Fraser (JF)

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

  1. 12/03/1945 Dortmund
  2. 13/03/1945 Gelsenkirchen
  3. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  4. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  5. 27/03/1945 Paderborn
  6. 03/04/1945 Nordhausen
  7. 05/05/1945 Ypenburg (Operation Manna)

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)JF Fraser7
(Navigator)Russell Whiston Kerr7
(Air Bomber)David Reginald Behenna7
(Wireless Operator)MA Potter7
(Air Gunner)DR Bolton1
J Tiffin6
JW Murray7
(Flight Engineer)B Drummond7

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.