Robinson (BV)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that BV Robinson (Commanding Officer, No 35 Squadron) was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties:

  1. 16/08/1941 Cologne
  2. 28/08/1941 Duisburg
  3. 19/09/1941 Stettin
  4. 26/10/1941 Hamburg
  5. 18/12/1941 Brest (Ditched in Sea)
  6. 30/12/1941 Brest

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)Basil Vernon Robinson6
(2nd Pilot)Cecil Edgar Robertson  Parsons2
Cyril Charles Spencer1
Glenn Powell Gardiner1
Harry R Larson2
(Observer)William Abbotson Tetley1
Alfred Abels4
(Possibly) Jack Dunthorne Laurie Hall1
(WOP / AG)– Elcoate1
Albert Edward Connor1
Herbert Reginald Higgins1
JI Robinson2
Moses Lewis Usher1
Norman Henry Hood3
RW Long1
Walter Harold  Mennell2
(Air Gunner)– Hill1
Mark Anthony Sachs2
Richard Charles Rivaz2
William Russell Parr1
(Flight Engineer)– Burtonshaw1
John Norman Hindle1
(Possibly) Noel Grimoldby2
Stanley Langford Conway Watt2

BV Robinson (September 1941)

He was posted out of the squadron (to 19 OTU) in January 1942, returning as Commanding Officer in September 1942

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

  1. 24/10/1942 Milan
  2. 09/11/1942 Hamburg
  3. 18/11/1942 Turin (Incident)
  4. 02/12/1942 Frankfurt
  5. 03/02/1943 Hamburg
  6. 04/02/1943 Turin
  7. 22/03/1943 St.Nazaire
  8. 29/03/1943 Berlin
  9. 10/04/1943 Frankfurt

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)Basil Vernon Robinson9
(2nd Dickie)William Henry Hickson1
(Navigator)Dudley Peter David Archer2
Elmer Harold Anthony3
Gordon Henry Francis Carter1
John Baker1
Nathaniel Halliday1
Terence Gordon O’Shaughnessy1
(Air Bomber) Kenneth Drew Rome1
Alfred Edward Ralph Bexton2
Carl Edward Sorsdahl1
Joseph Gilbert Middlemass1
Richard Martin1
Stanley Alfred Miller3
(Wireless Operator) Harry James Leonard Peto1
Allan Roland Ball2
Edward Roland Turenne1
Edward Whitter1
Francis Edward Solway1
Herbert Alfred William Jolly1
(Air Gunner)Edwin Francis Butler1
George Carpenter1
Jack Reginald Ely1
James Russell Griffin3
John Meredith Fryer1
John Napoleon Barry1
John Thomas Stanton1
Joseph Francis Dowsing1
Lloyd George Lawson3
Thomas Musselbrook Bruce1
William Joseph Freeman1
William Scott Minto Edmondston3
(Flight Engineer) Edmund Ernest Stocker2
Daniel Christie Young1
Donald Harrington Craig2
George Richard Bradley2
James Ellis Jones1
William Potter1

In May 1943, he was posted out to RAF Graveley but flew with the squadron in his capacity as Station Commander (RAF Graveley) on 15/07/1943 and on 23/08/1943, when he failed to return (*)

(*) – Loss Information –

Posting Dates

RobinsonBasil VernonIn From: 78 Squadron 03/07/1941
Out To: 19 O.T.U. 26/01/1942
In From: 19 O.T.U. 28/09/1942
Out to:RAF Graveley01/05/1943