Many thanks to Vic for passing on his father’s logbook. Bob Jay flew with 75(NZ) between 6th March and 4th July 1945 as Flight Engineer with the Mallon crew. The crew saw a number of changes in the rosta, including the departure of the Pilot, Bill Mallon after their last War Op, to be replaced by Eric Butler.
The (initial) Mallon crew were as follows – refer to notation to clarify arrival and departure of individuals.
P/O William Mallon RNZAF (NZ427521) – Pilot.
Left the squadron at the end of April 1945, shortly after receiving a commission that took effect from 25th March. Replaced by Eric Butler.
F/L Eric Frank Butler RNZAF (NZ425558) – Pilot.
F/Sgt James Randel Haworth RNZAF (NZ4216510) – Navigator
F/O Kenneth Ralph Philip RNZAF. (NZ429093) – Air Bomber.
Left crew after 1st May op.
W/O Frank Symes RNZAF. (NZ428164) – Wireless Operator
Sgt Robert Alfred Jay RAFVR (1596172) – Flight Engineer
Sgt D Cook RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt D Eynstone RAFVR – Rear Gunner
Fg Off Lancelot Osgood Waugh RNZAF. (NZ429021) – Air Bomber.
Crewed initially with R S Milsom. Joined Mallon crew as replacement for Ken Philip.
F/O Charles Frederick Green DFC RAFVR (178730) Air Gunner.
Flew first 3 ops with Mallon crew as Mid-Under Gunner (8th member of crew)
Vic’s research into his fathers’s time in the RAF is ongoing and you can read more about Bob and the boys here;
Read Robert’s logbook here.