Blackadder (RE)

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

  1. 01/03/1945 Mannheim
  2. 02/03/1945 Cologne
  3. 05/03/1945 Chemnitz
  4. 11/03/1945 Essen (Daylight)
  5. 12/03/1945 Dortmund
  6. 18/03/1945 Witten
  7. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  8. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  9. 03/04/1945 Nordhausen
  10. 14/04/1945 Potsdam
  11. 16/04/1945 Schwandorf
  12. 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). Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot)Ronald Edward Blackadder12
(Navigator)George Laurie Edwards12
(Air Bomber)Royston Lawrenson Hunt12
(Set Operator)J Akers11
(Wireless Operator)Albert John Goff12
(Air Gunner)William Keefe12
William John Reginald Solway12
(Flight Engineer)William Henry Maudsley12

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.

A J Goff, W J R Solway, W Keefe, W H Maudsley / R L Hunt, R E Blackadder, G L Edwards
[Courtesy of John Dann]