LL866 “Swingtime”

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LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” showing a tally of 42 Ops, which dates this photograph after the 8th of August Lucheux Op (Perfrement crew), possibly the morning of the 9th of August before the Fort D’Anglos Op (Yates crew).

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LL866

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 09/04/44 Attack against Villeneuve St. George AA-W P/O Millar 04:30
2 10/04/44 Targets at Laon AA-W P/O Potts 04:15
3 18/04/44 Rouen AA-W P/O Willis 04:20
dnc 20/04/44 Cologne LL866 returned at 02.45hrs because of the deteriorating health of Sgt A Hancock, W/op. AA-W P/O Willis 02:30
4 22/04/44 Dusseldorf AA-W P/O Potts 04:00
5 24/04/44 Karlsruhe AA-W P/O Potts 05:45
6 26/04/44 Essen AA-W P/O Potts 04:10
7 01/05/44 Chambly AA-W P/O Potts 03:10
8 07/05/44 Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome AA-W P/O Potts 05:15
9 09/05/44 Cap Gris Nez AA-W P/O Bateman 01:45
10 10/05/44 Courtrai AA-W P/O Potts 02:35
11 11/05/44 Louvain AA-W F/S Burtt 03:40
12 19/05/44 Le Mans AA-W P/O Potts 05:05
13 21/05/44 Duisberg LL865, P/O Humphreys and crew, was attacked by an unidentified enemy night-fighter causing airframe and other damage. The navigator, F/S A Hill, was injured in the attack. AA-W P/O Bonisch 04:25
14 22/05/44 Dortmund AA-W P/O Potts 04:00
15 24/05/44 Aachen AA-W P/O Potts 03:35
16 27/05/44 Aachen AA-W P/O Potts 03:40
17 28/05/44 Angers AA-W P/O Millar 07:00
18 31/05/44 Trappes AA-W F/O Stokes 05:05
19 05/06/44 Ouistreham AA-W P/O Potts 03:30
20 06/06/44 Lisieux AA-W P/O Potts 04:10
21 08/06/44 Fougeres AA-W F/S Perfrement 05:05
22 10/06/44 Dreux AA-W F/S Barker 03:50
23 11/06/44 Nantes AA-W F/S Barker 05:45
24 12/06/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-W P/O Millar 03:25
25 14/06/44 Le Havre AA-W F/O Aitken 02:50
26 15/06/44 Valenciennes AA-W F/O Aitken 03:45
dnc 17/06/44 Montdidier AA-W F/O Aitken 03:25
27 21/06/44 Domleger AA-W F/S Perfrement 02:45
28 23/06/44 L’Hey AA-W F/S Perfrement 01:55
29 24/06/44 Rimeux AA-W F/S Perfrement 02:56
30 30/06/44 Villers Bocage AA-W F/S Perfrement 03:00
31 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir AA-W* F/S Perfrement 03:15
32 05/07/44 Watten Although know as “Sugar” from ‘Luck and a Lancaster’ by Harry Yates, a photograph actually shows the aircraft to be called ‘Swingtime’ with a noose graphic. The logbook of Douglas Trig, Rear Gunner with the Perfrement crew, records the exact date that LL866 changed form AA-W to AA-S AA-S* F/S Perfrement 02:10
33 07/07/44 Vaires AA-S P/O O’Connor 04:25
34 09/07/44 Linzeux AA-S F/L Washer 03:25
35 12/07/44 Vaires AA-S F/L Washer 04:05
36 15/07/44 Chalons Sur Marne AA-S F/S Perfrement 06:35
37 28/07/44 Stuttgart AA-S P/O Perfrement 07:30
38 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles AA-S F/O Aitken 03:45
39 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam AA-S F/S Barker 03:40
40 04/08/44 Bec D’Ambes AA-S F/S Mulcahy 08:10
41 07/08/44 Mare De Magne AA-S F/O Perfrement 03:20
42 08/08/44 Lucheux AA-S F/O Perfrement 03:20
43 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos AA-S F/O Yates 02:40
44 11/08/44 Lens AA-S F/O Perfrement 03:20
45 12/08/44 Brunswick AA-S F/O Perfrement 04:35
46 14/08/44 Hamel AA-S F/O Perfrement 03:30
47 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond AA-S F/O Perfrement 03:40
48 16/08/44 Stettin AA-S F/O Perfrement 08:15
49 18/08/44 Bremen AA-S F/S Barker 05:24
50 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-S F/S Barker missing
 Total Op hours 210:10

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/S Richard Stockdale Barker, RNZAF NZ421345 – Pilot.
F/S John Farnworth, RAFVR 1147012 – Navigator.
F/S William George Norton, RNZAF NZ413227 – Air Bomber.
W/O Raymond Firth, RAFVR NZ417203 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Gordon Baden Jones, RAFVR 1892748 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Henry George Baker, RAFVR 1814627 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Clifford George Nash, RAFVR 1654190 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:23 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” was brought down over Germany, crashing near Untereisesheim, about a mile North of Heilbronn. There were no survivors. All of the crew were buried in the Durnbach War Cemetery.

P/O Richard Stockdale Barker, RNZAF NZ421345 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of Arthur Barker and of Rebecca Barker (Nee Bailey).
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 15.

F/S John Farnworth, RAFVR 1147012 – Navigator.
Killed age 23.
Son of John and Sarah Agnes Farnworth, of Ingol, Lancashire.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 5. H. 16-18.
‘Sweet is his memory,
Dear is his name,
Deep in our hearts
He will always ‘

F/S William George Norton, RNZAF NZ413227 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 28.
Son Of George Allan Norton, And Of Louisa Jane Norton (Nee Webb), Of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 5. H. 16-18.

W/O Raymond Firth, RNZAF NZ417203 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 28.
Son of Alexander Charles and Julia Annie Firth, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 14.

Sgt. Gordon Baden Jones, RAFVR 1892748 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 19.
Son Of John Baden Jones And Margaret Jones, Of Hayes, Middlesex.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 11.
‘A better son
No mother had’

Sgt. Henry George Baker, RAFVR 1814627 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 12.

Sgt. Clifford George Nash, RAFVR 1654190 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 5. H. 13.