Operations order 21 May 1944



Operations order 21 May 1944
Operational and training detail for 21/22 May 1944 Serial 79/44


List aircraft and crews for operations 21/22 May 1944. Includes duty personnel. Annotated 'Bombing, colours' and some pencilled notes. On the reverse handwritten notes on bombing method, route,timings, Window.



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Two sides typewritten on front and handwritten on reverse


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[Underlined] NO. 44 (RHODESIA) SQUADRON. 21ST. MAY. 1944. [underlined]

[Underlined] OPERATIONAL AND TRAINING DETAIL FOR 21/22ND.MAY,1944. SERIAL NO. 79/44. [/underlined]

[Underlined] SECTION I. [/underlined]

[Underlined] ND. 973.A.(III). [/underlined]

P/O. Baxter.
Sgt. Betterton.
W/O. Rutherford.
W/O. Young.
F/S. Scholes.
Sgt. Taylor.
Sgt. Whitfield.

[Underlined] ND.869.M.(III). [/underlined]

F/Lt. Hildred.
Sgt. Bender.
F/O. Turner.
Sgt. Treloar.
F/S. Parker.
F/O. Hourigan.
F/O. Bradshaw.
=F/O. Vowles.

[Underlined] ND.791.K.(III). [/underlined]

F/S. Binion.
F/S. Bristow.
Sgt. Kennedy.
F/S. Gebhard.
Sgt. Stroud.
Sgt. Micalchuk.
Sgt. Knox.

[Underlined] ME.694.L.(I). [/underlined]

P/O. Davey.
Sgt. Legge.
F/S. Forman.
Sgt. Jacobs. [circled] 14 [/circled]
Sgt. Nutty.
W/O. Pass.
Sgt. Carter.

[Underlined] ND.751.J.(III). [/underlined]

P/O. Aiken.
Sgt. Lewarne.
F/S. Riddock.
Sgt. Simmons.
Sgt. Rawson.
Sgt. Hare.
Sgt. Lewis.

[Underlined] ME.743.G.(I) [/underlined]

F/O. Merrick.
Sgt. Carling.
F/O. Poulter.
F/O. Bartlett.
Sgt. Dickenson.
Sgt. Warll.
Sgt. Thomas. [circled] 12 [/circled]

[Underlined] LL.965.C.(I). [/underlined]

P/O. Taylor.
Sgt. Aherne.
Sgt. Bushby.
Sgt. Graven.
Sgt. Stauber.
F/S. Astle.
Sgt. Conquest.

[Underlined] ND.519.E.(III) [/underlined]

P/O. Ibbotson.
Sgt. Worrall.
F/S. Greatz.
F/S. Murray.
Sgt. Andrews.
Sgt. Whatehand.
Sgt. Wells.

[Underlined] ME.634.P.(I). [/underlined]

F/Lt. Stephenson.
Sgt. Langford.
F/S. Airey.
F/S. Wilson.
Sgt. Robinson.
F/S. Doolley.DFM.
W/O. Schott.

[Underlined] ME.699.T.(I). [/underlined]

P/O. Young.
Sgt. Robinson.
F/O. Wareham.
Sgt. Wainwright.
Sgt. Jackson.
Sgt. Rennie. [circled] 12 [/circled]
Sgt. Routledge.

[Underlined] ND.552.X.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Smith.
Sgt. Barber.
F/O. Calder.
Sgt. Steele.
Sgt. Bozier.
Sgt. Blackie.
Sgt. Brett.

[Underlined] BRIEFING: [/underlined] SECT.I.SEC.II.

NAV & SPEC.: 1845. 1915.

CAPTAINS: 1915. 1945.

MAIN: 1945. 2015.
OPS MEALS: 1730 1800
Note: = 2nd. Nav.

BOMBING [underlined] SECTION II. [/underlined] (Colour)

[Underlined] ND.578.Y.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Hough.
Sgt. Hoar.
Sgt. Priestley.
Sgt. Singer.
Sgt. Nichols.
Sgt. Anderson.
Sgt. Hanna.

[Underlined] LL.938.S.(I). [/underlined]

P/O. Graaf.
Sgt. Critchley.
F/O. Hildrew.
Sgt. Gibberson.
Sgt. Burke.
Sgt. Payne.
Sgt. Hore.

[Underlined] NE.138.Z.(III). [/underlined]

F/Lt. White.
Sgt. Rickard.
F/S. Jones.
Sgt. Jenkins.
P/O. Marston.
Sgt. Burnett.
Sgt. Nicholson.

[Underlined] STANDBY NO.1. [/underlined] R

P/O. Dunn.
Sgt. Southern.
F/S. Airey.
Sgt. McFadyen.
Sgt. Thomas.
Sgt. Murray.
Sgt. Young.

[Underlined] STANDBY NO.2. [/underlined] V

P/O. Stockwell.
Sgt. Flaherty.
Sgt. Frost.
Sgt. Lumsden.
Sgt. Ball.
Sgt. Boland.
Sgt. Stocking.


F/O. Greenfield, Sgt. Bray, Sgt. Haly.
Sgt. Hawkes. F/S. Knight.Sgt. Page.
Sgt. Roe.

Officer i/c Night Flying: W/Cdr. Thompson.DFC.AFC.
Duty F/Engineer: To be detailed.
Duty Electricians: LACs. Neary & Ramsden.
Duty Sigs.: AC. Brewer.
Duty Armr.NCO’s.: To be detailed.
Duty Flt.NCOs: Sgts. Gibbons & Twells.
Duty Photos: Sgt. White.
Duty Clerk: AC. Codd.
Duty Sigs.Officer: F/O. Roberts.
Duty A/Bomber: F/Lt. Lowry.
Duty Gunnery: F/O. Mills & W/O.Groves.
Duty F/Eng.Officer: F/Lt.Burrows.


Flight Lieutenant,

for Wing Commander, Commanding,

[Underlined] No.44(Rhodesia)Squadron. [/underlined]

[Underlined] Waves [/underlined]

0110-14 0114-18 0118-22
Z VR YS [underlined] 18-22,000FT [/underlined]

[Page break]

[Underlined] Method Bombing [/underlined] (Briefing in Intelligence)

[Underlined] Mixed [/underlined] Musical Paramatta + [circled] W [/circled]

[Underlined] Mosq. [/underlined] mark AP – T. I. Red

Release Pt. Flare. [underlined] Red/Yellow Stars [/underlined] once every 2 mins. Commencing H-4.

Main Force aim bombs with normal Bombsight settings at the TI Red if visible, otherwise they should aim at the centre of the Flares Red with Yellow Stars while heading 200 M exactly – Zero wind.

Base – 5300 x 0300 – 5310 – 0525
5215 x 0658 – Δ – 5118 x 0640
5115 x 0550 – 5218 x 0428 – 5220 x 0300 –

Zero Hour [underlined] 0110. [/underlined]

518 A/C. 125 V GP

Off 2300 Return 0240

Window C – D – C.

Windows 15 PKGS –

Nickels NIL.

Time to Target [circled] 3hrs [/circled]

Target A.U.WT.

Target Height. 90’

Spoof – Hannover – Zero 0105 Mosq(25)


E O Collcutt and Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Operations order 21 May 1944,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 7, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7142.

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