Abbreviations

AA

AB

AG

FE

Nav
Pass

W/Op

Anti-Aircraft

Air Bomber

Air Gunner

Flight Engineer

Navigator
Passenger

Wireless Operator

 

 

Month and year: September 1944

 

17th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Three machines were Air Tested in the morning, preparations were then completed for large scale daylight operations.

 

DAYLIGHT PARATROOP AND GLIDER TOWING OPERATION TO NORTHERN HOLLAND.

After four days of preparation, fifty aircraft from the Station took off in daylight to take part in the Airborne Invasion of Northern Holland.  The Squadron dispatched six Pathfinder aircraft which dropped paratroops with great success to prepare the landing areas for the Gliders.  Nineteen aircraft from the Squadron towed Gliders carrying elements of the First Airborne Army.  Sixteen of these arrived successfully over the dropping zone, of the remaining three, the tow ropes of two broke whilst still over England, and the third one lost his Glider over the continent due to enemy action.  The entire operation was a complete success, a number of War Correspondents, who were carried in the aircraft, gave glowing and not entirely accurate accounts of their experiences.  Opposition was slight and was chiefly from small arms fire, which was most promptly dealt with by an energetic force of protecting fighters.  All aircraft returned safely to Base, after a most interesting trip in good weather.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.930.  Crew:  S/L R.H. Bunker DFC (Capt), F/O J.S. Asher (Nav), W/O Browne D.J. (A/B), Sgt Bagley R.L. (F/E), W/O Cassidy F.T. (W/Op), F/S Whittlestone J.B. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.10.  Time Down:  14.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.917.  Crew:  F/L W.A. Jack (Capt), F/S Atkinson W.T. (Nav), F/S Breed W.R.M. (A/B), Sgt Bower J.O. (F/E), F/S Beckett R.I. (W/Op), F/S Perry G.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.10.  Time Down:  14.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.293.  Crew:  F/O J.H. Kay (Capt), F/O G.E. Wileman (Nav), F/S Evans E.G. (A/B), F/S Vincent W.F. (F/E), F/O W.A. Summers (W/Op), F/S Morris W.T. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.10.  Time Down:  14.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.980.  Crew:  W/O Miller R.J. (Capt), F/S Howes J. (Nav), F/S Davies I. (A/B), Sgt Husband G.F. (F/E), F/S Veitch D.E. (W/Op), Sgt White S.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.45.  Time Down:  15.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.509.  Crew:  W/O Dawe D.M. (Capt), P/O W.J. Old (Nav), W/O Peterson L.H.F. (A/B), F/S Johnson D.J. (F/E), F/S France A. (W/Op), P/O C.W. Walker (A/G).  Time Up:  11.00.  Time Down:  16.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.566.  Crew:  F/L G.H. Thring DFC (Capt), F/O M.E. Price (Nav), F/O H. Brasthen (A/B), F/S Buchan W. (F/E), F/S Creak J.V. (W/Op), F/O G.F. McMahon DFM (A/G).  Time Up:  11.00.  Time Down:  16.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.918.  Crew:  W/O Keogh R. (Capt), W/O Mead R.W. (Nav), F/S Humphries M.G. (A/B), F/S Stephens D. (F/E), F/S Sellick P.K. (W/Op), Sgt Curtis W.M. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.45.  Time Down:  16.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.116.  Crew:  F/O J.R. Marshall (Capt), F/S Duke F.C. (Nav), F/S Hopkinson E.W. (A/B), Sgt Boardman A. (F/E), F/S Dalton R. (W/Op), Sgt Booth J.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.45.  Time Down:  15.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.866.  Crew:  F/O W.P. Ball (Capt), F/S Heptonstall A.E. (Nav), W/O Tod P.A. (A/B), F/S Northfield A. (F/E), F/S Bridges D.B. (W/Op), F/S Hennessy M. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.05.  Time Down:  16.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.873.  Crew:  F/O G.F. Gawith (Capt), F/O S.J. Payne (Nav), F/O I. Langdon (A/B), F/S Watson K. (F/E), F/S Jarvis D.G. (W/Op), F/S Edwards A.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.00.  Time Down:  11.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.887.  Crew:  F/O F.A. Cox (Capt), F/S Wait F. (Nav), F/O C.G. McKinnon (A/B), F/S Winter G.E.A. (F/E), P/O D. Mason (W/Op), F/S Wayman C.H.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.05.  Time Down:  16.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.588.  Crew:  P/O R.F. Clement (Capt), F/O J.M. Hilton (Nav), F/S Bryce J.H. (A/B), Sgt Schofield A. (F/E), P/O Martin J.C. (W/Op), F/S Hamley P.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.20.  Time Down:  15.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.946.  Crew:  P/O M. McHugh (Capt), F/S Hume J.G. (Nav), F/S Gascoyne N. (A/B), Sgt Evans E.A. (F/E), F/S Bradshaw D.P. (W/Op), Sgt Vickers L. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.50.  Time Down:  15.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.935.  Crew:  F/O P.S. Deacon (Capt), F/O H.M. James (Nav), F/S Kempster A.S. (A/B), Sgt Kieller J. (F/E), F/S Everitt J.T. (W/Op), F/O G.E. Smith (A/G).  Time Up:  10.45.  Time Down:  16.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.875.  Crew:  P/O J.I. Kidgall (Capt), P/O E.D. Woods (Nav), F/S Payne R.D. (A/B), Sgt Holt H. (F/E), Sgt Dauncey R.M. (W/Op), Sgt Reid A.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.10.  Time Down:  11.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.580.  Crew:  F/L H.G. Hannah (Capt), P/O D. Mackay (Nav), F/S Coych W.A. (A/B), F/S Scanlon J.F. (F/E), F/S Russell R. (W/Op), W/O Smith S.I. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.10.  Time Down:  14.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.872.  Crew:  F/O R.F. Bunce (Capt), F/O H.D. Simmins (Nav), F/S Farmer J.A. (A/B), P/O J. Svensson (F/E), P/O B.C. Allen (W/Op), W/O Warner T. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.10.  Time Down:  14.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.237.  Crew:  P/O D.S. McKenzie (Capt), P/O R.W. Passingham (Nav), F/S Gleeson R.A. (A/B), Sgt Selby G.J. (F/E), W/O Rayner G. (W/Op), F/S Bedford R.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.15.  Time Down:  14.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.847.  Crew:  W/C D.H. Lee DFC (Capt), F/S Pratt E. (Nav), F/S Baker J.P. (A/B), F/S Naylor B.D. (F/E), P/O A.D. Heard DFM (W/Op), F/L F. Weston DFC (A/G).  Time Up:  10.50.  Time Down:  15.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.303.  Crew:  F/O H.M. McLeod (Capt), F/O R. Newton (Nav), F/O H. Bate (A/B), Sgt Haig T. (F/E), F/S C.C. King (W/Op), F/O J.H. Thomas (A/G).  Time Up:  10.55.  Time Down:  16.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.970.  Crew:  P/O J.H. McNamara (Capt), F/O K. Harries (Nav), F/S Rodman S.W.C. (A/B), Sgt Graham P.P. (F/E), W/O Jones D.W. (W/Op), F/S Hughes W. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.55.  Time Down:  16.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.899.  Crew:  F/O A.R. Scanlon (Capt), F/O E.B. Dane (Nav), F/S Lamont R.J. (A/B), Sgt Murray W.J. (F/E), W/O McGilvray E. (W/Op), Sgt Marshall J.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.55.  Time Down:  15.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.892.  Crew:  F/O G.C. Murray (Capt), F/O K.G. Back. (Nav), F/S Hooper H.C. (A/B), F/S Gould A.J. (F/E), F/S Greenslade R. (W/Op), F/L W.J. Dawson (A/G).  Time Up:  10.55.  Time Down:  16.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.914.  Crew:  F/S Kay W.C. (Capt), F/O J.B. House (Nav), P/O I.J. Gosson (A/B), F/S Cleaver A.S. (F/E), F/S Myers J. (W/Op), F/S Dillon W. (A/G).  Time Up:  10.55.  Time Down:  16.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.921.  Crew:  P/O J.C.L. Carey (Capt), F/L D.N. Cook (Nav), F/S Rinder C.H. (A/B), Sgt Buckman C.W. (F/E), F/S Andrews F. (W/Op), F/S Pritchard H.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.00.  Time Down:  16.15.

 

18th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Two Air Tests were carried out in the morning and preparations made for large scale daylight operations.

 

DAYLIGHT GLIDER TOWING TO NORTHERN HOLLAND.

Continuing the landing of the First Airborne Army, the Squadron sent twenty-two aircraft with Gliders out of a total of forty-three aircraft from the Station.  One aircraft failed to complete his mission due to broken tow rope over England, the remainder successfully delivered their Gliders.  Enemy opposition was greater and more varied than on the previous day and several aircraft returned with slight damage.  The weather was good but hazy.  All aircraft returned safely to Base, after a most satisfactory trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.847.  Crew:  W/C D.H. Lee DFC (Capt), F/S Pratt E. (Nav), F/S Baker J.P. (A/B), F/S Naylor B.D. (F/E), P/O A.D. Heard DFM (W/Op), F/L F. Weston DFC (A/G).  Time Up:  11.25.  Time Down:  16.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.127.  Crew:  P/O P.D. de Bone (Capt), F/O B.F. Crocker (Nav), F/S Garwood F.B. (A/B), Sgt Pearman F.W. (F/E), F/S Chaffey N.R. (W/Op), Sgt Griffin P.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.30.  Time Down:  16.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.946.  Crew:  F/L H.G. Hannah (Capt), P/O D. Mackay (Nav), F/S Coysh W.A. (A/B), F/S Scanlon J.P. (F/E), F/S Russell R. (W/Op), W/O Smith S.I. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.25.  Time Down:  17.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.921.  Crew:  W/O Currie S.B. (Capt), F/S Hollinrake D. (Nav), Sgt Newman K.P. (A/B), Sgt Marsh V.E. (F/E), Sgt Grant T.J.A. (W/Op), Sgt Davies R.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.25.  Time Down:  17.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.303.  Crew:  F/O K.J. Hoult (Capt), F/O H. Vanular (Nav), F/S Duck W.C. (A/B), Sgt Simpson J. (F/E), F/S Sonnenstein W.H. (W/Op), F/S Townsend B.F. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.40.  Time Down:  16.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.899.  Crew:  F/O A.R. Scanlon (Capt), F/O E.B. Dane (Nav), F/S Lamont R.J. (A/B), Sgt Murray W.J. (F/E), W/O McGilvray E.J. (W/Op), Sgt Marshall J.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.45.  Time Down:  16.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.293.  Crew:  F/O J.H. Kay (Capt), F/O G.E. Wileman (Nav), F/S Evans E.G. (A/B), F/S Vincent W.F. (F/E), F/O W.A. Summers (W/Op), F/S Morris W.T. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.30.  Time Down:  17.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.872.  Crew:  F/O R.F. Bunce (Capt), F/O H.D. Simmins (Nav), F/S Farmer J.A. (A/B), P/O J. Svensson (F/E), P/O B.C. Allen (W/Op), W/O Warner T. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.00.  Time Down:  16.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.970.  Crew:  F/S Rabbits S.W. (Capt), F/O A. Ferguson (Nav), F/S Davies R.P. (A/B), Sgt Kearns R.S. (F/E), Sgt Mensley J.K.S. (W/Op), F/S Cornish H.M. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.45.  Time Down:  16.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.892.  Crew:  P/O D.S. McKenzie (Capt), P/O R.W. Passingham (Nav), F/S Gleeson R.A. (A/B), Sgt Selby G.J. (F/E), W/O Rayner G. (W/Op), F/S Bedford R.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.45.  Time Down:  16.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.935.  Crew:  F/S Jordan P.G. (Capt), F/S Pountney L.H. (Nav), W/O Etkin J. (A/B), Sgt McLeod N.J. (F/E), F/S Sykes T. (W/Op), Sgt Hall W.H. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.45.  Time Down:  17.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.116.  Crew:  F/S Marriott N.F. (Capt), F/S Pearce L.E. (Nav), F/S Riddell J.R. (A/B), Sgt Palmer R.B. (F/E), F/O W.H. Boston (W/Op), F/S Jones C.N. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.35.  Time Down:  16.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.930.  Crew:  S/L R.H. Bunker DFC (Capt), F/O J.S. Asher (Nav), W/O Browne D.J. (A/B), Sgt Bagley R.L. (F/E), W/O Cassidy F.T. (W/Op), F/S Whittlestone J.B. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.25.  Time Down:  16.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.871.  Crew:  F/O L. Simpson (Capt), F/S Seery G.F. (Nav), F/O J.H. Loveless (A/B), Sgt Stevenson R.H. (F/E), W/O Bowen A.R. (W/Op), W/O Coom T.C. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.30.  Time Down:  17.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.917.  Crew:  F/L W.A. Jack (Capt), F/S Atkinson W.T. (Nav), F/S Breed W.R.M. (A/B), Sgt Bower J.O. (F/E), F/S Beckett R.I. (W/Op), F/S Perry G.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.30.  Time Down:  12.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.980.  Crew:  F/O J.D. Russell (Capt), W/O Delisle L.A.S. (Nav), F/S Hatcher G.R. (A/B), Sgt Newstone P.H.R. (F/E), Sgt Bright R.C. (W/Op), F/O S.R. Prossak (A/G).  Time Up:  11.40.  Time Down:  16.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.875.  Crew:  P/O J.I. Kidgall (Capt), P/O E.D. Woods (Nav), F/S Payne R.D. (A/B), Sgt Holt H. (F/E), Sgt Dauncey R.M. (W/Op), Sgt Reid A.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.35.  Time Down:  16.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.918.  Crew:  F/O A.E. Andrews (Capt), F/O H.A. Leader (Nav), F/O J.W. Parr (A/B), Sgt Strong J.J. (F/E), Sgt Moody A.T. (W/Op), F/S Wright G.C. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.30.  Time Down:  16.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.873.  Crew:  F/O G.F. Gawith (Capt), F/O S.J. Payne (Nav), F/O I. Langdon (A/B), F/S Watson K. (F/E), F/S Jarvis D.G. (W/Op), F/S Edwards A.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.35.  Time Down:  16.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.588.  Crew:  P/O R.F. Clement (Capt), F/O J.M. Hilton (Nav), F/S Bryce J.H. (A/B), Sgt Schofield A. (F/E), P/O J.C. Martin (W/Op), F/S Hamley P.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  11.35.  Time Down:  16.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.866.  Crew:  F/O W.P. Ball (Capt), F/S Heptonstall A.E. (Nav), W/O Tod P.A. (A/B), F/S Northfield A. (F/E), F/S Bridges D.B. (W/Op), F/S Hennessy M. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.15.  Time Down:  17.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.566.  Crew:  F/L G.H. Thring DFC (Capt), F/O M.E. Price (Nav), F/O H. Brasthen (A/B), F/S Buchan W. (F/E), F/S Creak J.V. (W/Op), F/O G.F. McMahon DFM (A/G).  Time Up:  12.10.  Time Down:  16.50.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

No flying took place in the morning and preparations were again made for large scale daylight operations.

 

SUPPLY DROPPING OVER NORTHERN HOLLAND.

Of thirty-five aircraft from the Station, the Squadron sent seventeen to partake in the above operation.  Sixteen of them dropping supplies to the Airborne troops, and the other aircraft towing a Glider.  The aircraft flew over in 'vics' of three, and encountered some poor weather conditions on the route.  The cloud however, broke up towards the dropping zone, but visibility was poor.  On the run up to the dropping zone some medium opposition was encountered and at the dropping zone itself the opposition from the ground consisted of intense light A.A. Fire.  Most of the aircraft managed to drop on the dropping zone although they had to drop high due to other aircraft crowding them out.  Many of the aircraft were hit, but all returned safely to Base, and none of the crews were injured.  No enemy fighters were seen.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.872.  Crew:  F/O H.M. McLeod (Capt), F/O R. Newton (Nav), F/O H. Bate (A/B), Sgt Haig T. (F/E), F/S C.C. King (W/Op), F/O J.R. Thomas (A/G).  Time Up:  13.20.  Time Down:  18.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.237.  Crew:  F/O G.C. Murray (Capt), F/O K.G. Back. (Nav), F/S Hooper H.C. (A/B), F/S Gould A.J. (F/E), F/S Greenslade R. (W/Op), F/L W.J. Dawson (A/G).  Time Up:  13.15.  Time Down:  17.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.970.  Crew:  P/O J.H. McNamara (Capt), F/O K. Harries (Nav), F/S Rodman S.W.C. (A/B), Sgt Graham P. (F/E), W/O Jones D.W. (W/Op), F/S Hughes W. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.15.  Time Down:  17.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.892.  Crew:  P/O M. McHugh (Capt), F/S Hume J.G. (Nav), F/S Gascoyne N. (A/B), Sgt Evans E.A. (F/E), F/S Bradshaw D.P. (W/Op), Sgt Vickers L. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.25.  Time Down:  17.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.847.  Crew:  F/S Kay W.C. (Capt), F/O J.B. House (Nav), P/O I.J. Gosson (A/B), F/S Cleaver A.S. (F/E), F/S Myers J. (W/Op), F/S Dillon W. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.15.  Time Down:  18.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.580.  Crew:  F/O P.S. Deacon (Capt), F/O H.M. James (Nav), F/S Kempster A.S. (A/B), Sgt Kieller J. (F/E), F/S Everitt J.T. (W/Op), F/O G.E. Smith (A/G).  Time Up:  13.30.  Time Down:  17.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.921.  Crew:  P/O J.C.L. Carey (Capt), F/L D.N. Cook (Nav), F/S Rinder C.H. (A/B), Sgt Buckman C.W. (F/E), F/S Andrews F. (W/Op), F/S Pritchard H.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.15.  Time Down:  18.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.952.  Crew:  P/O P.D. de Bone (Capt), F/O B.F. Crocker (Nav), F/S Garwood F.B. (A/B), Sgt Pearman F.W. (F/E), F/S Chaffey N.R. (W/Op), Sgt Griffin P.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.25.  Time Down:  18.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.303.  Crew:  F/O K.G. Hoult (Capt), F/O H. Vanular (Nav), F/S Duck W.C. (A/B), Sgt Simpson J. (F/E), F/S Sonnenstein W.H. (W/Op), F/S Townsend B.F. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.15.  Time Down:  18.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.509.  Crew:  F/L W.A. Jack (Capt), F/S Atkinson W.T. (Nav), F/S Breed W.R.M. (A/B), Sgt Bower J.O. (F/E), F/S Beckett R.I. (W/Op), F/S Perry G.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.30.  Time Down:  17.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.566.  Crew:  W/O Dawe D.M. (Capt), F/L M. Brown (Pass), P/O W.J. Old (Nav), W/O Peterson L.H.F. (A/B), F/S Johnson D.J. (F/E), F/S France A. (W/Op), P/O C.W. Walker (A/G).  Time Up:  11.00.  Time Down:  16.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.930.  Crew:  W/O Miller R.J. (Capt), F/S Howes J. (Nav), F/S Davies I. (A/B), Sgt Husband G.F. (F/E), F/S Veitch D.E. (W/Op), Sgt White S.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.25.  Time Down:  18.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.865.  Crew:  F/O F.A. Cox (Capt), F/S Wait F. (Nav), F/O C.G. McKinnon (A/B), F/S Winter G.E.A. (F/E), P/O D. Mason (W/Op), F/S Wayman C.H.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.30.  Time Down:  18.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.875.  Crew:  W/O Keogh R. (Capt), W/O Mead R.W. (Nav), F/S Humphries M.G. (A/B), F/S Stephens D. (F/E), F/S Sellick P.K. (W/Op), Sgt Curtis W.N. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.30.  Time Down:  17.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.980.  Crew:  F/O J.R. Marshall (Capt), F/S Duke F.C. (Nav), F/S Hopkinson E.W. (A/B), Sgt Boardman A. (F/E), F/S Dalton R. (W/Op), Sgt Booth J.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.30.  Time Down:  17.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.873.  Crew:  F/O G.F. Gawith (Capt), F/O S.J. Payne (Nav), F/O I. Langdon (A/B), F/S Watson K. (F/E), F/S Jarvis D.G. (W/Op), F/S Edwards A.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.25.  Time Down:  18.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.293.  Crew:  F/O J.D. Russell (Capt), W/O Delisle L.A.S. (Nav), F/S Hatcher G.R. (A/B), Sgt Newstone P.E.R. (F/E), Sgt Bright R.C. (W/Op), F/O S.R. Prossak (A/G).  Time Up:  13.25.  Time Down:  18.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.588.  Crew:  F/O A.E. Andrews (Capt), F/O H.A. Leader (Nav), F/O J.W. Parr (A/B), Sgt Strong J.J. (F/E), Sgt Moody A.T. (W/Op), F/S Wright G.C. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.25.  Time Down:  18.05.

 

20th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Two aircraft were Air Tested in the morning and preparations were again made for large scale daylight operations.

 

SUPPLY DROPPING OVER NORTHERN HOLLAND.

Of thirty-three aircraft operating from the Station, the Squadron sent seventeen to drop supplies to our hard pressed airborne forces.  Aircraft were detailed to fly in pairs, but visibility over England made a good forming-up difficult.  Improved conditions over the continent assisted the operation, though the aircraft tended to be too close to each other on the run up to the dropping zone.  Considerable assorted light A.A. Fire was encountered at the dropping zone only and all aircraft succeeded in dropping their loads well.  Fighter aircraft supported the operation and no enemy aircraft were encountered.  Two aircraft, Stirling LK127 and LK548, captained by F/O A.R. Scanlon and F/O M. McHugh respectively failed to return from this operation.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.930.  Crew:  S/L R.H. Bunker DFC (Capt), G/C A.H. Wheeler (2nd Pilot), F/O J.S. Asher (Nav), W/O Browne D.J. (A/B), Sgt Bagley R.L. (F/E), W/O Cassidy F.T. (W/Op), F/S Whittlestone J.B. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.50.  Time Down:  19.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.873.  Crew:  F/L G.H. Thring DFC (Capt), F/O M.E. Price (Nav), F/O H. Brasthen (A/B), F/S Buchan W. (F/E), F/S Creak J.V. (W/Op), F/O G.F. McMahon DFM (A/G).  Time Up:  14.50.  Time Down:  20.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.508.  Crew:  W/O Dawe D.M. (Capt), P/O W.J. Old (Nav), W/O Peterson L.H.F. (A/B), F/S Johnson D.J. (F/E), F/S France A. (W/Op), P/O C.W. Walker (A/G).  Time Up:  14.55.  Time Down:  19.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.293.  Crew:  F/O J.H. Kay (Capt), F/O G.E. Wileman (Nav), F/S Evans E.G. (A/B), F/S Vincent W.F. (F/E), F/O W.A. Summers (W/Op), F/S Morris W.T. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.55.  Time Down:  19.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.918.  Crew:  F/S Marriott N.F. (Capt), F/S Pearce L.E. (Nav), F/S Riddell J.R. (A/B), Sgt Palmer R.B. (F/E), F/O W.H. Boston (W/Op), F/S Jones C.N. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.55.  Time Down:  20.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.866.  Crew:  F/O L. Simpson (Capt), F/S Seery G.F. (Nav), F/O J.H. Loveless (A/B), Sgt Stevenson R.H. (F/E), W/O Bowen A.R. (W/Op), W/O Coom T.C. (A/G).  Time Up:  15.00.  Time Down:  20.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.588.  Crew:  P/O R.F. Clement (Capt), F/O J.M. Hilton (Nav), F/S Bryce J.H. (A/B), Sgt Schofield A. (F/E), P/O J.C. Martin (W/Op), F/S Hamley P.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  15.00.  Time Down:  20.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.865.  Crew:  F/O F.A. Cox (Capt), F/S Wait F. (Nav), F/O C.G. McKinnon (A/B), F/S Winter G.E.A. (F/E), P/O D. Mason (W/Op), F/S Wayman C.H.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  15.00.  Time Down:  19.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.892.  Crew:  P/O D.S. McKenzie (Capt), P/O R.W. Passingham (Nav), F/S Gleeson R.A. (A/B), Sgt Selby G.J. (F/E), W/O Rayner G. (W/Op), F/S Bedford R.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.45.  Time Down:  19.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.303.  Crew:  F/S Jordan P.G. (Capt), F/S Pountney L.H. (Nav), F/S Johnson G.A. (A/B), Sgt McLeod N.J. (F/E), F/S Sykes T. (W/Op), Sgt Hall W.H. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.50.  Time Down:  20.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.875.  Crew:  W/O Miller R.J. (Capt), F/S Howes J. (Nav), F/S Davies I. (A/B), Sgt Husband G.F. (F/E), F/S Veitch D.E. (W/Op), Sgt White S.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  15.00.  Time Down:  20.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.872.  Crew:  F/O R.F. Bunce (Capt), F/O H.D. Simmins (Nav), F/S Farmer J.A. (A/B), P/O J. Svensson (F/E), P/O B.C. Allen (W/Op), W/O Warner T. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.40.  Time Down:  19.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.970.  Crew:  F/O A.R. Scanlon (Capt), F/O E.B. Dane (Nav), F/S Lamont J.R. (A/B), Sgt Murray W.J. (F/E), W/O McGilvray E.J. (W/Op), Sgt Marshall J.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.50.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.237.  Crew:  F/S Rabbits S.W. (Capt), F/O A. Ferguson (Nav), F/S Davies R.P. (A/B), Sgt Kearns R.S. (F/E), Sgt Mensley J.K.S. (W/Op), F/S Cornish H.M. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.50.  Time Down:  19.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.432.  Crew:  F/L H.G. Hannah (Capt), P/O D. Mackay (Nav), F/S Coysh W.A. (A/B), F/S Scanlon J.P. (F/E), F/S Russell R. (W/Op), W/O Smith S.I. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.45.  Time Down:  19.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.952.  Crew:  P/O M. McHugh (Capt), F/S Hume J.G. (Nav), F/S Gascoyne N. (A/B), Sgt Evans D.P. (F/E), F/S Bradshaw E.A. (W/Op), Sgt Vickers T. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.45.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.847.  Crew:  W/C D.H. Lee DFC (Capt), F/S Pratt E. (Nav), F/S Baker J.P. (A/B), F/S Naylor B.D. (F/E), P/O A.D. Heard DFM (W/Op), F/L F. Weston DFC (A/G).  Time Up:  14.45.  Time Down:  19.40.

 

21st September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

No flying took place in the morning, but preparations were made for daylight operations.

 

SUPPLY DROPPING OVER NORTHERN HOLLAND.

Eleven aircraft from the Squadron took off to drop supplies to our airborne forces in Holland, in daylight.  Weather was cloudy with poor visibility, and the fighter escort were not at the rendezvous as arranged.  Opposition at the dropping zone was strong and enemy fighters were seen by several crews.  Two of our aircraft Stirling LJ830 and Stirling LK946, captained by F/O H.M. McLeod and P/O J.C.L. Carey respectively, failed to return from this Operation.  One aircraft landed at Manston with the rear gunner wounded, and another landed at Woodbridge with the Air Bomber wounded.  The remainder of the aircraft returned safely to Base, but many of them had sustained considerable damage.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.917.  Crew:  F/L W.A. Jack (Capt), F/S Atkinson W.T. (Nav), F/S Breed W.R.M. (A/B), Sgt Bower J.O. (F/E), F/S Beckett R.I. (W/Op), F/S Perry G.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.15.  Time Down:  17.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.588.  Crew:  W/O Keogh R. (Capt), W/O Mead R.W. (Nav), F/S Humphries M.G. (A/B), F/S Stephens D. (F/E), F/S Sellick P.K. (W/Op), Sgt Curtis W.N. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.10.  Time Down:  16.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.873.  Crew:  F/O G.F. Gawith (Capt), F/O S.J. Payne (Nav), F/O I. Langdon (A/B), F/S Watson K. (F/E), F/S Jarvis D.G. (W/Op), F/S Edwards A.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.15.  Time Down:  16.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.980.  Crew:  F/O A.E. Andrews (Capt), F/O H.A. Leader (Nav), F/O J.W. Parr (A/B), Sgt Strong J.J. (F/E), Sgt Moody A.T. (W/Op), F/S Wright G.C. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.40.  Time Down:  18.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.116.  Crew:  F/O J.R. Marshall (Capt), F/S Duke F.C. (Nav), F/S Hopkinson E.W. (A/B), Sgt Boardman A. (F/E), F/S Dalton R. (W/Op), Sgt Booth J.E. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.40.  Time Down:  18.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.952.  Crew:  P/O J.H. McNamara (Capt), F/O K. Harries (Nav), F/S Rodman S.W.C. (A/B), Sgt Graham P.P. (F/E), W/O Jones D.W. (W/Op), F/S Hughes W. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.10.  Time Down:  16.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.830.  Crew:  F/O H.M. McLeod (Capt), F/O R. Newton (Nav), F/O H. Bate (A/B), Sgt Haig T. (F/E), F/S C.C. King (W/Op), F/O J.R. Thomas (A/G).  Time Up:  12.20.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.237.  Crew:  F/O G.C. Murray (Capt), F/O K.G. Back. (Nav), F/S Hooper H.C. (A/B), F/S Gould A.J. (F/E), F/S Greenslade R. (W/Op), F/L W.J. Dawson (A/G).  Time Up:  13.10.  Time Down:  18.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.580.  Crew:  F/O P.S. Deacon (Capt), F/O H.M. James (Nav), F/S Kempster A.S. (A/B), Sgt Kieller J. (F/E), F/S Everitt J.T. (W/Op), F/O G.E. Smith (A/G).  Time Up:  12.20.  Time Down:  16.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.946.  Crew:  P/O J.C.L. Carey (Capt), F/L D.N. Cook (Nav), F/S Rinder C.H. (A/B), Sgt Buckman C.W. (F/E), F/S Andrews F. (W/Op), F/S Pritchard H.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  12.25.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.892.  Crew:  F/S Kay W.C. (Capt), F/O J.B. House (Nav), P/O I.J. Gosson (A/B), F/S Cleaver A.S. (F/E), F/S Myers J. (W/Op), F/S Dillon W. (A/G).  Time Up:  13.40.  Time Down:  17.30.

 

22nd September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Three aircraft were Air Tested in the morning, and in the afternoon the whole Squadron was 'stood-down'.  During the afternoon F/L W.A. Jack, P/O J.H. McNamara and F/Sgt W.A. Coyah were decorated by General Kaonig, the Military Governor of Paris, with the Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, and the Croix de Guerre with Palms respectively.

 

23rd September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Three Air Tests and some Local Flying took place and preparations were made for daylight operations.  It was announced during the morning that the Distinguished Flying Cross had been awarded to F/O W.P. Bell and F/O A.E. Maloney, and the Distinguished Flying Medal to F/Sgt T.H. Cox.  (The latter two have since been posted to No.1665 H.C.U.)

 

SUPPLY DROPPING OVER NORTHERN HOLLAND.

Eleven aircraft were detailed to re-supply operations to the airborne forces in Holland.  Weather was cloud en route, but clear at the dropping zone.  Opposition at the dropping zone was moderate, but shortly before reaching the dropping zone, the stream of aircraft ran into severe A.A. Fire from an enemy force launching an unanticipated attack on our lines.  The Squadron Commander, Wing Commander D.H. Lee, DFC was seen to be shot down, but the remainder of the aircraft returned to Base, several with considerable damage.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.930.  Crew:  S/L R.H. Bunker DFC (Capt), F/O J.S. Asher (Nav), W/O Browne D.J. (A/B), Sgt Bagley R.L. (F/E), W/O Cassidy F.T. (W/Op), F/S Whittlestone J.B. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.10.  Time Down:  19.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.887.  Crew:  P/O R.F. Clement (Capt), F/O J.M. Hilton (Nav), F/S Bryce J.H. (A/B), Sgt Schofield A. (F/E), P/O J.C. Martin (W/Op), F/S Hamley P.J. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.10.  Time Down:  19.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.865.  Crew:  F/O J.H. Kay (Capt), F/O G.E. Wileman (Nav), F/S Evans E.G. (A/B), F/S Vincent W.F. (F/E), F/O W.A. Summers (W/Op), F/S Morris W.T. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.10.  Time Down:  19.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.509.  Crew:  F/S Marriott N.F. (Capt), F/S Pearce L.E. (Nav), F/S Riddell J.R. (A/B), Sgt Palmer R.B. (F/E), F/O W.H. Boston (W/Op), F/S Jones C.N. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.10.  Time Down:  18.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.871.  Crew:  F/O J.D. Russell (Capt), W/O Delisle L.A.S. (Nav), F/S Hatcher G.R. (A/B), Sgt Newstone P.E.R. (F/E), Sgt Bright R.C. (W/Op), F/O S.R. Prossak (A/G).  Time Up:  14.15.  Time Down:  19.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.237.  Crew:  F/O K.G. Hoult (Capt), F/O H. Vanular (Nav), F/S Duck W.C. (A/B), Sgt Simpson J. (F/E), F/S Sonnenstein W.H. (W/Op), F/S Townsend B.F. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.20.  Time Down:  19.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.847.  Crew:  W/C D.H. Lee DFC (Capt), F/S Pratt E. (Nav), F/S Baker J.P. (A/B), F/S Naylor B.D. (F/E), P/O A.D. Heard DFM (W/Op), F/S Hennessy M. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.10.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.973.  Crew:  F/S Jordan P.G. (Capt), F/S Pountney L.H. (Nav), F/S Johnson G.A. (A/B), Sgt McLeod N.J. (F/E), F/S Sykes T. (W/Op), Sgt Hall W.H. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.15.  Time Down:  19.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.970.  Crew:  F/O R.F. Bunce (Capt), F/O H.D. Simmins (Nav), F/S Farmer J.A. (A/B), P/O J. Svensson (F/E), P/O B.C. Allen (W/Op), W/O Warner T. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.00.  Time Down:  18.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.123.  Crew:  F/S Rabbits S.W. (Capt), F/O A. Ferguson (Nav), F/S Davies R.P. (A/B), Sgt Kearns R.S. (F/E), Sgt Mensley J.K.S. (W/Op), F/S Cornish H.M. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.20.  Time Down:  18.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.952.  Crew:  P/O P.D. de Bone (Capt), F/O B.F. Crocker (Nav), F/S Garwood F.B. (A/B), Sgt Pearman F.W. (F/E), F/S Chaffey N.R. (W/Op), Sgt Griffin P.W. (A/G).  Time Up:  14.20.  Time Down:  19.20.

 

24th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Some Local Flying took place during the day, and preparations were made for night operations.

 

AIRBORNE OPERATIONS OVER NORTHERN HOLLAND.

Five aircraft from the Squadron were detailed to partake in the above operations, but only one succeeded in dropping its load.  The weather was reasonable throughout the trip, but much ground activity at the dropping zone handicapped the success of the operation.  All aircraft returned safely to Base.

 

25th September 1944

Place: Fairford

 

The previous evening, the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander D.H. Lee, DFC who was reported missing the previous day, returned to the Unit and reported all his crew safe, after an eventful evasion assisted by patriots and troops in the front line.  Some Local Flying took place during the day.