Newbiggin (R)

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

  1. 21/02/1945 Duisburg
  2. 23/02/1945 Essen
  3. 27/02/1945 Mainz
  4. 01/03/1945 Mannheim
  5. 03/03/1945 Kamen
  6. 05/03/1945 Chemnitz
  7. 07/03/1945 Dessau
  8. 13/03/1945 Gelsenkirchen
  9. 15/03/1945 Bottrop
  10. 18/03/1945 Witten
  11. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  12. 03/04/1945 Nordhausen
  13. 04/04/1945 Leuna
  14. 09/04/1945 Kiel
  15. 11/04/1945 Bayreuth
  16. 30/04/1945 Valkenburg (Operation Manna)
  17. 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). 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)Robert Newbiggin17
(Navigator)Anthony Ronald Day-Barker16
Laurence Edwin Hope Gilbert1
(Air Bomber)Donald Arthur Day13
John MacGregor Fraser1
Peter Denny Saville2
Peter James Leeves1
(Set Operator)Norman Westby17
(Wireless Operator)C McKinnon3
F Wood14
(Air Gunner)(Possibly) Eustace Esmond Edgar Farmer17
JH Lane17
(Flight Engineer)SJG Price17

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.

Posting Dates

NewbigginRobertIn From:7 Squadron23/01/1945
Out to:RAF Graveley24/05/1945