Abbreviations

OC

Regt

Officer Commanding

Regiment

 

Month and year: March 1945

 

21st March 1945

Place: Broadwell

 

Aircraft and crews were prepared during the morning for impending Squadron move to operational station.  4 aircraft had compasses swung during the morning.  In the afternoon crews and ground staff were assembled on airfield.  5 reserve aircraft took off from BASE at approx 17.00 hours followed by 24 aircraft at 17.30 hours led by the Commanding Officer at minute intervals, last aircraft was airborne at 17.53.  F/Lt GLEN remained at BASE at O.C. 575 detachment rear.  Message from Transport Command via 46 Group F/Lt HOGG to proceed to 103 Wing TEDDINGTON for 7 days temporary duty re Control Commission Duties on Sunday 25th March.

 

22nd March 1945

Place: Broadwell

 

All available are at destination "X" leaving 2 aircraft at BASE and there was no flying during the morning.  In the afternoon FD.902 flew 1 trip to destination "X" with spares and passengers from BASE and later collected spares from NETHERAVON for destination "X".  KG.695 was air tested.

 

23rd March 1945

Place: Broadwell

 

KG.695 was flown from BASE to destination "X" and returned.  FD.902 (W/O BATSTONE) did 2 trips to destination "X" and returned to BASE.  KN.273 laid on by Station Ops to collect glider from WATCHFIELD to FAIRFORD and returned to BASE.  Message from Group F/Sgt POND posted to 108 O.T.U. for Captain's Course.

 

24th March 1945

Place: Broadwell

 

F/Lt HOGG proceeded to TEDDINGTON on course (Detachment).  F/Sgt POND posted to 108 O.T.U.  F/L PARK, F/O MARTIN, F/O CHESSHIRE, W/O THORN, W/O BARON and crews returned from detachment.  W/O BATSTONE and crew did 1 trip to destination "X", and returned to BASE.  (See also attached sheet).

 

24 aircraft took off with gliders from destination "X" on operation "Varsity".  Gliders carried troops of 6th Airborne Division.  24 aircraft successfully towed gliders to 4 miles east of RHINE.  All tug aircraft landed safely at B.56 where aircraft were prepared for re-supply.  Owing to success of operation this was unnecessary and aircraft returned to base on 26th.

 

On 24th March an operation "Varsity" took place from R.A.F. Station, GOSFIELD.  24 aircraft towed HORSA gliders with troops (Oxford and Bucks Regt and Ulster Rifles) and equipment of 6th Airborne Division.  The LZ was on the East bank of the RHINE near HAMMEKIN.  The operation was successful all aircraft returned safely and landing at BRUSSELS.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KN.290.  Crew:  W/C E.C. DEANESLEY DFC, F/L HEMSLEY, F/L R.E. CHARLTON DFM, F/O ATKINSON (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.33.  Time Down:  11.17.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KN.296  Crew:  S/L F.T. CRAGG, F/L COTTAM, F/L H.H. HALL, W/O C.G. FISHER.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.34.  Time Down:  11.26.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.431.  Crew:  F/L CLARK, F/L HAZELTON, F/S ARJEANT, F/S SHEPPARD AFM.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.34.  Time Down:  11.19.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.325.  Crew:  F/L C. WHARTON, F/L MARSH, F/O FROGGATT, W/O YATES.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.35.  Time Down:  11.23.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.615.  Crew:  F/L SANDFORD, W/O CHAPMAN, W/O SIDDONS DFM, P/O FENNELL (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.36.  Time Down:  11.17.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.320.  Crew:  F/L ELLIS DFM, P/O CHITTY, W/O TURNER (AUS), F/O WARREN (AUS).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.37.  Time Down:  11.26.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.608.  Crew:  P/O PARKER, SGT WILLCOCK, P/O HURCOMB, W/O WADE.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.37.  Time Down:  11.24.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.432.  Crew:  W/O H. CLARK DFM, SGT MINTON, W/O WIMBRIDGE, F/S P. THOMPSON.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.38.  Time Down:  11.28.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.447.  Crew:  SGT GOULDING, F/S PEACH, F/O JEFFERY, F/S FRANKLAND (AUS).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.39.  Time Down:  11.22.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.602.  Crew:  S/L D.C. PASCALL DFC, F/L DOIG, F/L FLEET, W/O BULLEN.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.40.  Time Down:  11.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.328.  Crew:  F/L BEACH, F/L SHERIDAN, F/S GRIFFITH, F/S BEAVER.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.40.  Time Down:  11.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.339.  Crew:  F/L ATKIN, F/O WILLOX, F/O ROSTRON, F/L PERKINS.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.41.  Time Down:  11.06.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  FZ.698.  Crew:  F/O PLAYER, F/O SPINKS, F/O PARTRIDGE, F/O TAYLOR (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.42.  Time Down:  11.02.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.620.  Crew:  F/O IMISON AFM, F/S SCARLETT, F/O STAPLETON, W/O CONWAY.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.43.  Time Down:  11.09.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.344.  Crew:  P/O ELLIOTT, F/S GOODWIN, F/S BECK, W/O WALL.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.43.  Time Down:  11.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  FZ.662.  Crew:  P/O WALLACE (AUS), F/S HARRIS, F/S MARSDEN, W/O SEANIGER (AUS).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.44.  Time Down:  11.24.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KN.295.  Crew:  S/L PERRY, P/O ALFORD, F/O PORTER, F/O PRIOR.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.45.  Time Down:  11.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  FZ.623.  Crew:  F/L REES, F/S ASHDOWN, F/S THOMPSON M., F/O HOY (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.45.  Time Down:  11.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.326.  Crew:  F/L MACFARLANE, F/S SOWARD, F/L HUNTER, P/O PEARDON (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.46.  Time Down:  11.20.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.332.  Crew:  F/O McGLONE, F/O McCORMICK, F/L CURRY, W/O NICHOLSON.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.47.  Time Down:  11.10.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.327.  Crew:  F/O DAUNCEY, F/O SEDGWICK, F/O EVANS, F/S JACKSON.  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.48.  Time Down:  11.05.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.647.  Crew:  F/O DODGSON, F/S HUBARD, F/L BUDDEN DFC, F/O HEADIFEN (N.Z.).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.48.  Time Down:  11.15.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  KG.359.  Crew:  W/O MARTIN, SGT WAITE, F/O JENKINS DFM, P/O BLUGRIND (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.49.  Time Down:  11.12.

 

Aircraft Type & Number:  FZ.593.  Crew:  W/O CLARK W.S., W/O HOWARD, F/S SEDDON, P/O STRICKLAND (CAN).  Duty:  Glider tugging.  Time Up:  06.50.  Time Down:  11.15.

 

25th March 1945

Place: Broadwell

 

Dakotas FD.902, FZ.695 (F/S SMITH & W/O BATSTONE and crews) BASE to destination "X" to collect equipment for W/O ELLIS DFM.  Anson tested by F/O GEE.

 

26th March 1945

Place: Broadwell

 

Squadron returned from B.56 to BASE except 3 aircraft which went to BLAKEHILL.  8 aircraft returned to B.75, 2 made night stop.