Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Sgt Cox Pilot 100 Squadron 1943 does anyone have the ORB?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    174
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Sgt Cox Pilot 100 Squadron 1943 does anyone have the ORB?

    Can anyone tell me who the full Cox crew were on 100 Squadron? They flew the following operations;
    20.06.43 Minelaying
    22.06.43 Mulheim
    25.06.43 Gelsenkirchen
    03.07.43 Cologne
    06.07.43 Minelaying
    09.07.43 Gelsenkirchen
    27.07.43 Hamburg
    Would it be possible to know if there were any crew changes during this period? The crew then left 100 Squadron for some reason, does anyone know why? Any 100 Squadron experts out there?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    SW Wiltshire
    Posts
    236
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Barnsley, any idea where the crew went next? Thirteen crews left 100 Squadron in mid-October 1943 to form 625 Squadron at Kelstern. That seems to be after your period, though.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Caerdydd, Cymru
    Posts
    633
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Mark,

    Sgt Cox and his crew arrived on 100 Squadron, ex-1662 HCU, on the 18th of June 1943. The full crew was: -

    Pilot - 778769 Sgt C.A. Cox
    F/E - 1550660 Sgt T. Lafferty
    Navigator - 1320283 Sgt F.A.C. Efemy
    B/A - 1335530 Sgt R.A. Smith
    WOP/AG - 1315805 Sgt D.E.E. Pitcher
    MUG - 1431087 Sgt S.J. Pope
    RG - 1568180 Sgt. T.A. Orr

    The operations they flew are as per the list in your post, and the crew remained constant for these operations. They were detailed for one more that was cancelled just before take-off when a Lanc in front of them swung on take-off and blocked the runway for those aircraft which had not yet taken off.


    The crew, minus the two gunners, are shown in the 100 Squadron PORs as being posted to 1656 HCU on the 10th of August 1943. No reason is given in the ORB as to why this happened - there were no crashes involving this crew on the squadron at this time. Sgt Pope flew one more operation with the crew of Flt/Sgt Bagot to Hamburg on the 2nd of August 1943, whilst Sgt Orr continued to fly as a "spare bod" with the squadron and completed his tour in early 1944, having been commisioned in July 1944 with details appearing in the LG in September 1944.

    I hope this answers your questions - do you mind me asking what your interest in this crew is please?

    Regards,

    Greg Harrison
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    99
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Hi there,
    Just to add to a little,Sgt.Pope had also flown another sortie,with the Anderton crew,on the night of 12-13/7/43,Sgt.Lafferty flew with the Sadler crew 28-29/6/43 and Sgt.Smith flew with the D.G.Edwards crew also 28-29/6/43.Sgt.Orr completed his tour with 100 Sqn in January 1944,was commissioned 20/7/43,service number 155396,and his D.F.C. was gazetted 21/4/44.He was killed with 626 Sqn 15/10/44.On the night of 29-30/7/43,Sgt Cox crashed on take-off to Hamburg at the junction of the runways,preventing the take-off of 12 of the 25 aircraft detailed for Hamburg that night.
    Regards,Mark Simpson.
    Last edited by MSIMPSON; 30th November 2015 at 15:02.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Caerdydd, Cymru
    Posts
    633
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Diolch Mark. That last detail would likely explain why the crew were sent back to HCU :)

    Perhaps Barnsley would be kind enough to acknowledge receipt of all this "gen" and tell us where it fits into the bigger picture?

    L/O

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    99
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Hi Greg,
    Hope you are well.I have tried to PM you but apparently your in-box is full.
    Regards,Mark.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Caerdydd, Cymru
    Posts
    633
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Mark - yes, I've just had a notification that you tried to send me a PM.

    Feel free to email me instead - 'gregATgreg-harrison.co.uk' replacing the obvious, with, um, the obvious ;)

    L/O

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    174
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Hi Greg and Mark. Thank you for the info. Sorry not to reply before now but away from Computer. F/Sgt Cox and crew were lost with 166 squadron 03/12/43.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •