44 Squadron Operations Order Book

Title

44 Squadron Operations Order Book

Description

Collection consists of 521 items which are mostly Operations orders, aircraft load and weight tables and bomb aimers briefings for 44 Squadron operations between January 1944 and April 1945.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by M J Chatterton and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.

This collection also contains items concerning Dewhurst Graaf and his crew, and Donald Neil McKechnie and his crew. Additional information on Dewhurst Graaf and Donald Neil McKechnie is available via the IBCC Losses Database.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Date

2016-03-14

Rights

This content is available under a CC BY-NC 4.0 International license (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0). It has been published ‘as is’ and may contain inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate references that do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the University of Lincoln or the International Bomber Command Centre. For more information, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ and https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/legal.

Identifier

Chatterton, J

Collection Items

Bombing leaders instruction signal 22 April 1944
Signal provides weapons settings for tonight. Details distributor, delay and TV settings for bomb sight. Details photo flash and camera settings. Provides specific settings for 52 Base, East Kirby Base and 617 Squadron. Concludes with instructions on…

Training programme 11 December 1943
Details night flying training for six crews on 11 December. Details five crews for day training fighter affiliation and bombing for 12 December. Lists eight crews for link training. Details personnel for church parade on 12 December 1943.

Operations order 14 January 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on 14/15 January 1944. The fourth member of each crew is ticked. Includes briefing times and duty personnel

Operations order 22 February 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on 22/23 February 1944. Fourth member of each crew is underlined and ticked. Includes briefing times and duty personnel. On the bottom some handwritten notes and calculations.

Bomb aimers briefing 22 February 1944
Shows four bomb loads for operation. Details preselection, delay and false height settings and other information. Mentions MINOL filled and H2S. Page is struck through and annotated 'Scrubbed' in large red letters. On the reverse two routes, marking…

Weight table for squadron aircraft 22 February 1944
Table with tare, petrol, WE&D, spare, take off and actual bomb weights. Columns for main, main spare, H2S, wind finder H2S and wind finder.

Weight table for squadron aircraft 27 May 1944
Table with Tare, petrol, bomb and all up weight for two configurations for nine aircraft each.

Operations order 30 January 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on 30/31 January 1944. The fourth member of each crew is underlined. Included two standby crews with aircraft letters annotated. Shows briefing times and lists duty personnel. Page is written over with…

Bomb aimers briefing 24 February 1944
Shows several bomb loads. Details preselection and delay settings. Includes weights and timings.

Bombing notes - Schweinfurt
Covers marking method, route markers, Pathfinders and bombing instructions. Shows five waves with aircraft allocated to each. Details Window and effort level. Annotated 'Schweinfurt' at the bottom left.

Bomb aimers briefing 24 February 1944 - Schweinfurt
Shows two bomb loads for operation for three and six aircraft respectively. Details preselection, delay and false height settings and other information. Includes weights and two routes. On the reverse some calculations.

Weight table for squadron aircraft 24 February 1944
Table with tare, petrol, extra Window actual and take off weights for six configurations. Three configurations are H2S and two are backers up.

Operations order 25 February 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on 25/26 February 1944. The fourth member of each crew is underlined and ticked. Includes two standby crews, briefing times and duty personnel.

Bomb aimers briefing 25 February 1944
Shows two bomb loads each for a single aircraft. Details preselection settings and includes window, route and marking method. On the reverse marking and bombing instructions.

Bomb aimers briefing 25 February 1944 - Augsburg
Annotated 'Augsburg, MINOL Filled, SXUHOTML'. ) Shows four bomb loads for operation for seven, six, one and two aircraft respectively. Details preselection, delay and false height settings and other information. Includes weights, zero hour, Window,…

Weight table for squadron aircraft 25 February 1944
Title 'A/C AUW'. Table with tare, petrol, Window, spare, actual bomb and take off all up weights. Columns for main (five aircraft), H2S (six aircraft), windfinder crossed out (two aircraft), WS&D H2S crossed out (two aircraft) and H2S (one aircraft)

Operations order 28 February 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on 28/29 February 1944. The fourth member of each crew is underlined and two crews have aircraft letters appended. Includes briefing times and duty personnel.

Bomb aimers briefing 28 February 1944
Shows four bomb loads for operation for four, four with H2S, two and three aircraft respectively. Details preselection and delay settings. Page is struck through and annotated 'Scrubbed' in large letters.

Weight table for squadron aircraft 28 February 1944
Title 'A/C AUW'. Table with tare, petrol, WS&D, Window, actual bomb and take off all up weights. Includes increase to full petrol and decrease mB load. Groups two configurations under Force A, main and main/H2S with four aircraft each. Three aircraft…

Bomb aimers briefing 1 March 1944 - Stuttgart
Annotated 'Stuttgart, MINOL YLXZTU'. Shows three bomb loads for operation. Details preselection, delay and false height settings and other information. Includes weights, Window, effort level and marking method. Mentions Pathfinders, route marking and…

Weight table for squadron aircraft 1 March 1944
Title 'A/C AUW'. Table with tare, petrol, WS&D, Window, bomb and take off all up weights. Three configurations, main with eight aircraft, H2S with seven aircraft and support with two.

Operations order 4 March 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on night 4/5 March 1944. Fourth member of each crew is underlined and ticked. The last crew, third from left in third row is written in. Includes one standby crew and duty personnel. On the reverse some…

Bomb aimers briefing 4 March 1944
Shows two bomb loads for six and seven aircraft annotated H2S respectively. Details preselection, time interval and false height settings. Includes timing, weights, Window effort, route and marking method. as well as bombing instructions. Page is…

Weight table for squadron aircraft 4 March 1944
Table with tare, petrol WS&D Window, bomb and take off all up weights for four configurations.

Operations order 5 March 1944
Lists crews and aircraft for operations on 5/6 March 1944. The fourth member of each crew is ticked. Includes briefing times and duty crew. On the reverse camera notes.
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