Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

Target Photographs

Kassel - night of the 3rd October 1943. Image supplied by Jack Jarmy

Kassel – night of the 3rd October 1943. Image supplied by Jack Jarmy

Funny how you suddenly remember you have something, even though they are so remarkable, you have no excuse to have forgotten them. The above  image and the one below are from the photo album of Jack Jarmy, that he very kindly let me borrow to scan. Ironically it was Jack going to get this album to show me these photographs that led us both to discover the picture of JN-J ‘Johnny’ – I had no idea it existed and Jack had forgotten that it had!

The picture above was taken on the night of the 3rd of October 1943 over Kassel from EH939 JN -‘Johnny’. Despite slight shake, the city can be see below as can fire burning and what I take to be the impacts of the bombs that Bob released. Its quite strange, having always known Dad was an Air Bomber was one thing, but to actually see a photograph taken specifically to record the detonation of bombs in a city feels quite strange.

Frankfurt, night of the 4th October 1943

Frankfurt, night of the 4th October 1943. Image supplied by Jack Jarmy

The second photograph was taken on time delay after Bob had pressed the ‘tit’ and released the bomb load over Frankfurt on the night of the 4th October. Reading around the subject, it appears that some information might have been gleaned from the chaos of what is apparently the flashes of flak, target indicators and bomb flashes – add to this the camera shake of the aircraft being buffeted by the turbulence of aircraft around it, the shock waves of exploding flak nearby and aircraft vibration and its almost a miracle they got anything from the camera at all.

The following 2 images were taken from aircraft Jack flew in during his second tour with 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron. The first image is a GH training flight – in this case the target being Ely Catherdral.

GH training flight 218 Squadron 1945

GH training flight 218 Squadron 1945. Image supplied by Jack Jarmy

The second image is very late in the war. Ironically Bad Oldesloe was the final op that 75(NZ) flew before the war in Europe ended. On both occasions the aircraft was piloted by F/Lt. Guinane, Jack’s regular pilot.

Bad odsloe 45 300

Bad Oldsloe 24th April 1945. Image supplied by Jack Jarmy