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    Hoping someone out there may have a copy of Air Commodore J Searby's book on the Great Raids "Peenemunde" published by The Nutshell Press ISBN 0 902633 50 3.

    One of the chapters records the squadrons, aircraft & men who attacked Peenemunde, I am looking for one Wop/Ag, squadron unknown. His name is / was W.R Ward, his pilot may have been P/O R.J Rawsthorn RAAF.

    If some kind soul can check this for me I will be most grateful, all I am after is squadron & pilot.

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve

    PS I did have a copy but like a fool loaned it out, never to be seen again.!!
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    Hello Steve,

    Sorry, I do only have the Middlebrook book. Could the pilot be F/O James Robert Rawsthorn, DFC, 409944, RAAF? He was with 622 Sqn, the squadron took part in the Peenemünde mission with one Stirling.

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    Finn,

    Hello mate, yes thats the skipper, is the Wop/Ag W.R Ward. ?????

    A belated thank you for the Funk gen, just the ticket.

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    Hello Steve,

    Sorry, no details about Wop/Ag W.R Ward.

    Finn

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    Steve

    Searby doesn't mention 622 Squadron's effort at all.

    Sorry Steve just found it Stirling EE461 Crew F/Sgt. J. Young, Sgt. S. Marks, Sgt. D. Barnes, Sgt. N. Hugill, Sgt. J. Nicol, Sgt. H. Napier, Sgt. H. Luckman but in the Main Force summary he has 622 down for 2 Srirlings but shows details of one.
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    John,

    It may not have been No.622 (B) Squadron, it could be ANY squadron that flew on that raid. All I know is that he operated against Peenemunde on this raid, no squadron known. ?

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    Hello Steve:

    A 'possible' name for you in the following crew:

    44 Squadron – ED 611

    P/O D. H. Aldridge
    Sgt T Philips
    F/O D. B. E. Heslop
    Sgt T. S. Dellow
    Sgt R. W. WEST
    F/S D. L. Welensky
    Sgt T. S. Holmes

    Looking at the crew lists in Searby's book this individual could be a W/Op. None of the other WARD names have either the correct initials or crew positions. Perhaps a possible alternative to consider?

    Kind regards – Malcolm.

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    Just to add to Steves misery

    D.H. Aldridge is Deryk Reginald Aldridge
    D.L. Welensky is Derick Lenard Terrance Welensky
    D.B.E. Heslop is Desmond Baker Fearon Heslop

    With those typos (from the ORB no doubt as Searbys Bomber Battle for Berlin' also has many) any Ward might be a possiblity for him on the Peenemude Raid.

    Also Rawsthorn flew with 2 New Zealanders

    F/Sgt. D.E. Grant from Wanganui and
    F/Sgt. R.G. Payne from Hamilton

    Any clues as to which Squadron they were with may narrow things down and get him closer.

    Eddie

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    Malcolm,

    Thank you for looking, the individual is most definitely W.R Ward and is shown as a Wop/Ag, Details I have were supplied by his daughter taken via original documents.

    This enquiry is becoming intriguing as he is recorded as flying a total of 121 operations and being awarded a DFM. ?

    Steve
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    Mr Fell,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLD CHAP.

    Sorry could not ring you back, on site with a rather upset client, who insisted I have never had parents. !

    Both the Kiwis were with Ward on No.622(B) Squadron.

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