LM266 “The Seven Sinners”

The Elmslie crew at Mepal, October 1944, in front of AA-A with its Foaming Beer Tankard nose art. Left to Right: Jim Elmslie (Pilot), Alan Wiltshire (Nav), Ken Futter (F/E), Jim McKenzie (B/A), Peter Dear (W/Op), John Vallender (RG), Gordon Burberry (M/UG) Photo from Alan Wiltshire, courtesy of NZ Bomber Command Association archives.

he Elmslie crew at Mepal, October 1944, in front of AA-A with its Foaming Beer Tankard nose art.
Left to Right: Jim Elmslie (Pilot), Alan Wiltshire (Nav), Ken Futter (F/E), Jim McKenzie (B/A), Peter Dear (W/Op), John Vallender (RG), Gordon Burberry (M/UG)
Photo from Alan Wiltshire, courtesy of NZ Bomber Command Association archives.

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LM266

 

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 28/07/44 Stuttgart AA-A P/O Hubbard 7:33
2 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles AA-A F/S Adolph 3:40
3 01/08/44 Le Nieppe AA-A P/O Dare 2:50
4 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam AA-A F/O Hubbard 3:40
5 04/08/44 Bec D’Ambes AA-A F/O Hubbard 8:00
6 05/08/44 Bassens AA-A F/O Hubbard 7:50
7 08/08/44 Lucheux AA-A P/O Bateman 3:05
8 08/08/44 Lucheux AA-A F/O Hadley 3:32
9 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos AA-A F/O Bateman 2:30
10 11/08/44 Lens AA-A F/O Bateman 3:17
11 12/08/44 Russelsheim AA-A F/O Glossop 4:45
12 14/08/44 Hamel AA-A F/O Bateman 3:50
13 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond AA-A F/O Bateman 3:20
14 16/08/44 Stettin AA-A F/O Bateman 7:54
15 18/08/44 Bremen AA-A F/O Bateman 4:51
16 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-A F/O Bateman 7:53
17 26/08/44 Kiel AA-A F/O Bateman 5:16
18 05/09/44 Le Havre AA-A F/O Bateman 3:40
19 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre AA-A F/O Bateman 3:42
20 08/09/44 Doudenville AA-A F/L Baxter 2:47
21 10/09/44 Montivilliers AA-A F/O Bateman 3:41
22 11/09/44 Kamen HK562 hit by flak 4 times (AC) PB421 ‘K’ once, PB132 ‘Y’ 3 times. HK574 ‘R’ – struck by a packet of Window AA-A P/O Bateman 4:31
23 12/09/44 Frankfurt LM266, F/O Bateman & crew, was attacked by an unidentified aircraft which was engaged by the rear gunner, Sgt T Farrow, who claimed it as being destroyed. AA-A F/O Bateman 6:28
24 14/09/44 Waasenaar AA-A F/S Galletly 2:39
25 17/09/44 Boulogne AA-A F/S Galletly 2:37
26 20/09/44 Calais AA-A F/O Bateman 2:44
27 23/09/44 Neuss AA-A F/S McRitchie 4:08
28 25/09/44 Calais AA-A W/O Baines 2:47
29 26/09/44 Cap Gris Nez AA-A W/O Baines 2:20
30 03/10/44 the West Kapelle Dyke AA-A F/O Bateman 3:09
31 05/10/44 Saarbrucken Hit by flak once AA-A F/O Bateman 5:16
32 06/10/44 Dortmund AA-A F/O Bateman 6:07
33 07/10/44 Emmerich AA-A F/S Elmslie 4:00
34 14/10/44 Duisburg AA-A F/O Bateman 4:08
35 14/10/44 Duisburg(2) AA-A F/L Barton 4:54
36 19/10/44 Stuttgart AA-A F/L Barton 5:58
37 21/10/44 Flushing AA-A F/L Barton 2:55
38 22/10/44 Neuss AA-A F/L Barton 4:18
39 23/10/44 Essen AA-A F/L Barton 4:51
40 25/10/44 Essen Hit by flak twice AA-A F/L Barton 4:30
41 29/10/44 West Kapelle AA-A F/L Barton 2:09
42 30/10/44 Cologne AA-A F/L Barton 5:38
43 31/10/44 Cologne AA-A F/L Barton 4:42
44 02/11/44 Homberg AA-A F/L Barton 4:15
45 04/11/44 Solingen Damage not due to Enemy Action – Hit by debris from an exploding Lancaster – thought to be 195 Sqdn HK658 ‘C’ (exploded) AA-A F/L Barton 4:32
46 21/11/44 Homberg AA-A F/O McDonald 3:27
47 23/11/44 Gelsenkirchen AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 4:21
48 27/11/44 Cologne Marshalling Yard Hit by flak twice AA-F F/L Baxter 4:53
49 04/12/44 Oberhausen AA-J F/O Cumberpatch 3:52
50 19/12/44 Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area Hit by flak – amount not specified AA-F F/O Abraham 7:26
51 27/12/44 Rheydt Bomb load 6 x 1,000 ANM, 4 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C., 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Rheydt. Very good concentration of bombing over target. AA-O dropped bombs from 23,000ft. after being directly above for 3 minutes and had to take violent evasive action to avoid being hit. LM266, F/O Leadley & crew, had to take rapid evasive action to avoid being hit by bombs dropping from NN747, F/O Jones & crew, flying above at 23,000ft. AA-F P/O Leadley 4:18
52 28/12/44 Gremberg M/Y at Cologne AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 5:05
53 29/12/44 Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard) Hit by flak twice. LM266, F/O Cumberpatch & crew, received flak damage immediately after dropping their bombs and had to cancel a planned vertical photo attempt. AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 4:52
54 31/12/44 Vohwinkel AA-F P/O Davies 4:50
55 03/01/45 Dortmund Oil Refinery Bomb load 1x 1,000 H.C., 13 x 500 G.P., 2 x 500 M.C. 1 Munro. Primary target Dortmund oil refinery. Good concentration on flares.
Hit by flak once (AIR14/ 3463 Damage reports)
AA-F F/O Leadley 4:56
56 05/01/45 Ludwigshafen Hit by flak once AA-F F/L Barton 5:58
dnc 06/01/45 Neuss Returned early owing to technical problems AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 0:59
57 07/01/45 Munich AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 8:04
58 11/01/45 Krefeld AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 5:12
59 13/01/45 Saarbrucken AA-F F/O Cumberpatch 6:40
60 15/01/45 Langendreer AA-F F/O Davies 5:24
61 28/01/45 Cologne (Gremberg) Hit by flak once AA-F P/O O’Malley 6:01
62 29/01/45 Krefeld M/Y AA-? F/O O’Malley 5:44
63 01/02/45 Munchen Gladbach AA-F S/L Wright 5:51
64 03/02/45 Dortmund AA-F F/L McMillan 5:54
65 13/02/45 Dresden AA-F F/O O’Malley 8:38
66 14/02/45 Chemnitz AA-F F/O O’Malley 8:40
67 16/02/45 Wesel MKI LM266 A 9, NN747 Y2 1 HK593 X2 1 AA-F F/O O’Malley 5:23
68 19/02/45 Wesel AA-F F/L Spillman 4:57
69 22/02/45 Osterfeld AA-F F/O O’Malley 5:07
70 23/02/45 Gelsenkirchen AA-F F/L McKenna 5:21
71 06/03/45 Salzbergen AA-F S/L Wright 5:44
72 07/03/45 Mining in the Kiel Bay AA-F F/L Parsons 6:05
73 09/03/45 Datteln AA-F F/S Hamilton 5:03
74 10/03/45 Gelsenkirchen Buer AA-F F/O Barr 5:06
75 11/03/45 Essen AA-F F/O O’Malley 5:34
76 12/03/45 Dortmund AA-F F/O O’Malley 5:55
77 14/03/45 Heinrich Hutte AA-F F/S McLernon 4:45
78 18/03/45 Bruchstrasse AA-F F/S Carroll 5:14
79 09/05/45 Repatriation of Prisoners of War S/L L McKenna, Flight Commander, (LM266), crashing on take-off for Base. The crew was uninjured and all returned on F/L Adamson’s aircraft, ME531. AA-J S/L McKenna no record
Total Op hours 382:31