Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

Oh my gosh – has it happened again ?!?

Search terms for this morning........

Search terms for this morning……..

Some of you might recall a similar screen grab from the blog statistics I put up a few months ago when someone put in a search for Thomas Darbyshire. That time, it ended up being fantastic news –  it was the nephew of Tom and I finally had a christian name for Sgt. Darbyshire.

Am I hoping too much this might have just happened again, this time for Sgt. Warburton, Flight Engineer with the Mayfield crew in 1943?

Please, as before, if he is, let me know……….

The memoirs of Jack Wall – Part 10. Operational History 2nd Tour

The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike ‘The Captains Fancy’, just after ‘bombing up’ 29th January 1945. L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Sgt. Phillips, unknown ground crew member, Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG), unknown ground crew member. picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike ‘The Captains Fancy’, just after ‘bombing up’ 29th January 1945.
L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Sgt. Phillips, unknown ground crew member, Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG) and Fred Woolerton, ground crew member.
picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

Operations with 75 (N.Z.) Squadron on Lancasters from Mepal
Date Target
Duration in hours
Total Bomb Load incl. (No.) of 4lb. incendiaries Remarks
28.10.44 Cologne
4.3 hours
8992 lbs
(1248)
We were one of the first over the target and I have a good photo of the target.  Visual bombing.
30.10.44
Day Ops
Wesseling
4.35 hours
12000
(incl. a 4000lb)
First time we bombed on G.H.
4.11.44
Days Ops
Solingen
4.35 hours
14000 lbs
(incl. a 4000lb)
Light amount of Flak
8.11.44
Day Ops
Hamberg
4.25 Hours
14000 lbs Heavy amount of Flak and, as the puffs of black linger in the sky, a bit daunting.
29.11.44
Night Ops
Neuss
4.15 houra
13000 lbs
(incl. a 4000lb)
Light Flak
2.12.44
Day Ops
Dortmund
4.3 hours
13000 lbs Plenty of Flak on the way in and over target.
5.12.44
Day Ops
Hamm
4.35 hours
12000 lbs
(incl. a 4000lb)
Fairly quiet raid.
11.12.44
Night Ops
Osterfeld
4.15 hours
11,850 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Little Flak.
16.12.44
Night Ops
Siegen
6.10 hours
11,750 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Quiet raid – little flak.
23.12.44.
Days Ops
Trier
4.5 hours
10,350lbs.
Incl. 4,000lb.
Little Flak
27.12.44.
Day Ops
Rheydt
4.35 hours
10,000lbs We were one of the first over target and I have another good photo taken at the time.
6.1.45.
Night Ops
Neuss
4.35 hours
11,000 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Medium amount of Flak on way in and over target
11.1.45.
Day Ops
Krefeld
4.55 hours
11,000 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Nice and Easy
16.1.45
Night Ops
Wanne Eickel 10,850 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Little Flak
29.1.45.
Day Ops
Krefeld
6.00 hours
10,500 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
A very special Op as this was to be the 100th. That or aircraft ‘The Captains Fancy’ was to do.
2.2.45.
Night Ops
Wiesbaden
5.45 hours
9,500 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Little Flak.
16.2.45.
Day Ops
5.25 hours 9,500 lbs.
incl. 4,000lb.
Another very good photo in my possession.
22.2.45
Day Ops
Osterfeld
5.25 hours
11,250 lbs.
incl. our one and only 8,000lb.
A real shocker with a total of 37 holes. All engines were hit and one was feathered. However still a good photo for my collection. Skipper was awarded Bar to his DFC.
26.2.45.
Day Ops
Dortmund
5.40 hours
9,950 lbs
incl. 4,000lb.
Heavy Flak
5.3.45.
Day Ops
Gelsenkirchen
5.40 hours
11,250 lbs
incl. 4,000lb.
Another near one but this time only 14 holes
20.3.45.
Day Ops
Hamm
5.30 hours
10,250 lbs. Medium amount of Flak over target
9.4.45.
Night Ops
Kiel
5.45 hours
9,500 lbs.
incl. 4,000 lb.
So we ended our tour at the place where we nearly ended out lives in April 1943. This was on the town and not mine laying. Bombed on Path Finder Flares and I have a good photo showing the flare and 2 aircraft flying below.