|Sgt David Dewi Madoc Davies - 1021734 - Died 13/6/43 - 228 Sqd||The 10 OTU Whitley referred to in the thread was BD220 and it was lost on 14 June 1943, not November! ....Read More.||whitley_project on 25th October 2008 04:32:10|
|A/S Sweeps 10 OTU (Later POW with 57 Sqn)||Hi Johnnie,
I am in contact with the pilots of Whitley BD220 A L Benson DFM and R L Rennick. They were on their 7th anti-sub patrol when they came across U 564 and attacked it on the 14 June 1943. The sub was sunk with the loss of about half the crew but the Whitley was damaged and later had to ditch. They were picked up by a French fishing boat and returned to France and into "The Bag" to be pow's for the rest of the war. A good account is in Norman Franks book ' Search, Find and Kill' .
Bob Rennick will be 90 in December.
John. ....Read More.||John Williams on 25th October 2008 06:37:11|
|Questionnaires - Loss of Bomber Aircraft||Hello,
Whitley BD220 'G'
AUS412364 Sgt (Pilot) Arthur James BENSON RAAF
AUS414082 F/Sgt (2nd Pilot) Robert Lindsay RENNICK RAAF
132806 P/O (Nav.) Thomas J J LEE RAF
1209444 Sgt (W./Op.) G T GRAVES RAF
J/132806 F/O (Air Gnr.)Arthur KINGSLEY RCAF
A comprehensive account of this action can be found in:
Search,Find and Kill:The RAF's U-Boat Successes in World War Two.
pp.120-1 & 265-72. (Pages 265-72, should answer most questons, being mostly direct quotes from the survivors).
You 'might' find a questionnaire for Benson RAAF, in this undigitised file:
I doubt that Rennick RAAF, has one at all.
Col. ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 16th May 2010 02:15:25|
|P.O.W. Benson, "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland.||David,
Extract from Chorley's OTU Losses...
10 OTU Whitley BD220, 14/6/43, damaged whilst attacking U-564, and put down in sea approx 80 miles SW of Scillies. Picked up by French fishing boat after 3 days in dinghy. Landed in France.
WO A.J. Benson, DFM, RAAF.
WO R.L. Rennick, RAAF.
F/Lt T.J.J. Lee.
F/Sgt G.T. Graves.
F/Lt A. Kingsley, RCAF.
Rennicks file is open for viewing on the NAA website.
Possibly not in Footprints, as they were detached to Coastal Command at time of loss. ....Read More.||AlanW on 11th February 2014 11:52:20|
|P.O.W. Benson, "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland.||Well if you check the name in the AWM Nominal Roll you will find
BENSON, ARTHUR JAMES 412364 who was a prisoner of war.
And if you search using that service number you will find that yes he was part of the crew of BD220
And indeed his service file is available for viewing. ....Read More.||dennis_burke on 11th February 2014 01:02:14|
|Roger Gunter Simmons POW No. 1350||Thanks Nick. Will send you a PM.
Here is what I have found out on the prisoners listed in my father's POW "Wartime Log." There are a few missing but hopefully someone can help.
Allen Chas(Tim) 70 Warren road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham. Sgt. Rear Gunner, 75 Squadron,
Lancaster PB520 20 Nov 44, Op Homberg, Lancaster PB520
Bean L.F. Sgt F/E 432 Squadron Halifax LW597, shot down 25/26 February 1944 by night fighter near Ulm on operations to Augsburg.
Beesley, J. 176 Woodland Ave. Handsworth, Birmingham. F/S Bomb Aimer 97 Squadron Lancaster JA708. Shot down by night fighter 23/24 September 1943 after bombing Mannheim. (One of the crew members when my father was shot down)
Beeston, Bob (A.H.) W/O Pilot of 51 Squadron Halifax HR750 shot down 27/28 May 1943 on raid to Essen, all crew survived.
Benson, A.J. "OK" Goondriwindi, Queensland. Sgt. Pilot 10 O.T.U. Whitley BD220 At 14.39 hours, 14 June 1943 two U boats inbound for their French base in Bordeaux were spotted by the Whitley in the Bay of Biscay and shadowed. U-564 was unable to dive after an air attack the day before and was being escorted back to France by U-185. At 16.45 hours, the fuel of the aircraft was running low the pilot Sergeant Benson decided to attack U-564. Both boats opened fire and hit the bomber, but its depth charges caused more damage on the boat and she sank at 17.30 hours. The hydraulics and the starboard engine of the Whitley were damaged, so the crew was forced to ditch into the Bay of Biscay approximately 80 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly. The crew were picked up three days later by a French trawler and ended up as German prisoners of war. A good account is in Norman Franks book ' Search, Find and Kill' . Benson was awarded the D.F.M for this action. [url]http://www.crookwellgazette.com.au/story/1499555/the-sinking-of-u-564-june-14-1943-arthur-benson-crookwell/[/url]
Calvert, Les. Sgt. 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 on May 27th 1943 on an operation to Essen. No relation to crew member George F. Calvert, listed below.
Calvert, George F. 11 Mallett Crescent, Bolton. F/S 106 Squadron Lancaster W4842 on May 27th 1943 on an operation to Essen. According to Lancaster at War 3 (Pages 68-72) George was not related to crew member Les Calvert. George Calvert also has an account in Cooper's 'Air Battle of the Ruhr' (Page 80). The crew survived a Whitley crash landing on 9 Dec 42 whilst with 19 OTU Kinloss, a first ditching in Lancaster R5892 on 21 Feb 43 with 1661 HCU and then a second ditching after the Essen raid although on this occasion they were picked up by the Germans.
Charlton, J. Allen 9 Dick Road, Kilmarnock. Air Corporal RAF 981256
Collins, Laurie W. "Sackville House." 4 Littlefields Land, Grimsby, Lincs. A/G 57 Squadron Wellington R1369 operation to Kiel shot down and crashed in the sea near the Frisians
Coulbeck, R. 97 Ravendale St. Scunthorpe. Pvt. R.A.O.C. POW# 6084 Service# 7615370
Denton, J.N. 4 The Terrace, Chyand ....Read More.||David Layne on 18th February 2014 04:34:52|
|LEJ Davenports POW Wartime Log - A List of names???||Here are the men named in my father's POW "Wartime Log" which can be viewed here [url]http://wallyswar.wordpress.com/pow-log/[/url]
I am attempting to get photographs of each individual and so far have got 13. Any further information about these prisoners and photographs would be greatly appreciated.
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF PRISONERS IN WALTER LAYNE’S “WARTIME LOG.”
Allen Chas(Tim) R.A.F. 70 Warren road, Washwood Heath, Birmingham. Sgt. Rear Gunner, 75 Squadron,
Lancaster PB520 20 Nov 44, Op Homberg, Lancaster PB520 (page 87)
Bean, Leonard Frank R.A.F. Sgt F/E 432 Squadron Halifax LW597, shot down 25/26 February 1944 by night fighter near Ulm on operations to Augsburg. From [url]http://www.robineau.ca/2012/11/rheal-robineau-the-rest-of-the-crew/[/url]
NAME. Bean L. F. Flt/engineer. We left base, East Moor, after dark, somewhere around 21:30. Fairly cloudy weather, but clear, 3/4 moon above 10,000 feet. Only light flak was encountered until the target, but even here we seemed to be above most of it. We flew all the way at approximately 21,000 feet. We arrived at the target on time but no flares had been dropped by P.F.F so the skipper having flown over the target circled back into bomber stream. Flares were down by this time. We bombed the target and turned onto track. Approximately, half hour later, skipper asked me to check that bomb doors were isolated on the hydraulics. I went back to check, taking my log to fill in. As I plugged into the intercom, I heard the skipper warning the gunners that there were fighter flares going down ahead. As far as I remember we stayed on course and did not weave. A few minutes later, approximately 2:00 I heard a banging noise underneath and the overload tank in the bomb bay exploded. I then heard the skipper give the order to bale out and went forward and handed him his chute, as he was leaving his position. I then got my chute and went to follow him into the nose, but stayed on the steps. Later when the aircraft had dropped quite a height the wireless operator managed to open the hatch. The order of leaving the aircraft was wireless operator, pilot, navigator, bomb aimer and myself (flt/engineer). After pulling the ripcord I blacked out and remember nothing until I came to in the snow. I had no chute or harness or Mae west and 2 German landwatch with shotguns were standing around, apparently waiting for me to recover. When the tank exploded, it blew the floor in and the flames came through. Window was being dropped. Upward firing guns. (page 19)
Beesley, J. R.A.F. 176 Woodland Ave. Handsworth, Birmingham. F/S Bomb Aimer 97 Squadron Lancaster JA708. Shot down 23/24 September 1943 by Messerschmitt 110 night fighter piloted by Unteroffizie Josef Brunner operating out of Venlo in Holland 1 minute after bombing Mannheim. (One of the crew members when my father was shot down) (page 7, 51, 87)
Beesley is second from right, picture taken at the time of his repat ....Read More.||David Layne on 5th November 2014 04:52:47|
|Whitley Crew Roles||Hi Edgar,
I am not sure if this helps, but in researching the Aussies on Course 58, 4 SFTS Saskatoon June-October 1942 one of the pilots Bob Rennick was sent to 30 OTU which was on loan to Coastal Command at the time. During a patrol in the Bay of Biscay on 14 June 1943 they spotted two U-Boats (U185 and U564) on the surface and after waiting for back up which never came they went into attack. Bob was acting as Co-Pilot with another Aussie Arthur (Buzz) Benson as Pilot.
Bob maned the front Vickers gun at the front of the aircraft. They released the depth charges which straddled U564 which sank with the loss of 28 of her crew. Their own aircraft Whitley BD220 had been hit and after trying to return to base ditched in the sea, after three days they were picked up by a French fishing vessel and landed in France where the whole crew spent the rest of the war in a pow camp. Benson received a DFM and Bob a MID. Bob passed away in 2009.
John. ....Read More.||John Williams on 6th October 2016 06:07:28|
|Coastal Command June 1943||Coastal Command
1 - Halifax II - 58 Sqn - BB257.
2 - Sunderland III - 461 Sqn - EJ134.
2/3 - Wellington VIII - 179 Sqn - HX379.
3 - Whitley V - @10(C) OTU - BD414.
3 - Hampden I - 1403 Flt - L4070.
3/4 - Beaufighter TF.X - 304 FTU - LX798.
5 - Sunderland II - 330 Sqn - W6052.
5 - Wellington XII - 612 Sqn - MP656.
6 - Spitfire PR.IV - 542 Sqn - AA791.
6 - Spitfire PRXIII - 542 Sqn - BM350.
7 - Spitfire IIc - 276 Sqn - P8674.
8 - Walrus I - 282 Sqn - W3047.
8/9 - Hudson I - 1(C) OTU - P5134.
9 - Beaufighter XI - 143 Sqn - JM116.
10 - Hampden I - 5(C) OTU - AD938.
10 - Hudson III - 269 Sqn - FH377.
11 - Beaufighter VIc - 2(C) OTU - EL400.
11 - Fortress II - 206 Sqn - FA704 - ( 42-5073 ).
11 - Hampden TB.1 - 415 Sqn - AT243.
11 - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - AT250.
11/12 - Halifax II - 405 Sqn - HR797.
12 - Wellington Ic - 28 OTU - R1324 -(?)
12 - Beaufighter XI - 144 Sqn - JM390.
13 - Beaufighter Ic - 2(C) OTU - T3270.
13 - Wellington X - 3 OADU/310 FTU - HZ542.
13 - Beaufighter XI - 143 Sqn - JL882.
13 - Catalina In - 210 Sqn - FP232.
13 - Sunderland III - 228 Sqn - DV967.
13 - Beaufighter VIc - 236 Sqn - T5296.
13 - Mosquito PR.IV - 540 Sqn - DZ438.
14 - Beaufort I - 1TTU - DV923.
14 - Wellington VIII - 3(C) OTU - HX444.
14 - Beaufighter I - 9(C) OTU - T3321.
14 - Whitley V - 10(C) OTU - BD220.
14 - Beaufighter IIc - 132(C) OTU - R2278.
14 - Fortress IIc - 220 Sqn - FK212 - ( 41-9237 ).
14 - Hampden TB.1 - 415 Sqn - X2961.
16 - Beaufighter Ic - 2(C) OTU - T4891.
16 - Halifax II - 405 Sqn - HR832.
17 - Blenheim IV - 132(C) OTU - V5492.
17 - Beaufort I - 5(C) OTU - JM542.
17/18 - Halifax II - 405 Sqn - HR808.
18 - Wellington VIII - 6(C) OTU - LA974.
19 - Spitfire I - 8(C) OTU - R7198.
19 - Martlet TT.1 - 11 OTU - HP464 - ( 11(C) OTU ?).
20 - Whitley V - 10(C) OTU - LA814.
20 - Liberator III - 86 Sqn - FL906 - ( 41-11714 ).
21/22 - Halifax II - /405 Sqn - JD124.
22 - Whitley V - 10(C) OTU - EB334.
22 - Beaufighter X - 144 Sqn - JM381.
22 - Beaufighter VIc - 236 Sqn - EL417.
22 - Beaufighter VIc - 254 Sqn - JL953.
22 - Beaufighter VIc - 254 Sqn - JM222.
22 - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - N9096.
22 - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - X3061.
22 - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - X3115.
23 - Beaufighter VIc - 2(C) OTU - EL401.
24 - Beaufighter VI - 2 TTU - EL225.
24 - Whitley V - 10 OTU - BD281 - ( 10(C) OTU ?).
24 - Spitfire PR.XI - 541 Sqn - MB792.
24/25 - Halifax II - 405 Sqn - HR816.
25 - Hampden I - TDU - P1282 - (?).
25 - Beaufighter XI - 143 Sqn - JM180.
26 - Hampden I - 415 Sqn - P1313.
27 - Spitfire PR.VII - 8 OTU - AR257 - ( 8(C) OTU ?).
27 - Beaufighter XIb- 143 Sqn - JL948.
28 - Wellington X - 6(C) OTU - HE258.
30 - Sunderland III - 201 Sqn - DD858.
30 - Wellington XVI - 407 Sqn - MP754. ....Read More.||Alex Smart on 9th November 2018 10:42:10|