Larson (DH)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that DH Larson was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties, prior to cessation of hostilities in Europe:

DH Larson

  1. 18/03/1945 Witten
  2. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  3. 27/03/1945 Paderborn
  4. 10/04/1945 Plauen
  5. 14/04/1945 Potsdam
  6. 16/04/1945 Schwandorf
  7. 22/04/1945 Bremen
  8. 25/04/1945 Wangerooge Island
  9. 08/05/1945 Brussels (Repatriation of POW)

Target Photo from the Potsdam Sortie [Courtesy of Linda Lindeke]

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 (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)Delwood Harry Larson9
(Navigator)Noel Bernard Yule9
(Air Bomber)Harry Breeze1
PA MacLennan8
(Wireless Operator)ED Perrault9
(Air Gunner)Edward Garner8
JW Murray1
Louis Earl Reynard Vincent7
John Francis McPherson1
Francis Leslie Fullerton1
(Flight Engineer)John Satchell9

It is known that some (or all) of these airmen continued to fly operationally with the squadron during the post war clean up, which included repatriation of POW and service personnel, Cooks Tours, testing of German radar and disposal of surplus incendiaries. However, the squadron’s record book only provides a summary of these activities and does not list the individual captains and crews that took part in these sorties.

DH Larson’s crew whilst serving with No. 78 Squadron (*) [Courtesy of Linda Lindeke]
(*) It is assumed that the photo includes NR Yule, L Vincent, E Garner, J Satchell and E Perrault, who also served with DH Larson at No 35 Squadron


Posting Dates

LarsonDelwood HarryIn From:78 Squadron13/02/1945
Out to:RAF Graveley24/05/1945