F. Gregory crew 20.12.43

20/12/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. The trip was uneventful, no opposition of any kind being encountered. There was no cloud but visibility was poor. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

Sgt. Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 20:25
Flight Time 03:10

22/12/1943 – Mining off Le Havre
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met. There was no cloud and visibility was good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

Sgt. Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:58 – Landed 21:56
Flight Time 02:58

 

06/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were dropped in the allotted area. This was a successful and uneventful operation, some A.A. Fire was encountered but no aircraft received any damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen, and one short combat took place and the enemy aircraft was claimed as damaged. The weather was good with no cloud and visibility was perfect. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X

Sgt. Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:25 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 09:00

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

Sgt. Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:05
Flight Time 03:00

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

Sgt. Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
F/S  James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:05

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/S Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
F/S  James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 03:40

27/01/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Area
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. An uneventful operation, little opposition was met, only slight A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft being seen. The weather was good, being clear except for sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/S Frederick ‘Fred’ Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. Gordon E. MacDonald, RCAF R143361 – Navigator.
F/S  James Duncan ‘Jimmy’ McCreary, RCAF J89471/ R164086 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Raymond William Pond, RAFVR 1320161- Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sanford Peter Frith, RAFVR 1589935 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alfred Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 04:15

Except for F/S Gordon MacDonald, who became a  P.o.W, all  of the  Gregory crew were killed on 30th/ 31st of March 1944 when taking part Op. Nuremburg while at 514 Squadron.

They were  first buried at Oberpleis, but were subsequently re-interred in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Original information suggested that the crew names were as below:
F/S F. Gregory, RAFVR 1283636 – Pilot.
F/S C. McDonald, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S J. McGreary, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Pond, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. S. Frith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Byth, RAFVR 1105202 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Cooke, RAFVR 2209173 – Rear Gunner.

Many thanks to Roger Guernon for correcting some spellings and also for expanding the names to their full.