Cranswick (AP)

AP Cranswick

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

  1. 14/02/1943 Cologne
  2. 16/02/1943 Lorient
  3. 18/02/1943 Wilhelmshaven
  4. 21/02/1943 Bremen
  5. 22/03/1943 St.Nazaire
  6. 14/04/1943 Stuttgart
  7. 16/04/1943 Pilsen
  8. 18/04/1943 Spezia
  9. 20/04/1943 Stettin
  10. 30/04/1943 Bocholt
  11. 04/05/1943 Rheine
  12. 23/05/1943 Dortmund
  13. 25/05/1943 Dusseldorf
  14. 29/05/1943 Wuppertal
  15. 16/06/1943 Cologne
  16. 19/06/1943 Le Creusot & Henri Paul
  17. 21/06/1943 Krefeld
  18. 13/07/1943 Aachen
  19. 15/07/1943 Montbéliard
  20. 02/08/1943 Hamburg
  21. 09/08/1943 Mannheim
  22. 10/08/1943 Nuremberg
  23. 12/08/1943 Turin
  24. 17/08/1943 Peenemunde
  25. 23/08/1943 Berlin
  26. 27/08/1943 Nuremberg
  27. 31/08/1943 Berlin
  28. 16/09/1943 Modane
  29. 23/09/1943 Mannheim
  30. 03/10/1943 Kassel
  31. 04/10/1943 Frankfurt

The following shows the composition of his crew on the sorties where he was Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew (as recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book). It should be noted that some of these sorties may have been aborted and therefore would not have counted for the purposes of their “Operational Tour”. Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot)Alec Panton Cranswick31
(2nd Dickie)Colin Frazer Blundell2
Melville Max Victor Lewis Muller1
(Navigator)Harold Leslie Hulme22
Frederick Thomas Williams9
(Air Bomber)Boris Oleh Bodnar1
William McRobbie30
(Wireless Operator)Daniel McKenzie26
Henry Randolph McMahon Stroud1
Robert John Bloom1
 Harold John Rogers1
 Leonard Stewart Thorpe2
(Air Gunner)Ivor Lewis John Howard30
Jack Edward Stuart Matthews1
Morley Albert Arnott30
(Flight Engineer)Frederick Edward Johnston31

Rear: Cranswick, Johnson, MacKenzie, Williams
Front: Arnott, Howard, McRobbie

AP Cranswick was posted out of the squadron in October 1943, returning in April 1944

The record books show that he was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties:

  1. 19/05/1944 Boulogne
  2. 21/05/1944 Duisburg
  3. 22/05/1944 Dortmund
  4. 24/05/1944 Aachen
  5. 28/05/1944 Mardick
  6. 07/06/1944 Foret De Cerisy
  7. 09/06/1944 Rennes
  8. 23/06/1944 Coubronne
  9. 24/06/1944 Rimeux
  10. 02/07/1944 Oisemont/Neuville Au Bois
  11. 04/07/1944 Villeneuve St.Georges (Failed to Return)

Extract from WR Horner’s Flying Log Book (May 1944) [ Courtesy of Roger Ward]

The following shows the composition of his crew on the sorties where he was Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew (as recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book). It should be noted that some of these sorties may have been aborted and therefore would not have counted for the purposes of their “Operational Tour”. Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot)Alec Panton Cranswick11
(Navigator)Reginald Herbert Kille11
(Air Bomber)Edward George Meredith7
Philip Richmond Burt4
(Set Operator) Alexander Watson Lister6
Albert Clement Michael Taylor5
(Wireless Operator)Wilfred Roland Horner10
 Leonard Stewart Thorpe1
(Air Gunner) William James Simpson1
Alfred Harold Wood11
Eric McHugh Davies1
Ivor Lewis John Howard9
(Flight Engineer)Charles Erickson11


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Posting Dates

Alec Panton Cranswick01/02/1943In From:419 Squadron
20/10/1943Out To:HQ PFF Group
07/04/1944In From:HQ PFF
04/07/1944Out To:War Casualty

Loss of Aircraft

Loss of Lancaster ND846

Crew Information

Cranswick, McRobbie, McKenzie, Howard and Johnston flew together with 419 Squadron prior to being posted to 35 Squadron