R.B. Crawford crew 21.12.44

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The Crawford crew – left to right, back row ( I believe) : Francis Geoffrey Boulton (Navigator), Sgt. C. Bullock (Air Bomber), Roderick Bruce Crawford (Skipper), Sgt. J. Tutty (Rear Gunner) & Sgt. D. Scott (Wireless Operator). Front row, left to right: Sgt. R. Allred, Flight Engineer & Arthur George Smith (Mid Upper Gunner) © Rosalind Ebbrell

The Crawford crew arrived at Mepal 21st of December 1944 – they were:

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.

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A picture of the ‘Skipper’ Roderick Bruce Crawford. © Rosalind Ebbrell

Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.

Rosalind’s Father was Francis Geoffrey Boulton, Navigator with the Crawford crew. Known as Geoff, he suffered a broken neck in the February 3rd crash and this explains  his absence from the last recorded flight by the crew on the 26th of May 1945 (Form 541).

Ros has passed on a number of photographs and a puzzle exists in terms of who is in some these photographs if we subtract Geoff, Bruce Crawford and Mike Smith……..

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Geoff Boulton, sat front row, 4th from left. © Rosalind Ebbrell

Taken obviously at some point through Geoff’s training, in my mind, the white flashes on the caps and the generally plump and happy demeanor of the individuals in the photograph suggest that this might actually be No 1 Aircrew Reception Centre, RAF Regent’s Park.

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© Rosalind Ebbrell

This second picture of Geoff, is possibly from his trade training – none of the individuals in the picture, apart from the chap with his hands on the shoulders of the little boy, have brevets or stripes – both awarded after this stage of training, prior to crew formation at O.T.U.

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© Rosalind Ebbrell

My suspicion is that these 2 pictures are also from Geoff’s time, training as a Navigator.

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© Rosalind Ebbrell

Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

It is frustrating that the discovery of ‘Get Sum Inn’ and the cache of images that have so far been donated by members of 2 families of crew still leave us a little short as to the identities of the majority of the Crawford crew. Roz supplied more group pictures of the crew and what follows is an attempted work through to try to identify at least by face the boys who flew in the Crawford crew……..

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Picture 1 – The Crawford crew: from Left to Right (I think) Sgt. R. Allred, Geoff Boulton, Sgt. C. Bullock, Bruce Crawford, Sgt. J. Tutty, Sgt. D. Scott and Arthur Smith.

The following 2 images (above and below) provided me with enough to go on, in terms of known individuals and visible brevets to make a stab at identifying all the airmen in the photographs. My logic was as follows, based on the known identities of 3 – Geoff the Navigator, Bruce Crawford the Pilot and Arthur Smith the Rear Gunner. Picture 1 (top image) – obviously I have begun with Bruce, Geoff and Arthur. At this point I did not know who the other members of the crew in this photograph were.

Picture 2 – Looking at the individuals to the right of this photograph, the airman second in has what appears to be a 2 letter brevet (uniform badge). This means he is the other air gunner in the crew, thus, I believe Sgt. J. Tutty.

The airman on the far right of the photograph I think has a ‘B’ brevet – thus I think he is Sgt. C. Bullock. The airman on the far left of the picture seems to have a WOAG (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) badge on his right shoulder – I think therefore he is the Wireless Operator Sgt. D. Scott. By a process of simple elimination this means that the 7th member in the top picture is missing from this lower photograph and thus must be Sgt. R. Allred, the crew’s Flight Engineer. Based on this, I then named the individuals in Picture 1

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Picture 2 the Crawford crew:from left to right (again I think) Sgt. R. Allred, Arthur Smith, Bruce Crawford, Geoff Boulton, Sgt. J. Tutty and Sgt C. Bullock. © Rosalind Ebbrell

This third group photograph has provided far more discussion in the Sommerville household. Bev’s vehement refusal to believe the individual on the front row far right was Arthur Smith, finally was infact proved to be correct – having latterly shown the image to Arthur’s daughter Pauline, she also felt this wasn’t Arthur.

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© Rosalind Ebbrell

27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M

F/L Wylie James Wakelin, RNZAF NZ391390 – Pilot.
P/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Arthur Leonard Humphries, RNZAF NZ428244 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
F/S John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 17:22
Flight Time 04:50

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:17 – Landed 17:29
Flight Time 05:12

29/12/1944 – Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard)
Nine aircraft were detailed for an attack on the Coblenz Marshalling Yard carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 1,000 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. All attacked the target in good visibility and a fair concentration on the Marshalling Yard was reported. There was considerable scatter, probably due to special equipment trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I LM733 AA-R

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:08 – Landed 17:18
Flight Time 05:10

31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:35 – Landed 16:56
Flight Time 05:21

03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:36 – Landed 17:46
Flight Time 05:10

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Hit by flak 6 times

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Henry Gimblett, RNZAF NZ427520 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:38 – Landed 17:37
Flight Time 05:59

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

Lancaster Mk.I PB761 dnc AA-Y
Returned early owing to technical problems

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:53 – Landed 19:47
Flight Time 03:54

07/01/1945 – Attack Against Munich
even of eight aircraft detailed attacked Munich in ten tenths cloud carrying 4,000 H.C. , 1,000 M.C., 500 MC., 500 cluster 41b., 750 cluster No.17 and No. 15. Bombs. Crews bombed on flares. A mushroom explosion and red glow were observed through cloud. F/O Flamank in ‘P’ returned early through a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:12 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 08:13

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.1 NG447 AA-T

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Miles ‘Joe’ Parr, RAFVR – Wireless Operator. (Normal W/Op for V.J. Zinzan crew)
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 17:02
Flight Time 05:12

15/01/1945 – Attack Against Langendreer
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. One aircraft ‘D’ captained by F/O Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T
Hit by flak once – ORB lists as NG447 – though both T

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S C. Pratt, RAFVR 1504777 – Wireless Operator. (On attachment from 514 Squadron)
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:35 – Landed 16:58
Flight Time 05:23

16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:28 – Landed 04:11
Flight Time 04:43

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:23 – Landed 16:04
Flight Time 23:41

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME450 AA-W

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:10 – Landed 15:40
Flight Time 05:30

01/02/1945 – Attack Against Munchen Gladbach
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:59 – Landed 18:49
Flight Time 05:50

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:59 – Landed 18:49
Flight Time 05:50

03/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund

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From Form 541 75(NZ) Squadron RAF 03.2.45. Attack Against Dortmund “Aircraft crashed on landing. Pilot, Nav, W/Operator, Engineer and A/Bomber injured and in hospital. Prt. Outr. Failed prior to reaching target and overshot on landing. Camera completely wrecked”. © Pauline Whittall


Sixteen aircraft attacked Dortmund in clear weather, carrying 4,000HC 500MC, 500ANM, 250 G.P and Munro bombs. Bombing was very accurate and fires were going well when aircraft left the target. One large explosion was seen. Searchlights were numerous in the target area, but flak was negligible. Fighters were active. AA”M” captained by S/L J.L. Wright, had three combats and claims one M.E. 110 destroyed. JN”X” captained by F/O R.B.Crawford crashed on landing, fortunately there were no fatal casualties among the crew. Four were taken to hospital.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”
Crashed on landing and hit a bakery on the perimeter of the airfield – aircraft destroyed, but no fatalities in crew

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Geoffrey Boulton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:41 – Landed 21:57
Flight Time 05:16

From ORB Form 541
No report. Aircraft crashed on landing. Pilot, Nav, W/Operator, Engineer and A/Bomber injured and in hospital. Prt. Outr. Failed prior to reaching target and overshot on landing. Camera completely wrecked.’

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The inevitable destruction caused by a Lancaster when crash landing. Pauline, Arthur’s daughter comments ‘Apparently it ran into the garden of the houses at the end of the runway and killed the chickens in the hen house’. © Pauline Whittall

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The final image showing confirmation of identity – ND801 JN-X. © Pauline Whittall

Additionally:
F/O Crawford & crew lost power in their port-outer engine just prior to reaching the target but completed their attack before returning home on three engines. However, on landing back at base at 21.47hrs, the aircraft undershot the approach and crashed heavily on the airfield. The Pilot, Nav, W/op, Engineer and Air Bomber all received injuries and were hospitalised‘.

It is difficult from the above description to understand the exact injuries listed to all of the crew except the gunners. One must assume all were relatively serious. Going through the Form 541 for the rest of 1945, there appears to have been the odd fill in for Sgt. Tutty and  Arthur – however, particularly in Arthur’s case, with a name as common as Smith, in places his apparent presence on a crew list might be a typo. The Ops that might have included the 2 Crawford crew gunners are as follows and includes a commentary where appropriate. Their absence from regular Ops or even their arrival in new crews is perhaps not unusual, given by this point in the War, the Squadron was essentially ‘double crewed’ in each flight – as such, even if an airman wanted an Op it might have been difficult to find a space to fill………

8.3.45. War Ops – Attack on Dattlen
Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W
Vernon Zinzan crew
Sgt. J. Tutty Rear Gunner.

9.3.45. War Ops – Attack on Dattlen
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Ronald Russell crew
Sgt. A. Smith Rear Gunner.

20.3.45. War Ops – Attack on Hamm Marshalling Yards
Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-K
Ronald Russell crew
Sgt. A. Smith Rear Gunner.

20.3.45. War Ops
– Attack on Hamm Marshalling Yards
Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X
Charlie Stevens crew
Sgt. J. Tutty Rear Gunner.

14.4.45. War Ops – Attack on Potsdam
Lancaster MK.X RF190 AA-F
Bob Milsom crew
A. Smith Rear Gunner*

11.5.45. War Ops – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Lancaster MK.X RF190 AA-F
Bob Milsom crew
A. Smith Rear Gunner*
*I suspect these 2 possible Ops are actually typos in the records, especially as the regular Rear Gunner for the Milsom crew was John ‘Ted’ Smith – and that on a subsequent Op Ted is listed as ‘D Smith’.

Perhaps the fitting end to Arthur’s and the Crawford crews story is that it does seem that they finally got to fly again as a crew, albeit without the original Navigator Sgt. Boulton, who we must therefore assume had injuries perhaps too severe to allow him to fly again.

 

 

26/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were engaged on flights for viewing the effects of the bombing offensive.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/O Roderick Bruce Crawford, RNZAF NZ427551 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549/ 191084 – Navigator.
F/S C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Scott, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Allred, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
S/L Godfrey, LAC Jones, LAC Baxter – Passengers

Take Off 10:15 – Landed 14:25
Flight Time 04:10