Wright (JH)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that JH Wright was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties:

  1. 30/04/1943 Essen
  2. 04/05/1943 Dortmund
  3. 12/05/1943 Duisburg
  4. 13/05/1943 Bochum
  5. 23/05/1943 Dortmund
  6. 11/06/1943 Munster
  7. 16/06/1943 Cologne
  8. 19/06/1943 Le Creusot & Henri Paul
  9. 21/06/1943 Krefeld
  10. 24/06/1943 Elberfeld
  11. 13/07/1943 Aachen
  12. 15/07/1943 Montbéliard
  13. 24/07/1943 Hamburg
  14. 27/07/1943 Hamburg
  15. 29/07/1943 Hamburg
  16. 02/08/1943 Hamburg
  17. 09/08/1943 Mannheim
  18. 10/08/1943 Nurnberg
  19. 12/08/1943 Turin
  20. 16/08/1943 Turin
  21. 23/08/1943 Berlin
  22. 27/08/1943 Nuremberg
  23. 30/08/1943 Munchen Gladbach
  24. 31/08/1943 Berlin
  25. 03/09/1943 Special target NW France
  26. 05/09/1943 Mannheim
  27. 08/10/1943 Bremen
  28. 22/11/1943 Berlin
  29. 23/11/1943 Berlin
  30. 25/11/1943 Frankfurt
  31. 02/12/1943 Berlin
  32. 03/12/1943 Leipzig
  33. 20/12/1943 Frankfurt (Failed to Return)

The following shows the composition of his crew on these sorties, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew:

  • Pilot
    • NZ.414717 James Henry Wright (33)
  • Navigator
    • 1338439 Alfred Arthur Charles Bedward (01)
    • NZ.413713 Sidney Colin Rive Mackie (32)
  • Air Bomber
    • 149150 Harold Matthews (33)
  • Wireless Operator
    • 1380581 William Robert John Dingle (33)
  • Air Gunners
    • 633193 Nelson John Rapere (01)
    • 649382 James Bernard Scannell (02)
    • 1261885 Winston Barrington (25)
    • 1671803 Alfred Fred Poynton (01)
    • 1836244 Kenneth James Rees (01)
    • A.411624 Norman Francis Williams (02)
    • NZ.414893 Thomas Andrew Robson (30)
    • R.100257 Francis Cole McCubbin (01)
    • R.137690 Morley Albert Arnott (03)
  • Flight Engineer
    • 1207707 _ Jackson (07)
    • 1270463 Alfred Norman Leslie Moss (01)
    • 1272126 Sidney James Butler (09)
    • 1374678 William McRae Sinclair (16)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

JH Wright, SCR Mackie and H Matthews awarded the DFC (LG 08/10/1943)

Citation reads: One night in September, 1943, Flight Lieutenant Wright, and Pilot Officers Mackie and Matthews were pilot, navigator and air bomber respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Mannheim. The operation demanded a high degree of skill and the success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of these members of aircraft crew who executed their task faultlessly. They have taken part in many previous operations and have always displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a high order

TA Robson awarded the DFC (LG 10/12/1943)

Citation reads: Pilot Officer Robson has taken part in many bombing attacks against the enemy and his efficiency and coolness has gained the complete confidence of his crew. He has invariably directed his captain with great accuracy and by his efforts night fighter attacks and engagements with the ground defences have frequently been avoided. He is a keen and capable air gunner who has at all times displayed great devotion to duty.

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