February 1943

Newmarket

1.2.43
TRAINING.
After last month’s great record of Fighter Affiliation it was hoped to start off the new month with a bang, and fighters were on order. The weather cramped down, however, and the fighters never arrived. No flying was done in the afternoon and ground training was carried out. The morning’s work consisted of fighter affiliation, bombing for group competition, tests and air firing at sea markers off Wells-On-Sea
OPERATIONS NIL.

2.2.43
TRAINING.
The Squadron was not required for operations again so further training was carried out including fighter affiliation, bombing, height and load tests and D.R run exercises.
OPERATIONS NIL.

3.2.43
TRAINING.
Operations were on for tonight, so after the usual tests we prepared for the forthcoming event.
OPERATIONS – ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

4.2.43
TRAINING.
Operations were on again tonight, only a few tests were carried out as ground crews were busy from last nights work.
OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT TURIN.
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb., and 4 lb. incendiaries. Only five aircraft attacked the target, two returning early, one due to turret and inter comm., trouble and the other as the aircraft failed to climb over the Alps,he therefore bombed and objective in occupied France. The five aircraft attacking the target successfully did so on P.F.F. markers, large fires were seen from their own and other incendiaries. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was inaccurate. A few searchlights were also operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combat took please. Heavy cloud was hit in France but the weather was good with clear visibility at the target area. Navigation was very good, by D.R. T.H., and visual. This /is considered to be a very good and concentrated operation.

5.2.43
TRAINING.
Little training was carried out today as the Squadron had been busy for two nights. They had an easy day, ground training during the afternoon. Air tests were carried out on two aircraft, one of which was new to the Squadron. There were both found to be quite serviceable.
OPERATIONS. MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500 lb. mines. Three of the aircraft successfully planted their mines in the allotted area. All aircraft flew in cloud which was 10/10ths. from the English coast to the mining area. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was very good. Stirling 1 BK617 captained by Sgt. R.E. Redding failed to return. This aircraft took off at 18.10 and at 19.43 a message was received XXXX that they had something to communicate to base, but this was never received. It was later reported that the aircraft was seen to crash in flames just off Cromer. Nothing further was heard of the crew, or the aircraft although a search was made by Air Sea Rescue.

6.2.43
TRAINING.
There was a stand down from operations today, bad weather prevented morning flying but ground training was carried out. In the afternoon bombing, fighter affiliation and load and height tests were flown.
OPERATIONS. NIL.

7.2.43
TRAINING.
The usual tests were carried out, we then prepared for the night operations.
OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT LORIENT.
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. ince-ndiaries. Eight of the aircraft attacked the target, the other aircraft returning early as the inter comm. became u/s. All bombs were successfully dropped in the target area, large fires were seen which lit up the whole of the town. The smoke from these fires was rising to a height of 8,000 feet. This operation is considered to have been an exceedingly good show. Some A.A. fire and searchlights were encountered but they were very accurate. Enemy aircraft were also seen but none of them attacked. The weather was excellent with clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

8.2.43
TRAINING.
Bad weather prevented the possibility of flying today but in any event, after last night’s work the crews were lying in and aircraft serviceability was poor. In the afternoon there was a short film shown of the shots taken in fighter affiliation and aircraft recognition and at 15.30 hours the Squadron stood down.
OPERATIONS. NIL.

9.2.43
TRAINING.
Bad weather again today, so no flying. D.I’s and ground training completed the morning’s work. In the afternoon a tactics game was played, with F/Sgt. Jackson briefing the crews on a trip to Leipzig. After giving crews his idea of how to fly, best to avoid enemy defences, other air-crew gave their views and there was a general discussion on likely tactics. A most enjoyable and instructive afternoon.
OPERATIONS. NIL.

10.2.43
TRAINING.
There were no operations for tonight but serviceability was not very good and restricted possibilities of training. However, high level bombing, compass swings and D.R runs were carried out. Fighter affiliation was planned for the afternoon and although the fighters arrived the weater was so bad that they could not be utilized.
OPERATIONS. NIL.

11.2.43
TRAINING.
During the day F/Sgt. Tolley carried out dual and solo flying with F/Lt. Trott. Height and load tests were also carried out by other aircraft.
OPERATIONS. MINING – FURZE ELDERBERRY. (Near the Spanish Coast)
Six aircraft were required for the operation, but shortly after briefing it was cancelled.

12.2.43
TRAINING.
Very gusty weather indeed made flying improbable and finally impossible. Very little was done in the morning as it was hoped to get some flying in during the afternoon. Rugger and soccer games were organized and thoroughly enjoyed.
OPERATIONS. NIL.

13.2.43
TRAINING.
Operations were detailed so day flying was restricted. Height and load tests and N.F.T.’s.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT LORIENT.
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Nine aircraft are known to have successfully attacked the target, of the other two, one returned early owing to the mid upper and front turrets being u/s and the other aircraft failed to return. Fires were burning fiercely in the target area, although they appeared to be scattered. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak at the target, the number two tank on the port side was holed, the trimming tab was hit and his aerial was shot off. He preceeded to Middle Wallop and landed safely. Both heavy and light flak was encountered which was intense at first but later spasmodic and appeared to be swamped. Searchlights were seen in the early  part of the attack but later went out. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was very good with clear visibility and no cloud. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 R9316 captained by Sgt. R.A. Williams.

14.2.43
TRAINING
Little training was done today as we were preparing for night operations. W/O Walshe and crew flew down to Middle Wallop and collected F/Lt. Trott and his crew, who had made a forced landing there last night.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully bombed the target in 10/10ths cloud by means of P.F.F. sky marker flares, so the success of the trip could not be judged, although a red glow was seen on the clouds as the aircraft left the target area. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly predicted. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was broken cloud from base to enemy coast, which gradually built up to 10/10ths cloud at the target area. Navigation was very good. A stranger from 214 Squadron landed on our runway and made the aerodrome completely unserviceable. Three of our aircraft therefore, had to be diverted to Lakenheath and Waterbeach.

15.2.43
TRAINING
There were no operations tonight, so flying was confined to all daylight efforts. Height tests and D.R. runs were carried out. The three crews who had been diverted were collected during the morning. S/Ldr. Allcock gave the A.O.C’s Oxford a test for about an hour.
OPERATIONS NIL.

16.2.43
TRAINING
Little training was done, as most of the aircraft had minor adjustments, fighter affiliation and height tests being carried out.
OPERATIONS ATTACKS AGAINST TRGETS AT LORIENT.
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All the aircraft successfully bombed in the target area, large fires were seen in the whole area. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, which was very intense during the early part of the attack, but was dying down when later aircraft arrived. Searchlights were very accurate and coned several aircraft, one aircraft being held for 8 minutes, the pilot took very violent evasive action but eventually got clear after great difficulty. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Over the target area there was very dispersed low cloud, althouhgh visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent.
OPERATIONS Mining in the BORDEAUX AREA.
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the operation with mines of 1500 lb. One however, failed to take off as it was found to be unserviceable. Both of the aircraft successfully planted their mines in the allotted area. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very good with clear visibility. Navigation was very good. This was a quiet and successful trip.

17.1.43
TRAINING
The crews were asleep in the morning and there were no operations laid on. The only training being four D.R. runs and an air test. A big rugger game was arranged for the afternoon, our opponents being Westcott O.T.U The visitors however, cancelled and the ficture at lunch time, so “B” flight played “A” flight instead. This proved to be a quiet day with no troubles except the lack of fighters for affiliation.
OPERATIONS NIL.

18.1.43
TRAINING
D.R. runs and air firing was carried out by two crews in The Wash.
4.30
W/O Walsh carried out a successful bullseye exercise in Stirling 1 BF398.
OPERATIONS GARDENING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY.
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500 lb. six of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. One aircraft met flak at Cherbourg which proved to be quite accurate, but the aircraft was not hit. No searchlights  were seen. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over the mining area was hazy, with visibility fair to good. Navigation was very good.
OPERATIONS MINING OFF THE COAST OF SPAIN.
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lb. but one unfortunately failed to take off after two attempts as the port inner engine was giving low revs, later traced to extractor trouble. The other aircraft had to return early owing to suspected extractor trouble port inner, but on inspection found that rev. counter was unserviceable. Due to these unfortunate incidents this operation was unsuccessful.

19.1.43
TRAINING
On Operations again, so little training was carried out, although one cross country was done. In the afternoon it was hoped to do fighter affiliation but the fighters did not arrive.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT WILHELMSHAVEN.
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1000lb and 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft failed to take off and another was forced to abandon the sortie owing to compass trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, they were unable to see results as visibility was very limited, although some fires were seen which were quickly spreading throughout the town. Light A.a. fire was encountered, and a few searchlights were seen. Sgt. Lord was coned in searchlights for three minutes, but returned unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather at the target was not very good as there was a thin layer of cloud over the area, visibility was fair. Navigation was very good.

20.2.43
TRAINING
Fog and bad visibility prevented flying, some ground training was carried by new crews. The Squadron was stood down during the afternoon.
OPERATIONS NIL

21.1.43
TRAINING
Bad visibility again, so no flying. Ground training during the morning and a new kind of exercise in the afternoon. Crews were taken out in closed coaches and dropped about 3 miles from the Station. They were given a compass course to steer for base and had to walk back. No crews were lost, and the average time taken was about 1.15 hours. A good exercise for escape practice as well as a change of air and help to fitness. All crews thoroughly enjoyed it.
OPERATIONS NIL

22.2.43
TRAINING
Bad weather and again no flying. In the morning F/Lt. Manson, the Bombing Leader gave a lecture on the general principles of Bombing. This afternoon was devoted to Rugger and Soccer matches and a lecture by F/LT. Heywood the Gunnery Leader, on aircraft recognition and range estimation.
OPERATIONS NIL

23.2.43
TRAINING
In the morning a wet dinghy demonstration was given by F/Lt. Trott and crew in the static water pool. Ground training generally was also practiced. In the afternoon the Squadron was stood down.
OPERATIONS NIL

24.2.43
TRAINING
As a contrast the weather was beautifully fine today and so taking advantage of the clear sky every crew and aircraft was detailed for training. Fighter Affiliation D.R. runs, high level bombing height and load tests and cross countries were flown.
OPERATIONS ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
All N.F.T.’s were flown in readiness for this operation but unfortunately it was cancelled before take off.

25.2.43
TRAINING
Flying conditions were again quite good and a large training programme was organized, this had to be modified however, as we were detailed for operations, Height and load tests, cross countries, D.R. runs, bombing and fighter affiliation were never-the-less carried out.
OPERATIONS ATTACKS AGAINST TARGETS AT NUREMBURG.
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,00 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the  aircraft returned early, one owing to the aircraft failing to maintain height and the other owing to the navigator being ill. Four aircraft successfully attacked the target although results could not be seen owing to ground haze. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak in the Rhine area, and had to jettison his bombs. He went on to the target , however, and reported that fires were fairly well concentrated. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Both light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, was encountered. It proved to be  very inaccurate. There was 8/10ths cloud and ground haze in the target area. Visibility was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

26.2.43
TRAINING
After the nights work, little training was carried out. It was mainly confined to Height and load and Air Tests. The new mark III Stirling was given a height and load test by F/Sgt. Rothschild, a height of 20,000 feet was reached.
OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE.
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb., two of these aircraft were forced to abandon the mission owing to engine trouble. The remaining five aircraft successfully attacked the target. The whole of the target was well alight, the bombing also appeared to be accurate. The fires were seen by crews fifty to sixty miles away as they were returning. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, varying from moderate to intense. Some searchlights were also co-operating, but none of our aircraft were coned. A few enemy aircraft were seen, two attacks were made against our aircraft but no damage was sustained. The weather was good with fair visibility although there was a good deal of haze. Navigation was very good.
OPERATIONS. MINING OFF FRISIAN ISLANDS
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out this operation with mines of 1500lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No enemy aircraft, A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. The weather was clear but hazy, visibility was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

27.2.43
TRAINING
Little training was carried out as we were on operations again tonight. The day’s training consisted of, height and load test, Air test and N.F.T.’s.
3.00
Sgt. French carried out a night affiliation exercise in Stirling I, N.6123.
OPERATIONS. MINING OFF ST.JEAN de LUZ.
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out this operation with 1500 lb. mines, one of which was forced to jettison and return early owing to engine trouble. The other aircraft successfully fropped his mines in the allotted area, sea mist and poor visibility prevented him from seeing the parachutes open. No A.A. fure, searchlights, or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good although 6/10ths. Cloud was prevalent in the mining area. Navigation was good.
OPERATIONS. MINING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY.
One aircraft was detailed to carry out this operation with 1500 lb. mines, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and four of the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear but hazy, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.
OPERATIONS. MINING OFF FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500 lb. All of the aircraft successfully planted their mines in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. Some very heavy A.A. fire was encountered near the mining area which was mainly predicted and very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fairly clear although it was hazy and visibility was not very good. Navigation was good.

28.2.43
TRAINING
Three cross countries were carried out, N.F.T.’s were then flown in readiness for operations.
OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT ST.NAZAIRE.
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft failed to take off however, owing to extractor trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, their bombs being seen to explode in the target area (which was well alight) and very well concentrated, the fires being seen forty miles away. There was moderate and heavy A.A, fire co-operation with searchlights. This was accurate. One aircraft was hit by flak and landed at Castle Camps. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was clear, although visibility was only fair, owing to haze. Navigation was very good.

OUTSTANDING EVENTS
OPERATIONS
During this month a total of one hundred and three sorties were carried out. These consisted of attacks against German industrial towns, U-Boats bases and mine-laying in enemy waters. This month exceeds all previous operations with Stirling aircraft. From these operations four aircraft have failed to return.

TRAINING
Training has been on a large scale this month, particular prominence being given Fighter Affiliation. New crews from Conversion Units have had to be given further training, as they have been arriving not fully trained.

VISITS
18th. Febry.
Air Commodore A.De.E.T.Neville C.B.E., B.Sc., A.F.R., Ae.F. the Air Officer Commanding R.N.Z.A.F., Overseas, and Group Captain A.J.M.Manson M.C., E.O., visited the Squadron and presented us with an advanced copy of the book “Return At Dawn” edited by Hilary A.St.George Saunders. This book being an official account of the activities of the Squadron during the period June 1939 to July 1942. It is proposed that a copy of this book, signed by all of the personnel mentioned therein, be presented to Mr.W.J.Jordan, the High Commissioner for New Zealand.
21st.Febry.
A party of Home Guards from the Newmarket area visited us and we demonstrated to them the best methods of rendering First Aid and Rescuing personnel from crashed aircraft.

APPENDIX “A”
CASUALTIES EFFECTING OFFICERS.
“A” POSTINGS.
F/O R.B. TULK-HART 133018 MED. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 31.1.43, authority A/M
Pgram.A482966/43/1/41/MAI dtd 20.1.43.
P/O K.H. BLINCOE NZ412194 GD. Posted Missing to War Casualties (Non-Effective)
P/O H. LOWE 115129 GD. Accounts Depot,Uxbridge, w.e.f. 4.2.43.
P/O J. McCULLOUGH NZ40410 GD. Auth: A.M.C. 1294/42.
P/O R.W. HENDERSON NZ411894 GD.
P/O J.A. ROBINSON NZ401409 GD. Ceased to be detached to P.D.C. Padgate, on posting to No.24 C.A.C.S., w.e.f. 27.8.42. Auth:AMPL No.946/42 dated 26.9.42.
F/O A.R. HENDERSON NZ401862 GD. Ceased to be Detached to P.D.C. West Kirby, on posting to No.152 O.T.U. w.e.f. 27.8.42. Auth: A.M.P.L. No.1191/42 dated 11.11.42.
P/O R.L. CLARKE NZ40734 GD. Ceased to be detached to P.D.C. West Kirby, on embarking for repatriation to New Zealand, w.e.f. 10.7.42. Auth: A.M.P.L. Awaited.
P/O W.L. BRIDGET NZ40731 GD. Ceased to be detached to P.D.C. West Kirby, on embarking for repatriation to New Zealand, w.e.f. 10.7.42. Auth: A.M.P.L. Awaited.
F/L/G. ROTHWELL 42726 GD. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 9.2.43 Auth: H.Q. 3 Group Signal P793 dtd 8.2.43.
P/O A.J.N. SCOTT NZ414685 GD. Posted Missing to No.1 R.A.F. Depot (N.E) Uxbridge w.e.f. 4.2.43.
P/O C. REDMAN GD. Ceased to be detached to 1651 C.U. w.e.f. 15.2.43 on posting No.149 Squadron w.e.f. same date. Auth: 3 Grp. Sig/P829 dated 14.2.43.

“B” ATTACHMENTS.
A/W/Cdr. G.A LANE 39595 GD. Ceased to be detached to 1657 C.U. w.e.f. 3.2.43. Auth: O.C. Unit.
F/L W.E. COUTTES 86983 MED.Ceased to be attached to this Unit w.e.f. 1.2.43. Auth: 3G/8992/13/P2 d/d 11.2.43

“G” APPOINTMENTS & PROMOTIONS
P/O D.C. LOWE 13866 GD. Appointed to a Commission as P/O on probation on 4.1.43.
A/P/O/A.C.H. THOMPSON 125340 TECH. Promoted to the War Substantive rank of P/O w.e.f. 1.1.43. Auth: Extract London Gazette Serial No.35855.
P/O J.M. BAILEY NZ412183 GD. Appointed to a Commission as P/O on probation on 21.12.42. Auth: A/M letter A.484548/43/s(f) 1(b) dated 5.2.43.
P/O A.J.N. SCOTT NZ414658 GD. Appointed to a Commission as P/O on probation on 20.12.42. Auth: A/M letter A458557/43/S7(f) 1 (b) dated 13.2.43.

CASUALTIES EFFECTING AIR-CREW N.C.O.’S
“A” MOVEMENTS
1312163 Sgt. Pilot (2) LOWE D.C.
NZ404457 Sgt. Nav(B) (2) CARSWELL
1012770 F/S. A/B. (2) ELLIS S. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 30.1.43 Auth. 3 Grp.Pgram.3G/6601/P4 d/d 23.1.43.
NZ414538 Sgt. /AG. (2) BODLEY A.
923636 Sgt. A/G. (2) WILMER K.
NZ41719 Sgt. A/G. (2) WELCH B.
1274410 Sgt. F/E. (1) WARRE A.C.
NZ422954 F/S. pilot (2) TOLLEY A.G. Detached to 1657 C.U. w.e.f. 1.2.43. Auth:3 Grp.Sig.P736 d/d 31/1/43.
NZ416196 Sgt. Pilot (2) ELLIOT R. Ceased to be attached to 1657 C.U. w.e.f. 2.2.43 Auth. 3 Grp.Sig.p740 d/31.1.43
1317240 Sgt. Pilot (2) SHATTOCK
NZ414685 Sgt. Pilot (s) SCOTT A.J.
1293282 Sgt. Nav(B) (2) BOESE F.
NZ413514 Sgt. A/B (2) COOK G.W.
NZ412314 Sgt. A/G. (2) CLEARWATER
651764 Sgt. F/E. (1) HAYWARD D. posted (Missing) to War Casualties Non-Effective
93619 Sgt. F/E (1) ALLEN F.F.
R96960 Sgt. A/G. (2) McDermott E. Accounts Depot, Uxbridge w.e.f. 4.2.43 Auth: A.M.C.A1294/42.
NZ404535 f/s. Nav (B) (2) GIBBES W.E.
NZ413307 Sgt. A/G (2) MURPHY T.A.
NZ411783 Sgt. /Ag. (2) SMITH K.J.S.
1576231 Sgt. A/G. (2) KIMBERLEY K.E.
1291380 Sgt. /AG. (2) TREVAYNE P.R.
NZ411789 Sgt. A/G. (2) BURT, H. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 2/2/43 Authy:3 Grp.Sig..P.725 dated 30/1/43
NZ411954 F/S. pilot. (2) TOLLEY, A. Ceased to be attached to No.1657 C.U., w.e.f. 6/2/43. Authy: 3 Grp.Sig.P781 d/d 6 X
NZ414678 Sgt. Pilot. (2) REDDING,
NZ413700 Sgt. Nav.(B) (2) BARTON, A.
1201720 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) PHILIPS, A.
659116 Sgt. A/B. (2) DENNIS, H. Posted (Missing) to War Casualties Non-Effective Accounts Depot, Uxbridge.
R113265 Sgt. A/G. (2) WILSON, W. w.e.f. 6/2/43 (Authy: AMO. A1294/42).
NZ413305 Sgt. A/G. (2) Freeman, E.
R64510 Sgt. F/E (1) Legge, R.
NZ405348 Sgt. A/B. (2) FIELDING,
1330067 Sgt. A/G. (2) NEGUS, J.
979354 Sgt. A/G. (2) Howat, A. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 9/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp. Pgram 3G/6601/P.4. dated 3/2/43)
NZ413304 Sgt. Nav (B) (2) DRAWBRIDGE,
NZ41400 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) ENTWHISTLE, I.
567334 Sgt. F/Eng. (1) CLARKSON, C.
1149715 Sgt. Nav(B) (2) SHERGOLD,
1376210 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) Pierson,
656462 Sgt. A/B. (2) WANSTALLY,
NZ415819 Sgt. Pilot (2) Groves, K. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 7/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp. Sig.P.760 dated 3/2/43)
1187983 Sgt. A/G. (2) EVERDON, L.L.
NZ413281 Sgt. A/G. (2) STONE, R.
971743 Sgt. F/Eng. (1) CAMERSON,
NZ404533 F/S. A/G. (2) CRANKSHAW, K. Posted from this Unit w.e.f. 11/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Sig.P792 dated 8/2/43
NZ412211 F/S. Pilot (2) DEBENHAM, K.
R87330 F/S. A/B. (2) BARNES, R.
1477414 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) PEARSON,
1312572 Sgt. A/B. (2) WATTS, D.
NZ401294 W/O. Pilot (2) WALSH, J. Ceased to be attached to 1651  C.U. w.e.f. 11/2/43 Authy: 3 Grp.Sig.P786
1325331 Sgt. Pilot (2) BURTON, K.
1334740 Sgt. Nav (B) (2) CASH, G.
1254086 Sgt. A/G. (2) Broderick,
1332551 Sgt. A/B. (2) PARSONS, H.
1376471 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) GORDON, A.
1409013 Sgt. F/Eng. (1) WEAVER, E.
NZ414493 Sgt. A/G. (2) BURTON, C.
1318948 Sgt. A/B. (2) BANDY, F.
NZ41866 Sgt. Nav (B) (2) BRIDGEMAN, A. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 13/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Sig.P.810 dated 11/2/43
1071790 Sgt. W/O.A.G. (2) EYERE, K.
NZ414278 Sgt. Pilot (2) GOING, R.
547841 Sgt. A/G. (2) STEWART, F.
NZ415756 Sgt. Pilot (2)  FRENCH, R.
1097879 Sgt. Nav(B) (2) RICHARDSON,
1319088 Sgt. A/B. (2) TREGONNING,
NZ413274 Sgt. A/G. (2) MOSS, H. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 12/2/43 (Authy:3 Grp.Sig.P816 dated 12/2/43
1117083 Sgt. A/G. (2) MORGAN, J.
1256127 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) MOSS, R.
528606 Sgt. F/Eng. (1) BARTLETT, N.
R102353 Sgt. Pilot (2) WAY, J. Posted to this Unit w.e.f. 17/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Sig.P838 dated 15/2/43.
1193816 Sgt. F/Eng. (1) WAINWRIGHT, D.
629241 Sgt. A/G. (2) DAVIS, J. Posted to this Unit from 1651 C.U. w.e.f. 13/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Sig.P787 d’d 7/2
1353768 Sgt. A/G. (2) MARLOW, J.
574819 Sgt. F/Eng. (1) WORTHINTON, J.
R93568 Sgt. A/G. (2) STUART, P.
1030797 Sgt. A/B. (2) REDDICLIFFE, F.
1386838 Sgt. A/G. (2) CURTIS, S. Posted to this Unit from 1651 C.U. w.e.f. 12/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Sig. P787 dated 7/2
R80237 Sgt. Nav (B) (2) MOFFATT, B.
1291875 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) SCUDDER, J.
1325331 Sgt. Pilot (2) BURTON, K.
1376471 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) GORDON, A.
1254086 Sgt. A/G. (2) BRODERICK, J. Posted to 214 Squadron w.e.f. 20/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Sig. P813 dated 12/2/43
1334740 Sgt. Nav (B) (2) CASH, G.
1322551 Sgt. A/B. (2) Parsons, H.
1176846 F/S. Pilot (2) Cozens, G.
636252 Sgt. A/G. (2) WILLIAMS,W. Ceased to be attatched to 1651 C.U. on posting to 149 Squadron w.e.f. 15/2/43 Authy: 3 Grp. Sig. P.829 date d 14/2/43.
NZ413756 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) HODGE, R.
972032 Sgt. W/O.AG. (2) EVANS, D.H.V. Posted to 12 O.T.U w.e.f. 16/2/43 (Authy: 3 Grp.Pgram 3G/6601/P.4. dated 13/2/43

“T” DISCHARGES.
1312162 Sgt. Pilot (2) LOWE, D.C. Discharged from R.A.F. on appointment to a Commission w.e.f. 3/1/43 Authy: Air Ministry letter A.486906/43/S.7.(f)1.b. dated 30/1/43
NZ412183 F/S. Pilot (2) BAILEY, J.N. Discharged from the R.N.Z.A.F. on appointment to Commission w.e.f. 20/12/42 Authy: Air Ministry letter A.484548/43/S.7.(f)1(b) dated 5/2/43

APPENDIX “B”
ARRIVALS AND DESPATCHES OF AIRCRAFT.
1.2.43  Stirling I BF451 received from Short & Harlands, Belfast. Auth:41G/9392.
2.2.43  Stirling I BF443 received from Short & Harlands, Long Kesch. Auth:41G/9286.
8.2.43  Stirling I BF455 received from Short & Harlands, Belfast. Auth:41G/9359.
10.2.43  Stirling I BK647 received from Austin’s, Birmingham. Auth:41G/9509.
Stirling I BK646 received from Austin’s, Birmingham. Autg:41G/956E.
11.2.43  Stirling I EF327 despatched to No.149 Squadron. Auth: Form “W” 511.
25.2.43  Stirling I EF337 despatched to No.149 Squadron. Auth: Form “W” 517.

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