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No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, Royal Air Force

22nd Oct 1943 Aircraft Lost

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No. 1657 Heavy Conversion Unit, Royal Air Force

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George Fenwick Findley 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.

My uncle George Fenwick Findley was the last of his crew members of 218 Gold Coast Squadron. They were:
  • Bill Streeter RAF
  • Tom Mankelow RAF
  • Robert Daniel Stirling DFC, pilot RAAF
  • Paul Chase Miller RAAF
  • Lancelot Keith Gregory RAAF
  • George Seymour RNZAF

Uncle George was an air gunner. He enlisted at No2 ITS Bradfield park and trained at No2 WAGS parkes, Port Pirie, Bradfield Park, Melbourne. He travelled to England and continued his training at 11OTU, 1657CU RAF Stradishall, 1483 RAF Newmarket and joined 218 Squadron. He flew from Downham Market, Tempsford, Woolfox Lodge, and Methwold. Operations he flew were:

  • 3/10/1943 ops mining
  • 24/10/1943 ops mining Frisian islands
  • 7/11/1943 ops mining Bordeaux
  • 18/11/1943 ops Mannheim
  • 19/11/1943 ops Leverkusen
  • 22/11/1943 ops Berlin
  • 1/12/1943 Skaggerack
  • 28/1/1944 ops mining Denmark
  • 4/3/1944 special target
  • 7/3/1944 special target
  • 18/4/1944 ops mining Keil Bay
  • 20/4/1944 ops bombing Chambley
  • 22/4/1944 bombing Laon
  • 23/4/1944 ops bombing Brussels
  • 25/4/1944 ops bombing Chambley
  • 1/5/1944 ops bombing Chambley
  • 7/5/1944 ops mining La Rochelle
  • 13/5/1944 ops mining Cherbourg
  • 5/6/1944 ops special duties for D-Day
  • 17/6/1944 ops bombing Montider
  • 21/6/1944 ops mining Guernsey
  • 24/6/1944 ops bombing Rimeux
  • 23/7/1944 ops mining Brest
  • 25/8/1944 ops bombing Russelsheim
  • 29/8/1944 ops bombing Stettin
  • 31/8/1944 ops bombing
  • 10/9/1944 ops bombing le Harve
  • 14/10/1944 ops bombing Duisburg
  • 14/10/1944 ops Duisburg
  • 18/10/1944 ops bombing Bonn
  • 22/10/1944 ops bombing Neuss
  • 23/10/1944 ops bombing Essen
  • 26/10/1944 ops Leverkusen
  • 30/10/1944 ops bombing Wesseling
  • 31/10/1944 ops bombing Bottrop
The aircraft he flew in are: Wackett, Fairy Battle, Wellington, Stirling 111, Lancaster 1. He was a member of 218 squadron from 29/9/1943 to 21/10/1944 in the crew of Lancaster HA-E.

Evelyn E Hill

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