|Sqd.leader John Henry franks dfc. Kia 29.6.1942 (moved). Service no. 86720.||Hello Nick,
The X-X-Ray, you refer to, was actually; No.149 Squadron's W5439 OJ-X:
31 Mar/1 Apr 1941.
The two Wellington Mark IIs were bombed up with two further Wellingtons as escorts, and a similar arrangement was set up at No.9 Squadron. As it turned out, each squadron managed to put only one of their Mark II Wellingtons in the air. W5399, 'OJ-Q', with the nose art 'The Wizard of Oz' failed to get airborne , sliding into a neighbouring field of barley. 'Oz' was the nickname for Australia, so maybe the pilot was Australian, as quite a few Commonwealth crews flew with No.149 Squadron. The target was marked by Wellington R5413 from No.9 Squadron piloted by Squadron Leader K M M Wasse. With Pilot Officer Franks at the controls and Alex More as navigator, No.149's W5439 'OJ-X'* dropped the first 4,000-lb High Capacity bomb over Emden. The bomb fell on the quay at the extreme south of the estuary, with a huge yellowish explosion, covering a large area, and throwing huge quantities of debris into the air. It was followed by a further 4,000-lb bomb dropped by No.9 Squadron.
Greg (Greg Gregory) was, 'Second Dickie' on one of the new Wellington Mk.IIs which was being piloted by Johnny Franks, who in Greg's words was; "A first rate chap who was killed on his second tour"...
* FTR Dusseldorf, No.149 Sqn. 11/12-6-1941 BCL2/64.
Strong By Night 'Fortis Nocte':History and Memories of No.149 (East India) Squadron Royal Air Force 1918/19 - 1937-56.
Johnston,John & Nick Carter.
Tunbridge Wells:Air-Britain (Historians),2002.
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