Operations order 17 February 1944



Operations order 17 February 1944
Operational and training detail for 17/18 February 1944 Serial No 15/44


Lists crews and aircraft for operations on night 17/18 February 1944. The fourth member of each crew is underlined in red and ticked. Wing Commander Thompson DFC, AFC is listed as eighth crew member in aircraft Z, top left crew. Included duty personnel and timings.



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[underlined] NO.44(RHODESIA)SQUADRON. [/underlined] [underlined] 17TH FEBRUARY, 1944. [/underlined]

SERIAL NO. 15/44. [/underlined]

[underlined] OPERATIONAL. [/underlined]The following crews and aircraft are hereby detailed for operational flying on 17/18th February, 1944.

[underlined] ND.515.Z.(III). [/underlined]
F/Lt. Wiggin.
Sgt. Jones.
F/O. Maury.
[underlined] F/S. Summer. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Dicken.
F/O. Rimmer.
F/O. Neison.
W/Cdr. Thompson.DFC.AFC.

[underlined] ME.634.P.(I). [/underlined]
F/Lt. Mercer.DFC.
Sgt. Capps.
P.O. Purvis.DFC.
[underlined] F/S. Barker. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
P.O. Baker.
F/S. Pratt.
W/O. Wilkie.

[underlined] ND.517.U.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Bradburn.
F/S. Blundell.
Sgt. Norman.
[underlined] Sgt. Gillard. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Woolley.
F/Lt. McCurdy.DFC.
F/Sgt. Lloyd.

[underlined] ND.578.Y.(III). [/underlined]
P/O. Chatterton.
Sgt. Letts.
F/O. Reyland.
[underlined] F/S. Scott. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Michie.
Sgt. Champion.
Sgt. Davidson.

[underlined] ND.552.X.(III). [/underlined]
W/O. Barton.
Sgt. Thompson.
Sgt. Taylor.
[underlined] Sgt. Baines. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Willet.
Sgt. Joy.
Sgt. Hummell.

[underlined] [indecipherable word] .O.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Manning.
Sgt. Wren.
Sgt. Woodwards.
[underlined] Sgt. Roberts. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Davison.
Sgt. Hedley.
Sgt. Murray.

[underlined] ND.573.S.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Gee.
Sgt. Turner.
Sgt. Osborne.
[underlined] Sgt. Maxwell. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Utting.
Sgt. Inglis.
Sgt. Moore.

[underlined] ME.629.R.(I). [/underlined]
F/O. Stephenson.
Sgt. Evans.
F/S. Airey.
[underlined] Sgt. Wilson. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Robinson.
Lt. Handway.
F/S. Hall.

[underlined] ND.538.T.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Butt.
Sgt. Butland.
F/O. Sparrow.
[underlined] Sgt. Whiter. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Donald.
Sgt. Bray.
Sgt. Nicholson.

[underlined] ME.628.H.(I). [/underlined]
F/Lt. Dorehill.DFC.
Sgt. Turrell.
F/S. Wright.
[underlined] F/S. Deacon. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
F/S. Gurr.
Sgt. Myers.
F/Sgt. Mullett.

[underlined] LM.306.L.(III). [/underlined]
F/Lt. Phillips.
Sgt. Carter.
F/O. Gourlay.
[underlined] Sgt. Taylor. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
P.O. Bennett.
Sgt. Curtis.
W/O. Dowling.

[underlined] EE.185.K.(III). [/underlined]
Sgt. Levy.
Sgt. Groom.
[underlined] Sgt. Craven. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
F/O. Fox.
Sgt. McGuire.
Sgt. McNally.
Sgt. Thomas.

[underlined] ND.576.M.(III). [/underlined]
F/O. Fynn.
F/Sgt. Bristow.
Sgt. Adder.
[underlined] Sgt. Clark. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Johnson.
Sgt. Jack.
Sgt. Sagar.

[underlined] ND.574.J.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Higgs.
Sgt. Cowan.
P.O. Black.
[underlined] P.O. Would. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
P.O. Williams.
F/S. Tiller.
Sgt. Chalmers.

[underlined] ND.520.A.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Charlesworth.
Sgt. Jeffrey.
Sgt. Hill.
[underlined] Sgt. Fedcruck. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Myles.
Sgt. Evans.
W/O. Thomas.

[underlined] ND.518.D.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Porter.
Sgt. Stanton.
F/S. Davies.
[underlined] Sgt. Lander. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
F/S. Barclay.
W/O. Pass.
Sgt. Bowen.

[underlined] LM.434.F.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Smith.
Sgt. Bennett.
Sgt. Farrow.
[underlined] F/O. Dutton. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Hussey.
Sgt. Prowse.
Sgt. Dack.

[underlined] ED.869.G.(III). [/underlined]
P.O. Hayes.
Sgt. Ella.
Sgt. Wellfare.
[underlined] F/O. Dunn. [/underlined] [inserted] [tick] [/inserted]
Sgt. Walker.
Sgt. Radcliffe.
Sgt. Miller.

Note:- + 2nd. Pilot.

[underlined] DUTY CREW. [/underlined]
F/Sgt. Faraday. F/S. Dean.
F/S. Bracegirdle. P/O. Frost & crew.
Sgt. Bennett.(022).

BRIEFING: NAVIGATORS: 13.15 hrs. [underlined] SPEC.: 13.45 hrs. MAIN: 14.10 hrs. [/underlined]
Nav. Bus will leave Sgts. Mess at 12.55 hrs. & Officers Mess at 13.00 hrs.
One bus will leave Sgts. Mess 13.20 hrs. One bus will leave Offr.Mess 13.20 hrs.
Officer i/c Night Flying : S/Ldr. Cockbain. Duty F/Eng. : Sgt. [indecipherable word]
Duty Electricians: ACs. Spittle & Neary. Duty Photos.: Sgt. White & AC. Taylor.
Duty Sigs. : AC. Moore. Duty Armr.NCO’s.: Sgt. Layland & Cpl. Munro.
Duty Flight NCO’s. Sgt. Gibbons & Sgt. Molson. Duty Clerk : L.A.C. Beard.

[underlined] Flight Lieutenant, for Wing Commander,
Commanding, No44(Rhodesia)Squadron. [/underlined]


E O Collcutt and Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Operations order 17 February 1944,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 30, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7361.

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