Blair (JC)

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

  1. 07/02/1945 Goch
  2. 13/02/1945 Bohlen
  3. 23/02/1945 Essen
  4. 24/02/1945 Kamen
  5. 27/02/1945 Mainz
  6. 02/03/1945 Cologne
  7. 03/03/1945 Kamen
  8. 11/03/1945 Essen (Daylight)
  9. 15/03/1945 Bottrop
  10. 18/03/1945 Witten (Incident)
  11. 20/03/1945 Heide
  12. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  13. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  14. 25/03/1945 Munster
  15. 04/04/1945 Leuna
  16. 14/04/1945 Potsdam
  17. 16/04/1945 Schwandorf
  18. 22/04/1945 Bremen
  19. 30/04/1945 Valkenburg (Operation Manna)
  20. 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)John Campbell Blair20
(Navigator)Derek Ian Jeffery20
(Air Bomber)Thomas Henderson Hunter20
(Set Operator)J Akers1
Yale Knox Carter18
(Wireless Operator)John Arthur Moore20
(Air Gunner)Harry Foxton20
JS Johnson20
(Flight Engineer)(Possibly) Herbert Bailey20

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.