A table of Dad’s operations during the time he was with 7 Squadron…

Dad arrived at Oakington with 7 Squadron on Stirlings having previously been at Lossiemouth crewing up and doing his final training.

He must have wondered what was in store for him and although he had an inner conviction that he would be alive at the end of the war… he must have feared that he might not have survived as an able-bodied ex-serviceman.

His personal table of operations is below:

Date Aircraft type and number Crew Duty Time up Time down Details of sortie or flight
26-11-1941 N.3672 P/O N.L.Tayler

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.J.Earngey

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

“ Arnold J.H.

“ Bullock P.H.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

17-20 19-30 A.102 OSTEND Target reached on E.T.A. but cloud 10/10 and visibility nil prevented identification. 10×500 and 480×4 dropped safe in sea.
30-11 1941 N. 3672 P/O N.L.Tayler

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.J.Earngey

P/O F. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

“ Arnold J.H.

“ Bullock C.H.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

17-04 22-09 A.103 EMDEN 10X500 G.P. 480×4 Incend.

Docks identified, no fires seen on arrival, saw bursts and two big fires visible 40 miles. 1×500 hung up.

18-12-1941 W.7449 W/O N.L. Tayler

P/O P. Heyward

P/O E.J. Earngey

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. Arnold J.H.

Sgt. MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

09-45 15-05 SAME (ie Scharnhorst and Gniesenau – Brest 4×2000 A.P.)

Bursts not observed. Port inner petrol tanks pierced. Upper and rear turrets U/S, both cannon and flak. Intercom shot up. One port and both back tyres burst. Landed at Bourn. Cat. B.

 
8-3-1942 W.7471 P/O N.L.Tayler (DFC)

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.T. Earngey

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. Arnold J.H.

Sgt. MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

00-07 05-34 A.119 ESSEN

S.B.C. Reached target but could not identify it definitely; jettisoned 1890×4 Incends at 5204N  0602W

9-3-1942 W.7471 (J) P/O N.L.Tayler (DFC)

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.T. Earngey

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. Arnold J.H.

Sgt. MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

20-12 21-43 A.120 ESSEN 24×250 Incend. Main undercarriage would not retract. Jettisoned 12×250 incend safe in WASH and brought back 12×250.
13-3-1942 W.7471 P/O N.L.Tayler (DFC)

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.T. Earngey

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. Arnold J.H.

Sgt. Helliwell

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

19-34 22-10 COLOGNE Primary abandoned in Ostend owing to failure of special equipment and 24×250 incends brought back.
28-3-1941 W.7471 P/O N.E..Tayler (DFC)

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.T. Earingey

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

Captain

2nd Pilot

Navigator

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

19-51 00-26 A.124 or 125 (unclear) LUBECK 24x 250 incends. not attacked owing to deflector T.R. and combat with Junkers 88 off Heligoland during which fuel consumption was high and JU was shot down and seen to crash. HELIGOLAND bombed and fires seen across town for 20 minutes after leaving.
 
5-4-1942 W.7471 J P/O N.L.Tayler

P/O P. Heywood

P/O E.J.Earngey

P/O F. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

“ Arnold J.H.

“ MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

23-24 04.41 A.126 COLOGNE same load C. (24×250 incendiaries.)

Bombs dropped S.E. of aiming point and seen in a long stick starting fires. Hit by flak, extent unknown.

8-4-1942 W.7471 J P/O N.L.Tayler

P/O R.A.Bowker

P/O Earngey E.J.

P/O Travis F.J.

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

“ Arnold J.H.

“ MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

21-25 23-45 A128 HAMBURG

24×250 Incendiaries.

Primary abandoned P.I. Engine excessive oil temperature.

Bombs jettisoned 3258 N 0310E

10-4-1942 W.7471 J P/O L.M.Tayler

P/O R.A.Bowker

P/O Earngey E.J.

P/O Travis F.

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

“ Arnold J.H.

“ MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-18 00-29 A.129 CC 24A

KOLN 24×250 Incendiaries

Sortie abandoned. Sgt. Arnold ill.

Went as far as an Ismuiden.(?) Dropped 12 safe brought 12 back.

12-4-1942 W.7471 J P/O N.L.Tayler

Sgt. Templeman T.

Sgt. Green W.

P/O Travis F.J.

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. DeJoux N.E.

Sgt. MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-20 03-20 A.130 ESSEN same load (24×250 Incends)

No cloud. Poor visibility bombed on T.R. So much conflagration that results were difficult to observe.

14-4-1942 W.7471 P/O N.L.Tayler

W/O Black J.M.

Sgt. Green E.H.

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. De Joux N.E.

Sgt. MacNamara G.J

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-46 04-12 A.1331 (difficult to read) DORTMUND same load (ie 24×250 Incends)

Dropped in target area and new fires seen on leaving target. Considerable haze.

17-4-1942 N.6073 P/O N.L.Tayler

W/O Black J.M.

Sgt. Green E.H.

P/O F.J. Travin

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. DE Joux N.E.

Sgt. MacNamara G.J

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

00-12 04-25 A.133 HAMBURG 24×250 Incends.

S.I. Engine trouble. Primary abandoned and bombs jettisoned.

22-4-1942 W.7471 J F/O N.L.Tayler (DFC)

Sgt. Green W.

P/O F.J. Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. DeJoux (DFM)

Sgt. MacNamara S.J.

Captain

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

20-58 02-59 A.134 Brought back.        Brought back.
23-4 1942 R.9300 F/O N.L.Tayler (DFC)

P/O Hayward

Sgt. Green W.

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman W.E.

Sgt. DeJoux (DFM)

Sgt. MacNamara S.J.

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-57 05-50 A.135 ROSTOCK 24×250 Incendiaries.

Bombs fell across target area but smoke made observation difficult. Heinkel works believed burning fiercely. One photo.

25-04-1942 W.7471 J F/O N.L.Tayler DFC

P/O Haywood

Sgt. Green W.

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

“  DE Joux DFM

“ MacNamara

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-33 00-44 A.136 ROSTOCK Returned early. Compass U/S. Dropped 18x 250

Safe in Wash. Brought 6×250 back.

 
7-5-1942 W.7472 C P/O Sanderson

Sgt. Bishop

Sgt. Morgan

Sgt. Brown

Sgt. Goodman

F/Sgt. Harding

Sgt. Precious

Captain

u/t. Captain

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-28 04-24 A.141 Gardening pumpkin. Plants 4 veg. and brought back the 2, 500s
8-5-1942 W.7517 Z P/O G. Sanderson

Sgt. Bishop

Sgt. Morgan

Sgt. Brown

Sgt. Goodman

F/Sgt. Harding

Sgt. Precious

Captain

ut. Captain

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

22-19 04-55 A.142 WARNSMUNDE 8×1000

Saw one burst which might have been in ‘C’ area.

One photo attempted.

19-5-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

P/O Calvert

P/O Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

Captain

u/t. Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

23-13 04-15 A. 143 MANHEIM (Unreadable text crossed through) 2160 x 4 Incend. Visibility poor. Saw dummy fires in river bend and bombed S.E. Good fire north of town. Smoke to 1000 feet.
21-5-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

P/O Calvert

P/O Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

No times given (A.144)GARDENING 4 Veg. x 1500. Planted successfully. Landed St. Eval.
30-5-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

P/O Calvert

P/O Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

No times given A.145  COLOGNE 21600 x 4 incendiaries. Bombed N.W. of centre. Evasive action prevented seeing results. Good fires seen from 70 miles. Nickells Koln area.
A.144, 145 & 146 Summary of events for May states: 30th May COLOGNE – The largest raid of the war. 19 Stirlings left this station, in which 7 x 101 Conversion Flight aircraft and aircrew cooperated.  A successful raid, on a clear moonlit target. Large fires and bursts seen by most aircraft. Over 1,000 aircraft left Cologne ablaze. F/L Crebbin had engine trouble and jettisoned bombs off ORFORDNESS; W/C Sellick had trouble with both starboard engines and jettisoned bombs off ORFORDNESS. P/O Hart had exacter trouble and jettisoned bombs in the Wash. F/Sgt. Templeman attacked by enemy night fighter and jettisoned bombs N.E. of Antwerp. All other aircraft bombed target and returned safely to base.
1-6-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

P/O Calvert

P/O Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

00-25 04-25 A.148 ESSEN 24×4 SBC’s. Saw double canal and fires in target area.

Bursts seen and fires started.

2-6-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

P/O Jones

P/O Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. MacNamara

Sgt. Spry

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

Engineer

Mid Upper

00-01 03-52 A.149 ESSEN 2160x4lb incendiaries. Visibility good with haze. River Ruhr seen in moonlight. Bombed south side of town. Incendiaries seen to ignite.
5-6-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

Sgt. Henigman

PO Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

F/O Spry

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/Gunner

Engineer

Mid Upper

23-46 03-36 A.150 ESSEN 2160x4lb incendiaries. Bombed visually north of target. Small fires started by own sticks. One very large red fire seen in target area. Photographs taken.
6-6-1942 W.7471 J F/O Tayler

Sgt. Henigman

P/O Earngey

P/O Travis

Sgt. Goodman

Sgt. Arnold

Sgt. MacNamara

F/O Spry

Captain

2nd Pilot

Nav.

W/Op.

F/Gunner

R/G

Engineer

Mid Upper

23-59 EMDEN (Missing)

Nothing heard after take-off 25th Operation

All information researched from operations records obtained from National Archives ref: AIR 27/99 Transcriptions as recorded-  G.C-G.

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2 Responses to A table of Dad’s operations during the time he was with 7 Squadron…

  1. Mac says:

    Can I ask where you got this? My Dad joined up in 1939 so presumably I ought to be able to retrieve a lot more than this (?).
    Cheers,
    Mac

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