ORB – November 1943

97 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)

1.11.43      Ground training.  Weather unfit for flying

2.11.43      Ground training.  Weather unfit for flying.  Instructional film shown in the afternoon.

3.11.43      NFTs and flying training in the morning.  16 aircraft detailed for operations tonight.  P/O J.K.McAvoy DFM  and Act W/O R.J.Williams reported POW (were missing with W/C Burns crew 31st Aug).  F/Sgt T.Lancashire and F/Sgt S.Powell reported POW (were missing with F/L Covington’s crew 10th Aug).  Operations : 7 aircraft to attack Dusseldorf, 9 aircraft to attack Cologne.  At Dusseldorf 6 aircraft bombed the primary target, 1 aircraft returned early due to turrets being u/s.  The attack was made in good weather – clear sky, vis good, ground haze with slight to moderate H/F and L/F.  S/Ls ineffective.  Fighters not reported over target.  Fires reported but generally the attack is considered scattered.  At Cologne (spoof target) the attack was made in good weather.  Defences – desultory, H/F and S/Ls mainly ineffective – no fighters reported.  Ground detail was not seen owing to haze or smoke.  14 photos were attempted in all.  All crews returned safely.

3/4 November 1943 Dusseldorf

JB219R  P/O D.A.Montgomery, F/Sgt G.C.Granger, P/O E.L.Cohn, F/Sgt J.E.Gardner, F/Sgt J.Baker, F/Sgt S.N.Neill, F/Sgt R.K.Baggs.  Up 1737  Down 2106.  4 x TI, 1 x4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Dusseldorf attacked.  19,500’.  Moonlight, no cloud,hazy.  Bombed in the middle of three red TI markers – in bomb sight.  Own TIs seen to cascade into middle of marked area.  Too early on target for results.

JB232U  F/O C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, P/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1741  Down 2114.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary target bombed.  18,000’.  Moonlight, no cloud, hazy.  3 red TI markers in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Own TIs seen to cascade.  Some fires were beginning.  Large explosion seen at 1953 hours in marked area.

JA243P  F/O K.M.Steven, P/O A.J.Coleman (2nd Pilot), Sgts A.C.East, S.B.Stevenson, P/O R.R.Brown, Sgts W.C.Gadsby, W/O C.J.Skinner, Sgts K.D.Newman.  Up 1742  Down 1943.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Mission abandoned – both turrets u/s.

JB299W  P/O F.J.Roberts, F/Sgt G.E.Dunning, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt D.Young, F/Sgt H.J.Blower, Sgt P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 1736  Down 2132.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Dusseldorf.  19,500’.  Good moonlight, hazy, no cloud.  Bombed on centre of concentration of green TI markers – in bomb sight.  One big fire seen in centre of TIs.  Smaller scattered fires also observed.

JB117C  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, F/Sgt S.J.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, Sgt D.E.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright.  Up 1735  Down 2121.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary Dusseldorf attacked.  18,500’.  Moonlight, clear sky, hazy.  Bombed on centre of  concentration of 4 green TI markers.  Many scattered incendiaries seen.  Several fires observed with smoke pall rising.

JB353L  F/O C.T.Wilson, P/O V.S.Flack (2nd Pilot), Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, F/O E.G.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 1745  Down 2118.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Dusseldorf bombed.  Moonlight, no cloud, ground haze.  Bombed on red and green star sky markers – in bomb sight.  Good concentration of fires in marked area and smaller scattered ones.

JA846M  F/Sgt J.A.Penny, Sgts R.T.Fathers, J.Graham, R.Campbell, J.R.Cowen, F/Sgt R.S.Mortham, F/Sgt P.W.Dries.  Up 1744  Down 2128.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Dusseldorf attacked.  20,000’.  Moonlight, no cloud, vis hazy.  Green TIs in bomb sight at time of releasing bombs.  Markers were later well concentrated.  A large mass of white flame, probably incendiaries, in target area.

3/4 November 1943 Cologne

JA960E  P/O A.C.Jones, F/Sgt W.Jackson, F/O A.W.Pepper, W/O F.T.Williams, F/Sgt J.J.Sansam, F/Sgt T.Hesselden, F/Sgt C.J.Billows.  Up 1718  Down 2111.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Cologne attacked.  19,500’.  Moonlight, no cloud, ground haze.  Bombed on centre of concentration of red TI markers.  Many explosions seen among TIs but no fires had started.

JB361B  F/L S.R.Dawson, Sgt T.R.Shaw, F/L B.J.Starie, F/Sgt R.C.Pike, F/Sgt J.C.McLeish, F/Sgt A.M.Barrowman, F/Sgt A.E.Roberts.  Up 1720  Down 2125.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Cologne bombed.  19,500’.  Quarter moon, clear sky, hazy.  Aiming point identified by Nav aids “Y”.  Aircraft coned at time of bombing.  Later a good concentration of reds and greens were seen over target area.  Scattered fires observed at later stages.

JA578G  F/O W.Riches, Sgts G.Winter, H.W.Watts, E.H.Pack, J.Wrigley, R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.Booth.  Up 1724  Down 2151.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Cologne attacked.  19,000’  Moonlight, no cloud, ground haze.  Aiming point identified approximately by Nav aids “Y”.  Dummy TIs observed.  No genuine TIs seen until after bombing.  Too early for results.

EE179T  F/Sgt A.A.Johnson, F/L E.F.Cawdery (2nd Pilot), Sgts J.Pearson, K.Swale, F/O J.Peden, Sgts A.J.Tindall, McGregor, F/Sgt E.H.Hansen.  Up 1726  Down 2136.  1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Target Cologne.  Moonlight, clear sky, hazy below.  20,000’.  Bombed on cluster of red and green TIs – reds actually in bomb sight.  Many bomb bursts seen to slightly overshoot reds.  Long line of fires seen as aircraft left target.

JB227J  P/O C.R.Snell, Sgt L.T.Harman, P/O L.Lintott, P/O N.J.Smith, Sgts J.Grieve, C.J.Green, O.D.Wood.  Up 1722  Down 2140.  1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Cologne attacked.  Moonlight, no cloud, visibility hazy.  18,000’.  Centre of 3 red TIs in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Own bombs seen to burst.  No fires had started and markers seemed scattered.

JA963Q  F/L D.Brill, Sgt J.Stone, P/O W.G.Wishart, P/O R.Butler, Sgt H.Chappel, P/O G.J.Little, F/Sgt E.Battle.  Up 1725  Down 2143.  1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb, 5 x 500lb.  Target Cologne attacked.  20,000’.  Bright moonlight, no cloud, ground haze.  Two red TI markers in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Own bombs seen to explode, the last just overshooting red TI.  No results observed.

LM346O  P/O L.V.Hyde, Sgt M.E.Putt, P/O F.H.Palmer, P/O J.Craig, Sgts E.Hill, D.Sweeney, F/Sgt R.Taylor.  Up 1721  Down 2159.  1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Target Cologne.  18,500’.  Moonlight, clear sky, hazy as ground.  Bombed on cascading red TI marker – in sight.  Many scattered reds on ground.  Bursts of own bombs seen.  3 or 4 fires starting up on leaving target.

JB190V  P/O A.D.Riley, Sgts H.Tupper, N.Allen, F/Sgt J.Valastin, Sgt J.Nixon, F/Sgt C.S.Baker, Sgt F.Barrett.  Up 1729  Down 2154.  1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Cologne bombed.  19,500’.  Moonlight, no cloud, vis hazy.  Bombed on red TIs backed up by greens – reds actually in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Own “cookie” seen to burst close to red TI – no fires seen.

4.11.43      Weather unfit for flying.  Ground training and organised games.

5.11.43      Ground training and flying training carried.  No operations.

6.11.43      Flying training and ground as scheduled.  9 aircraft and crews detailed for Bullseye exercise tonight.  No operations detailed.  Night exercise carried out as detailed.

7.11.43      19 aircraft detailed for operations tonight, 7 of which will attack a spoof target.  NFTs carried out.  Operations were cancelled late in the evening.

8.11.43      19 aircraft again detailed for operations tonight, 5 of which will attack a spoof target.  Operations were again cancelled late in evening due to weather conditions.

9.11.43      Operations detailed.  Training carried out in morning.  Operations were cancelled after briefing.

10.11.43    Training programme detailed.  Letter has been received by the next of kin of W/C Burns DSO DFC stating that he is in hospital in Germany.  He has lost his right arm from the elbow downwards.  Order was given by him for the crew to bale out, the aircraft being out of control and on fire.  18 aircraft detailed for operations tonight.  Some flying and training in the morning.  18 aircraft attacked the primary target at Modane in good visibility and clear sky.  Red TIs were well placed and bombed – incendiaries were reported very scattered round the area but generally a good attack is considered to have been achieved.  Defences very slight.  Most crews report seeing no flak or S/Ls and no fighter activity.

10/11 November 1943 – Modane

JA960E  P/O A.C.Jones, Sgt W.Jackson, F/L A.W.Pepper, F/Sgt F.T.Williams, F/Sgt J.Sansam, F/Sgt T.Hesselden, Sgt C.J.Billows.  Up 2111  Down 0358.  1 x RSF, 6 flares, 4 x 1000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  18,000’.  Full moon, no cloud, slight haze.  Target identified visually.  Probably own bomb bursts seen among other bursts.  Bombing was well concentrated on marked area.

JB361B  F/L S.R.Dawson, F/Sgt T.R.Shaw, F/L B.J.Starie, F/Sgt R.C.Pike, F/Sgt J.McLeish, F/Sgt A.M.Barrowman, F/Sgt A.E.Roberts.  Up 2105  Down 0416.  1 x RSF, 6 flares, 7 x 1000lb.  Modane bombed.  19,000’.  Full moon, no cloud, vis good.  Target located by time run from Grenoble then by lake and valley.  Railway sheds and marshalling yards identified visually.  Own bombs seen to burst on the latter.

JA846M  S/L A.Eaton-Clarke, W/O J.Duffy, W/O H.F.Daniels, P/O D.W.Burt, W/O H.Bryson, F/Sgt E.F.Bryan, W/O A.J.Harris.  Up 2104  Down 0430. 1 x RSF, 6 flares, 7 x 1000lb.  Primary objective attacked.  Bright full moon, clear sky, vis good.  20,000’.  Marshalling yards visually identified.  Bombed on one red TI – in bomb sight.  Own results not observed.  Many bursts seen in marked area.

JA227J  F/L J.F.Munro, F/L R.C.Swetman, F/L A.J.Silk, F/L F.P.Burbridge, F/Sgt J.M.Underwood, F/Sgt R.S.Bennett, W/O W.Hill.  Up 2108  Down 0408.  8 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  10,000’.  Full moon, no cloud, visibility good.  Target identified visually.  Bombed on red and green TIs.  Own TIs seen to cascade.  TIs generally well concentrated over aiming point.

JB219R  G/C N.H.Fresson, F/Sgt G.C.Granger, P/O E.L.Cohn, F/Sgt J.L.Gardner, F/Sgt J.Baker, F/Sgt S.N.Neill, F/Sgt R.K.Baggs.  Up 2118  Down 0442.  4 x TI, 1 RSF, 7 x 1000lb.  Primary target Modane.  18,200’.  Full moon.  Clear sky, slight haze.  Bombed on centre of cluster of red TIs.  River and roads seen visually.  Own greens seen to fall.  Many bursts seen in mountains some 3 miles north of valley.

JB299W  P/O J.Roberts ?, P/O A.J.Coleman (2nd Pilot), Sgt W.J.Whitbread, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt D.Young, Sgts N.Cohen, P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 2119  Down 0450.  4 x TI, 1 x RSF, 7 x 1000lb.  Modane bombed.  18,000’.  No cloud, full moon, vis good.  Bombed on 3 red TIs.  Own TIs seen to cascade and land on ground in middle of TI reds.  Bombing was concentrated on marked area.  Three small fires were observed.  Some bursts were scattered on mountains.

JB356X  P/O J.P.Billing, Sgts T.W.Hope, J.E.Moriarty, P/O E.E.Osler, Sgt J.M.Campbell, F/Sgt R.D.Curtis, F/Sgt J.Findlay.  Up 2136  Down 0400.  4 x TI, 1 x RSF, 7 x 1000lb.  Primary target bombed.  Full  moon, no cloud, vis good.  Good fall of TIs seen.  Bombed on centre of cluster of red TIs.  Many wasted bursts seen on mountainside.  One small fire had started up.

JB353L  P/O A.Whetter, Sgts F.B.Gray, Johnson, F/Sgt J.Worsdale, Sgt N.D.Cameron, F/Sgt G.Woolf, F/Sgt G.E.Smith.  Up 2116  Down 0410.  4 x TI, 1 x RSF, 7 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  17,000’.  Full moon.  Clear sky.  Target identified visually.  Bombed on red TIs.  Own TI seen to cascade and own bombs seen to fall on reds.  One large fire seen and a number of smaller ones well concentrated.

JB117C  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, F/Sgt S.J.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, Sgt D.E.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright.  Up 2134  Down 0440.  4 x TI, 1 x RSF, 7 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  Bright moonlight, no cloud.  Mist in valley.  Bombed on centre of cluster of red TI markers.  Own TIs seen to fall on reds.  One big fire seen and a number of smaller ones well concentrated.

JB422H  F/O J.H.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt K.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, R.Whitehead.  Up 2100  Down 0420.  8 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  18,700’.  Clear sky, vis good.  Mountainside round south of aiming point clearly seen visually.  Bombed on red TI marker.  Many other bursts seen round TIs.

JB367S  W/C E.F.Nind, P/O P.J.Roberts, P/O W.G.Wishart, P/O R.M.Nelson, F/Sgt G.F.Gower, F/L E.A.Adams, F/L L.G.Mussi.  Up 2112  Down 0411.  8 x 1000lb.  Primary Modane bombed.  14,300’.  Full moon, no cloud, vis good.  Target identified visually.  Bombed on red TIs. 8 bombs seen to burst in line, 4 probably our own.  Bombing seemed well on and around target.

JB190V  S/L/J.M.Garlick, F/Sgt J.M.Anderson, Sgt A.G.Boyd, F/Sgt E.O.Charlton, F/Sgt F.O.Dawkins, F/Sgt T.M.Ward, F/Sgt F.Edwards.  Up 2121  Down 0405.  8 x 1000lb.  Primary objective attacked.  Bright full moon, slight haze.  17,900’.  Marshalling yards seen on run up.  Bombed on red TI markers – in bomb sight.  Own results not seen.  Fires seen burning on north side of goods yard.

JB119F  S/L D.Mackenzie, P/O J.Pratt, F/Sgt R.F.Marshall, F/Sgt I.G.Stephens, F/Sgt A.Hunter, F/Sgt W.A.Lang, F/Sgt K.Kirby.  Up 2122  Down 0446.  8 x 1000lb.  Modane bombed.  19,000’.  Clear sky, good vis.  Bombed on cluster of green TI markers – in bomb sight.  Much smoke observed in target area.  Own bombs seen to burst among TIs.

JB232U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, P/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 2109  Down 0410.  8 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  16,000’.  Bright moon.  No cloud, ground haze.  Marshalling yards visually identified.  Bombed on red TI markers.  Bomb bursts seen on TIs just short of aiming point.

JB238A  P/O E.F.McEgan, P/O V.S.Flack (wnd Pilot), F/Sgt F.A.Williams, P/O P.A.Spencer, F/O J.V.Tyler, Sgts J.J.Johnson, W.S.Gibbs, W.G.Duncan.  Up 2115  Down 0426.  8 x 1000lb.  Target Modane.  Moon, clear sky, vis good.  15,000’.  Good show of TIs and flares.  Marshalling yards observed visually.  Bombed on cluster of red TIs  – in bomb sight.  Many bomb bursts seen but not own.

JB 857Y  P/O C.R.Snell, Sgt L.T.Harman, P/O L.Lintott, P/O N.J.Smith, Sgts J.Grieve, C.J.Green, O.D.Wood.  Up 2124  Down 0430.  8 x 1000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  14,800’.  Full moon, no cloud, good vis.  Good show of flares and TIs.  Target and railway sidings identified visually.  Bombed on red TIs.  Bomb bursts seen on railway station.  Bursts plastered the entie area.  Some good fires seen after leaving.

JA963Q  F/L D.Brill, Sgt J.Stone, F/O A.W.Weston, P/O R.Butler, Sgt H.Chappell, P/O G.J.Little, F/Sgt E.Battle.  Up 2120  Down 0444.  8 x 1000lb.  Modane bombed.  19,500’.  Full moon, clear sky, vis good.  Target identified visually.  Bombed on signle red TI marker.  Own results not seen.  One very good fire seen with much rising smoke.

JB 470T  P/O L.V.Hyde, Sgt N.E.Putt, F/O E.H.Palmer, P/O J.Craig, F/Sgt E.Hill, Sgt D.Sweeney, F/Sgt R.Taylor.  Up 2110  Down 0422.  8 x 1000lb.  Primary target Modane bombed.  20,000’.  Moon, clear sky, vis good.  Many flares over target area.  Marshalling yards visually identified and were in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Stick of 4 bursts seen along railway track.

11.11.43    Operations detailed for tonight.  10 aircraft attacked the primary target at Cannes.  Weather – full moon, clear sky, vis good.  Fires reported – particularly the railway repair shop was to be seen on fire.  An explosion was reported near the entrance to tunnel and another about the same area.  Generally the raid is considered successful.  Defences were very slight in target area – 3 light guns and two S/L to south.  No fighter activity in target area.  All aircraft returned safely to base.

11/12 November 1943 – Cannes

JB361B  F/L S.R.Dawson, F/Sgt T.R.Shaw, F/L B.J.Starie, P/O C.H.Parsons (Nav 2), F/Sgt R.C.Pike, F/Sgt J.McLeich, F/Sgt A.M.Barrowman, F/Sgt A.E.Roberts.  Up 1831  Down 0210.  20 flares, 1 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  Primary objective Cannes attacked.  13,000’.  Moonlight, vis good.  Bombed on red TIs which were a little east of aiming point.  Many bursts seen around TIs.  Several rapid explosions seen as aircraft left target.

JA846M  S/L A.Eaton-Clarke, W/O J.Duffy, F/L A.J.Silk, P/O D.W.Burt, W/O H.Bryson, F/Sgt E.F.Bryan, W/O A.J.Harris.  Up 1850  Down 0217.  20 flares, 1 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  Target Cannes attacked.  14,000’.  Full moon, no cloud, vis good.  Bombed on centre point between 2 red TI markers.  Many bursts seen around marshalling yards.  Later attack seemed to spread back.

JB637S  W/C E.F.Nind, P/O P.J.Roberts, P/O W.G.Wishart, P/O R.N.Nelson, F/Sgt G.F.Gower, F/L E.A.Adams, F/L L.G.Mussi.  Up 1836  Down 0221.  5 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary Cannes bombed.  14,000’.  Full moon, clear sky, vis good.  Bombed on two red TI markers overlapping in bomb sight.   Beach, railway and roads clearly identified.  Bursts observed on railway and repair works.  Fires increasing as aircraft left target.

JB432U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1837  Down 0240.  5 x TI, 4 x 1000lb, 2 x 1000lb.  Target Cannes attacked.  14,000’.  Full moon, no cloud, vis good.  Bombed midway point between 3 red TI markers.  Smoke from incendiaries obscured target.

JB176K  P/O E.F.McEgan, F/Sgt F.A.Williams, P/O P.A.Spencer, F/O J.V.Tyler, Sgts J.J.Johnson, W.S.Gibbs, W.G.Duncan.  Up 1840  Down 0238.  5 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Cannes.  14,500’.  Full moon, clear sky, vis good.  Target identified visually and good concentration of TIs over east end of marshalling yards.  Aiming point in sight at time of bombing.  Own TIs seen to cascade.  Many bomb bursts seen on railway track.  Explosions and fires seen.

JB299W  P/O J.Roberts, Sgt  W.J.Whitbread, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt G.Young, Sgts H.Cohen, P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 1839  Down 0246.  4 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary objective bombed.  13,000’.  Moonlight, no cloud, vis good.  Cluster of red TIs in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Own TIs seen to cascade but not own bomb bursts.  Well concentrated fires starting up.

JB353L  P/O A.Whetter, Sgts R.B.Gray, G.Johnson, F/Sgt J.Worsdale, Sgt N.D.Cameron, F/Sgt G.Woolf, F/Sgt G.E.Smith.  Up 1848  Down 0227.  5 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary target Cannes attacked.  12,500’.  Full moon, vis good.  Ground detail visually identified.  Bombed on centre of cluster of red TIs – in bomb sight.  Many bursts seen in marked area.  Fires were starting.

JB356X  P/O J.P.Billing, Sgts T.W.Hope, J.E.Moriarty, F/O/E.E.Osler, Sgt J.M.Campbell, F/Sgt R.D.Curtis, F/Sgt J.B.Findlay.  Up 1846  Down 0225.  5 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Cannes bombed.  Moonlight, no cloud, vis good.  Red TI markers in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Own TIs seen to cascade.  TI concentration very good.  Bursts seen on railway repair shops.  Several fires burning.

JB117C  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, F/Sgt S.J.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, F/Sgt D.E.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright.  Up 1842  Down 0236.  5 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary objective attacked.  15,000’.  Moon light, clear sky, vis good.  Red TI markers in bomb sight at time of bombing. Own bombs seen to burst among TIs.  Own TIs seen to cascade.  One good fire burning giving off a lot of black smoke.

JA908N  F/O J.N.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt R.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, R.Whitehead.  Up 1851  Down 0251.  4 x TI, 6 x 1000lb.  Target Cannes attacked.  12,500’.  Full moon, clear sky, vis good.  Good concentration of red and green TIs over aiming point.  Bombed on centre of cluster of reds – in bomb sight.  Many bursts of other bombs seen.

12.11.43    Y cross country and air firing training.

13.11.43    Y cross countries, air firing and fighter affiliation.

14.11.43    Y training and air firing.

15.11.43    Y training and bombing.  S/L Dunnicliffe carried out circuits and landings.  BAT training.

16.11.43    Y cross countries, HL Bombing and NFTs.  Operations detailed and cancelled.

17.11.43    P/O Fairlie, Sgt Ball and S/L Parrott reported by IRCC  as killed.  W/C Alabaster DFC, S/L Rodley DFC and S/L Sauvage DFC awarded the immediate DSO.  Y bombing training, SBA and fighter affiliation.  15 aircraft detailed for operations tonight, target being Mannheim.  The attack was carried out in 2/10th cloud, vis good, hazy.  PFF Group operated with blind bombing, no markers being used.  Explosions were seen and fires started and seen on return 30 miles away.  From reports of fires and explosions generally it would appear that a fairly good margin of success had been achieved.  Defences slight.  H/F inaccurate and many S/Ls ineffective.  Many fighter flares but no fighter activity seen otherwise.  All aircraft returned safely to base.  G/C Fresson DFC carried out night training.

17/18 November 1943 – Mannheim

JB300D  F/L S.R.Dawson, F/Sgt T.R.Shaw, F/L B.J.Starie, F/Sgt R.C.Pike, F/Sgt J.McLeish, F/Sgt A.M.Barrowman, F/Sgt A.E.Roberts.  Up 1705  Down 2230.  5 x 2000lb.  Target Mannheim attacked.  19,000’.  1/10th cloud, hazy.  Target located by precision device.  Bombed on other bomb bursts.

JB190V  S/L J.M.Garlick, F/Sgt J.M.Anderson, Sgt A.G.Boyd, F/Sgt E.O.Charlton, F/Sgt F.A.Dawkins, F/Sgt T.M.Ward, F/Sgt F.Edwards.  Up 1720  Down 2220.  5 x 2000lb.  Mannheim bombed.  17,500’.  No moon, no cloud, thick haze.  H2S blind bombing.  Bomb bursts seen after bombing.  3 fires seen – one blue explosion among fires.

JA857G  F/L W.Riches, Sgts G.Winter, H.W.Watts, E.H.Pack, F/Sgt J.Wrigley, Sgt R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.Booth.  Up 1720  Down 2226.  5 x 2000lb.  Target Mannheim.  17,500’.  Clear sky, ground haze.  Bombs dropped blind.  4 large fires seen burning with yellow flame.  Several explosions seen.  Fires could be seen 30 miles from target.

JA963Q  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1714  Down 2235.  5 x 2000lb.  Target Mannheim attacked.  17,000’.  9/10ths broken cloud.  Vis poor.  Bombed centre of concentration of fires.  One big explosions seen at 2008 with blue flash.  Many HE bursts became more concentrated at later stage.

JB238A  P/O E.F.McEgan, F/Sgt F.A.Williams, P/O P.A.Spencer, F/O J.V.Tyler, Sgts J.J.Johnson, W.S.Gibb, W.G.Duncan.  Up 1716  Down 2300.  5 x 2000lb.  Target Modane attacked.  12,000’.  Layer cloud, vis very hazy.  H2S – bombs dropped blind.  Cloud and haze made observation impossible.  Aircraft also one of first on target.  Large explosion.

JB299W  P/O J.Roberts, Sgt W.J.Whitbread, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt G.Young, F/Sgt H.J.Blower, Sgt P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 1722  Down 2257.  5 x 2000lb.  Mannheim bombed.  5/10ths cloud.  12,000’.  Vis poor.  Target located by DR run from Maine.  Bombed on HE bursts and defences.  Several red fires were burning close together.  Bomb bursts seen among fires.

JA908N   P/O A.Whetter, Sgts F.B.Gray, G.Johnson, J.Worsdale, N.D.Cameron, F/Sgt G.Woolf, F/Sgt E.E.Smith. Up 1717  Down 2200.  5 x 2000lb.  Primary objective attacked.  17,000’.  Clear sky, slight haze.  Target located by H2S.  Bombs dropped blind.  Several small and large fires observed.  Two large blue explosions seen.

JB117C  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, F/Sgt J.B.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, F/Sgt D.E.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright.  Up 1719  Down 2220.  5 x 2000lb.  Target Mannheim bombed.  No moon, no cloud, slight haze.  18,000’.  Bomb bursts in bomb sight at time of bombing.  Five good fires were seen in approximately the same area.

JB243P  F/O K.M.Steven, Sgts A.C.East, S.B.Stevenson, P/O R.R.Brown, F/Sgt W.C.Gadsby, W/O C.J.Skinner, F/Sgt K.D.Newman.  Up 1721  Down 2241.  5 x 2000lb.  Mannheim.  No moon, no cloud, vis hazy.  17,000’.  Target located by H2S.  Many HE bomb bursts seen among fires.  Own bombs dropped blind.

JB356X  P/O J.B.Billing, Sgts T.W.Hope, J.E.Moriarty, P/O E.E.Osler, Sgt J.M.Campbell, F/Sgt R.D.Curtis, F/Sgt J.B.Findlay.  Up 1722  Down 2257.  5 x 2000lb.  Target Mannheim.  No moon, clear sky, hazy.  17,000’.  Target located by H2S.  Buildings seen on run in – in light of fires and explosions.  Big blue explosion seen at 2009 hours.

JB422H   F/O J.H.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt R.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, R.Whitehead.  Up 1723  Down 2306. 5 x 2000lb.  Target Mannheim attacked.  5/10ths low thick cloud.  Hazy, vis good.  Target located by H2S.  Bombs dropped blind.  Bursts of other bombs seen in built up area.  One good fire observed.

JA963Y  F/Sgt J.A.Penny, Sgts R.T.Fathers, J.Graham, R.Campbell, J.R.Cowen, F/Sgt R.S.Mortham, F/Sgt P.W.Dries.  Up 1725  Down 2230.  5 x 2000lb.  Primary objective bombed.  19,000’.  Vis good, slight haze.  Target identified visually by bend in river.  Bombs released on centre of other bomb bursts.  4 large fires were seen on leaving target.

JB353L  F/O C.T.Wilson, Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, F/O G.A.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 1718  Down 2215.  5 x 2000lb.  Mannheim attacked.  17,800’.  2/10ths cloud.  Ground haze.  Target found by Nav aids “Y”.  Aiming point identified.  Bombed on other bomb explosions.  Fires started up after bombing.  Huge red explosions  seen at 2009 hours.

JA960E  F/L J.W.Pelletier, F/Sgt G.E.Dunning, F/O R.J.Conley, F/O P.N.Lovick, F/Sgt A.W.Burnell, F/Sgt S.R.Watson, F/O G.Polson.  Up 1724  Down 2255.  5 x 2000lb.  Primary Mannheimbombed.  17,000’.  3/10ths low cloud, hazy.  Bombed by H2S.  Large fire seen to start up.  Many other bomb bursts seen.  Four rapid explosions seen at 2010 giving off green and blue flame.

JB176K  F/L J.F.Munro, F/O C.B.Owen (2nd Pilot), F/L R.C.Swetman, F/L A.J.Silk, F/L F.P.Burbridge, F/Sgt J.M.Underwood, F/Sgt R.S.Bennett, W/O W.Hill.  Up 1715  Down 2225.  1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Primary objective bombed.  No moon, no cloud.  Hazy.  18,000’.  Target found by H2S.  Bomb aimer saw nothing.  Three fires observed – one large.

18.11.43    17 Lancasters detailed for tonight’s ops.  Berlin was attacked in 10/10ths cloud tops 18,000’.  Vis good – hazy.  Explosions were reported but raid was scattered and no good concentration achieved.  Owing to cloud, crews saw little or nothing.  Defences weak to moderate, slight H/F – S/Ls ineffective.  16 photos attempted.  One aircraft and crew failed to return – F/Sgt Johnson and crew.  No news received at base, all other aircraft returned safely with little damage.

18/19 November 1943 – Berlin

JB361B F/L S.R.Dawson, F/Sgt T.R.Shaw, F/L B.J.Starie, F/Sgt R.C.Pike, F/Sgt J.McLeish, F/Sgt A.M.Barowman, F/Sgt A.E.Roberts.  Up 1708  Down 0053.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Target Berlin attacked.  No moon, 10/10ths cloud. 20,000’.  Bombed by H2S.  TIs at first seemed scattered but bombing later seemed more concentrated.  Cloud conditions made ground observation impossible.

JB227J  F/L J.F.Munro, F/Sgt W.G.Waller, F/L A.J.Silk, F/L F.P.Burbridge, F/Sgt J.M.Underwood, F/Sgt R.S.Bennett, W/O W.Hill.  Up 1710  Down 0050.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 18,000’.  Visibility poor.  Target located by Navigation aids “Y” and timed run from Brandenburg.  No TIs seen before run up but later several were observed with bomb bursts.  One big explosion seen at 2114 hours.

JA857G   F/L W.Riches, Sgts G.Winter, H.W.Watts, E.H.Pack, F/Sgt J.Wrigley, Sgt R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.Booth.  Up 1725  Down 0115.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed.  Identified by Nav aids “Y” and run from Brandenburg.  Vis poor.  No results could be seen.   Tailplane, sides of fin and rudder holed by heavy flak.

JB190V  S/L J.M.Garlick, F/Sgt J.M.Anderson, Sgt A.G.Boyd, F/Sgt E.O.Charlton, W/O F.O.Dawkins, F/Sgt T.M.Ward, F/Sgt F.Edwards.  Up 1725  Down 0105. 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed.  15,000’,  Target identified by red and yellow TIs. 10/10ths cloud tops but vis good.  No results of raid could be seen owing to cloud.

JB367S  F/Sgt A.A.Johnson, F/Sgt W.Jackson, F/L A.W.Pepper, P/O F.T.Williams, F/Sgt J.J.Sansam, F/Sgt T.Hesselden, F/Sgt C.J.Billows.  Up 1715.  Missing.

JB219R  P/O D.A.Montgomery, F/O C.B.Owen (2nd Pilot), W/O R.C.Granger, P/O E.L.Cohn, F/Sgt J.E.Gardner, F/Sgt J.Baker, F/Sgt S.N.Neill, F/Sgt R.K.Baggs.  Up 1720  Down 0105.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  Primary target Berlin bombed from 19,500’.  Glow of red TIs seen at time of bombing.  Vis bad – no markers.  10/10ths cloud up 10/12,000’.  Reddish explosion seen at 21.13 hours.

JB300D  F/L R.F.Clayton, F/Sgt A.S.Palmer, F/L F.W.Chandler, F/Sgt A.E.Newbegin, F/Sgt J.P.Dow, W/O J.Woods, P/O P.O.Bone.  Up 1730  Down 0120.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  Berlin bombed.  19,500’.  Bombed in centre of 3 red TIs.  Cloud prevented observation of results but raid appeared to be scattered.  A small explosion was seen as target was left behind on return.

JA908N  P/O A.Whetter, Sgts R.B.Gray, G.Johnson, F/Sgt J.Worsdale, Sgt N.D.Cameron, F/Sgt G.Woolf, F/Sgt G.E.Smith.  Up 1725  Down 0050.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  No moon. 10/10 cloud at 10,000’ but vis good above cloud.  Berlin bombed from 20,000 on red TIs.  Windscreen iced up on the inside!

JB353L  F/O C.T.Wilson, Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, F/O G.A.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 1730  Down 0040.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  Berlin bombed from 18,000’.  Bombed on yellow TIs seen cascading on run up to target.  No moon but vis good.  Two large explosions seen lasting about 11/2 and 3 seconds respectively.  Starboard inner engine believed hit by flak.

JB176K  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, F/Sgt S.J.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, F/Sgt D.E.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright.  Up 1735  Down 0125.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb.  Berlin attacked.  20,000’.  Vis hood.  Reflection of an explosion seen giving a red glow.  Cloud rendered observation of results impossible.

JB218  F/Sgt J.A.Penny, Sgts R.T.Fathers, J.Graham, R.Campbell, J.R.Cowen, F/Sgt R.S.Mortham, F/Sgt P.W.Dries.  Up 1730  Down 0035.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 500lb.  Berlin bombed.  19,000’.  Bombs dropped on concentration of TI reds – backed up by green.  Cloud made results of bombing impossible to see.  No fires or explosions seen.

JA960E  F/L J.W.Pelletier, F/Sgt G.E.Dunning, P/O R.J.Conley, F/O P.W.Lowick, F/Sgt A.J.Burnell, F/Sgt F.R.Watson, F/O G.Polson.  Up 1720  Down 0105.  4 x 2000lb.  Bombs dropped on Berlin from 19,500.  Vis poor.  10/10ths cloud.  One red TI seen in bomb sight at time of release of bombs.  Little results could be seen owing to cloud and searchlight reflection.

JB470T  F/L B.F.Cawdery, Sgts J.A.Pearson, W.Swales, P/O J.Peden, Sgts A.J.Tindall, J.H.McGregor, F/Sgt E.H.Hanesen.  Up 1730  Down 0005.  4 x 2000lb.  Berlin attacked from 20,000’.  10/10ths cloud.  Vis poor.  TIs at first appeared spread but improved later.  Starboard inner engine and bomb doors holed by heavy flak.

LM346O  F/L L.V.Hyde, Sgt M.E.Putt, F/O E.H.Palmer, F/O J.Craig, F/Sgt E.Hill, Sgt D.Sweeney, F/Sgt J.Taylor.  Up 1725  Down 0025.  4 x 2000lb.  Bombs released on Berlin from 20,000’.  Bombed dropped on red and green TIs.  Vis poor.  10/10ths cloud up to 12,000’.

JB243P  P/O A.D.Riley, Sgts J.Tupper, N.Allen, F/Sgt J.Valastin, Sgts J.Nixon, F.Barrett, G.S.Baker.  Up 1725  Down 0100.  4 x 2000lb.   Bombs released in centre of red TIs over Berlin.  Vis good but hazy.  Suffered very minor flak damage.  Landed at Thurleigh owing to shortage of fuel.

JB238A  P/O E.F.McEgan, Sgt F.A.Williams, P/O P.A.Spencer, F/O J.V.Tyler, Sgts JJJohnson, W.S.Gibb, W.G.Duncan.  Up 1730.  Down 0055.  4 x 2000lb.  Berlin bombed from 19,000’.  Target located by precision device.  Vis poor, 10/10ths top.  No results observed.

JB232U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Luckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1725  Down 0125.  4 x 2000lb.  Berlin bombed.  16,000’.  Target indicated by green and yellow TIs.  Explosion seen at 2114 hours.  No results of bombing observed.

 

19.11.43    No operations detailed – stand down for all aircrews.

20.11.43    No flying today – very foggy.  Ground training as detailed.

21.11.43    Information from IRC states that J18137 P/O G.D.Nicoll has been captured (reported missing 8/9 Oct 43).  Weather unfit for flying.

22.11.43    20 Lancasters detailed to attack targets in Berlin.  Weather 9/10 – 10/10ths cloud at 7,000’ – visibility good.  Bombs were released from approximately 10,000’.  All TIs were reported as fairly well concentrated and a good and continuous marking was kept up during the attack.  Some fires were reported but bomb bursts could not generally be seen.  Observation was hampered by clouds but the attack is considered scattered.  Defences – heavy and light barrage over target with box barrage at 16,000’.  No fighter flares.  Two aircraft and crews have failed to return from this operation – they are JB227J F/L Munro DFC (Can) and crew and JB238A P/O McEgan (Aus) and crew.  All remaining aircraft returned to base, a few of them with minor flak damage.

22/23 November 1943 – Berlin

JA963Q  F/L S.R.Dawson, F/Sgt T.R.Shaw, F/L B.J.Starie, F/Sgt R.C.Pike, F/Sgt J.McLeish, F/Sgt A.M.Barrowman, F/Sgt A.E.Roberts.  Up 1705  Down 2255.  4 flares, 3 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Primary target Berlin located by precision device.  Bombs released from 19,000’.  Flares appeared to be scattered.  Very large fire observed after leaving target.

JB227J  F/L J.F.Munro, F/Sgt W.G.Waller, F/L A.J.Silk, F/L F.P.Burbridge, F/Sgt J.M.Underwood, F/Sgt R.S.Bennett, W/O W.Hill.  Up 1705 – Missing.

JB227J  S/L J.M.Garlick, F/Sgt J.M.Anderson, Sgt A.G.Boyd, F/Sgt E.O.Charlton, F/Sgt F.O.Dawkins, F/Sgt T.M.Ward, F/Sgt F.Edwards.  Up 1705  Down 2325.   4 flares, 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 18,300’.  Target located by precision device and timed run from Rethenow.  Glow of TIs seen for 20 seconds before bombing.  Bomb sight not used.

JA857G  F/L W.Riches, Sgt G.Winter, P/O H.W.Watts, Sgt E.H.Pack, F/Sgt J.Wrigley, F/Sgt R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.N.Booth.  Up 1725  Down 0015.  4 flares, 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 18,400 in good visibility.  Target located by precision device.  No sky markers seen before bombing.  Large explosion seen to light up the whole area with an orange flash.

JB238A  P/O E.F.McEgan, F/Sgt F.A.Williams, P/O P.A.Spencer, F/O J.V.Tyler, Sgts J.J.Johnson, W.S.Gibb, W.G.Duncan.  Up 1730 – missing.

JB219R  P/O D.A.Montgomery, W/O R.C.Granger, P/O E.L.Cohn, F/Sgt J.E.Gardner, F/Sgt J.Baker, F/Sgt S.N.Neill, F/Sgt R.K.Baggs.  Up 1710  Down 2320.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 2000lb.  Berlin attacked from 19,500’.  Vis good.  10/10ths cloud.  Bombs released on white flares and red and green stars.  Very big red fire seen at 2022.

JB356X  P/O J.B.Billing, Sgts T.W.Hoper, J.E.Moriarty, P/O E.E.osler, Sgt J.M.Campbell, F/Sgt R.D.Curtis, F/Sgt J.B.Findlay.  Up 1715  Down 2300.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Bombs released on Berlin from 18,000’ on concentration of red TIs.  Vis good.  Own TIs seen to cascade over the red TIs.

JA908N  P/O A.Whetter, Sgts R.B.Gray, G.Johnson, F/Sgt J.Worsdale, Sgt N.D.Cameron, F/Sgt G.Woolf, F/Sgt G.E.Smith.  Up 1715  Down 2325.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Primary target Berlin bombed.  Bombs released from 19,300’ on concentration of green TIs.  Large orange/red explosion seen at 2022 hours.  Vis good.

JB299W  P/O J.Roberts, F/Sgt S.R.Arter, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt D.Young, F/Sgt H.J.Blower, Sgt P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 1710  Down 2340.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from a height of 19,000’.  Bombs were dropped in centre of cluster of three red TIs.  On leaving target fires were increasing and clouds were glowing.  A big explosion observed lasting 5/6 seconds.

JB243P  F/O K.M.Steven, Sgt A.C.East, F/Sgt S.B.Stevenson, P/O R.R.Brown, W/O H.Bryson, W/O C.J.Skinner, F/Sgt E.Battle. (No times shown).  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Bombs released into centre of cluster of 4 TIs Green over Berlin.  Vis good.  Occasional bomb bursts seen.  Bomb doors would not close after bombing and the hydraulic system rendered u/s by flak.

JB353L  F/O C.T.Wilson, Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, F/O G.A.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 1725  Down 2330.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 19,000’.  Target indicated by Wanganui flare and red and green starts.  Large orange/red explosion seen at 2027  hours.

JB218Y  F/Sgt J.A.Penny, Sgts R.T.Fathers, J.Graham, R.Campbell, J.R.Cowen, F/Sgt R.S.Mortham, F/Sgt J.Reed.  Up 1722  Down 2342.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Target Berlin attacked.  19,000’.  No moon, 10/10ths cloud.  Bombed on Wanganui flares.  Nothing seen owing to cloud except reflection of fires.

JB422H  F/O J.H.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt R.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, R.Whitehead.  Up 1725  Down 2345.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  No moon. Vis good.  Target Berlin bombed by aid of Wanganui flares.  Bombs released from 19,000’.  Wanganui flares seemed well concentrated.  Glow of what may have been fires seen after leaving target.

LM346O  P/O L.V.Hyde, Sgt M.B.Putt, F/O E.H.Palmer, P/O J.Craig, F/Sgt E.Hill, Sgt D.Sweeney, F/Sgt R.Taylor.  Up 1730  Down 2340.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 20,000’.  Target identified by Wanganui flares and confirmed by precision device.  Large ornage/red explosion which might have been an aircraft explosing.

JA960E  F/L J.W.Pelletier, F/Sgt G.E.Dunning, F/O R.J.Conley, F/O P.M.Lowick, F/Sgt A.W.Burnell, F/Sgt F.R.Watson, F/Sgt E.Hambling.  Up1725  Down 2345.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Attacked Berlin from 19,000’.  Bombs released midway between flares, red and green stars.  Huge glow observed below cloud.

JA846M  S/L D.Mackenzie, P/O J.J.Pratt, F/Sgt R.Marshall, F/Sgt I.G.Stephens, F/Sgt A.Hunter, F/Sgt W.A.Lang, F/Sgt K.Kirby.  Up 1705  Down 2300.  5 x 2000lb.  Primary target Berlin bombed from 18,000’.  Aiming point located by precision device.  Cloud prevented any observation of the progress of the raid.

JB232U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1710  Down 2310.  5 x 2000lb.  Bombs dropped on Berlin from 19,000’.  Target located by precision device.  Good concentration of TIs and flares.  Raid appeared more successful than last occasion.

JB470T  F/L B.F.Cawdery, Sgts J.A.Pearson, K.Swales, P/O J.Peden, Sgts A.J.Tindall, J.H.McGregor, f/Sgt E.H.Hansen.  Up 1725  Down 2310.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Bombs released on cluster of three TIs red and one green.  9/10th-10/10ths cloud tops at 6,000’.  Vis good.

JB176K  P/O V.S.Flack, Sgt J.H.Hare, F/O A.P.Rand, F/O W.A.Colson, Sgt R.Ferguson, F/Sgt H.Dunnett, Sgt J.A.Peill.  Up 1715  Down 2320.  5 x 2000lb.  Berlin bombed from 19,000.  Bomb bursts not observed on account of cloud.  Good TI concentration was building up.

 

23.11.43    16 Lancasters detailed to again operate against Berlin.  Weather was better although 10/10ths cloud, there were patches of visibility.  Markers reported to be well concentrated – owing to cloud no details were possible but the attack is considered very scattered.  Some incendiaries were seen through clouds.  A good red glow could be seen for 20 minutes on route home.  Fires were still believed to be burning from the previous raid.  H/F moderate and barrage light.  Many fighter flares and fighter activity.  F/Sgt Penny and crew failed to return.  All other aircraft returned safely to base encountering bad weather and gales.  Minor damage was sustained by some aircraft – F/L Riches had two engines shot up over the target but the aircraft was brought back to base safely in the remaining two engines, the third one cutting while still on the runway.

23/24 November 1943 – Berlin

JB356X  F/L W.Riches, Sgt G.Winter, P/O H.W.Watts, Sgt E.H.Pack, F/Sgt J.Wrigley, F/Sgt R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.Booth.  Up 1735  Down 2335.  7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed by aid of “Y” and TIs.  Flares and TIs were very well concentrated and timed.  Numerous fires appeared to be reflected on cloud and red glow seen as far away as Bremen.

JB232U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1715  Down 2345.  4 flares, 7 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Target bombed from 18,400’.  Vis good.  Very good concentration of TIs.  Many fires burning – possibly from previous raid.

JB367S  F/L R.F.Clayton, F/Sgt A.S.Palmer, F/L F.W.Chandler, F/Sgt A.E.Newbegin, F/Sgt J.P.Dow, W/O J.Woods, F/Sgt P.A.Walder.  Up 1730  Down 2330.  2 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Bombs dropped on aiming point identified by concentration of red TIs.  Vis good.  Good concentration of fires seen through clear sky.

JB219R  P/O D.A.Montgomery, W/O R.C.Granger, P/O E.L.Cohn, F/Sgt J.E.Gardner, F/Sgt J.Baker, F/Sgt S.N.Neill, F/Sgt R.K.Baggs.  Up 1725  Down 0005.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  8/10ths cloud at 6,000’.  Vis good.  Bombs released from 18,600’ on centre of cluster of red TIs.  Flares and TIs well concentrated.

JA908N  P/O A.Whetter, Sgts R.B.Gray, J.J.Johnson, F/Sgt J.Worsdale, Sgt N.D.Cameron, F/Sgt G.Woolf, F/Sgt G.E.Smith.  Up 1725  Down 2325.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb.  Berlin bombed from 20,300’.  Good concentration of fires seen as far away as Hanover.

JB117C  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, F/Sgt S.J.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, F/Sgt D.E.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright. Up 1730  Down 0010.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Bombs released on aiming point in Berlin by aid of TIs red.  Route markers effective and well backed up.  Several fires observed burning well.

JB218Y  F/Sgt J.A.Penny, Sgts R.T.Fathers, J.Grahm, R.Campbell, J.R.Cowen, F/Sgt R.S.Mortham, F/Sgt P.W.Dries.  Up 1730 – missing.

JA190V  P/O L.V.Hyde, P/O A.J.Coleman (2nd Pilot), Sgt M.E.Putt, F/O E.H.Palmer, P/O J.Craig, F/Sgt E.Hill, Sgt D.Sweeney, F/Sgt R.Taylor.  Up 1735  Down 2359.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Bombs released on aiming point identified by TI green.  Vis very good.  8/10ths cloud tops at 13,000’.  Several large fires seen reflected on cloud.

JB470T  F/L B.F.Cawdery, Sgts J.A.Pearson, K.Swales, P/O J.Peden, Sgts A.J.Tindall, J.H.McGregor, F/Sgt E.H.Hansen.  Up 1730  Down 2350.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb.  Berlin bombed from 19,900.  Aiming point identified by cluster of TI reds and a few greens.  Large patch of fires seen on arrival in target area.

LM346Z  P/O C.R.Snell, Sgt L.T.Harman, P/O L.Lintott, P/O N.J.Smith, Sgts J.Grieve, C.J.Green, O.D.Wood.  Up 1740  Down 2355.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed through broken cloud.  A general burning mass could be glimpsed in built up area.  Searchlights occasionally penetrated through clouds.  Very good TI concentration.

JB299W  P/O J.Roberts, F/Sgt J.Duffy, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt G.Young, F/Sgt H.J.Blower, Sgt P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 1715  Down 2345.  1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 18,500’.  Aiming point located with “Y”.  On leaving target fires were seen to causing widespread glow on cloud.  Minor damage caused to fuselage by flak.

JB119F  F/O J.H.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt R.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, R.Whitehead.  Up 1720  Down 0015.  1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Aiming point of target located by fires with Wanganui flares above.  One 1000lb bomb hung up.  Cockpit holed by heavy flak.  Street visible outlined by fire.

JA963Q  F/O K.M.Steven, Sgt A.C.East, F/Sgt S.B.Stevenson, P/O R.R.Brown, Sgt W.C.Gadsby, W/O C.J.Skinner, Sgt K.D.Newman.  Up 1730  Down 2340.  1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Aiming point in Berlin bombed from 18,200’.  Target located with aid of “Y”.  Routemarkers considered accurate and helpful.  Fires seen starting but no spectacular results.

JA960E  F/L J.W.Pelletier, F/Sgt G.E.Dunning, F/O R.J.Conley, F/O R.G.Boston (AB1), p/o p.m.Lowick (AB2), f/Sgt A.W.Burnell, F/Sgt F.R.Watson, F/Sgt E.Hambling.  Up 1720  Down 2325.  1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Berlin bombed from 19,000.  Vis good, 10/10ths cloud.  Too early for many results except good glow beneath cloud.  Very bumpy weather encountered on return journey.

JB353L  F/O C.T.Wilson, Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, P/O G.A.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 1725  Down 2350.  1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Bombs released on target from 19,000’.  Target located by “Y”.  Fires reflected on clouds could be seen 20 minutes before bombing.

JB361B  P/O V.S.Flack, Sgt J.E.Hare, F/O A.P.Rand, F/O W.A.Colson, Sgt R.Ferguston, F/Sgt H.Dunnett, Sgt J.A.Peill.  Up 1730  Down 0010.  1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Vis fairly good over target Berlin which was bombed from 19,000’.  Very good concentration of TIs and flares and well backed.  Large red glow seen to light up cloud.

23.11.43   Some air training for u/t crews, all other crews stood down for rest.

 

25.11.43    19 aircraft detailed for ops and night training cross countries which were carried out.  The following signal has been received from AOC-in-C – “I have received the following message from the Secretary of State which please convey together with my reply to all ranks”……….”My warmest congratulations to you and to all ranks serving under your command on two crushing attacks on the Nazi citadel.  Berlin is not only the home of Prussian militarism and the capital of the Nazi government, but it is also the greatest single centre of war industry in Germany.  Often before, your squadrons have hit it hard.  The most convincing measure of this success has been the huge deployment of the enemy’s resources for its defence.  Nevertheless your attacks these last two nights have reached a new level of power and concentration and have proved that however much he may marshall his guns, searchlights and fighters, the enemy cannot match your skill and determination of your crews.”  AOC-in-C’s reply “On behalf of all ranks of Bomber Command I thank you for your encouraging message. The Battle of Berlin progresses.  It will continue as opportunity serves and circumstances dictate until the heart of Nazi Germany ceases to beat.

Out of the 19 aircraft detailed for operations, which were to attack Frankfurt, three aircraft were withdrawn.  Remainder bombed in 9/10ths cloud top about 1,800’ in thin layer – vis good.  Defence – H/F moderate – barrage bursting 16-18,000’.  S/Ls ineffective, some enemy aircraft fighter activity.  First TIs were fairly well concentrated, later flares were seen wide of target and scattered bombing followed.  Fires were scattered over an area of some 8 miles radius.  Fires were seen reflected in the clouds from 40 miles away but a good concentrated attack was not achieved.  F/L Brown (Can/USA) and crew failed to return.  This crew was operating for the first time with this Squadron.

25/26 November 1943 – Frankfurt

JA908N  P/O J.Roberts, P/O S.R.Arter, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt G.Young, F/Sgt H.J.Blower, Sgt P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 0025  Down 0600.  1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Frankfurt bombed from 18,800’.  Cloud obscured target and aircraft was too early on target to observe results.

JB353L  F/O C.T.Wilson, Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, F/O G.A.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 0135  Down 0555.  4 x 2000lb.  Target bombed from 18,000’.  9/10ths cloud tops at 15,000’.  On approaching target a large green flash and explosion was seen under cloud in target area.

JB243P  F/O K.M.Steven, Sgt A.C.East, F/Sgt S.B.Stevenson, P/O R.R.Brown, Sgt W.C.Gadsby, W/O C.J.Skinner, Sgt K.D.Newman.  Up 0020  Down 0550.  4 x 2000lb.  Frankfurt attacked from 18,100’.  10/10ths cloud tops at 10,000’ to 18,000’.  Vis fair.  “Y” used to locate aiming point.

JA960E  F/L J.W.Pelletier, Sgt J.H.Hare, P/O R.J.Conley, P/O P.M.Lowick, F/Sgt A.W.Burnell, F/Sgt F.R.Watson, F/O G.Polson.  Up 0015  Down 0550. 4 x 2000lb.  Frankfurt bombed through 10/10ths cloud.  Vis poor and hazy.  No markers seen before bombing.  Slight glow from one or two fires.

JB422H  F/O J.H.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt R.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, R.Whitehead.  Up 0025  Down 0610.  4 x 2000lb.  Target bombed from 18,500’.  Two TI reds only were seen but were well placed.  Target located by “Y”.

JB312Z  G/C N.H.Fresson, F/Sgt A.J.Newell, P/O I.Worth, W/O J.Bartholomew, W/O R.Dickie, F/Sgt G.W.Wood, F/Sgt A.J.Croll.  Up 0025  Down 0600.  4 x 2000lb.  Frankfurt bombed from 21,500’.  10/10ths cloud and poor visibility.  After bombing, red glow was observed beneath cloud.

JB221S  F/L C.M.Brown, Sgts A.Smith, I.B.Watson, P/O H.C.Aley, B.F.Tutt (Heathcote ?), D.Little, F/Sgt R.W.Sinden.  Up 0030  – missing.

JA963Q  F/L D.Brill, Sgt J.Stone, F/O A.W.Weston, P/O R.Butler, Sgt H.Chappell, P/O C.J.Little, F/Sgt E.Battle.  Up 0030  Down 0630.  1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Frankfurt attacked from 19,500’.  Target marked by 8 TI red.  A red glow was in bomb sight as bombs were released.

JB535J  F/O L.Wheble, Sgts J.Burt, R.E.Page, P/O J.Gordon, Sgts J.Grieve, J.J.Reid, R.C.Pitcon.  Up 0025  Down 0705.  1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Aiming point of target identified by red, green and yellow TIs.  Bombs dropped on Frankfurt from 19,500’.  Aircraft was attacked by flak and searchlight and a fighter flare appeared on starboard side at the same time.

LM366O  P/O A.J.Coleman, Sgts F.E.Durn, L.G.Lock, F/Sgt V.N.Turner, Sgts C.Matthews, C.R.Jones, J.E.Marchant.  Up 0030  Down 0630.  1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Target bombed from 18,000’ and identified by red TI.  Two red TIs were seen cascading before bombing.  Visibility good.

JB119F  S/L D.Mackenzie, P/O J.J.Farrant, F/Sgt R.Marshall, F/Sgt I.G.Stephens, F/Sgt A.Hunter, F/Sgt W.A.Lang, F/Sgt K.Kirby.  Up 0015  Down 0605.  24 flares, 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 2 x 1000lb.  Frankfurt bombed from a height of 18,000’.  Aiming point calculated by timed run.  Vis hazy and cloud prevented any observation of results.

JA857G  F/L W.Riches, Sgt G.Winter, P/O H.W.Watts, Sgt E.H.Pack, F/Sgt J.Wrigley, Sgt R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.Booth.  Up 0000  Down 0545.  24 flares, 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 2 x 1000lb.  Target bombed from 18,400.  Thick cloud and haze obscured view of results.  10/10ths cloud to 10,000’.  No markers seen on arrival.

JB232U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, F/Sgt F.White, W/O G.Muckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 0005  Down 0535.  24 flares, 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb.  Frankfurt bombed from a height of 18,000.  Vis fair.  Large explosion with whitish flash seen on cloud.  Cloud made TIs useless.

JB190V  P/O L.V.Hyde, Sgt M.E.Putt, P/O E.H.Palmer, P/O J.Craig, F/Sgt E.Hill, Sgt D.Sweeney, F/Sgt R.Taylor.  Up 0030  Down 0640.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Target identified by TIs red and bombed from 19,500’.  Glow of fires could be seen and smoke rising to about 3,000’.  Built up area seen through break in cloud.

JB219R  P/O D.A.Montgomery, F/Sgt R.C.Granger, P/O W.G.Wishart, P/O R.N.Nelson, F/Sgt J.Baker, F/Sgt S.N.Neill, F/O F.Woods.  Up 0005  Down 0535.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 2 x 1000lb.  Frankfurt attacked from 18,000’.  10/10ths cloud tops at 18,000’.  Vis fair.  Large explosion seen on cloud.

JB470T  F/L E.F.Cawdery, Sgts J.A.Pearson, K.Swales, P/O J.Peden, Sgts A.J.Tindall, J.H.McGregor, F/Sgt E.H.Hansen.  Up 0035  Down 0600.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 6 x 1000lb.  Frankfurt attacked from 20,000’.  Target identified by red TIs.  Sudden glow observed below clouds at 0250 hours.  No markers seen.

26.11.43    19 aircraft detailed for operations.  9 of them to attack a target in Berlin and 10 to the secondary target at Stuttgart.  8 aircraft attacked Berlin, 1 aircraft having been withdrawn due to bomb trouble.  Weather clear and vis good.  Defences – moderate H/F, inaccurate, S/L cones.  Some 150 S/L to south-east in outskirts.  Much fighter activity.  Attack opened up well on time, but for some scattered markers, a good concentration was maintained.  Glow of large fires seen 100 miles away on homeward route.  Attack considered to have been very scattered.  All crews returned safely to base.  9 aircraft attacked Stuttgart, one aircraft returned early, the mid upper gunner being sick.  Vis good but 7/10ths cloud up to 10,000’.  Defences slight, H/F inaccurate owing to cloud – fighters not conspicuous.  Fires were seen to glow beneath clouds which were visible 60 miles on route home.  Crews report much activity at Frankfurt of flak and fighter flares.  The attack is considered successful, all returned safely to base.

26/27 November 1943 – Berlin

JB117C  F/Sgt W.N.Roberts, F/Sgt V.A.Davis, Sgt S.J.Peek, F/O L.C.Jones, F/Sgt D.E.D.Harvey, F/Sgt J.R.Chapman, F/Sgt E.L.Wright.  Up 1735  Down 0010.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 8 x 500lb.  Berlin attacked from 20,000’.  Vis good.  Target identified by a salvo of red and yellow TIs.  A huge pall of smoke was seen on leaving target area.  Glow of fires seen as far away as Hanover.

JB356X  P/O J.B.Billing, Sgts T.W.Hope, J.E.Moriarty, P/O E.E.Osler, Sgt J.M.Campbell, F/Sgt R.D.Curtis, F/Sgt J.B.Findlay.  Up 1745  Down 0015.  4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 8 x 500lb.  Target attacked from 16,500’.  Vis good with a clear sky.  One large fire ans eleven small ones seen burning well.  Much smoke was rising from target area.

JA963Q  F/L D.Brill, Sgt J.Stone, P/O A.P.Rand, P/O R.Butler, Sgt H.Chappell, P/O E.Little, F/Sgt E.Battle.  Up 1730  Down 0020.  1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Berlin bombed from 20,000’.  Vis good, clear sky.  Coned by searchlights over target and encountered some inaccurate heavy flak.  Could not evade searchlights so jettisoned bombs on outskirts of town.

JB219R  F/O L.Wheble, Sgts J.Burt, R.E.Page, F/O J.E.Gordon, Sgts G.T.Levick, J.J.Reid, R.C.Pitcon.  Up 1750  Down 0035.  1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb.  Target bombed from 20,000’.  Vis very good and clear sky.  River and red TIs seen on run in.  Built up area seen burning on leaving target.

JB191A  P/O C.S.Chatten, Sgt C.Caumber, P/O T.Campbell, W/O R.J.Lord, Sgt W.A.Reffin, F/Sgt E.Hambling, F/Sgt P.A.Walder.  Up 1735  Down 0040.  1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Berlin attacked.  Bombs released on red and yellow TIs from 20,000’.  Fires were burning just north of river and could be seen about 100 miles away.

JB176K  P/O C.B.Owen, Sgt D.E.Lacey, F/O O.W.Shires, Sgts T.W.Leak, W.G.Knowles, K.Forrest, F.D.Thomas.  Up 1740  Down 0059.  1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Vis excellent.  Target identified by salvo of red and yellow TIs.  Streets and buildings could be seen lit up by fires.  Large pall of smoke observed covering target area.

JA960E  F/L J.W.Pelletier, F/Sgt J.Newell, F/O R.J.Conley, F/O F.M.Lowick, F/Sgt A.W.Burnell, F/Sgt F.R.Watson, F/O G.Polson.  Up 1745  Down 0035.  1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Berlin bombed from 17,500’.  Vis excellent.  Clear sky.  Bombs released after DR run from Brandenburg.  No markers seen on approach to target.  On leaving target, town was lit up by fires and HE bursts.

JB299W  F/O C.T.Wilson, Sgt T.W.Smith, F/O G.W.Borthwick, F/O G.A.Watling, Sgts L.G.Jones, G.Harper, H.J.Pleydell.  Up 1740  Down 0045.  1 x 4000lb, 3 x 1000lb, 4 x 500lb.  Berlin bombed in good visibility.  Bombs dropped on target visually and on slavo of red and green TIs.  Bombing appeared to be well centred on TIs.

26/27 November 1943 – Stuttgart

JA857G  F/L W.Riches, Sgt G.Winter, P/O H.W.Watts, Sgt E.H.Pack, F/Sgt J.Wrigley, Sgt R.W.Lowe, F/O L.W.Booth.  Up 1725  Down 2355.  24 flares, 4 x TI, 2 x 1000lb.  Stuttgart bombed from 17,800.  Vis good but hazy.  Several TIs red and yellow were concentrated in region of marshalling yards.  On leaving target fires could be seen as far away as 30 – 40 miles.

JB232U  F/L C.P.C.de Wesselow, F/Sgt W.S.Bamlett, F/Sgt S.Carlyle, F/O W.G.Cooper, Sgt White, W/O G.Muckart, F/O J.J.Saynor.  Up 1720  Down 2335.  24 flares, 4 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 2 x 1000lb.  Target attacked from 17,300’.  Visibility fairly good.  Target located by “Y”.  TI concentration excellent with fires going well below.  Appeared to be a successful raid.

JB119F  S/L D.Mackenzie, P/O J.Pratt, F/Sgt R.Marshall, F/Sgt I.G.Stephens, F/O W.A.Colson (AB2), F/Sgt A.Hunter, F/Sgt W.A.Lang, F/Sgt K.Kirby.  Up 1730  Down 1940.  Sortie abandoned owing to sickness of mid upper gunner.

JB470T  F/L E.F.Cawdery, Sgts J.A.Pearson, K.Swales, P/OG.Peden, Sgts A.J.Tindall, J.H.McGregor, F/Sgt E.H.Hansen.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Stuttgart bombed from 21,000’.  Only one TI red seen over target but fires were reflected on clouds and red glow was seen 60 miles on track home.

JB300D  F/L R.F.Clayton, F/Sgt A.S.Palmer, F/L F.W.Chandler, P/O A.E.Newbegin, F/Sgt J.P.Dow, W/O W.Woods, P/O P.O.Bone.  Up 1720  Down 2330.  4 flares, 11 x TI, 1 x 4000lb.  Stuttgart attacked from 17,500’.  One salvo of TIs red were seen in spite of the cloud.  Too early on target for any results to be observed.

JB531Y  P/O L.V.Hyde, Sgt M.E.Putt, F/O E.Palmer, P/O J.Craig, F/Sgt E.Hill, Sgt D.Sweeney, F/Sgt R.Taylor.  Up 1725  Down 2355.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Bombed Stuttgart from 18,800.  Bombs released in centre of cluster of red TIs on ground.  Large blue explosion seen followed by a similar explosion a minute later.

LM346O  P/O C.R.Snell, Sgt L.Harman, P/O L.Lintott, P/O N.J.Smith, Sgts J.Grieve, C.J.Green, O.D.Wood.  Up 1730  Down 2345.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Stuttgart bombed from a height of 18,500’.  Bombs dropped on TIs red burning on ground.  Too early for results to be noted but TIs formed a good pattern.

JA908N  P/O J.Roberts, P/O S.R.Arter, F/Sgt R.Dudley, F/Sgt G.Young, F/Sgt H.J.Blower, Sgt P.A.Marsh, F/Sgt W.A.Parsley.  Up 1730  Down 0010.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Primary target attacked from 18,500’.  Target located by TIs red and green and Wanganui flares.  Excellent concentration of TIs observed.  A very successful raid.

JB422H  F/O J.H.Nicholls, Sgt S.A.Smith, F/O R.Easson, F/Sgt R.A.Jolley, Sgts J.Gardner, W.D.Ogilvie, W.J.Whitehead.  Up 1740  Down 0005.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Stuttgart attacked from 17,000’.  Target identified by yellow and green TIs.  As target was left the red glow of fires could be seen about 70 miles away.

JB243P  F/O K.M.Steven, Sgts A.C.East, S.B.Stevenson, P/O R.R.Brown, Sgt W.C.Gadsby, W/O C.J.Skinner, Sgt K.D.Newman.  Up 1735  Down 2350.  6 x TI, 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb.  Target attacked from 18,600’.  Vis fair.  7/10ths cloud tops at 10,000’.  Concentration of TIs quite good.  Glow from fires reflected on clouds visible about 10 – 20 miles away.

27.11.43    Stand down after resting for operational crews weather unfit.

28.11.43    Weather unfit for flying.  Ground training only.

29.11.43    Fighter affiliation, bombing and air tests, also some “Y” training cross countries.

30.11.43    NFTs, fighter affiliation and bombing.  16 aircraft detailed for night operations – cancelled owing to adverse weather conditions.

Operational flying hours for Nov 1943 – 872.55

Non operational hours – 319.00

 

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