Many thanks to Kevin for the kind donation of his father’s logbook. Reg and his crew flew with the Squadron between February and July 1945 and in fact, their first flight with the 75(NZ) was on the same day that my father flew his first op with the Squadron, having returned to Mepal for his second tour.
Reg was Rear Gunner with Maurice Adamson’s crew, who were;
Flt Lt. Maurice James Adamson RNZAF. (NZ426904), Pilot
P/O Arthur Edwin Noel Unwin RNZAF. (NZ427347) Navigator
F/O, Kenneth William Rathbride Mitchell RNZAF. (NZ425700) Air Bomber.
W/O John William Fisher RNZAF (NZ4211617) Wireless Operator
F/Sgt J Palmer RAFVR Flight Engineer
Sgt F Rhodes RAFVR Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Arthur Smith RAFVR (1606544) Rear Gunner.
The crew flew a total of 21 ops before the end of the war and continued to fly a food drop on The Hague, repatriate prisoners of war from Juvincourt and fly a number of observation trips over Germany to view the effects of the bombing campaign by the Allies.
Interestingly Reg’s logbook shows the break-up of the Squadron – whilst his Commonwealth crew mates moved with 75(NZ) to Spilsby in preparation for Tiger Force, Reg stayed at Mepal and joined 44 Squadron.
Read Reg’s logbook here