12 Squadron - Operations Record Book

June 1943

Each RAF Squadron complied a daily diary of events known as the RAF Form 540 "Summary of Events". This normally consisted of weather reports, crews posted in and out, very basic operation details and training activities. As such they are a very important historical account of squadron day to day life.

Complementing this was RAF Form 541 "Detail of Work Carried Out", which was a detailed account of each operation. This consisted of target, crew details, bomb loads and operation information gathered from the crews.

I have literally typed in what was on the printed forms and apart from obvious spelling mistakes - this is how they were. I suspect there are many errors especially where crew names are concerned. I am not sure whether to leave the errors or to correct them.

At the head of each operation I have added some extra information regarding the total Bomber Command effort for that raid.



OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK

R.A.F. Form 540                                    of (Unit of Formation) ...........No. 12 Squadron ...................................

Place
Date
Summary of Events
Wickenby
1.6.43
Weather cloudy with light showers in evening, visibility good. A film was shown to Navigators, Flight Engineers & Pilots on "GEE" and a film to Bomb Aimers on the Mk XIV bombsight. 2 details of air to air firing were carried out, 4 aircraft carried out formation flying training and 2 details of practice bombing carried out at Hamilton Hill range. Squadron stood down from operations.
 
2.6.43
Weather cloudy with slight showers in afternoon visibility good. 1 detail of practice bombing was carried out at Hamilton Hill range. Operations were ordered but were cancelled at 1600 hours.
 
3.6.43
Weather cloudy with slight rain at first, thunderstorm in afternoon visibility good becoming moderate. OPERATIONS were ordered but were cancelled early at 1300 hours and P.T. was organised for aircrews during the afternoon. F/LT A.W. DOEL and crew including F/O O.K. JONES were posted from 1662 Conversion Unit. SGT L.E. GREEN and crew were posted from 1656 Conversion Unit.
 
4.6.43
Weather fair at first becoming cloudy with slight rain in evening, visibility good. A lecture on Tactics was given to new crews by the Gunnery Leader. 9 aircraft carried out formation flying training during the day,2 details of air firing practice and 13 details of practice bombing were also carried out. Operations were ordered but were cancelled early at 1300 hours.
 
5.6.43
Weather cloudy with slight showers in afternoon and evening, visibility good. SGT R. HIGHET and crew were posted from No. 1656 Conversion Unit. 2 details of practice bombing were carried out on Hamilton Hill range. Operations were ordered but were cancelled at 1500 hours.
 
6.6.43
Weather cloudy with frequent showers in afternoon and evening, visibility moderate. One detail of practice bombing was carried out at Hamilton Hill range. P/O C.A. DEAR was posted to B.D.U. Feltwell on completion of his second operational tour. Operations were ordered but were cancelled at 1830 hours.
 
7.6.43
Weather fine at first becoming cloudy with slight rain in evening, visibility mainly good. SGT C.H. HOPTON and crew were posted from 1662 Conversion Unit. SGT J. BORLAND and crew were posted from 1662 CU. 8 details of air firing practice were carried out during the day at MABLETHORPE range. Operations were ordered but were cancelled at 2145 hours.
 
8.6.43
Weather cloudy becoming fair by 2100 hours, visibility mainly moderate. A lecture was given to aircrews in the morning and afternoon on "Escaping" by an Air Ministry expert. A lecture on Fighter Tactics was also given by a representative from No. 1 Group Fighter Affiliation Circus. Operations were ordered but were cancelled at 1730 hours.
 
9.6.43
Weather mainly fine becoming fair by 2100 hours visibility poor at first becoming moderate. SGT A.C. AYLARD and crew posted from 1656 CU., P/O O.G. LIGHTON and crew posted from 1662 CU. A lecture on the Mark XIV bombsight was given to air bombers by the Squadron Bombing Leader. Operations were ordered for 25 aircraft but were cancelled at 2145 hours.
 
10.6.43
Weather mainly fine becoming fair by 2100 hours visibility poor becoming moderate to good. A lecture was given to aircrews on the Airborne Lifeboat by the Air Sea Rescue Officer from RAF Base Binbrook. 5 sorties of fighter affiliation were flown during the day also 7 sorties of formation flying and 8 details of practice bombing at Hamilton Hill range. Squadron stood down from operations.
 
11.6.43
Weather mainly cloudy with thunderstorm in late evening, visibility moderate to good becoming poor in late evening. SGT G.W. FORDYCE and crew were posted from 1662 CU. OPERATIONS were ordered, target DUSSELDORF, 24 aircraft taking part. The Captains were: F/SGT SMITHERINGALE: SGT GREEN: SGT SALTHOUSE: SGT GARDINER: F/O FORD: F/LT FAWCETT: S/LDR SLADE: W/O GILLMAN: F/LT DOEL: F/O McLAUGHLIN: SGT FORBES: F/SGT TUCKER: F/O WOOD: F/O WEEKS: SGT SARGENT: S/LDR HEYWORTH: F/O BOOTH: F/O WRIGHT: F/SGT MIZON: SGT TRIBE: SGT THOMPSON: SGT STANCLIFFE: F/SGT SHEPHERD & SGT HIGHET. 5 aircraft failed to return from this Operation, captains being F/O FORD: F/LT DOEL: SGT THOMPSON: F/SGT SHEPHERD & SGT HIGHET. The crews were reported missing. The remaining aircraft returned safely, but SGT NEWMAN mid upper gunner in SGT SARGENT's aircraft received slight injuries from a small piece of flak which hit his turret; he was admitted to hospital.
 
12.6.43
Weather cloudy with fair periods becoming fine in evening, visibility poor early becoming moderate to good. OPERATIONS were ordered, target BOCHUM, 16 aircraft taking part. Captains were F/SGT SMITHERINGALE: SGT HILL: SGT SALTHOUSE: F/LT FAWCETT: SGT GARDINER: W/O GILLMAN: S/LDR HEYWORTH: F/O BOOTH: F/O WRIGHT: F/SGT MIZON: SGT TRIBE: F/O WOOD: P/O ASHBURNER: F/SGT TUCKER: SGT FORBES: SGT YEO. All returned safely, but SGT T.G. SMALE, bomb aimer of F/SGT MIZON'S aircraft was killed by flak over the target area.
 
13.6.43
Weather fine becoming fair in afternoon, visibility very good. Squadron was stood down from operations.
 
14.6.43
Weather fair at first becoming cloudy with frequent showers in afternoon and evening becoming fine in late evening, visibility moderate becoming good. SGT L.F. JEFFERIES and crew including P/O E.B. OLDHAM were posted to the Squadron from 1656 CU. OPERATIONS were ordered target OBERHAUSEN, 19 aircraft taking part. Captains were W/CDR WOOD: F/O BOOTH: P/O LAWRENCE: F/SGT WELLS: F/SGT BROWN: S/LDR KNIGHT: F/O McLAUGHLIN: F/SGT TUCKER: SGT SARGENT: SGT YEO: SGT BORLAND: SGT HOPTON: F/O BURKHARDT: W/O GILLMAN: F/SGT SMITHERINGALE: SGT HILL: SGT McMILLAN: SGT GARDINER & SGT GREEN. F/SGT TUCKER's aircraft failed to return and the crew were reported missing. The remainder returned safely to base.
 
15.6.43
Weather fair at first becoming cloudy with slight showers & thunder, visibility 8 -10 miles. 2 complete crews were posted from 1662 CU., F/O W.F. SNELL's & SGT J.B. LINDUP, including P/O D.E. BRAYBROOK and P/O R.D. SPENCE. Squadron was stood down from operations, but three Bullseye training sorties were arranged for the night but these were cancelled.
 
16.6.43
Weather cloudy with frequent thundery showers in afternoon and evening visibility moderate becoming good. OPERATIONS were ordered, target COLOGNE. 17 aircraft. Captains. F/LT FAWCETT: SGT HILL: SGT McMILLAN: SGT SALTHOUSE: F/S GARDINER: SGT AYLARD: S/LDR HEYWORTH: P/O LAWRENCE: F/O LIGHTON: F/SGT WELLS: F/SGT MIZON: F/SGT BROWN: SGT TRIBE: P/O ASHBURNER: SGT BORLAND: SGT FORDYCE: F/SGT KROEMER. SGT AYLARD's aircraft failed to return and crew were reported missing.
 
17.6.43
Weather fine at first becoming fine later, vis 3000 yrds improving to good in afternoon. 4 complete crews posted from 1662 CU. SGT R.A. COLLINS: SGT C.W. YOUNG: SGT L.W. ASPDEN & SGT W. PATTERSON. 2 details of practice bombing carried out at Hamilton Hill during the day. Squadron was stood down from operations, but at night 3 aircraft carried out Bullseye training. One of these aircraft, Lancaster W4374 captained by SGT J.B. LINDUP crashed 3 miles SSE of the aerodrome at 0435 hours on return. SGT LINDUP, SGT E. SALMERS: SGT J.G. LEWIS AND SGT E. LAX being killed. SGT R.A. COLLINS: SGT C.B. ANDERSON & SGT F. MILLS were injured and admitted to hospital at Lincoln. The aircraft was wrecked and extensively burnt.
 
18.6.43
Weather cloudy with continuous rain after midday vis 1 - 2 miles improving to 5 - 7 miles. An Air - Sea Rescue lecture was given to crews by F/LT LITTLEWOOD, and a lecture on Mk XIV bombsight was given to air gunners. F/O A.R. HERRON and crew including P/O P.H.W. YOUNG were posted from 460 Squadron. Squadron stood down from operations.
 
19.6.43
Weather cloudy with slight drizzle in afternoon becoming fair at night visibility moderate to good. Lectures were given to bomb aimers on the Mk XIV bombsight, and tests were given to newly joined air gunners on equipment etc. Squadron was stood down from operations.
 
20.6.43
Weather cloudy becoming fair after dusk, visibility very good. F/LT J.N. ROWLAND and crew posted from 1656 Conversion Unit. 1 detail of practice bombing was carried out on Hamilton Hill range. At night 3 aircraft carried out cross county sorties. OPERATIONS were ordered for 3 aircraft, GARDENING in LA PALLICE area. Captains were SGT HOPTON: P/O LIGHTON and SGT JEFFRIES. All aircraft returned successfully from this operation.
 
21.6.43
Weather mainly fair but cloudy around midday, visibility good. OPERATIONS were ordered, target KREFELD, 17 aircraft taking part. The Captains were F/S SMITHERINGALE: SGT SALTHOUSE: SGT GREEN: F/LT FAWCETT: SGT McMILLAN: S/LDR HEYWORTH: F/O BOOTH: F/O WRIGHT: F/S WELLS: F/S BROWN: SGT STANCLIFFE: S/LDR KNIGHT: F/O WOOD: P/O ASHBURNER: SGT SARGENT: F/S KROEMER & SGT FORDCYCE. All returned safely, SGT FORDYCE early with technical failure.
 
22.6.43
Weather fair becoming cloudy in morning slight rain early evening, visibility mod to poor improving to good. OPERATIONS were orderd, target MULHEIM, 18 aircraft taking part. Captains were F/S SMITHERINGALE: SGT SALTHOUSE: SGT McMILLAN: F/S GARDINER: S/LDR SLADE: F/S MIZON: F/O BOOTH: F/O WRIGHT: F/S WELLS: F/S BROWN: F/O WEEKS: SGT FORBES: SGT HOPTON: SGT SARGENT: SGT FORDYCE: SGT YEO: F/L FAWCETT & SGT JEFFRIES. All aircraft returned safely to base.
 
23.6.43
Weather mainly cloudy becoming fair in evening, visibility good. Map reading lecture was given to air bombers by Bombing Leader. Squadron was stood down from operations but at night 5 aircraft carried out cross county sorties.
 
24.6.43
Weather fine becoming fair, cloudy in evening visibility moderate becoming good in evening. 1 detail of practice bombing on Hamilton Hill range was carried out during the day. OPERATIONS were ordered, target WUPPERTHAL, 21 aircraft taking part. Captains were W/CDR WOOD: SGT SALTHOUSE: SGT McMILLAN: S/LDR SLADE: SGT GREEN: F/O BURKHARDT: F/O BOOTH: F/O WRIGHT: F/O LIGHTON: F/SGT WELLS: F/S MIZON: F/S BROWN: SGT STANCLIFFE: SGT JEFFRIES: SGT PATTERSON: S/LDR KNIGHT: P/O ASHBURNER: SGT KROEMER: SGT SARGENT: SGT HOPTON & SGT FORBES. All these aircraft returned safely, F/O BURKHARDT early with rear turret unserviceable.
 
25.6.43
Weather cloudy with slight rain in early morning visibility moderate becoming good in evening. Lancaster ED968 captained by SGT H.G. YEO, crashed near STEINGOTT Lincs on a training flight during the afternoon, all the crew being killed. OPERATIONS were ordered, target GELSENKIRCHEN, 16 aircraft taking part. Captains were SGT SALTHOUSE: SGT GREEN: F/O HERRON: F/S GARDINER: F/O BURKHARDT: F/O WRIGHT: SGT STANCLIFFE: F/SGT BROWN: F/SGT MIZON: F/SGT WELLS: F/O LIGHTON: F/O WEEKS: F/O WOOD: SGT SARGENT: SGT FORDYCE: SGT KROEMER. All our aircraft returned safely, F/O BURKHARDT & MIZON returning early.
 
26.6.43
Weather fine at first becoming cloudy with slight rain in afternoon vis moderate becoming good. SGT J.A. CURRIE and complete crew were posted from 1662 Conversion Unit. Squadron was stood down from operations.
 
27.6.43
Weather mainly fair, but cloudy around midday, visibility very good. 1 detail of practice bombing was carried out on the MISSION range during the day. OPERATIONS were ordered for 3 aircraft, gardening in the LA PALLICE region. Captains were SGT ASPDEN: F/LT ROWLAND & SGT PATTERSON. All returned safely. One aircraft carried out night flying training.
 
28.6.43
Weather cloudy, fair becoming fine in evening visibility moderate becoming very good. OPERATIONS were ordered, target COLOGNE, 18 aircraft taking part. The Captains were F/S SMITHERINGALE: F/O BURKHARDT: SGT GREEN: F/S GARDINER: SGT SALTHOUSE: S/LDR HEYWORTH: F/O BOOTH: F/O WRIGHT: F/O LIGHTON: F/S MIZON: F/S BROWN: SGT JEFFRIES: F/O SNELL: F/O WEEKS: P/O ASHBURNER: F/S KROEMER: SGT HOPTON & S/LDR KNIGHT. SGT JEFFRIES aircraft crashed on take off and was wrecked,2 members of the crew receiving slight injuries. S/LDR KNIGHT's aircraft failed to return and the crew were reported missing, the remaining aircraft all returned safely.
 
29.6.43
Weather mainly fine, fair in afternoon and cloudy late in evening vis mod becoming good. W/O E.W. SMITH and crew including P/O W.H. NEWMAN were posted from No. 1662 Conversion Unit. Squadron stood down from operations.
 
30.6.43
Weather cloudy with slight drizzle in first part of morning, visibility very good. A daylight practice Bullseye was carried out by 8 aircraft in the afternoon. 2 details of practice bombing were also carried out at Hamilton Hill range. F/O W.J. HILL was posted to 1667 Conversion Unit on completion of his second operational tour. Squadron stood down from operations.



11/12 June 1943

DUSSELDORF


783 aircraft - 326 Lancasters, 202 Halifaxes, 143 Wellingtons, 99 Stirlings, 13 Mosquitoes. 38 aircraft - 14 Lancasters, 12 Halifaxes, 10 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings - lost, 4.9% of the force. Oboe marking was employed on this raid.

12 Squadron losses - 5; F/O Ford, F/Lt Doel, Sgt Thompson, F/Sgt Shepherd, Sgt Highet and crews


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
11/12.6.43
"D"
W4374

SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOOLFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)

Bombing
Dusseldorf

2238
0313

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
0216 hrs. 15000 ft. 042 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 4/10th cloud tops 14000 ft. very thin. Good visibility. Red/Green R.P. Flares. Pinpointed sharp bend in river west of town. Good fires starting up. Very concentrated. A real good attack. Nickels dropped.

"
"J"
ED993

S/LDR SLADE, F.B. (CAPT)
F/O ALLISON, W.A. (NAV)
F/S MCINTYRE, J.F. (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, G.P. (B/A)
SGT BAXTER, P.D. (F/E)
P/O SAUNDERS, I.W. (M/U)
SGT PROWSE, N.F. (R/G)

"
2239
0324

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
0137 hrs. 20000 ft. 042 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 3/10th cloud. Good visibility 0142 hrs. Red T.I. markers slightly west of target did not cascade as much as usual but was more elongated and did not burn so long. PFF appeared scattered but should be a good show. Nickels dropped.

"
"Q"
W4991

F/L HEYWORTH, J (CAPT)
F/O GRIFFITH, D.H. (NAV)
P/O FISHER, G.W. (W/T)
SGT RAMSEY, J.E. (B/A)
SGT PEARN, H (F/E)
SGT WILD, P (M/U)
P/O STEWART, W.I. (R/G)

"
2228
0304

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
0123 hrs. 21000 ft. 040 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. No cloud, slight haze Red T.I. markers. A few incendary fires 0114 hrs. five miles west of target. Pinkish Red T.I. markers dripping a few white candles which burnt out very quickly. We were on the target first and bombed on one single red T.I. markers which made us doubt if we were on the target, but after we had bombed other markers came down which confirmed that we were on the target. Nickels dropped.

"
"T"
W4994

F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S PURSLOW, G.W. (W/T)
SGT SMALE, T.J. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)

"
2243
0105

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
Mission abandoned. Sheringham 2334 hrs. 18000 ft. as port inner engine overheating and radiator shutter U/S. 4000 lb. safe 5315 N 0308 E 2359 hrs. 10000 ft. All incendiaries brought back.

"
"P"
ED133

SGT TRIBE, D.F. (CAPT)
F/O FURNELL, H.L. (NAV)
SGT THOMPSON, J.E. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT COLLIER, G.T. (F/E)
SGT HILDERBRAND, H.W.J. (M/U)
SGT HILL, J (R/G)

"
2326
0352

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
0209 hrs. 20000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 2/10th cloud tops 14000 ft. Hazy fair visibility. No results seen of own bombings. Fire and smoke up to 20000 ft. Large isolated fire to NW of target. Good show. If PFF technique O.K. Dusseldorf getting it. Nickels dropped.

"
"V"
W4990

SGT STANCLIFFE, J.K. (CAPT)
SGT MORBAIX, G.E. (NAV)
SGT HALE, (W/T)
SGT NICHOLLS, E.M. (B/A)
SGT HOWELLS, L (F/E)
SGT TURVILL, E.F. (M/U)
SGT MORGAN, F.H. (R/G)

"
2242
0318

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
0134 hrs. 20500 ft. 040 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. A good deal of haze and about 3/4/10th patches of cloud visibility poor. Red/Green R.P. flares dropped at same time. A few incends. seen on ground but no concentration. Rather too early to say much, but seemed to be developing, nickels dropped.

"
"A"
ED820

F/S SMITHERINGALE, K.B. (CAPT)
F/O KINGMAN, L (NAV)
SGT MUGE, H.E. (W/T)
SGT HALL (377), W (B/A)
SGT BREWER, R.J. (F/E)
SGT MILTON, P.R. (M/U)
F/S LANCASTER, R (R/G)

"
2321
0150

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
Mission abandoned 5253 N 0021 W 2353 hrs. 14000 ft. Gee U/S Loops U/S. No stars visible or any navigational aids. 4000 lb. safe. 5323 N 0230 E 0033 hrs. 9000 ft. All incendaries brought back.

"
"E"
W4380

SGT GARDINER, N. (CAPT)
P/O ORR, J (NAV)
SGT LAMBOURNE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT GREALY, P.G.R. (B/A)
SGT DAVEY, J (F/E)
P/O POLGREAN, W.H. (M/U)
P/O PHILLIPS, (R/G)

"
2237
0346

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
0136 hrs. 17500 ft. 045 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 3/10th cloud. Slight haze. Red T.I. markers. Two big concentrated areas of fire. Should be a successful attack - nickels dropped.

"
"K"
ED629

W/O GILLMAN, M.D. (CAPT)
SGT PEARSON, H.W. (NAV)
SGT ANDERSON, J.G. (W/T)
SGT BELL, R.W (B/A)
SGT SMITH (181), L.W. (F/E)
F/S WICKS, W.R. (M/U)
F/S MILLER, A.S. (R/G)

"
2229
0336

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0134 hrs. 22000 ft. 042 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 4/10 - 6/10 on thin layer at 10000 ft. Visibility good. Red T.I. ground markers. Built up area lit up by fires over 20 fires seen including two definately big ones. Well concentrated in built up area. A good concentrated attack but appeared to undershoot T.I. markers. Nickels dropped.

"
"X"
ED548

SGT FORBES, T.B. (CAPT)
SGT MATTHEWS, L.A. (NAV)
SGT SNEESBY, R (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, W.F. (B/A)
SGT HALES, A (F/E)
SGT SOUTHON, E (M/U)
SGT DEASLEY, G.A. (R/G)

"
2245
0201

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. "X" 690x4 lbs. 48x30 lb. inc.
Mission abandoned 5256 N 0255 E. 0021 hrs. 17000 ft. as navigator was ill through oxygen tube becoming detached. 4000 lb. safe. 5257 N 0300 E. 0026 hrs. 17000 ft. - All incendaries brought back.

"
"R"
ED972

F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
SGT BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
SGT SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT WILDBORE, R (M/U)
SGT FRASER, N.R. (R/G)

"
2236
0327

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0133 hrs. 20000 ft. 000 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 6/10th cloud tops, 19000 ft. Moderate visibility, bright moon. Own bombs seen to burst 150 yds. from T.I. markers. Considerable fire and smoke. Good concentration, but weather made journey unpleasant, nickels dropped.

"
"S"
ED357

SGT THOMPSON, D.M. (CAPT)
SGT BOWES, K (NAV)
SGT CAMPBELL, D.N. (W/T)
SGT WARD, (B/A)
SGT OSBOURNE, J.L. (F/E)
SGT PINGLE, W.T. (M/U)
SGT SPARLING, C.W. (R/G)

"
2240
-

MISSING.

"
"C"
W4881

SGT GREEN, (CAPT)
SGT TURNER, (NAV)
SGT LAX, (W/T)
SGT HUMPHRIES, (B/A)
SGT MOORE, (F/E)
SGT PYLE, (M/U)
SGT DOWNS, (R/G)

"
2310
0431

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0219 hrs. 22000 ft. 043 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud, good visibility. Red and Green T.I. markers. Good concentration of fire around the red and green markers, smoke up to 22000 ft, seemed a successful trip, nickels dropped.

"
"Z"
DV157

F/L DOEL, (CAPT)
F/S DURHAM, (NAV)
SGT TEMPLEMAN, (W/T)
F/S WHYMAN, (B/A)
SGT BIGGS, (F/E)
F/O JONES, (M/U)
SGT PAGETT, (R/G)

"
2322
-

MISSING.

"
"Y"
DV158

F/O WOOD, V (CAPT)
P/O KIRKBY, L.H. (NAV)
SGT CRUICKSHANK, W (W/T)
SGT WOOD, G.H. (B/A)
SGT DAVIES, C.G. (F/E)
SGT WILKINSON, J.R. (M/U)
SGT COLL, R.B. (R/G)

"
2330
0359

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0209 hrs. 20000 ft. 040 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud but heavy ground haze, visibility fair. Looked as if target was well plastered but the attack was tending to straggle back in the direction of approach for about 4 miles, smoke of height over target to 17000 ft. Seemed a good show. Immeadiately after bombing a JU88 approached and caused us to take evasive action and probably spoiling the result of the photo, nickels dropped.

"
"P"
ED968

SGT SARGENT, (CAPT)
SGT OLIVER, (NAV)
SGT HAMES, (W/T)
SGT RILEY, (B/A)
SGT WRIGHT, (F/E)
SGT NEWMAN, (M/U)
SGT MACCAULEY, (R/G)

"
2319
0408

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0215 hrs. 19300 ft. 095 Deg. Mag. 230 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good visibility, but T.I. markers. Many concentrated fires. Damaged by heavy flak over target. Made hole in perspex in mid upper turret, injuring mid upper gunner. A good trip. Nickels dropped.

"
"W"
W4791

F/S SHEPHERD, (CAPT)
SGT CUNLIFFE, (NAV)
SGT STEPHENSON, (W/T)
SGT GILL, (B/A)
SGT PINK, (F/E)
SGT DAVIDSON, (M/U)
SGT BERRY, (R/G)

"
2327
-

MISSING.

"
"U"
ED522

SGT HIGHET, (CAPT)
SGT GILLANDERS, (NAV)
SGT FORD, (W/T)
SGT TAGG, (B/A)
SGT CONSTABLE, (F/E)
SGT EVANS, (M/U)
SGT LEE, (R/G)

"
2334
-

MISSING.

"
"F"
W4373

F/O FORD, P.R. (CAPT)
SGT OSBOURNE, J.M. (NAV)
SGT HARRIS, M (W/T)
SGT TWITTY, C.W. (B/A)
SGT AVERY, R (F/E)
SGT ANDERSON, (M/U)
SGT STONE, R.W. (R/G)

"
2301
-

MISSING.

"
"G"
EE142

F/L FAWCETT, R.E. (CAPT)
SGT LYDFORD, P.R. (NAV)
SGT VICKERS, G (W/T)
SGT BELL, J (B/A)
SGT HEALY, C.M. (F/E)
SGT BOWEN, R.T. (M/U)
SGT HINKS, B.C. (R/G)

"
2318
0411

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0215 hrs. 20000 ft. 035 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. No cloud. Visibility impaired by smoke 4000 lb. believed to burst in middle of T.I's moderate concentration of fires with smoke up to 23000 ft. Fair trip.

"
"E"
ED424

F/O MCLAUGHLIN, E (CAPT)
P/O WATSON, B NAV)
SGT CLARKE, R (W/T)
SGT COX, H.F. (B/A)
SGT HENDERSON, R (F/E)
P/O GERRARD, G.E.D. (M/U)
SGT STINSON, G.E.S. (R/G)

"
2324
0436

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0218 hrs. 20000 ft. 038 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good visibility. Red T.I. markers. Good fires at target bellowing smoke up to 22,000. If PFF O.K. Dusseldorf has had a packet.

"
"U"
LM321

F/O WEEKS, D.G.R. (CAPT)
SGT MITCHELL, W.R. (NAV)
SGT DREW, H (W/T)
SGT BAINES, A.H. (B/A)
SGT RIGLEY, F (F/E)
SGT VICKERS, G.W. (M/U)
SGT SWAN, J.W. (R/G)

"
2323
0441

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0218 hrs. 18500 ft. 025 Deg. Mag. A.S.I. iced up. Visibility good some ground haze. Fires appeared to be scattered. Nickels dropped. Not a very good show - fires appeared to be scattered and there was no good concentration. Slightly better than last time.

"
"X"
ED995

P/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
P/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)

"
2315
0417

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0216 hrs. 22000 ft. 360 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. No cloud. Moderate visibility. Ground markers T.I. red and green. A great many fires seen burning in town, The NE part of the town was obscured by a huge pall of smoke (oily) up to 25000 ft. Large fires also seen on eastern bank of river, a good attack better and more concentrated (Nickels dropped) than the last.

"
"A"
W4992

F/S TUCKER, (CAPT)
P/O TRUELOVE, (NAV)
SGT DAVIES, (W/T)
SGT SIMPSON, (B/A)
SGT FLETCHER, (F/E)
SGT MACKAY, (M/U)
SGT CARTER, (R/G)

"
2328
0420

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 690x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. "X" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0215 hrs. 21000 ft. 035 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good visibility. Red T.I. markers. A big concentration of fires as No. T.I. seen on run up. Many concentrations of fires. A successful attack, smoke appeared to be up to about 23000 ft.


12/13 June 1943

BOCHUM


503 aircraft - 323 Lancasters, 167 Halifaxes, 11 Mosquitoes. 14 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes lost, 4.8% of the force. Oboe sky-marking over a cloud covered target was the marking tactic for this raid.

12 Squadron losses - 0; Sgt Smale, Bomb Aimer of F/Sgt Mizon's crew was killed by flak over the target area


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
12/13.6.43
LANCASTER
ED629 "K"

W/O GILLMAN, M.D. (CAPT)
SGT PEARSON, H.W. (NAV)
SGT ANDERSON, J.G. (W/T)
SGT BELL, R.W (B/A)
SGT SMITH (181), L.W. (F/E)
F/S WICKS, W.R. (M/U)
F/S MILLER, A.S. (R/G)

Bombing
Bochum

2256
0334

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0116 hrs. 22000 ft. 070 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 3/10 thin cloud 10000 ft. visibility good. One large fire seen and about 6 others developed as A/C left. A good attack appeared to be developing but seemed again to undershoot. Green T.I. were some distance from red and may have contributed to this. Nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
ED972 "R"

F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
SGT BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
SGT SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT WILDBORE, R (M/U)
F/S FRASER, N.R. (R/G)

"
2252
0329

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0120 hrs. 18000 ft. 280 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 3/4th cloud at about 10000 ft. vis. good horizontally but not vertically. Red T.I. markers. Larege number of fires well concentrated, but rather to the east of the Red T.I. marker. Whilst the second red T.I. seen was still further west. Glow of fires vis. from coast. Should be a good show if T.I's were in right place - nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
W4994 "T"

F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S NEALE, C.L. (W/T)
SGT SMALE, T.J. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)

"
2250
0339

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0124 hrs. 22500 ft. 200 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 3/10th cloud tops 5000 ft. Good visibility. Red & Green T.I's. Hit by heavy flak over Bochum. Bomb aimer compartment holed on portside and bomb aimer killed. Crew upset by fatal injury to bomb aimer after a successful trip. Captain compelled to jettison his bombs by jettison toggle because of fatality, and activity in Bochum was naturally not observed by crew. Nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
ED133 "P"

SGT TRIBE, D.F. (CAPT)
F/O FURNELL, H.L. (NAV)
SGT THOMPSON, J.E. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT COLLIER, G.T. (F/E)
SGT HILDERBRAND, H.W.J. (M/U)
SGT HILL, J (R/G)

"
2254
0353

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0128 hrs. 22000 ft. 198 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud. Vis. Hazy. Green T.I. markers. Fires were seen to be starting but appeared scattered. A good concentration around markers. Markers appeared to be late. Nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
W4991 "Q"

S/L HEYWORTH, J (CAPT)
P/O GRIFFITHS, D.I. (NAV)
P/O FISHER, G.W. (W/T)
P/O RAMSAY, J.E. (B/A)
SGT PEARN, H (F/E)
SGT WILD, P (M/U)
P/O STEWART, W.I. (R/G)

"
2255
0343

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0127 hrs. 22000 ft. 195 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 8/10th allocum. moderate vis. T.I's green in bombsight. Several fires well concentrated and 2 large explosions observed.

"
LANCASTER
ED820 "A"

F/S SMITHERINGALE, K.B. (CAPT)
F/O KINGMAN, L (NAV)
SGT MUGE, H.E. (W/T)
SGT HALL (377), W (B/A)
SGT BREWER, R.J. (F/E)
SGT PYLE, T(M/U)
F/S LANCASTER, R (R/G)

"
2258
0359

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0127 hrs. 21000 ft. 210 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 5/10 Strato Cu. good Vis. Concentration of TI's green in bombsight. Several fairly well concentrated fires one large explosion seen as we left the target. A fairly good attack not quite so successful as last time, rather more scattered considerable undershooting.

"
LANCASTER
W4881 "C"

SGT HILL, N.E. (CAPT)
SGT CAPP, L.S. (NAV)
SGT BARHAM, S (W/T)
SGT WHITELOCK, S (B/A)
SGT FOY, J.E. (F/E)
SGT EVERTON, L.H. (M/U)
SGT EVERSFIELD, S.E. (R/G)

"
2259
0347

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0125 hrs. 19500 ft. 210 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 8 to 10/10 cloud strato cum. Red & Green T.I. markers. One very big explosion at 0131. Too big for a bomb but a good concentration of fires operating out for about 5 miles but mainly NE of the markers - nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
W4374 "D"

SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOOLFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)

"
2300
0106

Mission abandoned on aerodrome circuit at 2341 hrs. 1x4000 lb. jettisoned safe at 5351N 0141E 0016 hrs. 9000 ft. Starboard inner engine revs dropped to zero. Boost dropped to zero causing A/C to swing. Oil and coolant temperature started dropping.

"
LANCASTER
ED993 "J"

SGT GARDINER, N. (CAPT)
P/O ORR, J (NAV)
SGT LAMBOURNE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT GREALY, P.G.R. (B/A)
SGT DAVEY, J (F/E)
P/O POLGREAN, W.H. (M/U)
P/O PHILLIPS, (R/G)

"
2257
0409

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0126 hrs. 20000 ft. 200 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 4/10th tops 16000 ft. vis. fair. Red T.I's Heavy flak 5 miles N of Bochum pierced bomb doors and holed fuselage under starboard wing. Trip marred by flak hit five miles N Bochum when A/C held by approx. 20 to 25 S/L's bombs dropped in stick by bomb aimer and A/C evaded and turned for home, nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
LM321 "H"

F/O WOOD, V (CAPT)
P/O KIRKBY, L.H. (NAV)
SGT CRUICKSHANK, W (W/T)
SGT WOOD, G.H. (B/A)
SGT DAVIES, C.G. (F/E)
SGT DUNN, A(M/U)
SGT COLL, R.B. (R/G)

"
2326
0430

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0148 hrs. 21000 ft. 207 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud. strato cu. Red T.I. markers. Good concentration of fires in the target area. A good raid - nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
EE142 "G"

F/L FAWCETT, R.E. (CAPT)
SGT LYDFORD, P.R. (NAV)
SGT VICKERS, G (W/T)
SGT BELL, J (B/A)
SGT HEALY, C.M. (F/E)
SGT BOWEN, R.T. (M/U)
SGT HINKS, B.C. (R/G)

"
2322
0413

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0145 hrs. 21000 ft. 210 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. Slight low cloud; vis. good. T.I's red and green markers. Several fires, fairly well concentrated. T.I's red appeared to be scattered.

"
LANCASTER
W4992 "A"

F/S TUCKER, (CAPT)
P/O TRUELOVE, (NAV)
SGT DAVIES, (W/T)
SGT SIMPSON, (B/A)
SGT FLETCHER, (F/E)
SGT MACKAY, (M/U)
SGT CARTER, (R/G)

"
2323
0427

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0144 hrs. 21000 ft. 200 Deg. Mag. 175 MPH IAS. No cloud. Visibility good. Red & Green T.I's markers. Bay pierced by heavy flak when bombing doors opened, over Bochum. A pretty good show - Defences at Bochum troublesome.

"
LANCASTER
ED995 "X"

P/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
P/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)

"
2327
0423

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0147 hrs. 23000 ft. 200 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. Clear, no cloud, vis. moderate. T.I's green and red. T.I. green, in bombsight - cascading at 6000 ft. Fairly well concentrated fires. Attack seemed less concentrated than that on Dusseldorf.

"
LANCASTER
DV158 "Y"

P/O ASHBURNER, N (CAPT)
P/O BYE, V.C. (NAV)
SGT GLEESON, I.J. (W/T)
P/O LAVERICK, H (B/A)
SGT BARRAS, R (F/E)
SGT FRASER, G.W. (M/U)
SGT PEACE, W.T. (R/G)

"
2325
0437

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0156 hrs. 21500 ft. 196 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. 5/10 cloud top S.W. of target 12,000 ft. Vis. good. Red and Green T.I. markers. A good concentration of fires in target area, with a few scattered fires about 5 miles to the NE. Provided markers had been in the right place it should be a good show. Nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
ED548 "X"

SGT FORBES, T.B. (CAPT)
SGT MATTHEWS, L.A. (NAV)
SGT SNEESBY, R (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, W.F. (B/A)
SGT HALES, A (F/E)
SGT SOUTHON, E (M/U)
SGT DEASLEY, G.A. (R/G)

"
2335
0417

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0149 hrs. 21000 ft. 185 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. Clear of cloud but hazy. Visibility fairly good. A big concentration of fires mostly to the S or SE of the target. Damaged by H/F at Bochum. Hydraulic pipe line to rear turret holed and turret U/S. Nickels dropped. A good show.

"
LANCASTER
ED968 "P"

SGT YEO, H.G. (CAPT)
SGT ASHTON, N.R. (NAV)
SGT MITCHELL, L.D. (W/T)
SGT LEIGH, R.B. (B/A)
SGT ROBINSON, C.W. (F/E)
SGT RENNICK, J.S. (M/U)
SGT SOLUK, P.A. (R/G)

"
2328
0433

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0148 hrs. 21500 ft. 167 Deg. Mag. 190 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud tops 10,000 ft. obscured western half target. Other half clear. Good visibility. Red & Green T.I. markers. Fires seemed to be getting a hold. Glow seen 50/60 miles away after leaving target. Good Prang. Defences pretty active over Bochum.


14/15 June 1943

OBERHAUSEN


197 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitoes; 17 Lancasters lost, 8.4% of the force. Oboe sky-marking was employed for this raid.

12 Squadron losses - 1; F/Sgt Tucker


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
14/15.6.43
LANCASTER
W4990 "W"

F/S WELLS, M.J. (CAPT)
SGT GALLOWAY, J (NAV)
P/O GIRDLESTONE, T.W. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT MORETON, H (F/E)
SGT EADES, D (M/U)
SGT TERRY, R.D. (R/G)

Bombing
Oberhausen

2255
0308

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 510x4 lb. inc. 0123 hrs. 21000 ft. 023 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 8/10th cloud. Very bright moon light - tracking flares Red & Green. R/G reported large explosion as we left target. Very good trip "Bang On".

"
LANCASTER
EE313 "P"

SGT TRIBE, D.F. (CAPT)
F/O FURNELL, H.L. (NAV)
SGT THOMPSON, J.E. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT COLLIER, G.T. (F/E)
SGT HILDERBRAND, H.W.J. (M/U)
SGT HILL, J (R/G)

"
2258
0152

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. Mission abandoned Southwold 15 miles E 0022 hrs. 22 ft. 1x4000 lb. HC 30x4 lb. 'x' inc. 56x30 lb. inc. 600x4 lb. inc. All jettisoned safe at 5326N 0202E 0044 hrs. 23000 inc. jettisoned owing to fire in fuselage caused by electrical short circuit on W/Y. Port outer coolant temperature up to emergency maximum while on level flight - faulty fuel feed.

"
LANCASTER
LM312 "U"

S/LDR KNIGHT, F.J. (CAPT)
SGT FORDYCE, G.W. (2nd Pilot)
F/O TREHERNE, H.C. (NAV)
SGT AYERST, F.O. (W/T)
F/S NOBLE, M.P. (B/A)
SGT LAWRENCE, E (F/E)
SGT BIRKIN, F (M/U)
SGT BOXALL, J.R. (R/G)


"

2303
0315

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 510x4 lb. inc. 0123 hrs. 22500 ft. 028 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 3/10th cloud tops 8000 ft. Fair visibility. Ground haze red and white R.P. Flares. Fires appeared to be gaining a hold, A/C one of the early attackers. Satisfactory trip.

"
LANCASTER
W4958 "B"

SGT HILL, N.E. (CAPT)
SGT CAPP, L.S. (NAV)
SGT BARHAM, S (W/T)
SGT WHITELOCK, S (B/A)
SGT FOY, J.E. (F/E)
SGT EVERTON, L.H. (M/U)
SGT EVERSFIELD, S.E. (R/G)


"

2257
0331

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0123 hrs. 20000 ft. 028 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud 10000 to 20000 ft. Good visibility through gaps. Red/Green & white R/P flares many good fires were starting up. A big explosion about 0122 hrs. and a much bigger one at 0128 hrs. Glow of fires vis. from enemy coast. The most concentrated Wanganui out of the half dozen I have seen so far.

"
LANCASTER
W4881 "C"

SGT MCMILLAN, D.J. (CAPT)
F/S HESKETH, K.G. (NAV)
SGT ORR, G.A. (W/T)
SGT HALL (112), G.G. (B/A)
SGT RANDALL, J.L. (F/E)
SGT GERSHAW, J (M/U)
SGT MYERS, L (R/G)



"

2254
0305

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 510x4 lb. inc. 0117 hrs. 23000 ft. 028 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. 7/10 to 8/10 cloud tops 15000 ft. vis. good through gaps. Red Green & White R/P Flares. A few inc. falling near the white flares and glow seen for about 50 miles after leaving the target.

"
LANCASTER
ED972 "R"

F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
SGT BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
SGT SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT WILDBORE, R (M/U)
SGT FRASER, N.R. (R/G)



"

2300
0325

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0129 hrs. 20000 ft. 028 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud about 10000 ft. Vis. fairly good through gaps. Red/Green R/P flares and white flares. Too much cloud to pinpoint any details but several large explosions seen, glow seen from Zyder Zee, not so concentrated as some previous raids.

"
LANCASTER
ED629 "K"

W/O GILLMAN, M.D. (CAPT)
SGT AYLARD, A.C. (2nd Pilot)
SGT PEARSON, H.W. (NAV)
SGT ANDERSON, J.G. (W/T)
SGT BELL, R.W (B/A)
SGT SMITH, (181) (F/E)
F/S WICKS, W.R. (M/U)
SGT MILLER, A.S. (R/G)



"

2256
0321

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 510x4 lb. inc. 0125 hrs. 23000 ft. 028 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 4/10th cloud tops 15000 ft. Good visibility, White R/P flares in sights. One very large fire with huge pillar of flame seen as A/C turned for home. A satisfactory trip although uneventful.

"
LANCASTER
ED820 "A"

F/S SMITHERINGALE, K.B. (CAPT)
F/O KINGMAN, L (NAV)
SGT MUGE, H.E. (W/T)
SGT HALL (377), W (B/A)
SGT BREWER, R.J. (F/E)
P/O PHILLIPS, G.D. (M/U)
F/S LANCASTER, R (R/G)



"

2259
0145

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. Mission abandoned at 5239 N 0108 E 0012 hrs. 21500 ft. 1x4000 lb. HC. jettisoned at 5246N0309E00304 17500 ft. Failure of starboard inner engine caused loss of height.

"
LANCASTER
W4491 "Q"

W/CDR WOOD, R.S.C. (CAPT)
P/O LIGHTON, D.G. (2nd Pilot)
SGT WARD, I.M. (NAV)
SGT FOREMAN, E (W/T)
SGT LINDSAY, G.T. (B/A)
SGT WADSWORTH, (F/E)
SGT MACY, K.F. (M/U)
SGT ARTHUR, F (R/G)



"

2304
0327

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0132 hrs. 21000 ft. 028 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 3/10 thin cloud tops 5/10000. Visibility good. Slight haze. R/P Flares. Few fires on arrival but fires appeared to be developing as A/C left. Red glow seen on cloud. Target seemed to be well hit but nothing spectacular.

"
LANCASTER
ED548 "X"

SGT BORLAND, J (CAPT)
SGT PURNAL, (NAV)
SGT MCKENZIE, D (W/T)
SGT SNELLING, D.C.G. (B/A)
SGT PHILLIPS, D (F/E)
SGT WALKER, (M/U)
SGT ADAIR, L.J. (R/G)



"

2302
0403

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0127 hrs. 20000 ft. 029 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud at 6000 ft. Visibility good through gaps. Red/Green R/P flares and white inc. very scattered. Largest fire seemed to be in the north end of town. Bombing rather scattered.

"
LANCASTER
LM328 "O"

SGT HOPTON, C.G. (CAPT)
SGT GILLIS, H.O. (NAV)
SGT MOYES, P.T. (W/T)
SGT LEIGH, R.B. (B/A)
SGT GROSS, C.T. (F/E)
SGT DUNN, A (M/U)
SGT LAMBERT, P.A. (R/G)



"

2314
0432

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0133 hrs. 21000 ft. 025 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 2/10 cloud tops 17000 ft. Good visibility. Red/White R/P flares. Good concentration of fire in target area. Pilots first bombing trip made memorable by unsuccessful fighter attack and by putting A/C on back trying to escape S/L cone of 20/30 S/L's two miles N of R/P flares. No ill-effects on crew or A/C.

"
LANCASTER
ED995 "X"

SGT BROWN, M.S. (CAPT)
SGT PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
SGT KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT GAWN, H (M/U)
SGT DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)



"

2318
0200

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. Mission abandoned at 5200 N 0235 E 0040 hrs. 22000 ft. 1x4000 lb. HC jettisoned safe at 5306N 0301E 0101 hrs. 20000 ft. Rear turret guns iced up and could not be operated. M/U turret difficult to manipulate owing to icing. Bombardier suffering from severe pains in stomach.

"
LANCASTER
ED424 "E"

F/O MCLAUGHLIN, E (CAPT)
P/O WATSON, B NAV)
SGT CLARKE, R (W/T)
SGT COX, H.F. (B/A)
SGT HENDERSON, R (F/E)
P/O GERRARD, G.E.D. (M/U)
SGT STINSON, G.E.S. (R/G)



"

2315
0351

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 30x4 lbs. inc. "X" 56x30 lb. inc, 600x4 lb. inc. 0144 hrs. 20000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. Cloud all around target but large patch clear over target itself. Vis. bright moonlight, Red & Green flares. Some fires observed fairly well concentrated. A fairly successful attack.

"
LANCASTER
W4992 "A"

F/S TUCKER, (CAPT)
P/O TRUELOVE, (NAV)
SGT DAVIES, (W/T)
SGT SIMPSON, (B/A)
SGT FLETCHER, (F/E)
SGT MACKAY, (M/U)
SGT CARTER, (R/G)



"

2313
-

MISSING.


16/17 June 1943

COLOGNE


202 Lancasters and 10 Halifaxes of 1, 5 and 8 Groups. 14 Lancasters lost. H2S fitted to Pathfinder heavy bombers was the preferred marking tactics for this raid.

12 Squadron losses - 1; Sgt Aylard and crew


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
16/17.6.43
LANCASTER
W4994 "T"

F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S NEALE, C.L. (W/T)
P/O OLDHAM, T.J. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)

Bombing
Cologne

2249
0300

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 0109 hrs. 21000 ft. 120 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 10/15000 ft. Vis above cloud good. Red/Green R/P flares. Glow seen beneath clouds. Uneventful trip. Cloud conditions made observation of state attack difficult. Flares certainly dispersed - nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
ED995 "X"

F/S BROWN, M.G. (CAPT)
SGT PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
F/S KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT GAWN, H (M/U)
SGT DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)



"

2258
0325

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 0114 hrs. 22000 ft. 117 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 9/10th cloud. Red dripping green R/P Flares with a white flare. Glow of 1 big concentration of also many scattered fires. A very scattered raid.

"
LANCASTER
ED629 "K"

SGT AYLARD, A.C. (CAPT)
SGT ALEXANDER, T (NAV)
SGT LACKEY, H.J.P. (W/T)
SGT WILLIAMS, H (B/A)
SGT SCOTT, A (F/E)
SGT WESTLAKE, J.W. (M/U)
SGT SWAIN, R (R/G)



"

2257
-

MISSING.

"
LANCASTER
LM301 "O"

P/O LIGHTON, D.G. (CAPT)
SGT WARD, I.M. (NAV)
SGT FOREMAN, E (W/T)
SGT LINDSAY, G.T. (B/A)
SGT WADSWORTH, (F/E)
SGT MACY, K.F. (M/U)
SGT ARTHUR, F (R/G)



"

2256
0120

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. Mission abandoned over base 2056 hrs. 21000 ft. as the hydraulic system in the rear went U/S also W/T went U/S. 4000 lb. HC safe 500 lb. (G.P.L.) Safe 5332 N 0119 E 2356 hrs. 21000 ft. All incendaries and 2x500 lb. MC brought back.

"
LANCASTER
LM321 "U"

P/O ASHBURNER, N (CAPT)
P/O BYE, V.C. (NAV)
SGT GLEESON, I.J. (W/T)
P/O LAVERICK, H (B/A)
SGT BARRAS, R (F/E)
SGT FRASER, G.W. (M/U)
SGT PEACE, W.T. (R/G)



"

2255
0340

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 0120 hrs. 22000 ft. 117 Deg. Mag. 175 MPH IAS. 8/10 cloud tops about 10000 ft. No green flares seen on track no ground detail. Glow of fires seen reflected on cloud one intense glow seen ahead one minute before bombing which died down almost immediately - nickels dropped.

"
LANCASTER
ED424 "E"

SGT FORDYCE, G.W. (CAPT)
SGT COLLINS, L.J. (NAV)
SGT EGAN, A.E. (W/T)
SGT HARRIS, R (B/A)
SGT JOHNSON, C (F/E)
SGT HODGES, R.H. (M/U)
SGT MINOGUE, J (R/G)



"

2259
0345

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 0108 hrs. 23000 ft. 120 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 10/12000 ft. Vis. above cloud quite good. Red/Green R/P flares. No results observed. Nickels dropped. Good trip.

"
LANCASTER
EE142 "G"

F/L FAWCETT, R.E. (CAPT)
SGT LYDFORD, P.R. (NAV)
SGT VICKERS, G (W/T)
SGT BELL, J (B/A)
SGT HEALY, C.M. (F/E)
SGT BOWEN, R.T. (M/U)
SGT HINKS, B.C. (R/G)



"

2251
0140

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. Mission abandoned 5157N 0247E 0031 hrs. 22000 ft. As guns of all three turrets froze up and the mid upper turret was completely frosted over as well. 1x4000 lb. HC safe 1x500 lb. GPLD. safe 5154N 0300E 0038 hrs. 22000 ft. - 2x500 lb. MC and all incedaries brought back.

"
LANCASTER
W4380 "E"

SGT GARDINER, N. (CAPT)
P/O ORR, J (NAV)
SGT LAMBOURNE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT GREALY, P.G.R. (B/A)
SGT DAVEY, J (F/E)
P/O POLGREAN, W.H. (M/U)
SGT BRITNELL, J.E. (R/G)



"

2247
0329

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 0116 hrs. 20000 ft. 119 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 6/10 to 7/10 cloud tops 16000 ft. vis. above cloud, slightly hazy, red/green flares. Fire glow seen below cloud, 4000 lb. seen to burst below cloud. Nickels dropped. Trip O.K. attack very dispersed.

"
LANCASTER
DV158 "Y"

SGT BORLAND, J (CAPT)
SGT PURNAL, (NAV)
SGT MCKENZIE, D (W/T)
SGT SNELLING, D.C.G. (B/A)
SGT PHILLIPS, D (F/E)
SGT WALKER, (M/U)
SGT ADAIR, L.J. (R/G)



"

2306
0131

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. Mission abandoned 15 miles S.E. of base 2356 hrs. 18000 ft. because the rear gunner was not getting oxygen and was feeling ill. 4000 lb. HC. safe 1x500 lb. MC safe 5316 N 0221 E 0030 hrs. 7000 ft. (1x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. G.P.L.D. all incendaries brought back)

"
LANCASTER
ED968 "P"

F/S KROEMER, L.R. (CAPT)
SGT BISHOP, T.P. (NAV)
SGT TIBBS, D (W/T)
SGT O'BRIEN, J (B/A)
SGT CLARKE, T (F/E)
SGT CLOUTMAN, W.M. (M/U)
SGT REES, E.T.M. (R/G)



"

2311
0112

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. Mission abandoned 25 miles SE of base at 2353 hrs. 1900 ft. because the urticularing pipes in the rear turret broke and hydraulic pressure was gone. 4000 lb. safe 500 lb. GPLD SAFE 4345N 0200E 21000 ft. All incendaries and 2x500 lb. MC brought back.



20/21 June 1943

MINELAYING


15 aircraft minelaying off La Pallice and in the River Gironde. No losses.


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
20/21.6.43
LANCASTER
PH LM301 "O"

P/O LIGHTON, D.G. (CAPT)
SGT WARD, I.M. (NAV)
SGT FOREMAN, E (W/T)
SGT LINDSAY, G.T. (B/A)
SGT WADSWORTH, (F/E)
SGT MACY, K.F. (M/U)
SGT ARTHUR, F (R/G)


Gardening Cinnamon & Deodar

2216
0425

Load 1xA108 3x204 (Set 18 42 66) & 2xC302 1 set 2.3) Mines.
0208 hrs. 1400 ft. 010 Deg. Mag. 164 G.S. 8/10 cloud base 12/1500 ft. Good visibility. Pinpoint off NW tip of The 'D' Oleron and timed run of 3 min. on 010 deg. mag. Parachutes not seen to open. Successful trip.

"
LANCASTER
LM328 GZ "F"

SGT HOPTON, C.G. (CAPT)
SGT GILLIS, H.O. (NAV)
SGT MOYES, P.T. (W/T)
SGT LEIGH, R.B. (B/A)
SGT GROSS, C.T. (F/E)
SGT DUNN, A (M/U)
SGT LAMBERT, P.A. (R/G)


"

2220
0514

Load 2xC302 (Set 4.5) & 4xB204 (Set 18 42.66.99) Mines
0211 hrs. 2000 ft. 292 Deg. Mag. A/S 164 MPH. 8/10th cloud base about 2000 ft. some haze over sea. Pinpoint off Ordovan Island, timed run of five minutes on heading 292 deg. mag. to allotted position two parachutes seen to open. Successful trip.

"
LANCASTER
ED968 "P"

SGT JEFFERIES, L.F. (CAPT)
SGT ROY, C (NAV)
SGT STEWARD, W.J. (W/T)
P/O OLDHAM, I.J. (B/A)
SGT IRWIN, J (F/E)
SGT ADDINSALL, G.W. (M/U)
SGT THORBORN, (R/G)


"

2225
0456

Load 2xC302 (Set 7.8.9) & 3xB218 (Set 11.12.10) Mines
0159 hrs. 1500 ft. 010 Deg. Mag. A/S 188 G.S. 10/10 cloud base 1500/4000 ft. Fair visibility. Pinpoint off W top of Isle D'Oleron and timed run of 1 min 36 sec. on 010 deg. mag. parachutes not seen to open. Uneventful trip.


21/22 June 1943

KREFELD


704 aircraft - 262 Lancasters, 209 Halifaxes, 117 Stirlings, 105 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitoes. 44 aircraft - 17 Halifaxes, 9 Lancasters, 9 Wellingtons, 9 Stirlings - lost, 6.2% of the force.

12 Squadron losses - 0



DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
21/22.6.43
LANCASTER
PH ED133 "P"
SGT STANCLIFFE, J.K. (CAPT)
SGT MORBAIX, G.E. (NAV)
SGT HALE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT NICHOLLS, E.M. (B/A)
SGT HOWELLS, L (F/E)
SGT TURVILL, E.F. (M/U)
SGT MORGAN, F.H. (R/G)
Bombing
Krefeld
2338
0332
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0135 hrs. 19000 ft. 105 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. Thin layer about 3000 ft. Green/Red T.I. markers. Many 4000 lbs. bombs seen exploding near markers. Nickels dropped. Bombing looked well concentrated but too early to judge results.
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM321 "H"
S/LDR KNIGHT, F.J. (CAPT)
F/O TREHERNE, H.C. (NAV)
SGT AYERST, F.O. (W/T)
F/S NOBLE, M.P. (B/A)
SGT LAWRENCE, E (F/E)
SGT BIRKIN, F (M/U)
SGT BOXALL, J.R. (R/G)
"
2337
0344
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0142 hrs. 19000 ft. 112 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 2/10 thin cloud. Ground haze Red T.I. markers. Fires appeared concentrated - nickels dropped. A very good show.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4381 "F"
SGT GREEN, L.E.F. (CAPT)
SGT TURNER, W (NAV)
SGT DODDS, G.N. (W/T)
SGT HUMPHRIES, S.J. (B/A)
SGT MOORE, V.C. (F/E)
SGT PYLE, T (M/U)
SGT DOWNS, R (R/G)
"
0010
0418
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0214 hrs. 19000 ft. 113 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud. Vis:- good, Red T.I. in bomb sight seen to cascade at 0212 hrs. Large concentration of fires in target area and smoke coming up to 13000 ft. nickels dropped. A very satisfactory raid.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE142 "G"
F/L FAWCETT, R.E. (CAPT)
SGT LYDFORD, P.R. (NAV)
SGT VICKERS, G (W/T)
SGT BELL, J (B/A)
SGT HEALY, C.M. (F/E)
SGT BOWEN, R.T. (M/U)
SGT HINKS, B.C. (R/G)
"
0008
0411
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0213 hrs. 19000 ft. 161 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 5/10 cloud green T.I. markers in bomb sight seen to cascade at 0213 hrs. Many concentrated fires, nickels dropped. A very successful attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4991 "Q"
S/L HEYWORTH, J (CAPT)
P/O GRIFFITHS, D.I. (NAV)
P/O FISHER, G.W. (W/T)
P/O RAMSAY, J.E. (B/A)
SGT PEARN, H (F/E)
SGT WILD, P (M/U)
F/O STEWART, W.I. (R/G)
"
0007
0352
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0211 hrs. 20000 ft. 070 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. No cloud. Ground haze. Red/Green T.I's seen to cascade before and after bombing. Great concentration of fire - smoke up to 16,000 ft. Well delivered concentrated attack giving a rectangular area of flame.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE164 "W"

F/S BROWN, M.G. (CAPT)
F/S PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
F/S KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT GAWN, H (M/U)
SGT DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)

"
2358
0358
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0207 hrs. 20000 ft. 110 Deg. Mag. 250 MPH IAS. No cloud. Green Red T.I. markers. A big concentration of fires nickels dropped. A very successful attack. PFF did a good job.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED424 "E"

F/O WOOD, V (CAPT)
P/O KIRKBY, L.H. (NAV)
SGT CRUICKSHANK, W (W/T)
SGT WOOD, G.H. (B/A)
SGT DAVIES, C.G. (F/E)
SGT WILKINSON, J.R. (M/U)
SGT COLL, R.B. (R/G)

"
0009
0421
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0217 hrs. 19500 ft. 080 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud. Vis impaired by smoke. Good seething area of fire and patches of incendiary fires west of main fire area. Flak entered nacelle of starboard inner damage sustained at 52.25 N 0500 E 10,000 ft. 0241 hrs. Good attack with very slight opposition. Nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
DV158 GZ "A"

P/O ASHBURNER, N (CAPT)
P/O BYE, V.C. (NAV)
SGT GLEESON, I.J. (W/T)
P/O LAVERICK, H (B/A)
SGT BARRAS, R (F/E)
SGT FRASER, G.W. (M/U)
SGT PEACE, W.T. (R/G)

"
0005
0414
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0211 hrs. 21000 ft. 111 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud. Vis impaired by smoke. Red/Green T.I's. Sea of fire in target area with smoke up to 10/12000 ft. Big explosion with huge flames and smoke seen in target area at 0210 hrs. nickels dropped. Good trip. PFF technique excellent.
"
LANCASTER
LM328 GZ "F"

SGT SARGENT, D.B.G. (CAPT)
SGT OLIVER, D.R. (NAV)
SGT HAMES, D.C. (W/T)
SGT RILEY, C.G. (B/A)
SGT WRIGHT, K.R. (F/E)
SGT MALLIN, R (M/U)
SGT MCCAULEY, G.J. (R/G)

"
0006
0402
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0212 hrs. 18000 ft. 115 Deg. Mag. 250 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good deal of smoke. Red/Green T.I. markers; concentrated large firess smoke up to 15000 ft. nickels dropped. A very concentrated raid.
"
LANCASTER
ED968 GZ "G"

F/S KROEMER, L.R. (CAPT)
SGT BISHOP, T.P. (NAV)
SGT TIBBS, D (W/T)
SGT O'BRIEN, J (B/A)
SGT CLARKE, T (F/E)
SGT CLOUTMAN, W.M. (M/U)
SGT REES, E.T.M. (R/G)

"
0012
0409
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0214 hrs. 21000 ft. 080 Deg. Mag. 190 MPH IAS. No cloud. Vis impaired by smoke Red/Green T.I's. Target area a mass of flame smoke billowing up to 15000 ft. nickels dropped. One of the best attacks yet - very concentrated.
"
LANCASTER
LM301 PH "O"

SGT FORDYCE, G.W. (CAPT)
SGT COLLINS, L.J. (NAV)
SGT EGAN, A.E. (W/T)
SGT HARRIS, R (B/A)
SGT JOHNSON, C (F/E)
SGT HODGES, R.H. (M/U)
SGT MINOGUE, J (R/G)

"
0016
0255
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Task abandoned at 515 N 0255 E 013 hrs. 16000 ft. 1x4000 lb. 3x500 jettisoned live at 5207 and 0215 C 0135 hrs. 510x4 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. inc 'x' 48x30 inc brought back to base. Mid/Upper Turret U/S. A/C unable to climb. Starboard generator U/S.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED820 "A"

F/S SMITHERINGALE, K.B. (CAPT)
F/O KINGMAN, L (NAV)
SGT MUGE, H.E. (W/T)
SGT HALL (377), W (B/A)
SGT BREWER, R.J. (F/E)
F/O PHILLIPS, P.H. (M/U)
F/S LANCASTER, R (R/G)

"
2331
0337
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0140 hrs. 21,000 ft. 060 Deg. Mag. 196 MPH IAS. 2/10 CU. Slight haze Red T.I. markers. Own bombs seen to burst at south edge of Red T.I. markers. Fires seemed to be well concentrated - nickels dropped. A very good trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4958 "B"

SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOODFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)

"
2334
0332
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0132 hrs. 19000 ft. 120 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. Thin layer 5/10ths at 14000 ft. Red/Green T.I. markers. 1x4000 lb. about 500 yrs. drom Red T.I. Fires caught goodhold after we left. Nickels dropped, a bit early to judge but it seemed to be developing well. PFF were good, Red T.I. markers falling together.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4881 "C"

SGT MCMILLAN, D.J. (CAPT)
F/S HESKETH, K.G. (NAV)
SGT ORR, G.A. (W/T)
F/S HALL (312), C.W. (B/A)
SGT RANDALL, J.L. (F/E)
SGT GERSHAW, J (M/U)
SGT MYERS, L (R/G)

"
2329
0312
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0140 hrs. 23000 ft. 013 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good visibility Red T/I markers in bomb sight seen to cascade at 0137 hrs. Many concentrated fires PFF were very good and attack should be concentrated - nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED972 "R"

F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
F/S BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT PATTERSON, W (2nd Pilot)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
SGT SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT WILDBORE, R (M/U)
F/S FRASER, N.R. (R/G)

"
2335
0326
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0104 hrs. 19000 ft. 120 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. Layer of thin stratus about 3/400 Vis. moderate Red/Green T.I's. Target seemed to be well alight, one particulary big fire seen in cnetre of concentration of red/green T.I's nickels dropped. Defences light - concentrated attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED995 "X"

F/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
P/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)

"
2333
0323
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0141 hrs. 20000 ft. 090 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 2/10th tops 8,000 ft. Good visibility. Red/Green T.I's good concentration of fire around Red T.I's visually identified to be on either side of railway yard west of town. Nickels dropped. Good show.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4990 "V"

F/S WELLS, M.J. (CAPT)
SGT GALLOWAY, J (NAV)
P/O GIRDLESTONE, T.W. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT MOUTON, H (F/E)
SGT EADES, D (M/U)
SGT TERRY, R.D. (R/G)

"
2330
0320
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. GPLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0138 hrs. 20000 ft. 130 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good vis. Red T.I's. Many concentrated fires around markers. PFF "BANG ON". A very concentrated attack.


22/23 June 1943

MULHEIM


557 aircraft - 242 Lancasters, 155 Halifaxes, 93 Stirlings, 55 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitoes. 35 aircraft - 12 Halifaxes, 11 Stirlings, 8 Lancasters, 4 Wellingtons - lost, 6.3% of the force.

12 Squadron losses - 0


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
22/23.6.43
LANCASTER
PH DV168 "F"
S/LDR SLADE, F.B. (CAPT)
F/O ALLINSON, W.A. (NAV)
F/S MACINTYRE, J.F. (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, G.P. (B/A)
SGT BAXTER, P.D. (F/E)
P/O SAUNDERS, I.W. (M/U)
SGT PROUSE, N.F. (R/G)
Bombing
Mulheim
2313
0302
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0120 hrs. 21000 ft. 170 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. Slight broekn CU cloud. Red T.I. markers. Fires appeared concentrated - nickels dropped. Should be a good attack, defences more intense than usual.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED972 "R"
F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
F/S BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
SGT SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT BIRKIN, F (M/U)
SGT FRASER, N.R. (R/G)
"
2316
0310
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0122 hrs. 19000 ft. 173 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 4/10 thin cloud. Fair visibility. Red T.I's. Fires getting a hold - seemed concentrated. Nickels dropped. Attack seemed concentrated - more S/L activity than seen for a long time.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4990 "V"
F/S WELLS, M.J. (CAPT)
SGT GALLOWAY, J (NAV)
P/O GIRDLESTONE, T.W. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT MORETON, H (F/E)
SGT EADES, D (M/U)
SGT TERRY, R.D. (R/G)
"
2314
0316
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0123 hrs. 20000 ft. 170 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 8/10 thin St. Cu. Red T.I. markers. Three big explosions and many concentrated fires. PFF were on time and fires were well concentrated around markers.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED820 "A"
F/S SMITHERINGALE, K.B. (CAPT)
F/O KINGMAN, L (NAV)
SGT MUGE, H.E. (W/T)
SGT HALL (377), W (B/A)
SGT BREWER, R.J. (F/E)
F/O PHILLIPS, P.H. (M/U)
F/S LANCASTER, R (R/G)
"
2313
0322
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0126 hrs. 20000 ft. 195 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 2/10 S.Cu. Industrial haze. Red T.I. in bomb sight burning on ground. One large explosion seen in target area on bombing, and many fires were seen to be taking hold, nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4958 "B"
SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOODFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)
"
2315
0326
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0125 hrs. 20000 ft. 174 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 3/10 cloud at approx 12000 ft. Good vis. Red/Green T.I. markers. Many big concentrated fires nickels dropped. Should develop into a very good attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4881 "C"
SGT MCMILLAN, D.J. (CAPT)
F/S HESKETH, K.G. (NAV)
SGT ORR, G.A. (W/T)
F/S HALL (312), C.W. (B/A)
SGT RANDALL, J.L. (F/E)
SGT GERSHAW, J (M/U)
SGT MYERS, L (R/G)
"
2317
0314
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0124 hrs. 22000 ft. 160 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 4/10 to 5/10 cloud tops 10,000 ft. Good visibility. Red/Green T.I's scattered fires in area. Big explosion in centre of concentration of T.I's with red flames, nickels dropped. Seemed a promising attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4994 "T"
F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S PURSLOW, G.W. (W/T)
SGT TURNER, H.T. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)
"
2320
0337
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0127 hrs. 20000 ft. 150 Deg. Mag. 200 MPH IAS. 4/10 cloud. Good vis. Red/Green T.I's. Good concentration of fires increasing in size as A/C left - nickels dropped. "Good Prang".
"
LANCASTER
PH ED995 "X"
F/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
P/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)
"
2319
0341
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0127 hrs. 21000 ft. 170 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 4/10 strate - cu. tops 6000 ft. Good vis. Red/Green T.I's seen on track in proper place. Attack starting to acheive concentration. Nickels dropped - looked like being a fairly good attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV164 "W"
F/S BROWN, M.G. (CAPT)
F/S PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
F/S KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT GAWN, H (M/U)
F/S DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)
"
2331
0332
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0128 hrs. 19500 ft. 176 Deg. Mag. 158 MPH IAS. 3/10 cloud. vis. good. Red T.I. in sight seen to cascade. One particularly big explosion at 0130 hrs. emitting black smoke. up top 13000 ft. nickels dropped. Just as good as Krefeld.
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM325 "F"
SGT HOPTON, C.G. (CAPT)
SGT GILLIS, H.O. (NAV)
SGT MOYES, P.T. (W/T)
SGT LEIGH, R.B. (B/A)
SGT GROSS, C.T. (F/E)
SGT DUNN, A (M/U)
SGT LAMBERT, P.A. (R/G)
"
2349
0400
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0144 hrs. 20000 ft. 172 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. Slight cloud. Good vis. Red T.I. markers. Many concentrated fires. Nickels dropped. A very successful show.
"
LANCASTER
GZ DV158 "A"
SGT SARGENT, DA.G. (CAPT)
SGT OLIVER, D.R. (NAV)
SGT HAMES, D.C. (W/T)
SGT RILEY, C.G. (B/A)
SGT WRIGHT, K.R. (F/E)
SGT MALLIN, R (M/U)
SGT MCCAULEY, G.J. (R/G)
"
2345
0355
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0149 hrs. 18000 ft. 180 Deg. Mag. 200 MPH IAS. No cloud. Smoke haze. Red/Green T.I's very concentrated fires in target area. Seemed more concentrated effort even than on Krefeld. The fires at Krefeld can still be seen burning - nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED968 "G"
SGT FORDYCE, G.W. (CAPT)
SGT COLLINS, L.J. (NAV)
SGT EGAN, A.E. (W/T)
SGT HARRIS, R (B/A)
SGT JOHNSON, C (F/E)
SGT HODGES, R.H. (M/U)
SGT MINOGUE, J (R/G)
"
2350
0346
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0145 hrs. 21000 ft. 180 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. Very clear. Considerable smoke. Green/Red markers. One mass of fires, nickels dropped. Very good show. PFF right on the dot.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4491 "Q"
SGT JEFFRIES, L.F. (CAPT)
SGT ROY, C . (NAV)
SGT STEWARD, W.T. (W/T)
P/O OLDHAM, T.J. (B/A)
SGT IRWIN, J (F/E)
SGT ADDINSALL, G.W. (M/U)
SGT SEATON, J.A.M. (R/G)
"
2348
0410
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0148 hrs. 19000 ft. 153 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. Clear. Red/Green T.I. markers. Three particulary large fires nickels dropped. Agreeably surprised at defences for our first trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4380 "E"
SGT GARDINER, N. (CAPT)
P/O ORR, J (NAV)
SGT LAMBOURNE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT GREALY, P.G.R. (B/A)
SGT DAVEY, J (F/E)
P/O POLGREAN, W.H. (M/U)
SGT BRITNELL, J.E. (R/G)
"
2334
0419
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc.
25 BC's dropped live D.R. positions 5152 N 0632 E 0140 hrs. 15000 ft. 4000 lb dropped live on distribution 4 miles west of Mulheim on track at 0150 hrs. 13000 ft. A/C unable to climb. Pilot found on crossing E/C and commencing to weave, that A/C unable to climb. Incendiaries dropped in effort to gain height without success. Nickels dropped. Disappointing trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV171 "K"
SGT YEO, H.G. (CAPT)
SGT ASHTON, N.R. (NAV)
SGT ADAMS, R.M. (W/T)
SGT KENNEDY, B.J. (B/A)
SGT ROBINSON, C.W. (F/E)
SGT RENNICK, J.S. (M/U)
SGT SOLUK, P.A. (R/G)
"
2330
0224

Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Mission abandoned 5242 N 0258 E 0107 hrs. 17000 ft. Because mid upper gunner was suffering from lack of oxygen. The flow meter was not registering. 4000 lb. HC. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. jettisoned 5242 N 0258 E 0109 hrs. 15000 ft. all incediaries brought back.

"
LANCASTER
GZ ED424 "E"
F/O WEEKS, D.G.R. (CAPT)
SGT MITCHELL, W.R. (NAV)
SGT DREW, H (W/T)
SGT BAINES, A.H. (B/A)
SGT RIGLEY, F (F/E)
SGT VICKERS, G.W. (M/U)
SGT SWAN, J.W. (R/G)
"
2347
0405
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0154 hrs. 21000 ft. 182 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good vis. Red/Green T.I. markers. Many concentrated fires - nickels dropped. Good show.
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM321 "H"
SGT FORBES, T.B. (CAPT)
SGT MATTHEWS, L.A. (NAV)
SGT SNEESBY, R (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, W.F. (B/A)
SGT HALES, A (F/E)
SGT SOUTHON, E (M/U)
SGT DEASLEY, G.A. (R/G)
"
2344
0415
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0153 hrs. 19000 ft. 183 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. No cloud. Good vis. Red/Green T.I's. Good seething mass of fire - especially concentrated in area of town adjacent to river, nickels dropped. The concentration of fire - although of less extent, was better than Wuppertal.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE142 "G"
F/L FAWCETT, R.E. (CAPT)
SGT LYDFORD, P.R. (NAV)
SGT VICKERS, G (W/T)
SGT BELL, J (B/A)
SGT HEALY, C.M. (F/E)
SGT BOWEN, R.T. (M/U)
SGT HINKS, B.C. (R/G)
"
2332
0350
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0150 hrs. 21000 cloud. Thin low cloud, good vis. Red/Green T.I's very concentrated fires - nickels dropped. Seemed to be a successful attack.


24/25 June 1943

WUPPERTAL


630 aircraft - 251 Lancasters, 171 Halifaxes, 101 Wellingtons, 98 Stirlings, 9 Mosquitoes. 34 aircraft - 10 Halifaxes, 10 Stirlings, 8 Lancasters, 6 Wellingtons - lost, 5.4% of the force.

12 Squadron losses - 0


DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
24/25.6.43
LANCASTER
PH W4881 "C"
SGT MCMILLAN, D.J. (CAPT)
F/S HESKETH, K.G. (NAV)
SGT ORR, G.A. (W/T)
F/S HALL (112), C.W. (B/A)
SGT RANDALL, J.L. (F/E)
SGT GERSHAW, J (M/U)
SGT MYERS, L (R/G)
Bombing
Wuppertal
2257
0303
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0059 hrs. 17000 ft. 045 Deg. Mag. 280 MPH IAS. 3/10 broken cloud in layers. Nickels dropped. Coned over Dusseldorf, we were held for approx. 3 mins. then hit by flak and still held by S/L cones so we dropped our bombs in the normal way in the vicinity of Dusseldorf we lost height from 2200 ft before we got out of the defences.
"
LANCASTER
GZ DV158 "A"
SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOODFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)
"
2256
0327
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0105 hrs. 19500 ft. 052 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 7/10 cloud tops 19000 ft. generally with break over actual target. Yellow T.I. on track by time we turned away fires were taking hold in area marked by the T.I's. In early stages it seemed a very promising raid.
"
LANCASTER
GZ DV168 "F"
S/LDR SLADE, F.B. (CAPT)
F/O ALLINSON, W.A. (NAV)
F/S MACINTYRE, J.F. (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, G.P. (B/A)
SGT BAXTER, P.D. (F/E)
P/O SAUNDERS, I.W. (M/U)
SGT PROUSE, N.F. (R/G)
"
2306
0331
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0107 hrs. 18500 ft. 060 Deg. Mag. 175 MPH IAS. Patched C.U. up to tops 19000 ft. vis. good. Yellow tracking indicating markers also red T.I's. The fires started after we left the target nickels dropped. On leaving the target many large fires had started and appeared concentrated around the target.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED133 "P"
SGT STANCLIFFE, J.K. (CAPT)
SGT MORBAIX, G.E. (NAV)
SGT HALE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT NICHOLLS, E.M. (B/A)
SGT HOWELLS, L (F/E)
SGT TURVILL, E.F. (M/U)
SGT MORGAN, F.H. (R/G)
"
2301
0340
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0108 hrs. 19500 ft. 063 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. Patches of cloud approaching target but target clear. Vis. good. Red T.I. marker flares at 0107 on ground. One heavy fire building up with dense black smoke and good concentration and crew could see that the raid was taking a long narrow shape. Good concentration on the flares.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4880 "V"
F/S WELLS, M.J. (CAPT)
SGT GALLOWAY, J (NAV)
P/O GIRDLESTONE, T.W. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT MORETON, H (F/E)
SGT EADES, D (M/U)
SGT TERRY, R.D. (R/G)
"
2258
0353
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0109 hrs. 18500 ft. 050 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. Layer of 10/10 ST.CU. Between 19000/21000 ft. Yellow track indicators and Red T.I. markers. Whole place seemed one sheet of flame. Best attack I've ever seen.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED972 "R"
F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
F/S BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
F/S SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT WILDBORE, R (M/U)
F/S FRASER, N.R. (R/G)
"
2304
0350
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0110 hrs. 19000 ft. 040 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. Large patch of CU when approaching target but little or no cloud over target Vis good. Red T/I 20/30 heavy cookie bursts in target area whilst on bombing run. Before bombing a heavy explosion burst that was definitely too big for a bomb burst.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4994 "T"
F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S PURSLOW, G.W. (W/T)
SGT TURNER, H.T. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)
"
2259
0345
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0110 hrs. 20000 ft. 050 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 4/10 cloud top 20000 ft. Good visibility Red/Green T.I's. Good area of fire in target. Big explosion at 0117 hrs. near concentration of T.I's. Incendiary from A/C above hit nose of A/C over target - made starboard brake, auto controls U/S. Satisfactory.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV164 "W"
F/S BROWN, M.G. (CAPT)
F/S PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
F/S KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT GAWN, H (M/U)
F/S DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)
"
2305
0405
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0112 hrs. 19500 ft. 057 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. Heavy Cu right up to target area. Target clear. vis. Red/Green T.I's. One fire getting hold and glow of fires seen from coast and uncountable cookies in concentration area "Good Show".
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM321 "H"
S/LDR KNIGHT, F.J. (CAPT)
P/O TREHERNE, H.C. (NAV)
SGT AYERST, F.O. (W/T)
F/S NOBLE, M.P. (B/A)
SGT LAWRENCE, E (F/E)
SGT BIRKIN, F (M/U)
SGT BOXHALL, J.R. (R/G)
"
2300
0356
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0110 hrs. 16000 ft. 060 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud base 20000 ft. Good area of fire seen in the target area ahead of A/C. A/C coned for 5 mins at 5103 0640E 0105 hrs. 19000 ft. A/C took violent evasive action but S/Ls held A/C which was heavily engaged by flak. Starboard centre and outer tanks holed and bombs dropped Wuppertal 15 miles SW at 0110 hrs. 16000 ft. before A/C finally evaded - none of the crew hurt. Unfortunate trip. Nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM328 "F"
SGT FORBES, T.B. (CAPT)
SGT MATTHEWS, L.A. (NAV)
SGT SNEESBY, R (W/T)
SGT THOMAS, W.F. (B/A)
SGT HALES, A (F/E)
SGT SOUTHON, E (M/U)
SGT DEASLEY, G.A. (R/G)
"
2307
0400
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0108 hrs. 19000 ft. 059 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. Clear over target. Red T.I. markers. As we bombed fires just getting hold. Seemed to be developing into a very good attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED820 "A"
W/CDR WOOD, R.S.C. (CAPT)
SGT ASPDEN, L.W. (2nd Pilot)
SGT KELLOWAY, E (NAV)
SGT DUBBINS, R.W. (W/T)
P/O KING, I (B/A)
SGT BEVIS, K.J. (F/E)
SGT CLAYTON, (M/U)
SGT BUTLER, D.W.J (R/G)
"
2328
0441
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0143 hrs. 18200 ft. 058 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. No cloud, red/green T.I. markers and fires. Whole area appeared on fire. As good as the last attack on this target. I do not see any advantage in the stepping down tactics on the return route as if you run into defended areas there is light as well as heavy flak to contend with.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE412 "G"
SGT GREEN, L.E.F. (CAPT)
SGT TURNER, W (NAV)
SGT DODDS, A.W. (W/T)
SGT HUMPHRIES, G.J. (B/A)
SGT MOORE, V.C. (F/E)
SGT PYLE, T (M/U)
SGT DOWNS, R (R/G)
"
2325
0410
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0136 hrs. 21000 ft. 056 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. Thin film of ST forming haze. Yellow T.I. There were a good many scattered incendiaries burning on approaching the target but fires in target area were fairly well concentrated. Tinsel used successfully.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV171 "K"
F/O BURKHARDT, J (CAPT)
SGT HOOEY, H.H. (NAV)
SGT MORLEY, P.J. (W/T)
SGT WASHBROOK, A (B/A)
SGT SMITH, (358), R (F/E)
P/O WALKER, J.A. (M/U)
SGT SHORT, S.G. (R/G)
"
2332
0158
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Mission abandoned Southwold 0025 hrs. 18000 ft. Rear Turret U/S. Engine driven pump broken therefore no oil in system. 4000 lb. HC safe 5155 N 0250 E 0045 hrs. 17000 ft. All incendiaries brought back.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED995 "X"
F/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
P/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)
"
2329
0430
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0138 hrs. 21000 ft. 060 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. No cloud tops 17000 ft. up to target vis. good. Red T.I. in sights. Good concentration of bursts and fires "Good show".
"
LANCASTER
PH LM301 "G"
F/O LIGHTON, D.G. (CAPT)
SGT WARD, I.M. (NAV)
SGT FOREMAN, E (W/T)
SGT LINDSAY, G.T. (B/A)
SGT WADSWORTH, (F/E)
SGT MACEY, K.J. (M/U)
SGT ARTHUR, F (R/G)
"
2327
0426
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0134 hrs. 15000 ft. 058 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. No cloud vis:- impaired by smoke and haze. Red Green T.I's Large concentrated fire area - smoke up 12000 ft. Tinsel used. Successful trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4991
SGT JEFFRIES, L.F. (CAPT)
SGT ROY, C . (NAV)
SGT STEWART, W.T. (W/T)
P/O OLDHAM, T.J. (B/A)
SGT IRWIN, J (F/E)
SGT ADDINSALL, G.W. (M/U)
SGT MATTHEWS, T (R/G)
"
2334
0416
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0134 hrs. 19000 ft. 060 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. Clear yellow tracking indicator and Red T.I. markers. Town appeared one enormous fire. A very successful attack.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED424 "E"
P/O ASHBURNER, N (CAPT)
P/O BYE, V.C. (NAV)
SGT GLEESON, I.J. (W/T)
P/O LAVERICK, H (B/A)
SGT BARRAS, R (F/E)
SGT FRASER, G.W. (M/U)
SGT PEACE, W.T. (R/G)
"
2326
0436
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0139 hrs. 19000 ft. 089 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. Clear yellow track indicator and red T.I. markers. Area appeared one mass of flame. A very good show.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED968 "G"
F/S KROEMER, L.R. (CAPT)
SGT BISHOP, T.P. (NAV)
SGT TIBBS, D (W/T)
SGT O'BRIEN, J (B/A)
SGT CLARKE, T (F/E)
SGT CLOUTMAN, W.M. (M/U)
SGT REES, A(R/G)
"
2335
0424
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0130 hrs. 17000 ft. 180 Deg. Mag. 190 MPH IAS. Yellow track indicators and Wuppertal 20 miles ahead. We were running between Dusseldorf and Cologne when we got coned by S/Ls. We dived to starboard and the port inner engine started to throw out flame and we thought we'd been hit, so when we had got down to 17000 ft. we dropped bombs and we turned through 140 degrees to get out of the S/Ls cone which left us west of Cologne so we set course for base. Note:- On return port inner engine found to be O.K.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED548 "J"
SGT SARGENT, DA.G. (CAPT)
SGT OLIVER, D.R. (NAV)
SGT HAMES, D.C. (W/T)
SGT RILEY, C.G. (B/A)
SGT WRIGHT, K.R. (F/E)
SGT HODGE, R.H. (M/U)
SGT MCCAULEY, G.J. (R/G)
"
2330
0334
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Target abandoned Antwerp. 1x4000 lb. HC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. jettisoned safe with photo flash. 5354N 0132E 0228 hrs. 10,000 ft. 2x500 lb. MC 510x4 lb. 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' inc. brought back. Compass trouble and enemy interference with Gee.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED392 "D"
SGT HOPTON, C.G. (CAPT)
SGT GILLIS, H.O. (NAV)
SGT MOYES, P.T. (W/T)
SGT LEIGH, R.B. (B/A)
SGT GROSS, C.T. (F/E)
SGT DUNN, A (M/U)
SGT MINOGUE, J (R/G)
"
2330
0334
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0125 hrs. 20000 ft. 060 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 2/10 cloud tops 10000 ft. vis. impaired by smoke Red T.I's. Good area of fires seen ahead of A/C apparently concentrated - nickels dropped. Hole in port wing by flak 0125 hrs. 20000 ft. 2 miles S.W. of Wuppertal. Good trip spoilt by S/Ls efficiency, near target A/C held by 2 cones 2 miles S.W. of Wuppertal for 1 1/2 miles diving turn to 14000 ft. and evaded.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE199 "U"
SGT PATTERSON, W (CAPT)
SGT ALDRITT, J (NAV)
SGT COPPING, J (W/T)
SGT CARNEY, I.F. (B/A)
SGT DODDS, J.A. (F/E)
SGT MCCORMACK, R (M/U)
SGT SEATON, J.A.M. (R/G)
"
2333
0444
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Last resort Solingen area. Caught in heavy concentration of S/Ls between Cologne and Dusseldorf lost 10,000 ft. in attempts to evade. Still held in cone when then 6000 ft. decided to jettison and return as considered it impossible to climb to bombing height. Little cloud - good vis. jettisoned bomb load Solingen 0141 hrs. 21000 ft. Heavy flak bursting very near A/C and S/L - very heavy - decided to jettison and return though target was in sight.



25/26 June 1943

GELSENKIRCHEN


473 aircraft - 214 Lancasters, 134 Halifaxes, 73 Stirlings, 40 Wellingtons, 12 Mosquitoes. 30 aircraft - 13 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes, 6 Stirlings, 4 Wellingtons - lost, 6.3% of the force.

12 Squadron losses - 0

DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
25/26.6.43
LANCASTER
PH W4958 "B"
SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOODFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)
Bombing
Gelsenkirchen
2256
0322
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0127 hrs. 18000 ft. 194 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 9000 ft. Good vis. above cloud. Nickels. Disappointing trip R.P. flares late.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE142 "G"
F/S GARDINER, N. (CAPT)
P/O ORR, J (NAV)
SGT LAMBOURNE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT GREALY, P.G.R. (B/A)
SGT DAVEY, J (F/E)
P/O POLGREAN, W.H. (M/U)
SGT BRITNELL, J.E. (R/G)
"
2254
0058
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Returned early, A/C developed engine trouble over base whilst climbing, and after jettisoning in the sea landed at base 1x4000 lb. HC 1x500 lb. MC jettisoned safe and photo flash (camera disconnected) 5325 N 0151 E (60 NE Sheringham) 0013 hrs. 10,000 ft. 2x500 lb. MC 48x30 lb. inc. 30x4 lb. 'x' 510x4 lb. inc. brought back.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED133 "P"
SGT STANCLIFFE, J.K. (CAPT)
SGT MORBAIX, G.E. (NAV)
SGT HALE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT NICHOLLS, E.M. (B/A)
SGT HOWELLS, L (F/E)
SGT TURVILL, E.F. (M/U)
SGT MORGAN, F.H. (R/G)
"
2253
00318
Load 1x4000 lb. HC. 1x500
"
LANCASTER
PH DV164 "W"
F/S BROWN, M.G. (CAPT)
F/S PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
F/S KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT ROBINSON, K.V. (M/U)
F/S DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)
"
2327
0332
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0129 hrs. 19500 ft. 197 Deg. Mag. 155 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops about 15000 ft. R/G R/P flares after making orbit due to these being late. Glow of incendaries seen below clouds. PFF were late but track indicating flares seemed to be in right position.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED972 "R""
F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S PURSLOW, G.W. (W/T)
SGT TURNER, H.T. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)
"
2251
0201
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Returned early, furthest point reached 10 miles west of Texel owing to navigational difficulties. Compass trouble 1x4000 lb. HC 1x500 lb. MCLD jettisoned into the sea and photo flash (camera disconnected) 2x500 lb. MC 48x30 lb. 510x4 lb. 30x4 lb. 'x' inc. brought back.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4990 "V"
F/S WELLS, M.J. (CAPT)
F/L ROWLAND, J.N. (2nd PILOT)
SGT GALLOWAY, J (NAV)
P/O GIRDLESTONE, T.W. (W/T)
SGT MOORE, T (B/A)
SGT MORETON, H (F/E)
SGT EADES, D (M/U)
SGT TERRY, R.D. (R/G)
"
2250
0325
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0122 hrs. 21000 ft. 194 Deg. Mag.155 MPH IAS. Red/Green tracking flares. Considerable glow under cloud after leaving. Too early and too much cloud to say very much R/P flares were late.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV171 "K"
F/O BURKHARDT, J (CAPT)
SGT HOOEY, H.H. (NAV)
SGT MORLEY, P.J. (W/T)
SGT WASHBROOK, A (B/A)
SGT SMITH, (358), R (F/E)
P/O WALKER, J.A. (M/U)
SGT SHORT, S.G. (R/G)
"
2304
0340
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0129 hrs. 17000 ft. 186 Deg. Mag.160 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 10000 ft. Very little activity before bombing except for one lot of incends. Well away from target. Glow of fires under cloud seen after leaving nickels dropped. Doubtful whether it would be very successful.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED993 "X"
F/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
F/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)
"
2255
0337
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0129 hrs. 22000 ft. 194 Deg. Mag.165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 10000 ft. vis. good above cloud. R/Green R/P flares seen. Fire glow seen beneath cloud. Nickels dropped. Tinsel used. Uneventful trip.
"
LANCASTER
GZ DV158 "A"
F/O WOOD, V (CAPT)
P/O KIRKBY, L.H. (NAV)
SGT CRUICKSHANK, W (W/T)
SGT WOOD, G.H. (B/A)
SGT DAVIES, C.G. (F/E)
SGT WILKINSON, J.R. (M/U)
SGT COLL, R.B. (R/G)
"
2257
0405
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0125 hrs. 17000 ft. 199 Deg. Mag.150 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud with small breaks tops 12000 ft. R/Green R/P flares not seen nickels dropped. A/C hit by flak north of target 2 ft gash in bomb doors. Flak centered on rear side of bomb aimers compartment. Big hole in mid upper turret. Damage on port side undercarriage housing port outer engine hit and controls to port outer engine locked. Engine kept going for 6 mins then ran rough caught fire and was feathered A/C brought back to base on three engines.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE199 "U"
F/O WEEKS, D.G.R. (CAPT)
SGT MITCHELL, W.R. (NAV)
SGT DREW, H (W/T)
SGT BAINES, A.H. (B/A)
SGT RIGLEY, F (F/E)
SGT VICKERS, G.W. (M/U)
SGT SWAN, J.W. (R/G)
"
2311
0418
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0135 hrs. 17000 ft. 270 Deg. Mag.170 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud about 10000 ft. No R/P flares seen. Glow of fires under cloud. Very scattered. Gee was U/S on reaching 7000 ft. after take off. Hit over Gelsenkirchen by H/F at 0130. Starboard inner engine, coolant and flaps damage. Nickels dropped. Disappointing show.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED548 "J"
F/S KROEMER, L.R. (CAPT)
SGT BISHOP, T.P. (NAV)
SGT TIBBS, D (W/T)
SGT O'BRIEN, J (B/A)
SGT CLARKE, T (F/E)
SGT CLOUTMAN, W.M. (M/U)
SGT REES, A(R/G)
"
2259
0350
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0132 hrs. 17000 ft. 194 Deg. Mag.165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 12000 ft. Vis good above cloud. R/P flares in sights. Only S/L glows below cloud was observed though attack and concentration of A/C was developing. Nickels dropped. Straightforward trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV168 "F"
SGT GREEN, L.E.F. (CAPT)
SGT TURNER, W (NAV)
SGT DODDS, A.W. (W/T)
SGT HUMPHRIES, G.J. (B/A)
SGT MOORE, V.C. (F/E)
SGT PYLE, T (M/U)
SGT DOWNS, R (R/G)
"
2320
0354
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0143 hrs. 22000 ft. 191 Deg. Mag.165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 14000 ft. Good vis. above cloud. Red/Green R/P flares. Tracking flares seen O.K. Glow of fires beneath cloud. Nickels dropped. Straightforward trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4881 "C"
F/O HERRON, A.R. (CAPT)
SGT BAIRD, D.R. (NAV)
SGT EDMONDSON, T.E. (W/T)
SGT BRAYBROOK, (B/A)
SGT GREEN, M.L. (F/E)
SGT BASELY, A.L. (M/U)
SGT COMBRES, M.E. (R/G)
"
2322
0430
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0154 hrs. 19000 ft. 194 Deg. Mag.155 MPH IAS. 10/10 tops well below. Good visibility. Red steady and green steady were seen when approaching target area but no flares. One big concentration of fires below cloud but other fires were burning in the area. Essen area 0200 hrs. 19,000 ft. H/F damage to port main plane, port fuselage perspex rear of cabin just forward of W/OP possibly either damage. Appeared to be target alright nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
PH W499 "Q"
F/O LIGHTON, D.G. (CAPT)
SGT WARD, I.M. (NAV)
SGT FOREMAN, E (W/T)
SGT LINDSAY, G.T. (B/A)
SGT WADSWORTH, (F/E)
SGT MACEY, K.J. (M/U)
SGT ARTHUR, F (R/G)
"
2321
0356
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0143 hrs. 20000 ft. 194 Deg. Mag.165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud 8/10000 ft. Red/Green steady flares seen on track R/Green R/P flares seen ahead over target nickels dropped. The glow of fires seen in cloud seemed fully concentrated.
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM328 "F"
SGT SARGENT, DA.G. (CAPT)
SGT OLIVER, D.R. (NAV)
SGT HAMES, D.C. (W/T)
SGT RILEY, C.G. (B/A)
SGT WRIGHT, K.R. (F/E)
SGT BASSANT, (M/U)
SGT MCCAULEY, G.J. (R/G)
"
2324
0402
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0149 hrs. 18000 ft. 192 Deg. Mag.168 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud about 10/12000 ft. Red/Green steady flares and R/G R/P flares. Big glow beneath the clouds nickels dropped. Too much cloud to be sure of results.
"
LANCASTER
GZ EE195 "B"
SGT FORDYCE, G.W. (CAPT)
SGT COLLINS, L.J. (NAV)
SGT EGAN, A.E. (W/T)
SGT HARRIS, R (B/A)
SGT JOHNSON, C (F/E)
SGT HODGES, R.H. (M/U)
SGT MINOGUE, J (R/G)
"
2318
0410
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0150 hrs. 20000 ft. 119 Deg. Mag.200 MPH IAS. Cloud 10/10th tops 14000 ft. Visibility very good with winds 65 MPH at 20000 ft. Red/Green steady were seen on approach white flares in target area at 0149 hrs. On approach 30 miles away cloud then 8/10 bursts of cookies were seen in concentration and over target - a concentrated glow not S/L's was visible below cloud. Nickels dropped. A good concentrated attack.



27/28 June 1943

MINELAYING


15 Lancasters and 15 Stirlings minelaying in the Frisians, off La Pallice and in the River Gironde. 1 Lancaster minelayer lost.

12 Squadron losses - 0

DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
27/28.6.43
LANCASTER
PH W4958 "B"
SGT ASPDEN, L.W. (CAPT)
SGT KELLOWAY, E (NAV)
SGT DUBBINS, R.W. (W/T)
P/O KING, I (B/A)
SGT BEVIS, K.J. (F/E)
SGT CLAYTON, W.E. (M/U)
SGT BUTLER, D.W.J. (R/G)
Gardening
Deodars
2248
0515
Load 3xB204. 2xC302 + 1xA104
0140 hrs. 5000 ft. 190 Deg. Mag.
Hazy. No cloud. Satisfactory.
"
LANCASTER
PH W990 "N"
F/L ROWLAND, J.N. (CAPT)
SGT PARRY, D.J. (NAV)
SGT STAINER, E.F. (W/T)
SGT KENNEDY, N.J. (B/A)
F/S EDWARDS, C.A. (F/E)
SGT ROBINSON, K.V. (M/U)
SGT SHORT, S.G. (R/G)
"
2249
0515
Load 3xB204 (set 66.42.15) 2xC302 (set 6.8) xA108 mines.
0214 hrs. 5500 ft. 180 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH. Cloudless. Good visibility. Pinpointed Corduan island and lighthouse made time run of 2 mins on 243 Deg. Mag. and turned on 180 deg. and started to drop immeadiately. Satisfactory trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH EV164 "W"
SGT PATTERSON, W (CAPT)
SGT ALDRITT, J (NAV)
SGT FRANKLIN, T.H. (W/T)
SGT CARNEY, I.F. (B/A)
SGT DODDS, J.A. (F/E)
SGT BENNETT, R.J. (M/U)
SGT SEATON, J.A.M. (R/G)
"
2245
0450
Load 3xB204 (set 42.66.18) 1xA104 mines. 0147 hrs. 6000 ft. 198 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH. No cloud. Hazy and poor visibility. Pinpoint Les Sables D'Olonne and estuary at Tulmart and then obtained "G" fix at 0140 at 4543N 0123W and made timed run from there of 2 minutes on heading 212 deg. mag. turned on 198 deg. one started to drop veg. immeadiately. "Satisfactory trip".



28/29 June 1943

COLOGNE


608 aircraft - 267 Lancasters, 169 Halifaxes, 85 Wellingtons, 75 Stirlings, 12 Mosquitoes. 25 aircraft - 10 Halifaxes, 8 Lancasters, 5 Stirlings, 2 Wellingtons - lost, 4.1% of the force.

12 Squadron losses - 1; S/Ldr Knight and crew

DATE
AIRCRAFT
CREW
DUTY
TIME - UP / DOWN
DETAILS OF SORTIE OR FLIGHT
28/29.6.43
LANCASTER
PH EE202 "L"
SGT SALTHOUSE, W (CAPT)
P/O LYNCH, P (NAV)
SGT LEES, J.P. (W/T)
SGT DARWISH, H (B/A)
SGT HAMILL, E (F/E)
SGT WOODFORD, R (M/U)
SGT BARTLETT, P (R/G)
Bombing
Cologne
2311
0317
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0140 hrs. 18000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops 2000 ft. No flares MTI's seen bombed on E.T.A. Glow of believed own incends. seen under clouds soon after bombing. Nickels. Too early to make any definate remarks.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4991 "Q"
S/L HEYWORTH, J (CAPT)
F/O GRIFFITHS, D.I. (NAV)
P/O FISHER, G.W. (W/T)
P/O RAMSAY, J.E. (B/A)
SGT PEARN, H (F/E)
SGT WILD, P (M/U)
P/O STEWART, W.I. (R/G)
"
2307
0331
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0154 hrs. 21500 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud low down. Vis:- above very good. 1st red with green stars - 47 with two whites. Red/Green sky markers in bomb sight. Nickels dropped,
"
LANCASTER
PH W4994 "T"
F/S MIZON, W.F. (CAPT)
SGT STENBORG, H.O. (NAV)
F/S PURSLOW, G.W. (W/T)
SGT TURNER, H.T. (B/A)
SGT PECKHAM, J.E. (F/E)
P/O STRAKER, R.T. (M/U)
F/S CURRAN, W (R/G)
"
2312
0326
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0149 hrs. 21000 ft. 035 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Green steady track indicators and Red/Green R/P flares. Nickels dropped. Owing to 10/10 cloud impossible to tell results of attack.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV164 "W"
F/S BROWN, M.G. (CAPT)
F/S PRITCHET, M (NAV)
SGT BROOKS, E (W/T)
F/S KAUTER, F.G. (B/A)
SGT EVANS, J.H. (F/E)
SGT GAWN, H (M/U)
F/S DUNSHEA, S.M. (R/G)
"
2305
0205
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Mission abandoned 5116N 0150E 0033 hrs. 19000 ft. Mid Upper gunner feeling faint. We turned oxygen up to full strength but he didn't feel any better so we decided to abandon. 4000 lb. safe. 1x500 lb. MCLD. safe 513N 0227E 0049 17000 ft. All other bombs brought back.
"
LANCASTER
GZ EE195 "B"
S/LDR KNIGHT, F.J. (CAPT)
P/O TREHERNE, H.C. (NAV)
SGT AYERST, F.O. (W/T)
F/S NOBLE, M.P. (B/A)
SGT LAWRENCE, E (F/E)
F/S BIRKIN, F (M/U)
SGT BOXHALL, J.R. (R/G)
"
2309
-
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. MISSING.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED820 "A"
F/S SMITHERINGALE, K.B. (CAPT)
F/O KINGMAN, L (NAV)
SGT MUGE, H.E. (W/T)
SGT HALL (377), W (B/A)
SGT BREWER, R.J. (F/E)
F/O PHILLIPS, G.D. (M/U)
W/O LANCASTER, R (R/G)
"
2306
0348
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0151 hrs. 20000 ft. 033 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Green flares steady on track and Green/Red R/P flares. A few scattered fires nickels dropped. PFF were very late and it is difficult to tell if the attack was successful.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE142 "G"
F/S GARDINER, N. (CAPT)
P/O ORR, J (NAV)
SGT LAMBOURNE, H.V. (W/T)
SGT GREALY, P.G.R. (B/A)
SGT DAVEY, J (F/E)
P/O POLGREAN, W.H. (M/U)
SGT BRITNELL, J.E. (R/G)
"
2350
0426
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0216 hrs. 19500 ft. 040 Deg. Mag. 170 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops approx. 6000 ft. visibility good. Good fires and large amounts of black smoke were coming up through the clouds in target area. One large reflection and some smaller nearby - nickels dropped. Good show, though some incendaries were apparently burning below cloud near the green steady markers.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED972 "R"
F/O BOOTH, A (CAPT)
F/S BROWN, S.V. (NAV)
SGT BISH, A.R. (W/T)
F/S SHORT, A.R. (B/A)
SGT STACEY, M (F/E)
SGT WILDBORE, R (M/U)
F/S FRASER, N.R. (R/G)
"
2308
0343
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0152 hrs. 21000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 180 MPH IAS. 10/10 tops low down perhaps at 5000 ft. Visibility good above cloud and Northern Lights. Flashes below cloud fairly concentrated. Good concentration of A/C round target - at times - nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
PH ED995 "X"
F/O WRIGHT, F.J (CAPT)
P/O SAUNDERS, E.V. (NAV)
SGT HONE, (W/T)
SGT TATTERSALL, D.R. (B/A)
SGT SMITH, W (F/E)
SGT HEATH, R.S. (M/U)
SGT SHRIMPTON, G.W. (R/G)
"
2310
0349
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0158 hrs. 21000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 166 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops about 4000 ft. vis. good above cloud. Saw steady green tracking flares and later one Red T.I. markers and R/G R.P. flares. A few glows seen under the cloud. Nickels dropped. PFF were late, unable to say much about results.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4958 "B"
F/O BURKHARDT, J (CAPT)
SGT HOOEY, H.H. (NAV)
SGT MORLEY, P.J. (W/T)
SGT WASHBROOK, A (B/A)
SGT SMITH, (358), R (F/E)
P/O WALKER, J.A. (M/U)
SGT SHORT, S.G. (R/G)
"
0010
0422
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0215 hrs. 18000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Green steady track indicators Red/Green R.P. flares. Glow on clouds - nickels dropped.
"
LANCASTER
PH DV168 "F"
SGT GREEN, L.E.F. (CAPT)
SGT TURNER, W (NAV)
SGT DODDS, A.W. (W/T)
SGT HUMPHRIES, G.J. (B/A)
SGT MOORE, V.C. (F/E)
SGT PYLE, T (M/U)
SGT DOWNS, R (R/G)
"
2343
0410
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0208 hrs. 18000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Green steady track indicators and red/green R.P. flares. Glow of fires seen through clouds - nickels dropped. 10/10 cloud obscured all view as difficult to judge intensity of raid.
"
LANCASTER
PH LM301 "O"
F/O LIGHTON, D.G. (CAPT)
SGT WARD, I.M. (NAV)
SGT FOREMAN, E (W/T)
SGT LINDSAY, G.T. (B/A)
SGT WADSWORTH, (F/E)
SGT MACEY, K.J. (M/U)
SGT SHORT, (R/G)
"
2346
0432
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0219 hrs. 19000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops low down visibility hazy. Green steady marker on approach and Red/Green R/P flares at 0216 hrs. and another R/P flare and white flare at 0221. One big concentration of fires below cloud was seen on the way home as far as the coast and it was apparently increasing. Nickels dropped. Very easy trip by comparison with the Ruhr trip.
"
LANCASTER
PH EE199 "U"
SGT JEFFRIES, L.F. (CAPT)
SGT ROY, C . (NAV)
SGT STEWARD, W.T. (W/T)
P/O OLDHAM, T.J. (B/A)
SGT IRWIN, J (F/E)
SGT ADDINSALL, G.W. (M/U)
SGT SEATON, J.A.M. (R/G)
"
0016
0020
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. Aircraft crash landed at East Backwell 0020 hrs. from 700 ft. all four engines cut, so we glided down and landed in a field. No bombs exploded, but a few incendaries fell out and caught fire, but burnt themselves out. Damage to A/C presumably CAT. E.
"
LANCASTER
PH W4990 "V"
F/O SNELL, (CAPT)
SGT RUSSELL, D.H. (NAV)
SGT COPPING, I.J. (W/T)
P/O BRAYBROOK, D.E. (B/A)
SGT HEATH, L.W. (F/E)
SGT BENNETT, R.J. (M/U)
SGT MATTHEWS, I (R/G)
"
2340
0427
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0216 hrs. 22000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 160 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Green steady track indicators and Red/Green R.P. flares. Glow of fires and cloud of black smoke.
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED392 "D"
F/O WEEKS, D.G.R. (CAPT)
SGT MITCHELL, W.R. (NAV)
SGT DREW, H (W/T)
SGT BAINES, A.H. (B/A)
SGT RIGLEY, F (F/E)
SGT VICKERS, G.W. (M/U)
SGT SWAN, J.W. (R/G)
"
2341
0430
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0218 hrs. 20000 ft. 040 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Cloud tops about 6000 ft. Saw green steady flares red/green T.I. markers and R/G R.P. flares seen ahead on approach to target. Fires seem concentrated in target area at 0220 hrs. smoke came up through the clouds. Two very big explosions close together in target area. Nickels dropped. Satisfactory trip. Good for a "Wangganui".
"
LANCASTER
GZ ED548 "J"
P/O ASHBURNER, N (CAPT)
P/O BYE, V.C. (NAV)
SGT GLEESON, I.J. (W/T)
P/O LAVERICK, H (B/A)
SGT BARRAS, R (F/E)
SGT FRASER, G.W. (M/U)
SGT PEACE, W.T. (R/G)
"
2345
0415
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0220 hrs. 19000 ft. 033 Deg. Mag. 150 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud. Green steady flares on track and red/green R.P. flares. A large red glow on cloud and a big cloud of black smoke rising above clouds. Nickels dropped. Attack appeared concentrated round R.P. flares.
"
LANCASTER
GZ DV177 "K"
F/S KROEMER, C.R. (CAPT)
SGT BISHOP, T.P. (NAV)
SGT TIBBS, D (W/T)
SGT O'BRIEN, J (B/A)
SGT CLARKE, T (F/E)
SGT CLOUTMAN, W.M. (M/U)
SGT REES, A(R/G)
"
2347
0419
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0218 hrs. 20000 ft. 036 Deg. Mag. 165 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud 10/20000 ft. red/green flare seen about 5 mls ahead on run up to target at 0216 hrs. bombed. Glow of fires seen through cloud at estimated position of R/G flare. Concentrated glow of fire seen through cloud and smoke seemed to be forcing its way up through cloud - nickels dropped. Believed a successful raid.
"
LANCASTER
GZ LM328 "F"
SGT HOPTON, C.G. (CAPT)
SGT GILLIS, H.O. (NAV)
SGT MOYES, P.T. (W/T)
SGT LEIGH, R.B. (B/A)
SGT GROSS, C.T. (F/E)
SGT DUNN, A (M/U)
SGT LAMBERT, P.A. (R/G)
"
2349
0430
Load 1x4000 lb. H.C. 2x500 lb. MC. 1x500 lb. MCLD. 510x4 lb inc. 30x4 lb. "x" inc. 48x30 lb. inc. 0218 hrs. 20000 ft. 030 Deg. Mag. 163 MPH IAS. 10/10 cloud tops about 10000 ft. green steady flares seen followed by R/G R.P. flares. Good fires could be seen below clouds seemed to be concentrated round the R.P. flares - nickels dropped. "Best Trip Yet".