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    Would anyone have any information about my father, John Hodgkinson, who was a navigator with 61 Squadron from 1943, completeing 30 operations, and later a further 11 with 617 Squadron in 1945, before being transfered to 15 Squadron at the end of the war

    According to his log book he flew with Chivers then Todd

    These are the details I have so far
    1941 - 1946 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 18-23
    23 May 1941 - Enlisted
    23 May 1941 - Reported For Duty - AC2 - 1391058
    21 July 1941 - No 1 Air Crew Reception Centre, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon, England, UK
    09 October 1941 - No 1 Initial Training Wing, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
    10 October 1941 - Re-mustered L/C OBS GP2 - Reclassified LAC
    01 November 1941 - No 1 Elementary Air Observer School, Eastbourne, Kent, England, UK
    26 January 1942 - No 1 Air Crew Reception Centre, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon, England, UK,
    12 February 1942 - No 31 P O Monkton, Canada
    27 February 1942 - No 33 Air Navigation School, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada
    March 1942 - No 33 ANS, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada (Ansons)
    June 1942 - No 33 ANS, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada - Qualified As DR Navigator
    01 July 1942 - No 33 ANS, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada - Flight Sergeant
    02 July 1942 - No 33 ANS, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada - Appointment Temporary Commission
    Mid July 1942 - No 33 ANS, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada - Discharged Commissioned Rank under KR 65Z (14) - 125628
    06 July 1942 - Embarked Canada
    21 July 1942 - No 3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK
    13 October 1942 - No 29 Operational & Refresher Training Unit, Luffenham, Rutland, England, UK
    27 October 1942 - Pilot Officer
    November 1942 - No 29 OTU - North Luffenham, Rutland, England, UK (Wellingtons)
    12 February 1943 - No 1660 Conversion Unit, Swinderby, Lincolnshire, England, UK- Flying Officer (W) (Halifax)
    27 March 1943 - No 49 Squadron - Fiskerton, Lincolnshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    11 April 1943 - No 61 Squadron - Syerston, Nottinghamshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    16 November 1943 - No 61 Squadron - Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    01 January 1944 - No 52 Base - Fiskerton, Lincolnshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    19 June 1944 - No 17 OTU, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England, UK
    21 July 1944 - No 17 OTU, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England, UK- Flight Lieutenant (W)
    August 1944 - No 17 OTU, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England, UK (Wellingtons)
    30 December 1944 - No 57 Squadron, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    January 1945 - No 5 Lancaster Finishing School - Syerston, Nottinghamshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    06 February 1945 - No 617 Squadron - Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    29 May 1945 - No 15 Squadron - Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England, UK (Lancasters)
    July 1945 - No 15 Squadron - Mildenhall, Suffolk, England, UK (Lancasters)
    16 January 1946 - Bomber Command Instructors School
    August 1946 - Released
    July 1959 - Commission Relinquished
    + Royal Air Force WWII Service Records

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    Hello,

    For more on Todd/Hodgkinson. Please consult the following publication:

    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Vol.4, 1943.
    Chorley,W R.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1996.
    p.312

    For more on Todd, see: BCL5/131 - 24/25-3-1944 - No.97 Sqn - Lancaster III ND440.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th June 2013 at 09:43.

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    Here is his commissioning entry from the LG:
    Air Ministry, 27th October, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Ldg. Acm.
    1391058 John HODGKINSON (125628).
    Regards,Terry

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    Default John Hodgkinson, 1943 - 61 Squadron, 1945 - 617 squadron, Navigator

    Thanks for those 2 pieces of information, it certainly gives me somewhere else to look

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    617 Sq. Ops

    F/Lt. Douglas Albert Rawes DFC - Pilot. Late 61 Sq.
    9/3/1945 Bielefeld abandoned
    14/5/1945 Bielefeld
    19/3/1945 Arnsberg
    21/3/1945 Dreys
    22/3/1945 Neinberg
    13/4/1945 Swinemunde abandoned
    15/4/1945 Swinemunde abandoned
    16/4/1945 Swinemunde
    19/4/1945 Heligoland

    There were 'Exodus' ops after this but ORB has no details

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