Operations order 26 April 1944



Operations order 26 April 1944
Operational and training detail for 26/27 April 1944 Serial 51/44


Lists crews and aircraft for operations 26/27 April 1944. Includes timings and duty personnel. One member of each crew underlined in blue, some are ticked. Handwritten note at the bottom.



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[Underlined] NO.44 (RHODESIA) SQUADRON. 26th. APRIL, 1944. [/underlined]
OPERATIONAL AND TRAINING DETAIL FOR 26/27.4.44. Serial No. 51/44. [/underlined]
[Underlined] ND.869.M. [/underlined]
F/L. Hildred.
Sgt. Bennett. (022)
F/O. Turner.
F/S. Parker.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Treloar. [/underlined blue] [tick]
F/O. Hourigan.
F/O. Bradshaw.
[Underlined] ND.517.U. [/underlined] [tick]
F/O. SMITH. [sic]
Sgt. Bennett.
F/S. Farren.
[underlined blue] F/O. McCullam. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Dack.
Sgt. Prowse.
Sgt. Hussey.
[Underlined] ND.578.Y. [/underlined]
F/S. Baxter.
Sgt. Betterton.
F/S. Rutherford.
[underlined blue] F/S. Young. [/underlined blue]
F/S. Scholes.
Sgt. Taylor.
Sgt. Whitfield.
[Underlined] ND.519.E. [/underlined]
P/O. Stratis.
Sgt. Hely.
P/O. Greenfield.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Hawkes. [/underlined blue]
F/S. Knight.
Sgt. Page.
Sgt. Roe.
[Underlined] ME.694.L. [/underlined]
P/O. Davey.
Sgt. Legge.
F/S. Foreman.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Jacobs. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Nutty.
Sgt. Kaye.
Sgt. Carter.
[Underlined] ND.751.J. [/underlined] [tick]
F/S. Aiken.
Sgt. Levarne.
F/S. Riddock.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Simmons. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Rawson.
Sgt. Hare.
Sgt. Lewis.
[Underlined] ME.743.G. [/underlined] [tick]
P/O. Merrick.
Sgt. Carling.
F/O. Poulter.
[underlined blue] F/O. Bartlett. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Dickenson.
Sgt. Warll.
Sgt. Thomas.
[Underlined] ND.552.X. [/underlined]
F/S. Ibbotson.
Sgt. Worrall.
F/S. Greatz.
[underlined blue] F/S. Murray. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Andrews.
Sgt. Whitehand.
Sgt. Wells.
[Underlined] ND.741.K. [/underlined] [tick]
S/L. Cockbain.
F/S. Bristow.
F/L. Waterkeyn.
[underlined blue] F/O. McKenzie. [/underlined blue]
F/L. Rademeyer.
F/S. Bracegirdle.
F/S. Dean.
[Underlined] WL.920.V. [/underlined]
F/O. Oldham.
Sgt. Walker.
F/S. McKerrow.
[underlined blue] F/O. Petts. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Williams.
Sgt. Frame.
Sgt. Whittles.
[Underlined] ME.634.P. [/underlined] [tick]
F/O. Stephenson.
Sgt. Langford.
F/S. Airey.
[underlined blue] F/S. Wilson. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Robinson.
F/S. Dooley.
P/O. White.
[Underlined] ND.689.O. [/underlined]
P/O. Hobbs.
Sgt. Hall.
Sgt. Fenwick.
[underlined blue] W/O. Scott. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Garnsey.
Sgt. Wright.
Sgt. Ingram.
[Underlined] ME.699.T. [/underlined]
F/O. Smith.
Sgt. Barber.
F/O. Calder.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Steele. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Bozier.
Sgt. Blackie.
Sgt. Brett.
[Underlined] ME.730.R. [/underlined]
F/S. Kewley.
Sgt. Booth.
F/S. Mitchell.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Reseigh. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Webber.
Sgt. Lees.
Sgt. Rutzki.
[Underlined] ND.698/G.Q. [/underlined]
F/S. Price.
Sgt. Newbiggin.
F/S. Stancer.
[underlined blue] Sgt. Nicholls. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Callander.
Sgt. Heald.
Sgt. Doyle.
[Underlined] STANDBY CREW. [/underlined] [handwritten] H [/handwritten] [tick]
P/O. Taylor.
Sgt. Aherene.
Sgt. Bushby.
[underlined blue] F/S. Sumner. [/underlined blue]
Sgt. Stauber.
F/S. Astle.
Sgt. Conquest.
[Underlined] DUTY CREW. [/underlined]
P/O. Chatterton.
Sgt. Letts.
F/O. Reyland.
F/S. Parker.
Sgt. Michie.
Sgt. Champion.
Sgt. Davidson.
[underlined] BRIEFING. [/underlined]
[handwritten] F.P. 1645 [/handwritten]
NAVIGATORS AND SPEC. [handwritten] 1745 [/handwritten]
CAPTAINS: [handwritten] 1815 [/handwritten]
MAIN: [handwritten] 1845 [/handwritten]
Officer i/c Night Flying: S/L. Hunter.
Duty Flight Engineer: Sgt. Cooper.
Duty Electricians: LAC. Meary. LAC. Braper.
Duty Photos: Sgt. White.
Duty Signals: Cpl. Curtin. AC. Bryar.
Duty Armourers: To be detailed.
Duty Flight N.C.O.s: Sgt. Ellersmith (B), Sgt. Brock. (A)
Duty Clerk: LAC. Beard.
[Signature] E O Collcutt [/signature]
Wing Commander,
[Underlined] Commanding, No.44 (Rhodesia) Squadron. [/underlined]
[handwritten notes]
[circled] New TV. [/circled]
Force A [underlined] not to [/underlined] bomb on 1st run [tick]
Both. 20° either side of down wind [tick]
4000 lbs – 19000 – 21000 [tick]
416 SBC’s 14000 – 18000 [tick]
1800 – 1900 Height band [tick] very taboo
No [squared] W [/squared] Not to launch any kind of flares. There may be bombing [tick] with cascading greens.
Good dummy N. of target.
Brief strictly [underlined] NOT to bomb fires [/underlined]. Must bomb markers [tick]


E O Collcutt and Great Britain. Royal Air Force, “Operations order 26 April 1944,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 19, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7164.

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