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Pilot Edward Peter Landon and Crew – 462 Squadron RAAF Middle East

 

Wanted: Photo of Crew, or individuals,
and information about them.

If you can help, please make contact.

Information sourced from: 462 Squadron Operational Record Book (ORB) for 1943 from the National Archives of Australia (NAA); Australian WW2 Nominal Roll; Australian War Memorial; London Gazette; reference was also made to "To See the Dawn Again" by Mark Lax & Leon Kane-Maguire.
(book details in Acknowledgements).

Terminology in the 1942, 1943, and early 1944 ORB for 462 Squadron differs from later usage e.g. Observer/Navigator; Bombardier/Air Bomber/Bomb Aimer; Tail/Rear Gunner.

This page is a work in progress, with more to be added.

 

This crew served with 462 Squadron in the Middle East, on Ops from from 20 February 1943, until 10 November 1943.

Captain: Edward Peter LANDON
Observer/Navigator: H REDMAN
Wireless Operator: Charles Kenneth TURNER
Wireless Operator: J MARTIN
Tail Gunner: Leonard Charles DOAK, and various others
Tail Gunner: H J DUNNE and various others
Flight Engineer: K O ROLFE

Mid-Upper Gunner: R S WARRENDER
Bomb Aimer: Harry POPE
Crew substitutes and Second Pilots – listed in Crew Ops

Enlistment details; Additional Crew Information; Crew Ops

 

 

Pilot

Name: Edward Peter LANDON
Service: Royal Air Force
Service Number: 49062 (previously 552438 as Sgt)
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Pilot Officer, Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant

Please view the 462 Squadron Middle East page for a photo of Pilot LANDON with Pilot Colin Campbell KANE, and W/Cdr William Taylor RUSSELL (Commanding Officer of 462 Squadron).
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Observer / Navigator

Name: H REDMAN
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ?
Service Number: ..... ?
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Sergeant, Flight Sergeant
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Charles Kenneth Turner 954184 RAFVR, 462 Squadron, Middle East Command, 1943.
Photo from the Australian War Memorial collection, ID MEA0517

Sgt Charles Kenneth TURNER 954184 RAFVR, 462 Squadron, Middle East Command, 1943.
The same photo is in a photo album previously belonging to F/Lt C K TURNER, along with copies of the staged crew photo (ID MEA0514), and photo of Pilot KOFOED – see 462 Squadron Middle East page.

This photo is (incorrectly) captioned by the AWM as F/Sgt G D TURNER 15340 RAAF – however he was ground crew, Fitter IIE, rank Corporal, at 462 Sqdn from 11 January 1944 to 09 February 1944, rank at discharge Sergeant).

 

Wireless Operator

Name: Charles Kenneth TURNER
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 954184 (later 178994 as Officer)
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Sergeant

Photo of TURNER at left.
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Wireless Operator

Name: J MARTIN
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ?
Service Number: ..... ?
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Sergeant
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Leonard Charles DOAK 408568 RAAF, 462 Squadron, N+Middle East Command.
Photo from the Australian War Memorial collection, ID MEA0518

Leonard Charles DOAK 408568 RAAF, 462 Squadron, Middle East Command.
Doak is also named in the Aussie Rules Team, late 1943, as shown on 462 Squadron Middle East page. He is front row, centre, with white shirt. He is also in the 2nd team photo (different team colours), centre front, white shirt.

The photos of TURNER and DOAK were taken as part of a sequence of staged crew photos with KOFOED, shown on the Middle East page.

 

Tail / Rear Gunner

Name: Leonard Charles DOAK
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 408568
Date of Birth: 03 May 1916
Place of Birth: Yarrawonga, Victoria
Date of Enlistment: 27 April 1941
Place of Enlistment: Melbourne, Vic
Next of Kin: F DOAK
Rank at 462 Squadron: Sergeant, Flight Sergeant;
Pilot Officer; Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant.
Date of Discharge, and Rank: 01 July 1947 as F/Lt

Photo of DOAK at left.
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Tail / Rear Gunner

Name: H J DUNNE
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ?
Service Number: ..... ?
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Sergeant, Flight Sergeant
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Flight Engineer

Name: K O ROLFE
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ?
Service Number: ..... ?
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Sergeant, Flight Sergeant

A photo the C K TURNER's photo album is labelled "Kenneth Ogg" but his trade badge is not visible – could he be Kenneth Ogg ROLFE?
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Mid-Upper Gunner

Name: R S WARRENDER
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve ?
Service Number: ..... ?
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Sergeant

30 April 1943 permission was granted for the removal of the mid-upper and front turrets of 462 Squadron's Halifax II aircraft. The last Op for 462 Squadron with a Mid-Upper Gunner present was 12 June 1943.
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Bomb Aimer

Name: Harry POPE
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: 125566 (previously 1236475)
Date of Birth: .....
Place of Birth: .....
Date of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Place of Enlistment: ..... *** see later Enlistment Info
Next of Kin: .....
Rank: Pilot Officer, Flying Officer

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Enlistment details – to be added after checks and confirmation of Service Numbers – please make contact if you believe there are errors in initials, or given names, or Service Numbers.
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Additional Crew Information – more to be added, Service numbers are as applicable at 462 Squadron.

 

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Crew Ops – extra detail to be added (Totals are Ops "tasked", with some DNTO (did not take off); recall; abandoned, or early return).

 

Pilot Edward Peter LANDON Tasked with 38 Ops, (1 landing away with mishap; 2nd landing away; 3 early returns; one attacked alternate target.

 

Second Pilots – Robert Douglas LANGTON x 1 Op
Kenneth Ernest Mark MARSH x 1 Op (KIA with crew 12 Oct 1943);
W/Cdr William Taylor RUSSELL x 1 Op (photo with LANDON and KANE on 462 Squadron Middle East page.

 

Observer H REDMAN x 35 Ops with LANDON; 1 with KOFOED; 1 with RHV THOMAS; 4 with St PIERRE (Total 41 Ops tasked)

Substitute Observer – L J P DUNLOP x 2; D Q WATSON x 1

 

Wireless Operator Charles Kenneth TURNER – 18 Ops with LANDON, did not fly Ops with other crews (Total 18 Ops tasked)

Wireless Operator J MARTIN – 16 Ops with LANDON; plus Ops with possibly 7 other pilots (Total ?? Ops tasked, needs more research)
(Not to be confused with W/Op P H MARTIN with another crew, but twice listed in 2 crews on the same Op)

Substitute Wireless Operator – J ROBERTSON x 4 Ops (needs more research, also A ROBERTSON as W/Op; perhaps the same person?)

 

Tail Gunner Leonard Charles DOAK x 25 Ops with LANDON, 2 with BAKER (Total 27 Ops tasked)

Tail Gunner H J DUNNE x 8 Ops with LANDON, also Ops with BUSKELL, WARNER, HARRISON, D J MCINTOSH (Total 37 Ops tasked)

Substitute Tail Gunners – Raymond Llewellyn FENNEL x 2 Ops (KIA with MF HALL Crew 12 Oct 1943);
Gordon John SHEPPARD x 1 Op; Edwin Raymond WALLER x 2 Ops.

 

Flight Engineer K O ROLFE x 38 Ops with LANDON, 2 Ops with BROWNE (Total 40 Ops tasked)
(or K O ROLPHE ?)

 

Mid-Upper Gunner R S WARRENDER x 15 Ops; 2 with BAKER, 1 with HALLEY (Total 18 Ops tasked)

Substitute Mi Gunner Edwin Raymond WALLER x 1 Op (also with Crew as Tail Gunner)

 

Bomb Aimer Harry POPE x 37 Ops with LANDON; also Ops with WARNER, KOFOED, KNIGHT, RHV THOMAS (Total 48 Ops tasked).
No other B/Aimer listed for this crew's Ops.
It is assumed that when Bomb Aimers were not listed in the ORB, the bombing duties were carried out by the Observer on approach to the target.

 

If you can assist with correct initials, or given names, or Service Numbers of anyone listed above – please make contact.

 

Table of Op Details, including dates, aircraft identification, Targets, actions – to be added.
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