Distinguished Conduct Medal

Intelligence Officer

Landing Zone

Officer Commanding
Royal Artillery

Regimental Aid Post

Troop Carrier Command


United States Army Air Force



Month and year: September 1944

Commanding Officer : Major J. F. Lyne


1st September 1944

Place: Keevil


3. Crews 13. Flight injured in Traffic Accident.  Detained in Hospital.  5. Crews from IX T.C.C. Airfields. (Previously Posted 15th. August 1944).  No.952832. S/Sgt. White. R. awarded D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry on Operation "NEPTUNE" on 'D'. Day.  Major Lyne O/C 'D'. Squadron & Officers & Men of the Squadron acknowledged their pleasure on a special squadron order.  Loading commenced.


2nd September 1944

Place: Keevil


1000 - 4. Crews from Depot under Capt. O'Malley attached pending posting.  1. Crew to Capt. Morrison, Blakehill Farm.  Main Briefing 16.00hrs - postponed 12 hours.


3rd September 1944

Place: Keevil


0030 - Stand Down.


1700 - Squadron Commander & I.O. to HARWELL.


2230 - Warning order for new operation.


4th September 1944

Place: Keevil


0030 - Operation cancelled.  Normal training.


5th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal training.


6th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Squadron Commander & I.O. to HARWELL.  Orders for Operation 'COMET'.


7th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1100 - Squadron Briefed for Operation 'COMET'.  90. Crews.  Take off 04.05hrs 8th September 1944.  5. Crews from BRIZE NORTON.  1. Remained.  4 sent to TARRANT RUSHTON.


2300 - Take off postponed 24 hours.


8th September 1944

Place: Keevil


2115 - Take off postponed 24 hours.


9th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1800 - Take off postponed 48 hours.


1930 - Unloading commenced.


10th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Stand Down.


11th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal training.


12th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal training.


13th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1600 - Squadron I.O. to HARWELL.  Lt/Col. I. A. Murray & Padre visited Squadron.


14th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1200 - Preliminary orders for Operation 'MARKET'.  4. Crews from 5. Flight, BLAKEHILL FARM to form Composite Flight for 3rd. Lift.  Loading commenced 1st. Lift.


15th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1100 - 8. Crews from 'A' Squadron under Lieut. Taylor.  Composite Flight of 15. Crews for 3rd. Lift.  2nd. Lift Loading commenced.


16th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1300 - Base Camp Sealed.  All Crews Briefing 14.30hrs.


17th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1016 - Capt. Ogilvie & Squadron H.Q. with 21 & 13 Flights under Capt. Barclay & Capt. Cairns took-off with 50 Crews on 1st. Lift L.Z. "Z".  All landed on L.Z. except Chalk No.389. No.878764. S/Sgt. Gardner & No.953786 Sgt. Fraser. R.A. crashed near RADSTOCK - both killed.

Chalk No.385. S/Sgt. Smith & Sgt. Morgan forced landing at SANDRIDGE took off 2nd. Lift.

Chalk No.399. S/Sgt. Lecce & Sgt. Pinnock forced landed at AMERSHAM.

Chalk No.457. Lieut. Adams & Sgt. Waterman.  Did not take-off.

Chalk No.462. S/Sgt. Beard & Sgt. Tapping 'Ditched' off HOLLAND.  Crew safe returned to U.K. same day.

Chalk No.468. S/Sgt. Edwards & Sgt. Oram.  Forced landed near ANTWERP.

Chalk No.474. S/Sgt. Ramsbottom & Sgt. Harvey forced landed at GOSFIELD AERODROME.  Took-off next day.

Chalk No.478. S/Sgt. Cram & Sgt. Whitehead forced landed near ANTWERP.


1600 - Sgt. D'Eath wounded on Operation 'NEPTUNE' returned to Squadron.


18th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1126 - 2nd. Lift 8 & 22 Flights under Capt. Murdoch & Capt. Muir with 40 Crews with 4 Crews residues from 1st. Lift took-off.  All landed on L.Z. 'X' with the following exceptions:-

Chalk No.956. S/Sgt. Black & Sgt. Hudson - Cast off over Dutch Islands - Slipstream trouble.

Chalk No.964. S/Sgt. Coombs & Sgt. Knowles - landed on U.S.A.A.F. L.Z. Tug Hit.

Chalk No.1011. S/Sgt. Stevenson & Lieut. Moorwood - Rope broke 10 miles from L.Z. - Glider seen to land O.K.

Chalk No.1026. S/Sgt. Stocker & Sgt. Allen - forced landed MARTLESHAM HEATH crew took-off on 3rd. Lift.


5. Flight took-off from BLAKEHILL FARM under Capt. Morrison - 22 Crews all landed on L.Z. with the following exception:-

Chalk No.773. S/Sgt. Browne & Sgt. Auty - took-off 2nd lift reached L.Z. O.K.


Residues landed on L.Z. 'X' excepting:-

Chalk No.457. Lieut. Adams & Sgt. Waterman - landed in sea - all saved excepting Lieut. Adams - Missing - presumed drowned.


19th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1210 - 3rd. Lift.  Composite Flight under Lieut. Taylor 'A'. Squadron - 15 Crews & 1. Crew residue from 2nd. Lift.  All reached L.Z. 'L' excepting:-

Chalk No.144 S/Sgt. Blake & Sgt. Lee 'A'. Squadron - cast off near OSTEND - rope broke.

Chalk No.149 S/Sgt. Baake & Sgt. Garratt ('B'. Squadron & 'E'. Squadron) down in sea - returned to U.K. next day.

Chalk No.152 S/Sgt. Aldridge & Sgt. Wright - forced landed at LITTLE MARLOW.  S/Sgt. Aldridge in TAPLOW HOSPITAL - broken leg and ankle.

Chalk No.154 S/Sgt. Howard ('B'. Squadron) & Sgt. Davy ('D'. Squadron) returned to Base - Tug U/S.

Chalk No.1026. S/Sgt. Stocker & Sgt. Allen - forced landed at MANSTON - crew O.K.


20th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal routine.


21st September 1944

Place: Keevil


1000 - Camp unsealed.  S/Sgt. Coombs & Sgt. Knowles returned to U.K. from HOLLAND - de-briefed at MOOR PARK.


22nd September 1944

Place: Keevil


Leave for Admin started.  S/Sgt. Baake & Sgt. Davy returned to Squadron.  1. Crew returned to 'B'. Squadron. 1. Crew to 'A'. Squadron - residues from 'MARKET'.  Warning order for move to WETHERSFIELD.


23rd September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal routine.  Funeral of S/Sgt. Gardner & Sgt. Fraser at WESTON-super-MARE.  Regiment Represented.


24th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Lieut. Moorwood & Sgt. Stephenson returned from BRUSSELS.


25th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal routine.


26th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Normal routine.  4. Stand-by Crews to TARRANT RUSHTON.


27th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Advance Party to WETHERSFIELD under Lieut. Moorwood.


2100 - Capt. Murdoch - S/Sgt. Bridgewater - Robertson - Neilson returned from Operation 'MARKET' as advance party.


28th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Reception prepared for Crews from Operation 'MARKET'.


29th September 1944

Place: Keevil


1800 - Capt's Barclay - Cairns - Lieuts. Strathern - Smith. E.J.A. - Steedman.


2130 - 'D'. Squadron Crews returned from 'MARKET'.  Fed - Housed - Bathed by 23.30hrs.


30th September 1944

Place: Keevil


Operational Crews de-briefed - clothed - paid & sent on leave (14 days) by 17.00 hrs.


Total returned safe - 115 Officer - S/Sgt's - Sgt's - Tprs.

Evacuated wounded - 2. Sgts (believed in BRUSSELS).

Wounded  - believed P.O.W. in R.A.P. ARNHEM - 31 (including Lieut. Scott. P.T.).

Missing - 75. (including Capt. Ogilvie Squadron Commander, - Capt. Muir. - Capt. Morrison - Capt. O'Malley - Lieut. Kershaw - Lieut. Mills - Lieut. Taylor ('A'. Squadron)

Killed - 9. (including Lieut. Adams - Lieut. Chittleburgh - Lieut. Smith. S.R.).

Hospital - 1 S/Sgt.