Abbreviations

A/G

B/A

F/E

Nav

W/Op

Air Gunner

Bomb Aimer

Flight Engineer

Navigator

Wireless Operator

 

 

Month and year: June 1944

 

4th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Cloudy becoming fair with rain the late afternoon.  Visibility good.  In the morning the A.O.C. in C. Sir Trafford Leigh Mallory paid a visit to R.A.F. Fairford and addressed all members of the Air Crew.  Little flying except for two short Air tests.

 

5th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Fair to cloudy - visibility good.  Flying by day consisted of four short Air tests.

 

Operation Tonga.  23 aircraft took off at approximately 23.30 hrs for France to drop Paratroops in the Caen Area.  The operations were successful and they landed at base after being airborne for 3 hrs.

 

Airborne Operation over Caen Area France.  23 Aircraft carried 426 paratroops to the Dropping Zone.  Light Flak was encountered but on the whole the opposition was slight.  F/Sgt Derbyshire was unable to recognise the D.Z. and returned with 18 paratroops - all others dropped successfully.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.433.  Crew:  W/C Harrison G.E. D.F.C. (Pilot), W/O Wingfield, F/L Skinner N.E. D.F.C. (W/Op), S/L Oliver (B/A), F/L Davidson R.G. (A/G), Sgt Priestley H.G.E. (F/E).  Time Up:  23.15.  Time Down:  03.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.939.  Crew:  S/L Gilliard J.P. D.F.C. (Pilot), F/L Merchant D.L. (B/A), W/O Davis S.B. (Nav), F/O McEwen N.S. (A/G), F/S Byrne C.T. (F/E), F/S Towers H. (W/Op), F/O Cullen R. (B/A).  Time Up:  23.15.  Time Down:  03.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.833.  Crew:  F/O Anderson E. (Pilot), F/O Adamson J.H. (Nav), Sgt Smith A.J. (F/E), Sgt Orange G.E. (A/B), Sgt Tolley W.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Bellamy A.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.16.  Time Down:  03.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.270.  Crew:  AUS F/O Pascoe F.E. (Pilot), Sgt Couch L. (A/B), CAN F/S Pelletier J.L.A. (WOP/Air), Sgt Hughes M. (F/E), Sgt Armstrong L.N. (A/G), F/S Walker R.T. (Nav).  Time Up:  23.15.  Time Down:  02.46.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.825.  Crew:  NZ F/O Kilgour L.A.A. (Pilot), CAN F/O Vinet J.P. (Nav), Sgt Guy R.L. (A/B), CAN F/O Foy B.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Swindell A.W. (F/E), Sgt Ball F. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.17.  Time Down:  02.17.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.829.  Crew:  F/O Hay J.S. (Pilot), F/S Povey J.F. (Nav), Sgt Duncan C.I. (A/B), P/O Clague J.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Lowe J.J. (F/E), Sgt West A.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.17.  Time Down:  02.22.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.498.  Crew:  AUS F/S Fogarty R.J. (Pilot), F/S Holden D.F. (Nav), Sgt Lovegreen A.E. (A/B), Sgt Restall L.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Spilka F.W. (F/E), Sgt Garret J.A. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.15.  Time Down:  03.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.823.  Crew:  F/S Derbyshire S. (Pilot), Sgt Newcombe K.G.Y. (Nav), F/S Kennedy B.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Lane C.H. (WOP/Air), Sgt Ball F. (F/E), Sgt Graham J. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.20.  Time Down:  03.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.214.  Crew:  CAN F/S MacMillan A.K. (Pilot), CAN F/O Couldrey G. (Nav), AUS F/S Godley K. (A/B), CAN F/S Husband A.R. (WOP/Air), Sgt Ross A.M. (F/E), CAN Sgt Betts R.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.22.  Time Down:  02.47.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.832.  Crew:  NZ P/O Brain W.D. (Pilot), P/O Oliver T. (Nav), AUS F/S Wilsdon R.H. (A/B), NZ F/S Collins A.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Baldock L.G. (F/E), CAN W/O MacDonald R. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.30.  Time Down:  02.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.242.  Crew:  CAN F/S Middleton R.S. (Pilot), CAN Sgt Beck R.J. (Nav), CAN P/O Bossley A.G. (A/B), CAN F/S Crenney H.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Drury A.E. (F/E), CAN F/S Argus W.J.A. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.30.  Time Down:  02.59.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.820.  Crew:  NZ F/O Bebarfald B.A. (Pilot), NZ F/S Yarwood M.J. (Nav), CAN F/O Munro L.N. (A/B), Sgt Branson C.F. (WOP/Air), F/S Jeffery J.E. (F/E), Sgt Batten A.A. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.31.  Time Down:  02.39.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.316.  Crew:  AUS P/O Port N. (Pilot), F/S Rosay C.M. (Nav), F/S Fulcher R. (A/B), Sgt Garner K.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Norman F.C. (F/E), Sgt Cornelius E.T. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.32.  Time Down:  03.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.818.  Crew:  F/S Porter F.E. (Pilot), CAN W/O Stan J. (Nav), Sgt Corbet D.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Bonde A.F. (WOP/Air), Sgt Madden H. (F/E), CAN Sgt Blake C.J.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.19.  Time Down:  02.18.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.824.  Crew:  CAN F/S Herger R.B. (Pilot), CAN F/O Antoft O.H. (Nav), CAN F/O MacDonnel J.K. (A/B), CAN F/S Whitlock L.I. (WOP/Air), F/S Hilliard L.G. (F/E), CAN F/S Thomas V.C. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.25.  Time Down:  02.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV.  Crew:  NZ F/S Sutherland N.W. (Pilot), NZ F/O Rouse C.G. (Nav), AUS F/S Bertram D. (A/B), AUS F/S Nixon I. (WOP/Air), Sgt Algar E.G. (F/E), NZ Vincent R.E.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.25.  Time Down:  03.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.431.  Crew:  F/O Chesterton G.H. (Pilot), F/S Whiting H.J. (Nav), Sgt Smith W.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Knighton J. (WOP/Air), P/O Ecart J.W. (F/E), F/S Shaw R.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.26.  Time Down:  02.36.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.831.  Crew:  CAN F/L Gardiner W.G. (Pilot), F/S Williams J.G.J. (Nav), F/S Douglas G.R. (A/B), F/S Ames G.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Cramp R.A. (F/E), Sgt Coghlan J.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  22.25.  Time Down:  02.44.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.827.  Crew:  P/O Chappel W.H. (Pilot), P/O Crossman L.J. (Nav), AM Ft.O Higgins T.J. (A/B), P/O Pool A.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Oxley D. (F/E), Sgt Dunkey W.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.53.  Time Down:  03.07.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.927.  Crew:  CAN F/O Robertson D.R. (Pilot), CAN F/O Prowse L.E. (Nav), CAN F/L Roseblade N.L. (A/B), Sgt Thompson G.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Alderson R. (F/E), Sgt Davies W.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.26.  Time Down:  02.49.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.260.  Crew:  F/O LeBouvier J.O. (Pilot), F/O Lovell C.M. (Nav), Sgt Martin D. (A/B), Sgt Sanders S.F. (WOP/Air), Sgt Ryan C. (F/E), Sgt Kershaw C. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.27.  Time Down:  02.37.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.816.  Crew:  NZ F/O Siergert C.L. (Pilot), AUS F/S Willis V. (Nav), AUS F/S Pepperell J.L. (A/B), NZ W/O Thomson W.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Morris D.W. (F/E), F/S Welton J.F. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.28.  Time Down:  02.28.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.263.  Crew:  CAN W/O Ellis J.F. (Pilot), F/L Laband A.E.W. (Nav), Sgt Smith W.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Lloyd L.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Noble D. (F/E), CAN W/O Talbot H.B. (A/G).  Time Up:  23.29.  Time Down:  02.55.

 

6th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

In the early hours there was about 5/10 cloud but this decreased to 1/10 by 0900 hrs.  Later on there was 9/10 cloud all day with visibility about 15 miles and slight rain.

 

Operation Mallard.  18 aircraft took off for France at approximately 19.50 hrs.  They were towing gliders.  The operation was very successful and gliders were released in the Caen Area.  All aircraft returned safely but encountered flak and machine gun fire and Sgt. Bevan who was Bomb Aimer in Sgt. Coeshott's crew was fatally wounded.  All aircraft returned to base by 23.30 hrs.  There was strong fighter escort and no hostile aircraft encountered.

 

Airborne Operations over Caen Area France.  18 Aircraft towed Horsa Gliders to the Dropping Zone.  Six aircraft were slightly damaged by L/F.  The opposition was very slight and the operation was completely successful.  F/S Bevan killed by a machine gun bullet was the only R.A.F. casualty.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.433.  Crew:  W/C Harrison G.E. D.F.C. (Pilot), NZ F/O Siergert O.L.L. (2/Pilot) F/S Willis V. (Nav), F/L Skinner N.E. D.F.C. (W/Op), F/L Davidson R.G. (A/G), AUS F/S Pepperall J.L. (B/A), Sgt Priestley H.G.E. (F/E).  Time Up:  19.50.  Time Down:  23.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.939.  Crew:  S/L Gilliard J.P. D.F.C. (Pilot), F/L Merchant D.L. (B/A), F/S Towers H. (W/Op), F/O Lawton R. (Nav), F/S Byrne C.T. (F/E), F/O McEwen N.S. (A/G), F/O Cullen R. (B/A).  Time Up:  19.50.  Time Down:  23.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.829.  Crew:  CAN F/O Matheson R.J. (Pilot), AUS W/O Davis R.A. (Nav), AUS F/O Willet K. (A/B), CAN W/O Allen T.W. (WOP/Air), Sgt Keen E.F. (F/E), CAN W/O Brouse D.L. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.50.  Time Down:  23.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV C.513.  Crew:  AUS F/S Jones E.W.T. (Pilot), F/S Loach K.G. (Nav), Sgt Black C. (A/B), Sgt Welsford E.H. (WOP/Air), Sgt Carrington W.G. (F/E), Sgt Hanson A. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.55.  Time Down:  23.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.431.  Crew:  F/O Farren A.C. (Pilot), Sgt Ross M.F. (Nav), F/S Cairns W.L.P. (A/B), Sgt Stone F. (F/E), Sgt Skewes W. (WOP/Air), Sgt Brown A.J.H. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.55.  Time Down:  23.23.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.825.  Crew:  NZ F/O Kilgour L.A.A. (Pilot), CAN F/O Vinet J.P. (Nav), Sgt Guy R.L. (A/B), CAN F/O Foy B.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Swindell A.W. (F/E), Sgt Bell F. (A/G), F/O Stevens N. D.F.C.  Time Up:  19.49.  Time Down:  22.34.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.270.  Crew:  AUS F/O Pascoe F.E. (Pilot), F/S Walker R.T. (Nav), CAN F/S Pelletier J.L.A. (WOP/Air), Sgt Armstrong L.N. (A/G), Sgt Couch L. (A/B), Sgt Hughes M. (F/E).  Time Up:  19.50.  Time Down:  23.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.214.  Crew:  AUS F/O Connell S.J. (Pilot), NZ F/O Reynolds E.B. (Nav), AUS F/S West F. (A/B), AUS Sgt Dowling L. (WOP/Air), Sgt Ell A. (F/E), CAN Sgt Conley K.A. (A/G).  Time Up:  20.00.  Time Down:  23.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.823.  Crew:  F/S Derbyshire S. (Pilot), Sgt Newcombe K.G.Y. (Nav), F/S Kennedy B.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Lane C.H. (WOP/Air), Sgt Ball F. (F/E), Sgt Graham J. (A/G).  Time Up:  20.00.  Time Down:  23.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.831.  Crew:  CAN F/L Gardiner W.G. (Pilot), F/S Williams J.G.J. (Nav), F/S Douglas G.R. (A/B), F/S Ames G.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Cramp R.A. (F/E), Sgt Coghlan J.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.38.  Time Down:  23.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.405.  Crew:  NZ S/L Gibb D.S. D.F.C. (Pilot), CAN F/O Fargher J. (Nav), F/O Cordy F. (A/B), P/O Booth M. (WOP/Air), P/O Sheppard K. (F/E), Sgt Rogerson T.A.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.41.  Time Down:  23.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.832.  Crew:  CAN F/O Robertson D.R. (Pilot), CAN F/O Prowse L.E. (Nav), CAN F/L Roseblade N.L. (A/B), Sgt Thompson G.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Alderson R. (F/E), Sgt Davies W.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.42.  Time Down:  22.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.242.  Crew:  NZ F/S Brierley T. (Pilot), NZ W/O Mathewson D. (Nav), F/O Mackay N. (A/B), CAN W/O Ambroziewicz B.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Percy R. (F/E), CAN W/O DeCordoue J.F. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.44.  Time Down:  23.13.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.260.  Crew:  F/O LeBouvier J.O. (Pilot), F/O Lovell C.M. (Nav), Sgt Martin D. (A/B), Sgt Sanders S.F. (WOP/Air), Sgt Ryan C. (F/E), Sgt Kershaw C. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.45.  Time Down:  23.34.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.264.  Crew:  CAN W/O Sellars D.S. (Pilot), CAN F/O Mowatt W. (Nav), AUS F/S Hill C.G. (A/B), CAN W/O Palmer R.M. (WOP/Air), Sgt Kempton F. (F/E), F/S Armstrong L.N. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.48.  Time Down:  23.19.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.881.  Crew:  AUS F/S Isaacson R.E. (Pilot), F/L Vincent W.R.J. (Nav), Sgt Sutton R.A. (A/B), Sgt Bradbury R.W. (WOP/Air), Sgt Mitchell M. (F/E), Sgt Batten A. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.50.  Time Down:  23.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.827.  Crew:  F/O Chappel W.H. (Pilot), F/O Crossman L.J. (Nav), AM Ft.O. Higgins T.J. (A/B), P/O Pool A.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Oxley D. (F/E), Sgt Dunkley W.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  19.39.  Time Down:  23.17.

 

7th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Conditions were fair to cloudy, with slight rain between 1800 - 1900 hrs becoming hazy.  There was no flying of any kind.

 

8th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Weather was fair with small amount of cloud and moderate visibility, becoming cloudy with slight rain during the afternoon.

 

Operation Robroy.  Six aircraft took off at approximately 04.25 hrs to France (Caen area) to drop supplies.  They all returned safely having been airborne for 2 hrs.  There was no other flying all day.

 

Airborne Supply Operations over France.  Six aircraft took part in a successful operation.  There was slight enemy ground fire, but no casualties.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.823.  Crew:  F/O Anderson A. (Pilot), Sgt Orange G.E. (A/B), F/O Adamson J.H. (Nav), Sgt Tolley W.G. (WOP/Air), Sgt Smith A.J. (F/E), Sgt Bellamy A.G. (A/G), F/L Mercer, S/L Cole.  Time Up:  04.20.  Time Down:  06.52.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.829.  Crew:  F/O Hay J.S. (Pilot), F/S Povey J.F. (Nav), Sgt Duncan C.I. (A/B), P/O Clague J.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Lowe J.J. (F/E), Sgt West A.G. (A/G), F/L Brown.  Time Up:  04.20.  Time Down:  06.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.431.  Crew:  F/O Chesterton G.H. (Pilot), F/S Whiting H.J. (Nav), Sgt Smith W.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Knighton J. (WOP/Air), P/O Ecart J.W. (F/E), F/S Shaw R.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  04.25.  Time Down:  07.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.316.  Crew:  NZ P/O Brain W.D. (Pilot), P/O Oliver T. (Nav), AUS F/S Wilsdon R.H. (A/B), NZ F/S Collins A.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Baldock L.G. (F/E), CAN W/O MacDonald R. (A/G).  Time Up:  04.29.  Time Down:  07.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.405.  Crew:  CAN W/O Ellis J.F. (Pilot), F/L Laband A.E.W. (Nav), Sgt Smith W.J. (A/B), CAN W/O Lloyd L.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Noble D. (F/E), CAN W/O Talbot H.B. (A/G).  Time Up:  04.27.  Time Down:  07.01.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV EF.242.  Crew:  CAN W/O Middleton R.S. (Pilot), CAN Sgt Beck R.J. (Nav), CAN P/O Bossley A.G. (A/B), CAN F/S Cretney H.J. (WOP/Air), Sgt Drury A.E. (F/E), CAN F/S Argus W.J.A. (A/G).  Time Up:  04.29.  Time Down:  06.55.

 

9th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

Cloudy with much low cloud, rain and drizzle - in the afternoon slight improvement.  No flying at all.

 

10th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

It was cloudy at first with slight rain, then later fair to fine with good visibility.  In the morning there was one short air test and flew to Steart Flats for air to sea firing.  In the afternoon there was two air tests.

 

Operations.  Three aircraft took off for the Caen Area of France to drop supplies to the 6th Airborne Division.  They all returned safely at 23.30 hrs.

 

Air Supply Operations over France.  Three aircraft took part.  Two aircraft dropped successfully.  W/Cdr Harrison dropped 21 out of 24 containers owing to bomb doors only opening half way.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LK.433.  Crew:  W/C Harrison G.E. D.F.C. (Pilot), F/L Pattinson J.J. D.F.C. (Nav), S/L Oliver (B/A), F/L Skinner N.E. D.F.C. (W/Op), F/L Davidson R.G. (A/G), Sgt Priestley H.G.E. (F/E).  Time Up:  20.55.  Time Down:  23.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.831.  Crew:  CAN F/L Gardiner W.G. (Pilot), P/O Johnson (2/Pilot), F/S Williams J.G.J. (Nav), F/S Douglas G.R. (A/B), F/S Ames G.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Cramp R.A. (F/E), Sgt Coghlan J.G. (A/G).  Time Up:  20.56.  Time Down:  23.39.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV LJ.405.  Crew:  CAN F/O Robertson D.R. (Pilot), P/O Orontin (2/Pilot), CAN F/O Prowse L.E. (Nav), CAN F/L Roseblade N.L. (A/B), Sgt Thompson G.E. (WOP/Air), Sgt Alderson R. (F/E), Sgt Davies W.R. (A/G).  Time Up:  20.56.  Time Down:  23.30.