Place. Date. Time. Summary of Events. References to
Appendices.
MARHAM. 1/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light Southerly to South East to East South East. Fair
Flying training.
1525. A/C. J.X.9875. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Cross Country Run to SUTTON BRIDGE and
1840. returned to Base.
One aircraft undertook Local Flying practice.
Three aircraft did Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 2/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Easterly, veering South Easterly to South, South East. Fair.
Flying training.
Air Tests only were undertaken.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 3/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South East to South East East. Extensive fog at first, lifting during the morning.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 4/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly. Occasional slight rain.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 5/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North East to East. Showers of rain, sleet and snow.
Flying training.
One Crew undertook Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 6/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly. Occasional snow mainly inland.
Flying training.
W/C. FREEMAN undertook Icing Trails.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 7/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light North, North Easterly. Snow.
Flying training.
4 Crews undertook Formation Flying practice.
1 Crew did Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 8/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly Fair.
Flying training.
Air Tests only.
Operations Night of the 8/9th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.745 received from Headquarters No.3 Group.
1910. to 1956. A/C. A.X.3644. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. T.X.3419. P/O. RUNAGALL and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S.HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Y.X.3604. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. S/L. COLEMAN and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 72. bundles of 4.5 Flares, 24. 250 G.P's, and 99. S.B.C's.
13 aircraft also carried cameras.
17 aircraft took part in Operations against ESSEN, and taking off between 10.19 and 19.56 hours found weather over the target to be very good with slight ground haze.
Bombing from heights ranging between 10.000 and 19.000 feet, 14 of the aircraft saw all their bombs and incendiaries fall in the target area starting several large fires, and adding to the already existing fires.
2 of the aircraft had to return early owing to technical trouble, and brought all their bombs back.
Aircraft T.X.3419. (Capt. P/O. RUNAGALL) failed to return from Operations.

8/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
A. X. 3644.





Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3635.





Wellington MK.III
F. X. 3589.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
L. X. 3464.





Wellington MK.III
-





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3639.





Wellington MK.III
J. X. 3471.





Wellington MK.III
V. X. 3601.





Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
T. X. 3419.





Wellington MK.III
Z. X. 3344.





Wellington MK.III
Y. X. 3604.





W/C. FREEMAN
S/L. COUSENS
F/L. SYMMONS
P/O. SHAW
Sgt. McGREGOR
P/O. TAYLOR

S/L. HOGG
Sgt. BUTTERWORTH
P/O. FISHER
Sgt. WAGSTAFF
Sgt. LLOYD
Sgt. RAGAN

F/L. SWORD
P/O. WOOD
Sgt. BATTY
Sgt. NEWARK
P/O. PEARCE
Sgt. HAYNES

P/O. GEORGE
P/O. ROHDE
F/O. CRITCHLEY
P/O. BROAD
Sgt. ESLING
Sgt. BEECROFT

P/O. PATTERSON
Sgt. FRY
Sgt. ROBSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. SKINNER
Sgt. NEWBOUND

F/S. ANDERSON
Sgt. MANN
Sgt. ADMANS
Sgt. ALEANDRI
Sgt. FLORENCE
Sgt. BLACKMAN

Sgt. MORTON
Sgt. DUNN
Sgt. BURNETT
Sgt. HIGHETT
Sgt. HOLMES
Sgt. McMULLEN

Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LONGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. McCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. TONKIN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIES
P/O. MCCRAE

S/L. GRANT
Sgt. BATCHER
F/O. EVANS
F/S. GORDON
Sgt. BURGESS
F/S. BILLSON

F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. DODWELL
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMSBOTTOM
Sgt. HUGHES

P/O. RUNAGALL
Sgt. WICKMAN
P/O. HOSEA
F/S. CHAMBERLAIN
Sgt. STEVENSON
P/O. RUNNER

Sgt. HYDE
Sgt. EDWARDS
Sgt. ROBB
Sgt. SUDDICK
Sgt. FRANCE
Sgt. REEVES

F/S. SOAMES
Sgt. BECKETT
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

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2nd. Pilot
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2nd. Pilot
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2nd. Pilot
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0255.






17 aircraft (9 from 'A' Flight and 8 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target ESSEN in accordance with Form B.745 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. A.X.3644. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew.
A/C. G.X.3633. S/L. HOGG and Crew.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew.
A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. J.X.3471. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. T.X.3419. P/O. RUNAGALL and Crew.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. HYDE and Crew.
A/C. Y.X.3604. F/S. SOAMES and Crew.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. S/L. COLEMAN and Crew.

Bomb load
6 of the above aircraft carried 12. (72?) Bundles of 4.5 Flares and 4. 250 lb. G.P's.
11 aircraft carried 9 S.B.C's.
13 aircraft carried cameras.

A/C. A.X.3644. (Captain W/C. FREEMAN) from a height of between 10.000 and 15.000 feet dropped his Flares as briefed. No Bomb bursts were seen. Damaged sustained to main plane as results of Flak.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain S/L. HOGG) dropped his Flares as briefed from a height of 15.000 feet. No Bomb bursts were seen. The port engine was failing on return.

A/C. H.X.3635. (Captain F/L. SWORD) bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs which were seen to burst on target. Large fires were observed.

A/C. F.X.3589. (Captain P/O. GEORGE) bombing from height of 19.000 feet dropped his Flares and bombs on build up area West North West of town, but no bomb bursts were seen. 3 large red and yellow fires were observed on departure.

A/C. H.X.3506. (Captain P/O. PATTERSON) bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his incendiaries West of KRUPPS Factory. Small fires were observed which died down.

A/C. L.X.3464. (Captain F/S. ANDERSON) bombing from a height of 15.000 feet dropped his bombs in build up area, but target was not recognized. About 8 fires were observed in target area.

A/C. D.X.3412. (Captain Sgt. MORTON) bombing from a height of 15.000 feet dropped all his bombs on T.R.1335 Fix. These were thought to have burst on West side of target about KRUPPS Works, causing fire.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs which were seem to fall between KRUPPS and target starting a long fire.

A/C. J.X.3471. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) bombing from a height of 19.000 feet dropped his bombs without observing any results.

A/C. V.X.3601. (Captain S/L. GRANT) dropped his incendiaries and Flares from a height of 16.600 feet. A good many incendiaries were seem burning, no fires were started, but it was not possible to recognise own results.

A/C. P.X.3662. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs on existing fires with a large warehouse in the centre, probably South of aiming point. Flares were seen burning from 110 miles away.

A/C. T.X.3419. (Captain P/O. RUNAGALL) failed to return from Operations.

A/C. Z.X.3344. (Captain F/S. HYDE) was forced to abandon the sortie 20 miles from the Dutch Coast due to the rear turret oxygen regulator becoming unserviceable. All bombs were brought back.

A/C. Y.X.3604. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) was forced to abandon the sortie 20 miles over HOLLAND due to port engine oil pressure being low and temperture high, all bombs were brought back.

A/C. R.X.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his incendiaries which were seen burning near small fires in target area. Some Flares and incendiaries were dropped South of target. One photograph was taken.

A/C. Q.X.3602. (Captain P/O. PERRY) bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped all his bombs on target in the middle of fires. A large red fire was observed and many small ones.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain S/L. COLEMAN) bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs which were observed to fall across aiming point. Many fires were observed all over the town on arrival.


MARHAM. 9/3/42. 0555. All aircraft with the exception of aircraft T.X.3419. (Capt. P/O. RUNAGALL) had returned safely to Base from Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind South Westerly to Southerly, fair.
Operations Night of the 9th/10th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.746 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1915. to 1938. A/C. H.X.3408. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3669. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. Sgt. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 60. bundles of 4.5 Flares, 20. 250 lb. G.P's and 45. S.B.C's.
All aircraft carried cameras.
10 aircraft took off between 1915. and 1938. hours to attack target ESSEN.
Crews found weather over the target to be very good and bombing from heights ranging between 15.500 and 19.000 feet dropped their bombs which were seen to fall in the target area causing fires and adding to existing ones. One large red fire with thick black smoke was observed by several Crews, many small fires were also seen.
A/C. R.K.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) was forced to return early due to failure of T.R.1335.

9/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3408.





Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





Wellington MK.III
J. X. 3471.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3669.





Wellington MK.III
V. X. 3601.





Wellington MK.III
R. X. 3591.





Wellington MK.III
W. X. 3341.





Wellington MK.III
Z. X. 3344.





Wellington MK.III
Q. X. 3602.





F/L. SWORD
P/O. WOOD
Sgt. BATTY
Sgt. NEWARK
P/O. PEARCE
F/S. HAYNES

P/O. GEORGE
P/O. ROHDE
F/O. CRITCHLEY
P/O. BROAD
Sgt. ESLING
Sgt. BEECROFT

P/O. LESLIE
Sgt. OWEN
F/O. NICHOLSON
P/O. SYMONS
Sgt. HODGSON
P/O. CAVE

P/O. PATTERSON
Sgt. FRY
Sgt. ROBSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. SKINNER
Sgt. NEWBOUND

Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LOUGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. McCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

S/L. GRANT
Sgt. BATCHEN
F/O. EVANS
F/S. GORDON
Sgt. BURGESS
F/S. BILLSON

F/S. DAVIE
P/O. HOWARD
Sgt. SLATTER
Sgt. BOYLE
Sgt. MCLEOD
Sgt. SPROSTON

F/S. SOAMES
Sgt. BECKETT
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

F/S. HYDE
Sgt. EDWARDS
Sgt. ROBB
Sgt. SUDDICK
Sgt. FRANCE
Sgt. REEVES

P/O. PERRY
Sgt. FONE
Sgt. SWARBRICK
Sgt. HARDING
Sgt. STEPHENS
Sgt. SHAW

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2nd. Pilot
Navigator
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2nd. Pilot
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2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
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Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
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2nd. Pilot
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10 aircraft (4 from 'A' Flight and 6 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target ESSEN in accordance with Form B.746 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. H.X.3408. F/L. SWORD and Crew.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. GEORGE and Crew.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3669. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. HYDE and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. F/S. SOAMES and Crew.

Bomb load
5 of the above aircraft carried 12. Bundles of 3 x 4.5 Flares and 4. 250 lb. G.P's.
5 aircraft carried 9. S.B.C's.
All the aircraft carried cameras.

A/C. H.X.3408. (Captain F/L. SWORD) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet straddled KRUPPS with Flares and bombs from West to East, the end of the stick falling on the old town.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain P/O. GEORGE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his bombs West to East over ESSEN. A large factory roof was seen under the first bunch of flares, but no bursts were observed.

A/C. J.X.3471. (Captain P/O. LESLIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs but no bursts were observed. A large red fire with black smoke was seen and a photograph attempted.

A/C. H.X.3596. (Captain P/O. PATTERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 19.000 feet dropped his bombs which fell in the town East of KRUPPS WORKS. Three fires were started.

A/C. K.X.3669. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs on T.R.1335 Fix and visual observation and observed them to fall alongside a large fire.

A/C. V.X.3601. (Captain S/L. GRANT) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.500 feet dropped all his bombs on or very close to target. A photograph was taken.

A/C. R.X.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) was forced to abandon the sortie owing to T.R.1335 becoming unserviceable and returned to Base by 2012. hours.

A/C. Z.X.3344. (Captain F/S. HYDE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his bombs which were all observed to fall in the town starting one large and four small fires. Much dense black smoke was seen five minutes after bombing. Two moderate fires were seen on arrival.

A/C. Q.X.3602. (Captain P/O. PERRY) successfully located and attacked target and dropped his bombs from a height of 18.000 feet. A large red fire with thick black smoke was observed at the South East corner of KRUPPS WORKS. A photograph was attempted.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his bombs between two existing fires making one long fire along South edge of town. Many fires were observed in the target area and one large orange fire with dense black smoke was seen in the centre of the town.

All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0040. hours.


MARHAM. 10/3/42. 0040. All aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly or variable, fair apart from local fog at first.
Operations Night of the 10th/11th. March, 1942. Target Essen.
Form B.747 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1900. to 1915. A/C. G.X.3633. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 63. 250 lb. incendiaries and 27. S.B.C's.
All aircraft carried cameras and 3 aircraft carried Long and Short delay Searcher Flares.
10 aircraft took off between 1900. and 1915. hours to attack target ESSEN.
Weather over the target was found to be variable with only moderate visibility, on arrival one large and eight small fires were observed and all bombs were released from a minimum of 13.500 feet.
The first Crews over the target were able to locate their target but those arriving later were unable to do so due to increased cloud.
A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) was forced to return early at 2034. hours due to I.F.F. failure.

10/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





Wellington MK.III
J. X. 3471.





Wellington MK.III
F. X. 3589.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3635.





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3639.





Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
W. X. 3341.





Wellington MK.III
R. X. 3591.





Wellington MK.III
Q. X. 3602.





S/L. HOGG
Sgt. BUTTERWORTH
P/O. FISHER
Sgt. WAGSTAFF
Sgt. LLOYD
Sgt. RAGAN

P/O. LESLIE
Sgt. KORMYLO
F/O. NICHOLSON
P/O. SYMONS
Sgt. HODGSON
Sgt. CAVE

Sgt. MORTON
Sgt. DUNN
Sgt. BURNETT
Sgt. HIGHETT
Sgt. HOLMES
Sgt. McMULLAN

Sgt. HOLDER
Sgt. BLAIR
P/O. BARLOW
Sgt. RAISWERR
Sgt. PHILLIPS
Sgt. RYAN

F/S. ANDERSON
Sgt. MANN
Sgt. ADMANS
Sgt. ALEANDRI
Sgt. FLORENCE
Sgt. BLACKMAN

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. TONKIN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIES
P/O. MCCRAE

F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. DODWELL
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMSBOTHAM
Sgt. HUGHES

F/S. SOAMES
Sgt. BECKETT
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

F/S. DAVIE
P/O. HOWARD
Sgt. SLATTER
Sgt. BOYLE
Sgt. MCLEOD
Sgt. SPROSTON

F/S. HYDE
Sgt. EDWARDS
Sgt. ROBB
Sgt. SUDDICK
Sgt. FRANCE
Sgt. REEVES

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Navigator
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Rr. Gunnr.

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10 aircraft (6 from 'A' Flight and 4 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target ESSEN in accordance with Form B.747 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. G.X.3633. S/L. HOGG and Crew.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. MORTON and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. F/S. SOAMES and Crew.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3602. F/S. HYDE and Crew.

Bomb load
7 of the above aircraft carried 9. 250 lb. incendiaries.
3 aircraft carried 9. S.B.C's.
All the aircraft carried cameras.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain S/L. HOGG) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his incendiaries heading 290 degrees. A photograph was taken. One load of incendiaries was seen to fall near SCHWERTE.

A/C. J.X.3471. (Captain P/O. LESLIE) was forced to abandon the sortie due to the failure of T.R.1335. All bombs were brought back.

A/C. F.X.3589. (Captain Sgt. MORTON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 13.500 feet dropped his bombs without observing any results due to poor visibility.

A/C. B.X.3596. (Captain Sgt. HOLDER) attacked what was believed to be BOCHUM and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs between eight fires already started.

A/C. H.X.3635. (Captain F/S. ANDERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his bombs on build up area as T.R. Fix approached. A lightly build up area was observed in the light of incendiaries believed to be North East outskirts of ESSEN. T.R.1335 was not working well owing to statics.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 19.000 feet on T.R. Fix dropped his bombs without observing any results. T.R. unsatisfactory.

A/C. P.X.3662. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 20.000 feet dropped his bombs without observing any results. A photograph was attempted.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) was forced to abandon the sortie due to the failure of the I.F.F. All bombs were brought back.

A/C. R.X.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his incendiaries on T.R. Fix owing to dense cloud. Incendiaries were seen to be burning and some explosions were observed.

A/C. Q.X.3602. (Captain F/S. HYDE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed one large fire.

All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0024. hours.


MARHAM. 11/3/42. 0024. All aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind light and variable, much fog and mist at first clearing later.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 12/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind East South Easterly, fair with local mist.
Flying training.
6 aircraft undertook Local Flying practice and 1 did Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 13/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind East South Easterly, fair with risk of snow showers.
Operations Night of the 13th/14th. March, 1942. Target COLOGNE.
Form B.749 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1839. to 1858. A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C.Y.X.3604. F/S. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 168. 3 x 4.5 Recco. Flares and 56. 250 lb. G.P's.
All aircraft carried cameras.
14 aircraft took off between 1839. and 1858. hours, arriving over the target to find the weather good 12 of the aircraft dropped their bombs into the target area from heights ranging between 14.500 and 16.500 feet, and bursts were observed.
One aircraft brought all its bombs back due to inability to locate target and
one other brought all its bombs back due to the undercarriage becoming unserviceable.

13/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3635.





Wellington MK.III
J. X. 3471.





Wellington MK.III
F. X. 3589.





Wellington MK.III
D. X. 3412.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
A. X. 3639.





Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





Wellington MK.III
L. X. 3464.





Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
Q. X. 3602.





Wellington MK.III
R. X. 3591.





Wellington MK.III
V. X. 3601.





Wellington MK.III
W. X. 3341.





Wellington MK.III
Y. X. 3604.





F/L. SWORD
P/O. WOOD
Sgt. BATTY
Sgt. NEWARK
P/O. PEARCE
F/S. HAYNES

P/O. LESLIE
Sgt. KORMYLO
F/O. NICHOLSON
P/O. SYMONS
Sgt. GARLAND
Sgt. CAVE

P/O. GEORGE
P/O. ROHDE
F/O. CRITCHLEY
P/O. BROAD
Sgt. BEECROFT
Sgt. ESLING

Sgt. MORTON
Sgt. DUNN
Sgt. BURNETT
Sgt. HIGHETT
Sgt. HOLMES
Sgt. McMULLAN

Sgt. HOLDERS
Sgt. BLAIR
P/O. BARLOW
Sgt. RAISWERR
Sgt. PHILLIPS
Sgt. RYAN

Sgt. HARRIS
F/S. LONGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. McCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

P/O. PATERSON
Sgt. FRY
Sgt. ROBSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. SKINNER
Sgt. NEWBOUND

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. TONKIN
F/S. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIES
P/O. MCCRAE

F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
W/O. FOSTER
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMSBOTHAM
Sgt. HUGHES

P/O. PERRY
Sgt. FONE
Sgt. SWARBRICK
Sgt. HARDING
Sgt. STEPHENS
Sgt. SHAW

F/S. HYDE
Sgt. EDWARDS
Sgt. ROBB
Sgt. SUDDICK
Sgt. FRANCE
Sgt. REEVES

S/L. GRANT
Sgt. BATCHAEN
F/O. EVANS
F/S. GORDON
Sgt. BURGESS
F/S. BILLSON

P/O. WELLER
Sgt. BALLARD
P/O. MAHER
Sgt. LAWRENCE
Sgt. SUCKLING
Sgt. WILSON

F/S. SOAMES
Sgt. BECKETT
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

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14 aircraft (7 from 'A' Flight and 7 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target COLOGNE in accordance with Form B.749 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew.
A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and Crew.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew.
A/C. L.X.3464. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. HYDE and Crew.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew.
A/C. Y.X.3604. F/S. SOAMES and Crew.

Bomb load
All the above aircraft carried 12. Bundles of 3. x 4.5 Flares and 4. 250 lb. G.P's.
All the aircraft carried cameras.

A/C. H.X.3635. (Captain F/L. SWORD) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his bombs which were seen to burst in build up area West of town. Several small fires were seen on departure.

A/C. J.X.3471. (Captain P/O. LESLIE) was forced to abandon the sortie due to undercarriage trouble. All bombs were brought back.

A/C. F.X.3589. (Captain P/O. GEORGE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his bombs in one stick 300 yards South of HINDENBURG BRIDGE.

A/C. D.X.3412. (Captain Sgt. MORTON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his flares over the centre of the target. Bombs were not seen to burst owing to flares and fires over target. A large fire was observed in the centre of the target area.

A/C. B.X.3596. (Captain Sgt. HOLDER) dropped his bombs but two flares hung up.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his flares on East bank and on West bank near centre of target.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain P/O. PAT(T)ERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his flares across the old city. HOHENZOLLERN and HINDENBURG BRIDGES were clearly seen. Aircraft sustained minor damage due to Flak.

A/C. L.X.3464. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his load in one stick between square lake and river. No results were observed.

A/C. P.X.3662. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs without observing any results. Aircraft was hit by Flak. Two photographs were attempted.

A/C. Q.X.3602. (Captain P/O. PERRY) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs without observing any results. Two flares hung up and I.F.F. exploded.

A/C. R.X.3591. (Captain F/S. HYDE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his flares which bursts below the cloud. The town was recognized during the run up.

A/C. V.X.3601. (Captain S/L. GRANT) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 14.500 feet dropped his flares in HINDENBURG BRIDGE area. The whole town was clearly seen.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain P/O. WELLER) was forced to bring all his bombs back due to inability to locate target.

A/C. Y.X.3604. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs without observing any results. One photograph was attempted.

All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0115. hours.


MARHAM. 14/3/42. 0115. All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind South Easterly to Southerly, intermittant rain or drizzle.
Flying training.
One Crew undertook Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 15/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South to South Westerly, fair.
Flying training.
5 Crews practiced Local Day Flying and
3 Crews Local Night Flying.
1 Crew undertook Special Training.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 16/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, fair at first occasional rain later.
Flying training.
1515. A/C. X.X.3488. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew took off for Cross Country flight and
1645. returned to Base.
6 aircraft undertook Local Flying practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 17/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Southerly, slight rain or drizzle at first becoming fair.
Flying training.
6 Crews undertook Local Flying practice and 2 others BOMBING practice.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 18/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South West to Southerly, fair generally.
Flying training.
4 Observers received STRAIGHT and LEVEL FLYING INSTRUCTION.
Day Operations of the 18th. March, 1942. Target RUHR VALLEY.
Form B.754 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
6 Crews stood by for Daylight Operations, 5 took off but were recalled before reaching the DUTCH COAST owing to lack of cloud cover.
MARHAM. 19/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, variable, widespread fog and occasional drizzle.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 20/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, variable, cloudy with occasional rain.
Flying training.
1100. A/C. F.X.3589. S/L. HOGG and Crew took off for Cross Country flight to NEWMARKET and
1330. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 21/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, variable, cloudy with occasional light drizzle.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 22/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly, cloudy with slight local drizzle.
Flying training.
1010. A/C. F.X.3589. P/O. GEORGE and crew took off for Local Flying practice and
1310. returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 22nd/23rd. March, 1942. Target SPRATT 'B'.
Form B.758 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
17 aircraft including 2 Freshmen stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1630. hours.
MARHAM. 23/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North to North Easterly, mainly fair or fine.
Flying training.
3 Crews undertook Bombing practice.
Operations Night of the 23rd/24th. March, 1942. Target SPRATT 'B'.
Form B.759 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
17 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 1635. hours.
MARHAM. 24/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind variable, widespread fog becoming fine or fair.
Flying training.
2 Crews did Local Day Flying practice and 2 others Night Flying practice.
Operations Night of the 24th/25th. March, 1942. Target STOAT 'B'.
Form B.760 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
5 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled at 2200. hours.
MARHAM. 25/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind Westerly, fine after early morning mist.
Flying training.
2 Crews did Local DUAL Flying during the day.
Operations Night of the 25th/26th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
1940. to 1955. A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. Y.X.3604. P/O. SOAMES and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. X.X.3488. F/S. HYDE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. Sgt. SLADE and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. TAYLOR and Crew took of for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew took of for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 72. bundles of 3 x 4.5 Flares, 36. 250 lb. G.P's, and 63. S.B.C's and 1. 4.000 lb. H.C.
16 of the aircraft carried cameras.
17 aircraft took off between 1940. and 1955. hours and found weather over the target to be good.
16 aircraft dropped their bombs from heights ranging between 15.000 and 18.000 feet by visual observation and T.R. Fix. Fires were started in the target area but not much detail was obtained due to industrial haze over the town.
One aircraft was forced to return early owing to T.R. going unserviceable and the rear guns not functioning. The bomb was jettisoned alive in the sea.

25/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
V. X. 3601.




Wellington MK.III
J. X. 3471.





Wellington MK.III
R. X. 3591.





Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3635.





Wellington MK.III
Y. X. 3604.





Wellington MK.III
D. X. 3412.





Wellington MK.III
L. X. 3464.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3488.





Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
S. X. 3466.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
W. X. 3341.





Wellington MK.III
C. X. 3593.





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3639.





Wellington MK.III
Q. X. 3602.





Wellington MK.III
F. X. 3589.





Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





S/L. GRANT
F/O. EVANS
F/S. GORDON
Sgt. BURGESS
F/S. BILLSON

P/O. LESLIE
Sgt. KORMYLO
F/O. NICHOLSON
P/O. SYMONS
Sgt. CARLAND
Sgt. CAVE

F/S. DAVIE
P/O. HOWARD
Sgt. SLATTER
Sgt. BOYLE
Sgt. MCLEOD
Sgt. SPROSTON

P/O. PATTERSON
Sgt. FRY
Sgt. ROBSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. SKINNER
Sgt. NEWBOUND

P/O. SOAMES
Sgt. BATCHEN
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

Sgt. MORTON
Sgt. DUNN
Sgt. BURNETT
Sgt. HIGHETT
Sgt. HOLMES
Sgt. McMULLAN

F/S. ANDERSON
Sgt. MANN
Sgt. ADMANS
Sgt. ALEANDRI
Sgt. FLORENCE
Sgt. BLACKMAN

F/S. HYDE
Sgt. EDWARDS
Sgt. ROBB
Sgt. SUDDICK
Sgt. FRANCE
Sgt. REEVES

F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
W/O. FOSTER
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMBOTHAM
P/O. SCRIVEN

P/O. PERRY
Sgt. FONE
Sgt. SWARBRICK
Sgt. HARDING
Sgt. STEPHENS
Sgt. SHAW

Sgt. HOLDER
Sgt. BLAIR
P/O. BARLOW
Sgt. RAISWERR
Sgt. PHILLIPS
Sgt. RYAN

P/O. WELLER
Sgt. BALLARD
F/O. MAHER
Sgt. LAWRENCE
Sgt. SUCKLING
Sgt. WILSON

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. TONKIN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIES
P/O. MCCRAE

Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LOUGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. McCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

Sgt. SLADE
Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. DODWELL
Sgt. BURBIDGE
Sgt. BROWN
Sgt. LOWRY

Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. OWEN
Sgt. BAILEY
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. WATKINSON
P/O. TAYLOR

Sgt. BECKETT
Sgt. JONES
Sgt. HILL
Sgt. SHERRIFF
Sgt. RINCE
Sgt. HUGHES

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Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.
1940.





1941.






1942.






1944.






1945.






1952.






1947.






1943.






1949.






1950.






1954.






1956






1948.






1951.






1955.






1853.






1946.






2334.





2345.






2345.






0045.






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0005.






2329.






2325.






0002.






0019.






0042.






0035.






2340.






2350.






0044.






0005.






2152.






17 aircraft (7 from 'A' Flight and 10 including 1 Freshman from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target ESSEN in accordance with Form B.761 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew.
A/C. J.X.3471. P/O. LESLIE and Crew.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew.
A/C. H.X.3635. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew.
A/C. Y.X.3604. P/O. SOAMES and Crew.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew.
A/C. X.X.3488. F/S. HYDE and Crew.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew.
A/C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3602. Sgt. SLADE and Crew.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. TAYLOR and Crew.
A/C. G.X.3633. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew.

Bomb load
9 aircraft carried 12. Bundles of 3 x 4.5 Flares and 4. 250 lb. G.P's.
7 aircraft carried 9. S.B.C's.
1 aircraft carried 1. 4.000 lb. H.C.
All aircraft except one carried cameras.

A/C. V.X.3601. (Captain S/L. GRANT) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his bombs but no bursts were seen. Target was recognized by BALDERNEY SEA.

A/C. J.X.3471. (Captain P/O. LESLIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs but no results were observed. Two photographs were tried.

A/C. R.X.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.400 feet dropped his bombs and flares on target by visual observation, but no bursts were observed.

A/C. H.X.3635. (Captain P/O. PATTERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet on a T.R. Fix dropped his bombs and observed one large fire on leaving target.

A/C. Y.X.3604. (Captain F/S. SOAMES) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed some fires through industrial haze.

A/C. D.X.3412. (Captain Sgt. MORTON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.000 feet on a T.R. Fix dropped his bombs and observed many large fires in target area.

A/C. L.X.3464. (Captain F/S. ANDERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his flares over target by visual observation. No bomb bursts were observed but a red flare and other flares were observed in HAMBORN area.

A/C. B.X.3488. (Captain F/S. HYDE) was forced to abandon the sortie owing to the T.R.1335 and rear guns becoming unserviceable. Bomb was jettisoned alive in the sea.

A/C. P.X.3664. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.000 feet dropped his bombs and flares in target area from visual observation but no results were seen. Some fires were observed in the target area.

A/C. S.X.3466. (Captain P/O. PERRY) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.500 feet on a T.R. FIX dropped his bombs and observed one small fire started. A small red fire was seen in the target area.

A/C. B.X.3596. (Captain Sgt. HOLDER) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs and flares on a T.R. FIX. No results were observed.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain P/O. WELLER) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his without observing any results. A large red fire was observed in North West ESSEN on departure. Two photographs were tried.

A/C. C.X.3593. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his flares on T.R. FIX but no results were observed. Target was recognized by filter beds 4 miles South East of target.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his incendiaries on T.R. Fix but no results were observed.

A/C. Q.X.3602. (Captain Sgt. SLADE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his bombs and flares into the target area on visual observation. Bomb bursts were observed.

A/C. F.X.3589. (Captain Sgt. TAYLOR) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from height of 17.500 feet dropped his bombs and incendiaries which fell near another stick. No other results were observed.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain Sgt. BECKETT) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from height of 16.500 feet dropped his flares and observed some fires. Target was recognized by river South East of target.

All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0045. hours.


MARHAM. 26/3/42. 0045. All the aircraft returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind light and variable, fine or fair.
Flying training.
2 Crews did Local Flying practice during the day.
Operations Night of the 26th/27th. March, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.762 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1940. to 1959. A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A.C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. TAYLOR and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Y.X.3604. P/O. SOAMES and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. X.X.3488. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 72. Bundles of 3. x 4.5 Flares, 24. 250 lb. G.P's, 72. S.B.C's and 1. 4.000 lb. H.C.
All the aircraft carried cameras.
15 aircraft took off between 1940. and 1959. hours to attack target ESSEN and found weather over the target to be excellent. Bombs were released by visual observation from heights ranging between 14.000 and 18.000 feet and although one or two fires were started several fires were observed in the target area. Photographs were attempted.
A/C. F.X.3589. (Captain Sgt. TAYLOR) and
A/C. Y.X.3604. (Captain P/O. SOAMES) failed to return to Base after Operations.

26/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
V. X. 3601.





Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3635.





Wellington MK.III
Q. X. 3602.





Wellington MK.III
C. X. 3593.





Wellington MK.III
W. X. 3341.





Wellington MK.III
S. X. 3466.





Wellington MK.III
L. X. 3464.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3639.





Wellington MK.III
F. X. 3589.





Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





Wellington MK.III
Y. X. 3604.





Wellington MK.III
D. X. 3412.





Wellington MK.III
X. X. 3488.





S/L. GRANT
Sgt. BATCHEN
F/O. EVANS
F/S. GORDON
Sgt. BURGESS
F/S. BILLSON

F/L. SWORD
P/O. WOOD
Sgt. BATTY
Sgt. NEWARK
P/O. PEARCE
F/L. KEARY

F/S. DAVIE
P/O. HOWARD
Sgt. SLATTER
Sgt. BOYLE
Sgt. MCLEOD
Sgt. SPROSTON

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. TONKIN
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIES
P/O. MCCRAE

P/O. WELLER
Sgt. BALLARD
P/O. MAHER
Sgt. LAWRENCE
Sgt. SUCKLING
Sgt. WILSON

P/O. PERRY
Sgt. FONE
Sgt. SWARBRICK
Sgt. HARDING
Sgt. STEPHENS
Sgt. SHAW

F/S. ANDERSON
Sgt. MANN
Sgt. ADMANS
Sgt. ALEANDRI
Sgt. FLORENCE
Sgt. BLACKMAN

Sgt. HOLDER
Sgt. BLAIR
P/O. BARLOW
Sgt. RAISWERR
Sgt. PHILLIPS
Sgt. RYAN

F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
W/O. FOSTER
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMSBOTHAM
P/O. SCRIVEN

Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LOUGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. McCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. OWEN
Sgt. BAILEY
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. WATKINSON
P/O. TAYLOR

P/O. PATTERSON
Sgt. FRY
Sgt. ROBSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. SKINNER
Sgt. NEWBOUND

P/O. SOAMES
Sgt. FINCH
Sgt. MOGFORD
Sgt. BAKER
Sgt. BURNS
Sgt. FREAK

Sgt. MORTON
Sgt. DUNN
Sgt. BURNETT
Sgt. HIGHETT
Sgt. HOLMES
Sgt. McMULLEN

P/O. LESLIE
Sgt. KORMYLO
F/O. NICHOLSON
P/O. SYMONS
Sgt. GARLAND
Sgt. CAVE

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

1944.






1940.






1943.






1947.






1948.






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1951.






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1952.






1953.






1955






1954.






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1956.






0015.






0005.






0040.






0020.






0115.






0055.






0125.






0111.






0100.






0007.






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0055.






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0045.






0120.






15 aircraft (7 from 'A' Flight and 8 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target ESSEN in accordance with Form B.762 received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3682. F/S. DAVIE and Crew.
A/C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. L.X.3464. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.
A/C. F.X.3589. Sgt. TAYLOR and Crew.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew.
A/C. Y.X.3604. P/O. SOAMES and Crew.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew.
A/C. X.X.3488. P/O. LESLIE and Crew.

Bomb load
6 of the aircraft carried 12. Bundles of 3 x 4.5 Flares and 4. 250 G.P's. and 1 Red Flare.
8 aircraft carried 9. S.B.C's.
1 aircraft carried 1. 4.000 lb. H.C.
All the aircraft carried cameras.

A/C. V.X.3601. (Captain S/L. GRANT) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his flares and bombs on T.R. Fix and KRUPPS WORKS were identified. No results of own bombs were observed. A yellow fire was seen South East of town on departure.

A/C. H.X.3635. (Captain F/L. SWORD) bombing from a height of 17.500 feet dropped his flares and bombs at OBERHAUSEN but no results were observed.

A/C. Q.X.3682. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.500 feet dropped his flares and bombs and observed fires.

A/C. C.X.3593. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) successfully located and attacked target and dropped his bombs from 14.000 feet on T.R. FIX and visual observation. Several large fires were observed in target area.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain P/O. WELLER) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed fires with red glow. W/T. and R/T. failures.

A/C. S.X.3466. (Captain P/O. PERRY) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 15.500 feet dropped his bombs and observed many small fires. A photograph was tried.

A/C. L.X.3464. (Captain F/S. ANDERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 18.000 feet dropped his flares and bombs on visual observation confirmed by T.R. No results were observed.

A/C. B.X.3596. (Captain Sgt. HOLDER) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 17.500 feet dropped his flares and bombs and flares on T.R. Fix confirmed visually. One very large fire was observed.

A/C. P.X.3662. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs on T.R. Fix and pinpointed BALDENEY SEA and bends in river South East of town. Bombs dropped in build up area but were not seen to burst. Large red fire was observed in town on arrival. HAMSLEDE aerodrome was machine gunned from 1.000 feet on return journey.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs on T.R. Fix on or close to aiming point near to large fires and among several smaller ones. Photograph was taken.

A/C. F.X.3589. (Captain Sgt. TAYLOR) failed to return from Operations.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain P/O. PATTERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from height of 15.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed 3 fires on departure.

A/C. Y.X.3604. (Captain P/O. SOAMES) failed to return from Operations.

A/C. D.X.3412. (Captain Sgt. MORTON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 14.000 feet dropped his bombs on visual observation confirmed by T.R. Fix causing two fires. A number of fires were seen well to North and South of target, flares tended to be too blinding on the moonlight night.

A/C. X.X.3488. (Captain P/O. LESLIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed several fires in target area. A photograph was attempted. T.R.1335 and rear turret were U/S.

All the aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations by 0125. hours.


MARHAM. 27/3/42. 0125. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind Easterly, fair.
Flying training.
1435. A/C. S.X.3466. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for FLARE TRAILS and
1535. returned to Base.
1400. A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O.WELLER and Crew took off for Cross Country Flight to WADDINGTON and
1900. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 28/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly, fair.
Operations Night of the 28th/29th. March, 1942. Target LUBECK.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1930. to 2050. A/C. A.X.3644. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. LESLIE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. D.X.3412. Sgt. MORTON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. W.X.3541. P/O. WELLER and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. X.X.3488. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 24. bundles of 3 X 4.5 Flares, 1. 4.000 lb. H.C., 5. 1.000 lb. G.P's, 25. 500 lb. G.P's, 8. 250 lb. G.P's and 63. S.B.C's.
All the aircraft carried cameras.
15 aircraft took off between 1930. and 2050. hours to attack target LUBECK and found weather over the target excellent.
Bombs were released from heights ranging between 3.500 and 16.000 feet and all were seen to fall in the target area starting fires all over the island. Some bursts were not seen due to fires already well alight. Many photographs were attempted and one very large fire was noticed at the end of the island.
One aircraft due to taking off too early had to be recalled.
A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain P/O. WELLER) failed to return from Operations.

28/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
A. X. 3644.





Wellington MK.III
V. X. 3601.





Wellington MK.III
H. X. 3635.





Wellington MK.III
R. X. 3591.





Wellington MK.III
Z. X. 3344.





Wellington MK.III
G. X. 3633.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.





Wellington MK.III
D. X. 3412.





Wellington MK.III
C. X. 3593.





Wellington MK.III
W. X. 3341.





Wellington MK.III
X. X. 3488.





Wellington MK.III
S. X. 3466.





Wellington MK.III
Q. X. 3602.





Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3639.





W/C. FREEMAN
W/C. OLSEN
F/L. SYMONS
P/O. SHAW
Sgt. CALLENDER
F/L. KEARY

S/L. GRANT
Sgt. BATCHEN
F/O. EVANS
F/S. GORDON
Sgt. BURGESS
F/S. BILLSON

F/L. SWORD
P/O. WOOD
Sgt. BATTY
Sgt. NEWARK
P/O. PEARCE
F/L. HAYNES

F/S. DAVIE
P/O. HOWARD
Sgt. SLATTER
Sgt. BOYLE
Sgt. MCLEOD
Sgt. SPROSTON

F/S. ANDERSON
Sgt. MANN
Sgt. ADMANS
Sgt. ALEANDRI
Sgt. FLORENCE
Sgt. BLACKMAN

P/O. LESLIE
Sgt. KORMYLO
F/O. NICHOLSON
P/O. SYMONS
Sgt. GARLAND
Sgt. CAVE

Sgt. HOLDER
Sgt. BLAIR
P/O. BARLOW
Sgt. RAISWERR
Sgt. PHILLIPS
Sgt. RYAN

Sgt. MORTON
Sgt. DUNN
Sgt. BURNETT
Sgt. HIGHETT
Sgt. HOLMES
Sgt. McMULLEN

Sgt. REYNOLDS
Sgt. MALE
Sgt. MCGRATH
Sgt. WILKES
Sgt. HARRIES
P/O. MCCRAE

P/O. WELLER
Sgt. BALLARD
P/O. MAHER
Sgt. LAWRENCE
Sgt. SUCKLING
Sgt. WILSON

Sgt. HYDE
Sgt. EDWARDS
Sgt. ROBB
Sgt. SUDDICK
Sgt. BALLENTINE
Sgt. REEVES

P/O. PERRY
Sgt. FONE
Sgt. SWARBRICK
Sgt. HARDING
Sgt. STEPHENS
Sgt. SHAW

P/O. PATERSON
Sgt. FRY
Sgt. ROBSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
Sgt. SKINNER
Sgt. NEWBOUND

F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
W/O. FOSTER
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMSBOTHAM
P/O. SCRIVEN

Sgt. HARRIS
Sgt. LOUGHEAD
Sgt. TAYLOR
Sgt. McCARTHY
Sgt. JERRAM
Sgt. SMITH

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

2051.






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1936.






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2002.






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1934.






1933.






2050.






1932






1958.






2003.






1930.






0425.






0210.






0205.






0155.






0220.






0225.






0238.






0145.






0140.






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0230.






0154.






15 aircraft (8 from 'A' Flight and 7 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target LUBECK in accordance with Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. A.X.3644. W/C. FREEMAN and Crew.
A/C. V.X.3601. S/L. GRANT and Crew.
A/C. H.X.3635. F/L. SWORD and Crew.
A/C. R.X.3591. F/S. DAVIE and Crew.
A/C. Z.X.3344. F/S. ANDERSON and Crew.
A/C. G.X.3633. P/O. LESLIE and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew.
A/C. D.X.3417. Sgt. MORTON and Crew.
A/C. C.X.3593. Sgt. REYNOLDS and Crew.
A/C. W.X.3341. P/O. WELLER and Crew.
A/C. X.X.3488. F/S. HYDE and Crew.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. Q.X.3602. P/O. PATTERSON and Crew.
A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. Sgt. HARRIS and Crew.

Bomb load
2 of the above aircraft carried 12. Bundles of 3 x 4.5 Flares and 4. 250 lb. G.P's.
2 aircraft carried 1. 1.000 lb. G.P. and 5. 500 lb. G.P's.
3 aircraft carried 1. 1.000 lb. G.P. and 5. 500 lb. G.P's.
7 aircraft carried 9. S.B.C's.
All the aircraft carried cameras.

A/C. A.X.3644. (Captain W/C. FREEMAN) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 3.500 to 9.500 feet dropped his bombs and observed fires round Machine Tool Factory. 6 photographs were attempted.

A/C. V.X.3601. (Captain S/L. GRANT) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 12.500 feet dropped his bombs on centre of town but bursts were not observed owing to huge fires. Whole town ablaze.

A/C. H.X.3635. (Captain F/L. SWORD) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 12.500 feet dropped his bombs in midst of many fires on target. 1 photograph was attempted.

A/C. R.X.3591. (Captain F/S. DAVIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 13.500 feet dropped his bombs in midst of raging fires in centre of town. One photograph was taken.

A/C. Z.X.3344. (Captain F/S. ANDERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 13.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed many fires. One building seemed to disintegrate after being struck by 2 bombs. Two photos attempted.

A/C. G.X.3633. (Captain P/O. LESLIE) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 16.000 feet dropped his bombs on target amidst raging fires. Fires were seen from a distance of 70 to 80 miles. One photo was taken.

A/C. B.X.3596. (Captain Sgt. HOLDER) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 13.000 feet dropped his bombs which were seen to burst in fires in island.

A/C. D.X.3412. (Captain Sgt. MORTON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 10.000 feet dropped his bombs on visual observation but was unable to see own results owing to whole target area being ablaze. One very large fire was seen at Southern end of the island with purple cloud.

A/C. C.X.3593. (Captain Sgt. REYNOLDS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of from 14.000 feet dropped his bombs East to West across centre of town. Bursts were observed and many large red fires were seen on arrival. Town was ablaze on departure and fires were visible 50 miles away.

A/C. W.X.3341. (Captain P/O. WELLER) failed to return from Operations.

A/C. X.X.3488. (Captain F/S. HYDE) was recalled because of too early a take off. Bomb was jettisoned safely in the sea.

A/C. S.X.3466. (Captain P/O. PERRY) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 14.000 feet dropped his bombs in one stick on South East point of island of old town, a small red fire resulting.

A/C. P.X.3662. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 13.800 feet dropped his bombs which straddled the railway line in area of the main station. Many large fires were burning in centre of city area. Two phots attempted.

A/C. Q.X.3602. (Captain P/O. PATTERSON) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from height of 12.000 feet dropped his bombs visually and observed them to fall on island. The whole of the island was well alight and no results were observed. T.R.1335 failed on way back.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain Sgt. HARRIS) successfully located and attacked target and bombing from a height of 13.000 feet dropped his bombs and observed many fires. Two photos were attempted.

All the aircraft with exception of A/C. W.X.3341. (captain P/O. WELLER) returned safely to Base after Operations by 0430. hours.


MARHAM. 29/3/42. 0430. All the remaining aircraft had returned safely to Base after Operations.
Met. conditions.
Wind North Easterly, fair.
Flying training.
0815. A/C. X.X.3488. Sgt. BECKETT and Crew took off for SWEEP for Aircraft believed to be down in the sea and
1215. returned to Base without result.
1050. A/C. A.X.3644. F/S. HYDE and Crew took off for HOME GUARD exsersise and
1145. returned to Base.
1250. A/C. P.X.3662. Sgt. TONKIN and crew took off for Cross Country to EXETER and
1840. Returned to Base.
Operations Night of the 29th/30th. March, 1942. Target.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
10 aircraft stood by for Operations which were cancelled later in the day.
MARHAM. 30/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind light, Southerly, fair.
Flying training.
3 Crews did Special Training, 2 Crews did Cross Country Flights and 1 did Local Flying during daylight.
2035. A/C. K.X.3639. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Local NIGHT FLYING and
2045. returned to Base.
There were no Operations today and nothing of interest occurred.
MARHAM. 31/3/42. Met. conditions.
Wind South - South, South Westerly, occasional rain or drizzle.
Flying training.
4 Crews did Special Training, and 1 did Local Flying.
Operations Night of the 31st. March./1st. April, 1942. Target ESSEN.
Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.
1900. to 0020. A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. K.X.3639. P/O. GEORGE and Crew took off for Operations.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew took off for Operations.
Bomb load.
The above aircraft carried 32. 500 lb. G.P's.
6 aircraft stood by, but only 4 took off, taking off between 1900. and 0020., and found weather conditions over the target to be icy. One aircraft released its bombs on TR fix, another aircraft unable to locate the primary target released its bombs on HAMBORN. The remaining two aircraft were unable to reach their target due to insufficient cover and inability to climb and jettisoned some of their bombs.

31/3/1942. Up Down Details of Sortie or Flight
Wellington MK.III
P. X. 3662.





Wellington MK.III
S. X. 3466.





Wellington MK.III
K. X. 3639.





Wellington MK.III
B. X. 3596.




F/L. PATERSON
Sgt. WILLIAMS
W/O. FOSTER
Sgt. SMITH
Sgt. RAMSBOTHAM
P/O. SCRIVEN

P/O. PERRY
Sgt. McKEE
Sgt. SWARBRICK
Sgt. HARDING
Sgt. STEPHENS
Sgt. SHAW

P/O. GEORGE
P/O. ROHDE
F/O. CRITCHLEY
P/O. BROAD
Sgt. BEECROFT
Sgt. ESLING

Sgt. HOLDER
Sgt. BLAIR
P/O. BARLOW
Sgt. RAISWERR
Sgt. PHILLIPS
Sgt. RYAN
Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
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Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
Fr. Gunnr.
Rr. Gunnr.

Captain
2nd. Pilot
Navigator
W/T. Oprtr.
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4 aircraft (3 from 'A' Flight, 1 from 'B' Flight) were detailed to attack target ESSEN in accordance with Form B.--- received from Headquarters, No.3 Group.

A/C. P.X.3662. F/L. PATERSON and Crew.
A/C. S.X.3466. P/O. PERRY and Crew.
A/C. K.X.3639. P/O. GEORGE and Crew.
A/C. B.X.3596. Sgt. HOLDER and Crew.

Bomb load
All the above aircraft carried 8. x 500 lb. G.P's.

A/C. P.X.3662. (Captain F/L. PATERSON) was unable to obtain sufficient height owing to icing conditions and jettisoned his bombs.

A/C. S.X.3466. (Captain P/O. PERRY) owing to insufficient cloud cover was unable to reach target and jettisoned 4 of his bombs.

A/C. K.X.3639. (Captain P/O. GEORGE) from a height of 13.000 feet dropped his bombs on T.R. Fix.

A/C. B.X.3596. (Captain Sgt. HOLDER) was unable to located his target and dropped his bombs from a height of 15.000 feet on HAMB? . No results were observed.


MARHAM. 1/4/42. 0310. All aircraft returned safely to Base after Operations.