Abbreviations

AA

A/B

A.G

F/E

Nav

W/Op

Anti-Aircraft

Air Bomber

Air Gunner

Flight Engineer

Navigator

Wireless Operator

 

 

Month and year: June 1944

 

3rd June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

The majority of the aircraft on the Squadron were Air Tested to-day in preparations for forthcoming operations.

 

4th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

One aircraft was Air Tested to-day, the remainder of the aircraft being grounded for last-minute checks.  At the end of the day thirty two aircraft were fully serviceable for Airborne Operations.

 

5th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

One Air Test was carried out early in the morning and preparations were made for Airborne Operations on a large scale.

 

AIRBORNE OPERATIONS OVER THE AREA OF CAEN.

Twenty three Stirlings were detailed for operations over the CAEN area, and successfully dropped elements of the 6th Airborne Division and their equipment.  The weather on the outward trip was excellent, with a full moon shining about 8/10 cloud.  Visibility over the target area was also good, and no low cloud was encountered.  Enemy opposition consisted of moderate light A.A. fire.  No enemy aircraft were seen.  The Airborne troops were successfully dropped in an area clearly indicated by lights.  Three aircraft captained by S/L. W.R. Pettit OBE DFC, F/O. I.N. Caskey, and F/S. Barton failed to return to base from this operation.  The remainder carried out their missions as detailed.  Four aircraft were slightly damaged by light A.A. fire.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 847.  Crew:  W/C D.H. Lee DFC (Captain), G/C A.H. Wheeler (2nd Pilot), S/L A.F. Wallace DFC (Navigator), 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:  23.30.  Time Down:  02.30.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 295.  Crew:  S/L W.R. Pettit OBE DFC (Captain), F/O R. Watkins (Nav), F/S Atkinson E. (A/B), Sgt Maund G. (F/E), F/S Kebbell R.F. (W/OP), Sgt Pryce A. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.45.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 917.  Crew:  F/L Jack W.A. (Captain), F/S Atkinson D.J. (Nav), Sgt Breed W.R.M. (A/B), Sgt Bower J.O. (F/E), F/S Beckett R.I. (W/OP), Sgt Perry G.W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.45.  Time Down:  03.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 293.  Crew:  F/O J.H. Kay (Captain), F/O Wileman G.E. (Nav), F/S Evans E.G. (A/B), Sgt Vincent W.F. (F/E), F/O Summers W.A. (W/OP), F/S Morris W.T. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.45.  Time Down:  03.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 865.  Crew:  P/O F.A. Cox (Captain), F/S Wait F. (Nav), W/O McKinnon C.G. (A/B), Sgt Winter G.E. (F/E), W/O Mason D. (W/OP), F/S Wayman J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.50.  Time Down:  03.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 878.  Crew:  F/O Gawith G.F. (Captain), F/O Payne S.J. (Nav), F/O Langdon I. (A/B), Sgt Watson K. (F/E), F/S Jervis D.G. (W/OP), Sgt Edwards E. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.45.  Time Down:  03.35.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 849.  Crew:  F/L Thring G.H. (Captain), F/O Price M.E. (Nav), F/O H. Braathen (A/B), Sgt Buchan W. (F/E), F/S Burgess R.W.A. (W/OP), F/O A.F. McMahon DFM (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.45.  Time Down:  03.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 256.  Crew:  F/O A.E. Maloney (Captain), F/S Parry G. (Nav), F/S Jordan E.J. (A/B), F/S Cox T.H. (F/E), W/O Wilson C. (W/OP), F/O Dawson W.J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.50.  Time Down:  04.10. [Note: The last two crew members are probably incorrect as the same are also included in F/O Murray's aircraft three entries below. Both aircraft were involved in Operation Mallard, and Murray's aircraft has the same crew, but the last two members of Maloney's crew are recorded as P/O Aldridge R.F. (W/OP), F/S Knight S. (A.G.)]

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 875.  Crew:  F/O Griffiths J. (Captain), F/S Arnaldi D.F. (Nav), F/S Manashe M. (A/B), F/S Jones R.A. (F/E), F/O H.K. Hunter (W/OP), F/S Malley E.W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.50.  Time Down:  04.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 588.  Crew:  F/S Clement R.F. (Captain), F/O Hilton J.M. (Nav), Sgt Bryce J.H. (A/B), Sgt Schofield A. (F/E), W/O.2 Martin J.C. (W/OP), F/S Brosnan P.W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.50.  Time Down:  04.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 921.  Crew:  F/O Murray G.C. (Captain), F/O K.G. Back (Nav), F/S Hooper H.C. (A/B), F/S Gould A.J. (F/E), W/O Wilson C. (W/OP), F/O Dawson W.J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.50.  Time Down:  03.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 872.  Crew:  P/O Bunce R.F. (Captain), F/O Simmins H.D. (Nav), F/S Farmer J.A. (A/B), P/O Svensson J. (F/E), F/S Allen B.C. (W/OP), W/O Warner H. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.30.  Time Down:  03.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 288.  Crew:  P/O I.N. Caskey (Captain), F/O Barker T.R. (Nav), F/S Johnson T. (A/B), Sgt Smith S. (F/E), F/S Hewitt H. (W/OP), F/S Sparkes R. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.35.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 237.  Crew:  F/S Robinson E.G. (Captain), F/S Lewis J.R.G. (Nav), F/S Trainor I.W. (A/B), Sgt Glanville R.G. (F/E), F/S Johnson K.J. (W/OP), F/S Sturgess P. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.50.  Time Down:  04.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 296.  Crew:  W/O Dave D. (Captain), Sgt Old W. (Nav), W/O Peterson P. (A/B), Sgt Johnson J. (F/E), F/S France A. (W/OP), Sgt Walker J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.55.  Time Down:  03.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LK 432.  Crew:  F/L H. Hannah (Captain), P/O McKay D. (Nav), F/S Coysh W.A. (A/B), F/S Scanlan P. (F/E), F/S Russell R. (W/OP), W/PO Smith S.I. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.55.  Time Down:  04.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 850.  Crew:  W/O Crane R.W. (Captain), F/S Johnson F.N. (Nav), W/O.2 Clasper P.J. (A/B), Sgt Evans D.W. (F/E), F/S Stopford A. (W/OP), Sgt Profit R. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.30.  Time Down:  03.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 892.  Crew:  P/O McKenzie D.S. (Captain), F/S Passingham D.W. (Nav), Sgt Gleeson R.A. (A/B), Sgt Selby G.J. (F/E), F/S Taylor A.E. (W/OP), Sgt Bedford J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.35.  Time Down:  03.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 869.  Crew:  F/S McNamara E.J. (Captain), F/O K. Harries (Nav), F/S Redman S. (A/B), Sgt Graham F.J. (F/E), W/O Jones D.W. (W/OP), Sgt Hughes W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.40.  Time Down:  03.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 899.  Crew:  F/O A.R. Scanlon (Captain), P/O Dane R. (Nav), F/S Franklin F. (A/B), Sgt Murray T. (F/E), W/O McGilvray E. (W/OP), Sgt Riddle S. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.40.  Time Down:  03.40.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 866.  Crew:  F/O W. Bell (Captain), F/O Bradshaw C.E. (Nav), F/S Tod P.A. (A/B), Sgt Northfield A. (F/E), F/S Bridges D.B. (W/OP), F/S Dutton S. (A.G.).  Time Up:  22.55.  Time Down:  03.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 116.  Crew:  F/S Barton S. (Captain), F/S Bittener H.M. (Nav), Sgt Reid H. (A/B), Sgt Crosse F. (F/E), Sgt Wallis G. (W/OP), Sgt Smith T. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.40.  Time Down:  Missing.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 275.  Crew:  P/O Carey J.C. (Captain), F/O Cook D.N. (Nav), F/S Hinder C. (A/B), Sgt Buckman C. (F/E), F/S Andrews F. (W/OP), F/S Pritchard H.J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  23.45.  Time Down:  03.45.

 

6th June 1944

Place: Fairford

 

One Air Test was carried out that morning and preparations were made for daylight operations.

 

AIRBORNE OPERATIONS OVER THE AREA OF CAEN.

Eighteen Stirlings were detailed for Glider Operations that evening over the CAEN area, and successfully released 17 gliders containing elements of the 6th Airborne Division over the CAEN area, reinforcing those troops dropped the previous night.  The weather on the outward trip was good, with clear visibility.  Enemy ground opposition in the CAEN area was moderate and six aircraft were damaged by small arms A.A. fire from isolated enemy pockets of resistance.  One, captained by F/L. G.H. Thring crash landed in a field.  He subsequently escaped, and he and his entire crew returned safely to this country a few days later.  (A full account is contained in Appendix A.1).  The remainder carried out their missions as detailed.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 847.  Crew:  W/C D.H. Lee DFC (Captain), S/L A.F. Wallace DFC (Navigator), F/S Naylor B.D. (F/E), F/S Baker J.P. (A/B), P/O A.D. Heard DFM (W/OP), F/L F. Weston DFC (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.10.  Time Down:  22.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 303.  Crew:  F/O K. Hoult (Captain), F/S Elliott J.L. (Nav), F/S Duck W. (A/B), F/S Norton G.M. (F/E), F/S Sonnenstein W.H. (W/OP), F/S Townsend B.F. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.10.  Time Down:  22.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LK 432.  Crew:  F/L H. Hannah (Captain), P/O McKay D. (Nav), F/S Coysh W.A. (A/B), F/S Scanlan P. (F/E), F/S Russell R. (W/OP), W/PO Smith S.I. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.15.  Time Down:  22.25.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 921.  Crew:  F/O G.C. Murray (Captain), F/O K.G. Back (Nav), F/S Hooper H.C. (A/B), F/S Gould A.J. (F/E), W/O Wilson C. (W/OP), F/O Dawson W.J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.15.  Time Down:  22.45.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 872.  Crew:  P/O R.F. Bunce (Captain), F/O H.D. Simmins (Nav), F/S Farmer J.A. (A/B), P/O Svensson J. (F/E), F/S Allen B.C. (W/OP), W/O Warner H. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.20.  Time Down:  22.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 970.  Crew:  P/O J.C. Carey (Captain), F/O D.N. Cook (Nav), F/S Hinder C. (A/B), Sgt Buckman C. (F/E), F/S Andrews F. (W/OP), F/S Pritchard H.J. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.20.  Time Down:  22.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV.  Crew:  F/L G.H. Thring (Captain), F/O M.E. Price (Nav), F/O H. Braathen (A/B), Sgt Buchan W. (F/E), F/S Burgess R.W.A. (W/OP), F/O McMahon A.F. DFM (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.30.  Time Down:  Crash landed 22.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LK 432.  Crew:  F/S De Rome D. (Captain), F/O Crocker E. (Nav), Sgt Garwood J. (A/B), Sgt Pearman S. (F/E), F/S Chaffey R.T. (W/OP), Sgt Griffin C. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  23.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 914.  Crew:  F/O G.A. Neale (Captain), F/O H.J. Wheeler (Nav), P/O E. Curtis (A/B), Sgt Keenan K.R. (F/E), Sgt Thompson N.S. (W/OP), Sgt Marshall J.W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.15.  Time Down:  22.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 892.  Crew:  F/S Kay W. (Captain), F/O J.O. House (Nav), W/O.2 Gosson J. (A/B), Sgt Cleaver D. (F/E), F/S Myers J. (W/OP), Sgt Dillon W.T. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.20.  Time Down:  22.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 237.  Crew:  F/S Robinson E.G. (Captain), F/S Lewis J.R.G. (Nav), F/S Trainor I.W. (A/B), Sgt Glenville R.G. (F/E), F/S Johnson K.J. (W/OP), F/S Sturgess P. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  22.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 296.  Crew:  F/S Keogh R. (Captain), Sgt Mead D. (Nav), F/S Humphries J. (A/B), F/S Stephens S. (F/E), F/S Sellick T.F. (W/OP), Sgt Curtis M. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  23.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 866.  Crew:  W/O Herbert C.V. (Captain), Sgt Pratt H. (Nav), Sgt Johnson J. (A/B), Sgt Fletcher R. (F/E), Sgt French C.R. (W/OP), Sgt Hillier K. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.30.  Time Down:  23.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 875.  Crew:  F/O Griffiths J. (Captain), F/S Arnaldi D.F. (Nav), F/S Manashe M. (A/B), F/S Jones R.A. (F/E), F/O H.K. Hunter (W/OP), F/S Malley E.W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  22.50.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 293.  Crew:  F/O Kay J.H. (Captain), F/O Wileman G.E. (Nav), F/S Evans E.G. (A/B), Sgt Vincent W.F. (F/E), F/O W.A. Summers (W/OP), F/S Morris W.T. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  23.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 873.  Crew:  F/O Gawith G.F. (Captain), F/O S.J. Payne (Nav), F/O I. Langdon (A/B), Sgt Watson K. (F/E), F/S Jervis D.G. (W/OP), Sgt Edwards E. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.30.  Time Down:  22.55.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV EF 256.  Crew:  F/O A.E. Maloney (Captain), F/S Parry G. (Nav), F/S Jordan E.J. (A/B), F/S Cox T.H. (F/E), P/O Aldridge R.F. (W/OP), F/S Knight S. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.30.  Time Down:  22.00.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling Mk.IV LJ 917.  Crew:  F/L W.A. Jack (Captain), F/S Atkinson D.J. (Nav), Sgt Breed W.R.M. (A/B), Sgt Bower J.O. (F/E), F/S Beckett R.I. (W/OP), Sgt Perry G.W. (A.G.).  Time Up:  19.35.  Time Down:  23.10.