Sturmey (FW)

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

  1. 11/03/1945 Essen (Daylight)
  2. 12/03/1945 Dortmund
  3. 13/03/1945 Gelsenkirchen
  4. 18/03/1945 Witten
  5. 21/03/1945 Bruchstrasse
  6. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  7. 03/04/1945 Nordhausen
  8. 16/04/1945 Schwandorf
  9. 22/04/1945 Bremen
  10. 01/05/1945 Ypenburg (Operation Manna)

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)Frank William Sturmey10
(Navigator)Richard Langley Young10
(Air Bomber)George Binns1
John Richmond Hulley8
Peter James Leeves1
(Set Operator)Hugh Campbell Highet3
(Wireless Operator)Peter Charles Lord10
(Air Gunner)JF Buckley10
Leslie Cyril Gilman10
(Flight Engineer)H Walsh10

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

SturmeyFrank WilliamIn From:51 Squadron20/02/1945
Out to:582 Squadron17/07/1945