Shilleto crew 06.11.41

06/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit made attacks against the above targets. A mixed load consisting of 500lbs and incendiaries was carried. Bombs were dropped in target area and extensive fires were left burning. There was little A.A. fire but there was great activity with searchlights. No enemy aircraft was met. Weather was fair with 6/10ths cloud over target area. Navigation was satisfactory.

Wellington Mk.Ic – AA-

Sgt. Shilleto, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Marshall, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Blair, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leggett, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Young, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:46 – Landed 22:04
Flight Time 04:18

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enemy aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1053 AA-H

Sgt. Shilleto, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Marshall, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Blair, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leggett, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Young, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:46 – Landed 22:04
Flight Time 04:18

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8968 AA-D

Sgt. Shilleto, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Marshall, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Blair, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leggett, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Young, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:18 – Landed 23:09
Flight Time 05:51

12/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Nine Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 500lbs was carried, and was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. An accurate barrage of light and heavy flak was encountered. There was a large number of searchlights operating in cones. Weather was good with 2/10 to 4/10 cloud over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8968 AA-D

Sgt. Shilleto, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Marshall, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Blair, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leggett, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Young, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:36 – Landed 22:56
Flight Time 06:20