The Log Books of Lancaster bomber Flight Engineer Sergeant Arthur English

Sergeant Arthur English carried out a tour of 34 operations with 626 Squadron at RAF Wickenby in Lincolnshire during the summer of 1944. These are his log books from bomber crew training to the last mission with 626.


The crew were Flying Officer A P Jones, Sgt A Godden (Navigator) Sgt E A Reynolds (Wireless Operator), Sgt R J Barnaby (Bomb Aimer), Sgt A A English (Flight Engineer), Sgt H L Meredith (Mid Upper Gunner), Sgt G F Martin (Rear Gunner)  - Arthur English is far left , Sgt G F Martin is standing next to him. Can anyone help by putting names to their crewmates in this photograph?  

1667 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) - RAF Sandtoft
Situated in North Lincolnshire between Doncaster, South Yorkshire and Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, RAF Sandtoft opened in February 1944 as a 1 Group Bomber Command station. The site was a satellite of RAF Lindholme, part of 11 Base, and was built to a standard late-war design with three paved runways encircled by a perimeter track. Only one unit was ever based here. 1667 HCU was formed on 1 June 1943 at RAF Lindholme in South Yorkshire and moved to RAF Sandtoft in February 1944. When it arrived at Sandtoft the unit had 34 Handley Page Halifaxes but later moved on to use Lancasters. The unit’s purpose was to train already qualified pilots to fly the four-engined ‘heavy’ bombers.

                        RAF Hemswell - No.1 LFS (Lancaster Finishing School) 

Located close to the village of Hemswell in Lincolnshire, During the war years various squadrons were based at Hemswell, including many Polish personnel flying Vickers Wellingtons. A total of 122 bomber aircraft and their crews were lost on operations from Hemswell, including 38 Handley Page Hampdens, 62 Vickers Wellingtons and 22 Avro Lancasters.With the arrival of the Avro Lancaster, Hemswell also the base for 150 Squadron, took on a training role, also becoming the home to 1 Lancaster Finishing School. This school was tasked with giving Lancaster experience to aircrews who had just finished their training at a Heavy Conversion Unit prior to posting to an operational squadron.
During 1944, as Lancasters were then being used at Heavy Conversion Units, the Lancaster Finishing Schools were disbanded and Hemswell again took on an operational role. 150 and 170 squadrons took up residence and commenced flying bomber operations until the end of the war. The colour film "Night Bombers" was shot by the Station Commanding Officer at Hemswell during this period.

626 Squadron - RAF Wickenby

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