Abbreviations

AA
CO
DZ

LZ

Anti-Aircraft

Commanding Officer

Drop Zone

Landing Zone

 

 

Month and year: June 1944

 

2nd June 1944

Place: Brize Norton

 

FLYING TIME:- Day 12 hrs 35 mins.  Night Nil.  Weather continued cloudy and with the news of important operations to take place within a few days, flying activity was curtailed.  The squadron, along with the rest of the Station, was confined to camp as a security measure.  Preliminary briefing for the forthcoming operations was begun.

 

3rd June 1944

Place: Brize Norton

 

FLYING TIME:- Day 1 hrs 30 mins.  Night Nil.  There was considerable low cloud, breaking later in the day.  Time was spent in briefing, air tests, dinghy and parachute drill and similar activity.

 

4th June 1944

Place: Brize Norton

 

FLYING TIME:- Day 4 hrs 20 mins.  Night Nil.  Low cloud still persisted, but the squadron needed to do nothing but air tests.  Briefing was continued.  A film of the landing area and the run in (taken from a model) was shown to aircrew.  The Station was visited by Air Marshall Sir TRAFFORD L. LEIGH-MALLORY, K.C.B., D.S.O., who addressed the aircrews.  Squadron aircraft were 100% serviceable with the exception of aircraft damaged severely by crashes during May.

 

5th June 1944

Place: Brize Norton

 

FLYING TIME:- Day 2 hrs 10 mins.  Night 58 hrs 50 mins.  This, at last, was the day for which the Squadron had trained and waited since its formation two years ago.  Crews had had preliminary briefing, the area of operation was known, and with one eye on the meteorological chart, everyone was waiting for the word "GO".  At mid-day, the word came through "Operation 'TONGA' is to take place tonight".  In good spirits for this long awaited "Second Front" crews assembled for full briefing.  The squadron, along with 297 Squadron, of this Station and other forces of the Group, was to land airborne troops and equipment on the French coast near CAEN, and for the second time in its short history the Squadron was to be among the first in at an invasion coast to open a battle for the liberation of Europe.

 

The operation was to take place in three phases; the first being the pathfinder aircraft, the second a larger paratroop force, and the third and last a glider force.  The pathfinder aircraft of the squadron was flown by F/Lt G.O.S. WHITTY, who was to drop troops of the 22nd Independent Paratroop Company to mark out the dropping zone with lights and set up a Eureka beacon.  These troops were to be supported by troops of the 5th Para. Brigade dropped by S/Ldr E.L. ARCHER, who were to assist them by keeping the area free from enemy interference, and by a stick, including Brigadier POETT, dropped by W/Cdr D.I. McMONNIES to contact forces coming in later and prepare a plan to be put into action immediately the main forces landed.  After an interval of approximately 30 minutes to allow time for the lights to be set up and a force of over a hundred Lancasters of Bomber Command to attack a coastal battery on the run in to the D.Z., Phase II was to take place.  In this 10 aircraft with forces from other squadrons, were to drop troops of the 5th Para. Brigade on the D.Z.  Their objective was to capture a bridge across the River Orne and another across the neighbouring canal.  About 2 hours after this, Phase III was to begin.  8 aircraft were to release Horsa gliders loaded with troops and heavier equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade in the same area to help to achieve the same objectives.

 

Weather during the day was cloudy, lifting later to give broken medium cloud at 4,000 - 5,000 ft, with patches below.  At 23.00 hrs the first aircraft took off, followed closely by the other aircraft of Phase I.  All aircraft followed the same route to LITTLEHAMPTON and from there to the French coast.  The first aircraft encountered little opposition while carrying out the drop.  Adventures in the rear of the machine delayed F/Lt WHITTY's drop.  The first man of the stick collapsed and fell on the doors over the jumping hole.  The aircraft circled off the coast while he was lifted and one door opened.  This meant a delay of 10 minutes before he was thrust out and 7 troops dropped on the first run over the D.Z.  On the second run the other two men jumped.  For the other two aircraft of this phase everything went according to plan.  A little light flak was experienced after dropping but was easily evaded.  During Phase I S/Ldr ARCHER, obviously with an "eye to promotion" made a dastardly attempt to run the C.O. (W/Cdr McMONNIES) down over the D.Z.  He apparently changed his mind at the last possible minute and avoided a collision by a "clambering swerve" which left the C.O. and crew speechless, to say the least.

 

The first aircraft of the second phase took off at 23.39.  Aircraft were flown by F/Lt H. SCOTT, F/Lt D.J. BOYER, F/Lt H. CROWE, F/O G.L. WILSON, F/SGT J.B. JOHNSON, F/O M.J. JACKSON, F/Lt A. CHOLMONDELEY, and F/SGT B. STENNING.  Two aircraft to be flown by F/Lt J.V. SNELL and F/O M. TOCKER became unserviceable but in spite of valiant efforts to change containers to the spare aircraft the race against time was lost.  The remaining 8 aircraft reached the area.  Considerable light flak was encountered and a few aircraft suffered minor damage.  Smoke from the Lancasters attack reduced visibility but there was sufficient light for map reading, and the troops dropped by the Pathfinders had done their job well.  These aircraft dropped without mishap with the exception of F/Lt SCOTT whose stick also had adventures in the back of the machine.  3 men dropped on the first run and then the doors collapsed.  On the second run the stick were not ready to jump and a third run was made.  At the end of this the wireless operator reported from the fuselage that there was still one man and a dog left.  A fourth run was made.  On the approach to the D.Z. the W/OP tried to encourage the dog to jump but finally took refuge by the gunner's turret.  The dog and the man jumped on the last run.  The area was now "awake" and more opposition was encountered than on the first phase.  Bright flashes revealed aircraft in close proximity over the dropping zone, but there were no collisions.

 

Combinations of the third phase took off at 0130 on the 6th June, before the other aircraft returned.  Eight combinations took off with the following captains:- F/Lt S.F. HORN, F/Lt D.A. LEE, F/O S.J. BRYDON, F/O J.E. STEWART, F/O S.D. ONLEY, F/O H. BULL, P/O J.A. NICHOLLS and F/SGT J. REETHAM.  These aircraft met with similar opposition and some suffered minor damage.  There was some cloud over the French coast and one tow rope broke (F/O BRYDON) about mile from the French coast, but it is believed the glider reached the beach.  The tail gunner of F/O BULL's aircraft, F/SGT L. JONES was killed by fire from the ground.  It seems that it was the only bullet to enter the aircraft.  The aircraft landed at FORD to obtain medical attention but to no avail, F/SGT JONES died shortly after reached hospital.  The officer in charge of tugs on the runway was S/Ldr R.W. JACKSON; and from the nights work all our aircraft returned safely.

 

Preliminary reports received on the following day told that the bridges, which were the primary objectives of the troops, were quickly captured, and that the battery had also fallen.  During the following days the troops of the 6th Division to which our sticks and glider loads belonged did a remarkable job of work in face of stiff opposition.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1701.  Crew:  F/Lt G.O.S. WHITTY, W/O SPARKES J.H., F/Sgt SMEED A., W/O CORLESS J., F/O J.G. HAYDEN.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.00.  Time Down:  01.58.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This was the pathfinder aircraft for the squadron, carrying 10 troops and 10 kitbags.  The first man of the stick collapsed on the doors and it took 10 mins to clear one door and thrust him out.  After this, 7 troops dropped on first run (00.31 hrs) and 2 on the second run (00.34 hrs) on D.Z. near CAEN.  Troops dropped were the 22nd Independent Para. Company.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1765.  Crew:  W/Cdr D.I. McMONNIES, F/Lt A.G. HUMPHRYES, F/O G.A.C.H. FOSTER, F/SGT BLACKHURST K., W/O McGREGOR C.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.04.  Time Down:  02.08.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  One of the aircraft of Phase I of the operation.  This aircraft dropped 10 troops of the 5th Para. Brigade on D.Z. near CAEN at 00.21 hrs.  A second run was made to drop containers.  A dinghy was sighted on the flight back to base.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1774.  Crew:  S/Ldr E.L. ARCHER A.F.C., P/O R.P. MASTERS, F/Lt H. LANNING, F/SGT RESTALL J., F/O J.C. WHELAN.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.05.  Time Down:  02.05.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  One of the aircraft of Phase I of the operation, this aircraft dropped 10 troops of the 5th Para. Brigade on D.Z. near CAEN, at 00.21 hrs.  Nine were dropped on the first run and a second run was made for the remaining man.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1699.  Crew:  F/Lt N. CROWE, W/O BURGESS G.H., F/SGT CHATTERLEY A., W/O WINTON C.D., F/O F.J. TREASURE.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.43.  Time Down:  02.47.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft dropped 9 men of the 5th Para. Brigade and 3 containers on D.Z. near CAEN at 01.01 hrs, in Phase II of the operation.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1696.  Crew:  F/Lt H. SCOTT, W/O COLE J.H., F/SGT SHARPLES R., F/O J. BOYD, F/SGT MITCHELL J.F..  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.39.  Time Down:  02.54.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft, also Phase II, dropped 9 men of the 5th Para. Brigade, one dog, 3 containers and 2 kits bags at 00.13 [Note: Should probably read 01.13] on D.Z. near CAEN, 3 men dropped on the first run, the doors collapsed and on the second run the rest of the stick was not ready to drop.  5 men dropped on the 3rd run and one man and the dog on the 4th and last run.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1616.  Crew:  F/Lt D.J. BOYER, F/O F.T. CROKER, F/SGT HANSEN J.W., F/SGT LAWSON H., SGT STUART R.A.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.41.  Time Down:  02.51.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase II dropped 9 men of the 5th Para. Brigade and 3 containers on D.Z. near CAEN at 01.00 hrs.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1605.  Crew:  F/Lt G.L. WILSON, F/Lt J.G.K. MAXWELL, F/SGT WARD R.H., P/O J. SMITH, F/SGT HOLMES G.E.J.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.47.  Time Down:  02.46.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase II dropped 9 men of the 5th Para. Brigade on a D.Z. near CAEN at 01.02 and 6 containers on a separate "pool" D.Z. a little S.W. of the main D.Z.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1744.  Crew:  F/SGT JOHNSON J.B., F/O S.M. MASTERS, F/SGT SIMPSON A.R., SGT BUSH W.R., F/SGT HUNNIFORD W.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.48.  Time Down:  03.07.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase II dropped 9 men of the 5th Para. Brigade on a D.Z. near CAEN at 01.05 hrs with six kitbags, and 6 containers were dropped on the "pool" D.Z.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1630.  Crew:  F/O M. JACKSON, P/O A.E. BLADEN, SGT BATES C.D.S., F/SGT BROWN J.A., SGT WARRINER R.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.49.  Time Down:  02.44.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase II dropped 8 men with 8 kitbags of the 5th Para. Brigade on D.Z. near CAEN at 01.03 hrs and six6 containers on "pool" D.Z. on a second run.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1698.  Crew:  F/Lt A. CHOLMONDELEY, F/O C.H. HAYMAN, F/SGT McDONOUGH W.T., SGT CRICKMORE A.D., SGT JEFFERY D.P.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.49.  Time Down:  02.43.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase II dropped 9 men of the 5th Para. Brigade with 3 kitbags on a D.Z. near CAEN at 01.02, and 6 containers on "pool" D.Z.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1501.  Crew:  F/SGT STENNING B., SGT ABELL E.R., F/SGT ELWOOD A.F., SGT HAMMOND C., SGT MANTON F.N.  Duty:  Paratroop Dropping.  Time Up:  23.53.  Time Down:  02.48.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase II dropped 9 men (with 4 kitbags) of the 5th Para. Brigade on a D.Z. near CAEN at 01.02 hrs and 6 containers on "pool" D.Z.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1785.  Crew:  F/Lt S.F. HORN, P/O D.M. WARNER, F/O H.A. TAYLOR, F/SGT JONES A.J., SGT LIVINGSTON L.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.43.  Time Down:  04.52.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III released a Horsa glider carrying troops and equipment of 6th Air Landing Brigade over a L.Z. near CAEN at 03.24 hours.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1646.  Crew:  F/O S.L. BRYDON, F/O L. RUSHTON, F/SGT WHITMORE R., F/O W.A. MASSEY, F/SGT SHERMAN  E.W.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.41.  Time Down:  04.38.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to the French coast near CABOURG.  mile from the coast the rope broke when the combination encountered cloud and smoke at 03.21 hrs.  It is believed that the glider landed on the beach.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1810.  Crew:  F/O J.E. STEWART, SGT BORROWS R.H., SGT COLLINS A.C., SGT BRYANT A.J., F/SGT JACKSON J.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.40.  Time Down:  05.00.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to a L.Z. near CAEN, releasing successfully at 03.22.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1632.  Crew:  F/Lt D.A. LEE, W/O PROCTER H., F/SGT HABERGHAM W., F/O J.J. GARLAND, SGT OXBOROUGH H.A.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.38.  Time Down:  04.59  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to a L.Z. near CAEN, releasing successfully at 03.24.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1813.  Crew:  F/O S.D. ONLEY, F/O H.G. WALLER, W/O RUDDY M.A., F/SGT HOPE-EVANS, F/SGT JACKSON F.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.45.  Time Down:  04.32.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to a L.Z. near CAEN, releasing successfully at 03.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1739.  Crew:  F/O H. BULL, SGT BARRATT W., SGT HOWARD F.J., F/SGT JONES L., SGT HIBBERT J.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.46.  Time Down:  04.15.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to the French coast near CABOURG.  Just after crossing the coast, approximately 4 miles N.E. of L.Z. near CAEN the rope broke and the glider landed.  The rear gunner (F/SGT JONES) was wounded by flak.  The aircraft landed at FORD but the wounded man died in hospital.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1775.  Crew:  P/O J.A. NICHOLLS, W/O COOKE F.R., SGT HOPKINS I.W., F/SGT HUTCHINGS T., SGT JAMES F.C.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.49.  Time Down:  05.12  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to a L.Z. near CAEN, releasing successfully at 03.23.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1439.  Crew:  F/SGT BEETHAM J., SGT BRANTINGHAM C., F/SGT ELLIS W.G., SGT ROSS C., SGT GOLD P.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  01.51.  Time Down:  05.05  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "TONGA".  This aircraft of Phase III towed a Horsa glider carrying troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade to a L.Z. near CAEN, releasing successfully at 03.25 hrs.

 

6th June 1944

Place: Brize Norton

 

FLYING TIME:- Day 48 hrs 10 mins.  Night Nil.  The day dawned as aircraft returned from Operation "TONGA", fair with considerable cloud and a strong wind.  Most aircrew of the squadron spent the morning in bed but rose to go to the first briefing for Operation "MALLARD" at midday.  Briefing for this was completed by 14.30 hours and aircraft were marshalled before 17.00 hrs.  Within 15 hours of the last aircraft landing from the first nights work, the squadron was off again on another maximum effort.  The object of Operation "MALLARD" was to reinforce the troops landed on the previous night near CAEN with further glider borne troops of the 6th Airborne Division to be landed on the same L.Z. in daylight.  Over a hundred gliders were to be released by squadrons of the group, of which this squadron's share was 20 HORSAS.  Overwhelming fighter protection was promised and it was hoped that the activity of our own troops already landed would minimise enemy opposition from the ground.

 

Cloud showed signs of breaking before first take-off at 18.48, but conditions remained bumpy until the English coast was crossed.  Aircraft of 297 Squadron took off first, followed in rapid succession by our first five combinations.  The twenty fifth glider, towed by F/O G.S. VARNAM, lost part of its undercarriage and wing on take off, and after unauthorised aerobatics in the form of a flick roll, crashed on the runway.  The obstruction was cleared with remarkable rapidity, but further take off was delayed until 19.30 hours.  The remaining combinations took off without any delay and all were airborne by 19.47 hrs.  Control and briefing for the Operation was under the direction of W/Cdr McMONNIES.  Later combinations set course immediately and caught up with the main stream, which had formed up into loose formation before crossing the English coast at Littlehampton, which was the rendezvous with the fighter escort.  It was a heartening sight to see the first Spitfires and Mustangs circling above at various heights.  From there onwards the formation flew at 500 ft above sea level to the enemy coast.  There was no enemy fighter interference thanks to the efficiency of our own fighter escort, and little opposition from ground defences, although what little there was of the latter was of deadly accuracy against so vulnerable a target.  Gliders were released at approximately 1000 ft A.G.L. and concentration was excellent.  Preliminary interrogation revealed that 17 of the 19 gliders towed by the squadron released between 21.13 and 21.15.  Ropes were dropped about one mile beyond the release point where one A.A. position gave some trouble as aircraft turned away to cross the coast at sea level and fly out to sea setting course for the English coast.  Several aircraft were hit and one flown by F/O G.L. WILSON was seen in flames and is missing.  Four of the crew, the pilot, the navigator (F/Lt J.G.K. MAXWELL), the Wireless operator (F/SGT R.H. WARD) and the bomb aimer (SGT G.E.J. JONES) baled out and landed successfully, returned via a casualty clearing station on the beachhead and Portsmouth, and reached the Squadron again on the evening of 8th June.  The rear gunner acknowledged the "bale out" order, but was not seen to leave the burning aircraft.  The rest of the aircraft flew back to base and landed safely at last light, with one exception.  This aircraft, flown by F/Lt S.P. HILTON, was badly shot up, with damage to the aileron control and the wing tip and crash landed at GREEHAM COMMON.  The crew were unhurt except for the air gunner who was hit by a tiny piece of shrapnel in unmentionable quarters.  The nineteen aircraft from the squadron were flown by the following pilots:- S/Ldr E.L. ARCHER, F/Lt D.J. BOYER, F/O G.L. WILSON, F/O H.S. PRIEST, F/O A.S. BAGLOLE, F/Lt G.O.S. WHITTY, F/Lt N. CROWE, F/SGT J.B. JOHNSON, S/Ldr R.W. JAMIESON, F/Sgt B. STENNING, F/Lt S.P. HILTON, F/O J.E. STEWART, F/O A. McKENZIE FRASER, F/O M. TOCKER, W/O D. LEACH, SGT N. BUTLER, F/Lt J.V. SNELL, F/SGT C. BARLOW, and F/Lt A. CHOLMONDELEY.  This completed a total of 38 successful sorties flown by the squadron during the first 24 hours of "D" Day for the loss of two aircraft and two tail gunners.  F/O WILSON and crew, and glider pilots returning to this station have reported the effect of Operation "MALLARD" on the other side of the channel.  Troops of the 6th Airborne Division dropped on Operation "TONGA" were in a tight though not critical position.  It was with an incredible feeling of relief that they saw the huge armada of gliders and tugs approaching the coast at 21.00 hours.  Reinforcements had arrived at exactly the right moment; 38 Group was a true friend in time of need.  On board the numerous ships just off the coast men came on deck to cheer this unprecedented "fly past" and described the operation as the most impressive demonstration of air power they had ever seen.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1774.  Crew:  S/Ldr E.L. ARCHER A.F.C., P/O R.P. MASTERS, F/Lt H. LANNING, F/SGT RESTALL J., F/O J.C. WHELAN, W/CDR CATTELL.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.08.  Time Down:  22.32.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a fully loaded HORSA with equipment and men of 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1616.  Crew:  F/Lt D.J. BOYER, F/O F.T. CROKER, F/SGT HANSEN J.W., F/SGT LAWSON H., SGT STUART R.A.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.09.  Time Down:  22.43.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a Horsa loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1605.  Crew:  F/Lt G.L. WILSON, F/Lt J.G.K. MAXWELL, F/SGT WARD R.H., P/O J. SMITH, F/SGT HOLMES G.E.J.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.10.  Time Down:  -.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a Horsa loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.  After release the aircraft was hit and caught fire at 250 ft.  The pilot climbed to 1100 ft and the crew, with the exception of P/O SMITH, baled out.  They returned to base on 8th June.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1821.  Crew:  F/O H.S. PRIEST, W/O ALLEN M.E.N., F/SGT ROGERS K.F., SGT BROTHWOOD R., SGT TAYLOR W.H.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.11.  Time Down:  22.44.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a Horsa loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1818.  Crew:  F/O A.S. BAGLOLE, F/O E.M. BOWEN, SGT CROOKS H., SGT WILDMAN C.G., F/SGT GRIFFITHS T.H.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.12.  Time Down:  22.53.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a Horsa loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1701.  Crew:  F/Lt G.O.S. WHITTY, W/O SPARKES J.H., F/SGT SMEED A., W/O CORLESS J., P/O J.G. HAYDEN.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.34.  Time Down:  22.45.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a Horsa loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1699.  Crew:  F/Lt N. CROWE, W/O BURGESS C.H., F/SGT CHATTERLEY A., W/O WINTON C.D., F/O F.J. TREASURE.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  22.52.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a Horsa loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1696.  Crew:  F/SGT JOHNSON J.B., F/O S.M. MASTERS, F/SGT SIMPSON A.R., SGT BUSH W.R., F/SGT HUNNIFORD W.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.36.  Time Down:  22.34.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1785.  Crew:  S/LDR R.W. JAMIESON, F/O G. FARRAR, F/O W.J. HUDSON, F/Lt C.R. STANLEY, P/O R. McKEE.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.37.  Time Down:  22.49.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1501.  Crew:  F/SGT STENNING B., SGT ABELL E.R., F/SGT ELWOOD A.F., SGT HAMMOND C., SGT MANTON F.N.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.38.  Time Down:  22.48.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1810.  Crew:  F/Lt S.P. HILTON, F/SGT PARSLOW E.J., W/O TURNER E.H., SGT BONSER E.E., SGT WARREN C.L.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.38.  Time Down:  0.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.  The aircraft was hit by light flak and became wing heavy.  The bomb aimer reported that the wing tip was fluttering dangerously, and the aircraft was crash landed at GREENHAM COMMON.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE V V.1815.  Crew:  F/O J.E. STEWART, SGT BORROWS R.H., SGT COLLINS A.C., SGT BRYANT A.J., F/SGT JACKSON J.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.39.  Time Down:  22.41.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1695.  Crew:  F/O A.A.M. FRASER, F/O F. MILLS, SGT UPWARD D., SGT BURGON J., SGT GATES A.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.40.  Time Down:  22.40.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1388.  Crew:  F/O M. TOCKER, F/O J.E. SCHOLES, F/SGT WHITBREAD T., W/O BAILEY M.C., SGT HOYLE J.H.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.41.  Time Down:  22.50.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1387.  Crew:  W/O LEACH D., F/O W.E. BARFOOT, SGT MATES J., SGT ROSS J., F/SGT COFFEN R.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.42.  Time Down:  22.42.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1646.  Crew:  SGT BUTLER N., SGT SAWYER H., SGT DEATHRIDGE L., F/SGT HOLBROOK H.J., F/SGT McCAULEY L.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.43.  Time Down:  22.45.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1394.  Crew:  F/Lt J.V. SNELL, F/SGT HEYES J.R., F/SGT STARRETT W.J., F/SGT BORWELL G., SGT THEODORE A.L.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.44.  Time Down:  22.29.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE I P.1391.  Crew:  F/SGT BARLOW C., SGT EDYVEAN E., SGT ROGERS H., F/SGT WOOD R.B., SGT BROWN A.J.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.45.  Time Down:  22.46.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 6th Air Landing Brigade near CAEN.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  ALBEMARLE II V.1630.  Crew:  F/LT A. CHOLMONDELEY, F/O C.H. HAYMAN, F/SGT McDONOUGH W.T., SGT CRICKMORE A.D., SGT JEFFERY D.D.  Duty:  Glider towing.  Time Up:  19.46.  Time Down:  22.55.  Details of sortie or flight:  OPERATION "MALLARD".  Released a HORSA loaded with troops and equipment of the 9th Para. Brigade near CAEN.  These troops were to have been landed the previous night in a glider towed by No.297 Squadron.  The rope had broken and the glider landed at ODIHAM.  The troops had returned by road to base and were now ready to be towed into action.