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Manchester - Aircraft Details - Aviation Directory

Manchester


Name : Manchester
Manufacturer : Avro

Pilots and Aircrew for : Manchester
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Aitken, W. C.
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   Died : 21 / 3 / 1941
Aitken, W. C.


Anderson, R
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Anderson, R

Taken prisoner on 11th May 1941 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester Mk.I L7323 OF-A ditched into the North Sea after a raid on Berlin.
Ayton, R S
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Ayton, R S

On 11th May 1941, his Manchester Mk.I L7323 OF-A of No.97 Sqn ditched into the North Sea on the return leg from Berlin. All crew survived but were taken prisoner.
Bell,
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Birch, N.
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   Died : 21 / 3 / 1941
Birch, N.


Bird, Gerald Oscar Ladler
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1941
Bird, Gerald Oscar Ladler

Killed aged 23 on 15th May 1941 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester L7324 suffered engine failure. All crew were lost. His body was never recovered. His name is on the Runnymede memorial. Son of Clarence Oscar Ladler Bird and Clarice Rosalie Bird; husband of Beulah Daphne Bird, of Cosham, Hampshire.
Blakeman, H S
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Blakeman, H S


Brewer,
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Brewer,


Brown, William Adam
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1941
Brown, William Adam

Killed on 15th May 1941 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester L7324 suffered engine failure and crashed into the North Sea. His body was never recovered. His name is on the Runnymede memorial.
Bryce, James
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Bryce, James

Taken prisoner on 11th May 1941 after his Manchester Mk.I L7323 OF-A of No.97 Sqn ditched into the North Sea returning from an attack on Berlin. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal, gazetted on 22nd October 1940.
Buck, W.
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Buck, W.


Budden, D. A.
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Budden, D. A.


Canham,
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Canham,


Cassels, J R
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   Died : 19 / 12 / 2008
Cassels, J R

No's 14, 29, 98, 106, 125, 139 (Jamaica), and 162 Squadrons. "April, 1941 - Enlisted in Edinburgh and accepted for pilot training. April 1941 to April 1942 - No 4 I.TW. Paignton, No 9 E.F.T.S. Ansty, Coventry, No 12 S.F.T.S. Spittlegate, Grantham, (22/01/1941 Received wings as Sgt. Pilot) No 14 O.T.U. Cottesmore flying Hampdens. April 1942 - No 106 Squadron, RAF Coningsby commanded by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, DSO, DFC. I was second pilot on Manchesters and did 4 operational sorties. Converted to Lancasters as first pilot and did 26 operational sorties, including Le Creusot raid on 17 October '42, between June and December 1942. Final sortie on 8 December 1942. December 1942 to March 1943 - Survived several attempts to turn me into a flying instructor. March 1943 - No 1485 Conversion Unit ie. No 5 Group Gunnery Flight training air gunners. October- November 1943 - No 1655 Mosquito Training Unit. November 1943 to June 1944 - No 8 Group, Pathfinder Force - No 139 (Jamaica) Squadron. H2S Mosquito Marking Squadron, RAF Wyton and Upwood. Completed 44 operational sorties before ending up interned in Sweden. 12 June 1944 to 20th September 1944 interned at Falun, Sweden. October 1944 to June 1945 - rejoined No 139 (Jamaica) Squadron at RAF Upwood after an air crew medical where a Group Captain M.0. told me that, as I was warm and my goolies didn't drop oftwhen I coughed, I was back to war. Completed 46 operational sorties before V.E. day. Total sorties on 139 squadron 90. June 1945 to July 1946 - Transport Command, No 162 Squadron flying Mosquitos (ALDS ic, Air Delivery Letter Service) RAF Blackbush. August 1946 to February 1950 - No's 14 and 98 Squadrons, No 139 Wing, RAFO, at RAF Wahn and Celle. February 1950 to August 1950 - abortive EIPS Course. August 1950 to October 1951 - Air Traffic Controllers Course and ATC Officer at RAFWest Raynham. November 1951 to October 1952 - No 29 Night Fighter Squadron, RAF Tangmere. Meteor NFXI. October 1952 to April 1953 - Air Ministry and All Weather Wing, RAF West Raynliam. April 1953 to November 1955 - No 12 Group Headquarters, Group Accidents Officer. November 1955 to April 1957 - No 125 Night Fighter squadron, RAF Stradishall, Meteor NFM and Venom NF. April 1957 to August 1959 - Eastern Sector Operations Centre, Recovery Executive. RAF Neatishead. October 1959 to July 1962 - Hg FEAF, Joint Intelligence Staff. Commissioner Generals Office and RAF Changi. July 1962 to March 1965 - No 3 Group Hg, OC HQ Unit and RAF Liaison Officer to USAF Mildenhall. Retired from RAF as Squadron Leader March 1965. Employed by Airwork Services Ltd, as pilot. March 1965. March 1965 to August 1970 - No 3 (Civilian Anti Aircraft Unit) Exeter Airport. Vampire TX1 and Meteor T=. September 1970 to April 1977 - FRADU ( Fleet Requirements Air Defence Unit) RNAS Yeovilton. Hunter GAII and Mk 8. September 1977. Aged 55. RN age limit for fast jet flying. September 1970. Commissioned in RA17VR M. September 1970 to May 1982 - No 4 AEF, Exeter Airport, Chipmunk. Retired from RAFVRM aged 60, May 1982. Total Flying Hours - 11,300 Ins. Sadly passed away 19th December 2008.
Chantler, W J
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Chantler, W J

Taken prisoner on 11th May 1941 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester Mk.I L7323 OF-A ditched into the North Sea while returning from a raid on Berlin.
Clinch,
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Clinch,


Concannon,
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Concannon,


Cox, W. A. W.
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Cox, W. A. W.


Crerar,
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Crerar,


Currie,
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Currie,


Dean, J
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Dean, J


Elkington,
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Elkington,


Eustace, F E
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Eustace, F E


Fletcher,
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Fletcher,


Fomison, G. T. J.
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Fomison, G. T. J.


French,
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French,


Gibson, Guy Penrose
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   Died : 19 / 9 / 1944
Gibson, Guy Penrose

Leader of the Dambusters Raid for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He had served with No.83 Sqn on Hinds and Hampdens, then No.29 Sqn on Blenheims and Beaufighters. Later he joined No.106 Sqn on Manchesters and Lancasters before flying with No.617 Sqn for the Dambusters raid. He was killed when his Mosquito crashed on 19th September 1944.
Goldie, James
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Goldie, James

No's 7, 83, 97 and 224 Squadrons. Joined RAF trained as Air Gunner.Flew 73 missions with Bomber Command - 38 Main Force, 35 Pathfinders and 38 with Coastal Command. Total flying hours 1,630. Crashed in an Avro Manchester 13109/41. Spleen removed as a result of injuries sustained in the crash and returned to Operations. Raids included 6 Essen, 6 Duisberg, 3 Berlin, 4 Hamburg, 5 Bremen and 3 Nuremberg. Served with 83 Squadron at RAF Wyton, 97 Squadron RAF Coningsby/ Woodhall Spa and 7 Squadron Oakington. Demobilised 1956. Service number 620563. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a Warrant Officer with No.83 Sqn, which was gazetted on 17th August 1943, and the Distinguished Flying Medal as a Flight Sergeant with No.97 Sqn, gazetted on 20th November 1942. We have been informed that he has now passed away, but do not have any information as to the date.
Gurnell, P.
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Gurnell, P.


Hall,
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Hall,


Hallam,
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Hallam,


Hannigan, Wallace Patrick
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1941
Hannigan, Wallace Patrick

Killed on 15th May 1941 aged 19 when his No.97 Sqn Manchester L7324 suffered engine failure and crashed into the North Sea. His body later washed ashore near Lokken, Denmark. He is buried in Furreby churchyard in Denmark. Son of Thomas Hannigan, and of Rebecca Hannigan, of Scarborough, Yorkshire.
Harrison,
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Harrison,


Hartley,
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Hartley,


Harvey, D. J.
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Harvey, D. J.

Taken prisoner on 11th May 1941 when his Manchester Mk.I L7323 OF-A of No.97 Sqn ditched in the North Sea returning from an attack on Berlin.
Harwood, F. B.
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   Died : 21 / 3 / 1941
Harwood, F. B.


Hedges, L. W.
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Hedges, L. W.


Hemingway, H. W.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Hemingway, H. W.


Hogg, B.
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   Died : 21 / 3 / 1941
Hogg, B.


Holland,
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Holland,


Hudson,
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Hudson,


Hughes,
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Hughes,


Hutt, Kenneth John
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1941
Hutt, Kenneth John

Killed on 15th May 1941 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester L7324 suffered engine failure and crashed into the North Sea. His body was washed ashore near Blokhus in Denmark. He is buried in Frederikshavn cemetery in Denmark.
Hyde, N. C.
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Hyde, N. C.


Jones, R E
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Jones, R E


Jones, S L
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Jones, S L


Mackie, Norman
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   Died : 1 / 1 / 2003
Mackie, Norman

Joining the RAF in 1940 he was posted in April 1941 to 83 Sqn at Scampton flying Hampdens and Manchesters, joining OTU as an instructor on Wellingtons in March 1942. He then rejoined 83 Sqn now at Wyton as a Pathfinder flying Lancasters until he was shot down by German Night Fighters in March 1943. Having been captured he escaped to Switzerland and after a period there managed to return to Britain through France and Spain. In May 1944 he joined 571 Sqn flying Mosquitoes with the Light Night Strike Force taking part in many of the units operations over Western Germany. He left the RAF in December 1967.He died 1st January 2003.
Marsden, J.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Marsden, J.


Matthews, H. V.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Matthews, H. V.


McCarthy, Joseph Charles
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   Died : 6 / 9 / 1998
McCarthy, Joseph Charles

In March 1943, a special Royal Air Force (RAF) unit, 617 Squadron, was created to try a new tactic--low altitude bombing using deep penetration bombs that weighed from 9,500 to 22,000 pounds. Their first targets were three dams in the Ruhr industrial area of western Germany: the Mohne, the Eder, and the Sorpe. These dams supplied water for Ruhr steel mills and hydroelectric power. Twenty Avro Lancaster bombers were specially modified for this mission to carry a new, rotating skip bomb that would bounce across the lake, sink, and then explode at the base of the dam. So secret was the dambusting mission, that the pilots and navigators were briefed only the day before as to the actual targets. The three dams were struck, and two were breached, on the night of 16 May 1943. "Joe " McCarthy, from Long Island, New York, was an original member of 617 Squadron. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1941 and soon transferred with his crew to RAF Bomber Command. From 1941 until late 1944, he flew the Hampden, Manchester, Lancaster, and Mosquito bombers and compiled a total of 80 combat missions. As Officer Commanding, German Aircraft Flight, he tested and flew over 20 different German aircraft, which had been taken from captured German airfields back to Farnborough for extensive engineering evaluation. During this period, McCarthy flew the first British operational jet, the Meteor, and the experimental Windsor bomber. Upon returning to Edmonton, Canada, he continued flight testing a variety of aircraft for cold weather operations as well as the experimental Canadian flying wing. During 28 years in the RCAF, he flew 64 different British, American, German, and Canadian aircraft. Later assignments included base executive officer for an F-86 NATO installation in France; Commander, Flying Training School, RCAF Station Penhold, Canada; and Commanding Officer of the 407 Maritime Squadron, flying the P2V Neptune. From 1961 to 1962, he was Chief of Air Operations for the United Nations' forces in the Congo, and from 1963 to 1966, worked in plans and policy for CINCLANT/CINCLANTFLT. Wing Commander McCarthy's final assignment was as base operations officer for two maritime squadrons flying the Argus antisubmarine warfare aircraft in Nova Scotia. He retired from the RCAF in 1969 and, after a second career in real estate, fully retired in 1986. Passed away 6th September 1998.
McDougall, W. J. J.
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McDougall, W. J. J.


McLaren,
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McLaren,


Mims,
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Mims,


Morgan, A A
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Morgan, A A


Morgan, H. T.
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Morgan, H. T.


Mycock,
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Mycock,


Nutt, Peter Norman
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1945
Nutt, Peter Norman

Killed on 15th May 1941 aged 19 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester L7324 suffered engine failure and crashed in the North Sea. His body was never recovered. His name is on the Runnymede memorial. Son of Stephen Charles and Mary Louise Nutt, of Surbiton, Surrey.
Parsons, Beck
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Parsons, Beck

Vital to the whole Dambusters operation was the complete dedication by the ground crew of 617 Squadron. Personified by Beck Parsons. Joining the RAF in 1940, he trained as an electrician and worked with Avro Manchesters with 207 Squadron at Waddington. In March 1943 he was posted to 617 Squadron at Scampton where he flew with Barnes Wallis during the tests on the bouncing bomb. As Electrical NCO Beck was responsible for the electrics on B flight at the time of the raid, together with Top Maintenance on five of the Lancasters, including those of Guy Gibson and Mick Martin.
Pendrill,
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Pendrill,


Price,
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Pyatt, Reginald George
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   Died : 15 / 5 / 1941
Pyatt, Reginald George

Killed on 15th May 1941 aged 25 after his No.97 Sqn Manchester L7324 suffered engine failure and crashed into the North Sea. His body was never recovered. His name is on the Runnymede memorial. Son of Edward and Clara Pyatt; husband of R. N. Pyatt, of Bishopston, Bristol.
Redgrave, H. C.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Redgrave, H. C.


Robertson,
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Robertson,


Robson, P. C.
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Robson, P. C.


Rodley, Ernest
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Rodley, Ernest

Ernest Rodley initially joined the RAFVR in 1937 and was commissioned and posted to Bomber Command in 1941. Joining 97 Sqn flying Manchesters he was involved in the attack on the Scharnhorst, Prinz Eugen and Gneisenau whilst in Brest harbour and in the famous Augsberg daylight raid for which he received a DFC. At the end of 1942 he joined RAF Scampton helping to convert to Lancaster Bombers before rejoining 97 Sqn at Bourn as a Pathfinder. After a spell at Warboys as an instructor he took command of 128 Sqn at Wyton, flying Mosquitoes as part of the Light Night Strike Force and involvede in doing 7 trips to Berlin. Staying with this unit he finished the war having completed 87 operations. In 1946 Ernest Rodley joined British South American Airways flying Lancastrians across the Atlantic from a tented Heathrow. On 13th April 1950 he was checked out on the new Comet jet airliner by John Cunningham and became the worlds first jet endorsed Airline Transport Pilots Licence holder. Ernest Rodley retired from BOAC in 1968 as a Boeing 707 Captain, joining Olympic Airways a few days later. He amassed an amazing 28000 flying hours.

Citation for the DFC :

Squadron Leader Rodley has displayed great courage, skill and resource throughout his tour of operations. He has completed a very large number of sorties, involving attacks on industrial centres in the Ruhr and many other important targets. He has displayed outstanding devotion to duty and his example has inspired all.

Rowlands,
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Rowlands,


Shelly,
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Shelly,


Sherwood, J G
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Sherwood, J G


Siebert, J. A.
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   Died : 28 / 3 / 1941
Siebert, J. A.


Stanley,
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Stanley,


Stubbs, R B
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Stubbs, R B


Sykes, E W R
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Sykes, E W R

Taken prisoner on 11th May 1941 after his Manchester Mk.I L7323 OF-A of No.97 Sqn ditched into the North Sea returning from an attack on Berlin.
Tait,
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Taylor, J. A.
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Taylor, J. A.


Turner,
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Turner,


Ward-Hunt, Peter
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   Died : 7 / 12 / 2005
Ward-Hunt, Peter

Born 6th December 1916. Joined the RAF in July 1937, with No 106 Sqn flying Hampdens, moving to No.49 Sqn at the end of that year. After a period as an instructor, joined No.207 Sqn flying the Manchester. He was selected to convert others to Lancasters in May 1942, and became a flight commander of No 106 Sqn in February 1943. He died 7th December 2005.
Welch, R. D.
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   Died : 13 / 3 / 1941
Welch, R. D.


Wells, J.
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Wells, J.


Wickins, John Frederick
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Wickins, John Frederick

Nos44, 106 and 241 Squadrons. RAFVR 1939. Trained as AG 26/8/40. Qualified 26/9/40. Rank-Sgt. Posted to 241 Squadron Army Co - op Nov. 1940. Apr 1941 - 241 Sqd -Joined the Fifth Army Division at Bury St Edmunds - Lysanders were thcaircraft. Oct 1941 Commissioned and posted to Scampton -Waddington 44 squadron. No Ops but one flightvdth S/L/ NettletonV.C. W/C LeroydV.C. was Flight Commander. April 1942 posted to Coningsby 106 Squadron and joined W/C Gibson's crew as Rear Gunner and started my Ops tour. Started in Manchesters then Lancasters completed 24 ops trips with W/C (Gibson) which was more than anyone else. Then went on my pilots course. Aircraft flown: Tiger Moth - Solo in Shrs. 10mins. Canada Curnell - Solo. Anson 11 - Solo. 25 Aug 1944. Passed above average and got wings, UK 1945 - Oxford. UK 1945 Nov - then posted to Farnborough Experimental & Research Dept re Gurinery." Operational record, date. target, pilot, comment. 22/4/42, Baltic, W/C Gibson, Mine Laying. 23/4/42, Rustock, S/LNelms, Mine Laying. 23/4/42, Rustock, W/C Gibson, Mine Laying. 8/5/42, WarDemunde, W/C Gibson. 30/5/42, Cologne, S/L Wooldridge, first 1000 +raid. 1/6/42, Essen, S/L Wooldridge, 1000 +raid. 2516/42, Bremen, 1000 + raid. 29/6/42, Bremen, S/LWooldridge, 1000 + raid. 8/7/42, Wilemishaven, W/C Gibson. 1117/42, Danzig, W/C Gibson, Daylight 10.15 hrs. 18/7/42, Essen, W/CGibson, Recalled. 26/7/42, Hamburg, W/C Gibson. 29/7/42, Dusseldorf, W1C Gibson. 27/8/42, Gdynia, W/C Gibson, Graf Zeppelin - Sub Docks 9.50 hrs. 1/9/42, Saarbucken, WIC Gibson, First 8000 Ibs bombs on Germany. 13/9/42, Bremen, WICGIbson. 1919/42, Munich. P/O1Butterworth. 23/9142, Wismar, W/CGibson, DorrilerWorks. 5110/42, Aachen, P/01,Vellington. 15/10/42, Cologne, WICGibson. 17/10/42, LeCreusot, W/CGibson, Daylight 94 A/C 10.25 hrs target Montchanin Power Station. 22/10/42, Genoa, W/C Gibson, Largest on Italy at that time 9.30 hrs 8000 Ibs bomb. 24/10/42, Milan, W/C Gibson, Daylight 10.25 hrs. 7/11142, Genoa, W/C Gibson. 18/11142, Turin, W/C Gibson, Flat works. 20/11/42, Turin, P/0 Cooper, Lost an engine. 28/11/42, Turin, W/C Gibson, 8000 Ibs first ever Italy. 11/11/42, Essen, W/C Gibson. 18/1/43, Berlin, W/C Gibson, lst 8000 Ibs bomb Berlin took Major Dimbelby (BBC News). 14/2/43, Milan, W/C Gibson. 25/2/43, Nurenberg, W/C Gibson, 8000 Ibs bomb. 26/2/43, W/C Gibson. 28/2/43, St.Nazarle, F/Lt Shannon (Dam Buster)
Wilkinson,
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Williams,
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Williams,
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Woolley, Dennis
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Woolley, Dennis

Flight Lieutenant Dennis William, Woolley. DFC, DFM. 106 (5 Group) and 83 (S-PFF- Group) Squadrons. 1940 - Volunteered for air crew service. 1941 - Trained as an Air Observer in Manitoba. 1942 - Did 1st tour, on Manchesters (6 trips) and on Lancasters (27 trips). Awarded DFM. 1942 - 3 - Instructor at Winthorpe, Notts. 1943 - Engaged in special operations relating to the advancement of the Italian campaign. Based latterly in Sicily. 1944 - Did 2nd tour in Bomber Command in 83 (PFF) Squadron. 25 trips in Lancasters. Awarded DFC and Pathfinder Badge. 1944 - 5 - Joined Transport Command, Transatlantic Ferry Unit based at Darval, Montreal. 1945 - 6 - Seconded to what is now known as British Airways. Based at Poole, navigating Sunderland flying boats to and from Singapore. 1946 - Demobilised."



Squadrons :
No.207 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
F. B. Harwood
N. Birch
Holland
W. C. Aitken
B. Hogg
Hallam
Historical Notes :
20-03-1941 - Manchester crashed while trying to make an emergency landing east of Wymondham in Leicstershire. The crash was attributed to silver bearing failure in the port Vulture engine.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Gerald Oscar Ladler Bird
William Adam Brown
Hall
Wallace Patrick Hannigan
Peter Norman Nutt
Reginald George Pyatt
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
09-04-1941 - Attack on Kiel shipyards. Up 21.24 (8th April) Returned 03.10. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant G L Bird DFC, Pilot Officer W A Brown, Sergeant Hall, Sergeant Hannigan, Sergeant Nutt, Sergeant Pyatt.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J G Sherwood
Fletcher
Williams
D. J. Harvey
Robertson
R E Jones
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
09-04-1941 - Attack on Kiel shipyards. Departed 21.43 (8th April). Returned 03.08. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant J G Sherwood DFC, Sergeant Fletcher, Sergeant Williams, Sergeant Harvey, Sergeant Robertson and Sergeant Jones.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
French
Pendrill
Hudson
Stanley
Currie
Williams
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
11-04-1941 - Attack on German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest. Departed 19.48. Returned 01.55. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant French, Sergeant Pendrill, Sergeant Hudson, Sergeant Stanley, Sergeant Currie and Sergeant Williams.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J G Sherwood
Fletcher
Williams
D. J. Harvey
Robertson
S L Jones
H S Blakeman
Hartley
Canham
J Dean
Concannon
Turner
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
09-04-1941 - Attack on Kiel shipyards. Departed 21.14 (8th April). Returned 02.11. Crewed by Pilot Officer H S Blakeman DFM, Sergeant Hartley, Sergeant Canham, Sergeant J Dean, Sergeant Concannon and Sergeant Turner.
11-04-1941 - Attack on German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest. Departed 20.41. Returned 02.50. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant J G Sherwood, Sergeant Fletcher, Sergeant Williams, Sergeant Harvey, Sergeant Robertson, Sergeant S L Jones. Approaching the flare path on return to base, the Manchester was attacked by an enemy aircraft, but was undamaged.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
F E Eustace
Rowlands
A A Morgan
Clinch
Elkington
Mims
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
11-04-1941 - Attack on German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest. Returned safely. Crewed by Flying Officer F E Eustace DFC, Sergeant Rowlands, Pilot Officer A A Morgan, Sergeant Clinch, Sergeant Elkington and Pilot Officer Mims.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Historical Notes :
xx-02-1941 - Joined No.97 Sqn.
Squadrons :
No.207 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
N. C. Hyde
H. T. Morgan
J. Wells
W. Buck
D. A. Budden
L. W. Hedges
Historical Notes :
08-04-1941 - Manchester was hit by flak in the starboard engine and subsequently caught fire. The bomber was then abandoned near Hamburg.
Squadrons :
No.207 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
J. A. Siebert
P. C. Robson
G. T. J. Fomison
W. J. J. McDougall
J. A. Taylor
P. Gurnell
Historical Notes :
27-03-1941 - Manchester was abandoned and crashed between Roessel and Bakel near Helmond in Holland. Flight Lieutenant Siebert was killed when his parachute deployed too close to the ground. Moments after abandonment the aircraft was attacked by a night fighter.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
French
Pendrill
Hudson
Stanley
Currie
Williams
Price
Hughes
Brewer
Tait
Wilkinson
Shelly
Historical Notes :
09-04-1941 - With No.97 Sqn, took part in attack on Kiel shipyards. Departed 21.09 (8th April). Returned 01.50. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant French, Sergeant Pendrill, Sergeant Hudson, Sergeant Stanley, Sergeant Currie and Sergeant Williams.
11-04-1941 - Attack on German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest. Departed 20.07. Returned 01.40. Crewed by Flying Officer Price, Sergeant Hughes, Sergeant Brewer, Sergeant Tait, Sergeant Wilkinson and Sergeant Shelly.
Squadrons :
No.207 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
H. V. Matthews
J. Marsden
H. C. Redgrave
R. D. Welch
W. A. W. Cox
H. W. Hemingway
Historical Notes :
13-03-1941 - Manchester was attacked when taking off at Waddington by a Ju88 intruder. The bomber got into the air but soon after crashed and exploded at Whisby in Lincolnshire. All crew were killed, except Sgt Cox who was thrown clear and injured, losing a leg.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
R B Stubbs
Mycock
Harrison
R E Jones
Crerar
Bell
F E Eustace
Rowlands
A A Morgan
Clinch
Elkington
McLaren
R S Ayton
D. J. Harvey
James Bryce
W J Chantler
E W R Sykes
R Anderson
Historical Notes :
10-04-1941 - With No.97 Sqn, attack on German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest. Departed 20.12 (10th April). Returned 01.00. Crewed by Squadron Leader Stubbs, Sergeant Mycock, Flight Sergeant Harrison, Sergeant Jones, Sergeant Crerar and Sergeant Bell.
09-05-1941 - Attack on Hamburg. Departed 22.42 (8th May). Returned 05.15. Crewed by Flying Officer F E Eustace DFC, Sergeant Rowlands, Pilot Officer A A Morgan, Sergeant Clinch, Sergeant Elkington and Sergeant McLaren.
11-05-1941 - Attack on Berlin. Missing from operations. Ditched in the North Sea on return leg of mission. All crew survived but taken prisoner. Crewed by Pilot Officer R S Ayton, Flight Sergeant J Bryce DFM, Sergeant W J Chantler, Sergeant D J Harvey, Sergeant E W R Sykes DFM and Sergeant R Anderson.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
Gerald Oscar Ladler Bird
William Adam Brown
Wallace Patrick Hannigan
Kenneth John Hutt
Peter Norman Nutt
Reginald George Pyatt
Hall
Harrison
Historical Notes :
09-05-1941 - Attack on Hamburg. Departed 22.31 (8th May). Returned 05.20. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant Gerald Oscar Ladler Bird DFC, Pilot Officer William Adam Brown, Sergeant Hall, Sergeant Wallace Patrick Hannigan, Sergeant Peter Norman Nutt and Sergeant Reginald George Pyatt.
15-05-1941 - With No.97 Sqn. Attack on Berlin. Departed 22.00 Failed to return. SOS received at 23.00 reporting starboard engine had failed, and the other was having problems. Crashed into sea with loss of all crew. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant G L Bird, Pilot Officer W A Brown, Sergeant W P Hannigan, Flight Sergeant K J Hutt, Sergeant P N Nutt and Sergeant R G Pyatt. The bodies of Flight Sergeant K J Hutt and Sergeant W P Hannigan later washed up in Denmark, where they are buried. No others were recovered.
11-05-1941 - Attack on Berlin. Departed 22.03 (10th May). Returned 05.25. Crewed by Flight Lieutenant Gerald Oscar Ladler Bird DFC, Pilot Officer William Adam Brown, Flight Sergeant Harrison, Sergeant Wallace Patrick Hannigan, Sergeant Peter Norman Nutt and Sergeant Reginald George Pyatt
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
F E Eustace
Rowlands
A A Morgan
Clinch
Elkington
McLaren
Historical Notes :
11-05-1941 - With No.97 Sqn. Attack on Berlin. Departed 23.05 (10th May). Returned 05.10. Crewed by Flying Officer F E Eustace DFC, Sergeant Rowlands, Pilot Officer A A Morgan, Sergeant Clinch, Sergeant Elkington and Sergeant McLaren.
Squadrons :
No.97 Sqn RAF
Pilots or Aircrew :
H S Blakeman
Hartley
Canham
J Dean
Concannon
Turner
Historical Notes :
07-05-1941 - Attack on Hamburg. Departed 22.35. Returned 05.35. Crewed by Pilot Officer H S Blakeman DFM, Sergeant Hartley, Sergeant Canham, Sergeant J Dean, Sergeant Concannon and Sergeant Turner.
09-05-1941 - Attack on Hamburg. Departed 22.32 (8th May). Returned 05.40. Crewed by Pilot Officer H S Blakeman DFM, Sergeant Hartley, Sergeant Canham, Sergeant J Dean, Sergeant Concannon and Sergeant Turner.
11-05-1941 - Attack on Berlin. Departed 22.10 (10th May). Returned 05.20. Crewed by Pilot Officer H S Blakeman DFM, Sergeant Hartley, Sergeant Canham, Sergeant J Dean, Sergeant Concannon and Sergeant Turner.

Known Individual Aircraft : Manchester :

Type

Serial

Codes

First Flew

Squadron History

Aircrew History

History Notes

Engine

Factory

Manchester I

L7278

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7282

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details

no information

details

Manchester

L7283

-

details

no information

details

Manchester

L7290

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7291

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7292

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7294

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7298

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7299

-

details

no information

details

Manchester I

L7302

-

details

details

details

Manchester I

L7307

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7308

-

details

details

details

Manchester I

L7313

-

details

details

details

Manchester I

L7323

OF-A

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7324

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7374

-

details

details

details

Manchester

L7383

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details

details




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No.106 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 30th September 1917
Fate : Disbanded 24th May 1963

Pro libertate - For freedom

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106 Squadron was formed 30th September 1917 at Andover, and served in Ireland on Army co-operation duties from May 1918 until disbandment in 1919. Re-formed in June 1938, the squadron was equipped with Hawker Hinds, and later Fairey Battles and from May 1939 until March 1942 was equipped with the Handley Page Hampden. The first operational WWII sortie, on the night of 9/10th September 1940 was mine laying in the Bordeaux area and the first bombing sortie was on the night of 1st/2nd March 1941 against Cologne. From February 1942 until June the same year 106 was equipped with the Avro Manchester. Following this short spell, the squadron was re-equipped with the Avro Lancaster. Although they used both Lancasters and Manchesters on all three 1,000 bomber raids (Cologne 30th/31st May 1942, Essen 1st/2nd June 1942, and Bremen 25/26th June 1942) - the third one against Bremen was the last one when the Manchesters were used. In October 1942, 106 contributed 10 Lancasters to 5 Group's epic low level daylight raid against the Schneider Works at Le Creusot, and 2 Lancasters (one of which was piloted by Wing Commander Guy Gibson CO of 106) to the subsidiary raid on the transformer and switching station at Montchanin. In 1943, they took part in the first shuttle-bombing raids (target Friedrichshafen), and the famous Peenemunde raid. During what was to become known as the Battle of Berlin (November 1943- March 1944) 106 dispatched 281 Lancasters on 20 raids, with the loss of eight aircraft. In 1944, 106 helped prepare the way for the invasion of Europe by hitting targets such as a Coastal Gun Battery at St Pierre du Mont and V-1 storage sites. In December 1944, 106 made a round trip of over 1,900 miles to attack the German Baltic Fleet at Gdynia. In March 1945, the squadron provided air support (against the defences of Wesel) for Commandos crossing the Rhine. Their last bombing sortie was on 25/26th April 1945 against the oil refinery at Vallo, Norway and 106 Squadron finally disbanded February 1946.

No.207 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st April 1918
Fate : Disbanded 30th June 1984

Semper paratus - Always prepared

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No.49 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 15th April 1916
Fate : Disbanded 1st May 1965

Cave canem - Beware of the dog

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No.49 Sqn RAF

49 Squadron was formed on 15th April 1916, during the First World War. In the course of the war, it flew DH4 and DH9 aircraft before disbanding in July 1919. Reformed in 1936, they flew Hind and Hampdens before war broke out in 1939. It was in a Hampden of 49 Sqn that Roderick Learoyd won the first Victoria Cross awarded to Bomber Command, when on the night of 12th August 1940, he and four other aircraft attempted to breach the heavily defended Dortmund-Ems canal. The squadron transferred to Manchesters and Lancasters, and after the war to Lincolns, before being disbanded once again on 1st August 1955. Less than a year later, on 1st May 1956, the squadron were reformed, equipped with Valiant V-Bombers of Britain's nuclear deterrent programme, but exactly nine years later, with the aircraft grounded, the squadron disbanded for the last time.

No.50 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 15th May 1916
Fate : Disbanded 31st March 1984

From defence to attack

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No.61 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 25th July 1917
Fate : Disbanded 31st March 1958

Per prurum tonantes - Thundering through the clear sky

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No.61 Sqn RAF

On July 1917 at RAF Rochford in Essex No.61 Squadron was formed and along with two other squadrons formed the London Air Defence Area intended to counter the daylight air raids. 61 squadron was equipped with the Sopwith Pup. The squadron first went into action on 12 thAugust, when a formation of 10 German Gotha bombers were seen over the Thames. Sixteen Sopwith Pups of No.61 Squadron took off to intercept them and succeeded in turning the enemy back, but not before two bombs had been dropped near No.61s hangars on Rochford Aerodrome. In 1918, 61 squadron was re-equipped with SE5s. When the armistice had been signed and the war was over 61 squadron was disbanded on 13th June 1919. No. 61 Squadron was re-formed on 8th March 1937 as a bomber squadron, and initially flying Hawker Audax, then the Avro Anson, followed by the Bristol Blenheim and during World War II flew with No. 5 Group, Bomer Command flying the Handley Page Hampden. The squadrons first operational mission was on 25th December 1939. The squadron then was equipped with the Avro Manchester. The slow delivery of the Manchester meant that the squadron operated both aircraft from July 1941 when the first Manchesters arrived, through to October 1941 when the use of the last of the Hampdens stopped. The squadron struggled on with the Manchester before converting to the Avro Lancaster in 1942, which 61 squadron flew for the rest of the war. Four of its Lancasters; ED860 N-Nan, EE176, JB138, and LL483, each served on more than 100 operational sorties. Records show that in the case of the first three aircraft, the long road to their centuries included participation in the raid on 3/4 November 1943, when Flt Lt William Reid of No. 61 Squadron won the Victoria Cross. After the war No. 61 Squadron re-equipped with Avro Lincolns in May 1946 and saw action in Malaya during Operation Firedog and during the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. In 1954 at RAF Wittering, 61 Squadron was equipped with the new English Electric Canberra. The Canberras of the squadron were used during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Finally on March 31st 1958, 61 squadron wasd disbanded.

No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

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No.83 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 7th January 1917
Fate : Disbanded 31st August 1969

Strike to defend

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No.97 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st December 1917
Fate : Disbanded 2nd January 1967
Straits Settlement

Achieve your aim

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