Lander (DEA)

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

  1. 03/07/1943 Cologne
  2. 02/08/1943 Hamburg
  3. 10/08/1943 Nuremberg
  4. 12/08/1943 Turin
  5. 16/08/1943 Turin
  6. 23/08/1943 Berlin
  7. 27/08/1943 Nuremberg
  8. 05/09/1943 Mannheim
  9. 08/09/1943 Special target 1st phase
  10. 15/09/1943 Montlucon
  11. 16/09/1943 Modane
  12. 22/09/1943 Hanover
  13. 23/09/1943 Mannheim
  14. 27/09/1943 Hanover
  15. 03/10/1943 Kassel
  16. 04/10/1943 Frankfurt
  17. 08/10/1943 Bremen
  18. 22/10/1943 Kassel
  19. 11/11/1943 Cannes (Incident)
  20. 17/11/1943 Mannheim
  21. 18/11/1943 Mannheim
  22. 22/11/1943 Berlin
  23. 25/11/1943 Frankfurt (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)Desmond Ewart Abel Lander23
(2nd Dickie)Alfred Henry Hayes1
Arthur Ganderton2
(Navigator)Norman Sidney Francis Palmer23
(Air Bomber)George Frederick Collier23
(Set Operator)Charles Hogg1
(Wireless Operator)Albert James Wickersham23
(Air Gunner) Ernest Kenwright11
Donald Arthur Alfred Swain23
Jack Reginald Ely6
James Gordon Steele1
Raymond Steve Courtnay3
Roy Horace Wells1
(Air Gunner)George Carpenter1
(Flight Engineer)David Peter McDonald Thomson23

Posting Dates

LanderDesmond Ewart AbelIn From:51 Squadron19/06/1943
Out to:POW25/11/1943