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    I have a Combat Report from the National Archives (UK) involving Lancaster W4181, No.49 Squadron, 21/22 December 1942. Unhappily most of the names are smudged and I would like to obtain confirmation as to names and perhaps initials. The crewmen are (or look like) Sergeant Meek (pilot and very indistinct), Flight Sergeant Peter (flight engineer and very indistinct), Pilot Officer Gatty (navigator), Sergeant Jeffery (air bomber), Flight Sergeant Hogg (WOP), Sergeant Kerr (mid-upper gunner) and Sergeant Campbell (rear gunner - this is Michael John Campbell, later commissioned and awarded DFC for services in No.419 Squadron). Help !

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    Hugh

    From a very unlcear ORB, I can provide the following:

    MA Eyre, JD Dwyer, JN Catty(*), RS Hogg, HWG Kerr, GRB Jeffery, WJ Campbell

    (*) Lots of different spellings of his name

    I have looked through a fair few operations using the "watermarked" ORB on TNA and this is about the best I can do for you, using this method

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    Pete
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    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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    Hello,

    111548 F/O (Pilot) Malcolm Albert EYRE RAFVR - later DFC -LG: 21/9/45 - 630 Sqn - MID LG: 1/1/45.
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...detail/Eyre_MA

    619461 Sgt (F/Eng.) J D DWYER RAF - later MID - LG: 8/6/44
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...etail/Dwyer_JD

    112757 P/O (Nav.) James Norman CATTY RAFVR - later DFC - LG: 18/5/43 - 49 Sqn.
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...l/Catty_JamesN

    522683 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Robert Service HOGG RAFVR - later CGM - LG: 14/5/43 - 49 Sqn.
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...detail/Hogg_RS

    1348823 Sgt (Air Gnr.) H W G KERR RAFVR - POW 16/17-4-43 - 49 Sqn - Pilsen - BCL4/110
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...etail/Kerr_HWG

    1287291 Sgt (W.Op/Air Gnr.) G R B JEFFEREY RAFVR - See also Jefferys/Jeffery
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...l/Jefferey_GRB

    R124625 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) Michael John CAMPBELL RCAF - later J85694 DFC - LG: 20/7/45 - 419 Sqn.
    http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personne...il/Campbell_MJ

    Col.
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    Many thanks. The entry for Campbell in the RCAF awards data base now reads:

    CAMPBELL, P/O Michael John (J85694) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 10 December 1921 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; home there (service station attendant); enlisted Halifax 20 August 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942). Commissioned April 1944. Award presented 1 April 1949. Member of postwar RCAF (23170), retiring 15 June 1970 to Clearbrook, British Columbia. Died in Vancouver, 16 February 1994.

    This officer has completed two tours of operational duty and has attacked many of the major targets in Germany. On one occasion during his first tour he completed a sortie to Munich in the course of which he destroyed a Junkers 88 which attacked his aircraft. On another sortie to Essen Pilot Officer Campbell's aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190 but by means of his cool and precise instructions to his pilot this attack was successfully out-manoeuvred. He has always displayed outstanding courage and efficiency.

    DHist file 181.009 D.1634 (RG.24 Volume 20604) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson, 14 February 1945 when he had flown 56 sorties (330 hours) as an Air Gunner. First tour had been with No.49 Squadron, 35 sorties (196 hours) but log book lost in sea kit from Canada to England after home leave.

    This officer has, during two tours, completed 56 sorties, the majority of which have been over the most heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Berlin, Essen (5), Dusseldorf (4), Duisburg (4), Hamburg (3), Stuttgart (3), Nuremburg (3) [and] including three sorties to Italy.

    During his first tour when detailed to attack Munich on 21 December 1942 his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88, but by cool and skilful handling of his guns this attack resulted in a claim for the enemy destroyed, with no damage to his own aircraft. Again, when detailed to attack Essen on 2 March 1943 his aircraft was attacked by a FW.190 but by cool and precise instructions to his pilot this attack was successfully outmaneouvred.

    I consider the cool courage and great efficiency displayed by this officer during two exacting tours of duty fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    The sortie list (second tour only) was as follows:

    27 September 1944 - Bottrop (5.35)
    28 September 1944 - Cap Gris Nez (4.00)
    4 October 1944 - Bergen (6.40)
    6 October 1944 - Dortmund (6.55)
    9 October 1944 - Bochum (6.15)
    14 October 1944 - Duisburg (5.30, day)
    14 October 1944 - Duisburg (6.20)
    19 October 1944 - Stuttgart (7.35)
    23 October 1944 - Essen (5.15)
    25 October 1944 - Essen (5.55)
    28 October 1944 - Cologne (6.35)
    30 October 1944 - Cologne (6.20)
    16 November 1944 - Julich (5.25)
    21 November 1944 - Castrop Rauxel (7.10)
    30 November 1944 - Duisburg (7.25)
    2 December 1944 - Hagen (6.35)
    4 December 1944 - Karlsruhr (7.05)
    6 December 1944 - Osnabruck (5.40)
    15 December 1944 - Mannheim (6.35)
    2 January 1945 - Nuremburg (9.40)
    5 January 1945 - Hanover (5.30)

    National Archives (Britain) has Combat Report of 21/22 December 1942, No.49 Squadron (AIR 50/187/219. Lancaster W4181, target Munich, 2140 hours, height 9,000 feet, 30 miles east of Rheims. Crew identified (with help from RAF Commands Forum) as follows: Pilot - 111548 F/O Malcolm Albert Eyre (later DFC and Mentioned in Despatches); Flight Engineer - 619461 Sergeant J.D. Dwyer (later Mentioned in Despatches); Navigator - 112757 P/O James Norman Catty (later DFC); WOP/AG - 522683 Sergeant Robert Service Hogg (later CGM); Mid-Upper Air Gunner - 1348823 Sergeant H. W. G. Kerr (POW, 16/17 April 1943); Air Bomber - 1287291 Sergeant G. R. B. Jefferey (also rendered as Jefferys/Jeffery):Rear Gunner - R124625 Flight Sergeant Michael John Campbell (later J85694, DFC).

    Lancaster attacked from port quarter below by Ju.88 carrying no lights. Opened fire from 250 yards to 25 yards breaking off above rear turret starboard. Lancaster did steep diving turn to port. Both Mid Upper and Rear fired. Second attack again from port quarter and Lancaster again did steep turn to port, both Mid Upper and Rear firing. Tracer seen to enter fuselage of enemy aircraft which stalled on its back and fell away vertically. Both gunners fired 400 to 500 rounds. No searchlights or unusual phenomenon. Aircraft flying between two layers of cloud. Visibility good. Enemy aircraft claimed as damaged.

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