|Sergeant Robert Jay, November 1944.|
The posts are now arranged in a format that is easier to navigate so their dates no longer indicate the actual dates on which they were published. To access each chapter just click on its title in the list of contents. With the exception of the chapters about Jack and Tom Mallon and Alban Chipling all the posts are about Bob, his family, his crew and other members of No. 75 (NZ) Squadron.
- Introduction and recent developments
- The crew.
- Bob Jay - flight engineer. 3a. Bob's operational sorties. 3b. The war is over.
- Bill Mallon - pilot
- Bill Mallon - early years and his epic journey.
- Jim Haworth - navigator.
- Jim Haworth - more letters home.
- Jim Haworth - his account of a 'Baedeker trip'.
- Jim Haworth - navigating at night.
- Frank Symes - wireless operator
- Denis Eynstone - rear gunner
- Ken Philp - bomb aimer
- Don Cook - mid-upper gunner
- Eric Butler - replacement pilot
- Lancelot Waugh (replacement bomb aimer), Randal Springer & the Milsom crew.
- Jack Mallon.
- Jack Mallon and 'The Other Few'.
- Tom Mallon.
- Tom Mallon - "Say not 'goodnight'".
- Les Hofert.
- RF127 (AA-W) & NX611.
- Squadron Leader Alban Chipling D.F.C. (RAFVR 108178)
- No.75(NZ) Squadron - operations from March - April 1945.
- No.75(NZ) Squadron - losses from March - April 1945.
- Appendix I: 'You are going to be a Flight Engineer' (pamphlet).
- Appendix II: Pages from the Squadron's O.R.B. showing Bob's 'War ops'.
- Appendix III: 'Flak'.
- Appendix IV: Bob's RAF 'Record of Service'.
- Appendix V: Bob's Flying Log book.
- Appendix VI: RAF identity card (Form 1250).
- Appendix VII: RAF Service Book (Form 64 Part I).
- Appendix VIII: RAF Airman's Pay Book.
- Appendix IX: Pages from Bob's I.T.W. exercise book (Feb-Mar 1944).
- Appendix X: What happened to the crew after the war?
- Appendix XI: An unexpected benefit of a flying suit.
- Appendix XII: Bob's Bomber Command Clasp 2014
- Appendix XIII: Time travel
- Appendix XIV: My Lancaster flight - 18th August 2014
1.Chapter 11: Denis Eynstone - rear gunner (Dec 2014)
2.Chapter 10: Frank Symes - wireless operator
I have recently added some tremendous photographs from Frank's family in New Zealand (Jan 2015)
3. Appendix XIII: Time travel.
Click on the above for some pictures from my flight in the Canadian Lancaster VR-A, August 2014
4. My Lancaster flight 18th August 2014
The full story of that unforgettable experience.
5. Ken Philp
In November 2014, after the belated realisation that Ken's surname was Philp and not Philip, Barrie Mallon sent me a link to a New Zealand cemetery website which provided this picture:
I now know something about what happened to Ken after the war and Glen Turner of the 75 Squadron Association in New Zealand is trying to trace his family.
Originally planned as my dad's story this blog has now become the story of his crew - or at least his pilot, navigator, wireless operator and rear gunner. To complete the story I need to find out more about the other two crew members:
- F/O Kenneth Philp (RNZAF NZ429093), bomb aimer, aged 31 or 32 (born 1913 or 1914 in NZ)
- Sgt Don Cook (RAFVR), mid-upper gunner, aged 20 (born 1924 or 1925) from London (?)
A huge thank you to all of the following:
- 75nzsquadron- a fantastic collection of material related to No. 75 (NZ) Squadron and compiled by Simon Sommerville. This blog, started in memory of Simon's dad, also called Bob, has continued to grow at a remarkable pace since its inception. Bob took part in 51 operations during two tours with the squadron and died in August 2011.
- The Lancaster Archive forum
- Wings over New Zealand
- Aircraft Q failed to return - the story of Cecil Butler, a flight engineer whose training parallelled that of Bob's but started 6 months earlier. As he flew with the Pathfinder Force he was expected to complete a tour of 45 operations rather than the usual 30. He was shot down and killed on his 31st operation. Much of the detail about my dad's training came from this website, painstakingly researched by Pete Tresadern.
- www.75squadron-raf-rnzaf.com - the New Zealand 75 Squadron Association, first created in 1950 and the source of lots of help and useful information
- NZDF Serials - Lancaster
- RAF Bomber Command Diary
- P/O Thomas Forbes - at No. 7 I.T.W. at RAF Newquay
- Royal Air Force Organisation
- RAF Bomber Command 1939-45: Rob Davis