Harrison Sproates’ Royal Air Force Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book



Harrison Sproates’ Royal Air Force Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book


Harrison Sproates’ Flying Log Book as wireless operator from 3rd January 1941 until 29th May 1944. Training was at No. 2 Signals School, No. 1 Air Gunnery School, and 13 Operational Training Unit. Posted to 244 Squadron for operations in the Middle East in July 1942. From March 1943 he was posted to Gilgil Camp, Kenya. His next posting was to 70 Operational Training Unit in May 1943 as a Staff Wireless Operator. Final operational posting to 178 Squadron in November 1943.
Returned to England in July 1944.

Served at RAF Yatesbury, RAF Pembrey, Gilgil Kenya, RAF Sharjah, RAF Shandur and Celone in Italy.

Aircraft flown were Dominie, Proctor, Blenheim, Anson, Blenheim IV, Blenheim V, Baltimore, Halifax, B-24 Liberator , Wellington, Sunderland, Hudson, C-47 Dakota, Vincent.

With 244 Squadron he flew 40 day operations. These were anti-submarine patrols, shipping patrols and convoy escort duties covering the Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. His pilots for these were Flight Sergeant Cousins and Flying Officer Curtiss.
He flew 27 night bombing and minelaying operations with 178 Squadron. Target included Piraeus, Candia, Suda Bay, Salamis Straits, Kalkis, Athens, Plovdiv, Padua, Sofia, Genoa, River Danube, Bucharest, Budapest, Sezze and road communications. His pilots were Flying Officers McGinnis, Elinor and Brimacombe, Flight Lieutenant Knight and Warrant Officer Stronagh.



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Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Harrison Sproates’ Royal Air Force Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 24, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/47518.

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