Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 16, 2018 14:52:09 GMT 12
Does anyone here happen to know if the pilots' combat reports for No. 485 (NZ) Squadron on D Day, 6th of June 1944, and for the following combats that claimed kills over the week after the landings, exist anywhere?
Does anyone here already have copies of them perhaps? Thanks.
Forms 450 and 451 exist in the UK Archives at GBPd3.75 each. One each per month. They are a bit hard to find working through their search system, but I can grab the June lot if you like, tonight. Graeme
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999
Note totally the same but all butThe IVM have been digitising a whole lot of gun camera footage recently - either the camera footage itself or the just the metadata containing date/pilot/squadron. Its not always googleable but you may find some that match the dates you are looking for to flesh some detail out.
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 16, 2018 19:49:28 GMT 12
Hmm, so the National Archive there purports to have Houlton's combat report for the 6th of June 1944 but the preview hows it to be dated 7th of June. And they don't seem to have the reports for Red Mayston, Keith Macdonald and Eddie Atkins,sadly. A dead end.
Hmm, so the National Archive there purports to have Houlton's combat report for the 6th of June 1044 but the preview hows it to be dated 7th of June. And they don't seem to have the reports for Red Mayston, Keith Macdonald and Eddie Atkins,sadly. A dead end.
Dave, You will find Houlton's Combat report from the 6th June on Images 6 and 7 of AIR 50/118/91. Red Mayston, Keith Macdonald and Eddie Atkins are mentioned in this report but no separate reports. Unfortunately has many reports from WW2 disappeared especially if you look reports from Bomber Command after mid 1944.
with regard to the reels of gun camera film held by the Imperial War Museum, I have a database of all the individual sequences in MS Excel format, identifying the IWM catalogue number, the Combat Film No., the date and time of combat, the pilot, his squadron and aircraft type flown, and the target. There are 9,494 individual entries, with many relating to Kiwi pilots serving with 485, 486, 488, and other RAF squadrons in the European theatre.
If anyone wants a copy, please PM me. Alternately, I have sent a copy to Dave...
Unfortunately, the IWM has only restored and digitised a few of the total number of film reels to date...
PS - on the subject of missing Bomber Command Combat Reports, some are found in the Operations Record Book Appendices for a few of the heavy bomber Squadrons. All the No. 6 (RCAF) Group Combat Reports are preserved in Canada, while the monthly lists of individual claims accepted by Bomber Command HQ (entitled the "Supplementary Monthly Narrative of Operations") are found partly in the National Archives, Kew, and partly in Library & Archives Canada. These reports are complete for the period between January 1943 and April/May 1945.