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Pilot John Henry KENNY and Crew – 462 Squadron RAAF Middle East

 

 

 

 

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KENNY and Crew based in Fayid and LG237, Egypt
September 1942 to December 1942

Pilot: John Henry KENNY 67700 RAFVR
Nav/Observer: Robert George Albert BURGESS 403601 RNZAF
Wireless Operator: R H STROUTS J.17254 RCAF
Flight Engineer: Thomas William LEMM 566092 RAF
Mid Gunner: Rolf Leganger BUGGE 106153 RAFVR
Tail Gunner: Five gunners, flying 1, or 2 or 3 Ops with this crew

2nd Pilot: E F BRAMLEY RAF
Various substitutions of the usual crew members
Additional Crew Information; including "A Nav's Story" and his photos;
Crew Ops

Nav/Obs BURGESS has been identified (by son Martyn) in a photo of 462 Squadron personnel and aircraft, Fayid, 1942, which may be seen on the KOFOED Crew page. An enlarged version of the original photo, without the aircraft, is on the 462 Squadron, Middle East page. (Photo courtesy Mark Sewell). This photo most likely also includes other members of the KENNY crew, as yet unidentified.

Information sources: 462 Squadron Operational Record Book (ORB) for October, November, December 1942 from the National Archives of Australia (NAA); ORB for September 1942 from TNA, UK; 10 Sqdn ORB July to September 1942; London Gazette, Air Force Lists; CWGC; Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph; Martyn Burgess.
Reference was also made to "To See the Dawn Again", and "The Handley Page Halifax" (details of both books in Acknowledgements).

Terminology in the 462 Squadron ORB for 1942, differs from later usage e.g. Observer / Navigator; Mid Gunner / Mid-Upper Gunner; Tail Gunner / Rear Gunner.

 

Pilot

Name: John Henry KENNY
Service: RAFVR
Service Number: 67700
Date and place of Birth: .....
Date and place of Enlistment: .....
Marital Status: .....
Next of Kin: .....

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Navigator/Observer

Name: Robert George Albert BURGESS (Shorty)
Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Service Number: 403601
Date and place of Birth: .....
Date and place of Enlistment: .....
Marital Status: .....
Next of Kin: .....

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Wireless Operator

Name: R H STROUTS
Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Service Number: J.17254
Date and place of Birth: .....
Date and place of Enlistment: .....
Marital Status: .....
Next of Kin: .....

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Flight Engineer

Name: Thomas William LEMM
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 566092 (later 52821)
Date and place of Birth: .....
Date and place of Enlistment: .....
Marital Status: .....
Next of Kin: .....

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Mid Gunner

Name: Rolf Leganger BUGGE
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 106153 (previously 927836)
Date and place of Birth: .....
Date and place of Enlistment: .....
Marital Status: .....
Next of Kin: .....

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Tail Gunner

When this crew was previously at 10 Squadron during July/August 1942, their usual Tail Gunner was Sgt Ernest Reginald MOUNSEY; then various Tail Gunners for September 1942.
MOUNSEY's name does not appear in the 462 Squadron ORB from September to December 1942.
From the Air Force Lists July 1944, July 1945, and London Gazette:-
Warrant Officer Ernest Reginald MOUNSEY RAFVR 641115, DFC in 626 Squadron, 30 June 1944 (London Gazette 36589, 30 June 1944, page 3090)
W/O MOUNSEY 641115, Commissioned to Pilot Officer 54688, effective 01 April 1944 (London Gazette 36549, 06 June 1944, page 2691)
P/O E. R. MOUNSEY 54688 promoted to Flying Officer, effective 01 October 1944 (London Gazette 36766, 27 Oct 1944, page 4913)

See Substitutions below for various other Tail Gunners

 

Second Pilot

Name: E F BRAMLEY
Service: RAFVR ?
Service Number: .....

Recorded as Sgt E F (or F F ?) BRAMLEY in 462 Squadron ORB, September 1942 to November 1942
Four Ops with Kenny Crew; one Op with GOLDSTON crew; one Op with WYATT Crew with return by ferry flight after a forced landing;
total 6 Ops at 462 Squadron

02 August 1942, "Sgt BRAMLEY" arrived at 10 Squadron, Aqir, for "second pilot duties". Initials E F for some Ops, 10 Squadron ORB.

1. Flight Sergeant Enos Frederick BRAMLEY 1252138, RAFVR,KIA 09 July 1943, 73 Squadron; Panel 7, Column 1, on the Malta Memorial, Malta; son of Thomas and Jessie Victoria Bramley, of Charlton, London.
Malta Memorial – "OVER THESE AND NEIGHBOURING LANDS AND SEAS THE AIRMEN WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED HERE FELL IN RAID OR SORTIE AND HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE"
(For info on 73 Squadron – a fighter squadron, then in Middle East and north Africa – refer to www.historyofwar.org or similar internet sites)

2. F/Sgt Leslie Francis BRAMLEY 514097 RAF
Appointed as Acting Pilot Officer 53228 from Flight Sergeant, with effect from 14 September 1943 (London Gazette 36285, 14 Dec 1943, page 5438);
Appointment amendment to 14 October 1943 (London Gazette Supp., 28 March 1944, page 1436);
Re-graded to Pilot Officer effective 09 Nov 1943 (London Gazette Supp., 07 Jan 1944, page 165).
Promoted to Flying Officer effective 09 May 1944 (London Gazette Supp., 26 May 1944, page 2426).
However L F BRAMLEY was in "Administrative and Special Duties Branch", not "General Duties Branch", so less likely to be our 2nd pilot.

Of the two listed above, Enos Frederick BRAMLEY was probably the "second Pilot" at 462 Squadron, and previously at 10 Squadron.
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Crew Substitutions
All ex-10 Squadron, except for DUNCANSON and CROFT

Observer
1 Op – F/Sgt Reginald JENKYN 1258444 (later 137331; DFC and bar)
1 Op – F/Sgt R W McBURNEY (no other details)

Flight Engineer
1 Op – Sgt Robert Hay DUNCANSON 612090 (later 52798), ex-76 Squadron (later KIA, 78 Squadron)
1 Op – Sgt S OAKFORD (no other details)

Mid-Gunner
1 Op – F/Sgt James Leslie O'MAY 968109 RAFVR

Tail Gunners
1 Op – Sgt J HALLAS (no other details)
2 Ops – F/Sgt G J HAYES (no other details)
2 Ops – F/Sgt F FALKOSKI R.70610 RCAF
2 Ops – F/Sgt James Leslie O'MAY 968109 RAFVR (as above)
3 Ops - Sgt Henry RYCROFT 1303455 RAFVR (later 175678)

Tail Gunner – Ferry flight only
F/Lt John Dawes CROFT 75689 RAFVR (ex-76 Squadron), later DFC

See Crew Ops in later section, for dates and Op details.

 

Ferry Flight only – passengers for return flight,
WYATT Crew collected from a previous forced landing in W7755-A, at LG89, on night of 12 October 1942

Pilot Sgt Francis James Lyle WYATT 1377121 RAFVR (later DFM, and 134493)
Obs F/Sgt R W McBURNEY (no other details)
Wireless Operator Sgt J A STEWART (no other details)
F/Eng Sgt Geoffrey Arthur GOSNEY 568331 (later P/O 54247)
Mid-Gunner Sgt R G NAIRNE J.18872 RCAF
Tail Gunner F/Sgt R A MIDWINTER (no other details)
2nd Pilot Sgt E F BRAMLEY (see details at left)

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Additional Crew information – No RAF/RAFVR or RNZAF or RCAF Service Files were available for members this Crew. Reference sources were listed at the start of this web page.

Only Officers were listed in the ORB Form 540 Postings TO and FROM 462 Squadron (but not consistently).
NCOs and lower ranks were not included in Postings, and details in the Form 541 Operations were brief, so that correct identification can be a problem. Inaccuracies were frequent (initials, spelling of surname, and Service Numbers). Attempts have been made to correctly identify personnel by also referring to ORBs for 10 Squadron and 76 Squadron; CWGC for possible later death; Air Force Lists and London Gazette for Gallantry Awards, Commissions, and promotions. If you believe identification is incorrect, please make contact with correct information, listing your source. Thank you in advance.

The new 462 Squadron, Middle East, was formed in on the 5th or 6th of September 1942, made up of personnel from 10 Squadron, 76 Squadron, and non-operational Service Squadrons 227 and 454. The new 462 Squadron was initially stationed at Fayid, in the Canal Zone of Egypt.

The Crew's prior training details, and number of Ops at 10 Squadron or prior postings, has not been researched.

July, August, September 1942 – KENNY and Crew, operational duties, 10 Squadron, Middle East Command

On or about 5/6 September 1942 – Pilot KENNY and Crew were posted to 462 Squadron, Middle East Command.
10 September 1942 - KENNY and Crew's first Op at 462 Squadron, flyng from Fayid.

September to 10 December 1942 – Operational duties at 462 Squadron, Fayid and LG237, Egypt, 205 Group, Middle East Command.
The crew may also have participated in Air Tests, and/or local flying, but names were not recorded in the ORB for these duties.

10 December 1942 – KENNY and Crew posted from 462 Squadron as "operationally tour expired".
Later postings after departure from 462 Squadron have not been researched.

The various 'substitute' crew members will be described with their usual crews (in crew pages yet to be created).

Pilot: John Henry KENNY 67700 RAFVR, later DFC and Bar; KIA at a later posting

Completed 9 Ops at 462 Squadron; potential Op 10 abandoned; one ferry flight.

01 June 1941- RAFVR, General Duties Branch; Commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer;
London Gazette 35203, 27 June 1941, page 3687;
Sergeant 1187932 John Henry KENNY (67700)

01 June 1942 – RAFVR, General Duties Branch; Pilot Officers promoted to the rank of Flying Officer
London Gazette 35699, 11 September 1942, page 3965;
J H KENNY (67700)

11 June 1943 – Award of Distinguished Flying Cross
London Gazette 36051, 11 June 1943, page 2679
Acting Flight Lieutenant John Henry KENNY (67700) RAFVR

01 June 1943 – RAFVR, General Duties Branch; Flying Officers promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant
London Gazette 36122, 06 August 1943, page 3537
J H KENNY, DFC (67700)

06 August 1944 – Award of Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross
London Gazette 36745, 13 October 1944, page 4691
John Henry KENNY, DFC (67700) RAFVR, 139 Squadron (since deceased).With effect from 6th August 1944.

KIA at a later posting – CWGC information
Pilot Flight Lieutenant John Henry KENNY 67700, DFC and Bar, 139 Squadron, RAFVR;
Death 07 August 1944, aged 30;
Grave 178, Section K. 3, Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery
Son of George Frederick Ernest and Frances Charlotte KENNY, of Eastbourne, Sussex, UK
Inscription on headstone, below a Cross:-
"DEARLY LOVED ONLY SON
OF GEORGE AND FRANCES KENNY.
GOD'S GIFT, REMEMBRANCE"

Details of his Crash landing in a Mosquito Bomber at RAF Upwood on return from an Op, and the death of KENNY and his Nav, are detailed on the "Aircrew Remembered" site, with headstone photos.

Nav/Observer: Robert George Albert BURGESS 403601 RNZAF – see next section

Wireless Operator: R H STROUTS J.17254 RCAF

Completed 10 Ops at 462 Squadron; 9 with Pilot KENNY and 1 with Pilot ALLEN; potential Op 11 abandoned; one ferry flight.

Commission, and promotions were not located in the London Gazette.

Mentioned in Despatches – King's orders for publications of names of personnel who had been mentioned in despatches (page 88); London Gazette 37407, 01 January 1946, page 126
Royal Canadian Air Force
Flight Lieutenant R H STROUTS (Can/J.17254)

Flight Engineer: Thomas William LEMM 566092 RAF – all initials in the 462 Squadron ORB were recorded as J W, but J W LEMM was not located in the Air Force Lists, London Gazette or CWGC. The AF List (January 1944) included the name of T W LEMM with Flight Engineers, so is (currently) believed to be the correct person.

Completed 9 Ops at 462 Squadron; 7 with Pilot KENNY and 2 with Pilot MURRAY; potential Op 10 abandoned; one ferry flight.

14 July 1943 – RAF, General Duties Branch; Commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer;
London Gazette 36178, 21 September 1943, page 4177;
Sergeant 566092 Thomas William LEMM (52821)

14 January 1944 – RAF, General Duties Branch; Pilot Officers promoted to the rank of Flying Officer
London Gazette 36330, 14 January 1944, page 311;
T W LEMM, (52821)

14 November 1944 – Award of Distinguished Flying Cross
London Gazette 36793, 14 November 1944, page 5206
Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas William LEMM (52821) RAF, 158 Squadron

14 July 1945 – RAF, General Duties Branch; Flying Officers promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant
London Gazette 37226, 17 August 1945, page 4175
T W LEMM, DFC (52821)

Mid Gunner: Rolf Leganger BUGGE 106153 RAFVR

Completed 9 Ops at 462 Squadron; 8 with Pilot KENNY and 1 with Pilot CLARKE; potential Op 10 abandoned.

06 September 1941 – RAFVR, General Duties Branch; Commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer;
London Gazette 35319, 21 October 1941, page 6114;
Leading Aircraftman
927836 Rolf Leganger BUGGE (106153)

06 September 1942 – RAFVR, General Duties Branch; Pilot Officers promoted to the rank of Flying Officer
London Gazette 35747, 16 October 1942, page 4489;
R L BUGGE (106153)

06 September 1943 – RAFVR, General Duties Branch; Flying Officers promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant
London Gazette 36165, 10 September 1943, page 4018

R L BUGGE (106153)
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Robert George Albert BURGESS (Shorty) 403601 RNZAF – presented herewith is "A Navigator's Story" written by his son Martyn BURGESS, and included here with Martyn's permission (words, format and photos unchanged). Copyright is retained by Martyn. Following the story are 2 sets of historic photos, included here for interest, however more information is being sought regarding when, where, and who are in the photos. Comments from this site, are included in italics after each section.

According to the 462 Squadron ORB, BURGESS completed 8 Ops at 462 Squadron; 7 with Pilot KENNY, and 1 with Pilot WYATT; an Op with Pilot GIBBONS was abandoned, as was potential Op 10 with KENNY; one ferry flight.

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Fairey Battle aircraft, during training in Canada?

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Merger of 10/227 Squadron and 76/454 Squadron, to form 462 Squadron, occurred on 5/6 September 1942. See also notes after Crew Ops regarding use of Halifax W7716-B or W1151-B on 10 November 1942.

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

The crashed Halifax with letter code 'Z' appears to be W1176-Z which crash-landed 5 miles north west of Fayid aerodrome, shortly after take-off on an Op to Tobruk on 29 September 1942 – Pilot MURRAY and Crew. A different photo of the crashed W1176-Z was published in "The Handley Page Halifax" (page 77, Author K A Merrick – see Acknowledgements) – that photo was taken from the left rear, looking towards the front of the aircraft, with what appear to be the same 2 vehicles, and personnel milling around. First news to reach Fayid, was brought by the pilot/captain, F/Lt MURRAY, who walked from the wreck to the Watch Office to report the incident – ref ORB, Form 540.)

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Above left – Halifax W7755-A (serial number visible at magnification), was flown by this crew on their first 3 Ops ar 462 Squadron, all from Fayid – see Ops Table in next section. It was also involved in this crew's ferry flight, to collect the WYATT crew who had landed away in W7755-A.

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

Corrections or information may be sent via this Tribute site – Contact – and will be forwarded to Martyn.

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

BURGESS embarked from New Zealand in the Troop Ship "Awatea" en route to Canada for training as an Observer. A stop at Honolulu in November 1940, is recorded with the 2 photos above – Hula dancers; and the Aircraft Carrier "Saratoga".

 

Robert George Albert Burgess 403601 RNZAF, 462 Squadron

 

Photos from the Desert which need more research to identify who, when and where - either 10 Squadron or 462 Squadron.
Clockwise from top right, excluding photos presented in the Navigator's Story –
1. Five men beside Halifax (no letter code or serial number visible) with fire – possibly Fl/Lt KENNY standing at left, with stripes on shoulders; man squatting on right, also Fl/Lt stripes on shoulder and AG brevet – possibly F/Lt BUGGE (if so – dated after 10 October 1942)
2. Unidentified airman beside damaged tailplane of German aircraft
3. Loading bombs into Halifax Z – probably W1176-Z (crashed on 29 September 1942 – MURRAY)
4. Three men in front of truck – Officer in centre may be Pilot KENNY?
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Crew Ops at 462 Squadron, Fayid, Egypt, and Landing Ground 237 (LG237), Egypt –

Transcribed from the 462 Squadron Operational Record Book (ORB), September, October, November 1942, Forms 541, Detail of Work Carried Out; and Forms 540 Summary of Events. Some of the pages are badly faded, or were very poor quality carbon copies (some 1942 originals had been created using very worn carbon paper), so some words are almost illegible. My apologies for any transcriptions errors.

As an already experienced Pilot from 10 Squadron, KENNY did not carry out any Ops at 462 Squadron as a 2nd Pilot.
Pilot KENNY and his usual crew completed 9 Ops, with a second Pilot BRAMLEY on 4 of those Ops. Potential Op 10 was abandoned after 17 minutes. The crew also carried out one ferry flight to collect another crew.
Times in red are Night Ops.

Substitutes for the usual crew, are included in Comments.
DNTO – Did not take off

 

Date Op No A/C Serial Code Z5- Up Down Target Op Type Comments
10/09/1942 1 W7755 A 1909 0157 Tobruk shipping Bombing From Fayid; 2nd Pilot, Sgt E F BRAMLEY;
Tail Gunner Sgt J HALLAS;
target attacked from 9,000 ft, with 5 x 500 lb GP bombs, and incendiary bombs; aimed at area above Jetty 5; results not seen;
aircraft sustained 1 small hole from flak; returned safely;
1 of 10 aircraft detailed; however 2 DNTO.

13/09/1942 2 W7755 A 2214 0617 Tobruk AA positions Bombing From Fayid; 2nd Pilot, Sgt E F BRAMLEY;
Tail Gunner F/Sgt G J HAYES;
Attacked from 10,000 ft, with 2 x 500 lb and 11 x 250 lb G P, bombs dropped in 4 sticks at guns firing irregularly from positions NE of harbour; very much reduced activity from defences; returned safely;
1 of 14 aircraft detailed.

10/10/1942 3 W7755 A 1913 0331 Maleme Aerodrome, Crete, dispersed aircraft Bombing From Fayid; 2nd Pilot, Sgt E F BRAMLEY;
Tail Gunner F/Sgt F FALKOSKI;
target not identified due to 10/10 cloud cover;
attacked alternate target of Tymbaki aerodrome;
bombed from 11,000 ft with 7 x 500 lb G P and 8 x 250 lb; bursts seen and two fires started, followed by explosion; fire increased and was visible for 50 miles after leaving this target; weather conditions good, but thunder-storm seen at west end of Crete; returned safely;
1 of 6 aircraft detailed.
13/10/1942 - W7716 B 1100 1400 To LG89, Burg el Arab, and return to Fayid Ferry flight From Fayid; additional passenger Sgt RUSTON, NCO in charge of Ground Crew;
Tail Gunner F/Lt J D CROFT; no Mid Gunner listed;
Up at 1100, landed 1215 at LG89, Burg el Arab;
collected WYATT Crew and their 2nd Pilot who had force-landed in W7755-A at LG89, after night Op on 12 October;
Up at 1255, landed 1400 at Fayid
27/10/1942 4 W7758 N 2007 0346 Maleme Aerodrome, Crete Bombing From Fayid;
Tail Gunner Sgt H RYCROFT;

bombed from 12,000 ft with 11 x 500 lb bombs, which fell SE of landing ground; bursts seen but no other results; weather clear, and fires in Target area were visible until south of Crete on return flight; returned safely;

1 of 9 aircraft detailed.
31/101942 5 W7702 L 1946 0355 Maleme Aerodrome, Crete Bombing From Fayid;
Nav/Obs F/Sgt R JENKYN;
Tail Gunner Sgt H RYCROFT;
bombed from 13,000 ft with 9 x 500 lb GP and 2 x 500 lb delay bombs, which fell south of aerodrome amongst western dispersal; returned safely;
1 of 8 aircraft detailed.
04/11/1942 6 W7702 L 2354 0810 Maleme Aerodrome, Crete Bombing From Fayid;
Nav/Obs F/Sgt R W McBURNEY;
Tail Gunner Sgt H RYCROFT;
bombed from 11000 ft with 9 x 500 lb bombs and 2 x 500 lb delays; bursts not seen owing to flare dazzling crew;
returned safely;
1 of 9 aircraft detailed.
05/11/1942 7 W7702 L 2029 0240 Enemy in Battle Area Bombing From Fayid;
F/Eng Sgt R H DUNCANSON;
Mid Gunner F/Sgt J L O'MAY;
Tail Gunner F/Sgt G J HAYES;
bombed with 5 x 1000 lb G P bombs and 10 x 40 lb between Fuka and Matruh; no large concentrations seen;
A A defences at Matruh fairly accurate; returned safely;
1 of 12 aircraft detailed.
07/11/1942 8 W1151 B 2132 0318 Battle Area Bombing From Fayid;
Tail Gunner F/Sgt F FALKOSKI;
attacked from 4,000 to 2700 ft; with 5 x 1000 lb G P bombs and 10 x 20 lb; aimed at transport east of Halfaya Pass; 2 fires started and bursts seen among Military Transport; also machine-gunned MT dispersed east of Sollum;
returned safely;
1 of 8 aircraft detailed.
10/11/1942 9 W1151 B 2041 0329 Tobruk Jetties Bombing From Fayid; 2nd Pilot, Sgt E F BRAMLEY;
F/Eng Sgt S OAKFORD;
Tail Gunner F/Sgt J L O'MAY;
bombed jetties from 10,500 ft with 3 x 1000 lb and 12 x 20 lb; bursts seen in SW corner of area with good fire later seen; about 12 search lights, and flak as usual; returned safely;
1 of 6 aircraft detailed, however 1 DNTO;
S/Ldr Goldston and crew failed to return from this Op.
(Obs Log records this aircraft as W7716 B, also that they crash landed at base on return – see notes below table.)
23/11//1942 10 DT497 E 1909 1946 Heraklion, Crete, dispersed aircraft Bombing, abandoned From LG237;
Tail Gunner F/Sgt J L O'MAY;
Op abandoned after 17 minutes due to glycol leak in port inner engine; jettisoned bombs, which burst) 23 (or 28?) miles from Base BEACON; bomb loads for other aircraft on this Op were 11 x 500 lb GP; landed safely;
1 of 8 aircraft detailed;
Last scheduled Op for KENNY and crew.

Halifax W7755-A – 3 Ops
W7702-L – 3 Ops
W1151-B – 2 Ops
W7758-N and DT497-E – 1 Op each
W7716-B – 1 Ferry Flight (dual controls)

For the Op on 10 November 1942, the Observer's Log Book records the aircraft as Halifax W7716-B, and also that they crash landed at base on return.

However according to the ORB, Form 54, Halifax W7716-B (with dual controls) had been transferred to No. 2 METS (Middle East Training School) at Aqir, Palestine, on 21 October 1942 (by Pilot BICKERDIKE and Crew, along with 5 Ground-staff as passengers.
W7716 had arrived in the Middle East with 10 Squadron in July 1942, but with a different letter code.

W1151 had also arrived in the Middle East with 10 Squadron in July 1942 (with a different letter code). It was first recorded on Ops for 462 Squadron on 02 November 1942, with new code B, and was still in use by 462 Squadron up to April 1943.
This seems to be a simple recording error of the serial number in the log book – this crew had flown at different times in both aircraft, each with the letter code B.

The crash was not recorded in the ORB Forms 540 or 541. For that Op on 10 November, one crew failed to return – Pilot Squadron Leader GOLDSTON and crew, (previously 10 Squadron, OC "A" Flight). Concern over that crew being "Missing" may have over-ridden any worry over a safely returned crew having a crash landing back at base.
W1151-B was back in use on Ops on 23 November 1942, so damage must not have been serious.
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