Pettifer (H)

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

  1. 12/12/1944 Essen
  2. 15/12/1944 Ludwigshafen
  3. 23/12/1944 Cologne
  4. 02/01/1945 Nuremberg
  5. 05/01/1945 Hanover
  6. 22/01/1945 Gelsenkirchen
  7. 28/01/1945 Stuttgart
  8. 01/02/1945 Mainz
  9. 02/02/1945 Wanne Eickel
  10. 04/02/1945 Bonn
  11. 07/02/1945 Goch
  12. 13/02/1945 Dresden
  13. 20/02/1945 Dortmund
  14. 05/03/1945 Chemnitz
  15. 07/03/1945 Hemmingstedt
  16. 08/03/1945 Hamburg
  17. 13/03/1945 Gelsenkirchen
  18. 15/03/1945 Misburg
  19. 18/03/1945 Witten
  20. 20/03/1945 Heide
  21. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  22. 25/03/1945 Munster
  23. 04/04/1945 Leuna
  24. 09/04/1945 Kiel
  25. 10/04/1945 Plauen

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)Harry Pettifer25
(Navigator)Matthew McMath25
(Air Bomber)Edward George Meredith12
Maldwyn George Williams13
(Set Operator)S Caddle23
Yale Knox Carter1
(Wireless Operator)Kenneth John Bullock24
Thomas Henry Warren1
(Air Gunner)Edward Dent25
Kenneth Frederick Judd25
(Flight Engineer)Thomas Charles Williamson25

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

PettiferHarryIn From:51 Squadron19/11/1944
Out to:RAF Graveley12/10/1945