I know: slowest blog in the world. I’ve been travelling a lot for work, but onward! So we arrive at August 25 – Sept 16, 1944. Dad is flying solo in a Typhoon IB but also an Anson and Auster. No idea about the latter aircraft, so it’s Dr. Google.
Whilst flying solo in the Typhoon, Dad was undertaking individual dive bombing, section dive bombing and rockets at 30° and 45°. I know that the Typhoon had rockets under each wing, so presumably Dad was practicing firing the rockets at particular angles.
The summary of his flying for August 18 – August 25, 1944 was signed off by F/Lt RJ Hyde. A quick Dr Google search shows this to be Reginald Jack Hyde.
In the Anson and the Auster aircraft, Dad was the second pilot (with Flt. Sgt Clarke and W/O Graham respectively) and he was practicing dives, low flying and (I think) flying to Bognor Regis in West Essex. I am presuming this is in preparation to be moved to France, because half-way down the log page Dad joins No. 181 Squadron in France. Another quick search shows that this squadron was a fighter-bomber unit, operating Typhoons and relocated to France.
There are some references to B6, B48 and B58 – no idea – over to the experts.
So from September 3, 1944 it seems that Dad was relocated to France with No. 181 Squadron and was flying Typhoons (or Tiffies as they were referred to). Dad is now in the thick of things from a reading of his logbook. No longer practicing, but attacking jettys and encountering flak.
On September 3, the logbook records B30 Creton – B48 Amiens. Not sure but I think that B30 was a unit stationed at Creton and B48 might have been a unit stationed at Amiens. Was he flying between these units for some reason? On the 6th, he was flying between B48 Amiens and B58 Belgium. I’m not really sure what he was doing so, again, over to the experts.
September 8, Dad is flying the Typhoon and records “tugs & barges on Rhine”, so I am assuming he was on some mission to look for the enemy. His notes record: “No flak. Hit one barge with rockets & got cannon strikes on tug. F/Lt Stockes missing.” I’m wondering if Dad incorrectly recorded this pilot’s name: is it F/Lt N. F. Stock?
From September 10 to September 16, Dad flew back to Bognor Regis, conducted an air test, attacked jettys at Lillo (is this Lille in France?) and provided cover for a troop concentration. There’s some stuff I don’t understand, such as:
- Attack jettys – Lillo (R/P & cannon)
- Turnout – Tilbury – Breda – Bergen op 200M
- Troop concentration M.E. of AART
If you click on the thumbnail photos below, you can enlarge the page of the logbook.
As Dad was providing cover for the troop concentration on September 16, he records: “Wizard fun – no flak. Plastered wood with rockets & cannon.”