Baldwin (E)

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

  1. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  2. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  3. 25/03/1945 Osnabruck
  4. 27/03/1945 Paderborn
  5. 03/04/1945 Nordhausen
  6. 10/04/1945 Leipzig
  7. 14/04/1945 Potsdam
  8. 22/04/1945 Bremen
  9. 25/04/1945 Wangerooge Island
  10. 08/05/1945 Brussels (Repatriation of POW)

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)Eric Baldwin10
(Navigator)Sidney Walter Barker9
Wilfred Allen Jenkins1
(Air Bomber)Francis William Sanders9
Harvey John Scull1
(Wireless Operator)Brian Frederick Spark1
Vincent Bowes Farningham9
(Air Gunner)Donald Charles Dunkley10
George Burnett McRitchie10
(Flight Engineer)(Possibly) Charles Melville Fenwick10

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.