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To All Who Gave So Much, Paid The Ultimate Price



So We Might Live In Peace, We Thank You And Remember You’

Binbrook Parish Council Nov 10th 1997
460 SQUADRON (RAAF) - PILOTS AND CREWS
BY JOHN WATSON

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A RECORD OF THE AIRCREWS WHO TOOK PART

IN THE BOMBING RAIDS CARRIED OUT OVER

EUROPE BY 460 SQUADRON (RAAF) BOMBER

COMMAND, FROM 12TH MARCH 1942 TO 25TH

APRIL 1945, AND THE LATER MANNA AND

EXODUS OPERATIONS.

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CONTENTS 1 FOREWORD.

2 OBJECTIVE.

3 LIST OF PILOTS AND CREWS.

4 INDEX OF AIRCREW and POW.

5 INDEX OF GROUNDCREW.

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(1) Foreword

No one who flew as aircrew in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War could possibly have been unaware of the groundcrew who looked after the plane that he flew in - "their" plane they used to consider it to be because, if anything, they took even more pride in "their" plane than did the aircrew who normally flew in it,despite the fact that the aircrew always considered the plane they normally flew in to be the best plane in the flight. But as for those devoted groundcrew...they always seemed to be out there, be it dawn or dusk, rain or shine, whenever we aircrew "went out at dispersal". No doubt the compelling requirements of RAF Form 500 required this constant attention from the groundcrew to the plane, but they always seemed to put more than just the minimum into their duties. We aircrew soon learned that we could rely on the groundcrew to keep us flying without mishap.


It therefore aroused considerable emotion in me recently when I was invited to write the foreword to this remarkable labour of devotion by a one-time member of the groundcrew. This volume has been completed by Sergeant John Watson, a one-time member of ground-crew (not of aircrew), who was a Fitter 11e in A flight, 460 Squadron (RAAF), from mid 1942 to the end of 1944 - his unexpected role is therefore as remarkable as it is meritorious. As a result of his labours, John has been able to identify every single flight on operations made by every single member of aircrew in the Squadron - an invaluable reference book for any future historian.
John's information is most carefully arranged and cross-indexed, so that it is easy to identify each member of aircrew, be he pilot or wireless operator, navigator or rear gunner, and to follow his entire operational flying career in the squadron. I have put the book to the acid test : I have traced my own flying career in the squadron, from May 1942 until we were shot down over Holland in January 1943, without any mistake. John's book confirms exactly the details of the crew and the flight that we had made together as I had entered them into my own pilot's log book the morning after each operational sortie.
S/Ldr R B Osborn, DSO DFC,

One-time Flight Commander of A Flight,

460 Squadron (RAAF).
(2) Objective - 460 Squadron (RAAF)- Pilots And Crews

The objective of this document is to set out the achievements of 460 Squadron (RAAF) in such a manner that future enquirers may be able to read and appreciate what a courageous and worthy contribution was made by the aircrew of the Squadron, but at what a grievous cost in lives and suffering.


Over 3000 aircrew were posted to the Squadron and of these, 990 were killed in action, a great number were wounded, and 220 were taken prisoner after being shot down, or were interned after being forced to crash-land their damaged aircraft in neutral territory.
The Squadron was formed on 15th November 1941, and commenced bombing operations on 12th March 1942, flying 538 Wellington sorties from Breighton,Yorkshire. It commenced conversion to four-engined bombers in October 1942 and re-commenced bombing, with Lancasters, in November 1942. It moved to Binbrook, Lincolnshire in May 1943,and operated from there until hostilities ceased.
The Squadron completed 5709 Lancaster sorties over Europe, and dropped 24,232 tons of bombs, which figures exceeded those of any other Bomber Command squadron. 460 Squadron personnel were awarded 363 decorations. ("Strike and Return" - Peter Firkins).
The groundcrew, which was augmented by more than an equal number of RAF Members, achieved and maintained the highest levels of service- ability in Bomber Command during the Squadron's period of continuous Active Duty.

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Dates And Progressive Totals Of Lancaster Sorties

TOTAL 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 5700

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MONTH N D|J F M A M J J A S O N D|J F M A M J J A S O N D|J F M A M

YEAR 1942| 1943 | 1944 | 1945

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Even after allowing that it was a three flight Squadron for most of its Operational Service, it is obvious that only through inspiring leadership and the devotion of its air and ground crews, could 460 Squadron (RAAF) have achieved such a meritorious Record Of Service in such splendid company as Bomber Command.
John Watson
(3) 460 Squadron (RAAF) - List of Pilots And Crews

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From a micro-film of the Squadron Operational Record Book, (RAF Forms 541), which was a chronological record, I have been able to compile in alphabetical order of the Pilot's names, lists which show the crew members who flew with them on each operation.
Pilots who flew as Second Pilots with other crews are shown as (P2)s, and are cross-referenced back to their own Crew Listings. However if, for any reason, they were never allocated Crews of their own, they are listed in alphabetical order as (PNC)s with the other Pilots.
Operations such as Manna and Exodus are listed as normal operations; also listed are those Crews who volunteered for Tiger Force, which was intended for action in the Pacific Area, but was disbanded after the Japanese Surrender, on 8th August,1945.
The number of operational flights shown on the top line of each Crew Listing are those flown by the Pilot, including Second Pilot flights with other Crews and shown as ("See..."). The number of operations by other Crew members are shown against each group. All operation totals shown are as accurately as I have been able to determine from the official records. I have access to a record that purports to show nickel and other raids carried out by pilots while at OTUs, but I have no similar information of other such raids by other air crew members.
Details such as spelling of names, initials, and musterings are the best I could interpret from what were often contradictory, or sometimes illegible entries. Indeed the mustering and service number of individual aircrew were not disclosed in the Operations Record Book until March 1944, except for crews of Missing Aircraft, and even then only in part during the Wellington era. It was also during this transient period that Observers and Wireless Air Gunners, became Bomb Aimers, Navigators and Gunners without leaving much documentation for later researhers.

However, despite its shortcomings, I hope this record will serve the purpose of jogging the memories of participants, as well as enlightening the curiosity of all other interested enquirers.

I wish to acknowledge the assistance and encouragement, both moral and financial, from the Association members, as well as other information obtained from the RAAF Historical Section and the War Museum, Canberra, the Air Museum, Point Cook, and from Peter Firkin's book "Stike And Return". I would specially like to thank Jack Tremewan for the use of his earlier research data which was most helpful.
Finally I thank my wife for her forebearance, and the late Robby Robson and his daughter Rosie for their help in getting the thing on the road.
John Watson
Glossary

(P),(E),(B),(N),(W),(G) Means = Pilot, Engineer, Bomb Aimer,Navigator,Wireless Operator, and Upper or Rear Gunner.

KIA Means = Killed in Action on Operations, or Active Service.

P,EV or Int, Means = POW, Evaded Capture or Interned.

P/+ Means = Died while POW.

(P2), (N2), (W2) Means = 2nd Pilot, Navigator or Wireless Op.

(PNC) Means = Flew on Operations, but never with own crew.

(SDF) Means = Other Squadron Planes and Crews who flew with 460 Squadron to carry out special Target Marking duties for No 1 Group, Bomber Command.
460 SQUADRON - PILOTS AND CREWS.

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A01 Addison R R - 1945 (See N07) 4 Ops

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(E) Thomasson N

(B) Fettes K E

(N) Stephen H G

(W) Rutherford D J

(G) Nicholson J H

(G) Gordon T

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A02 Aldred P N-1944 29/8/44-Crash-landed in Sweden- (See T02) 8 Ops

----------- Aldred later was smuggled back to UK.

(E) Troth P L Troth P L Int

(B) Allcot R J Allcot R J Int

(N) Mc Nab D Mc Nab D Int

(W) Whaling R Whaling R Int

(G) Rice D Rice D Int

(G) Osborn E E Jackson A J Int

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A03 Alford T D + 2/12/43 - 2 KIA / 5 POWs (See L17) 15 Ops

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(E) Folland H J P

(B) Leask L P

(N) Daley A E P

(W) Ginn N L P

(G) Howe-Browne F D +

(G) Mason S T P

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A04 Allan R N + 21/1/44 - All KIA (See H20) 13 Ops

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(E) Mc Cauley W A Mc Cauley W A Mc Cauley W A +

(B) Trout M R Trout M R Trout M R +

(N) Thomas E G Thomas E G Thomas E G +

(W) Chadwick W R Chadwick W R Chadwick W R +

(G) Reed C W Howie C G Reed C W +

(G) Burrows L J Liersch C C Liersch C C +

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A05 Allen R + 22/4/44 - 2 KIA /5 POWs (See C33) 7 Ops

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(E) Lord D P

(B) Collett K P P

(N) Orr W M P

(W) Swinton S M P

(G) Stewart J S R +

(G) Bond J C P

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A06 Anderson P R + 30/3/44 6 KIA / 1 POW (See B34) 3rd Op

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(E) Lax D G +

(B) Woods R L P

(N) Johnson G P +

(W) Pitfield A S +

(G) Jones J G +

(G) Parmenter A +

2

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A07 Anderson R R - 1944 (See F15) 30 Ops

(P2) 19/10/44 Arrowsmith D.

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(E) Gramson L T Foster J Davies D J

(B) Wilkinson D J Wilkinson D J Wilkinson D J

(N) Noble E Noble E Noble E

(W) Barron L A Barron L A Barron L

(G) Hutchison T A Hutchison T A Hutchison T A

(G) Gant R K Gant R K Gant R K

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(E) Gramson L T Gramson L T

(B) Wilkinson D J Wilkinson D J

(N) Noble E Noble E

(W) Barron L A Barron L A

(G) Mills F J Mc Arthur T J

(G) Gant R K Gant R K

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A08 Arrowsmith D 1944/45 - (See A07) 36 Ops

(P2)s 1/2/45 Worsley C F 25/3/45 Mason P G.

---------------- Tiger Force

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(E) Boatman P G Boatman P G Manning E

(B) Waddell J L Waddell J L Matthews A W

(N) Frearson K Frearson K Frearson K

(W) Daley F W Daley F W Hatherley B

(G) Young R M Hutchison A C Smith R

(G) Page J Page J -------

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A09 Arthur F A -1943- 2nd Tour- (See C03,M09,M36) 17 Ops

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(E) Cannon C G

(B) Caffyn M C 8/10/43 Caffyn taken POW with own crew but

(N) Wulff N L later died of wounds (See C01).

(W) Mc Garvey R

(G) Marshall A

(G) Brown F T

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A10 Ashley A J + 24/7/43 - All KIA 5 Ops

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(E) Metcalfe D W Metcalfe D W Metcalf D W +

(B) Acheson J M Acheson J M Acheson J M +

(N) Taylor F C Taylor F C Taylor F C +

(W) Defraine C R Defraine C R Joyce J V +

(G) Millard F W Wood K A Perron A E +

(G) Forsyth F S Forsyth F S Forsyth F S +

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Section B

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B01 Baird K E - 1943 - 2nd Tour - 20 Ops

(P2)27/4/43 Davis B M.

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(E) Liddle T Liddle T Liddle T Liddle T

(B) Mc Intyre W F Mc Intyre W F Mc Intyre W F Mc Intyre W F

(N) Cox A E Bartlett W H Cox A E Cox A E

(W) Jacksons A L Jackson A L Jackson A L Jackson A L

(G) Wilson I M Wilson I M Page D A Page D A

(G) Borcherds P D Borcherds P D Borcherds P D Richardson Q

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B02 Bairnsfather B C -1945 - 11 Op

Tiger Force

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(E) Wild J T Francis C L

(B) Ross J B Bremner S G

(N) Gillard S T Mackay W J

(E) Heckels W A Dark R G

(G) Harris R G Ford T

(G) Page G J

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B03 Baker F W + 3/5/44 - All KIA 1st Op

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(E) Ranger J W +

(B) Martin W B +

(N) Thompson W H +

(W) O'Neill G E +

(G) Maxwell W C +

(G) Black H P +

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B04 Baker R W -1943/44 - Posted PFF 6 Ops

2/12/44 Crash-landed in UK -All safe.

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(E) Barton D E Barton D E Barton D E Barton D E

(B) Gains F C Gains F C Gains F C Gains F C

(N) Gotto P G Gotto P G Gotto P G Gotto P G

(W) Jackson E A Guthrie R J Jackson E A Jackson E A

(G) Kenyon E Kenyon E Kenyon E Kenyon E

(G) Kelley R R Kelley R R White R D Howarth J

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B05 Ball J H + 8/4/43 - All KIA (See S18) 8 Ops

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(E) Langley W Langley W C Langley W C +

(B) Gray D M Gray D M Gray D M +

(N) Frampton C E Frampton C E Frampton C E +

(W) Mordecai D G Mordecai D G Mordecai D G +

(G) Leeston C Longmore C Garven A A +

(G) Dobson G G Dobson G G Dobson G G +

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B06 Barrington R G - 1944 - (See H27,E04) 33 Ops

(P2) 21/11/44 Luhrs L O.

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(E) Williams S W Williams S W Williams S W Williams S W

(B) Robinson R E Robinson R E Trimmer J Parkinson E

(N) Coffey P J Rigby R Rigby R Rigby R

(W) Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W

(G) Towell K Towell K Towell K Towell K

(G) Needs A G Needs A G Needs A G Needs A G

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(E) Williams S W Williams S W Williams S W Williams S W

(B) Gray H J Wilkinson F C Delorie F B Delorie F B

(N) Rigby R Rigby R Rigby R Bain R G

(W) Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W

(G) Towell K Towell K Towell K Towell K

(G) Needs A G Needs A G Needs A G Needs A G

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(E) Williams S W Williams S W Sutton E G

(B) Delorie F B Delorie F B Delorie F B

(N) Carruth H M Rigby R Rigby R

(W) Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W Mc Elrae G W

(G) Towell K Towell K Towell K

(G) Needs A G Needs A G Needs A G

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B07 Baskerville A H 1944 - (See C04) 32 Ops

(P2)s 9/11/44 Mc Master R F 6/12/44 Holmes J H.

------------------ Tiger Force

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(E) Hall C I Hall C I Macgibbon J A

(B) Trist J W Trist J W Banks J C

(N) Smith F S Smith F S Smith F S

(W) Ellis H Hawkins R N Stretton L T

(G) Goulding J D Goulding J D Fitzgerald D

(G) Mc Queen E J Mc Queen E J 0

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B08 Bateman W E -1943/44 30 Ops

29/9/43 Severe flak damage.

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(E) Bailey E Bailey E Bailey E Bailey E

(B) Thompson J H Thompson J H Thompson J H Dedman R G

(N) Hemming A R Hemming A R Hemming A R Hemming A R

(W) Mc Kay D J Mc Kay D J Heard H I Mc Kay D J

(G) Challis C J Challis C J Challis C J Challis C J

(G) Donald G H Douglass R G Douglass R G Douglass R G

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(E) Bailey E Goulden H G Green K E Green K E

(B) Moore P A Thompson J H Thompson J H Thompson J H

(N) Hemming A R Hemming A R Hemming A R Hemming A R

(W) Mc Kay D J Mc Kay D J Mc Kay D J Mc Kay D J

(G) Challis C J Challis C J Challis C J Challis C J

(G) Douglass R G Douglass R G Douglass R G White R D

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B09 Baxter D W -P-24/2/44 - 3 KIA / 3 P0W /1 Evaded 10 Ops

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(E) Mallon P Mallon P +

(B) D'Arcey A D'Arcey A Ev 24/2 D'Arcey evaded

(N) Hopgood C B Hopgood C B + capture and crossed

(W) Ferguson R C Ferguson R C P Swiss Border 1/3/44.

(G) Martin W J Baldwin D T P

(G) Dunlop J D Dunlop J D +

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B10 Bayliss H M - 1944/45 - (See S22) 33 Ops

(P2)s 19/3/45 Wooten L M,3/4/45 Lynch J J.

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(E) Andrew W L Andrew W L Andrew W L Andrew W L

(B) Rosman G D Rosman G D Rosman G D Rosman G D

(N) Smith A Smith A Smith A Smith A

(W) Richards J A Richards J A Richards J A Richards J A

(G) Duff R Worgan H Wadley P A Hutchison A C

(G) Smith R Smith R Smith R Smith R

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(E) Andrew W L Andrew W L Andrew W L Andrew W L

(B) Rosman G D Rosman G D Rosman G D Rosman G D

(N) Pritchard M Smith A Smith A Smith A

(W) Richards J A Sillcock K M Richards J A Richards J A

(G) Wadley P A Wadley P A Wadley P A Wadley P A

(G) Carr J L Carr J L Charles H Smith R

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B11 Bennett K W - 1944/45 - (See F06) 30 Ops

(P2) 18/4/45 Burt R K (NC).

21/2/45 Bombed on 3 engines after Starboard Inner U/S over France.

23/4/45 Both starboard engines U/S by flak- returned safely.

25/4/45 Landed with hung-up 4000 pounder.

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(E) Entwhistle C Thatcher J

(B) Murray J A Murray J A

(N) Emerson T L Emerson T L

(W) Ford H V Ford H V

(G) Freezer A Raymen A

(G) Firkins P C Firkins P C

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B12 Birt P N + 28/1/45 3 KIA /4 POWs - (See M33) 14 Ops

(P2) 6/12/44 Mullins B.

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(E) Field A Field A Field A P

(B) Truman E G Truman E G Truman E G P

(N) Symes R S Symes R S Symes R S P

(W) Kay G L Kay G L Benbow D R P

(G) O'Hara D G O'Hara D G O'Hara D G +

(G) Mayne A O Wilson S G Wilson S G +

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B13 Booth J R - 1942 3 Ops

-------------- (Wellington A/C)

(B) Ricketts S J

(N) Mc Cullagh S M

(W) Mitchell W M

(G) Petersen J H

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B14 Bourke T H + 29/5/42 - 4 KIA / POW (See G06) 7 Ops

--------------- (Wellington A/C)

(P2)Corser H G(NC) Corser H G +* ----

(N) Murphy W M Murphy W M Murphy W M + *Corser H G

(W) Davis R B Davis R B Davis R B + Kia 7/5/42.

(G) Mortimer G Balleine B C Balleine B C +

(G) Balleine B C Holborow J G Holborow J G P

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B15 Boyle A B -1942/43 28 Ops

(P2)s 14/2/43 Younger R G 26/3/43 Coldham P A 12/3/43 Giles K W.

28/2/43 A/C damaged by falling incendiaries.

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(Wellington A/C) (E) Trafford H Trafford H

(N) Simpson N H (B) Lawton R W Mc Rae A W

(W) Matchett W M (N) Richardson R R Friend R F

(G) Rogers G (W) Austin J Austin J

(G) O'Riordan C T (G) Osborn A G Crook G T

(G) Crook G T Prentice C P

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(E) Trafford H Trafford H Trafford H Trafford H

(B) Stopford H C Ricketts S Mc Cullagh W Ricketts S

(N) Friend R F Friend R F Friend R F Friend R F

(W) Austin J Austin J Austin J Austin J

(G) Crook G T Clark A W Clark A W Clark A W

(G) Clark A W Hodgen O F Hodgen O F Prentice C P

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(E) Trafford H Trafford H Trafford H

(B) Mc Rae A W Ward P W Ward P W

(N) Friend R F Friend R F Friend R F

(W) Austin J Austin J Austin J

(G) Clark A W Delohery A W Trimble D T

(G) Osborn A G Osborn A G Osborn A G

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B16 Brasher E + 13/9/42 - All KIA - (See F10) 11 Ops

15/8/42 Severe damage by Ju 88-*Forrest wounded- Bennett claimed

other Ju88 - Crash-landed UK - All safe.

------------ (Wellington A/C)

(B) Johnson D W Johnson D W +

(N) Crowther A D Crowther A D +

(W) Forrest J * Monk W C +

(G) Bennett K C Bennett K C +

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B17 Breen F J + 26/7/42 - 5 KIA (See G06,O02) 30 Ops

------------- (Wellington A/C)

(P2)Graham G D Graham G D ----- ----- -----

(B) Jones A E Jones A E Jones A E Jones A E Jones A E

(N) Douglas A C Douglas A C Douglas A C Douglas A C Douglas A C

(W) Morgan G G Jones G G Morgan G G Munckton H I Morgan G G

(G) Munt R D Munt R D Tinkler A E Munt R D Munt R D

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(N2) --- Douglas A C --- ---

(B) Jones A E Jones A E Bice A A Bice A A +

(N) Douglas A C Richards G S Storey J Storey J +

(W) Morgan G G Morgan G G Tulloh I T Tulloh I T +

(G) Tinkler A E Munt R D Lewis C B Tinkler A E +

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