Saturday, 14 March 1942


The Main Party of 138 Squadron moves to RAF Tempsford. This consists of a road party travelling by trucks, and an air party travelling in the squadron’s aircraft.

The schedule for the Air Party is an indication, no more than that, of the aircrew strength at that time. As the only reports since January 1942 are those entered in the Squadron ORB, which doesn’t mention anyone except the aircraft captains, there are several names that are not mentioned elsewhere. Most of these personnel are allotted to specified crews; F/Sgt Howard may be flying the squadron’s ‘hack’, Lysander R2626, with Sgt Jones in the rear. I can think of no other reason for these two to be listed in isolation.

Air Party

The nominal roll is as follows:
S/Ldr Hockey
P/O Wilkin
P/O Holden
F/Sgt Burke
Sgt Meikle
Sgt Hughes
Sgt Berwick
Sgt Walton
F/O Livingstone, though not listed, flew in Hockey’s aircraft in the Front Gunner position
P/O W.R Austin
P/O D. Gibson
P/O Petrie
F/Sgt Fish, DFM
F/Sgt Bramley
Sgt Grimwade
Sgt Pieniazek
Sgt Klosowski
P/O Wodziki
P/O Bator
Sgt Nowinski
P/O Tajchman
Sgt Klosowski (Maybe there were two.)
Sgt Karbowski
F/Lt Davies
P/O Kingsford-Smith
Sgt Franklin
Sgt Kerry
F/Sgt Lee
Sgt Hill
F/Sgt Howard
Sgt Jones
P/O Rymills
Sgt Walker
F/Sgt Charlton
Sgt Stokes
Sgt Rock
Sgt Flint
P/O Zygmuntowicz
P/O Dobromirski
P/O Voellnagel
Sgt Wilmanski
Sgt Wojchiechowski
Sgt Zuk
Sgt Madrecki
Sgt Madejski
Sgt Thompson
P/O Widdup
P/O Franklin
Sgt Hailstone
Sgt Wood
Sgt Farquarson
P/O Smith (Advance Party)
Sgt Owen
P/O McFadden
Sgt Oldham
F/Sgt Bruton
Sgt Evans
Sgt Wilde
Sgt Hayhoe
Sgt Charrot
F/Sgt Wall
Sgt Scotney
Sgt Weatherston
F/Sgt Ward
F/Sgt Davidston
Sgt Alexander
P/O Simmonds
Sgt Harvey
P/O Middlemass
Sgt Ramsay
F/Sgt Todd
St Janek
Sgt Politzer
P/O Jelinek
Sgt Fornusek
Sgt Vaverka
Sgt Jelinek
P/O Russell
Sgt Miller
Sgt Lines
F/Sgt Marly
Sgt Avery
P/O Anderle
Sgt Knaifl
P/O Krcha
Sgt Vanicek
Sgt Siska
Sgt Tesar

I shall endeavour to add the full lists for the advance party and the main party of the ground staff as soon as practicable.