Walker (JS)

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

  1. 15/03/1945 Bottrop
  2. 24/03/1945 Gladbeck
  3. 25/03/1945 Osnabruck
  4. 27/03/1945 Paderborn
  5. 03/04/1945 Nordhausen
  6. 05/05/1945 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)John Sutherland Walker6
(Navigator)John Strange East6
(Air Bomber)Horace Reginald Williams5
Joseph Frederick William Harding1
(Wireless Operator)Harry Kearsley Chamberlain6
(Air Gunner)Brian Joseph Mordecai6
Robert Henry Cole6
(Flight Engineer)R Page1
Roydon Rees5

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

WalkerJohn SutherlandIn From:466 Squadron10/02/1945
Out to:RAF Graveley24/05/1945