Abbreviations

DZ

L/F

LMC

M/C

Nav

U/S

Vis

Drop Zone
Light Flak

Light Motorcycle

Motorcycle

Navigation

Unserviceable

Visibility

 

 

Month and year: March 1945

 

22nd March 1945

Place: Shepherds Grove

 

Preliminary briefing for OPERATION "VARSITY".  No flying.

 

23rd March 1945

Place: Shepherds Grove

 

MAIN BRIEFING for OPERATION "VARSITY".  Everyone very keen and certain of a good effort.

 

24th March 1945

Place: Shepherds Grove

 

Nav Check for OPERATION "VARSITY" took place at 0500 hours.  The first aircraft from the Squadron was airborne at 07.19 hours.  Successful crews were W/CDR JENNINGS, S/LDR DAVIDSON, F/LT TREVOR ROPER, F/O HOGG, F/O NICHOL, F/S PAYNE, F/O TOVELL, F/LT ANDERSON, F/LT PLUMMER, W/O WHITE, W/O BROWN, F/O HORAN, F/LT ALSTON, S/LDR GRANT-DALTON, F/LT MITCHELL, F/LT HARRIS, F/SGT BORRETT, F/LT FARRELL, F/SGT BIRD, F/O HANCOCK, F/SGT LIVERMORE, F/O KEOGH, W/O CLARK, P/O DILLON, F/O GRAHAM, and F/O MARSH.  W/O JURY had engine trouble and had to cast his glider off at King's Lynn.  F/SGT CROSS had his glider cast off.  F/O CURRY did not get off due to engine failure.  F/SGT WEBB lost his glider in the sea probably due to slip stream.  The operation was highly successful and little opposition was met in the way of flak and no fighters.  Fight cover was excellent.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GQ PK.225.  Crew:  W/CDR P.N. JENNINGS 37771, F/LT J. RENAUT 112645, F/LT C. THREADGILL 136066, F/O R. WILSON 171206, F/LT L. LIGHT 77535, F/LT J. McLAUGHLIN 156596.  Time Up:  07.20.  Time Down:  13.00.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released Glider at 5138N 0612E by map reading.  Load carried 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, and 1 M/C.  D.Z. A.  Good trip.  Vis very good, no cloud.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GC LK.509.  Crew:  S/LDR R.J. DAVIDSON J.14035, F/LT R.N. BASSARAE J.22239, F/SGT S. HOLMES 1578915, W/O E. PETHER 1314666, W/O K. JONES 1520930, F/SGT J. MILLS 1830694.  Time Up:  07.20.  Time Down:  13.00.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A", by map reading.  F/LT HALLEY GLIDER PILOT.  Load carried 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, and 1 M/C.  Weather very good.  Some L/F North of the D.Z.  No damage.  Trip was very satisfactory.  S/LDR R. EIDSFORTH passenger.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GR LK.332.  Crew:  F/LT R. TREVOR-ROPER 42974, F/O H. RICKETTS 54692, F/O D. PEAT 55273, W/O P. BRINKWORTH 911288, SGT G.A. ELLIOTT 1900093, SGT K. HAYWARD 1890743.  Time Up:  07.21.  Time Down:  13.18.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A" by map reading.  S/S WARD GLIDER PILOT.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, and 1 M/C.  Weather excellent.  L/F North of area.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GB LK.124.  Crew:  F/O T. HOGG J.28013, W/O T. MOUSER AUS.419391, F/O F.M. McALLISTER AUS.415170, F/SGT A.H. PURCELL AUS.419766, F/LT J.W. BUCKLER 115149, SGT D.C. JUDD 1804512.  Time Up:  07.20.  Time Down:  12.55.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A" by map reading.  LT PALMER GLIDER PILOT.  Load: 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, and 1 M/C.  Good weather.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GA LK.254.  Crew:  F/O J.E. NICHOL J.24271, W/O H.E. WORTH R.183681, W/O J. GRAYSTON R.156741, SGT J. LIGHTFOOT 4681169, W/O T.D. ROACH R.200032, SGT J.H. JESSUP 3005679.  Time Up:  07.25.  Time Down:  13.03.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Used map reading.  S/S MORRISON GLIDER PILOT.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, and 1 M/C.  Weather very good.  Trip excellent.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GN EF.272.  Crew:  W/O K.M. JURY AUS.427201, SGT D.E. WARD 1493904, SGT C.J. HEATH 657406, SGT R.M. HOFFIE 1822690, SGT J. PEDELTY 1673445, SGT R. CONDELL 1799659.  Time Up:  07.23.  Time Down:  10.32.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Unsuccessful - Port Outer u/s.  Glider cast off at Kings Lynn.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GH LK.130.  Crew:  F/S H.G. PAYNE 1468385, F/S F.D. JAGGER 1454215, F/S A.W. LIGHT 1602564, SGT W. LAING 1822840, SGT W.H. FRENCH NFD.798762, SGT C.O. WALKER 1456098.  Time Up:  07.25.  Time Down:  13.10.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt McCarrel.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer and 1 M/C.  Weather very good.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GF EF.323.  Crew:  F/O E.J. TOVELL AUS.414526, F/O W. CHILIBECK J.86769, F/O W.L. McALLEN AUS.426649, W/O H. HARTSTONE 1378700, W/O R. ELSDON R.131731, F/SGT G. GIANNOTTI 1868312.  Time Up:  07.25.  Time Down:  13.35.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt McGregor.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer and 1 M/C.  Weather very good.  No action, good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GJ LK.428.  Crew:  F/L A.G. ANDERSON 128941, F/S R. DAWKINS 1603728, F/S W.I. DAVIDSON NZ.44781, W/O L. GREEN 1140087, SGT D. SMITH 1025447, SGT J. JEFFREY 3041590.  Time Up:  07.30.  Time Down:  13.05.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  F/O Perry Glider Pilot.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 3 Troops.  Weather very good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GG LJ.821.  Crew:  F/LT C.P. PLUMMER 130625, F/O A.L. OWEN 142136, F/O H.A. LOVELAND J.43522, SGT J.B. BASHER 170086, SGT A.F. CAIRNS 807340, SGT J. HALL 944341.  Time Up:  07.31.  Time Down:  13.31.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  F/O Jordan Glider Pilot.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer and 3 Troops.  Weather very good.  Light flak seen North of D.Z.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GE LJ.844.  Crew:  W/O J.H. WHITE AUS.409974, F/O D.W. LEE 145094, F/S A. GRIFFITHS 1455455, P/O C.M. MURPHY AUS.423831, SGT V.G. LAST 1890278, SGT D. WAREHAM 1607715.  Time Up:  07.30.  Time Down:  13.20.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt Ogden.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C and 3 Troops.  Weather excellent.  Slight inaccurate flak 5145N 0645E.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GS PK.235.  Crew:  W/O A.G. BROWN NZ.415058, F/L L.N. BUSSEY 133974, F/S J. EADY 1168815, F/S N. LEDWARD 1474189, W/O D.T. LEWIS 633600, F/S F. MARSHALL 1819727.  Time Up:  07.30.  Time Down:  13.30.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt Hardy.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Water Trailer, 1 M/C and 2 Troops.  Weather good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GI LJ.874.  Crew:  F/S J. CROSS 1176687, F/S V. STEVENS 1579953, F/O R.F. ALLEN 154935, SGT L.S. MILLS 1892002, F/O C.W. SOUTHCOTT 156734, SGT A.W. CEALE 3006066.  Time Up:  07.35.  Time Down:  10.50.  Details of sortie or flight:  Glider pulled off at 5043N 0216E.  Crew seen to be safe.  Returned to base with Rope.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GK LK.282.  Crew:  F/O B.W. HORAN AUS.410235, F/S R. LOWMAN-ANKER 1396416, F/S J.F. FRY 1586430, SGT M. DAVIS 1713697, SGT B.A. HAGGARD 1626473, F/S W. TYERS 1042145.  Time Up:  07.35.  Time Down:  13.15.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt Adari.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's, 5 Troops.  Weather very good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV 5GD EH.950.  Crew:  F/LT R.A.C. ALSTON 126625, F/S P.K. SHARP 1578445, F/O R.B. McKAY 154903, SGT D.H. SMITH 1850370, SGT A.D. LEE 1583353, SGT S. HARTWELL 1866316.  Time Up:  07.34.  Time Down:  13.30.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "A".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt Hargreaves.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's and 5 Troops.  Weather good.  L/F seen 1 mile West of D.Z.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9Q PW.403.  Crew:  S/LDR H. GRANT-DALTON 88036, F/O P. HOLROYD 145388, P/O O.C. FRANKLIN 188422, W/O J. STAYTON 1307036, F/S P. RIDDLE 549402, SGT R.G. JONES 1492578.  Time Up:  07.40.  Time Down:  13.15.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot S/Ldr Huntley.  Load 1 Jeep, 2 Trailers and 2 Troops.  Visibility very good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9N EF.237.  Crew:  F/LT H. MITCHELL 42017, F/LT L. MAYHEW 115732, W/O M. HEALD 1576711, P/O L. WICKLAM J.93281, F/O M. DYBLE 175548, SGT F. COWELL 1594011.  Time Up:  07.40.  Time Down:  13.10.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot F/O Welfley.  Load 1 Jeep, 2 Trailers and 2 Troops.  Vis. excellent 5051N 0153E.  Glider seen cast-off in field and troops seen to be leaving it.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9D LJ.956.  Crew:  F/LT T. HARRIS NZ.42400, F/O H. REEK 177461, F/S I. HUGHES 1491256, F/O F. CARROLL J.87147, W/O A. HORNER R.124277, F/S J. AYLWARD 1868378.  Time Up:  07.40.  Time Down:  13.00.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot C/S M. Corry.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's and 4 Troops.  Weather very good.  Flak to West of D.Z.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9O LJ.971.  Crew:  F/S D. BORRETT AUS.427371, SGT G. ROBINSON 1606110, SGT F. LUDLAM 1399150, SGT F. MANYELL 2293830, SGT C. HYDE 1834600, SGT T. WILSON 1594979.  Time Up:  07.45.  Time Down:  13.25.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot Capt Hick.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's and 3 Troops.  Weather excellent, slight Flak to East of D.Z.  Good trip.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9A LK.135.  Crew:  F/LT M.C. FARRELL J.21211, F/O L.L. EDE AUS.418653, F/O J. BOA 184415, W/O R. RAMSDEN R.130084, W/O D. McLEOD AUS.421444, F/S C. DAY 1178713.  Time Up:  07.45.  Time Down:  13.05.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt Neilson.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 1 L.M.C. and 5 Troops.  Weather good.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9B LJ.629.  Crew:  F/S L. BIRD 1397896, F/S L. NUNN 1472448, P/O C. FURNESS J.43611, SGT J. BRICKNELL 2200074, SGT R. SEED 1531454, SGT L. SMITH 1870719.  Time Up:  07.45.  Time Down:  13.30.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot Lt Abbott.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 1 L.M.C. and 5 Troops.  Weather good.  No defences.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9H LK.284.  Crew:  F/O H. HANCOCK 151965, F/O S. FOWLER 144549, F/O G. WINGFIELD 152711, F/S C. McLEISH 1289100, F/S A. PREVETT 1806796, SGT R. WILLIAMS 539609.  Time Up:  07.45.  Time Down:  12.55.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot F/O Morrison.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer and 3 Troops.  Vis. good.  1 Stirling on D.Z. crash-landed.  Slight L/F damage to starboard side of fuselage.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9J LJ.893.  Crew:  F/S R. LIVERMORE 1387472, SGT T. GREEN 17995510, P/O A. FIELD J.43659, SGT B. ANDREWS 1818818, SGT G. BLACK 2255609, SGT W. PARKER 2205649.  Time Up:  07.50.  Time Down:  13.35.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot F/O Vinash.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer and 2 Troops.  Weather good.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9C LK.239.  Crew:  F/O P. KEITH 144224, F/O W. WEST 148923, F/S K. COSSERATT 916632, F/S J. DAVIS 1802972, SGT F. WAKEFIELD 2220007, SGT C. SPENCER 1807643.  Time Up:  07.50.  Time Down:  13.50.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt Ryans.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 Troops.  Weather excellent.  Slight L/F seen 5146N - 0643E.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9G LK.118.  Crew:  F/S R. CLARK 1337102, F/S H. STONE 988162, W/O E.L. HYMNS 1323216, F/S W. SALT 1708963, W/O S. BLUNDEN 649238, SGT T. ANDERSON 3020883.  Time Up:  07.50.  Time Down:  13.00.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot Sgt Bourne.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer and 5 Troops.  Weather very good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9I LJ.942.  Crew:  P/O C. DILLON 190476, W/O H. HART AUS.410597, W/O T. McBEATH R.163713, F/S C. LAING 1549795, W/O R. HILLS 1606617, SGT H. FARMER 962325.  Time Up:  07.55.  Time Down:  13.50.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot Sgt Cove.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's and 3 Troops.  Weather excellent.  Slight L/F 5145N - 0633E.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9K LJ.955.  Crew:  F/O D.H. GRAHAM NZ.42393, F/O F. PHELOUNG NZ.415412, W/O K. MOYLAN AUS.424273, W/O T. PATTERSON R.130583, F/O J. WILSON J.86700, F/S CAMERON-STUART 1628233.  Time Up:  07.55.  Time Down:  13.20.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot Sgt Blocksidge.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's and 6 Troops.  Weather good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9E LK.148.  Crew:  F/O J.G. MARSH 151695, F/S J. FOSTER 847676, F/O A. MOTHERWELL J.26288, SGT J. GARFORTH 1529448, W/O J. LAZAROU R.184400, SGT J. THOMAS 1595840.  Time Up:  08.00.  Time Down:  13.15.  Details of sortie or flight:  RHINE.  Successfully released glider at D.Z. "B".  Glider Pilot S/Sgt King.  Load 1 Jeep, 1 Trailer, 2 M/C's and 6 Troops.  Weather good.  No action.  Trip satisfactory.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  Stirling IV X9B LK.331.  Crew:  F/S L.O. WEBB 1800032, F/S I. RUTTER 945255, F/LT N.B. GARVIN J.22408, F/S R.B. BARLOW 1684620, F/S W. BLANCHARD 1595261, SGT N.S. SMITH 915079.  Time Up:  08.00.  Time Down:  10.15.  Details of sortie or flight:  UNSUCCESSFUL.  Glider landed in the Channel at 5104N - 0125E.  7 men seen on wing of Glider.  Rescue launches in attendance. 

 

25th March 1945

Place: Shepherds Grove

 

All crews stood by for a re-supply mission but this proved unnecessary.  The camp now became unsealed.