|Sergeant Robert Jay, November 1944.|
The posts are now arranged in a format that is easier to navigate and not in the order in which the blog evolved. To access each chapter just click on its title in the list of contents. With the exception of the chapters about Bill Mallon's brothers all the posts are about Bob, his family, his crew and other members of No. 75 (NZ) Squadron. The dates of publication are now merely a device to order the posts and no longer indicate the actual date they were published.
- Introduction and recent developments
- The crew.
- Bob Jay - early years & training. 3a. Bob's operational sorties. 3b. The war is over.
- Bill Mallon and his brothers
- Bill Mallon - early years and his epic journey.
- Jim Haworth - letters home.
- Jim Haworth - more letters home.
- Jim Haworth - his account of a 'Baedeker trip'.
- Jim Haworth - navigating at night.
- Frank Symes.
- Eric Butler.
- Lancelot Waugh, Randal Springer & the Milsom crew.
- Jack Mallon.
- Jack Mallon and 'The Other Few'.
- Tom Mallon.
- Tom Mallon - "Say not 'goodnight'".
- Les Hofert.
- Two Lancasters - RF127 & 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.
- Denis Eynstone.
- 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
Appendix XIII: Time travel.
Click on the above for some pictures from my flight in the Canadian Lancaster VR-A, August 2014
My Lancaster flight 18th August 2014
The full story of that unforgettable experience.
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 (?)
Frank Symes, Denis Eynstone & Ken Philp
See Chapter 10......
In November 2014 I had another breakthrough. With the help of Geoff Swallow, who researches the Australians killed during WW2, I concluded that the D. Eynstone listed in the squadron's O.R.B. as the crew's rear gunner was Denis Eynstone and not John, the name given to him by both Bill Mallon and Jim Haworth. After a short period of research I posted a speculative letter to an address in Devon and just over a week later I received a reply. It was from Wendy, Denis's daughter. She informed me that Denis was with No. 75(NZ) Squadron, that he talked only occasionally about his wartime experiences and that he had died in 2011. She told me his full name was Denis William and was surprised to hear that he was referred to as John, which was his brother's name. She has promised to let me have more information and pictures at a later date.
To be continued in Chapter 22......
Also 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.
To be continued in Chapter 23Sources
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