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Crew 9, Pilot Ronald Roy Hickey – 462 Squadron RAAF

 

Crew 09 of 462 Squadron, Driffield 1944, back, W/OP Lennie ROWE, R/AG Maurie DRAPER, MU/AG Mac McCLELLAND, F/Eng Lofty Duchesne; front, B/A Bill WOOD, Pilot Ron Hickey, Nav John COCKRAM.
Photo supplied by Shirley Cockram, wife of the late John Cockram.

Identification for Crew 09 of 462 Squadron, Driffield 1944, back, W/OP Lennie ROWE, R/AG Maurie DRAPER, MU/AG Mac McCLELLAND, F/Eng Lofty Duchesne; front, B/A Bill WOOD, Pilot Ron Hickey, Nav John COCKRAM.
Photo supplied by Shirley Cockram, wife of the late John Cockram.

 

Crew 9, 462 Squadron, Driffield, Yorkshire

Pilot: Ronald Roy HICKEY (Ron)
Bomb Aimer: William Johnston WOOD (Bill)
Navigator: John Crothers COCKRAM (John)
Wireless Operator: Leonard ROWE (Lennie)
Rear Gunner: Haden Maurice DRAPER (Maurie)
Mid-Upper Gunner: Richard Hamilton Hugh McCLELLAND (Hugh/Mac)
Flight Engineer: Leslie Robert DUCHESNE (Lofty)

Links to additional crew information;
Crew Ops at 466 Squadron, Driffield;
Crew Ops at 462 Squadron, Driffield;
Gallantry Award – DFC for Hickey.

Photo at left: Crew outside the Respirator Workshop, RAF Driffield,
Back L to R: W/OP Lennie ROWE, R/AG Maurie DRAPER, MU/AG Hugh/Mac McCLELLAND, F/Eng Lofty Duchesne;
Front L to R: B/A Bill WOOD, Pilot Ron Hickey, Nav John COCKRAM.

Their rank appears to be:
Sgt – Draper, Duchesne; F/Sgt – Rowe, Wood, Cockram;
P/O – Hickey; F/O – McClelland.

The reverse of the photo (at left) has the crew identification and label "Driffield 1944", as originally written by John Cockram, with himself recorded as "ME". It appears to be summertime, so was probably taken between July and mid-August 1944, during the crew's posting to 466 Squadron, Driffield. The crew's first Op at 462 Squadron, then also based at RAF Driffield, was on 25 August 1944.

The same crew photo is also shown in "Brave and True", page 139, labelled as Crew 132 of 466 Squadron, however only P/O R R Hickey (centre front) and P/O R H H McClelland (back, 2nd from right) are named, with the remainder of the crew were unidentified.

Reference sources – Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; The National Archives of Australia (462 Squadron Operational Record Book); Australian War Memorial; London Gazette; "Brave & True".
Photos from the John Crothers Cockram Archives were supplied by, and used with the permission of his wife Shirley Cockram.

 

Crew 9 of 462 Squadron, with Halifax at Driffield 1944; Maurie Draper, Hugh McClelland, Bill Wood, Ron Hickey, Lofty Duchesne; John Cockram, Lennie Rowe.
Photo supplied by Shirley Cockram, wife of the late John Cockram.

Crew 9 of 462 Squadron, with a Halifax at RAF Driffield, early November 1944. The aircraft seems to be undergoing maintenance or preparation for an Op. Several of the crew are in dress uniform, so were very well dressed to be departing on, or returning from an Op.

By 25 August 1944 when posted to 462 Squadron, McCLelland and Hickey were both Flying Officers; Hickey was promoted to Acting Flight Lieutenant by 30 October 1944; Duchesne had been Commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer effective 9 September 1944; and Cockram to Pilot Officer in November 1944; Rowe is shown with Warrant Officer rank. This suggests a date of early November 1944, perhaps the crew's last photos prior to their posting from 462 Squadron after completion of their 1st Operational Tour. The Crew's last Op was on the night 4 November.

 

Close-up of Crew 9 of 462 Squadron, with Halifax at Driffield 1944; Maurie Draper, Hugh McClelland, Bill Wood, Ron Hickey, Lofty Duchesne; John Cockram, Lennie Rowe.
Photo supplied by Shirley Cockram, wife of the late John Cockram.

Close-up of photo at left, Crew 9 of 462 Squadron, RAF Driffield, early November 1944.

Back, L to R: R/AG Maurie DRAPER, MU/AG Mac McCLELLAND, B/A Bill WOOD, Pilot Ron HICKEY, F/Eng Lofty DUCHESNE (with black leather gloves);
Front, L to R: Nav John COCKRAM, W/OP Lennie ROWE.

 

Crew 9 of 462 Squadron, RAF Driffield 1944, with Halifax aircraft "Jane" showing Nose Art.
Photo supplied by Shirley Cockram, wife of the late John Cockram.

Crew 9 of 462 Squadron, RAF Driffield 1944, with Halifax showing aircraft Nose Art. The photo had been labelled as "Jane".

No Serial Number is in view, nor is any other means of identification visible – often the code letter was above the wheel arch.

P/O Lofty Duchesne, F/Eng, with black leather gloves, is shown on the right under the propeller. The others are not identified. The crew man in flying gear (3rd from left) may be from another crew scheduled for an Op in that aircraft.

This crew's 2nd last Op on 02 Nov 1944 was in Halifax MZ341 Z5-P. However Brophy's crew was also listed for this aircraft, same Op, but that crew may have been in MZ431(?) (not recorded elsewhere).

This crew's last Op was on 04 Nov 1944 in Halifax MZ457 Z5-Y, and for the same Op, Finley and 2nd Pilot Sharp were flying MZ431 Z5-J. The photo may have been taken on one of those evenings.

Please make contact if you can identify this Halifax by Serial Number, and Squadron.

 

Close-up of Halifax aircraft 'Jane" showing Nose Art, Driffield 1944, 462 Squadron.
Photo supplied by Shirley Cockram, wife of the late John Cockram.

Close-up of Halifax aircraft "Jane" showing Nose Art, 462 Squadron, RAF Driffield 1944. With the scantily-clad Jane is a row of 9 bombs, which usually indicated the number of Ops for that aircraft to that time.

Is this MZ431 Z5-J "Jane" of 462 Squadron, in use from mid-October 1944 to late April 1945? Refer also to photo on Halifax page, but no nose art is visible in that photo for comparison.
Crew 9 did not fly any Ops in MZ431 Z5-J.
Definite Ops for MZ431 at Driffield in 1944:-
1. 21 Oct Wilson crew; 2. 04 Nov Finley crew with 2nd Pilot Sharp;
3. 06 Nov James crew; 4. 16 Nov Whatling crew;
5. 18 Nov Carthy crew; 6. 29 Nov Carthy Crew;
7. 02 Dec Carthy crew; 8. 06 Dec Rate Crew;
9. 18 Dec Carthy crew; 10. 21 Dec Marchant crew.
Wilson, Finley and Cuttriss had also been posted from 466 Sqdn.

Art work is different from that of HX266 HD-J of 466 Squadron, however HX266 was known as "Johnny", not "Jane" refer to Cuttriss crew page; Hickey and crew flew in HX266 HD-J in July 1944 at 466 Sqdn, 2 training flights, and Op 5 to the Ruhr.

Art work is different from MZ913 Z5-N "Jane" (aka "Nan") of 462 Squadron, in use from January to April 1945 at Foulsham (also on Halifax page), but Crew 9 was not posted to Foulsham.
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Pilot

Name: Ronald Roy HICKEY (Ron)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 425654
Date of Birth: 12 October 1922
Place of Birth: Gladstone, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 25 April 1942
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Qld
Next of Kin: Eileen HICKEY
Date of Discharge: 27 February 1948
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: RAAF Station, Amberley, Qld
WW2 Honours and Gallantry: Distinguished Flying Cross
Prisoner of War: No
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Bomb Aimer

Name: William Johnston WOOD (Bill)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 419373
Date of Birth: 06 November 1923
Place of Birth: Lilydale, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 18 July 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Charles WOOD
Date of Discharge: 19 September 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: Aircrew Allocation Centre
WW2 Honours and Gallantry:
Prisoner of War: No
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Navigator

Name: John Crothers COCKRAM (John)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 419379
Date of Birth: 01 January 1924
Place of Birth: Northcote, Vic
Date of Enlistment: 20 July 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Isis HOOPER
Date of Discharge: 03 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 96 Squadron
WW2 Honours and Gallantry:
Prisoner of War: No
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Wireless Operator

Name: Leonard ROWE (Lennie)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 427663
Date of Birth: 02 March 1924
Place of Birth: Boulder, Western Australia
Date of Enlistment: 16 August 1942
Place of Enlistment: Perth. WA
Next of Kin: Joseph ROWE
Date of Discharge: 03 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 96 Squadron
WW2 Honours and Gallantry:
Prisoner of War: No
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Rear Gunner

Name: Haden Maurice DRAPER (Maurie)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 429109 (later O17914)
Date of Birth: 21 October 1921
Place of Birth: Orange, New South Wales
Date of Enlistment: 27 October 1942
Locality on Enlistment: Lucknow, NSW
Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW
Next of Kin: Gertrude DRAPER
Date of Discharge: 04 January 1946
Rank at Discharge: Flying Officer
Posting at Discharge: 630 Squadron
WW2 Honours and Gallantry:
Prisoner of War: No
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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: Richard Hamilton Hugh McCLELLAND (Hugh/Mac)
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 428339
Date of Birth: 18 August 1924
Place of Birth: Caulfield, Vic
Date of Enlistment: 10 October 1942
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: Henry McCLELLAND
Date of Discharge: 11 December 1945
Rank at Discharge: Flight Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge: 9 Aircrew Holding Unit
WW2 Honours and Gallantry:
Prisoner of War: No
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Flight Engineer

Name: Leslie Robert DUCHESNE (Lofty)
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 1602301 (later 184922)
Date & Place of Birth: .........
Date and Place of Enlistment: .......
Next of Kin: .........
Date of Discharge: .........
Rank and Posting at Discharge: .........
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Additional Crew Information – At the time of writing (late November 2017), none of the Service Files for the six RAAF members of this crew had been digitized by the National Archives of Australia. The UK RAF Service File for Duchesne was also not accessible. Therefore, no information is readily available regarding each individual crew member's training, postings, and the initial crew formation.
However information has been sourced from the 462 Squadron Operational Record Book (Forms 540 and 541) from the National Archives of Australia; the Australian World War 2 Nominal Roll (online); various books relating to 466 and 462 Squadrons (refer to Acknowledgements); Facebook page of "Friends of 446/462 Squadrons"; and from the late John Cockram's Archives, including photos and his Flying Log Book.

When and where the crew formed and trained at an OTU, and where they trained at an HCU is not yet known by this author.
This crew of seven were posted TO 466 Squadron Driffield, sometime in late June or early July 1944.
From Navigator John Cockram's Flying Log Book, there were two training flights with Pilot P/O Hickey on 10 July, another on 13 July, and the combined crew's first Op on 17 July (further details in later section).

Hickey and Crew 132, of 466 Squadron – Pilot Hickey had carried out his first 2 Ops as 2nd Pilot, then a further 15 Ops with his usual crew. Cockram's Log Book had not counted one Op which was not completed due to an unserviceable motor.
The names highlighted below are those who were subsequently posted as a crew to 462 Squadron.

Crew details – sourced from "Brave & True", 2nd Edition, 2007, page 140.

Crew 132 of 466 Squadron, Pilot Hickey, Driffield 1944; later crew 9 of 462 Squadron, Driffield.

From the above, F/Eng Duchesne was the only permanent member of this crew who did not complete all of his 15 Ops at 466 Squadron with Pilot Hickey, having been substituted on at least 2 occasions.

Hickey and Crew 09, of 462 Squadron
August 1944
– The Hickey Crew was posted FROM 466 Squadron, Driffield, TO 462 Squadron, Driffield on 20 August 1944 (details below from ORB). The unofficial Crew Number 09 was used by the 466/462 Squadron Association and various authors.

14 August 1944 – Bomber Command advised RAF Driffield that it had been decided to form 462 (RAAF) Squadron at Driffield, with effect from 12 August 1944.
18 August 1944 – certain ground staff personnel arrived, and Flight Lieutenant (Acting Squadron Leader) D E S Shannon was appointed to the Acting Rank of Wing Commander, and was posted from 466 (RAAF) Squadron Driffield to command 462 (RAAF) Squadron, Driffield.
19 August 1944 – Flying Officer D G Highman, RAAF, arrived to take up duties as the Adjutant of 462 Squadron.
20 August 1944 – S/Ldr B J MacDermott and S/Ldr J T Brophy were posted from 466 (RAAF) Squadron Driffield to take up duties as Flight Commanders for 462 (RAAF) Squadron, Driffield, together with 27 Officers included in 14 crews.

Officers, Form 540, page 4 (August 1944, Postings TO)
Flying Officer R R Hickey 425654 RAAF
Flying Officer R H McClelland 428339 RAAF (ORB initials as R H instead of R H H)

NCOs Form 540, page 5 (August 1944, Postings TO)
Flight Sergeant W J Wood 419373 RAAF
Flight Sergeant J C Cockram 419379 RAAF
Flight Sergeant L Rowe 427663 RAAF
Flight Sergeant H M Draper 429109 RAAF
Sergeant L R Duchesne 1602301 (Force not listed, but RAFVR)

The Crew's first Op at 462 Squadron was on 25 August, and last on 04 November 1944.

Four of the crew was posted FROM 462 Squadron in November 1944, and two in December 1944, having completed their First Operational Tour.

Officers, Form 540, page 31 (November 1944, Postings FROM)
Flying Officer McClelland 428339 RAAF (no initials, and incorrectly listed Sce No as 428379)
Pilot Officer L R Duchesne 184922 (Force not listed, but RAFVR)

NCOs Form 540, page 31 (November 1944, Postings FROM)
Flight Sergeant W J Wood 419373 RAAF
Flight Sergeant H Draper 429109 RAAF (initials H instead of H M)

Officers, Form 540, page 40 (December 1944, Postings FROM)
Flight Lieutenant R R Hickey 425654 RAAF
Pilot Officer J C Cockram 419379 RAAF

The name of Flight Sergeant L Rowe 427663 RAAF was not recorded, but should have been included with the NCO postings FROM the Squadron in December 1944, based on the information in "Brave & True" that Hickey, Cockram & Rowe were posted to 96 Squadron.

Pilot Ronald Roy HICKEY

His progression through the Officer ranks at 466 and 462 Squadron in 1944 can be followed in Nav Cockram's Log book, where Pilot Hickey is recorded initially as Pilot Officer (July), then as Flying Officer (August, September, October); and finally as Flight Lieutenant with the additional responsibility of signing off log books "for Officer Commanding B Flight".
16 February 1945 – DFC Award was promulgated in the London Gazette (see later section for further details)
February and March 1945 – 96 Squadron, Transport Command, Leconfield, Yorkshire (from Nav Cockram's Log Book; they were still flying together.)
April 1945 – 96 Squadron, 1330 Conversion Unit, Bilbeis, Middle East (with Nav Cockram).
May, June, July 1945 – 96 Squadron, India and Bengal (with Nav Cockram).
After his repatriation to Australia, Hickey remained in the RAAF.
20 July 1947 – Presentation of DFC insignia, his posting then was at 38 Squadron, RAAF, Schofields, NSW.
27 February 1948 – Discharged from RAAF at rank of Flight Lieutenant, from RAAF Station, Amberley, Qld.

Saturday 23 September 2017 – Ron Hickey passed away after a short illness. His funeral service was held on Thursday 28 September 2017 at the Landsborough Catholic Church, Queensland. My sympathy is extended to his family and friends.

Bomb Aimer William Johnston Wood 419373 enlisted on 18 July 1942 in Melbourne.

Navigator John Crothers Cockram 419379 enlisted on 20 July 1942 in Melbourne.

With very similar Service Numbers, and enlistment dates and location, it is quite possible that Wood and Cockram trained together as Observers, to later crew-up as Bomb Aimer and Navigator respectively.

Cockram was posted from 462 Squadron TO 96 Squadron in early December 1944, along with Pilot Hickey, and W/OP Rowe. Cockram's Second Tour was carried out at 96 Squadron at various locations, transcribed below as as recorded in his Log Book.

February 1945 – 96 Squadron, Transport Command, Leconfield, Yorkshire; Pilot Hickey; Halifax III; circuits.
March 1945 – 96 Squadron, Transport Command, Leconfield, Yorkshire; various pilots including Hickey; flying Halifax III; local flight from base to St Mawgan's to base; cross country flights.
April 1945 – 96 Squadron, 1330 Conversion Unit, Transport Flight, Middle East; Bilbeis, Cairo West, Bilaspur; with various pilots, including Hickey; flying Dakota aircraft; destinations included Heliopolis, Kabrit, Ismailia, Habbaniya, Shaibah, Bahrein, Sharjah, Jask, Jiwani, Karachi.
May 1945 – 96 Squadron; Pilot Hickey; Dakota aircraft; Karachi, Nagpur, Bilaspur, Comilla, with a range of other flight destinations in India, Bengal, Burma.
June 1945 – 96 Squadron; Pilot Hickey; Dakota aircraft; Bilaspur, Arkonam.
July 1945 – 96 Squadron, Pilot Hall; Dakota aircraft; Bilaspur, Bhopal.

03 January 1946 – Cockram was discharged from the RAAF.

Wireless Operator Leonard Rowe was also posted to 96 Squadron, and he may have crewed there with Hickey & Cockram. Rowe and Cockram were both discharged from the RAAF on the same date 03 January 1946, both at the rank of Flying Officer, and both at 96 Squadron.

Flight Engineer Leslie Robert Duchesne – nickname Lofty, no doubt due to his height.

09 September 1944 (date of effect) – Sergeant Duchesne, 1602301 RAFVR, General Duties Branch, was Appointed to a Commission at the rank of Pilot Officer, and issued with a new Sce No 184922; published in the London Gazette, No 36780, Tuesday 07 November 1944 (2nd Supplement to London Gazette Issue Friday 03 November 1944).

09 March 1945 (date of effect) – Promotion to Flying Officer, not yet located in London Gazette, but sourced from the Air Force List, July 1945, page 441, Column 1903a: "Flight Engineers, General Duties Branch, promotion to Flying Officer, L R Duchesne – 09 March 1945."

19 November 1958 (date of effect) – Published in the London Gazette, No 41598, Tuesday 06 January 1959, page 161 (2nd Supplement to London Gazette Issue Friday 02 January 1959)

Air Ministry 06 January 1959 (page 160) – "The undermentioned relinquish their commissions under the provisions of the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves Act, 1954, and have been granted permission to retain their rank, as stated, with effect from the date stated."
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – Flying Officers, retaining their rank:
L R Duchesne (184922) 19th November 1958.

 

More information is sought on all members of this crew. If you can assist, please make contact.
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Crew Ops at 466 Squadron – transcribed from "Brave & True", 2nd Ed'n (pages 95 and 140), target names as recorded there.
Dates – e.g. 9/10, they departed in the evening of the 9th, and returned in the early hours of the 10th (and so on for other dates).
Extra info in the last column has been transcribed from Nav Cockram's Log Book. Day Ops unless noted otherwise.
Total Ops for Hickey 17; total Ops for Cockram from his Log book 14 (possibly 15, if 5 August is included).

 

Op 466 Sqdn
Op No.
Date Target
(as recorded in Brave & True)
Extra details from
Nav's Log Book – 466 Sqdn
1 B105 12/13 July 1944 Ferme du Forestal;
Hickey as 2nd Pilot for crew 84, Pilot C R Wilson
 
2

B106

14/15 July 1944 Les Landes Vielles et Neuves;
Hickey as 2nd Pilot for crew 56, Pilot F B Black
 
3 B107 17 July 1944

Bois de la Haye;
with his own crew from this date

Op 1; HX244 O;
Bois de la Haie
4 B109 18 July 1944 Paris (Vaires Marshalling Yards) Op 2; HX244 O;
Flak through nose of a/c
5 B110 20/21 July 1944 Ardouval Op 3; HX244 O; night;
Violent electrical storm
6 B112 23/24 July 1944 Les Catelliers Op 4; HX244 O; night
7 B114 25/26 July 1944 Wanne Eickel Op 5; HX266 J; night; Ruhr
8 B115 28 July 1944 Foret de Nieppe Op 6; MZ306 K
9 B120 5 August 1944 Foret de Nieppe Op 7; HX244 O; Not carried out, u/s motor
10 B121 6 August 1944 Foret de Nieppe Op 7; HX244 O
11 B122 7/8 August 1944 Battle Area 3 Op 8; HX244 O; Second Front Army Co-op, near Caen
12 B123 9 August 1944 Coquereaux Op 9; HX244 O
13 B125 11 August 1944 Etaples Railway Bridge Op 10; P
14 B126 12/13 August 1944 Brunswick Op 11; HX244 O; night
15 B128 15 August 1944 Eindhoven Airfield Op 12; Z
16 B129 16/17 August 1944 Kiel Op 1; HX244 O; night
17 B130 18/19 August 1944 Sterkrade Op 14; HX244 O; Ruhr; night

Aircraft identification code for 466 Squadron at Driffield was HD.
From the Log Book entries, this crew completed 10 Ops in HX244 HD-O (4 in July, 6 in August with a 7th attempted).
The aircraft Serial Number for HD-P was MZ877, and for HD-Z was NR132, as sourced from Brave and True (from text; Table III; Table V; Appendix II).
HX266 HD-J – photo on the Cuttriss crew page.
MZ306 K transferred to 462 Squadron – photo on the Halifax page.

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Crew Ops at 462 Squadron – sourced from the 462 Squadron ORB; additional information transcribed from John Cockram's Log Book.

The following table lists the Ops for Hickey and crew – with missions abandoned by Master Bomber; a recall; landing away.
These 20 Ops at 462 Squadron brought Hickey's total Op tally to 37; and Cockram's Op Tally to 34.
Training and non-Op flights are included from the log book, and are included here. These flights are not usually listed in the ORB.
Up and Down times in black are daylight Ops; in red are night Ops.
Serial Numbers are from the ORB; Z5 Code from Cockram's Log book (matching known Halifax identification).
There were the usual variations in spelling of Surnames, initials, and Service Numbers for crew members.
There were 3 Ops with a 2nd Pilot.
Except for MU/AG McClelland who was substituted for 3 Ops, and W/OP Rowe for 1 Op, all other members of this crew flew all Ops with Pilot Hickey. McClelland and Rowe did not "catch up" Ops with other crews.

Date Op No A/c Serial Code Z5- Up Down Target Op Type Comments
25/08/1944 1 HX244 O

1821

2159 Watten (1 of 9 aircraft tasked from 462 Sqdn) Bombing

Cockram's Op 15; log book as day flight

27/08/1944 2 HX244 O 1136 1623 Homberg (1 of 10) Bombing Cockram's Op 16; 1st daylight Op to Ruhr
31/08/1944 3 NA521 H 1249 1616 La Pourchinte (1 of 8) Bombing Cockram's Op 17; Mission abandoned by Master Bomber; all bombs brought back by this crew
03/09/1944 4 MZ296 N 1552 1926 Soesterberg (1 of 10) Bombing

Cockram's Op 18

09/09/1944 5 MZ296 N 0635 1054 Le Havre (1 of 12) Bombing

Cockram's Op 19; 2nd Pilot Cookson; mission abandoned by Master Bomber; bombs jettisoned

10/09/1944 6 MZ296 N 1440 1858 Le Havre (1 of 16) Bombing Cockram's Op 20
11/09/1944 7 MZ296 N 0609 0957 Cadillac 2 (1 of 11) Bombing Cockram's Op 21
12/09/1944 8 MZ296 N 1115 1620

Gelsenkirchen (1 of 16)

Bombing

Cockram's Op 22; Ruhr

13/09/1944 9 MZ792
(in ORB)
  1547 2054 Gelsenkirchen, Nordstern (1 of 15) Bombing Cockram's Op 23; Ruhr; Log Book records MZ296 N, as day flight; but ORB shows MZ792 P
15/09/1944 10 MZ296 N 2236 0413 Kiel ( 1 of 15) Bombing Cockram's Op 24
17/09/1944 11 MZ296 N 0700 1102 Boulogne (1 of 13) Bombing Cockram's Op 25; 2nd Pilot Marchant
19/09/1944     R Day Day   Training Fighter Affiliation (Log Book)
25/09/1944     B Day Day   Ferrying

Base – Sudbury – Base; (Log Book)

03/10/1944     R Day Day   Training Bombing (Log Book)
05/10/1944     R Day Day   Training Bombing (Log Book)
05/10/1944     V Night Night   Training Night circuits (Log Book)
06/10/1944 12 MZ792 P 1403 1950 Sterkrade (1 of 17) Bombing Cockram's Op 26;
(see McGindle's page for his crew's difficulties on this Op)
07/10/1944 13 LL610 U 1150 1554 Kleve (1 of 12) Bombing Cockram's Op 27, diverted to land at Bungay on return
08/10/1944     U         Bungay to Base at Driffield (45 minutes)
09/10/1944 14 MZ448 W 1725 2255 Bochum (1 of 9) Bombing Cockram's Op 28; (Coleman crew MISSING on this Op)
14/10/1944 15 MZ296 N 0615 1134 Duisburg (1 of 14) Bombing Cockram's Op 29; substitute MU/AG F/Lt Rees
15/10/1944 16 LL601 R

1722

2150 Wilhelmshaven (1 of 9) Bombing Cockram's Op 30; substitute MU/AG F/Sgt M G Isaac
17/10/1944     S Day Day   Training Bombing (Log Book)
21/10/1944 17 MZ370 L 1607 1822 Hanover (1 of 7) Bombing "Op scrubbed"; substitute MU/AG Sgt L W Witt;
ALL recalled, bombs jettisoned in sea
29/10/1944 17 MZ457 Y 1019 1326 Westkapelle (1 of 15) Bombing Cockram's Op 31
30/10/1944 18 MZ457 Y 1733 2346 Köln (Cologne) (1 of 13) Bombing Cockram's Op 32; 2nd Pilot P/O J N B Boyd;
substitute W/OP W/O L G Moyle
02/11/1944 19 MZ341 P 1641 2157 Düsseldorf (1 of 15) Bombing

Cockram's Op 33; MZ341 also listed for S/Ldr J T Brophy on same Op, Log book entry as P, which indicates that Hickey's crew was in MZ341; Brophy may have been in MZ431 J (see photo of "Jane" shown previously)
Mitchell and Jubb Crews MISSING on this Op.

04/11/1944 20 MZ457 Y 1703 2259 Bochum (1 of 13) Bombing Cockram's Op 34; Completed 1st Tour

Halifax HX244 O was previously with 466 Squadron, and was in regular use by this crew.
MZ296 in Log Book was listed as Z5-N; later designated Z5-L "Love" – photos on Halifax page

Log Book for 462 Sqdn, August 1944 – signed of by F/Lt P H Finley, Officer Commanding 'B' Flight
Log Book for 462 Sqdn, September 1944 – signed off by F/Lt R R Hickey, for O C, 'B' Flight
Log Book for 462 Sqdn, October 1944 – signed off by F/Lt R R Hickey, for O C, 'B' Flight
Log Book for 462 Sqdn, November 1944 – signed off by F/Lt R R Hickey, for O C, 'B' Flight

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Gallantry Award – Distinguished Flying Cross.

Award of DFC to F/Lt Ronald Roy Hickey 425654 RAAF, formerly of 462 Squadron, Driffield (AWM card)
Document from the Australian War Memorial, Ref RCDIG1068961

Above: Australian War Memorial card for award of DFC to F/Lt Ronald Roy Hickey 425654 RAAF.
The Citation reads for "Skill & fortitude in operations against the enemy".

The DFC Award to "Ronald Roy HICKEY (AUS.425654), 462 (RAAF) Sqn." was promulgated in the London Gazette on 16 February 1945, Issue No 36942, page 933 (4th Supplement to Issue of 13 February 1945).
(The DFC for Alan George Cuttriss of 462 Squadron was also listed in the same section.)

The 462 Squadron ORB, Form 540, May 1945, page 84, also mentioned this Award of DFC to F/Lt R R Hickey, along with listings of other Honours and Awards to former members of 462 Squadron, in order to bring the ORB records up to date.

The insignia was presented to Hickey on 30 July 1947 at Government House, Brisbane, Queensland. At that time, Hickey's current posting was 38 Squadron, RAAF, Schofields, NSW.

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