Aircraft Flown 1943-44

Aircraft Flown 1943-44

A J L Craig – Appointed Squadron Leader 10th July 1943 War Substantive

No.14 OTU (RAF Market Harborough) 16th November 1943 to 14th January 1944
RAF Market Harborough
was mainly used as an Operational Training Unit from August 1943, throughout its active days with No. 14 OTU flying Vickers Wellingtons, Oxfords as well as Hurricanes and Tomahawks from No.1683 Bomber Defence Training Flight.  No.14 OTU was formed in April 1940 as part of No. 6 Group RAF Bomber Command at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland to train night Bomber crews. It was disbanded on 24 June 1945.

Wellington 1c 11th September 1943 (Pegasus XVlll Engines)
Famously designed by Barnes Wallis the Vickers Wellington featured a geodetic construction and was almost entirely fabric covered unlike its Bomber Command contemporaries the Lancaster, Halifax, and Stirling. The prototype 1st flew from Vickers Brooklands aerodrome on June the 15th 1936 piloted by Mutt Summers (test pilot of the Spitfire) who was accompanied by Barnes Wallis.  On October the 10th 1938 Wellingtons entered squadron service.  Cockpit Drills for the Wellington:
Vickers Wellington Pilot’s Notes (2nd Edition)


Flying Instructors – F/O Crothier, W/O Bradshaw F/O Rowan Parry, F/Lt Hodgkinson, F/Lt Rogers, B Flight
Proficiency – Heavy Bomber Pilot, Above Average
1st Solo Flight 13th December 1943
Fuselage Codes Unknown – Letter X, G, P, Q, U, W, S,

RAF 161 Sqdn Tempsford, 3rd March to 8th March 1944
Lockheed Hudson l – ll, lll, & lllA – Cyclone Engine
The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light Bomber and Coastal Reconnaissance Aircraft built initially for the RAF shortly before the outbreak of WW2 and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter.  
When the British Purchasing Commission went to Lockheed Corporation for a model to support the Avro Anson Aircraft for Reconnaissance duties, Lockheed presented a modified version of the Civilian design Model 14 Super Electra Airliner. The Commission was quickly convinced, and the Military version of the Model 14 went into production with the new designation Hudson.  Delivery began on Feb 1939, and by the time the European War started in September 78 were in service with the Royal Air Force, fulfilling Coastal Reconnaissance and light bombing duties. On 8 October 1939 over Jutland, a Hudson Bomber became the 1st RAF Aircraft to shoot down a German Aircraft.  During the Dunkirk evacuation, the Hudson Bomber acted as Fighters.  Some of the Hudson Aircraft also went to the Commonwealth Forces in the South Pacific; on 7 December 1941, one of the RAAF Hudson bombers became the 1st Allied Aircraft to attack a Japanese Ship in the Pacific War when it sank Japanese Navy Transport Awajisan Maru off Kota Bharu. When production ceased in 1942, a total of 2,584 were built. They were withdrawn from front-line service in 1944.

Flying Instructors – W/C Hodges
1st Solo Flight 7th February 1944
Fuselage Codes MA– Letter X, G, P, Q, U, W, S, O, N, M, R, L,
Pilot’s Notes for Hudson lV

Alan John Laird Craig Rank S/L Qualified as 1st Pilot Lancaster 1st April 1944
Pathfinder Force (PFF NTU Warboys) 14th March to 28th March 1944
Lancaster lll – Merlin Engines XXlll & XXlV
Lancaster Vl 
Flying Instructors – S/L Satler, S/L Rodley OC, P/O Smail, W/O McCarthy, P/O Aslett
Proficiency – 1st Solo Flight 24th March 1944
Fuselage Codes –
Letter  O, W, X. S,
Lancaster lll No.7 Squadron Operations & Practice – See 7th Squadron Sorties

Lancaster – Pilot’s & Flight Engineers Notes

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