Holmes (E)

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

  1. 22/10/1943 Kassel
  2. 03/11/1943 Dusseldorf (Returned Incident)
  3. 11/11/1943 Cannes
  4. 03/12/1943 Leipzig
  5. 20/12/1943 Frankfurt
  6. 29/12/1943 Berlin
  7. 14/01/1944 Special target
  8. 21/01/1944 Magdeburg
  9. 27/01/1944 Heligoland
  10. 28/01/1944 Berlin
  11. 30/01/1944 Berlin
  12. 15/02/1944 Berlin
  13. 19/02/1944 Leipzig
  14. 20/02/1944 Stuttgart
  15. 24/02/1944 Schweinfurt
  16. 18/03/1944 Frankfurt
  17. 22/03/1944 Frankfurt
  18. 24/03/1944 Berlin
  19. 30/03/1944 Nuremberg
  20. 10/05/1944 Lens
  21. 19/05/1944 Boulogne
  22. 22/05/1944 Dortmund (Failed to Return)

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) Ernest Holmes22
(2nd Dickie)Edward John Chidgey1
James Gray Leslie2
(Navigator)Charles Ernest Davies1
Herbert George Hornsby1
John Hugh Ferguson1
John Kennedy Stewart2
Joseph Victor Kent8
Malcolm George Harris9
(Air Bomber)Derrick Ernest Coleman14
Robert William Pape8
(Set Operator)Harold Thomas Maskell3
(Wireless Operator)Frank Joseph Tudor1
Harold Thomas Maskell10
John Golding2
Rhubean Burns Berwick1
Robert Alexander Brewington1
Thomas Henry Warren6
Wilfred Roland Horner1
(Air Gunner)Albert William Cox2
Alfred Harold Wood1
Alistair Stuart McLaren2
Arthur Henry Weller1
David Sinclair1
Dennis Henry Peter Womar1
James Mursell Colledge8
John Arthur Van-Marle4
Victor Eston Bent12
Walter Allan Hooper12
(Flight Engineer)Albert Edward Waddicor12
Dennis Stanley Male1
Frederick Ronald Harmsworth-Smith7
John Robert Cursiter2

Extract from E Holmes” Flying Log Book [Courtesy of David Holmes]

E Holmes (Courtesy of Nick-Carey Harris)

Posting Dates

Holmes ErnestIn From:76 Squadron15/09/1943
Out to:POW22/05/1944