Abbreviations

A/C

AG

DZ

F/Eng

FFI

H/F

L/F

LZ

M/cycle

M/F

MG

OC

Out

RT

SOE

S/Outer

Sqdrn

U/S

Vis

Aircraft

Air Gunner

Drop Zone

Flight Engineer

Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (French Resistance)

Heavy Flak

Light Flak

Landing Zone

Motorcycle
Medium Flak

Machine Gun

Officer Commanding

Outer
Returned To

Special Operations Executive

Starboard Outer Engine

Squadron

Unserviceable

Visibility

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

 

17th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

Final Navigation briefing for Operation Market took place at 0800 hours and the show was on.  Everyone was most keen and the Squadron put up twenty-five combinations which took off in very good time with W/C Davis, D.S.O., leading.  As a result of the tremendous combinations taking part and also that all the aircraft were routed similarly we were five minutes late arriving at the L.Z. near Arnhem.  Opposition was nil as a tremendous fighter cover was given.  Three Gliders were lost; F/O Liggens had his glider disintegrate in the air and unfortunately lost all the personnel of his glider; F/O Goucher had a near shave when it appeared that his Glider was going to tow him resulting in 'S' for Sugar going into a dive which nearly cost the crew their lives, however the rope broke loose and the Glider landed safely after which F/O Goucher returned to base; W/O Brown lost his Glider over the sea due to slipstream.  F/L Turner, D.F.C., returned to base with engine trouble.  The others including W/C Davis, D.S.O., S/L Dale, F/L Johnson, F/O Farrell, F/O Grills, F/O Hardwick, P/O Thorburn, P/O Graham, P/O Rowell, P/O Tuyttens, S/L Triptree, A.F.C., F/L Davidson, F/L Rees, F/O Beresford, F/O Schierer, F/O Harmer, P/O Hotz, F/O Rowbotham, P/O Tovell, W/O Dickie, and F/S White reported a good trip.  The weather was rather cloudy and visibility over Holland was in the order of five to six miles.  The operation was highly successful from the Squadron point of view.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GN LK135.  Crew:  W/CDR P.B.N. DAVIS DSO 70499, F/LT R.W. LOVEGROVE DFC 47640, F/LT F. MASON 127171, F/LT J.N. FRANCIS 47316, F/LT W.R. CHALK DFC 49910, SGT AULD 1573465.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  Successful.  Glider released satisfactorily on LZ "Z" recognised by map reading.  No enemy action.  Load carried 20 troops, 3 m/cycles, 18 folding cycles, and pannier.  Weather hazy.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9W LJ948.  Crew:  S/LDR P.J. DALE 87486, F/SGT C.A. WATKINS 117976, W/O L.J. GRANT R.140527, F/SGT R. NEWTON 1239558, F/O B. MASSEY 144029, P/O J.B. THOMSON 173822.  Time Up:  1015.  Time Down:  1535.  Successful Glider release in LZ "Z".  Load carried 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 4 folding cycles, 1 m/cycle.  No action.  Weather hazy.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9X LJ971.  Crew:  F/LT R.T. TURNER DFC 114982, F/SGT J.E. PRICE 1576969, F/SGT W. MOSS 1681242, F/O J.E. SUTTON DFM 145724, W/O B.H. HARVEY 569162.  Time Up:  1015.  Time Down:  1120.  Unsuccessful.  Returned with starboard out engine trouble.  Glider cast off over base, making good landing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GP LJ239.  Crew:  F/O H.F. JOHNSON 112750, F/O R.F. POOLE J.27471, F/O D.E. FORTMAN 152519, W/O P.J. SIMPSON 924133, F/O E.C. KITCHENER 158009, SGT W.R. HUTCHINSON 539795.  Time Up:  1020.  Time Down:  1530.  Successful.  Glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 21 troops, 18 folding cycles, and 1 pannier.  Weather hazy.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GS LJ919.  Crew:  F/O G.E. GOUCHER J.20066, W/O J.G. ARMSTRONG 1040157, F/O R. SCHNUTH J.28952, W/O J. SOUTHERN R.133331, F/O E.T. WILLIAMS J.26621, SGT L.W. BROCK 1893710.  Time Up:  1020.  Time Down:  1230.  Unsuccessful.  Glider caught in slip stream forcing a/c into spiral dive, rope pulled off at 1000 ft glider landed safely and a/c returned to base with F/LT R. Francis as passenger.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X90 LX135.  Crew:  F/O M.G. FARRELL, P/O L.E. EDE, F/SGT J. BOA 1368937, W/O R. RAMSDEN R.130084, W/O J.G. McLEOD AUS.421444, SGT H. BAKER 1309322.  Time Up:  1020.  Time Down:  1535.  Successful.  Glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 9 troops, 1 car, 3 m/cycles, and 4 folding cycles.  Hazy near L.Z.  Observed glider landed at 5138N 0501E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GO LJ629.  Crew:  F/O D.B. GRILLS J.23426, F/O V.R. THATCHER AUS.410302, F/O R. McCULLOUGH J.28556, W/O A. BESTED R.141024, W/O L.R. BUNN R.159273, SGT P. COSTELLO 1865084.  Time Up:  1023.  Time Down:  1553.  Successful.  Glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 10 troops, 1 car, 1 trailer, 1 m/cycle, 4 folding cycles.  Hazy near LZ.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GU LK118.  Crew:  F/O D.H. HARDWICK 170733, F/SGT E.J. WEBB 1335001, P/O K.B. KETCHESON J.87137, F/SGT L.T. FAHY 1453685, W/O W. McKEE R.116136, SGT T. WHITE 1811662.  Time Up:  1025.  Time Down:  1530.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 11 troops, 1 car, 2 m/cycles, 6 folding cycles.  Hazy.  Good trip.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GR LK148.  Crew:  F/O G.C. LIGGINS AUS.422592, F/SGT F.H. HUMPHREY 1399408, F/SGT K. CROWTHER 1458624, W/O A. RUNSDALE 1062700, SGT W.T. SIMPSON 1890776, SGT D.G. GASKIN 1894546.  Time Up:  1025.  Time Down:  1125.  Unsuccessful.  Tail of glider fell off and glider crashed at 5118N 0231E A/C returned to base.  Glider caught fire and exploded killing the 21 troops being carried.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV K90.  Crew:  P/O R.G. THORBURN J.85680, W/O J. FORDE NZ.411609, F/SGT I.B. SWEEZEY R.156936, W/O I. CLARKE NZ.417160, W/O J.R. WRIGHT R.178499, SGT R.G. TEAGUE 1686714.  Time Up:  1015.  Time Down:  1545.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z" by map reading.  Load carried 3 m/cycles, 18 folding cycles and 1 pannier.  Starboard engine stopped on landing.  No action.  Weather hazy vis. 4-5 miles.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GW LJ879.  Crew:  P/O D.H. GRAHAM NZ.42393, P/O P.H. PHELOUNG NZ.415012, F/SGT K.T. MOYLAN AUS.424273, W/O T. PATTERSON R.130583, P/O J.F. WILSON J.86700, SGT G. CAMERON-STUART 1628233.  Time Up:  1025.  Time Down:  1550.  Successful glider release and landing on LZ "Z".  Carried 6 troops, 1 m/cycle, 4 folding cycles, 1 jeep, and 1 trailer.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GY LJ893.  Crew:  P/O I.T. ROWELL J.87020, W/O W.G. LONGHURST NZ.416215, F/SGT G.D. BAKER R.175456, F/SGT G.J. McDONALD R.124828, W/O L.G. LEGROULX R.180691, SGT A. HOWARD 907211.  Time Up:  1030.  Time Down:  1545.  Successful glider release, on LZ "Z".  Load 21 troops, 3 m/cycles, 18 folding cycles.  Weather fair.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GZ LJ953.  Crew:  P/O J.P. TUYTTENS J.86297, F/O W.H. MORPHETT J.24220, P/O R. POTTS 176963, F/SGT A. GOODALL 862590, P/O J.L. CAMPBELL J.87108, SGT M. BENNETT 187183.  Time Up:  1030.  Time Down:  1540.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 6 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 1 m/cycle, and 2 folding cycles.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GG LJ821.  Crew:  S/LDR D.W. TRIPTREE 41966, F/LT J.H.T. SNOW J.10888, F/O C.C. MARTEN 147117, F/LT G.H. COPEMAN AUS.405440, P/O TRUELOVE 175849, SGT F.A. MARSHALL 1819727.  Time Up:  1025.  Time Down:  1540.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 6 troops, 1 jeep, 1 m/cycle, and 2 folding cycles.  No action.  Very good glider Pilot.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GC LJ896.  Crew:  F/LT B.J. DAVIDSON J.14035, F/O R.N. BASSARAB J.22239, F/SGT S.L. HOLMES 1578915, F/SGT E.A. PETHER 1314666, P/O G.B. HARWAR 179218, F/SGT J. MURRAY 1392270.  Time Up:  1030.  Time Down:  1540.  Successful glider release in LZ "Z".  Visual Identification of LZ.  Load 21 troops, 3 m/cycles, 18 folding cycles.  Glider seen to land O.K.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GI LJ874.  Crew:  F/LT J.P. REES 126074, F/O P.A. CHIPLIN 128015, F/O A.L. MOON 141454, F/SGT D. KEMP 1111695, F/O S.M. ROE 169207, SGT F. BALL 2215888.  Time Up:  1030.  Time Down:  1540.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load carried 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 3 m/cycles, and 5 troops.  Excellent Glider Pilot.  Light flak seen at 5143N 0342E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GD LJ891.  Crew:  F/O BERESFORD 150275, F/O G.D. KIDD 152709, F/O G.J. JARDINE 157175, SGT J.A. STONE 1581281, SGT C. TRUELOVE 3030565, SGT S. SPRINGATE 1866780.  Time Up:  1035.  Time Down:  1610.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Carried 5 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 1 m/cycle.  Weather hazy in Holland.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GJ LK439.  Crew:  F/O W.H. SCHIERER J.20063, F/O H.A. DOHERTY J.13981, SGT F. DUNNING 1585392, W/O E.W. KAY R.121603, SGT H.A. TRIMBLE 1392706, SGT A. MARCHER 1554978.  Time Up:  1032.  Time Down:  1532.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load, 4 troops, 1 jeep, and 1 trailer.  Very satisfactory trip.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GL LK544.  Crew:  W/O A.G. BROWN NZ.415058, F/O L.N. BUSSEY 133974, F/SGT H. LEDWARD 1474289, F/SGT D.T. LEWIS 633600, SGT J.D. FIRTH 2205559, F/SGT J.W. EADY 1168885.  Time Up:  1035.  Time Down:  1215.  Unsuccessful.  Glider releeased due to slip stream at 5138N 0035W.  Glider landed safely.  A/C returned to base.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GM LK669.  Crew:  F/O J.E. HARMER AUS.420748, F/SGT J.E. CORLESS 1389960, F/SGT W.T. BALL AUS.426744, W/O F.H. BIRDLING NZ.416680, W/O H. BOLANDER R.178494, SGT F.F. ALEXANDER 1899063.  Time Up:  1035.  Time Down:  1550.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load carried 4 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 1 gun.  Good trip.  No action seen.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GA LK254.  Crew:  P/O C.F. HOTZ AUS.414490, F/SGT J.F. WHITE 1435167, F/SGT F.G. SCOTT AUS.417897, W/O A.W. HOOD R.136057, W/O W.P. STEWART R.105450, SGT M.H. SMITH 1295742.  Time Up:  1037.  Time Down:  1547.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 4 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 1 gun.  Good trip.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GH LK130.  Crew:  F/O G.C. ROWBOTHAM AUS.414490, F/SGT F. DOWNES 1503938, F/O L.C. SPARROW NZ.416646, W/O A.J. DUMAIS R.123292, P/O J.J. JOYCE J.86701, SGT G. McCULLOUGH 1892083.  Time Up:  1038.  Time Down:  1545.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z" by visual means.  Load carried 5 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 1 m/cycle.  Weather hazy, and vis. 4-5 miles.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GF EF323.  Crew:  P/O E.J. TOVELL AUS.414526, P/O W. CHILIBECK J.86769, P/O W. McALLAN AUS.426649, P/O D.C. STRONG J.86825, F/SGT R.W. ELSDON R.131731, SGT G. GIANNOTTI 1868312.  Time Up:  1039.  Time Down:  1530.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load; 5 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 1 m/cycle, Vis; 4-5 miles.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GK LK244.  Crew:  W/O J. DICKIE AUS.420633, F/SGT J. STEWART 1564631, F/SGT J. MARCHANT 1339607, F/SGT R. KENNEDY AUS.420224, SGT S. DIXON 1047330, SGT D.M. BOMMEL 1892627.  Time Up:  1040.  Time Down:  1545.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z" by map reading and visual signals on ground.  Load: 4 troops, 1 trailer, 1 jeep, & 1 gun.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GE LJ815.  Crew:  F/SGT J.H. WHITE AUS.409974, F/O D.W. LEE 145094, SGT A. GRIFFITHS 1455455, F/SGT C.M. MURPHY AUS.423831, SGT V.G. LAST 1890278, SGT D. WAREHAM 1607715.  Time Up:  1040.  Time Down:  1545.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load: 5 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 1 m/cycle.  Visual identification of L.Z.  Very good trip.

 

18th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

Operation Market 'D+1' final briefing was held at 0830 hours.  Last minute changes resulted in the same route being taken.  The squadron put up 22 combinations and once again W/C Davis, D.S.O. led the station.  The take-off was very good and less than a minute was required for each combination.  Again it was noticeable that a tremendous effort was being made by this group and 46 Group.  The sky near Aldeburgh seemed full of Aircraft and Gliders and Troop-carrying Dakotas.  Fighter cover was again given and little opposition was experienced.  Some light Flak noticeable between T.R.V. and L.Z.  This time only two Gliders were lost; F/O Goucher had his Glider cast off just over Holland which was tough indeed.  The Glider landed safely and F/O Goucher received fighter escort to mid-channel; the other Glider towed by F/L Berridge, D.F.C., D.F.M., first pulled off and landed on Woodbridge aerodrome.  The aircraft landed, hitched on the Glider and took off.  As a result F/L Berridge was late and joined a Dakota stream, dropping his Glider on the wrong L.Z.  Visibility was again poor and cloud base was in the neighbourhood of 2500 feet.  The following made successful releases: W/C Davis D.S.O., S/L Dale, F/L Turner, F/L Johnson, F/O Harris, F/O Farrell, F/O Liggens, P/O Bayne, F/O Hull, S/L Triptree, F/L Davidson, F/O Hancock, F/O Nichol, F/O Schierer, W/O Brown, F/O Harmer, P/O Tovell, W/O Dickie, F/S White and F/O Grills.  Group Intelligence reports later confirmed that losses were nearly negligible and the Operation was our standpoint was very successful.  F/L G. Copeman and P/O C. Truelove of S/L Triptree's Crew have now completed a tour and are being screened to Tilstock.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GN LK135.  Crew:  W/CDR P.B.N. DAVIS DSO 70499, F/LT R.W. LOVEGROVE DFC 47640, F/LT F. MASON 127171, F/LT J.N. FRANCIS 47316, F/LT W.R. CHALK DFC 49910, SGT AULD 1573465.  Time Up:  1125.  Time Down:  1652.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z" by map reading.  Load carried 3 Troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 2 m/cycle.  Vis: hazy in L.Z. area.  Good trip, L/F seen 10 miles S.W. of D.Z. along River Waal.  [A/Cmdre? - Army Commander?] Battle passenger.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GZ LJ955.  Crew:  S/LDR P.J. DALE 87486, F/SGT C.A. WATKINS 1149767, W/O L.J. GRANT R.140527, F/SGT R. NEWTON 1239558, F/O B. MASSEY 144029, P/O J.F. THOMSON 173822.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful Glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 4 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 2 m/cycles.  Vis hazy over Holland.  Dakota A/C seen burning on ground at 5157N 05338E.  Good trip.  Passenger S/LDR R. Eidsforth.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9X.  Crew:  F/LT R.T. TURNER DFC 114982, F/SGT SEDGEWICK 1516651, F/SGT W. MOSS 1681242, F/O J.E. SUTTON DFM 145724, W/O B.H. HARVEY 569162.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1705.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z".  Glider carried 3 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 2 m/cycles.  Vis 2-3 miles in Holland.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GP LJ239.  Crew:  F/O H.F. JOHNSON 112750, F/O R.F. POOLE J.27471, F/O D.E. FORTMAN 152519, W/O P.J. STIMPSON 924133, F/O E.C. KITCHENER 158009, SGT W.R. HUTCHINSON 539795.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z".  Load 2 troops and 2 jeeps.  Hazy conditions.  Satisfactory trip.  L/F seen at 5138N 0518E.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GQ LJ956.  Crew:  F/O T.P. HARRIS NZ.42400, F/O T.W. MORPHETT J.24220, P/O H. REEK 177461, P/O F.G. CARROLL J.87147, W/O A.J. HORNER R.124277, SGT. G. AYLWARD 1868378, F/O SHEDDON as passenger.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1655.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z" by map reading.  Load 3 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 2 m/cycles.  Vis. hazy.  L/F seen Hertogenbosch.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9U.  Crew:  F/O M.G. FARRELL J.21211, P/O L.E. EDE AUS.418653, F/SGT J. BOA 1368937, W/O R. RAMSDEN R.130084, W/O J.G. McLEOD AUS.421444, SGT H. BAKER 1309322.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z".  Load carried 7 troops and 2 jeeps.  Vis. hazy.  Good trip, observed glider in sea at 5205N 0157E rescue launch going to aid.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GS LJ919.  Crew:  F/O G.E. GOUCHER J.20066, W/O J.G. ARMSTRONG 1040157, F/O R. SCHNUTH J.28952, W/O J. SOUTHERN R.133331, F/O E.T. WILLIAMS J.26621, SGT L.W. BROCK 1893710.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1600.  Unsuccessful.  Lost glider over Holland due to slip stream not seen to land, but in no difficulty.  F/LT R. Francis as passenger.  R.T.Base.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GR LK148.  Crew:  F/O G.C. LIGGINS AUS.422592, F/SGT F.H. HUMPHREY 1399408, F/SGT K. CROWTHER 1458624, W/O A. RUNDSDALE 1062700, SGT W.T. SIMPSON 1890776, SGT D.G. GASKIN 1894546.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1710.  Successful glider release in L.Z. "Z".  Carried 3 troops, 1 jeep, and 1 trailer.  Glider pilot good.  L/F seen at 5142N 0543E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9C.  Crew:  P/O C.A. BAYNE AUS.422531, F/O J.W. CLIFFORD 140866, F/SGT A. GOODALL 862590, F/SGT W. TEE AUS.418988, SGT L.W. ROBBINS R.209918, SGT W. HUME 1567551.  Time Up:  1135.  Time Down:  1655.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z".  Load 2 troops, 1 jeep and 2 trailers.  Weather good over channel, hazy over Holland.  Good trip.  L/F seen at TRV Hertogenbosch.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9W LJ948.  Crew:  F/O E.C. HULL 139978, F/SGT D.K. JORDAN 1585828, P/O R. POTTS 176963, F/SGT B.W. HARRIS 1323564, F/SGT WAINWRIGHT 1809463, SGT J. MURRAY 1892270.  Time Up:  1135.  Time Down:  1705.  Successful glider release on L.Z. "Z".  Glider carried 2 troops and 2 jeeps.  Vis. hazy over Holland.  No enemy action.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9Y LK155.  Crew:  S/LDR D.W. TRIPTREE 41966, F/LT J.H.T. SNOW J.10888, F/O C.C. MARTEN 147117, F/LT G.H. COPEMAN AUS.405440, P/O C. TRUELOVE 175849, SGT R.A. MARSHALL 1819727.  Time Up:  1130.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load carried 2 troops and 2 jeeps.  Poor vis: over Holland.  Glider observed in sea at 5203N 0140E.  Good trip.  L/F seen at 5142N 0518E.  Major Lynes as passenger.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GC LJ896.  Crew:  F/LT B.J. DAVIDSON J.14035, F/O R.N. BASSARAB J.22239, F/SGT S.L. HOLMES 1578915, F/SGT E.A. PETHER 1314666, P/O G.B. HARWAR 179218, SGT G.C. TYRES 1042145.  Time Up:  1135.  Time Down:  1655.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z" by map reading.  Load carried 2 troops, 1 jeep, 2 trailers.  Hazy weather over Holland.  L/F seen at 5156N 0545E.  Satisfactory trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GB EF322.  Crew:  F/O H.H. HANCOCK 151695, F/O S.D. FOWLER 144579, F/O G.A. WINGFIELD 152711, SGT C.H. McLEISH 289100, SGT A.D. PREVETT 1806796, SGT R.E. WILLIAMS 539609.  Time Up:  1135.  Time Down:  1705.  Successful glider release in LZ "Z".  Carried 2 troops, 1 jeep and 2 trailers.  L/F seen at 5158N 0540E.  No action.  Saw glider land O.K. at 5140N 0415E and 5138N 0401E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GD 891.  Crew:  F/O J.E. NICHOL J.24271, F/SGT H.E.W. WORTH R.183681, F/SGT J. GRAYSTONE R.156741, SGT J. LIGHTFOOT 1621169, SGT M.T.B. ROACH R.200032, SGT J.H. JESSUP 3005679.  Time Up:  1135.  Time Down:  1655.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Carried 2 troops, 1 jeep and 2 trailers.  Vis 2-3 miles.  Good trip.  No enemy action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GH LK130.  Crew:  F/LT B.H. BERRIDGE DFC DFM 128555, F/SGT F.H. CAREY 1463204, W/O L.E. POCOCK R.157977, F/SGT B.S. HARDY 1144387, SGT J.R. STERLING R.181659, SGT S.C. STEELE 1850299.  Time Up:  1135.  Time Down:  1720.  Unsuccessful glider cast off due to slip stream and landed at Martlesham.  A/C landed picked up glider and proceeded following Dakota stream and releasing at 5125N 0535E.  Hit by L/F in fuselage and both starboard engines.  Landed back at base.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GJ LK439.  Crew:  F/O W.H. SCHIERER J.20063, F/O H.A. DOHERTY J.13981, SGT F. DUNNING 1585392, W/O G.W. KAY R.121603, SGT R.A. JAGGARD 1626473, SGT A. MARCHE 1554978.  Time Up:  1140.  Time Down:  1650.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load, 4 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 1 m/cycle.  Vis hazy over Holland.  L/F seen at 5138N 0405E and 5157N 0544E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GL LK544.  Crew:  W/O A.G. BROWN NZ.415058, F/O L.M. BUSSEY 133974, F/SGT J.W. EADY 1168885, F/SGT H. LEDWARD 1474289, F/SGT D.T. LEWIS 633600, SGT J.D. FIRTH 2205559.  Time Up:  1140.  Time Down:  1655.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load carried 4 troops, 1 jeep, 1 m/cycle and 1 compressor.  Poor vis.  No action.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GM LK669.  Crew:  F/O J.E. HARMER AUS.420748, F/SGT J.E. CORLESS 1389960, F/SGT W.T. HALL AUS.426744, W/O F.H. BIRDLING NZ.416680, W/O H. BOLANDER R.178494, SGT F.F. ALEXANDER 1899063.  Time Up:  1140.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Carried 3 troops and 2 jeeps.  Vis: 2-3 miles.  L/F seen near Hertogenbosch.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GF EF323.  Crew:  P/O E.J. TOVELL AUS.414526, P/O W. CHILIBECK J.86769, P/O W. McALLAN AUS.426649, P/O D.C. STRONG J.86825, F/SGT R.W. ELSDON R.131731, SGT G. GIANNOTTI 1868312.  Time Up:  1140.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Glider load 6 troops, 1 jeep and 1 trailer.  Weather hazy.  Good trip.  Port wing hit by L/F 5 miles south of LZ.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GK LK244.  Crew:  W/O J. DICKIE AUS.420643, F/SGT J. STEWART 1564631, F/SGT G. MARCHANT 1339607, F/SGT R. KENNEDY AUS.420224, SGT S. DIXON 1047330, SGT D.M. BOMMEL 1892627.  Time Up:  1145.  Time Down:  1700.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Carried 3 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer, and 1 m/cycle.  Used visual identification.  L/F seen at 5142N 0518E and 5138N 0532E.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GE LJ815.  Crew:  F/SGT J.H. WHITE AUS.409974, F/O D.W. LEE 145094, SGT A. GRIFFITHS 1455455, F/SGT C.M. MURPHY AUS.423831, SGT V.G. LAST 1890278, SGT D. WAREHAM 1607715.  Time Up:  1200.  Time Down:  1730.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Carried 4 troops, 1 jeep, and 1 trailer.  Vis good over channel but hazy over Holland.  No action.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GO LJ629.  Crew:  F/O D.V. GRILLS J.23426, F/O V.R. THATCHER AUS.420302, F/O R. McCULLOUGH J.28556, W/O A. BESTED R.141024, W/O L.R. BUNN R.159273, SGT P. COSTELLO 1865084.  Time Up:  1207.  Time Down:  1707.  Successful glider release on LZ "Z".  Load 3 troops, 1 jeep, 1 trailer.  L/F seen at 5201N 0550E hit starboard oil cooler and 5 tank.  Trip satisfactory.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

P/O Horan and F/S Clark and Crews which had previously been attached to this Squadron from Tilstock were effectively posted to our Squadron strength both seemed very keen crews.  For Operation Market D+2 the Squadron provided seven combinations and 17 Aircraft for resupply purposes.  The combinations were briefed to release their Gliders on the same L.Z. as on the previous two days (L.Z. 'L') and the resupply Aircraft were to drop their containers and panniers on D.Z. 'V'.  These two areas were separated by a distance of one and one-half miles.  This time all Aircraft were routed in a different way going over the battle-line and then Northward.  Cloud was very low and visibility poor.  Heavy Flak and machine-gun fire was experienced around and near the D.Z. and L.Z. and some on the route.  Only one Aircraft failed to deliver its Glider this being P/O Rowell; the Glider was caught in slipstream and released near Ostend.  The resupply Aircraft all dropped their containers and panniers but three Aircraft were missing as a result of this Operation; W/C Davis, D.S.O., F/L R. Lovegrove, D.F.C., F/L F. Mason, F/L J. Francis, F/L Chalk, D.F.C., and Sgt Auld and also a passenger S/L Wingfield from Group.  This Aircraft was seen to be in flames and crashed on the D.Z.  F/O Liggens, F/S F.H. Humphrey, F/S K. Crowther, F/S K.W. Scott, Sgt W.T. Simpson and Sgt D.G. Gaskin; this Aircraft was seen in difficulties and believed crashed near the D.Z.  P/O Bayne, F/O Clifford, Sgt L.W. Dixon, F/S W. Tee, Sgt L.W. Robbins and Sgt W. Hume; no report of this Aircraft.  Of the remainder P/O Graham, F/O Goucher, P/O Thorburn, F/O Hull, F/S Clark, F/O Rowbotham, F/L Davidson, F/L Rees, F/O Schierer, F/O Beresford, W/O Brown, P/O Hotz, P/O Horan, and F/S White were successful.  F/O Goucher, F/L Davidson and F/O Beresford had numerous hits from Flak.  One commendable point being that F/O Hancock took his Glider in and delivered it on three engines.  Fighter cover seemed less than on the previous two days, probably due to weather.  F/L Davidson took two passengers, Brigadier Monies and Lt.-Col. Darling from the Airborne Forces.  These two were thoroughly shaken and a subsequent letter from Brigadier Monies confirms our report.  The Squadron deeply regrets the loss of W/C Davis, D.S.O., and his Crew for all were leaders and all very popular.  Group Intelligence later confirmed that all the resupplies dropped fell into German hands.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GP LJ329.  Crew:  F/LT R.T. TURNER DFC 114982, F/SGT J.E. PRICE 1576969, F/SGT F. SEDGEWICK 1516651, SGT W. MOSS 1681242, F/O J.S. SUTTON DFM 145724, W/O B.H. HARVEY 539795.  Time Up:  1213.  Time Down:  1733.  Successful glider release at L.Z. "L".  Glider carried 3 troops, and 2 jeeps.  Seemed to be no fighter cover.  H/F very active along the run in to L.Z.  No damage.  Gliders seen burning on LZ "X".  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9U LK135.  Crew:  F/O T.P. HARRIS NZ.42400, F/O W. MORPHETT J.24220, P/O H. REEK 177461, P/O F.G. CARROLL J.87147, W/O A.J. HORNER R.124277, SGT. G. AYLWARD 1868378.  Time Up:  1215.  Time Down:  1725.  Successful glider release at L.Z. "L".  Load carried 3 troops and 2 jeeps.  Glider Pilot very good especially in cloud.  Glider seen to land safely.  Vis poor.  H/F seen at 5108N 0455E and spasmodically up to L.Z.  No damage.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GY LJ893.  Crew:  P/O I.T. ROWELL J.87020, W/O W.D. LONGHURST NZ.416215, F/SGT G.D. BAKER R.175456, F/SGT McDONALD R.124828, W/O L.G. LEGROULX R.180691, SGT A. HOWARD 907211.  Time Up:  1215.  Time Down:  1545.  Unsuccessful.  At Ostend ran into cloud base of which was 700.  Lost sight of glider and then rope broke.  Circled but could not locate glider.  Vis very poor.  R.T. base.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GU LK118.  Crew:  F/O D.H. HARDWICK 170733, F/SGT E.J. WEBB 1335001, P/O K.B. KETCHESON J.87137, F/SGT L.T. FAHY 1453685, W/O W. McKEE R.116136, SGT T. WHITE 1811662.  Time Up:  1220.  Time Down:  1730.  Successful release of glider on LZ "L" using map reading and ground signals.  Load in glider 1 jeep, 1 trailer, 2 m/cycles.  Cloud base 1500 ft.  Vis 1000 yds, weather very poor.  2nd glider pilot hit in leg by Flak.  Observed H/F in vicinity of LZ.  No damage, good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9D LJ815.  Crew:  F/LT B.H. BERRIDGE DFC DFM 128555, F/SGT F.H. CAREY 1463204, W/O L.E. POCOCK R.157977, F/SGT B.S. HARDY 1144387, SGT J.R. STERLING R.181659, SGT S.C. STEELE 1850299.  Time Up:  1215.  Time Down:  1725.  Successful release of glider on LZ "L".  Carried 2 troops, 1 jeep, and 2 trailers in glider.  Cloud base low but vis at LZ was 4 miles.  H/F seen at Hertogenbosch and near LZ.  Some gliders seen burning in LZ.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GB EF322.  Crew:  F/O H.H. HANCOCK 151695, F/O S.D. FOWLER 144579, F/O G.A. WINGFIELD 152711, SGT C.H. McLEISH 1289100, SGT A.D. PREVETT 1806796, SGT R.E. WILLIAMS 539609.  Time Up:  1215.  Time Down:  1815.  Successful glider release on LZ "L".  Load 2 troops, 1 jeep, and 2 trailers.  Vis. very hazy and cloud low.  Starboard outer went U/S ½ hr from LZ carried on with 3 engines.  M/F and H/F at 5168N 0505E 5154N 0535E.  Damage to A/C in starboard side, fuselage, and Turret.  Landed at base.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9G LK428.  Crew:  F/O J.E. NICHOL J.24271, F/SGT H.E.W. WORTH R.183681, F/SGT J. GRAYSTONE R.156741, SGT J. LIGHTFOOT 1621169, SGT M.T.D. ROACH R.200032, SGT J.H. JESSUP 3005679.  Time Up:  1215.  Time Down:  1730.  Successful glider seen to land safely on LZ "L" carried 2 troops and 2 jeeps.  Vis very poor and cloud low.  Flak active on run in hit in starboard main plane, bomb bays at 5133N 0513E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GN LK135.  Crew:  W/CDR P.B.N. DAVIS DSO 70499, F/LT R.W. LOVEGROVE DFC 47640, F/LT F. MASON 127171, F/LT J.N. FRANCIS 47316, F/LT W.R. CHALK DFC 47910, SGT W.J. AULD 1573465.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  Missing.  Squadron Leader Wingfield passenger.  A/C seen shot down in flames over D.Z. chutes observed to be released.  Now known that F/LT FRANCIS, F/LT CHALK, and SGT AULD are P.O.W.  F/LT LOVEGROVE now returned to this Squadron.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GW LJ879.  Crew:  P/O D.H. GRAHAM NZ.42393, P/O P.H. PHELOUNG NZ.415012, F/SGT K.T. MOYLAN AUS.424273, W/O T. PATTERSON R.130583, P/O J.F. WILSON J.86700, SGT G. CAMERON-STUART 1628233.  Time Up:  1250.  Time Down:  1745.  Successfully released 24 Containers and 7 Panniers on DZ "V" using visual signals.  Weather was hazy.  H/F and L/F from T.R.V. to DZ and concentrated Flak at D.Z.  Shrapnel came through window 8 miles SE of Tilsburg.  Trip satisfactory under difficult conditions.  Fighter cover lacking.  W/O Davis leading formation seen to crash.  One Stirling seen to crash in flames ½ South of D.Z.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GB LJ919.  Crew:  F/O G.E. GOUCHER J.20066, W/O J.G. ARMSTRONG 1040157, F/O R. SCHNUTH J.28952, F/O E.T. WILLIAMS J.26621, SGT L.W. BROCK 1893710, F/O SOUTHERN R.133331.  Time Up:  1250.  Time Down:  1750.  Successful.  F/LT R. FRANCIS passenger.  Dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ "V".  No fighter cover seen.  Heavy flak concentration in DZ area.  Stirling A/C seen crash at 5147N 0535E crew seen around in field.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GR LK148.  Crew:  F/O G.C. LIGGINS AUS.422592, F/SGT F.H. HUMPHREY 1399408, F/SGT CROWTHER 1458624, W/O W.A. RUNDSDALE 1062700, SGT W.T. SIMPSON 1890776, SGT D.G. GASKIN 1894546.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  Missing.  Now known that 24 Containers and 7 panniers dropped.  A/C force landed on Rhine Bank 2 kms west of Driel.  Crew now all back in this country.  F/O Liggins was burned on hands & face and back injured.  F/SGT Humphrey had leg badly cut, Sgt. Gaskin had left leg broken.  Remainder badly bruised and shaken up.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GV LK287.  Crew:  P/O R.G. THORBURN J.85680, W/O J. FORDE NZ.411609, F/SGT I.B. SWEEZEY R.156936, W/O I. CLARKE NZ.417160, W/O J.R. WRIGHT R.178499, SGT R.G. TEAGUE 1686714.  Time Up:  1250.  Time Down:  1805.  D.Z. "V" 6 Containers and 4 Panniers dropped 18 Containers hung up due to electrical circuit not working.  Weather poor, over D.Z. it cleared.  From T.R.V. to D.Z. flak all the way obvious lack of fighter cover.  Hit in port Wing and Fuselage by H/F and L/F.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9W LJ948.  Crew:  F/O E.C. HILL 139978, F/SGT D.K. JORDAN 1585828, F/SGT B.W. HARRIS 1323564, P/O R. POTTS 176963, F/SGT A.T. WAINWRIGHT 1809463, SGT J. MURRAY 1892270.  Time Up:  1300.  Time Down:  1815.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 3 panniers on D.Z. "V" 1 pannier brought back.  Vis on D.Z. area, 3-4 miles.  H/F & L/F from T.R.V. to D.Z.  A/C received hits in Port Wing at D.Z.  3 Stirlings seen shot down over DZ.  Fighter cover not observed.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9C LJ829.  Crew:  P/O C.A.R. BAYNE AUS.422531, F/O J.W. CLIFFORD 140866, SGT L.W. DIXON 1538491, F/SGT W. TEE AUS.418988, SGT L.W. ROBBINS R.209918, SGT W. HUME 1567551.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  MISSING.  Now known that all crew are P.O.W.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GZ LJ955.  Crew:  F/SGT R.E. CLARK 1337102, F/SGT P.M. POWELL 1437299, F/SGT E.L. HYMNS 1323216, F/SGT W. SALT 1280963, W/O S.G. BLUNDEM 649238, SGT P.M. ANDERSON 3020883.  Time Up:  1300.  Time Down:  1800.  Posted to Squadron strength.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 3 Panniers on DZ "V".  Vis poor until reaching D.Z.  Trip satisfactory but lack of fighters.  No damage.  Intense flak around D.Z. Area.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9Y LK153.  Crew:  F/O G.C. ROWBOTHAM AUS.414320, F/O L.C. SPARROW NZ.416646, F/SGT F. DOWNES 1503938, W/O A.J. DUMAIS R.123292, P/O J.J. JOYCE J.86701, SGT G. McCULLOUGH 1892083.  Time Up:  1251.  Time Down:  1817.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ "V".  Weather cloudy on route clearing up over D.Z.  A/C hit in starboard wing tip.  Very accurate and intense H/F at dropping height at D.Z.  Trip satisfactory but no fighter cover seen until returning to base.  W/CDR Davis's A/C went down in flames over D/Z but he dropped containers.  One Stirling seen on fire at 5153N 0546E on River Waal.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GC LJ896.  Crew:  F/LT B.J. DAVIDSON J.14035, F/O R.N. BASSARAB J.22239, F/SGT E.A. PETHER 1314666, F/SGT S.L. HOLMES 1578915, P/O G.B. HARWAR 179218, SGT F.A. MARSHALL 1819727.  Time Up:  1255.  Time Down:  1755.  Successfully dropped 24 containers and 7 panniers on DZ "V" by map reading.  Vis 3-4 miles, cloud base 2000 ft.  Considerable flak between DZ A/C hit in port outer and fuselage badly damaged.  Trip successful.  No fighter cover observed.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9B LK124.  Crew:  F/LT J.P. REES 126074, F/O P.A. CHIPLIN, F/O A.L. MOON 141454, F/SGT D. KEMP 1111695, F/O S.N. ROE 169207, SGT F. BALL 2215888.  Time Up:  1255.  Time Down:  1755.  Successfully released 24 Containers and 4 panniers at D.Z. "V".  Vis generally poor cloud base low.  No damage to a/c.  Stirling seen to crash in flames at 5158N 0552E.  Very active H/F and L/F along run in to DZ and in D.Z. area.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GJ LK439.  Crew:  F/O W.H. SCHIERER J.20063, F/O H.A. DOHERTY J.13981, SGT DUNNING 1585392, W/O G.W. KAY R.121603, SGT I.J.B. POST 1876663, SGT A. MARCHE 1554978.  Time Up:  1300.  Time Down:  1800.  Successfully dropped 21 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ "V".  3 Containers hung up in port wing.  Extremely intense flak and m/g fire over DZ.  Weather generally poor.  Trip satisfactory and fighter cover not seen.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GA LK254.  Crew:  F/O C.F. HOTZ AUS.414490, F/SGT J.F. WHITE 1435167, F/SGT F.G. SCOTT AUS.417897, W/O A.W. HOOD R.136057, W/O W.P. STEWART R.105450, SGT M.R. SMITH 1295742.  Time Up:  1250.  Time Down:  1805.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ "V".  Vis poor and weather bad.  Intense accurate flak at 5135N 0520E and at DZ.  A/C damaged in bomb bad and rear of fuselage.  One despatcher wounded in face and arm.  Trip satisfactory.  No fighter escort observed.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GL LK544.  Crew:  W/O A.G. BROWN NZ.415058, F/O L.N. BUSSEY 133974, F/SGT J.W. EADY 1168885, F/SGT H. LEDWARD 1474289, F/SGT D.T. LEWIS 633600, SGT J.D. FIRTH 2205559.  Time Up:  1300.  Time Down:  1800.  Successfully released 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ "V".  Weather very cloudy but clearing over Holland.  No damage due to flak but plenty seen along route and over DZ.  No fighter cover seen.  Successful trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GD LJ891.  Crew:  F/O T.R. BERESFORD 150275, F/O G.D. KIDD 152709, F/O G.J. JARDINE 157175, SGT J.A. STONE 1581281, SGT C. TRUELOVE 3030565, SGT S. SPRINGATE 1066760.  Time Up:  1300.  Time Down:  1755.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ "V" by map reading.  Vis on DZ area 3-4 miles.  Cloud base 2000 ft.  No damage to a/c.  Intense H/F and L/F over DZ and considerable flak seen on run up from TRV.  Observed stirling on ground at 5148N 0536E crew seemed O.K.  Stirling seen burning at 5135N 0516E.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9A EF321.  Crew:  P/O B.W. HORAN AUS.410235, F/SGT R.E. LOWMAN-ANKER 1396416, F/SGT J.S. FRY 1586430, SGT T.M. DAVIS 1713697, SGT B.A. JAGGARD 1627473, SGT G.C. TYERS 1602145.  Time Up:  1255.  Time Down:  1815.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers in DZ "V" by map reading and ground signals.  Weather poor on route but cleared in DZ area.  Flak very active from TRV to DZ.  No damage to a/c.  Railway bridge seen to be down SW of Arnhem.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GE LK815.  Crew:  F/SGT J.H. WHITE AUS.409974, F/O D.W. LEE 145094, SGT A. GRIFFITHS 1455455, F/SGT C.M. MURPHY AUS.423831, SGT V.G. LAST 1890278, SGT D. WAREHAM 1607715.  Time Up:  1300.  Time Down:  1750.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers & 4 panniers on DZ "V".  Vis poor to Belgian coast but released same on route to DZ.  A/C hit by L/F and m/g bullets in main plane and 2 tank.  Intense flak seen at DZ and along run in from TRV.  Disappointing lack of fighter cover.

 

20th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

Operation Market 'D+3'.  16 Aircraft were detailed for resupply mission and the route was the same as the previous day with only a slight alteration to avoid flak positions.  Weather was again very poor but Aircraft carried on to drop on the D.Z.  It was gratifying to learn that all containers and panniers reached the Airborne men who were in bad need of them.  Flak was again heavy and the Squadron suffered one casualty and two members slightly wounded due to Flak bursts.  Some of the Aircraft received extensive hits, amongst them F/O Harmer, who had his A.G., W/O Bolander and his F/Eng., Sgt F.F. Alexander wounded; F/L Johnson had his aircraft badly mauled returning to base on three engines; F/O Grills had a few hits in the bomb-bay; F/O Hardwick had the misfortune to lose his bomb-aimer P/O K.B. Ketchason who received the lone bullet that struck the aircraft killing him immediately.  The crews taking part were: S/L Dale, F/O Farrell, F/O Hardwick, F/O Harmer, P/O Tovell, F/L Johnson, P/O Graham, F/L Rees, F/O Beresford, P/O Hotz, F/O Grills, P/O Rowell, F/O Curry (attached from Tilstock), W/O Dickie, P/O Horan, and F/O Nichol.  F/O Nichol was forced to join the Fairford stream due to being late in take off through no fault of his own.  All aircraft were successful in dropping on the D.Z.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GZ LJ955.  Crew:  S/LDR P.J. DALE 87486, F/SGT C.A. WATKINS 1149767, W/O L.J. GRANT R.140527, F/SGT R. NEWTON 1239558, F/O B. MASSEY 144029, P/O J.B. THOMSON 173822.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1615.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers at 5159N 0550E 10/10 cloud over DZ at 2000 ft.  Observed dinghy at 5122N 0142E.  M/gun fire and flak over DZ area very heavy.  Trip good.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9U LK135.  Crew:  F/O M.C. FARRELL J.21211, P/O L.A. EADE AUS.418653, F/SGT BOA 1368937, W/O R. RAMSDEN R.138084, W/O J.G. McLEOD AUS.421444, SGT H. BAKER 1309322.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1625.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers & 4 Panniers at 5159N 0550E.  Weather 10/10 at 1500 ft. at DZ vis ½ mile.  No damage to a/c.  Flak seen in DZ Area.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GB LK118.  Crew:  F/O D.H. HARDWICK 170733, F/SGT E.J. WEBB 1335001, P/O K.B. KETCHESON J.87137, F/SGT L.T. FAHY 1453685, W/O W. McKEE R.116136, SGT T. WHITE 1811662.  Time Up:  1155.  Time Down:  1620.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers & 4 Panniers on DZ.  Weather generally poor.  Most of the flak came from woods surrounding the DZ Area.  P/O Ketcheson killed by m/gun fire, a/c received damage to tailplane and escape hatch.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GM LK669.  Crew:  F/O J.E. HARMER AUS.420748, F/SGT J.E. CORLESS 1389960, F/SGT W.T. HALL AUS.426744, W/O F.H. BIRDLING NZ.416680, W/O H. BOLANDER R.178494, SGT F.F. ALEXANDER 1899063.  Time Up:  1155.  Time Down:  1625.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers & jettisoned 4 panniers on DZ, cloud base 1200 ft at DZ.  Very concentrated flak at DZ a/c received hits in fuselage, turret and elevators.  W/O Bolander and Sgt Alexander injured in legs.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9E EH950.  Crew:  P/O E.J. TOVELL AUS.414526, P/O W. CHILIBECK J.86769, P/O W. McALLAN AUS.426649, P/O D.C. STRONG J.86825, F/SGT R.W. ELSDON R.131731, SGT G. GIANNOTTI 1868312.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1635.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Vis only about 1 mile cloud base 1500 ft.  No damage to a/c but H/F around DZ Area observed.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GP LJ239.  Crew:  F/O H.F. JOHNSON 112750, F/O R.F. POOLE J.27471, F/O D.E. FORTMAN 152519, W/O P.J. STIMPSON 924133, F/O E.C. KITCHENER 158009, SGT W.R. HUTCHINSON 539795.  Time Up:  1155.  Time Down:  1650.  Successfully dropped 21 Containers & 4 panniers on DZ at 5159N 0550E.  3 Containers hung up in starboard Wing.  Low cloud vis poor.  Badly hit by flak including bomb bay, fuselage, rear turret, and starboard main plane.  5 mins after leaving DZ S/Outer packed up and trip made home on 3 engines.  No fighter cover seen.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GT LX645.  Crew:  P/O D.H. GRAHAM NZ.42393, P/O P.H. PHELOUG NZ.415012, F/SGT K.T. MOYLAN AUS.424273, W/O T. PATTERSON R.130583, P/O J.F. WILSON J.86700, SGT G. CAMERON-STUART 1628233.  Time Up:  1205.  Time Down:  1640.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers at 5159N 0550E.  Weather very poor.  H/F concentration in DZ Area.  No damage to a/c.  Satisfactory trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GI LJ874.  Crew:  F/LT J.P. REES 126074, F/O P.A. CHIPLIN 128015, F/O A.L. MOON 141454, F/SGT D. KEMP 1111695, F/O S.N. ROE 169207, SGT F. BALL 2215888.  Time Up:  1155.  Time Down:  1620.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers at 5159N 0550E.  Vis very poor generally cloud base 1500 ft.  No damage to a/c.  H/F seen around area of DZ.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GA LK254.  Crew:  P/O C.F. HOTZ AUS.414490, F/SGT J.F. WHITE 1435167, F/SGT SCOTT AUS.417897, W/O A.W. HOOD R.136057, W/O W.P. STEWART R.105450, SGT M.H. SMITH 1295742.  Time Up:  1155.  Time Down:  1630.  Successfully dropped 23 Containers and 4 panniers at 5159N 0550E.  1 container hung up in No.4 Station due to defect.  Very H/F seen around DZ.  Vis poor.  No damage to a/c.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GQ LJ956.  Crew:  F/O D.V. GRILLS J.23426, F/O V.R. THATCHER AUS.420302, F/O R. McCULLOUGH J.28556, W/O A. BESTED R.141024, W/O L.R. BUNN R.159273, SGT P. COSTELLO 1865084.  Time Up:  1255.  Time Down:  1650.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ at 5159N 0550E using map reading.  9/10 cloud at 1500 ft at DZ.  Hit over DZ in bomb bay.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GY LJ893.  Crew:  P/O I.T. ROWELL J.87020, W/O W.D. LONGHURST NZ.416215, F/SGT G.B. BAKER R.175456, F/SGT G.J. MACDONALD R.124828, W/O L.G. LEGROULX R.180691, SGT A. HOWARD 907211.  Time Up:  1200.  Time Down:  1630.  Successfully damaged [?] 24 Containers and 4 panniers at 5159N 0550E.  10/10 cloud at 2000 ft.  H/F observed to ring DZ area.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV NYA.  Crew:  F/O W.R.F. CURRY 125493, SGT F. KEARNS 1489552, P/O K.W.T. RIGBY 154069, SGT SPILLER, SGT R.F. SHEEN 2221458, SGT S.E. JONES.  Time Up:  1200.  Time Down:  1644.  Successful.  Attached from Tilstock.  Dropped 24 Containers and 3 Panniers in DZ.  1 pannier not dropped owing to damage received by flak whilst still in a/c.  Flak damaged rudder trim, oil line to rear turret and starboard mixture control U/S.  M/gun fire also hit a/c in fuselage and wings.  Engineer hit in legs and feet by shrapnel.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GK LK241.  Crew:  W/O J. DICKIE AUS.420643, F/SGT STEWART 1564631, F/SGT G. MARCHANT 1339607, F/SGT R. KENNEDY AUS.420224, SGT S. DIXON 1047330, SGT D.M. BOMMEL 1892627.  Time Up:  1200.  Time Down:  1644.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ at 5159N 0550E.  2 containers hung up seen burning on way down.  Flak near DZ Area a/c hit in bomb bay, centre section of fuselage.  Trip satisfactory but no fighter over DZ.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9A EF321.  Crew:  P/O B.W. HORAN AUS.410235, F/SGT R.E. LOWMAN-ANKER 1396416, F/SGT J.S. FRY 1586430, SGT DAVIS 1713697, SGT B.A. JAGGARD 1627473, SGT G.C. TYERS 1042145.  Time Up:  1200.  Time Down:  1645.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ at 5159N 0550E.  9/10 cloud at DZ at 1200 ft.  H/F around DZ a/c holed through fuselage.  Trip satisfactory but no fighter cover over DZ.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9B LK124.  Crew:  F/O J.E. NICHOL J.24271, F/SGT WORTH R.183681, F/SGT GRAYSTONE R.156741, SGT J. LIGHTFOOT 1621169, SGT M.T.D. ROACH R.200032, SGT J.H. JESSUP 3005679.  Time Up:  1525.  Time Down:  1955.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ at 5159N 0550E.  Vis only about 2 miles except in DZ area where it cleared to about 4 miles.  Flak concentrated at DZ a/c received hits in No.1 tank and fuselage well holed.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GL LK544.  Crew:  F/O T.R. BERESFORD 150275, F/O G.D. KIDD 152709, F/O G.G. JARDINE 157175, SGT J.A. STONE 1581281, SGT C. TRUELOVE 3030565, SGT S. SPRINGATE 1866780.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1625.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ at 5159N 0550E.  Hazy weather around DZ area cloud base 2000 ft.  No damage to a/c but heavy concentration of flak observed in DZ Area.

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21st September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

Market D+4.  Eleven aircraft were detailed for resupply.  The briefing gave the route such that we flew in an Allied corridor as far as Nijmegen.  At Eindhoven we met a protection of fighters but they were unable to deal with the Flak positions.  Weather was still very sticky and visibility poor.  Aircraft encountered heavy Flak and machine gun fire around the D.Z.  Two Aircraft received extensive damage, F/L Davidson in 'F' for Fox and P/O Tuyttans in 'Z' for Zebra.  From this operation F/L Turner, D.F.C., F/S J.E. Price, F/S F. Sedgewick, Sgt W. Moss, F/O J.S. Sutton, D.F.M., and W/O B.H. Harvey in 'T' for Tommy failed to return.  F/L Berridge D.F.C., D.F.M., returned with engine trouble before crossing the English coast.  The remaining Aircraft all made successful drops on the D.Z. namely: F/L Davidson, F/O Schierer, F/O Rowbotham, F/O Hancock, W/O Brown, F/O Goucher, P/O Tuyttens, F/O Hull, and F/S Clark.  Flak was only in the neighbourhood of the D.Z. in wooded regions and from housetops.  The operation was successful and the containers and panniers fell into the hands of the Airborne men.  To quote the Daily Herald "Stirlings flew through murderous Flak to deliver material to the Airborne troops, who badly needed it."

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GF EF323.  Crew:  F/LT B.J. DAVIDSON J.14035, F/O R.N. BASSARAB J.22239, F/SGT S.L. HOLMES 1578915, F/SGT E.A. PETHER 1314666, P/O G.B. HARWAR 179218, SGT F.A. MARSHALL 1819727.  Time Up:  1151.  Time Down:  1625.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ by map reading.  Cloud base 3000 ft generally hazy.  H/F and m/gun fire around DZ mostly from woods a/c hit in bomb bay s/board and port side of fuselage, S/Mainplane and S/tailplane.  One despatcher hit in legs.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GJ LK439.  Crew:  F/O W.H. SCHIERER J.20063, F/O H.A. DOHERTY J.13981, SGT F. DUNNING 1585392, W/O G.W. KAY R.121603, SGT I.J.B. POST 1876663, SGT A. MARCHE 1554978.  Time Up:  1151.  Time Down:  1621.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ.  3 hung up in port wing.  Conditions at DZ hazy.  Very heavy concentration of flak around DZ no damage to a/c.  Trip successful.  One Stirling seen to crash land successfully at 5058N and 0346E.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GI LJ874.  Crew:  F/O G.C. ROWBOTHAM AUS.414320, F/O SPARROW NZ.416646, F/SGT F. DOWNES 1503938, W/O A.G. DUMAIS R.123292, P/O J.J. JOYCE J.86701, SGT G. McCULLOUGH 1892083.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1620.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ.  Vis poor in DZ area, small arms fire strikes in fuselage.  H/F and small arms fire in region of DZ.  2 Stirlings observed to crash in flames in DZ Area.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9G LK428.  Crew:  F/LT B.H. BERRIDGE DFC DFM 128555, F/SGT F.H. CAREY 1463204, W/O L.A. POCOCK R.157977, F/SGT B.S. HARDY 1144387, SGT J.R. STERLING R.181659, SGT S.C. STEELE 1850299.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1300.  Unsuccessful.  Returned to base with Port outer U/S.  Load jettisoned on rope dropping area.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9E EH950.  Crew:  F/O H.H. HANCOCK 151965, F/O S.D. FOWLER 144579, F/O G.A. WINGFIELD 152711, SGT C.H. McLEISH 1289100, SGT H. PREVETT 1806796, SGT R.E. WILLIAMS 539609.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1640.  Successfully dropped 20 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ.  4 hung up owing to clutches being too tight.  Weather hazy.  A/C hit in bomb doors by M/Gun fire.  Observed 3 Stirlings burning on DZ.  Trip successful.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GL LK544.  Crew:  W/O A.G. BROWN NZ.415058, F/O L.N. BUSSEY 133974, F/SGT J.W. EADY 1168885, F/SGT H. LEDWARD 1474289, F/SGT D.T. LEWIS 633600, SGT J.D. FIRTH 2205559.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1615.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Weather poor.  Concentrated M/G fire and H/F around DZ.  1 Stirling landed in woods 2 miles south of DZ and burst into flames.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GT LK645.  Crew:  F/LT R.T. TURNER DFC 114982, F/SGT J.E. PRICE 1576969, F/SGT F. SEDGEWICK 1516657, SGT W. MOSS 1681242, F/O J.S. SUTTON DFM 145724, W/O B.H. HARVEY 539795.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  Missing.  Now known that mission completed and 24 Containers and 4 panniers dropped.  A/C crashed landed near [Voordclyke?] and all the crew are accounted for.  F/O Sutton and F/Sgt Sedgewick are P.O.W. the remainder of the crew are now in England.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GV LK284.  Crew:  F/O G.E. GOUCHER J.20066, W/O J.G. ARMSTRONG 1040157, F/O R. SCHNUTH J.28952, F/O J. SOUTHERN R.133331, F/O E.T. WILLIAMS J.26621, SGT L.W. BROCK 1893710.  Time Up:  1140.  Time Down:  1610.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Hazy conditions over DZ.  Flak damaged starboard wing.  No fighter seen.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GZ LJ955.  Crew:  P/O J.P. TUYTTENS J.86297, F/O W.H. MORPHETT J.24220, F/SGT A. GOODALL 862590, P/O R. POTTS 176963, P/O J.L. CAMPBELL J.87108, SGT M. BENNETT 1873183.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1615.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ.  Bad weather.  Flak damage to bomb door, S/Outer engine & S/Tailplane.  Heavy concentration on DZ.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9V EF966.  Crew:  F/O E.C. HULL 139978, F/SGT D.K. JORDAN 1585828, F/SGT B.W. HARRIS 1323564, SGT J.A. GRACE 1396892, F/SGT A.T. WAINWRIGHT 1809463, F/SGT J. MURRAY 1892270.  Time Up:  1150.  Time Down:  1625.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Vis hazy cloud 9/10 at 3000 ft no damage to a/c but very H/F at DZ.  1 stirling seen to crash in flames on DZ.  1 stirling seen to make successful crash landing at 5157N 0541E.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9C LJ829.  Crew:  F/SGT R.E. CLARK 1337102, F/SGT P.M. POWELL 1437299, F/SGT E.L. HYMNS 1323216, F/SGT W. SALT 1280963, W/O S.G. BLUNDEN 649238, SGT P.M. ANDERSON 3020883.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 Panniers on DZ.  Weather poor.  No damage to a/c.  Flak and heavy M/G fire observed coming from woods surrounding the DZ.  Good trip.

 

22nd September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

Market D+5.  Fourteen Aircraft were detailed for Operations which were later cancelled due to weather.  However the Crews and aircraft stood by in readiness.  S/L Triptree, S/L Dale, F/O Rowbotham and his Crew (F/O Sparrow, F/S Downes, W/O Dumais, P/O Joyce and Sgt McCullough) and P/O Harmer and his Crew (F/S Corless, F/S Hall, W/O Birdling, with P/O Truelove and Sgt Marshall of S/L Triptree's Crew filling in for W/O Bollander and Sgt Alexander who are in hospital) proceeded to Netheravon.  Here Group had representatives from each Squadron and General Koenig, leader of the F.F.I. presented the Croix de Guerres to various members in appreciation for the effort this group made in supplying the F.F.I. and Maquis.  S/L Dale and F/S Corless received the Croix de Guerre with Palm Leaves and F/O Rowbotham the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.

 

23rd September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

The fourteen Aircraft and Crews detailed for the Operation on the previous day carried out resupply missions on Market D+6 day.  This time considerable fighter escort was provided and weather was slightly better.  The only Flak encountered was near and D.Z. and here also was considerable small arms and machine gun fire.  Three aircraft were badly damaged: F/O Beresford, F/S White and P/O Tovell.  One aircraft, P/O Rowell (W/O Longhurst, F/S Baker, F/S McDonald, W/O Legroulx and Sgt Howard) was forced to make a landing but observers claim it made a successful crash landing six miles south of the D.Z. and the Crew waved to the Aircraft going home signalling that all were O.K.  Every Aircraft made a successful drop and the Operation was carried out satisfactorily.  Crews included: F/L Berridge, D.F.C., D.F.M., F/O Nichol, P/O Horan, P/O Hotz, F/O Grills, F/O Harris, F/O Farrell, P/O Graham, P/O Thorburn and W/O Dickie.  Observations indicate that the Allies are still south of the river at Arnhem but that the Airborne troops are receiving artillery support.  Sgt Williams, F/Eng. posted to the Squadron from 644 Squadron.  Sgt Stone, Nav. posted in from 1665 H.C.U.  F/S Cooper, A.G., posted to strength from 295 Squadron.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9D LJ815.  Crew:  F/LT B.H. BERRIDGE DFC DFM 128555, F/SGT F.H. CAREY 1463204, W/O L.E. POCOCK R.157977, F/SGT B.S. HARDY 1144387, SGT J.R. STERLING R.181659, SGT S.C. STEELE 1850299.  Time Up:  1410.  Time Down:  1850.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Good weather, cloud base 2500 ft.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9A EF321.  Crew:  F/O J.E. NICHOL J.24271, F/SGT H.E.W. WORTH R.183681, F/SGT GRAYSTONE R.156741, SGT J. LIGHTFOOT 1621169, SGT M.T.D. ROACH R.200032, SGT J.H. JESSUP 3005679.  Time Up:  1400.  Time Down:  1925.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Owing to a/c ahead dropping high had to climb to 1500 ft to release to avoid hitting containers.  Weather good.  Hit by flak in fuselage.  Fighter support good.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GC LJ896.  Crew:  F/O T.R. BERESFORD 150275, F/O G.D. KIDD 152709, F/O G.J. JARDINE 157175, SGT J.A. STONE 1581281, SGT C. TRUELOVE 3030565, SGT S. SPRINGATE 1066780.  Time Up:  1355.  Time Down:  1910.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Weather good and vis 15 miles over DZ.  Flak damage to S/Tailplane and elevators.  Turret U/S because of severed oil lines.  A/C ahead dropped high and evasive action was difficult.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GB LJ831.  Crew:  F/SGT J.H. WHITE AUS.409974, F/O D.W. LEE 145094, SGT A. GRIFFITHS 1455455, F/SGT J.M. MURPHY AUS.423831, SGT V.G. LAST 1890278, SGT D. WAREHAM 1607715.  Time Up:  1355.  Time Down:  1900.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Weather fine.  Containers dropped too high by leading A/C.  Trip good.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9C LJ829.  Crew:  F/O T.P. HARRIS NZ.42400, P/O H. REEK 177461, F/SGT T.A. McHEATH R.163713, P/O F.G. CARROLL J.87147, W/O A.J. HORNER R.124277, SGT. G. AYLWARD 1868378.  Time Up:  1350.  Time Down:  1900.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers dropped on DZ.  Avoiding action necessary to avoid containers falling from A/C ahead dropping too high.  Good weather.  Very good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GN LK135.  Crew:  F/O M.C. FARRELL J.21211, P/O L.A. EDE AUS.418653, F/SGT J. BOA 1368937, W/O R. RAMSDEN R.130084, W/O J.G. McLEOD AUS.421444, SGT H. BAKER 1309322.  Time Up:  1355.  Time Down:  1900.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Good weather with cloud base 2500 ft.  Leading a/c dropping high.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GS LJ919.  Crew:  P/O D.H. GRAHAM NZ.42393, P/O P.H. PHELOUG NZ.415012, F/SGT K.T. MOYLAN AUS.424273, W/O T. PATTERSON R.130583, P/O J.F. WILSON J.86700, SGT G. CAMERON-STUART 1628233.  Time Up:  1355.  Time Down:  1910.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Weather good.  No flak encountered.  Good fighter support.  Observed Squadron ahead dropping too high.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9X LJ971.  Crew:  P/O R.G. THORBURN J.85680, W/O H.J. HART AUS.410597, F/SGT I.G. SWEEZEY R.156936, W/O I. CLARKE NZ.417160, W/O J.R. WRIGHT R.178499, SGT R.G. TEAGUE 1686714.  Time Up:  1350.  Time Down:  1920.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 2 panniers on DZ.  Panniers not dropped due to avoiding action caused by containers from leading a/c dropping high.  Good weather and excellent fighter support.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9Y LK153.  Crew:  P/O B.W. HORAN AUS.410235, F/SGT R.E. LOWMAN-ANKER 1396416, F/SGT J.S. FRY 1586430, SGT DAVIS 1713697, SGT B.A. JAGGARD 1627473, SGT G.C. TYERS 1042145.  Time Up:  1400.  Time Down:  1915.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ by map reading and ground signals.  Weather fine.  Trip successful.  Sqdrn ahead dropping high.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GI LJ874.  Crew:  P/O C.F. HOTZ AUS.414490, F/SGT J.F. WHITE 1435167, F/SGT F.G. SCOTT AUS.417897, W/O A.W. HOOD R.136057, W/O W.P. STEWART R.105450, SGT M.H. SMITH 1295742.  Time Up:  1405.  Time Down:  1915.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Weather very good.  Leading A/C dropping too high.  Trip very satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GD LJ891.  Crew:  P/O E.J. TOVELL AUS.414526, P/O W. CHILIBECK J.86769, P/O W. McALLAN AUS.426649, P/O D.C. STRONG J.86825, F/SGT R.W. ELSDON R.131731, SGT G. GIANNOTTI 1868312.  Time Up:  1400.  Time Down:  1900.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers.  Weather good.  Congestion at DZ owing to poor timing of sqdns ahead which also dropped high.  S/board mainplane hit by flak just west of DZ.  Fighter support very good.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9V EF966.  Crew:  F/O D.V. GRILLS J.23426, F/O V.R. THATCHER AUS.420302, F/O R. McCULLOUGH J.28556, W/O A. BESTED R.141024, W/O L.R. BUNN R.159273, SGT P. COSTELLO 1865084.  Time Up:  1400.  Time Down:  1855.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  A/C observed to drop at height greater than briefing.  Weather good.  Small hole in nose of A/C due to flak.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV 5GY LJ893.  Crew:  P/O I.T. ROWELL J.87020, W/O W.D. LONGHURST NZ.416215, F/SGT G.D. BAKER R.175456, F/SGT G.J. McDONALD R.124828, W/O L.G. LEGROULX R.180691, SGT A. HOWARD 907211.  Time Up:  .  Time Down:  .  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 4 panniers on DZ.  Shot down after leaving DZ crew now reported to be o.k.  Three wounded including P/O I.T. Rowell, W/O W.D. Longhurst (Serious) and F/Sgt G.J. McDonald.  All crew now safe in England.

 

Aircraft Type & Number: STIRLING IV X9? LJ812.  Crew:  W/O J. DICKIE AUS.420643, F/SGT STEWART 1564631, F/SGT MARCHANT 1339607, F/SGT KENNEDY AUS.420224, SGT DIXON 104733, SGT BOMMEL 1892627.  Time Up:  1357.  Time Down:  1851.  Successfully dropped 24 Containers and 3 panniers on DZ.  1 pannier hung up due to avoiding action taken to avoid containers dropped from a/c ahead dropping too high.  Weather good.  Trip very satisfactory.

 

24th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

F/S Sherman, Nav., posted in from 296 Squadron.  F/O Green, Nav., posted in from 196 Squadron.  Received news of P/O Rowell and his Crew who had crash landed in Holland.  P/O Rowell wounded and W/O W.D. Longhurst seriously wounded, F/S J.G. McDonald slightly wounded and F/S D. Baker, W/O L.G. Legroulx and Sgt A. Howard are O.K.  F/L Berridge and Crew (F/S F.H. Carey, W/O L.E. Pocock, F/S B.S. Hardy, Sgt J.R. Stirling and Sgt S.C. Steele) posted to Fairford, 620 Squadron.  F/L Berridge will become O/C of one of their flights.  Two S.O.E. missions successfully carried out by F/L Turnbull, and F/L Rees.

 

25th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

W/O B.H. Harvey of F/L R. Turner's Crew returned after being shot down in Holland and he gives the following story: As we were turning to port away from the D.Z. the aircraft was badly hit by 20 mm.  The rear turret caught fire and the gunner, F/O Sutton bailed.  The aircraft crash landed in the open country near NOORDELYHE.  The crew were taken into the village by the local inhabitants.  We were picked up by a Dutch policeman in a car and we proceeded to an Armoured Corps H.Q. near Arnhem where we remained the night.  Next morning transport was provided for Eindhoven.  Between Uden and Veigel we were held up because the road ahead was under shell fire.  We were informed by a free Dutchman that four German tanks were ahead so we turned around and proceeded in the direction from which we had come.  After a mile and a half we met two German tanks.  A Tiger tank opened fire on the lorry and we took to the ditch.  We remained in the ditch for fifteen minutes but as the tank got a bit close we decided to make for a house.  In the general confusion I lost sight of the rest of the crew.  When the tank concentrated its fire on the house Sgt Turner, Driver Brackman and myself made for another ditch further away from the tank.  After proceeding from ditch to ditch for three hours we met an American Airborne patrol with four Jeeps.  They took us into Veigel and here we remained until 1400 hours on Saturday, September 23rd. when an Army officer gave us a lift into Brussels.  We then went from Brussels to Northolt in a D.C.3.

 

26th September 1944

Place: Keevil

 

Two aircraft were delivered to Bourn near Cambridge and F/O Rowbotham picked up the two crews and brought them back.  Seven aircraft were engaged on air-firing at Stert Flats: P/O Tovell, P/O Horan, W/O Brown, F/O Nichol, F/L Turnbull, F/S Clark, and W/O Dillon.  Two Aircraft did successful fighter affiliation namely P/O Tuyttens and P/O Graham.  F/O Grills and F/O Farrell did practice bombing at Stert Flats.  No operations.  Received news today that F/L Turner and two of his crew, F/S J.E. Price and Sgt W. Moss were safe in England.  The following excerpt was taken out of a daily paper: "... F/L R. Turner a Londoner had gone ahead of us on the road south between Uden and Veigel and had run into a road blocked by German Tanks and had fought his own private battle on the ground for 28 hours to get back out of the trap.  He took command of the 30 men, four of them his own crew and the others Bofors gunners.  They destroyed a Tiger tank and an Armed Car and held on with the loss of four killed and eight wounded until the British tanks relieved them."