Richards (JRA)

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

  1. 22/04/1945 Bremen
  2. 25/04/1945 Wangerooge Island

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)John Robert Arthur Richards2
(Navigator)WA Gaskell2
(Air Bomber)W Davidson2
(Wireless Operator)WH Ward2
(Air Gunner)AT Riley1
CM Carter1
G Owen2
(Flight Engineer)EW Rose2

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

RichardsJohn Robert ArthurIn From:
Out to:RAF Snaith06/10/1945