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    Default DK Allport (158 / 35 / 97 / 35 Squadrons)

    Does anyone have any details (operations / crew) relating to DK Allport's operational service with:

    - No 158 Squadron (up to January 1943)
    - No 97 Squadron (September 1943 to February 1944

    Your usual help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    You can check out Allport's No.97 Sqn sorties (4 - including 1 early return), here: http://www.97squadronassociation.co.uk/operations.html

    1943 - Aug to Dec.

    (p.41) 1/2 October 1943 - Hagen - JB218 Z - G/C N H Fresson

    (p.47) 7/8 October 1943 - Stuttgart - JB227 J - F/L J F Munro

    (p.57) 22/23 October 1943 - Kassel - JB218 Z - G/C N H Fresson

    1944 - Jan to June.

    (p.14) 27/28 January 1944 - Berlin - ND415 Z - W/C E J Carter - Returned early owing to intercom being u/s.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col.

    Much appreciated as always

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    It appears that when with 97 Squadron he flew with his Commanding Officer "Press on" Fresson and also other high ranking officers so he must have been highly skilled at what he did.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    He arrived at 158 Con/Unit, from 102 Con/Unit with a P/O Chambers in early Sept 42. And although P/O Chambers is referred to many times in training throughout the ORB, the only other time that Allport is mentioned, is when he is posted out to 35sqdn "wef" 18th Jan 43

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    Thanks, as always, for your responses

    David: He had a lengthy career with No 35 Squadron, before being posted to No 97 Squadron. He then returned to No 35 Squadron for another lengthy spell before being posted to [I think] No 551 Squadron (need to double check this)

    Alan: Your response suggests that he was with 158 Conversion Flight rather than 158 Squadron; am I reading the situation correctly? If so, can I assume that his first operational sortie was with No 35 Squadron?

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Correct Pete, he did'nt fly operationally with 158 as far as i can see.

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    He was posted to 102 Conversion Flight, Dalton as their “Observer Instructor” on 22 May 1942, from where it does not say.Providing he hadn’t flown operationally wherever he came from then his first 3 trips were the 1000 Bomber Raids. Cologne on 30th May followed by Essen on 1st June - both with 1652 CU where he was attached from Dalton for the duration of the two ops. His third trip was on 25th June to Bremen this time with a regular 102 Sqdn crew.

    Judging by the length of time with 102 and 158 Con Flights he looks to have been one of those who were singled out for instructor duties before posting to a squadron proper for their tour of operations.

    Pete

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    Thanks once again for the feedback; much appreciated as always.

    I guess his service record will be the next port of call to see if he did serve operationally before being posted to the Conversion Unit(s)

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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