Operations order 26 September 1944



Operations order 26 September 1944
Operational programme for the night 26/27 September 1944 Serial 178/44


List crews and aircraft for operations on night 26/27 September 1944. Fourth member of each crew is underlined in green. Standby crew has aircraft 'T' annotated alongside. Includes duty personnel. On the reverse extensive handwritten bombing and target marking notes.



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Two sided document, typewritten on front and handwritten on rear.


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[Underlined] NO. 44 (RHODESIA) SQUADRON. 26TH. SEPTEMBER, 1944. [underlined]


[Underlined] LM.648.K.(III). [/underlined]

S/L. Millington.
Sgt/ Watson.
F/L. Edwards.
[Underlined] F/S. Cossart. [/underlined]
P/O. Parker.
Sgt. Thornton.
Sgt. Newton.

[Underlined] LM.654.L.(III). [/underlined]

F/L. Anning.
Sgt. Snedker.
F/S. Cardwell.
[Underlined] F/O. Valentine. [/underlined]
F/O. Slater.
Sgt. Vance.
Sgt. Retter.

[Underlined] PB.235.G.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Evans.
Sgt. Snoxell.
F/S. Hunter.
[Underlined] F/S. Harper. [/underlined]
Sgt. Fearn.
Sgt. Vause.
Sgt. Cahill.

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

F/O. Good.
Sgt. Holmes.
F/S. Hooke.
[Underlined] F/O. Presnail. [/underlined]
Sgt. Meredith.
Sgt. Chapman.
Sgt. Furlong.

[Underlined] LM.650.T.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Wilson.
Sgt. Brian.
Sgt. Dawe.
[Underlined] Sgt. Culley. [/underlined]
F/L. Hughes.
Sgt. Knight.
Sgt. Lansdown.

[Underlined] PB.192/G.F.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Poole.
Sgt. Wild.
F/S. Stephenson.
[Underlined] F/S. Matthews. [/underlined]
Sgt. Clulow.
F/S. Easterling.
F/S. McDougal.

[Underlined] ND.631.B.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Croker.
Sgt. Mitchell.
Sgt. Jordan.
[Underlined] Sgt. Marwood. [/underlined]
F/S. Henshaw.
Sgt. Wilcox.
Sgt. Williams.

[Underlined] LM.625.H.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Haworth.
Sgt. Weiler.
Sgt. Saunders.
[Underlined] Sgt. Walters. [/underlined]
F/S. Gardner.
Sgt. Snape.
Sgt. McAllister.

[Underlined] PB.190/G.J.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Mangos.
Sgt. Fitzpatrick.
Sgt. Finlayson.
[Underlined] F/S. Sheehan. [/underlined]
Sgt. Harvey.
Sgt. James.
Sgt. Jones.

[Underlined] ND.496.A.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Russel.
Sgt. Leeming.
W/O. Toweill.
[Underlined] Sgt. Dennett. [/underlined]
W/O. Abraham.
Sgt. Smith.
Sgt. Campbell.

[Underlined] PB.424.X.(III). [/underlined]

F/L. Newmarch.
Sgt. Nicholson.
F/O. Biggs.
[Underlined] F/S. Handley. [/underlined]
Sgt. Launder.
Sgt. McCarthy.
Sgt. Nicholls.

[Underlined] PB.380.S.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Boswell.
Sgt. Loynd.
Sgt. Meakin.
[Underlined] F/O. Creed. [/underlined]
F/S. Hunt.
Sgt. Merry.
F/S. Leslie.

[Underlined] PB.417.R.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Dives.
Sgt. Crowston.
Sgt. Armitage.
[Underlined] P/O. Nellyer. [/underlined]
Sgt. Morley.
Sgt. Potts.
Sgt. Biddle.

[Underlined] PB.534.Q.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Richardson.
Sgt. Matley.
Sgt. Davison.
[Underlined] F/S. Stevens. [/underlined]
Sgt. Marshall.
Sgt. Harris.
Sgt. Bowsher.

[Underlined] PB.360.V.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Worrall.
Sgt. Wilson.
Sgt. Fuller.
[Underlined] Sgt. Clements. [/underlined]
Sgt. Watt.
Sgt. Judd.
Sgt. Maidment.

[Underlined] LM.655.U.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Wood.
Sgt. Ingham.
Sgt. Edmonds.
[Underlined] F/O. Spence. [/underlined]
Sgt. Castle.
W/O. Cole. DFM.
Sgt. Pepperdine.

[Underlined] LM.645.P.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Thompson.
Sgt. Thorn.
Sgt. Humber.
[Underlined] Sgt. Smith. [/underlined]
Sgt. Wicks.
Sgt. Lee.
Sgt. Padgett.

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

F/O. Peel.
Sgt. Saxby.
Sgt. Hall.
[Underlined] Sgt. Martinez. [/underlined]
Sgt. Mitchell.
Sgt. Knowles.
Sgt. Jackson.

[Underlined] PB.25/G.O.(III). [/underlined]

F/O. Plenderleith.
Sgt. Burton.
F/O. Digman.
[Underlined] F/O. Nicholls. [/underlined]
F/S. Rodda.
Sgt. Syms.
Sgt. Dearman.

[Underlined] STANDBY. [/underlined] T.

F/O. Coventry.
Sgt. Shuttleworth.
F/O. Young.
[Underlined] Sgt. Gibson. [/underlined]
Sgt. Wood.
Sgt. Perkins.
Sgt. Lewis.

[Underlined] DUTY CREW. [/underlined]

F/O. Winterburn.
F/S. King.
F/S. Shearman.
Sgt. Mills.

[Underlined] BRIEFING. [/underlined]

Officer i/c Night Flying: W/Cdr. Thompson. DSO. Duty Flight Engineer: To be
detailed. Duty Electricians: L.A.C.’s Warwick, Morgan. Duty Photos: Sgt. White.
Duty Sigs.: Sgt. Collins, A.C. Skilleter. Duty Armr. N.C.O’s: F/Sgt. Pillington,
Cpl. Barnes. Duty Flight N.C.O’s: Sgt. Brock, Sgt. Wawn. Duty Clerk: L.A.C.W.
Schofield. Duty Signals Officer: To be detailed. Duty F/E. Officer: F/Lt.
Hayward. Duty Air Bomber: F/Lt. Lowry. Duty Gunnery: F/O. Willis.
Duty Radar: F/S. Maxwell.


Flying Officer, for Wing Commander,

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

[Underlined] Sgt. Lumsden – interrogation [/underlined]

[Page break]


Bombing Wind. H-15 V.H.F. W/T

H-10 selected blind markers will mark centre of Δ with 1000 long burning Green T.I. The target illuminated with flares H-9-7-5. As soon as possible after H-10 the M.P will be marked with T.I. Red dropped visually by mosquitos

If by H-2 the M.P has not been marked the controller is to order the visual Mosqs to back up Greens.

Controller will order

(A) Bomb Red T I as planned
(B) Bomb centre of Red & Green direct.

Track 235° - 60% A/C 10 secs 12750-13250
Track 260° - 40% A/C 15 secs 13500-14000

Supporters – 1st Wave flare blind
2nd Wave flare back up green
3rd Wave if necessary.


E O Collcutt and Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Operations order 26 September 1944,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7209.

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