also reported by Sgt. Rushton W/Op.), F/O Finlay, F/O Pattee, P/O Clarke - Navigator of W/O Webb's crew, F/O Warwick.  Photographs of crashed Dakota KG.401 (F/O Pattee and crew) - see Appendix 19, 20, 21, 22, 25 and 26.  2 aircraft carried out schedule trips R.F.4. and 5 carrying R.A.F. Freight to B.56.  One aircraft returned empty to base, the other stayed at NORTHOLT overnight.

 

22nd September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather : Cloudy with haze.

There was a stand down for the Squadron from Operation "MARKET".  4 aircraft on schedule trips AF1, 2, 3, and 4 carried medical and tank spares to B.56.  2 aircraft returned with casualties and one R.A.F. passenger at Blakehill Farm.  1 aircraft returned with casualties and 8 R.A.F. passengers to Broadwell.  The remaining aircraft brought back F/O Finlay and crew to base.

 

23rd September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather : Cloudy.

OPERATION "MARKET" (Re-Supply D + 6)

13 crews were detailed to carry 91 panniers and 69 medical bundles to DZ. "V".  There was 5/10 cloud over the continent and aircraft captains reported a successful drop on the D.Z. except for one which was dropped 5 to 6 miles short of the D.Z. due to a misunderstanding on the part of the despatchers.  All the crews were extremely glad to see a good fighter escort.  One aircraft, P/O Pring & crew, was lost, and another, piloted by W/O McLaughlin, was badly damaged, but a successful forced landing was made at Eindhoven and the crew has since returned.  The remaining aircraft returned safely to base.  For reports by W/O McLaughlin and W/O Felton see Appendicies 23 and 24.

 

24th September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather : Fair but cloudy.

8 aircraft were detailed for a further re-supply mission to Arnhem but the operation was cancelled.

 

25th September 1944

Place: Down Ampney

 

Weather : Dull.

10 crews were detailed on schedule trips to convey Panniers, medical supplies and tyres to B.56.  7 aircraft returned empty, the remaining 3 aircraft returned with casualties and enemy ammunition.

 

 

 

17th September 1944

23 Dakotas Mk.III towed 23 Horsas carrying part of the 1st. Airborne Division to L.Z. "S", - west of ARNHEM in HOLLAND.  Clouds were low but appeared to be breaking up for take-off, which took 18 minutes.  3 Dakotas experienced cutting repeatedly, losing considerable height.  One of these had to release his glider at 800 feet over the Channel.  Another was still trying to re-start his engines when the glider cast off, both these glider crews were picked up very quickly by Air Sea Rescue craft.  The third got as far as the Dutch coast when his engines and R/T failed, so he released his glider, which landed safely on the Island of SCHOUWEN.  A fourth lost his glider in thick cloud over England, which landed safely five miles west of ABINGDON Aerodrome.  The remaining Dakotas arrived safely over the L.Z. on time, the Horsas casting off in rapid succession.  All aircraft returned safely to Base, having encountered no enemy air opposition and very little flak.  On the whole a successful operation.  The total load carried to the L.Z. was 292 troops; 2 cars (5 cwts); 17 Jeeps; 22 trailers (10 cwts); 2 hand carts; 18 heavy and 2 folding motor bicycles; 22 bicycles; 1 6 pounder gun.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.452

F/O H.J. JONES

F/O W.J. CHEEK

F/SGT. BROWN, J.K.

F/SGT. MUMFORD, S.

0957

1530

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.671

F/LT/ A.C. BLYTHE

F/O C.G. DAWSON

P/O B.S. EDMONSON

P/O P.C. BARRATT

0957

1525

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.620

W/O PAGE, S.

SGT POTTS, J.

W/O LEE, P.H.

W/O McMICHAEL, R.J.

0958

1535

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.401

F/LT. G. WHITFIELD, DFM

W/O MILLAR, W.R.

F/LT. K.D. GAY

P/O R.W. BUTTON

0958

1536

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.350

P/O W.R. PRING

SGT COLEMAN, H.E.

F/SGT GLEAVE, G.D.

W/O SPRINGSTEELE, J.L.

0957

1527

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.436

F/SGT WEBSTER, S.H.

F/SGT MURRAY, R.

SGT FELL, W.

SGT RUSHTON, J.C.

1000

1530

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.393

S/LDR. P. DRUMMOND AFC

F/SGT JOHNSON, A.G.

P/O H.N. NIVEN

F/SGT SAXTON, S.

1000

1525

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.428

P/O S.J.H. CARTER

SGT McCULLUM, J.

P/O R.F. CARTER

W/O NICHOLSON, R.W.

1001

1541

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.423

CAPT V.B. JURY

F/O D.G. DUMPER

W/O SANDERS

SGT HOBBS, H.G.

1000

1530

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.409

F/O H.M. TIDBURY

F/SGT THOMSON, A.S.

F/O H. LOVELL

SGT HELIWELL, D.S.

1004

1532

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.439

F/O M.R.S. MACKAY

P/O W.C. BAYNES

W/O LEWIS, W.A.

F/SGT OWEN, R.

1004

1526

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.331

W/O D.A. WEBB
F/SGT PLEAR, D.H.R.

P/O R.C. CLARKE

W/O BIRLISON, G.

1005

1537

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.395

F/LT. R.R. KEILLER

F/SGT BIRCH, W.C.

W/O BARRY, R.T.

W/O PARRY, J.I. AFM

1005

1525

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.406

F/LT. P.W. SMITH

F/SGT POWELL, I.

P/O J.L. ROBINSON

W/O GOLTON, J.H.

1005

1535

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.346

CAPT. C.H. CAMPBELL

F/O J.C. GARVEY

F/O J.P. MUDGE

F/SGT WILLIAMS, S.

1012

1532

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.391

F/O A.J. WILLIAMS

F/SGT SMITH, R.F.

P/O J.P. THOMPSON

F/LT. W.B. GORDON

1008

1530

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.317

F/O G. LOADES

F/SGT MAXWELL, W.W.

F/LT. E. PALIN

P/O C.E. DIXON

1011

1528

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.411

W/O FELTON, F.F.

F/SGT MEECHAM, A.W.

F/SGT TOYNE, K.

W/O CHENERY, J.A.

1012

1529

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.414

F/O R.G.J. HULL

W/O O'BRIEN, T.

F/O D. NORTH

W/O PETERSON, L.L.

1012

1529

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.416

S/LDR T.R.N. WHEATLEY-SMITH

P/O J.J. HOLMES

P/O J.R. HEMSWORTH

F/SGT ANDERSON, J.L.

1009

1330

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.610

F/O J. LE HURAY

F/SGT ANDERSON, D.

F/LT. J.M. WOODCOCK

F/SGT SANSUM, J.J.

1003

1055

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.671

F/O A.M. SMITH

SGT AMBLER, J.

F/O J.A. SMITH

F/SGT ROBERTSON, A.D.C.

1005

1337

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.364

F/O G.S. TAYLOR

W/O PERRY, H.A.

F/O C. MOORE

W/O McQUILTON, W.A.

1005

1431

 

18th September 1944

26 Dakotas and Horsas took off from Base in fairly good weather to transport part of the 1st Airborne Division to L.Z. "S", N.E. of ARNHEM, HOLLAND.  The aircraft made good time to the L.Z., releasing all gliders as briefed, except one, which sustained a severed tow rope at 1441A, position 5143N 0527E, landing safely 5 miles E.N.E. of HERTOGENBOSCH, approximately 10 miles from the L.Z.  A certain amount of light flak was experienced East of HERTOGENBOSCH and round the T.R.V.  The weather was fairly hazy over the Continent with 7/10ths Stratus over Eastern England and the sea.  No enemy aircraft were sighted and all our aircraft returned safely to Base.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.416

S/LDR P.O.M. DUFF-MITCHELL, AFC

W/CDR M. HALLAM, DFC

F/O E.J.B. HOBSBAWN

F/O T. CROWLEY

1100

1700

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.436

F/SGT WEBSTER, S.H.

F/SGT MURRAY, R.

SGT FELL, W.

SGT RUSHTON, J.C.

1100

1703

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.624

F/O L.R. PATTEE

P/O A.C. KENT

W/O FENWICK, T.

F/O F.J. MACINTYRE

1101

1659

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.386

F/O J.P. WARWICK

F/SGT TENNISON, C.

P/O A.W. CARFRAE

P/O R.K. MARTIN

1102

1702

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.408

F/O S.S. FINLAY

P/O W.J. WALSH

F/SGT GRAY, B.L.T.

P/O C.W. PRICE

1103

1654

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.350

P/O W.R. PRING

SGT COLEMAN, H.E.

F/SGT GLEAVE, G.D.

W/O SPRINGSTEELE, J.L.

1102

1702

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.452

F/O E.W. McCREANOR

F/O D.S. HODGE

F/SGT ROBERTS, R.

F/SGT DANIELS, J.

1104

1715

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.397

S/LDR. L.J. HARRIES

P/O J.J. HOLMES
P/O J.R. HEMSWORTH

F/SGT ANDERSON, J.L.

1104

1700

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.414

F/O R.G.J. HULL

W/O O'BRIEN, T.

F/O D. NORTH

W/O PETERSON, L.L.

1106

1649

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.406

F/LT. R.R. KEILLER

F/SGT BIRCH, W.C.

W/O BARRY, R.T.

W/O PARRY, J.I. AFM

1106

1650

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.337

W/O McLAUGHLIN, S.

P/O L.T. BENTLEY

F/O E.S. CLARK

P/O S. MELIDONES

1107

1656

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.317

CAPT. C.H. CAMPBELL

F/O J.C. GARVEY

F/O J.P. MUDGE

F/SGT WILLIAMS, S.

1107

1651

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.364

F/O G.S. TAYLOR

W/O PERRY, H.A.

F/O C. MOORE

W/O McQUILTON, W.A.

1108

1655

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.587

F/LT. H.J.G. ALFORD
SGT LESLIE, E.L.

F/SGT MEWIS, J.H.

P/O A.F. SPENCER

1108

1645

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.409

F/O H.M. TIDBURY

F/SGT A.S. THOMSON

F/O H. LOVELL

SGT HELIWELL, D.S.

1109

1658

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.423

F/LT. W.F. STONE

F/SGT CLARKE, J.P.

P/O J.D. HARRISON

P/O R.F.J. HINDE

1100

1700

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.610

F/O J. LE HURAY

F/SGT ANDERSON, D.

F/LT. WOODCOCK, J.M.

F/SGT SANSUM, J.J.

1110

1700

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.417

F/O J.G. WILLS

P/O J.E. ERICKSON

W/O HARDY, D.G.

F/SGT BLACK, D.S.

1110

1715

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.439

P/O V.B. CHRISTIE

F/SGT FULLER, F.E.

P/O F.C.S. DODSON

W/O FULMORE, P.A.

1110

1643

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.331

W/O WEBB. D.A.
F/SGT PLEAR, D.H.R.

P/O R.C. CLARKE

W/O BIRLISON, G.

1112

1700

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.391

F/O A.J. WILLIAMS

F/SGT SMITH, R.F.

P/O J.P. THOMPSON

F/LT. W.B. GORDON

1112

1706

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.395

F/LT. P.W. SMITH

F/SGT POWELL, I.

P/O J.L. ROBINSON

W/O GOLTON, J.H.

1130

1708

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.404

F/O H.J. JONES

F/O W.J. CHEEK

F/SGT. BROWN, J.K.

F/SGT. MUMFORD, S.

1131

1724

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.428

P/O S.J.H. CARTER

SGT McCULLUM, J.

P/O R.F. CARTER

W/O NICHOLSON, R.W.

1134

1700

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.620

F/LT. G. WHITFIELD, DFM

W/O MILLAR, W.R.

F/LT. K.D. GAY

P/O R.W. BUTTON

1136

1654

 

19th September 1944

16 aircraft were detailed to take part in a daylight re-supply mission to D.Z. "V" at ARNHEM in HOLLAND.  Panniers were dropped on the D.Z. to the 1st. Airborne Division.  The aircraft were routed to arrive over the D.Z. from the south - over our lines - fighter escort was almost nil, due to bad weather, and flak was intense, many of the aircraft being damaged.  2 crews did not return, (P/O V.B. CHRISTIE's and F/O L.R. PATTEE's), the latter was brought back to base, together with crew and 3 despatchers on the 20th. September by a BLAKEHILL FARM aircraft, after having to crash-land the day previously N.W. of KESSEL after being hit repeatedly by flak on leaving the D.Z.  One of the 4 despatchers was killed.  This was not a very pleasant trip for the crews, who obviously preferred the Northern route.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.401

F/O L.R. PATTEE

P/O A.C. KENT

W/O FENWICK, T.

F/O F.J. MACINTYRE

1235

1610 Crashed.

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.331

W/O WEBB. D.A.
F/SGT PLEAR, D.H.R.

P/O R.C. CLARKE

W/O BIRLISON, G.

1237

1755

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.395

S/LDR T.R.N. WHEATLEY-SMITH

P/O J.J. HOLMES

P/O J.R. HEMSWORTH

F/SGT ANDERSON, J.L.

1235

1745

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.391

F/O A.J. WILLIAMS

F/SGT SMITH, R.F.

P/O J.P. THOMPSON

F/LT. W.B. GORDON

1239

1756

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.393

F/O M.R.S. MACKAY

P/O W.C. BAYNES

W/O LEWIS, W.A.

F/SGT OWEN, R.

1235

1810

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.338

F/LT. N. IOSSON

SGT PRITCHARD, W.

SGT ROSE, H.W.

F/O G.J. CONNELLY

1236

1803

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.579

CAPT V.B. JURY

F/O D.G. DUMPER

W/O SANDERS, D.W.

SGT HOBBS, H.G.

1235

1750

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.321

F/O R.A. KENNY

F/SGT EVANS, L.

W/O ENGLISH, R.E.

P/O A.H. MACALONEY

1235

1747

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.364

P/O P.D. WARING

SGT HESSEY, B.

SGT FRANKS, R.E.

W/O OLIVER, R.

1234

1805

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.370

F/LT/ A.C. BLYTHE

F/O C.G. DAWSON

P/O B.S. EDMONSON

P/O P.C. BARRATT

1235

1746

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.393

S/LDR. P. DRUMMOND

F/SGT JOHNSON, A.G.

P/O H.N. NIVEN

F/SGT SAXTON, S.

1235

1755

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.397

S/LDR. L.J. HARRIES

F/SGT ANDERSON, D.

F/LT. B. COBCROFT

F/O G.E. McKEILL

1238

1800

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.408

F/O S.S. FINLAY

P/O W.J. WALSH

F/SGT GRAY, B.L.T.

P/O C.W. PRICE

1238

1745

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.671

F/O A.M. SMITH

SGT AMBLER, J.

F/O J.A. SMITH

F/SGT ROBERTSON, A.D.C.

1235

1747

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.397

W/O McLAUGHLIN, S.

P/O L.T. BENTLEY

F/O E.S. CLARK

P/O S. MELIDONES

1239

1800

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.428

P/O V.B. CHRISTIE

F/SGT FULLER, F.E.

P/O F.C.S. DODSON

W/O FULMORE, P.A.

1237

Missing.  This aircraft failed to return from operations.

 

One crew detailed to take Horsa to D.Z. "S", this Horsa was left over from the previous day as load was not available.  The glider landed safely while under control, and aircraft returned after sustaining very minor damage from small arms fire and light flak.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.416

F/LT. G. WHITFIELD, DFM

W/O MILLAR, W.R.

F/LT. K.D. GAY

P/O R.W. BUTTON

1142

1759

 

12 crews proceeded to B.58 with petrol but found very poor weather conditions over the airfield (10/10 cloud with base 100 feet).  F/O MCCREANOR managed to land his aircraft but the remaining 11 crews returned with the load to base.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.346

CAPT. C.H. CAMPBELL

F/O J.C. GARVEY

F/O J.P. MUDGE

F/S ANDERSON, J.L.

1004

1400

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.411

W/O FELTON, F.F.

F/S MEECHAM, A.W.

F/S TOYNE, K.

W/O CHENERY, J.A.

1001

1336

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.563

F/O McCREANOR, E.W.

F/O D.S. HODGE

F/S ROBERTS, R.

F/S DANIELS, J.

1003

1740

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.620

F/S WEBSTER, S.H.

F/S MURRAY, R.

SGT FELL, W.

SGT RUSTON, J.C.

0959

1403

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.452

F/O H.J. JONES

F/O W.J. CHEEK

F/S. BROWN, J.K.

F/S. MUMFORD, S.

1001

1408

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.417

F/O J.G. WILLS

P/O J.W. ERICKSON

W/O HARDY, D.G.

F/S BLACK, D.S.

0955

1359

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.623

F/LT. W.F. STONE

F/S CLARKE, J.P.

P/O J.D. HARRISON

P/O R.F.J. HINDE

0958

1400

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.587

F/LT. H.J.G. ALFORD, AFC
SGT LESLIE, E.L.

F/S MEWIS, J.H.

P/O A.F. SPENCER

0948

1403

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.610

F/O J. LE HURAY

F/S ANDERSON, D.

F/LT. J.M. WOODCOCK

F/SGT SANSUM, J.J.

1000

1410

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.317

F/O G. LOADES

F/S MAXWELL, W.W.

F/LT. E. PALIN

P/O C.E. DIXON

1008

1414

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.350

P/O W.R. PRING

SGT COLMAN, H.E.

F/S GLEAVE, G.D.

W/O SPRINGSTEELE, J.L.

1005

1440

 

20th September 1944

16 aircraft transported 256 panniers to DZ "V" for the 1st Airborne Division at ARNHEM, HOLLAND.  Considerable accurate machine gun fire and light medium and heavy flak was encountered but the mission was considered successful.  One aircraft piloted by F/O. MACKAY had its starboard engine cut due to flak but pilot maintained control and returned safely to base on one engine - the remaining 15 aircraft also returned safely.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.423

F/O M.R.S. MACKAY

P/O W.C. BAYNES

W/O LEWIS, W.A.

F/SGT OWEN, R.

1415

2016

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.587

F/LT. H.J.G. ALFORD, AFC
SGT LESLIE, E.L.

F/S MEWIS, J.H.

P/O A.F. SPENCER

1416

1940

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.324

W/O PAGE, S.

SGT POTTS, J.

W/O LEE, P.H.

W/O McMICHAEL, R.J.

1415

1930

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.406

F/LT. P.W. SMITH

F/SGT POWELL, I.

P/O J.L. ROBINSON

W/O GOLTON, J.H.

1412

1952

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.620

F/O H.J. JONES

F/O J. CHEEK

F/S. BROWN, J.K.

F/S. MUMFORD, S.

1414

1938

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.386

F/O J.P. WARWICK

F/S TENNISON, C.

P/O A.W. CARFRAE

P/O R.K. MARTIN

1414

1939

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.350

P/O W.R. PRING

SGT COLMAN, H.E.

F/S GLEAVE, G.D.

W/O SPRINGSTEELE, J.L.

1414

1927

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.411

F/O R.G.J. HULL

W/O O'BRIEN, T.

F/O D. NORTH

W/O PETERSON, L.L.

1412

1918

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.317

F/O G. LOADES

F/S MAXWELL, W.W.

F/LT. E. PALIN

P/O C.E. DIXON

1413

1925

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.391

W/O FELTON, F.F.

F/S MEECHAM, A.W.

F/S TOYNE, K.

W/O CHENERY, J.A.

1413

1923

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.417

F/O J.G. WILLS

P/O J.W. ERICKSON

W/O HARDY, D.G.

F/S BLACK, D.S.

1416

1915

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.346

CAPT. C.H. CAMPBELL

F/O J.C. GARVEY

F/O J.P. MUDGE

F/S ANDERSON, J.L.

1413

1918

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.579

CAPT V.B. JURY

F/O D.G. DUMPER

W/O SANDERS, D.W.

SGT HOBBS, H.G.

1416

1930

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.337

F/LT. N. IOSSON

SGT PRITCHARD, W.

SGT ROSE, H.W.

F/O G.J. CONNELLY

1415

1932

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.563

P/O P.D. WARING

SGT B. HESSEY

SGT FRANKS, R.E.

W/O OLIVER, R.

1413

1934

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.416

F/O A.M. SMITH

SGT AMBLER, J.

F/O J.A. SMITH

F/S ROBERTSON, A.D.C.

1417

1921

 

21st September 1944

13 aircraft were detailed to transport 208 panniers to DZ "V" at ARNHEM, HOLLAND, for the 1st Airborne Division.  Very heavy flak and tracer was met over and near to the DZ, also at HERTOGENBOSCH, BOXTEL and KEELSAN, and FW190s attacked several aircraft after the panniers had been safely released.  One aircraft crashed landed (S/L. Duff-Mitchell) at B56, after flak had severed the oil and fuel pipes, - crew and despatchers have since arrived safely at Base.  Three crew were shot down (F/O. Finlay, W/O. Webb and F/S. Webster) after dropping their panniers, fighter cover was very scarce and very late, there were some casualties and wounded.  Two aircraft are missing.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.404

F/O S.S. FINLAY

P/O W.J. WALSH

F/S GRAY, R.L.T.

P/O C.W. RICE

1315

Crashed 1630

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.579

W/O D.A. WEBB
F/S PLEAR, D.H.R.

P/O CLARKE, R.C.

W/O BIRLISON, G.

1315

Crashed 1525

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.624

F/O McCREANOR, E.W.

F/O D.S. HODGE

F/S ROBERTS, R.

F/S DANIELS, J.

1315

1835

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.587

F/L W.F. STONE

F/S CLARKE, J.P.

P/O J.D. HARRISON

P/O R.F.J. HINDE

1314

1843

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.411

S/L. L.J. HARRIES

P/O J.J. HOLMES

P/O J.R. HEMSWORTH

P/O S. MELIDONES

1315

1840

Dakota.Mk.III

?

F/O J.P. WARWICK

F/S TENNISON, C.

P/O A.W. CARFRAE

P/O R.K. MARTIN

1313

1936

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.350

S/LDR P.O.M. DUFF-MITCHELL, AFC

W/C M. HALLAM, DFC

P/O B.S. EDMONSON

F/O T. CROWLEY

1310

Crashed 1715

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.406

F/LT. R.R. KEILLER

F/S BIRCH, W.C.

W/O BARRY, R.T.

W/O PARRY, J.I.

1315

1830

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.393

S/LDR. P. DRUMMOND

F/S JOHNSON, A.G.

P/O H.N. NIVEN

F/S SAXTON, S.

1315

1840

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.620

F/S WEBSTER, S.H.

F/S MURRAY, R.

SGT FELL, W.

SGT RUSTON, J.C.

1315

Crashed

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.346

CAPT. C.H. CAMPBELL

F/O J.C. GARVEY

F/O J.P. MUDGE

F/S ANDERSON, J.L.

1316

Missing

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.417

F/O J.G. WILLS

P/O J.W. ERICKSON

W/O HARDY, D.G.

F/S BLACK, D.S.

1314

Missing

 

23rd September 1944

13 aircraft were detailed to transport panniers and Medical bundles to DZ "V" on a daylight mission.  The weather was fairly good and all Captains of aircraft report that panniers and bundles were dropped on the DZ, except one, which was due to a misunderstanding on the part of the despatchers.  Light and medium flak was encountered N of the DZ, N.E. of EDEN, N of EINDHOVEN, and in the vicinity of VEGHEL.  All crews were very glad and cheered to see good fighter cover.  One aircraft (W/O. McLAUGHLIN - Pilot) was hit by flak but managed to land safely at EINDHOVEN, another aircraft (P/O. PRING - Pilot) is still missing.  One Wireless Operator reported seeing a FW.190 chasing a Dakota at tree-top level near to the DZ; but did not see Dakota crash.

Aircraft Type & Number

Crew

Time Up

Time Down

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.391

W/O FELTON, F.F.

F/S MEECHAM, A.W.

F/S TOYNE, K.

W/O CHENERY, J.A.

1344

1720

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.321

W/O McLAUGHLIN, S.

P/O L.T. BENTLEY

F/O E.S. CLARK

P/O S. MELIDONES

1358

Eindhoven 1632

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.317

F/L R.R. KEILLER

F/S BIRCH, W.C.

W/O BARRY, R.T.

W/O PARRY, J.I.

1357

1843

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.406

F/O R.G.J. HULL

W/O O'BRIEN, T.

F/O D. NORTH

W/O PETERSON, L.L.

1339

1858

Dakota.Mk.III

FZ.624

F/L G. WHITFIELD

W/O MILLAR, W.R.

F/L K.D. GAY

P/O R.W. BUTTON

1359

1844

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.563

F/L N.J. STEER

F/O J. BENNETT

P/O D.W. McGREAGOR

F/L R.H. BARKER

1403

1900

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.416

W/O PAGE, S.

SGT POTTS, J.

W/O LEE, P.H.

W/O McMICHAEL, R.J.

1420

1905

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.414

F/O A.J. WILLIAMS

F/S SMITH, R.F.

P/O J.P. THOMPSON

F/LT. W.B. GORDON

1346

1855

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.337

S/L. L.J. HARRIES

P/O J.J. HOLMES

P/O J.R. HEMSWORTH

P/O P.C. BARRATT

1336

1855

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.364

F/L W.F. STONE

F/S J.P. CLARKE

P/O J.D. HARRISON

P/O R.F.J. HINDE

1345

1850

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.393

F/O M.R.S. MACKAY

P/O W.C. BAYNES

W/O LEWIS, W.A.

F/SGT OWEN, R.

1343

1850

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.587

F/LT. H.J.G. ALFORD, AFC
SGT LESLIE, E.L.

F/S MEWIS, J.H.

P/O A.F. SPENCER

1419

1855

Dakota.Mk.III

KG.370

P/O W.R. PRING

SGT COLMAN, H.E.

F/S GLEAVE, G.D.

W/O SPRINGSTEELE, J.L.

1341

Missing