C-47 "Ride-Along"

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"Airborne Experience"

We are now able to offer a new "ride-along" Airborne experience. Individuals will be allowed to go "Airborne" along with jump team members on a C47 flight.  Hear and feel what it's like to ride in a WWII vintage aircraft and watch the troops dressed in WWII uniforms and equipment "Stand Up & hook Up".

To learn more about this opportunity contact us at: operations_@_wwiiadt.org


                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWII AIRBORNE DEMONSTRATION TEAM

AIRCRAFT HISTORY

The World War II Airborne Demonstration Team owns and operates two WWII era aircraft that present it with a unique opportunity to conduct airborne operations and parachute operations. Both aircraft are painted in the colors of squadrons belonging to the 441st Troop Carrier Group of WWII. The main jump platform is a C-47 named “Boogie Baby” and it was build at Tinker, Oklahoma in 1942 and is painted in the colors of the 301st Troop Carrier Squadron. The other aircraft is a DC3 converted for transport operations named “Boop D Boop” that was built in Long Beach, California in 1941 and is painted in the colors of the 100th Troop Carrier Squadron. Both of these squadrons took part in airborne operations in WWII that included the invasions in Operations Overlord and Dragoon in France; Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands; Operation Kangaroo the Bastogne Resupply in Belgium and Operation Varsity in Germany. In all these units were awarded 7 Battle Stars on their European Campaign as well as a Presidential Unit Citation and played a vital part in the downfall of the Nazi oppressors.

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“Boogie Baby” is the only one of the two aircraft that actually took part in combat missions during WWII and retains much or its original configuration. The following is a detailed history of the aircraft’s service during WWII and we are proud to have her as part of our team. Being almost 70 years old, she needs a great deal of tender love and care and we appreciate the hard work put in by our aviation squadron to keep her airworthy and in tip-top condition. We also hope that you will recognize her service and support her continued operation by making a donation to the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team. Remember, all donations a tax deductible under code 501C3 as a non-profit organization.  Just follow the link below to make your donation.








WAR RECORD OF AIRCRAFT FL633

 

Background

Information about individual aircraft movements during World War II is difficult to find.  The only specific information held regarding aircraft movements is held in Operational Record Books (ORB) that are Squadron specific. Most Squadron activity does not include particular individual aircraft and concentrates more on the overall missions irrespective of which aircraft take part in the mission.  Information held also depends on the detail that has been recorded by the duty officer when completing the paperwork.  This too varies enormously in quality and detail.

 

The information contained in this summary for FL633 has been taken from the Operational Record Book (ORB) for the Squadron where the aircraft in question was based. In support of monthly activity, where applicable, detailed summary information sourced from accompanying appendix information to the ORB has also been included. Where no specific squadron was detailed in the history of FL633 it has been impossible, at this stage, to find detailed record of activity.  There are therefore many gaps in the history.  In addition it should be noted that some of the missions were spread over a number of days.  Where shown, times are the departure from and return to base times noted and these may not necessarily be on the same day.  In some cases missions would last for several days.

 

Even within the ORB, some information has been deemed to be too sensitive to record or even defined as Top Secret.  Where further details have been found, this has been included in the overall detail with accompanying notes where available.

 

Information was gathered by Gordon Stewart at the UK National Archive and Public Records Office and is by no means comprehensive.

 

Key Abbreviations

 

WC – Wing Commander

CO – Commanding Officer

SL – Squadron Leader

FL – First Flight Lieutenant

FO – Flying Officer

PO – Pilot Officer

Sgt – Sergeant

WO – Warrant Officer

Lbs – Pounds weight

 

Mission Calendar

 


 

January 1944

 

Date

11 – 31 January 1944

Squadron

512

Location

Hendon, North London, UK

Aircraft FL633 was accepted into Hendon RAF station. There is no specific detailed information held about the missions completed specifically by this aircraft during this time.  However, during this period 512 Squadron was shipping unspecified freight and passengers between RAF Hendon and Lyneham (Nr Swindon) and onto Rabat and Gibraltar.

  


  

February 1944

 

Date

31 – 28 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Hendon, UK and Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Squadron Adjutant FO C.J.A. Hogg

Aircraft FL633 was transferred to 575 Squadron as part of an allotment of 10 aircraft. 575 Squadron was formed from a nucleus of crew from 512 Squadron and was developed with the function of paratroop and supply dropping and glider towing in operation with Tactical Air Force. No specific operations are detailed although the squadron was in basic training for most of February before moving to Broadwell, Oxfordshire.

 

Note. The specific crew members who were transferred with the aircraft are detailed in the ORB. These are:-

WC T.A.Jefferson who was the commanding officer for 575Sq.

SL Pascall, Russell, Sproule.

FL Legge, Goodwin, Ellworthy, Pearson, Bollington, Evans, Hogan.

FO Atkins, McFarline, Charlton, Porter, Cunliffe, Hall, Curry, Briscoe, Learmont.

PO Quin, Mackanson, Falloner, Warren, Harras, Lomas, Osborne, McKensie, Robertson, Depol, Wright, Lavoie

 

On 5th June 1944 575Sq were responsible for carrying no.5 Paratroop Brigade in Operation Tonga, reaching their DZ at 00.57 on 06 June 1944, with all aircraft returning safely to base. On 6th June 1944, 575Sq too part in Operation Rob Roy and Mallard, towing 19 gliders into Normandy. FL633 had been transferred before these missions took place but the preceding time was spent training for the invasion

 

 

Date

03 February

Squadron

575

Location

Hendon, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

As aircraft arrive from other squadrons, ‘crew ups’ conversion training is undertaken.

 

Date

11 February

Squadron

575

Location

Hendon, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

Advance party under command of SL Spoule heads move to Broadwell

 

Date

14 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

Main party arrives at new base and under the command of WC T.A. Jefferson new structure and plans are established

 

Date

15 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

Sla Cragg, Rascall and Horsfall assume command of ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ flights respectively

 

Date

18 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

Operational training now commenced

 

Date

19 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

4 new aircraft arrive and training continues

 

Date

20 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

2 new aircraft arrive and training continues

 

Date

21 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

1 new aircraft arrive and training continues

 

Date

22 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

1 new aircraft arrive and training continues

 

Date

25 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

5 new aircraft arrive and 5 crews carry out local flying exercises

 

Date

27 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

1 new aircraft arrive and FO C.J.A. Hogg arrived to take up Adjutants duties. 11 crews carry out local flying exercises

 

Date

28 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

3 new aircraft arrive and 7 crews carry out local flying exercises

 

Date

29 February

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

3 new aircraft arrive. Early day flying and night flying exercises continue. 52 crews now allotted to ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ flights. Aircraft strength 30. 8 crews carried out local daytime exercises and 6 crews carried out night time exercises.

 

 


 

March 1944

 

Date

01 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

1 new aircraft arrived and training continues. 10 crews carry out glider towing and cross country exercises.

 

Date

02 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

3 new aircraft arrived. 24 crews carry out cross country glider towing

 

Date

03 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

1 new aircraft arrived. 25 crews carry out cross country glider towing exercises

 

Date

04 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

1 new aircraft arrived. 30 crews carried out day cross country and glider towing exercises. 7 crews carried out night flying landing exercises. 

 

Date

05 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

43 crews carried out cross country and formation exercises

 

Date

06 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

30 crews carried out cross country and formation exercises during the day. Night time exercises cancelled because of bad weather.

 

Date

07 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

25 crews carried out cross country formation and map reading day exercises. 23 crews carried out night flying exercises

 

Date

08 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

18 crews carried out exercise No.15 and cross country flying. Night time exercises cancelled because of bad weather.

 

Date

09 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

23 crews carried out day flying training exercises. Night time exercises cancelled because of bad weather

 

Date

10 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

6 crews carried out exercise No.15 during daytime. Night exercises cancelled again because of bad weather.

 

Date

11 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

15 crews carried out exercise No.7 & 8 during the night. 48 day flights in formation, low level cross country and ‘quick take off and landing’ exercises were carried out

 

Date

12 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

31 crews carried out exercise No.15 during daylight. 25 crews carried out exercise No.14 at night

 

Date

13 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

27 crews carried out exercises No.3 & 4 during daylight. 21 carried out exercises during the night

 

Date

14 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

31 flights of low level release and squadron formation exercises were carried out. 13 flights of glider towing and cross country formation exercises were carried out in daylight.

 

Date

15 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

24 crews engaged in glider towing and cross country flights in daylight

 

Date

16 February 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

15 crews were engaged in Operation “Faith”. 1 paratrooper was killed in an accident when an aircraft wing severed his parachute shroud lines in the air.

 

Date

17 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

15 crews were engaged in Operation “Hope” at Netheravon without incident

 

Date

18 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

9 crews carried out exercise “Charity” at Netheravon – 1 paratrooper casualty

 

Date

19 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

9 crews carried out formation glider towing across country as a special exercise

 

Date

20 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

18 crews carried out glider towing across country in formation. Squadron crews witnessed massed parachute drop by USA Air Force during afternoon. Aircraft and gliders returned from cross country and glider release exercises in the afternoon

 

Date

21 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

11 aircraft from ‘C’ flight engaged in low level and cross country flying. 11 aircraft of ‘A’ engaged in squadron formation exercises during the afternoon while 4 planes of ‘B’ flight engaged in formation flying during the morning and 6 during the afternoon

 

Date

22 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

10 aircraft of ‘C’ flight in squadron formation practice and ‘quick take off’ and landing in succession. 1 aircraft convoyed parachute to and from Netheravon re exercises. 12 aircraft of ‘A’ flight engaged in squadron formation practice. 3 aircraft of ‘B’ flight engaged in squadron formation practice in the morning and 5 in the afternoon

 

Date

23 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

11 aircraft of ‘C’ flight engaged in glider towing formation exercises cross country. 6 aircraft of ‘A’ flight engaged in parachute dropping in the morning, 3 in glider towing formation in the afternoon. 6 aircraft of ‘B’ flight engaged in formation towing and formation parachute dropping in the morning and 4 carried out glider tugging in the afternoon

 

Date

24 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

20 crews carried out squadron formation cross country exercises in the morning. 19 carried out squadron formation cross country training in the afternoon

 

Date

25 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

17 crews carried out full scaled parachute dropping exercise “Bizz” during the afternoon

 

Date

26 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

13 crews engaged in low level cross country formation flying. 2 carried out long range cross country exercises in the afternoon. 2 crews were occupied in local flying while 3 practiced high level cross country flying at night

 

Date

27 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

7 crews carried out glider towing practice in the morning. 16 crews engaged in glider formation towing in the afternoon. 2 crews engaged in low level flying and 3 practiced high level cross country flying at night

 

Date

28 March 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

4 aircraft and crewsv departed for Hendon, UK en route to India in the morning (Boogie Baby was one of those 4 aircraft). 3 aircraft flew to Netheravon in formation practice and dummy paratrooper dropping in the afternoon. 7 crews practiced glider tugging in formation in the afternoon. 4 carried out night glider towing in formation

 

Date

29 March – 09 April 1944

Squadron

575

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

FL633 is prepared and travelling en rout to is new base as part of Air Command South East Asia.

   

Date

09 April  – 12 May 1944

Squadron

Unknown out to ACSEA

Location

Believed to be based in Agartala, India

Aircraft FL633 was transferred to Air Command South East Asia. No records for this period can be located until she is again identified as part of 512 Squadron.

 


 

May 1944

 

Date

12 May 1944 - 1945

Squadron

512

Location

Detached to Agartala, India

Aircraft FL633 was in possession of 512 Squadron based in the Middle East but was part of a detachment given to ACSEA

 

 

DakLandingImphal

Air Traffic Control Impahl

 

Date/Time

12 May 1944            0600 – 1840

Crew

Captain Strauss and crew

Mission

Agartala – Jorhat – Imphal – Chandina - Agartala

Cargo

1300lbs of freight – 50 passengers

 

Date/Time

14May 1944            0655 – 1430

Crew

FL Gaynor and crew

Mission

Agartala – Jorhat – Imphal – Chandina - Agartala

Cargo

 

5000lbs of freight, 5000lbs of supplies and 30 passengers.

 

Date/Time

16 May 1944            0740 - 1455

Crew

FO Thompson and crew

Mission

Agartala – Imphal – Silhet - Agartala

Cargo

12500lbs of freight and 5 passengers

 

Date/Time

19 May – 20th May 1944             1600 - 1605

Crew

Captain Purchase and Crew

Mission

Agartala – Silhet – Agartala

Cargo

 

5500lbs of supplies

 

Date/Time

22 May 1944              0600

Crew

FL Rowson and crew

Mission

Supply dropping not successful due weather – cloud and heavy rain over DZ.

Cargo

 

No details given.

 

Date/Time

24 May 1944              0700 - 1555

Crew

SL Carter and crew

Mission

Agartala – Silhet – DZ Blackpool

Cargo

5500lbs of supplies

 

 

DakotaDrop

Para-dropping supplies

  

Date/Time

25 May 1944              0655 – 1915

Crew

SL H.F. Carter and crew

Mission

Agartala – Imphal, Jorhat, Palel, Jorhat, Imphal, Agartala

Cargo

 

11500lbs of freight and 15 passengers

 

Date/Time

29 May 1944              0655 – 1750

Crew

SL H.F. Carter and crew

Mission

Agartala – RE871552 – RE825680

Cargo

12600lbs of supplies

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Date/Time

31 May 1944              0913 – 1840

Crew

SL H.F. Carter and crew

Mission

Agartala – Palel - Agartala

Cargo

 

10700lbs of freight and 7900lbs of freight

 


 

JUNE 1944

 

During the month of June, routine flights were carried out. No new commitments. Squadron detachment to India continued to carry troops, passengers, equipment and freight and was deployed on supply dropping until 8th June 1944, when they returned to base. From a domestic point of view, a great improvement was made in the move to a new campsite at the North East area of station on 28th June. Key feature is permanent mess with ablution facilities.

 

A letter was received from Air Marshal Sir J.E.A. Baldwin of HQ 3rd Tactical Air Force South East Asia stating that with a skeleton strength the 16 crews and 79 ground crew did very well.

 

Date/Time

01 June 1944               0600 - 1825

Crew

Captain T.E. Purchase, WO Swetman, FS Wood

Mission

Agartala – Silhet – Kangla – Jorhat – Imphal – Jorhat – Silhet - Agartala

Cargo

 

5000lbs of ammo, 5500lbs of freight, 30 troops with equipment, 4000lbs of empty shell cases.

 

Date/Time

02 June 1944               0700 - 1035

Crew

SL H.F.Carter

Mission

Supply dropping unsuccessful due bad weather over DZ.

 

Date/Time

02 June 1944                1355 - 1800

Crew

SL H.F.Carter

Mission

Agartala – RE975521

Cargo

6400lbs of supplies

 

Date/Time

03 June 1944               0620 – 0955

Crew

PO J.A.Milburn, WO F.W.Dodgson

Mission

Agartala – Palel – Agartala

Cargo

 

5952lbs rations, 2200lbs empty petrol drums.

 

Date/Time

03 June 1944               1125 – 1530

Crew

PO J.A.Milburn, WO F.W.Dodgson

Mission

Agartala – Palel – Agartala

Cargo

 

2200lbs empty petrol drums, 6000lbs milk

 

Date/Time

04 June 1944               0540 - 0925

Crew

FL D.M.Gaynor

Mission

Agartala – 2547N, 9407E

Cargo

6300lbs supplies.

A second mission that day was unsuccessful due to bad weather.

 

Date/Time

06 June 1944                   0530 – 1025

Crew

FL J.H. Carter

Mission

Agartala – RE975520

Cargo

6000lbs of supllies

 

Date/Time

06 June 1944                   1125 – 1925

Crew

FO P.J.Hirst, WO E.A. Barefoot

Mission

Agartala – Jorhat, Imphal, Agartala

Cargo

1200lbs of supplies

 

Date/Time

07 June 1944                      0554 - 1605

Crew

FL J.C.Wardill, Sgt.Stokes

Mission

Agartala – Kangla – Jorhat – Imphal – Jorhat - Agartala

Cargo

 

6000lbs of supplies, 30 passengers with kit, 2000lbs empty oil drums.

 

Date

08 June 1944 – 22 june 1944

Squadron

512 Detachment completed and returned to the rest of the squadron in Cairo, Egypt.

Location

Broadwell, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

4 new aircraft arrive and training continues

 

 

Date/Time

22 June – 24th June 1944                   0035 - 1250

Crew

FO J.E.Bradley, FO R.F.Joyce

Mission

Cairo West – Marble Arch – Castel Benito – Biskra – Algiers – Oujda – Rabat – Algiers – Castel Benito – Cario West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

Date/Time

28 June 1944                     

Crew

FO R.C.Kundy, 1st Sgt. Bird

Mission

Cairo West – Meliopolis – Wilhemena – Lakatamia – Wilhemina – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

Date/Time

30 June - 06 July 1944                      0025 - 1140

Crew

FO J.W.B.Lindley

Mission

Cairo West - Marble Arch – Castel Benito – Biskra – Maison Blanche – Oujda – Rabat – Maison Blanche – Castel Benito – El-Adem – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

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JULY 1944

 

 July missions seem to have been curtailed as it saw the 25th Anniversary of the squadron being based in Egypt. On 08 July 1944 a large celebration was made at the base to celebrate the squadron’s activation in 1919 in Marquise, France to its current activity in Kantara, Egypt. WC W.R.Read who was C/O in 1919 was invited along with two other former C/O’s of the squadron WC Rustom and WC Morris.

Also the squadron’s activities were further curtailed by the movement of part of the group to Italy. Originally this was to be to Viterbo but the order was subsequently changed to Bevinco, Corsica. In addition at the end of the month aircraft were sent to undergo training for Operation Dragoon.

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Date/Time

09 July – 11 July 1944                      0005 - 1745

Crew

FL Konarzenski

Mission

Cairo West – Benina – Castel Benito – Maison Blanche – Castel Benito – Benina – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

Date/Time

18 July 1944

Crew

Unspecified under leadership of SL C.R.Glen

Mission

Party of 3 aircraft travelled to Bevinco to set up new base there

Cargo

Equipment, tents etc.

 

18th July advance party of three aircraft piloted by SL Glenn, FO Rivalant and WO J. Howard left Cairo West at 0800 for Castel Benito where they spent the night. The following day they left Castel Benito at 0700 and flew to Bevinco. The airport is used for transport and communication aircraft and is a single strip, hard earth and 1200 yard long. Dispersal is cramped as surrounded by trees. Camp is one mile away and transport was borrowed from No. 63 Staging Post as our own transport has not arrived from the mainland.

 

20th July main party arrives and everybody settled in.

 

22 July Motor transport arrives. Operated double route to Maison Blanche to pick up spares and to Capodichino to get supplies. Pleasant camp with nearby stream to bathe, but lots of mosquitoes in the evening.

 

 

Date/Time

30 July 1944                             0050 – 1445

Crew

FO P.R.Vickery, FO L.P.Lee, FL D.M.Gaynor, PO J.C.McCallum

Mission

Cairo West – El-Adem – Luqa – Naples (crew change) Luqa – Benina – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

  


 

AUGUST 1944

 

Note. During August the Squadron was paid the high honour of being visited by Lord Louis Mountbatten, Commander in Chief, South East Asia, who complimented the Squadron on its work while in India.. In addition during August, 4 aircraft – led by Air Commadore Whitney W. Straight C.B.E. M.C. D.F.C. went of a special mission from Algiers to Le Bourget – Paris via Marseille and Toulouse with members of the French National Committee of Liberation. Routine flights were operated to Maison Blanche to get supplies to build up No. 135 ASP in the Calvi area.

 

Date/Time

14 August 1944

Crew

Unspecified

Mission

Aicraft were dispatched to Galera, Italy to obtain loads of and then flew to Ajaccio.

Cargo

5700lbs comprised of dispatchers, ‘Window’ and ‘Chaff’ (for jamming Radar and assimilation of each aircraft to represent a formation of 40), miniature parachutist dummies and simulated rifle machine gun fire

 

Date/Time

15 - 16 August 1944

Crew

FL G.Russell Glen

Mission

Aircraft was sent in support of “Operation Dragoon” Crews were sent for training by Para-Resupply from 334 Quartermaster Company. Aircraft left from Ajaccio in good weather with low cloud, at 3 minute intervals steering a course due west for 151 miles, then due north for 92 miles striking the coast in the centre of the Ciotat Bay. Convoy hit landfall spread out over 5 mile area but DZ was found without difficulty 14 miles north of Toulon. Dropping commenced between 600-700ft above peak at a speed of 110-120mph. Many flashes and red lights were seen from first drop. Navigation was assisted by radar and red tracers were fired from La Coitat. In the distance Marseille and Toulouse could be seen being bombed. Time over the drop zone was from 0349 – 0419. Laying window was no problem. This was done by the 6 re-supply crew and the JumpMaster.

 

The following day, ASPs were continued and many units, both American, French and British were moved onto the south of France. A daily mail run was also commenced between Bevinco and Le Luc.

Cargo

 

 

 

 

 

5700lbs of equipment comprising;

60 parachutes weighing 40lbs each

3 rifle simulators weighing 70lbs each

Window Type ‘N’

Window Type ‘CHR-1’

25 Pintails weighing 150lbs

6 panniers for chutes weighing 150lbs

Crew re-supply weighing 1400lbs

 

Date/Time

17 August 1944

Crew

AC Whitney Straight

Mission

Bevinco – St Catherines - Ramatuelle - Bevinco

Cargo

Assist move of No324 Spitfire Wing to new base at Ramatuelle, France.

 

  

Note. Operation Dragoon was the revised name given to Operation Anvil and the invasion assault on Southern France. Window is the name given to small aluminium strips that were used to interfere with German radar. The aluminium strips created a fog on the German radar screens which inhibited their ability to clearing identify what was happening.

 

 

Date/Time

23 August 1944                       0040 - 1700

Crew

FL J.C.Mardile, FO R.T.McComes

Mission

Freight and passengers

Cargo

Cairo West - El-Adem - Luqa – Capodichino – Malta – Menina – Cairo West

 

Date/Time

27 – 28 August 1944                       0355 - 1720

Crew

FL J.P.Ford, FO C.A.Bourne D.F.C.

Mission

Freight and passengers

Cargo

Cairo West – Al-Adem – Luqa – Naples – Luqa – Benina – Cairo West

 

Date/Time

31 August – 02 September 1944       0330 – 1800

Crew

LT C.Carter-Johnson, FL Konarzewski

Mission

Cairo West – El-Adem – Luqa – Naples – Malta – Benina – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

  


 

SEPTEMBER 1944

 

September’s activities were curtailed due to the training of new crews and pilots. In addition there were classified “Top Secret” flights to Russia and a special flight to take the Russian Ambassador to Tehran.

 

Date/Time

04 - 05 September 1944                    0450 - 1320

Crew

FL R.C.Hopkins, PO G.D.Corbett

Mission

Cairo West – Wilhelma – Beiruth – Cyprus – Beiruth – Wilhelma – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

Date/Time

26 September 1944                       0055 – 1630

Crew

PO R.Pegues, FL J.C.Wardill

Mission

Cairo West – Gambut – Luqa – Capodichino – Luqa – Benina – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

 


 

OCTOBER 1944

 

Routine flights were operated to Bari, Naples, Rabat, Sale and special flights to Wilhomina (Palestine), Aden and Adana (Turkey).

 

Date/Time

02 - 03 October 1944                0350 – 2315

Crew

FO Pegues, FO G.E.J.E.Creteur

Mission

Cairo West – El-Adem – Luqa – Capo – Luqa – Benina – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

 

Date/Time

05 October 1944                               0330 – 1600

Crew

FL P.A.C.Jackson

Mission

Cairo West – Idku – Berka – Idku – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and Passengers

 

 

Date/Time

14 - 22 October 1944                          1155 – 1530

Crew

WC G.N.Frangistas

Mission

Cairo West – Marsa Matruh – El-Adem – Kalamaki – El-Adem – Kalamaki – ElAdem – Kalamaki – El-Adem – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

Date/Time

24 - 25 October 1944                          0200 – 1710

Crew

WC G.N.Frangistas, FL A.P.F.Walker

Mission

Cairo West – El-Adem – Luqa – Bari – Luqa – El-Adem – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

 


 

NOVEMBER 1944

 

During November again missions were curtailed as the squadron was moved to a new location at Bari. The aircraft was used to fly Sir Bernhard Rawlings to London as well as to fly the coffin of Lord Morne to the UK. In addition, tours of the Balkans were undertaken.

 

Date/Time

04 November 1944                          1140 – 1305

Crew

WO J.English. Sgt A.Hand

Mission

Bari – Athens – Bari

Cargo

4000lbs of freight (jeeps) and passengers

 

Date/Time

10 November 1944                           1105 – 1705

Crew

FL B.Marshall, Sgt Bennett

Mission

Bari – Naples – Bari – Athens – Bari

Cargo

3920lbs of freight, 180lbs of mail and 1 passenger (urgent load of tyres)

 

Date/Time

19 November 1944                            1830 - 2345

Crew

WO English, Sgt Hand

Mission

Bari – Zemun – Bari

Cargo

18 passengers.  Received no ground signals so returned to Bari with delivering passengers.

 

Date/Time

20 November 1944                             1350 – 1815

Crew

FL P.R.Grifin, Sgt Openshaw

Mission

Bari- Piccadilly Joan (Yugoslavia)  – Bari

Cargo

5000lbs of freight

Note: Flew in daylight formation escorted by Spitfires. Clothing and stores were delivered to Partisans. Excellent impressions created by punctual and regular arrival of British aircraft.

 

 


 

DECEMBER 1944

 

December activities were limited because of the requirement to undertake special flights to Athens because of the problems there. On these trips the aircraft often received incoming fire from ELAS Forces. Operations were also curtailed because of bad weather in the Balkans

 

Date/Time

22 - 24 December 1944                     0120 – 1930

Crew

FL P.A.C.Jackson

Mission

Cairo – Benina – Castel Benito – El Aouina – Masion Blanche – Biskra – Castel Benito – Cairo West

Cargo

Freight and passengers

 

Date/Time

28 December 1944

Crew

FL E.P.Coughlan

Mission

Special Flight -  Cairo West – Lydda – Cairo West

Cargo

Unspecified

 

 


  

JANUARY 1945

 

From January 1945, the Operational Record Books no longer contain detailed information by mission or by aircraft.  Details are held in brief summary of activity for the month.  In sum instances and for some missions the aircraft number is recorded, but this is the exception. During this period the aircraft was operating routine schedules of freight and passenger delivery.

 

Routine flights were operated from Cairo to Naples (Pomigliano) stopping at El Adem and Luqa. Bari detachment returned after 6 months away. Three more detachments were made sending planes to Karachi and to transport food to landing grounds between Bahrein and Karachi.

 

 


 

FEBRUARY 1945

 

Routine flights operated to Cyprus, Habbaniya, Arabia and to Khartoum and Aden.

 


 
MARCH 1945

 

Routine flights to Habbaniya and Cyprus.

 


 
APRIL 1945

 

Undertook training of 96 Squadron which is scheduled for completion 02 may 1945. Flights are operating at night because of the heat.

 

 

Date/Time

04 April 1945

Crew

Unspecified

Mission

Aircraft flew to Cawnpore o special flight to collect urgently required material unobtainable in the Middle East.

Cargo

Unspecified

 

On VE Day, 08 May 1945 several of the men had to work overtime as there were problems. There was bungee failures and riggers had to work to correct these faults.

 

 


 
MAY 1945

 

Operated to Eastleigh, Habbaniya, Khartoum, Aden and Karachi

 

 

Date/Time

21 May 1945

Crew

FS J.A. Harrison

Mission

Aircraft departed for Masira to help move HQ Middle East to Aden.

Cargo

Unspecified

 


 

JUNE 1945

 

Routine flights were operated throughout June on the following routes, 331/2, 343/4, 347/8, 465/6, 456/7, CKA and CLH.

 

Date/Time

10 June 1945

Crew

FL L. Williams and crew

Mission

Aircraft departed for special flight to Durban, South Africa.

Cargo

Unspecified

 


 

JULY 1945

 

Operations were curtailed due to unservicability. Broken undercarriage bungees, the lack of spares and excessive overheating causing oil leaks made it impossible to maintain routine flights. Flights were laid on to accommodate HQ Iraq, Persia but backlogs happened.

 

Date/Time

18 July 1945

Crew

WO K.E. Elsden

Mission

Departed on a special flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

Cargo

Unspecified

 


 

  

 

AUGUST 1945

 

Routine flights were heavily curtailed due to unservicability of aircraft. Special commitments to Persian Gulf caused cancellation of flights on routes 331/ and 343/4. 

  


 

SEPTEMBER 1945

 

Routine flights were carried out on routes CKN, CHS, 332 and 344.

 

Date/Time

26 September 1945

Crew

FL J.B.Thompson and crew

Mission

Departed on special flight to Naples

Cargo

Unspecified

 

Date/Time

29 September 1945

Crew

WO M.R.H Easton

Mission

Cairo West – Biskra – Cairo West

Cargo

Special flight

  


 

OCTOBER 1945

 

Routine flights were carried on throughout October to CK, CK, and routes 465/6. A special parade for awards of the Air Force Cross to FL R.P. Tissandierwas held.

 

Date/Time

11 October 1945

Crew

FO E.W. Young

Mission

Special flight to Aden and from there to carry out shuttle flights between Aden and Asmara

Cargo

Unspecified

 


 

NOVEMBER 1945

 

Date

Unknown

Squadron

1382 Transport Support Conservation Unit

Location

Wymeswold, UK

Information Compiled by

Not specified

FL633 was returned to the UK for unspecified use and transfer to civilian use.