July 1943

Mepal

1.7.43
TRAINING.
To-days training consisted of height and load tests, cross country flights.

OPERATIONS. MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with 1500lbs. mines, but it was cancelled during the afternoon.

2.7.43
TRAINING.
Compass tests, height and load tests, cross country flights and night flying tests were carried out.

OPERATIONS. MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Five aircraft were again required for this operation, but it was cancelled owing to adverse weather conditions.

 3.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of night flying tests, we prepared for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT COLOGNE.
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large concentrated fires were seen, the whole area appearing to be in flames. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather [was] good and clear over the target, although slight ground haze partially obscured ground detail. Navigation was very good.

OPERATIONS. MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1,500lbs. One aircraft failed to take off, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, although the parachutes were not seen to open, due to low cloud. No A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. One unidentified aircraft was seen but no combat took place. The weather was good although visibility was poor, owing to cloud at 1,500 feet. Navigation was excellent.

4.7.43
TRAINING.
Very little training was carried out as the aircrews were resting during the morning, in the afternoon night flying tests were flown, in preparation for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAGEN.
Twelve aircraft were required for this operation, but it was cancelled during the afternoon owing to adverse weather conditions.

OPERATIONS. MINING OFF ILLE DE RE.
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were dropped successfully in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A. fire and one searchlight were encountered, but were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was no cloud in the mining area and visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

5.7.43
TRAINING.
Training consisted of height and load tests, and fighter affiliation. Lectures were given by Specialist Officers to new crews.

OPERATIONS. MINING OFF FRISIAN ISLANDS.
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. One unidentified aircraft was seen but no combat took place. The weather was clear and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III ES436 captained by Sergeant THOMAS, R.

6.7.43
TRAINING.
Engine tests, cross country flights, and low level bombing training were carried out. The Navigation Officer Flight Lieutenant W.J. Scollay gave ground instruction to Wireless Operators on navigation equipment.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

7.7.43
TRAINING.
The weather was bad and very little flying was carried out. This consisted of fighter affiliation, air firing, and air tests.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

 8.7.43
TRAINING.
The weather continued to be unfavourable during the morning, but improved in the afternoon and it was possible to carry out height and load tests and night flying tests.

OPERATIONS. MINING IN THE GIRONDE ESTUARY.
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1,500 lbs., all of which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One unidentified aircraft was seen and a short combat took place, minor damage to the rear turret of our aircraft was sustained, and the unidentified aircraft was probably hit. Sea haze and patchy cloud were experienced in the mining area, but visibility was good. Navigation was good.

 9.7.43
TRAINING.
Two aircraft carried out local photography during the morning, but no flying was done in the afternoon as the adverse weather still prevailed. Ground instruction on navigation was therefore given to the crews.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

10.7.43
TRAINING.
Owing to the continuing bad weather, it was necessary to cancel fighter affiliation exercises, which had been previously arranged. Only local flying and air tests were carried out. In the afternoon a lecture was given by P/O. ROBINSON the Flight Engineer Leader, on the Stirling Aircraft.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

 11.7.43
TRAINING.
Low level bombing, cross country flights and fighter affiliation were carried out, the latter however, owing to the severe weather conditions still prevailing, was unsuccessful.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

 12.7.43
TRAINING.
The weather improved to-day and it was possible to carry out fighter affiliation, low level practice bombing, day cross country flights and height and load tests. Five night cross country flights were also flown.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

 13.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of night flying tests, we prepared for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT AACHEN.
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires were seen which appeared to be scattered. Some light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered. The aircraft captained by P/O. C.C. LOGAN, was hit by A.A. fire in the starboard outer engine, fin and elevator, and had to make a landing at FORD, which he did successfully. Some enemy aircraft were encountered. The aircraft piloted by P/O. A. RANKIN, was attacked by a JU 88 and the wireless operator was wounded. The rear-gunner returned the fire and the enemy aircraft broke away, returning astern and firing a short burst. The Stirling rear-gunner fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft gave a flash, spun half round and disappeared into cloud, followed by an explosion on the ground. This aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. The aircraft captained by P/O. A. ALEXANDER sighted an ME 210 on the port beam, 100 yards slightly below. As the enemy aircraft passed below the front gunner fired a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft appeared astern, the rear-gunner then fired a short burst. The enemy aircraft was then seen to dive into the clouds, and is claimed as possibly destroyed. There was 8/10ths. broken cloud at the target, but visibility above that was good. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk. III EE886 captained by F/O. C. EDDY on return crash landed at OAKINGTON, the undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft turned over and caught fire. The mid-upper gunner Sergeant E.C. VICCARS was killed on impact and the remainder of the crew escaped although not without injuries. The captain, navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer were seriously injured, the remainder being slightly injured.

14.7.43
TRAINING.
Formation flying was attempted, but was unsuccessful owing to weather conditions. Ground specialist training was, however, carried out.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

15.7.43
TRAINING.
Weather still continued to be unfavourable for extensive training, height and load tests, fighter affiliation, and practice bombing were, however, carried out.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

16.7.43
TRAINING.
The weather improved and air tests, practice bombing, formation flying, and two night cross country exercises were carried out.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

 17.7.43
TRAINING.
Eighteen aircraft took part in a large scale daylight exercise for the purposes of testing the South Coast and LONDON Defences. It was carried out in perfect weather, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all crews.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

18.7.43
TRAINING.
Training consisted chiefly of formation flying, but air tests, height and load tests, and air firing were also carried out.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

19.7.43
TRAINING.
The weather was unsatisfactory, but height and load tests, and air tests were nevertheless carried out. In the afternoon a lecture on “Tactics” was given by the Group Tactics Officer, which was very interesting and instructive.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

20.7.43
TRAINING.
Adverse weather prevented all flying, during the afternoon a lecture was given by F/Lt. NEWTON, Intelligence Officer, on “Prisoners of War, Evading and Escaping”. This lecture was enjoyed by all present.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

21.7.43
TRAINING.
Training consisted mainly of formation flying, but fighter affiliation was also carried out. In the afternoon a lecture was given by F/Lt. BONING, on “How we extract information from German aircrew personnel brought down in this country”, it was very interesting and appreciative to all present.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

22.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of night flying tests, we prepared for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Twenty-two aircraft were required for the above operations, but unfortunately it was cancelled in the late afternoon, due to very uncertain meteorological conditions at base on return.

23.7.43
TRAINING.
No training was carried out, preparations were made for night operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Twenty-three aircraft were required for the above operations, but it was again cancelled owing to the continuing adverse weather.

24.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of night flying tests, we again prepared for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Twenty-three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. Of these aircraft, two retuned early due to unserviceable W/T and engine trouble respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was a very concentrated and successful attack, very large spread fires were seen with black smoke rising to a height of 1,400 feet, some heavy explosions were also seen. A heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights was encountered, and two aircraft were coned in the searchlights but neither were hit. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88 approaching head-on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed. The Stirling was badly damaged, having more than 4 feet of the starboard main plane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the three hours return flight to base made a perfect landing. Two other short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was very good, with clear visibility, except for haze caused by smoke from the fires. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk. III EE890 captained by Sergeant H. NICOL.

25.7.43
TRAINING.
During the morning crews were resting after last night’s operations, in the afternoon, night flying tests were once again flown in readiness for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT ESSEN.
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs. and incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs., one aircraft failed to take off and two returned early, owing to engine trouble and an inter-communication failure respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. Sixteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was an absolute mass of flames. Many huge explosions were seen in the midst of the fires. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, one aircraft receiving slight damage. An aircraft was held in a searchlight cone for three minutes, but avoided it by making diving turns. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.C. WILLIAMS sighted an unidentified aircraft 400 yds. away approaching from astern. The Stirling corkscrewed and the Mid-upper and rear gunners fired a long burst, the enemy aircraft exploded in the air and dived to the ground. It was claimed to be destroyed. Another aircraft was sighted by them approaching on the port quarter, the Rear gunner fired two short bursts and the enemy aircraft broke away. The weather was hazy to the enemy coast, but clear over the target. Visibility was good except for haze caused by smoke from the fires which could be seen west of the DUTCH Coast. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling MK. III EE892 captained by sergeant M. ASHDOWN.

26.7.43
TRAINING.
The only flying carried out was a Height and Load test and one aircraft did Air Firing. The remainder of Squadron was stood down after the completion of Daily Inspections.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

27.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of compass tests and night flying tests we prepared for night operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs. and incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack was more concentrated than the previous one, colossal fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 20,000 ft., a ship was also seen to be on fire in a Dock south of target. Moderate, heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights operating in belts were encountered, although the A.A. fire was heavier than the previous attack, it was ineffective except for slight damage to three aircraft. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. E.J. ROBERTS sighted a JU 88 approaching from the port beam above and all gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft broke away firing and then approached on the port beam below. The Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft was claimed to be damaged. The Stirling was damaged, having a bomb door blown off and petrol pipe-line pierced, nevertheless the captain brought his aircraft safely back to base. The weather was good except for 3/10ths. cloud at the target. Visibility was good, although smoke haze prevented identification of ground detail. Navigation was very good.

28.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of daily inspections, the Squadron had a well earned stand down.

OPERATIONS.
Nil.

29.7.43
TRAINING.
With the exception of one crew which carried out a night cross country flight, the remaining crews did night flying tests in preparation for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 30lbs. and 4lbs. incendiary bombs. Two aircraft returned early, the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful attack, large concentrated fires with heavy explosions and smoke rising to 15,000 ft., were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were scattered and unpredicted. One aircraft was held in searchlight cones for periods of 10 and 8 minutes, he avoided them with extreme difficulty, and whilst doing so was hit in the fuselage by A.A. fire. Two other aircraft received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and the aircraft captained by Sgt. P. HARTSTEIN sighted a JU 88 which came in from astern firing a cannon, the Rear-gunner replied and the enemy aircraft broke away. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. DUNCAN sighted another JU 88 on the port quarter, the Mid-upper gunner gave a 10 second burst and the enemy aircraft dived away. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. E. WILKINSON sighted a JU 88 on the port quarter, the enemy aircraft opened fire and the Rear-gunner replied, the enemy aircraft then broke away. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. J. DARNEY encountered an unidentified enemy aircraft which fired from starboard quarter, the Rear gunner replied and the enemy aircraft disappeared. It was clear at the target area and visibility was good except for haze from the fires. Navigation was excellent. Just after bombing, the aircraft captained by P/O. A. SEDUNARY had one of its engines fail. After unsuccessful attempts to start it, he brought the aircraft back to base on three engines, and made a perfect landing.

30.7.43
TRAINING.
After the completion of night flying tests, we prepared for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT REMSCHEID.
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early as the Rear-turret was unserviceable and two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlight belts were encountered, one aircraft was slightly damaged in the Mid-upper Turret. Some enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by F/Sgt. O. WHITE sighted an unidentified aircraft which attacked three times. Each time the Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a burst, and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which then fell away and was claimed to be damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility except for haze from the fires. Navigation was very good. On return one aircraft landed at HARDWICK, due to shortage of petrol. The missing aircraft were Stirling Mk. III BF458 captained by Sgt. A.J. THOMAS and Stirling Mk. III EE915 captained by F/Sgt. J. DARNEY.

OPERATIONS. MINING OFF THE FRISIAN ISLANDS.
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was good except for 5/10ths cloud which prevented the parachutes being seen to open. Navigation was very good.

31.7.43
TRAINING.
Training consisted of height and load tests, air firing in the WASH, and night flying tests, which were carried out in preparation for operations.

OPERATIONS. ATTACK AGAINST TARGETS AT HAMBURG.
Twelve aircraft were detailed for this operation but it had to be cancelled owing to thunderstorms which broke out at dusk.

K.M.M. Wasse (signature)
Station Commander

OUTSTANDING EVENTS.

OPERATIONS.
During the first part of the month they were restricted owing to adverse weather conditions, but the last week of the month saw the Squadron back into stride, when large scale attacks were made against HAMBURG, ESSEN, and REMSCHEID. The first named target being visited three times in six days, sixty-two aircraft taking part. Other targets were COLOGNE, AACHEN and mining operations in the GIRONDE ESTUARY, off ILLE DE RE, and off the FRISIAN ISLANDS. As a result of these operations five aircraft failed to return, and one aircraft crashed at OAKINGTON on return from operations, the Mid-upper Gunner was killed and the remainder of the crew were injured, four seriously. On the night 13th July during an attack against AACHEN the aircraft captained by P/O. A. RANKIN, was attacked by a JU 88 and the Wireless Operator was wounded. The Rear-Gunner returned the fire and the enemy aircraft broke away, returning astern and firing a short burst. The Stirling Rear-Gunner then fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft gave a flash, spun half round and disappeared into cloud, followed by an explosion on the ground. This aircraft was claimed to be destroyed. On the same night the aircraft captained by P/O. A. ALEXANDER, sighted a ME 210 on the port beam, 100yds. below. As the enemy aircraft passed below the front Gunner fired a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft appeared astern, the Rear-Gunner then fired a short burst and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive into the clouds, it is claimed as possibly destroyed.

On the night 24th July during an attack against HAMBURG the aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88 approaching head-on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed. The Stirling was badly damaged, having more than 4 feet of the starboard mainplane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the three hours return flight to base made a perfect landing.

On the night 25th July during an attack against ESSEN, the aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.C. WILLIAMS sighted an unidentified aircraft 400 yds. away, approaching from astern. The Stirling corkscrewed and the Rear-gunner and Mid-upper gunner fired long bursts, the enemy aircraft exploded in the air and dived to the ground. It was claimed to be destroyed.

On the night 27th July during a further attack on HAMBURG, the aircraft captained by F/Sgt. E.J. ROBERTS sighted a JU 88 approaching from port beam above, all Gunners opened fire, and the enemy aircraft broke away firing, returning on the port beam below. The Mid-upper and Rear gunners then fired a long burst. The enemy aircraft was claimed to be damaged.

On the night 29th July during the third attack against HAMBURG, the aircraft captained by P/O. A. SEDUNARY after bombing, one of the engines failed. He successfully brought the aircraft back to base on three engines, and made a perfect landing.

On the night 30th July during the attack against REMSCHEID the aircraft captained by F/Sgt. O. WHITE sighted an unidentified aircraft which attacked three times, and the Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired three bursts. Strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which fell away, and was claimed to be damaged.

TRAINING.
Great prominence has been given to Formation Flying which has been carried out at every opportunity. Large scale training has been restricted owing to adverse weather conditions, but particular attention has been given to Fighter Affiliation, and ground specialist training.

On the 17th July, eighteen aircraft took part in a large scale daylight exercise for the purpose of testing the South Coast and London defences. It was carried out in perfect weather, and made an appreciable change for the crews.

VISITS.
On the 28th July a visit was paid to the Squadron by the High Commissioner for NEW ZEALAND together with Group Captain A.J.M. MANSON, M.C., K.O., and were received by the Squadron Commander M. WYATT. The High Commissioner, Mr. W.J. JORDAN spoke to all NEW ZEALAND personnel and congratulated the Squadron on its excellent achievements. Photographs were taken by the NEW ZEALAND Press Representative, Mr. MITCHELL.

DECORATIONS. IMMEDIATE.
The DISTINGUISHED FLYING MEDAL was awarded to R62201 Sergeant G. FALLOON. He is a Flight Engineer who has taken part in seven successful sorties. On the night 19th June 1943 during an attack on the Armament Factory at LE CREUSOT, his aircraft received a direct hit by a light Flak shell, which burst inside the port main plane. The shrapnel severed the petrol cock control cables and oil pipe line, which caused a large volume of oil to flow into the fuselage. He was unable to ascertain the source of the oil leak without entering the wing, and in spite of the fact that the aircraft was still in the target area, he decided to cut a hole in the side of the fuselage in order that he could crawl into the wing. He made a hole in the metal about two feet square with an axe, and crawled inside the wing and turned on the petrol pumps, and investigated the oil leakage, which proved to be a punctured gun turret pipe line. He also examined the landing gear, including the whole of the tyre for shrapnel cuts. The safe return of the aircraft was undoubtedly due to Sergeant FALLOON’s resourcefulness and complete disregard for personal safety.

NON-IMMEDIATE.
The DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS was awarded to Squadron Leader R. BROADBENT, who has completed forty operational sorties, thirty-four on his first tour, three whilst carrying out instructional duties at an O.T.U., and three since commencing his second tour. His high standard of morale and keenness to take part in operations is an inspiring example to all the aircrew. He has proved, by the photographs of the targets that his sorties are carried out with determination to reach the objective.

The DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS was awarded to Squadron Leader F.A. ANDREWS, who has just commenced his second tour of operations with this Squadron. His first tour comprised twenty-seven successful sorties against the most heavily defended targets in GERMANY, including BERLIN and four raids on HAMBURG. He has thirty one operational sorties to his credit at present, and completed his recent sorties with marked determination.

…….M. Wyatt (signature)……

Wing Commander, Commanding,
75(NZ) SQUADRON, R.A.F.

CASUALTIES AFFECTING OFFICERS.
ACTING RANKS.
A/F/L. J. JOLL. NZ40234. GD. Appointed to Acting Rank of S/Ldr., w.e.f. 12/6/43. (Authy.P/N.BC2581/43 dtd. 10/7/43).
P/O. A/F/L. L. ROBINSON. 143800. GD. Relinquished the Acting Rank of F/Lt. w.e.f. 7/7/43. (Authy.P/N.BC2553/43 dtd.8/7/43).

POSTINGS.
F/O. A.D. HOWLETT. NZ413335. GD. Posted from No. 1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 25/6/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/474/43 dated 23/6/43).
A/F/L. R.O. FRENCH. NZ415758. GD. Posted to No.7 Squadron, w.e.f. 23/6/43. (Authy.P/N.BC/1703/43 dated 23/6/43).
P/O. W.R. PERROTT. NZ416155. GD. Posted (Missing) to War.Cas. (N/E)Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 26/6/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/557/43 dtd. 28/6/43).
A/F/L. G.R. HEYWOOD. NZ40622. GD. Posted to No. 1483 B. & G. Flt., w.e.f. 18/7/43. (Authy.P/N.BC3026/43 dated 17/7/43).
P/O. A.T. DANCE. NZ42495. GD. Posted from No. 1651 Con. Unit w.e.f. 29/6/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/711/43 dated 7/7/43).
P/O. G.H. SPEAIGHT. 130495. TECH. Posted from RAF. Mildenhall, w.e.f. 29/6/43. (Authy.P/N. BC/2217/43 dated 3/7/43).
P/O. T.G. HEMSTOCK. 51096. TECH. Posted from RAF. Mildenhall, w.e.f. 29/6/43. (Authy.P/N. BC/2215/43 dated 3/7/43).
F/O/ G. TURNER. J7326. GD. Posted from No. 1651 Con. Unit w.e.f. 25/6/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/474/43 dated 3/7/43).
P/O. C. LOGAN. AUS405918. GD. Posted from Base (N/E)Mildenhall, w.e.f. 3/7/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/694/43 dated 3/7/43).
P/O. P.S.ST. LEDGER. AUS425375. GD. Posted from No. 1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 1/7/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/615/43 dated 1/7/43).
P/O. J. BLACK. AUS425420. GD. Posted from No. 1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 10/7/43. (Authy.P/N.3G/701/43 dated 7/7/43).

ATTACHMENTS.
A/F/L. D.L. POPPLEWELL. NZ41357. GD. Detached to No. 16 O.T.U., w.e.f. 4/7/43. (Authy.3Grp.Sig.P595 dated 3/7/43).

 APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS.
P/O. M.A. ERICKSEN. NZ416103. GD. Appointed to a Commission as P/O. on probation, w.e.f. 26/5/43 (Authy.AM. Ltr.A550729/43/S.7(f)1(b) dated 28/6/43).
P/O. A.M. ALEXANDER. NZ41712. GD. Promoted to rank of F/O., w.e.f. 6/6/43 (Authy.3G/8937/1/P2 dated 11/7/43).
P/O. J.R. McCORKINDALE. NZ392051. GD. Promoted to the rank of F/O., w.e.f. 4/6/43. (Authy.3G/8937/1/P2 dated 11/7/43).
P/O. H.E. PRICE. NZ405505. GD. Appointed to Commn. as P/O. on probtn. w.e.f. 11/5/43. (Authy.AM.Ltr.A539929/43/S.7(e)(3) dtd. 19/7/43).
P/O. A.W. BURLEY. 147201. GD. Appointed to Commn. as P/O. on probtn. w.e.f. 10/5/43. (Authy.AM.Ltr.A554353/43/S.7(e)(3) dtd. 9/7/43).

DECORATIONS.
A/S/L. F.A. ANDREWS. NZ391336. GD. Awarded the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS vide No.3 Group Routine Order No.176 dtd 10/7/43 & extract London Gazette Serial No.36084 dated 9/7/43.
A/S/L. R. BROADBENT. NZ391339. GD. Awarded the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS vide No.3 Group Routine Order No.176 dtd 10/7/43 & extract London Gazette Serial No.36084 dated 9/7/43.

PROMOTIONS.
NZ417219. SGT.A/G. MACDONALD, W. Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 4/6/43. (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/NZ417219 dated 28/6/43).
NZ40586. SGT.PILOT. THOMAS, R. Appointed A/F/Sgt. (paid) w.e.f. 30/6/43. (Authy.RAF.Waterbeach Ltr.WB/C.1019/2/P3 dtd. 12/7/43).
NZ417077. SGT.A/B. McEWIN, A. Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 7/6/43. (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/NZ417077 dated 28/6/43).
NZ425025. SGT.A/B. SOUNDY, B. Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 4/6/43. (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/NZ425025 dated 28/6/43).
NZ422175. SGT.A/B. BLANK, J. Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 7/6/43. (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/NZ422175 dated 28/6/43).
NZ41228. SGT.WO/AG. PARKER, C. Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 15/5/43. (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/NZ41228 dated 15/7/43).
NZ416476. SGT.NAV.B. GALL, J. Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 1/6/43. (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/NZ416476 dated 12/6/43).
656588.  SGT.PILOT.  WOOD, B.  Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 1/5/43.  (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/656588 dated 31/5/43).
778858.  SGT.A/G.  LUCAS, H.  Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 2/5/43.  (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/778858 dated 20/5/43).
657425.  SGT.PILOT. NICOL, H.  Appointed A/F/Sgt. (Paid) w.e.f. 30/6/43.  (Authy.Waterbeach Ltr.WB/C/1019/2/p3 dtd. 12/7/43).
654224.  SGT.F/ENG.  WHITE, D.  Promoted T/F/Sgt. w.e.f. 1/5/43.  (Authy.Recs.Ltr.A2/M/654224 dated 10/7/43).

CASUALTIES.
649196.  SGT.A/G.  VICCARS, E.C.  Killed on 14/7/43 and struck off the strength of the R.A.F. w.e.f. same date.

MOVEMENTS.
NZ401226.  SGT.A/G.  HARDY, W.  Posted to Base (N/E) Mildenhall, w.e.f. 11/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/603/43 dated 1/7/43).
NZ414263.  F/S.PILOT.  DALZELL, H.  Posted to No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 26/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/404/43 dated 21/6/43).
NZ414538.  F/S.WO/AG.  BODLEY, A.  )  Posted to No.26 O.T.U., w.e.f. 28/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/477/43 dated 23/6/43).
NZ41719.  F/S.A/G.  WELCH, B.             )
NZ42308.  F/S.NAV.B.  ROBINSON, A. )  Posted from No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 27/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/462/43 dated 23/6/43).
NZ41435.  F/S.A/G.  COOKSLEY, B.      )
NZ42317.  F/S.NAV.B.  THOMSON, G.  )  Posted (Missing) War Cas (N/E) Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 26/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/557/43 dated 28/6/43).
NZ416188.  F/S.A/B.  WHITELAW, C.    )
NZ42376.  F/S. PILOT.  DARNEY, J.  NZ415383.  SGT.NAV.B.  STONE, R.  )  Posted from No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 1/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/615/43 dated 1/7/43).
NZ415566.  SGT.A/G.  VERCOE, T.  NZ40586.  SGT.PILOT.THOMAS, R.  )
NZ40586.  SGT.PILOT.  THOMAS, R.  Posted (Missing) to War. Cas. (N/E) Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 6/7/43.  (Authy.AMO.A1294/42 & O.C. Unit).
NZ401796.  W/O.PILOT.  WILLIAMS, G.  NZ415708.  F/S.NAV.B.  MORICE, W. )   Posted from No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 10/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/701/43 dated 7/7/43).
NZ415338.  SGT.A/B.  McGREGOR, F.  )
NZ405505.  F/S.A/G.  PRICE, H.  Posted from No.156 Sqdn., w.e.f. 17/7/43.  (Authy.p/n.bc/2894/43 dated 15/7/43).
1398005.  SGT.PILOT.  MOSELEY, P.  655335.  SGT.NAV.B.  BATES, G.  )  Posted from No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 29/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/563/43 dated 28/6/43).
914533.  SGT.WO/AG.  FARNINGHAM, V.  1287534.  SGT.A/G.  NORTH, A.  )
1054890.  SGT.A/G.  MIDDLETON, C.  818154.  SGT.F/ENG.  HUGHES, G.  )
1317167.  SGT.PILOT.  FEAR, T.  1419688.  SGT.NAV.B.  RUDDY, B.  )
1290189.  SGT.WO/AG.  WOOLCOTT, D.  658930.  SGT.NAV.B.  BAIN, A.  )
1566746.  SGT.F/ENG.  MUNRO, C.  )
1390001.  SGT.PILOT.  HARTSTEIN, P.  1611095.  SGT.NAV.B.  REEVES, R.  )  Posted from No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 29/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/585/43 dated 28/6/43).
1330118.  SGT.WO/AG.  WOODWARD, R.  1457206.  SGT.A/B.  KEMPSON, E.  )
1406499.  SGT.F/ENG.  BRYANT, E.  1320551.  SGT.PILOT.  ASHDOWN, M.  )
1335706.  SGT.NAV.B.  HARROLD, R.  1262911.  SGT.WO/AG.  DENYER, E.  )
1457394.  SGT.A/B.  THREADGOLD, R.  937347.  SGT.F/ENG.  BROADLEY, R. )
1390444.  SGT.A/B.  EVANS, R.  1027862.  SGT.WO/AG.  DAVIES, G.  )  Posted from No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 1/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/615/43 dated 1/7/43).
993297.  SGT.F/ENG.  HOLDEN, R.  658070.  SGT.NAV.B.  STOBBS, W.  )
1237245.  SGT.A/B.  WILLIAMS, A.  1262086.  SGT.WO/AG. McLOUGHLIN, J.  )
1153956.  SGT.A/G.  LEWINGTON, L.  941667.  SGT.F/ENG.  LACKENBY, A.  )
1059933.  F/S.WO/AG.  McIVER, D.  Posted to Base (N/E) Mildenhall, w.e.f. 15/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/603/43 dated 1/7/43).
658070.  SGT.NAV.B.  STOBBS, W.  941667.  SGT.F/ENG.  LACKENBY, A.  )  Posted (Missing) to War Cas. (N/E) Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 6/7/43.  (Authy.AMO.A1294/42 & O.C.Unit).
1153956.  SGT.A/G.  LEWINGTON, L.  1262086.  SGT.WO/AG.  McLOUGHLIN, J.  )
1321755.  SGT.A/B.  TAYLOR, D.  )
946877.  SGT.F/ENG.  DABBS, J.  Posted to No.149 Sqdn., w.e.f. 6/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/705/43 dated 7/7/43).
755708.  F/S.WO/AG.  TODD, R.  Attached from No.6 (0)A.F.U., w.e.f. 6/7/43.  (Authy.25 Grp.Pgrm.25G/2502/63/P2(55) dtd. 30/6/43).
624043.  SGT.WO/AG.  CHAMPION, W.  1504520.  SGT.A/G.  INGREY, R.  ) Posted from No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 10/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/701/43 dated 7/7/43).
1682621.  SGT.F/ENG.  MOFFATT, H.  )
1104326.  SGT.A/G.  McGOWN, H.  Detached to No.1 C.M.B. London, w.e.f.12/7/43.  (Authy.1CMB/APPTS/43 dated 5/7/43).
752390.  SGT.F/ENG.  MESLEY, W.  Posted to No.4 S. of T.T., w.e.f. 9/7/43.  (Authy.AM.P/N.DGP/BC/1859/43/35).
1104326.  SGT.A/G.  McGOWN, H.  Ceased to be detached to No.1 C.M.B., London, w.e.f.12/7/43.  (Authy.1CMB/APPTS/43 dtd. 8/7/43).
1562617.  SGT.A/B.  SOMMERVILLE, R.  1356658.  SGT.A/G.  BULLEN, R.  ) Posted from No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 21/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/855/49 dated 19/7/43).
1624186.  SGT.F/ENG.  WARBURTON, A.  1605321.  SGT.F/ENG.  SAUNDERS,  E.  )
1214092.  SGT.WO/AG.  WEAVERS, F.  Attached from No.1 A.G.S., w.e.f. 20/7/43.  (Authy.25G/2502/63/P2(78).
1104326.  SGT.A/G.  McGOWN, H.  Posted to N/E.RAF.Waterbeach, w.e.f. 12/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/873/43 dated 20/7/43).
1117083.  SGT.A/G.  MORAN, J.  Posted to No.12 O.T.U., w.e.f. 24/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/88/43 dated 20/7/43).
969278.  F/S.A/G.  SCOTT, R.  Posted to No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 19/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/830/43 dated 16/7/43).
528608.  SGT.F/ENG.  BARTLETT, N.  Posted to No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 17/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/770/43 dated 12/7/43).
1095879.  SGT.NAV.B. RICHARDSON, F.  Posted to No.17 O.T.U., w.e.f. 17/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/765/43 dated 12/7/43).
657425.  A/F/S.PILOT. NICOL, H.  646162.  SGT.A/G.  NORRINGTON, H.  )  Posted (Missing) to War. Cas. (N/E) Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 26/7/43.  (Authy.AMO.A1294/42 & O.C. Unit).
1077126.  SGT.WO/AG.  GARVIN, W.  1437419.  SGT.F/ENG.  RADFORD, C.  )
1457394.  SGT.A/B.  THREADGOLD, R.  1320551.  SGT.PILOT. ASHDOWN, M.  )  Posted (Missing)
to War. Cas. (N/E) Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 26/7/43.
1335706.  SGT.NAV.B.  HARROLD, R.  1262911.  SGT.WO/AG.  DENYER, E.  )
937347.  SGT.F/ENG.  BROADLEY, R.  )
1319088.  F/S.A/B.  TREGONNING, B.  Posted to No.82 O.T.U., w.e.f. 26/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/916/43 dated 22/7/43).
R135003.  SGT.A/B.  TAYLOR, E.  R181120.  SGT.A/G.  DAVIDSON, A.  )  Posted from No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 29/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/563/43 dated 28/6/43).
R143622.  SGT.A/G.  HOLMES, A.  )
R167518.  SGT.A/G.  CLEVELAND, A.  R178318.  SGT.A/G.  DAWSON, H.  )  Posted from No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 29/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/585/43 dated 28/6/43).
R157924.  SGT.A/G. EATON, B.  )
AUS410555.  SGT.A/G.  MOORE, C.  Posted from No.1657 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 1/7/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/615/43 dated 1/7/43).
AUS410555.  SGT.A/G.  MOORE, C.  Posted (Missing) to War. Cas. (N/E) Accts. Depot, w.e.f. 6/7/43.  (Authy.AMO.A1294/42 & O.C. Unit).
AUS415736.  SGT.A/G.  O’SULLIVAN, T.  Posted from No.1651 Con. Unit, w.e.f. 29/6/43.  (Authy.P/N.3G/585/43 dated 28/6/43).

ARRIVALS AND DESPATCHES OF AIRCRAFT.
6/7/43.   Stirling Mk.III  EH928  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3261).
7/7/43.    Stirling Mk.III  EH936  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3300).
Stirling Mk.III  EH935  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3331).
9/7/43.    Stirling Mk.III  EF440  Received from Short Bros., South Marston.  (Authy.41G/3269).
9/7/43.    Stirling Mk.III  EF451  Received from Short Bros., Rochester.  (Authy.41G/3277).
14/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH929  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3408).
Stirling Mk.III  EH938  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3395).
15/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH947  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3441).
Stirling Mk.III  EF456  Received from Short Bros., Swindon.  (Authy.41G/3390).
Stirling Mk.III  EE918  Received from Short and Harlands, Belfast.  (Authy.41G/3295).
16/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH946  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3461).
17/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH948  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3477).
18/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH949  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3477).
19/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EF440 & EF451  Despatched to No.620 Squadron.  (Authy.Form W.579/S dated 17/7/43).
Stirling Mk.III  EF458  Received from Short Bros., Swindon.  (Authy.41G/3495).
20/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH930  Received from Austins, Marston Green.  (Authy.41G/3544).
22/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EF462  Received from Short Bros., Swindon.  (Authy.41G/3523).
27/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EF456 & EH946  Despatched to No.620 Squadron.  (Authy.Form W.587/S dated 26/7/43).
28/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EF454  Received from Short Bros., Swindon.  (Authy.41G/3407).
Stirling Mk.III  EF465  Received from Short Bros., Swindon.  (Authy.41G/3423).
Stirling Mk.III  EE938  Received from Short and Harlands, Belfast.  (Authy.41G/3423).
Stirling Mk.III  EH929  Despatched to No.15 Squadron.  (Authy.Form W.594/S).
Stirling Mk.III  EH930  Despatched to No.1665 Con. Unit.  (Authy.Form W.594/S).
Stirling Mk.I  BF434  Despatched to No.1665 Con. Unit.  (Authy. 3 Grp.Sig. MK589 dated 28/7/43).
Stirling Mk.III  EF458  Despatched to West Wickham.  (Authy.Form W.592/S).
31/7/43.  Stirling Mk.III  EH947  Despatched to West Wickham.  (Authy.Form W.597).