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    Default RJ Bordiss Crew 77 Squadron

    Does anyone have any information on the Bordiss Crew at No. 77 Squadron (Crew Composition / Sorties / Posting Dates)?

    He was posted into No. 35 Squadron in March 1944, but I am not sure if some, or all, of his crew came with him.

    Your usual help would be much appreciated.

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    According to the 77 Sqn ORB, the following were posted to 35 Squadron on 01 03 44

    WO J C KEMP (PILOT), SGT W G LAWRIE (FENG) FSGT J R MOORE (NAV B), SGT H DALE (AG)
    FO R J BORDISS (PILOT), FSGT L JACKSON (AG), FSGT L M TALBOT (NAV), FSGT W SEVERS (A/BMR), SGT P A O'BRIEN (W/OP/AIR), FST J ROBERTSON (FENG), FO F B JAMES (AG)

    So it does look as though he went with his full crew. His crew on the night of 20/21 Jan 1944 for the trip to Berlin was as follows:

    FO Bordiss
    Sgt Robertson J
    FSgt Talbot
    Sgt Severs
    Sgt O'Brien
    PO James
    Sgt Jackson

    They returned early from this op as they had problems with the overload pump. The same crew bomb Magdeburg on the night of 21/22 Jan 44 and Berlin on 28/29 Jan 44 HTH

    Daz

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    Thanks Daz; your time and effort is much appreciated

    Can I assume there were no sorties during February?

    Also, is there any indication about whether they crewed up during operational training and/or whether they served with another operational squadron prior to being posted to 77 Squadron?

    Regards (and thanks again)

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    - 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
    The ORB for Feb is poor quality and difficult to read, I'll have a look tomorrow to see what other ops they had done.

    Regards Daz

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    Hello

    The Bordiss crew was posted to 77 in September 1943, and started ops in October. They flew ops in February 1944.

    Joss

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    Pete

    As Joss has posted the crew, with a different Navigator, were posted into 77 Sqn on 27 September 1943 from 1658 CU. The carried out one operation that I can see to Hanover on the night of 8/9 October 1943 to Hanover. I can't see any further ops in October or November, but my copy of the ORB (from TNA) is very poor. On 20/21 December they operate to Frankfurt and Talbot is shown as Navigator. They are down for Berlin on 29/30 December but do not take off. In January the return early from Berlin on 20/21, but bomb Magdeburg on 21/22 and Berlin 28/29. They conduct 5 ops in February 15/16 Berlin, 19/20 Leipzig, 22/23 Gardening but the whole Sqn is recalled, 24/25 Gardening and 25/26 Gardening. So by my reckoning they complete complete 8 ops with 77 Sqn.

    HTH Daz
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    Thanks as usual, for all the feedback.

    I will pass the information on to the relevant family. They believe there were 20 operations undertaken by the crew (including 2 with No. 35 Squadron), so I will suggest that they download the ORB from TNA to see if they can identify any others

    Regards

    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

    Have you checked the 35 Sqn ORB? I have it if you need a check. My copies of the ORBs are from The National Archives.


    Daz

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    Pete,

    Bordiss' medals were sold at auction a couple of years ago: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-us/a...5-a4fb00d9ef40

    Col.

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    Pete

    The operation to Kassel, mentioned in the DNW auction catalogue was flown by Bordiss only. He flew with Flt Warren's crew as second pilot. The ten ops mentioned may well include those that were aborted. A possibility for the other ops is anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay, 10 O.T.U. had a detachment at St Eval flying this type of patrol in old Whitley's. I have found a number of crews having undertaken these ops once completed training at the O.T.U. and prior to moving on to the Heavy Conversion Unit.

    Regards

    Daz
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