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137 Sqn (Matlask – Whirlwind I) 27.5.42

Whitlst on Outer Channel patrol at 10.00 hrs. F/Sgt. Brennan and P/O La Gette sighted an a/c about 2 miles away at about 800 ft. whilst they were at 500 ft. They turned to port towards it and F/Sgt. Brennan Identifying it as a JU.88 opened fire from 200-300 yds. It fell into the sea about 20 miles east of Cromer, P/O La Gette getting in a beam attack and firing a burst at 600 yds. range. F/Sgt. Brennan, whose R/T was weak, told P/O La Gette to return to base, he himself going towards the east, whereupon P/O La Gette informed him of this, to receive the reply “Everything under control.” P/O La Gette returned to base but no further news has been received of F/Sgt. Brennan. It later appeared that a Coastal Command Blenheim was last plotted about the same time at the scene of the combat and it is presumed that the JU.88 shot down the Blenheim before being dealt with by F/Sgt. Brennan. An inquiry is being held, the result of which will be mentioned at a later date.

ADDENDUM – Whirlwind I P7122, F/Sgt. JR Brennan KIA. Patrol off Norfolk coast shot down a Ju.88, but possibly shot down a Blenheim, and then lost direction. Buried at Bergen-op-Zoom Cemetery.

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73 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moves to Gambut
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401 Sqn (Gravesend – Spitfire VB) 28.5.42

At 0445 hours the Squadron was released for training and at 1000 hours a release came through for the rest of the day. Weather 10/10th low cloud and mist in the morning clearing in the afternoon but there was a 35 m.p.h. gusty wing most of the day.

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202 Sqn (Gibraltar) flew its first OM in the Sunderland
208 Sqn (Sidi Azeiz) flew its first OM in the Tomahawk IIB
266 Sqn (Duxford) flew its first OM in the Typhoon IA
457 Sqn (Redhill) flew its last OM in the Spitfire VB
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450 Sqn RAAF (Breighton – Wellington IV) 29.5.42

Four aircraft took part in a raid on GENNEVILLIERS. Aircraft Z.1391 (R) and Z.1388 (J) have been reported missing presumably the result of enemy action. The crew of z.1391 (R) was AUS. 402907 P/O. R.A. Jones (Capt.), AUS.400320 Sgt. YOUNGER, C.H. (Observer), 1167148 Sgt. MELLOWES, K.R. (W/Op), 116960 Sgt. HOUGHTON, G. (Front Gunner), AUS.404388 Sgt. LODER, G.H. (Rear Gunner). The crew of Z.1388 (J) was AUS.407192 P/O. W.H. ROURKE (Capt.), AUS.404353 P/O. W.M. MURPHY (Observer), AUS.407825 Sgt. DAVIS, R.P. (W/Op), Sgt. BALLEINE, G.B.L. (Front Gunner), AUS.402290 Sgt. HOLBOROW, I.C. (Rear Gunner)

ADDENDUM – Wellington IV Z1388 UV-J. T/o 2343 Breighthon, crashed in the target area. Sgt. Holborow became a POW and those who died are buried in the New Communal Cemetery in Viroflay, 4 km E of Versailles.

Wellington IV Z1392 UV-R. T/o 2342 Breighton, crashed in the vicinity of Dreux (Eure et Loire). Sgts. Younger and Loder became POW’s and those who died are in the Communal Cemetery.

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83 Sqn (Scampton) flew its first OM in the Lancaster
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405 SqnRCAF (Pocklington – Halifax II) 30.5.42

Pocklington Operations Order No. 103 16 aircraft to attack COLOGNE

87th Operation

Captains found clear conditions on the Dutch coast and thence to target where the visibility was excellent except for smoke from numerous fires already alight which rolled up to about 8,000ft. Earlier arrivals found the fires chiefly confined to the central and north parts of the city. Rather than drop their bombs on areas already attacked, aimed for the parts of the city which were as yet untouched. Later arrivals reported that the fires were well spread over the whole of the city area and were visible for one hundred miles on the return journey.

Ten aircraft “J”, “H”, “E”, “R”, “N”, “C”, “A”, “D”, “P”, “B”, attacked successfully though flares and smoke from fires prevented observation. “M” had bombs hung up due to electrical release failure. “Q” had engine problems when within 5 miles north-west of target and was forced to jettison live. “S” returned early with engine trouble. “O” who was late taking off attacked DUSSELDORF as time limit had expired. “K” is missing.

Casualty “Missing” “K”, W7707 Captained by Sgt. Wadman took off at 0022 hours after which nothing was heard from them. Missing crew consisted of CAN.R76557 Sgt./Pilot Wadman, L.A.; 810144 Sgt./F.E. Acton, N.; CAN.R63298 F/Sgt./A.O. Welsh, G.A.; CAN.R98484 Sgt./A.G. Pickett, W.F.; NZ404616 Sgt./WoP/AG McLean A.F.; 917785 Sgt./A.G. Henning, D.

ADDENDUM – Halifax II W7707 LQ-K. T/o Pocklington 0022, shot down by Lt. Frank Brinkhaus (2nd victory), 4/NJG.1, near Bergheim, 30 km WNW Cologne at 0148 hours. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, where Sgt. Wadman and Sgt. McLean are shown belonging to 78 Sqn.

THE FIRST 1,000 BOMBER RAID – COLOGNE

1,047 aircraft were dispatched, 602 Wellingtons, 131 Halifaxes, 88 Stirlings, 79 Hampdens, 74 Lancasters, 46 Manchesters, 28 Whitleys – 29 Wellingtons, 4 Manchesters, 3 Halifaxes, 2 Stirlings, 1 Hampden, 1 Lancaster, 1 Whitley lost.

The exact number of aircraft claiming to have bombed Cologne is in doubt; the Official History says 898, but BC’s Night Bombing Sheets indicate 868 bombed the main target with 15 bombing other targets. The total tonnage of bombs was 1,455, two-thirds of this being incendiaries.

German records show that 2,500 separate fires were started, with 1,700 classed as large. Property damage was 3,330 buildings destroyed, 2,090 seriously damaged, and 7,420 lightly damaged. Figures quoted for death vary between 469 and 486. 5,027 people were listed as injured and 45,132 as bombed out. It was estimated that from 135,000 to 150,000 of Cologne’s nearly 700,000 people fled the city after the raid.

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Base Changes

80 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moved to LG.121
222 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Manston
248 Sqn (Beaufighter IC/VIC) moved to Sumburgh

First and Last Operational Missions

47 Sqn (LG.89) flew its last OM in the Wellesley I
56 Sqn (Snailwell) flew its first OM in the Typhoon IA
106 Sqn (Coningsby) flew its first OM in the Lancaster
232 Sqn (Ayr) flew its first OM in the Spitfire VB
405 Sqn (Pocklington) flew its first OM in the Halifax II
614 Sqn (McMerry) flew its first OM in the Blenheim IV
616 Sqn (Kings Cliffe) flew its last OM in the Spitfire VB
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105 Sqn (Horsham St. Faith – Mosquito B.IV) 31.5.42

OPERATIONS. Squadron Leader OAKESHOTT took off at 0400 hours for COLOGNE on bombing and photographic trip after 1000 aircraft raid. Pilot Officer KENNARD and Pilot Officer JOHNSON (Observer) followed at 0600 hours for the same target but failed to return. Three Mosquito’s took off for Air Sea Rescue search at 0730 hours. Nothing was seen. Pilot Officer COSTELLO-BOWEN and Flight Lieutenant HOULSTON took off at 1200 hours for COLOGNE. Trip unsuccessful owing to cloud. Squadron Leader CHANNER took off at 1730 hours for COLOGNE low level but failed to locate target owing to low clouds and rain.

ADDENDUM – Mosquito B.IV W4068 GB-? Crew P/O WD Kennard, P/O ER Johnson. Hit by flak and, later, crashed 0705 at Bazel while trying to make an emergency landing on the W bank of the Schelde, 10 km SW from the centre of Antwerp, where the crew are buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery.

Base Changes

213 Sqn (Hurricane IIV) moves to LG.12
402 Sqn RCAF (Spitfire VB) moved to Redhill

First and Last Operational Missions

105 Sqn (Horsham St. Faith) flew its first OM in the Mosquito B.IV
165 Sqn (Ayr) flew its first OM in the Spitfire VB
235 Sqn (Docking) flew its first OM in the Beaufighter VIF
452 Sqn RAAF (Andreas) withdrawn from Ops to Australia 21/6/42
457 Sqn RAAF (Kirton-on-Lindsey) withdrawn from Ops to Australia 21/6/42
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408 Sqn RCAF (Balderton – Hampden I) 1.6.42

Group requested special maximum effort for a further large scale raid directed against Essen. 17 crews were detailed for this operation including one Manchester aircraft captained by the Flight Commander of “B” Flight S/Ldr. L.B.B. Price, at present on conversion to a heavier type aircraft at our parent station R.A.F. Syerston. Also detailed were Freshmen crews. Of the 21 detailed, four were cancelled owing to technical failures at take-off time, three were successful in reaching and bombing the target, nine bombed the alternative target (Built up areas in the Ruhr). The Freshmen crews were cancelled before briefing. The Manchester aircraft returned safely to Base at our parent station R.A.F. Syerston. One of our experienced crews piloted by P/O. W.F. Charlton unfortunately failed to return from this operation and has not been heard of since time of take off. The names of the crew of Hampden At 191, with their operational trips and hours, are as follows:

Hampden AT191 EQ-A

103549 P/O CHARLTON, William Frederick, Pilot, 17 trips, 98.55 hours
929162 P/O SANDLAND, Cyril Ian Andrew, Navigator, 14 trips, 86.05 hours
550298 F/Sgt. WOMAR, Frederick John (DFM), 1st.W/Op.A.G. 56 trips, 307 hours
1101605 Sgt. MARLAN, Alfred, 2nd.W/Op.A.G. 19 trips, 97.10 hours

ADDENDUM – Hampden I AT191 EQ-A. T/o 2258 Balderton. Shot down by Lt. Karl-Heinz Vollkopf, II.NJG2, crashed into the Ijsselmeer. P/O Charlton is buried in Hardewijk General Cemetry; his crew lie at Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) Generarl Cemetery.

Essen – 956 aircraft dispatched: 545 Wellingtons, 127 Halifaxes, 77 Stirlings, 74 Lancasters, 71 Hampdens, 33 Manchesters, 29 Whitleys. 15 Wellingtons, 8 Halifaxes, 4 Lancasters, 1 Hampden, 1 Manchester, 1 Stirling, 1 Whitley lost.

The plan was similar to the recent raid on Cologne except that many more flares were dropped by the ‘raid leaders’ flying in Wellingtons of 3 Group. Despite a reasonable weather forecast, crews experienced great difficulty in finding the target, the ground was covered either by haze or a layer of low cloud. Bombing was very scattered.

Essen reports only 11 houses destroyed and 184 damaged, mostly in the south of the city, and one prisoner of war working camp burnt out. Casualties were 15 people killed and 91 injured. Bombs also fell on at least 11 other towns in or near the Ruhr. Particularly heavy bombing occurred in Oberhausen with 83 people killed, Duisburg with 52 killed, and Mullheim with 15 killed.

Base Changes

19 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Warmwell
54 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Wellingore
238 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to Gambut West
242 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Drem
254 Sqn (Blenheim IVF) moved to Dyce
256 Sqn (Non-Op) moved to Woodvale

First and Last Operational Missions

83 Sqn (Scampton) flew its last OM in the Manchester I
145 Sqn (Gambut) flew its first OM in the Spitfire VB
158 Sqn (Driffield) flew its last OM in the Wellington II
335 Sqn (Gerawla) Hurricane I flew its first OM of the war
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301 Sqn (Polish) (Hemswell – Wellington IV) 22.6.42

Operations were scheduled for EMDEN and 8 aircraft were detailed. All aircraft bombed target, but one failed to return. Messages were received at 02.38 hours asking for a fix which was given as 53°57' by 05°30' and at 02.53 hours an SOS was received (53°43' by 04°49'). Another fix was given at 03.14 hours (53°38' by 03°40') and message was received “Enemy fighter, we have no dinghy”. Fix at 03.22 hours was 53°33' by 02°38' E. when key was placed in”Down position”. Air Sea Rescue was informed.

ADDENDUM – Wellington IV Z9224 GR-D. Crew: F/O ZJK Dubas PAF, F/O WS Michaluk PAF, Sgt KJ Kapa PAF, Sgt ZZ Twarkowski PAF, SGT JA Mellar PAF. T/o 2333 Hemswell. Hit by flak and crashed into the North Sea some 18 km NW of Terschelling. In time, all bodies were washed ashore and taken for burial in various Dutch cemeteries.

Emden – 227 aircraft – 144 Wellingtons, 38 Stirlings, 26 Halifaxes, 11 Lancasters, 8 Hampdens. 6 aircraft – 4 Wellingtons, 1 Lancaster, 1 Stirling – lost.

196 crews claimed good bombing results but decoy fires are believed to have drawn off many bombs. Emden reports: 50 houses destroyed, 100 damaged, damage in the harbour, 6 people killed and 40 injured.

Base Changes

12 Sqn SAAF (Boston III) moved to LG.97
14 Sqn (Blenheim IV) moved to LG.121
72 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Martlesham Heath

First and Last Operational Missions

40 Sqn (TR) SAAF (LG.103) flew its last OM in the Hurricane I
239 Sqn (Detling) flew its first OM in the Mustang I
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420 Sqn RCAF (Waddington – Hampden I) 23.6.42

Required for 8 main and 1 fresher on a gardening job around Lorient. Nine a/c took off. One returned early and one crashed at Grantham killing three of the crew. F/S Hiley seriously injured in Grantham hospital.

ADDENDUM – Hampden I AD786 PT-L. Crew F/S FS Hiley RCAF DFM, F/S GH Germain RCAF, Sgt GD Johnson, Sgt KC Little RCAF. T/o 2335 Waddington to lay mines off Lorient. Crashed 2347 at Boothby Pagnell, 5 miles SE of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Sgt Hiley had gained an immediate DFM during operations to Stuttgart in May.

Base Changes

3 Sqn RAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.102
33 Sqn (Hurricane IIB) moved to LG.12
40 Sqn (Wellington IC) moved to Shallufa
73 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moved to Quasaba
141 Sqn (Beaufighter IF) moved to Tangmere
219 Sqn (Beaufighter IF) moved to Acklington
223 Sqn (Baltimore II) moved to Amriya
238 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.07
250 Sqn (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.102
601 Sqn (Non-Op) moved to Aboukir
450 Sqn RAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.102
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401 Sqn RCAF (Gravesend – Spitfire VB) 24.6.42

P/O Ibbotson and Sgt. Sinclair on readiness (station defence) from 0427 to 084 hours. 0845 to 1300 hours “A” Flight at readiness “B” Flight 15 minutes available. 1300 to 1730 hours Squadron 30 minutes available. 1300 hours released for training until 1700 hours. 1500 hours. During the period 1300 to 1500 hours air to sea firing was in progress. An Anti-Flak job was suppose to come up so the Squadron was placed at readiness. It didn’t <unreadable>. 1548 hours Squadron was placed on 15 minutes available. 1730 to 2321 “A” Flight readiness “B” Flight 15 minutes available.

Base Changes

1 Sqn SAAF (Hurricane IIB) move to Maaten Bagush
134 Sqn (Non-Op) moved to Kasfareet
145 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to LG.13
213 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.12
274 Sqn (Hurricane IIB) moved to Sidi Haneish
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305 Sqn (Polish) (Lindholme – Wellington II) 25.6.42

OPERATION NO. 108
15 aircraft took part in the “1000 raid” on BREMEN. All crews reported seeing large fires and bursts although these were largely obscured by cloud. Aircraft 8528 “R” abandoned primary after stalling of Port Engine over Dutch Coast, and set course for base. Aircraft unable to maintain height and finally ditched in the sea about 40 miles E. of YARMOUTH. Navigator launched dinghy and the crew were in it for about 8 hours before being picked up by motor launch. G/C Skarzynski believed to be hit by a wave to Port side of aircraft. Injured crew were unable to make headway with dinghy. G/C Skarzynski heard calling for help for about 30 minutes, but crew unable to determine his position owing to rough sea turning dinghy.

ADDENDUM – Wellington II Z8528 SM-R. G/C SJ Skarzynski PAF was Station Commander at Lindholme. His body was carried back across the sea to be washed up on Terschelling, where he now rests in Westerschelling General Cemetery.

BREMEN – The ‘Thousand Force’ was reassembled for this raid, although only 960 aircraft became available for BC use. Every type of aircraft in BC was included, even the Bostons and Mosquitoes of 2 Group which, so far, had only been used for day operations, The force was composed as follows: 472 Wellingtons, 124 Halifaxes, 96 Lancasters, 69 Stirlings, 51 Blenheims, 50 Hampdens, 50 Whitleys, 24 Bostons, 20 Manchesters and 4 Mosquitoes. BC never before, or after, dispatched such a mixed force.

After Churchill had intervened and insisted that the Admiralty allow Coastal Command to participate in this raid, a further 102 Hudsons and Wellingtons of Coastal Command were sent to Bremen but official records class this effort as a separate raid, not under BC control. 5 further aircraft provided by Army Co-Operation Command were also added to the force. The final numbers dispatched, 1067 aircraft, made this a larger raid than that on Cologne at the end of May.

The results in general terms were not as dramatic as at Cologne but much better than the second ‘Thousand’ raid to Essen. Bremen reports a strengthening wind at the time of the raid which fanned the many fires started throughout the town, increased the extent of the damage and, according to the diary provided by the Bremen Stadtarchiv, left whole areas of dwelling-houses in ruins. 572 houses were completely destroyed and 6,108 damaged. More than 90 percent of these were in the southern and eastern quarters of the town’s four air-raid areas. 85 people were killed, 497 injured and 2,378 bombed out.

On the industrial side, the diary stated the RAF’s plan to destroy the Focke-Wulf factory and the shipyards was not successful, although an assembly shop at the Focke-Wulf factory was completely flattened by a 4,000-lb bomb dropped by 5 Group Lancaster. A further 6 buildings at this factory were seriously damaged and 11 buildings lightly so. Damage was also experienced by 4 important industrial firms – the Atlas Werke, the Vulkan shipyard, the Norddeutsche Hütte and the Korff refinery – and by 2 large dockside warehouses.

The losses of the BC aircraft involved in the raid were 48 aircraft. This was a new record loss. It represented exactly 5 percent of the BC aircraft dispatched. This time, heaviest casualties were suffered by the OTU’s of 91 Group, which lost 23 of the 198 Whitleys and Wellingtons provided by that group, a loss of 11.6 percent. The relevant reasons for this may be the fact that OTU’s were usually equipped with old aircraft retired from frontline squadrons, that the Bremen raid involved a round trip 200 miles longer than the Cologne and Essen raids and that extra time had been taken up in searching for the targets in the cloudy conditions of that night. The trainee crews of 91 Group suffered accordingly. 5 of the 102 Coastal Command aircraft were also lost.

Base Changes

127 Sqn (Hurricane IIB) moved to LG.92
232 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Merston
238 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.13
601 Sqn (Non-Op) moved to LG.13

First and Last Operational Missions

49 Sqn (Scampton) flew its last OM in the Manchester I
50 Sqn (Swinderby) flew its last OM in the Manchester I
106 Sqn (Coningsby) flew its last OM in the Manchester I
158 Sqn (East Moor) flew its first OM in the Halifax II
488 RNZAF Sqn (Church Fenton – Beaufighter IIF) flew its first OM of the war.
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456 Sqn RAAF (Valley – Beaufighter IIF) 26.6.42

P/O P.A. DEY (RAAF) Observer SGT. MITCHELL E.W. had scramble at 1145 hrs. to intercept doubtful raid 30 miles west of BARDSEY. Raid turned out to be a JU.88 which very neatly put a hole in the balance pipe between the two inner petrol tanks and the cockpit started to fill with petrol, and the port engine stopped. Tried to get home on one engine; but had to ditch. Ditched at approximately 1245 hrs. abut both got clear and into one dinghy. SGT. MITCHELL had scalp wound and fractured ribs (two). Walrus amphibian sent out to search together with two Lysanders of No. 275 Air/Sea Rescue Squadron, W/C W.H. CHURCHILL DSO DFC in Spitfire and SGT. <unreadable> F. (RAAF) observer SGT. MELROSE A.W. in Beaufighter. Dinghy was sighted and they were picked up at approximately 1418 hrs, both suffered from exposure and immersion in addition to SGT. MITCHELL’s injuries. Medical Officer has put them both to bed and cannot get full details at present. Our first P.H. Signal and casualty due to enemy action but thanks to smart work on the part of Air/Sea Rescue both of the crew are safe.

Base Changes

70 Sqn (Wellington IC) moved to LG.224
73 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moved to El Daba
108 Sqn (Wellington IC) moved to Kabrit
112 Sqn (Kittyhawk I) moved to El Daba
145 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to LG.15
238 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.15
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405 Sqn RCAF (Pocklington – Halifax II) 27.6.42

99TH OPERATION – BREMEN
Seven Captains definitely bombed target with aid of special equipment while another claims to have bombed primary on E.T.A. No ground detail whatsoever were visible but the glow of some fires was reflected on the cloud. One A/C returned early with engine trouble bringing bombs back while two are missing nothing having heard from them to determine their fate.

Crew: W/O Scott, W.L. Captain; Can. R.6131; Can. R.70586 Sgt. F/E Tathum, G.B.; Can. R.56239 F/S Obs. Phillips, G.M.; 964479 Sgt. WOP/AG Hughes, J.J.; Can. R.64719 F/F A/G Cole, J.E.; Can P/O H.Lacelle, A/G; 819083 Sgt. A/G Rowland, S.B.

Crew: Can. R.56351 F/Sgt. Pilot Field W.E. Captain; 1213401 Sgt. F/Eng. Ansell R.; Can. R.69615 F/Sgt. Obs. Fitzgerald R.C.; 1169531 Sgt. WOP/AG Smith; Can. R.68523 F/Sgt. A/Gunner Ailey, J.D.; AUS 407695 Sgt. A/Gunner Kleisdorf, N.R.

ADDENDUM – Halifax II W1110 LQ-C t/o 2331 Pocklington. Shot down by Oblt. Rudolph Siegmund (3rd victory) Stab II./NJG2 into the sea 20 km SSW Den Helder at 0300 hours. Three bodies were washed ashore and taken for burial. Two, Sgt. Tathum RCAF and P/O Lacelle RCAF, lie in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, while F/S Phillips RCAF rests in Bergen General Cemetery. The others have no known grave.

Halifax II W1175 LQ-Q t/o 2332 Pocklington. Hit by Flak of 1. & 2./Res. Flak Abt.531, 1. & 2. Flak Abt. 334 and 1. & 3./Res Flak Abt. 117 at 0245 hours. Crashed on sandbank De Waard in Waddensea. Sgt. Kleisdorff RAAF is buried in Harlingen General Cemetery, Holland. The rest of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Bremen – 144 aircraft – 55 Wellingtons, 39 Halifaxes, 26 Stirlings, 24 Lancasters. 9 aircraft – 4 Wellingtons, 2 Halifaxes, 2 Lancasters, 1 Stirling – lost.

119 aircraft bombed blindly through cloud after obtaining Gee fixes. BC believed the results were successful. Bremen records that two of the large firms hit in the recent ‘Thousand’ raid – the Atlas Werke and the Korff refinery – were damaged again, as well as several smaller firms and dockside warehouses. A hospital and a number of unrecorded dwelling-houses were also hit. 7 people were killed and 80 injured.

Base Changes

1 Sqn SAAF (Hurricane IIB) moved to LG.92
2 Sqn SAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to Bir Koriayim
3 Sqn RAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.106
4 Sqn SAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to Bir Koriayim
5 Sqn SAAF (Tomahawk IIB) moved to LG.115
37 Sqn (Wellington IC) moved to LG.224
40 Sqn SAAF TR (Non-Op) moved to Wadi Natrun
80 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moved to LG.92
213 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.05
238 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.21 and then to LG.105
250 Sqn (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.106
450 Sqn RAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.106

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33 Sqn (LG.54) flew its first OM in the Hurricane IIC
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7 Sqn (Oakington – Stirling I) 28.6.42

St. NAZAIRE again. Of four freshman detailed, two failed to take off owing to rear turret and fuel pump trouble. One bombed target. Sgt. Richards failed to return.

ADDENDUM – Stirling I W7539 MQ-K. T/o 2329 Oakington. Crew: Sgt. KJC Richards, Sgt. KN Jones, Sgt. J Tait, Sgt. R Woolard, Sgt. G Collins, Sgt. SH Greene, Sgt. P Harrison. Reported lost over the Bay of Biscay, N of Piriac, France. Four bodies came ashore, Sgt’s Woolard, Greene, and Harrison rest in Escoublac-la-Baule. Sgt. Tait is buried in Fénestin Communal Cemetery. The others were captured.

Minor Operations – 14 aircraft to St. Nazaire, 4 Lancasters gardening in the River Gironde,1 Stirling on leaflet flight. W5739 was the only aircraft lost this night.

Base Changes

2 Sqn SAAF (Kittyhawk I) moves to LG.85
4 Sqn SAAF (Kittyhawk I) moves to LG.105
5 Sqn SAAF (Tomahawk IIB) moves to LG.105
6 Sqn (Hurricane IID) moves to LG.106
73 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moves to Burg-el-Arab
112 Sqn (Kittyhawk I) moves to LG.91
208 Sqn (Hurricane I/IIA/Tomahawk IIB) moves to LG 100
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149 Sqn (Lakenheath – Stirling I) 29.6.42

10 aircraft detailed to attack Bremen. 1 Aircraft cancelled at 1715 hours. 1 Aircraft crashed on take-off and burnt-out. All crew escaped. Two only were slightly injured. The remaining 8 aircraft reached and bombed the target, successfully by T.R. Fix, which was working perfectly. Large red fires were seen burning in Bremen. And one large explosion was observed followed by fires. Leaflets were dropped in Bremen area. Two aircraft failed to return.

ADDENDUM – Stirling I R9330 OJ-O. T/O 2345 Lakenheath but swing out of control and crashed. A fire broke out and the Stirling was damaged beyond repair. The accident was attributed to the failure of the outer starboard engine.

Stirling I N6082 OJ-Q. Crew: S/L GW Alexander, F/O WG Barnes DFC, F/S L Wiltshire, P/O CW Dellow, Sgt. LC Collins RAAF, Sgt. PF Hickley, Sgt. L Shearer, Sgt. RTP Gallagher. T/o 2338 Lakenheath, shot down by Lt. Hans-Georg Böitel (3rd victory) 6/NJG2, at Wons, 7 km WNW of Bolswar, Holland, at 0204 hours. Sgt. Collins was captured and the rest of the crew are buried in Makkum Protestant Churchyard.

Stirling I BF310 OJ-H. Crew: P/O CW Simmons RCAF, Sgt. WC Scarlett, F/O K White RCAF, Sgt. LS Lloyd, Sgt. F Squires, Sgt. RE Barr, Sgt. WE Thomas. T/o 0025 Lakenheath, shot down by Oblt. Leopold Fellerer 5/NJG2, and crashed into the Ijsselmeer, S of Hoorn. All are buried in Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery. P/O Simmons RCAF was an American from Winston Salem, NC.

Bremen – 253 aircraft – 108 Wellingtons, 64 Lancasters, 47 Stirlings, 34 Halifaxes – dispatched, the first time that 4-engined bombers provided more than half of the force on a major raid. 11 aircraft – 4 Stirlings, 4 Wellingtons, 3 Halifaxes – were lost.

The Bremen report shows that 48 houses were destroyed and 934 damaged, most lightly, but the report devotes most of its space to details of ‘extensive damage’ in 5 important war industries, including the Focke-Wulf factory and the A.G. Weser U-boat construction yard, and at the local gas works, a museum and a merchant navy college. Most of this damage was caused by fire.

Captain Charles C Kegelman USAAF(Commanding Officer, 15th Bombardment Squadron (Light)), flys on a mission with 12 RAF Bostons

Base Changes

3 Sqn RAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.91
5 Sqn SAAF (Tomahawk IIB) moved to LG.85
6 Sqn (Hurricane IID) moved to LG.91
37 Sqn (Wellington IV) moved to Abu Sueir
70 Sqn (Wellington IC) moved to Abu Sueir
72 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Biggin Hill
122 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Martlesham Heath
145 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to LG.154
213 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.154
238 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.92
250 Sqn (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.91
274 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to LG.92
335 Sqn (Hurricane I) moved to Idku
450 Sqn RAAF (Kittyhawk I) moved to LG.91

First and Last Operational Missions

268 Sqn (Snailwell) flew its first OM in the Mustang I
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401 Sqn RCAF (Eastchurch – Spitfire VB) 1.7.42

0431: Squadron 30 minutes available. 0748: Released for training until 1400 hours. The weather is bad this morning – 10-10 cloud. Very low. 1400: Released for training until further notice. 1610 hours: “B” Flight at readiness – “A” Flight 15 minutes available. 1720 hours: Blue section airborne on convoy patrol. The convoy is off Beachy Head and heading east. 1815 hours: Green section airborne to relieve Blue section. 1900 hours: Black section airborne to relieve Green section. 2000 hours: Blue section airborne to relieve Black section. 2055 hours: Green section airborne to relieve Blue section. 2200 hours: Black section airborne to relieve Green section. At 2300 hours Black section pancaked. 2320 hours Squadron released.

Base Changes

12 Sqn SAAF (Boston III) moved to Bilbeis
15 Sqn SAAF (Blenheim IV) moved to El Ballah
19 Sqn (Spitfire VB moved to Biggin Hill
21 Sqn SAAF (Non-Op) moved to El Firdan
40 Sqn SAAF TR (Non-Op) Burg el Arab South
55 Sqn (Non-Op) moved to Ismailia
208 Sqn (Hurricane I/IIA/Tomahawk IIB) moved to Heliopolis
308 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Redhill
312 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Redhill

First and Last Operational Missions
40 Sqn (Shallufa) flew its first OM in the Wellington IC
406 Sqn RCAF (Scorton) flew its first OM in the Beaufighter VIF
461 Sqn RAAF (Mount Batten – Sunderland II) flew its first OM of the war
601 Sqn (LG.154) flew its first OM in the Spitfire VC
608 Sqn (Thornaby) flew its first OM in the Hudson IIIA
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420 Sqn RCAF (Waddington – Hampden I) 2.7.42

We were required for 13 operational sorties. 14 a/c took off to bomb Bremen. 2 a/c missing included F/Lt. Brown. 5 a/c returned early for various reasons and six reached objective.

ADDENDUM – Hampden I AT248 PT-A. Crew: F/Lt. KE Brown RCAF, Sgt. RO Williams, Sgt. JN Waddington, Sgt. RW Whytock RCAF. T/o Waddington. Shot down by Oblt. Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld (31st victory) 5./NJG2, S Koudum at 0054. F/Lt. Brown PoW, those who died are buried in Hemelumer-Olderferd General Cemetery.

Hampden I P5332 PT-T. Crew: F/Sgt. CJ Wilde RCAF, Sgt. AD Bond. Sgt. TE Crothers RCAF, F/Sgt. JE Gibbs RCAF. T/o 2305 Waddington, shot down by Fw. Heinz Grimm (5th victory) 5./NJG2, 15 km WNW Zwolle at 0140. All our buried in various Dutch cemeteries.

Bremen – 175 Wellingtons, 53 Lancasters, 35 Halifaxes, 34 Stirlings, 28 Hampdens. 13 aircraft – 8 Wellingtons, 2 Hampdens, 2 Stirlings, 1 Halifax – lost.

265 aircraft claimed to have bombed in good visibility but it is probable that much of the attack fell outside the southern borders of the town. A brief Bremen report says that more than 1,000 houses and 4 small industrial firms were damaged. 3 cranes and 7 ships in the port were also hit; of the ships, the 1,736 ton steamer Marieborg sank and is recorded as having become a danger to navigation. Only 5 people were killed and 4 injured in a population which had probably become very air-raid shelter conscious.

Base Changes
46 Sqn (Beaufighter IF) moved to El Khanka
73 Sqn (Hurricane IIC) moved to LG.89

First and Last Operational Missions
55 Sqn (Ismailia) flew its first OM in the Baltimore II
94 Sqn (El Gamil) flew its first OM in the Hurricane I
103 Sqn (Elsham Wolds) flew its last OM in the Wellington IC
233 Sqn (Thorney Island) flew its first OM in the Hudson III
236 Sqn (Wattisham) flew its last OM in the Beaufighter IF
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226 Sqn (Swanton Morley – Boston III) 4.7.42

Twelve Bostons, six manned by USAAC aircrew, and led by S/Ldr Kennedy, attacked enemy aerodromes in Holland. DE KOOY, BERGEN and HAAMSTEDE Aerodromes were successfully bombed and VALKENBURG machine-gunned. At DE KOOY intense flak was encountered a/ B being hit, starboard engine catching fire and the propeller fell off. The pilot retained control of the aircraft, silenced a flak tower and returned safely to base. For this action Capt. Kegelman USAAC and his crew were given immediate award of DFC and DFM. Two USAAC and one RAF crew failed to return.

ADDENDUM – Boston III Z2213 MQ-U. Crew: P/O CM Henning, P/O PJ Voyzey, Sgt. HT Willig. T/o 0714 Swanton Morley shot down at 0830 by Ufz. Hans Rathenow 10./JGI and crashed in the sea 20 km W of Callantsoog, Holland. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Boston III AL677 MQ-P. Crew: Lt. FA Loehrl USAAF, Lt. M Draper USAAF, Sgt. RL Whitham USAAF, Sgt. JW Wright. T/o 0711 Swanton Morley, shot down by flak, 4./845 Abt., and crashed, on fire, in the target area (De Kooy). Sgt. Wright lies in the US Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Cordoz, Belgium. Lt. Draper was captured.

Boston III AL741 MQ-V. Crew: Lt. WG Lynn USAAF, Lt. BS Grant USAAF, Cpl. CP Kramarewicz USAAF, Sgt. MK Williams USAAF. T/o 0714 Swanton Morley, hit by flak, 3.845 Abt., and broke up in the air N of Bergan aan Zee, Holland. Lt. Lynn and Col Kramarewicz rest in the US Military Cemetery at Margraten.

Base Changes

7 Sqn SAAF (Hurricane IIB) moved to LG.89.

First and Last Operational Missions

330 Sqn (Reyjavik) flew its first OM in the Catalina III
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401 Sqn RCAF (Eastchurch – Spitfire VB) 5.7.42

0434 Squadron 30 minutes available. 0900 Squadron 30 minutes available. Local flying took place in the morning up till 1005 hours. 1010 hours released for training until 1730 hours consisting of Squadron formation (12 a/c) flying over Gravesend. Airborne at 1040 flying for 50 minutes. Local flying in afternoon consisted of stern chases and formation. 1715 hours “B” Flight at readiness and “A” Flight 30 minutes available. 1830 hours Blue Section (2 a/c) to patrol, convoy ‘Peewhit’ just south of Southend. 1925 hours Green Section airborne to relieve Blue Section. 2025 Black Section airborne to relieve Green Section. 2125 Blue Section airborne to relieve Black Section. 2230 Green Section airborne to relieve Blue Section. 2310 Green Section pancaked. 2320 hours Squadron released.

USMEAF – B-24s bomb harbour and ships at Benghazi

Base Changes

53 Sqn (Hudson V) left for the USA (Rhode Island)
124 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Martlesham Heath
134 Sqn (Non-Op) moved to Lydda

First and Last Operational Missions

120 Sqn (Nutts Corner) flew its first OM in the Liberator III
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419 Sqn RCAF (Mildenhall – Wellington III) 6.7.42

8 aircraft took part in a gardening operation in the ST.LORIENT district. The operation was carried out as ordered.

ADDENDUM – Wellington III Z1597 VR-T. Crew: F/Sgt. PL Murphy RCAF, F/Sgt. PB Smith RCAF, P/O ITH Evans RCAF, F/Sgt. JG Holmes RCAF, F/Sgt. J McM Ferguson RCAF, WO1 CPL Brown RCAF. While returning to base, the Wellington flew into the side of a hill near Oare, 9 miles ENE iv Devizes, Wiltshire. All are buried in Upavon Church Cemetery.

Base Changes

122 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Fairlop

First and Last Operational Missions

219 Sqn (Acklington) flew its last OM in the Beaufighter IF
406 Sqn RCAF (Scorton) flew its last OM in the Beaufighter IIF
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401 Sqn RCAF (Eastchurch – Spitfire VB) 7.7.42

“A” Flight (2 a/c) Red Section Station Defence. 0512 Hours “B” Flight 15 minutes available. 0725 “B” Flight came to readiness. “A” Flight 30 minutes available. Local flying and air-to-ground firing at Laysdown. 1130 rained quite hard and the last two sections for air firing were recalled. 1605 Squadron released for training until 1700 hours. Squadron moved back to Gravesend from Eastchurch. Back in time for tea. 1700 hours released off Station.

Base Changes

19 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Perranporth
32 Sqn (Hurricane IIB/C) moved to West Malling
65 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Great Stampford
66 Sqn (Spitfire VC) moved to Ibsley
71 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Debden
72 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Biggin Hill
111 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Debden
142 Sqn (Wellington IV) moved to Grimsby
222 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to North Weald
237 Sqn (Hurricane I) moved to Qaiyara
253 Sqn (Hurricane IIA/B/C) moved to Hibalstow
302 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Heston
308 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Hutton Cranswick
317 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Northolt
331 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to North Weald
350 Sqn (Spitfire VB) moved to Martlesham Heath
401 Sqn RCAF (Spitfire VB) moved to Gravesend

First and Last Operational Missions

219 Sqn (Acklington) flew its first OM in the Beaufighter IIF
400 Sqn RCAF (Odiham) flew its last OM in the Tomahawk IIA
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