Welcome aboard Geoff.
The site hasn't change much in the last few years, my enthusiasm waned after moving to New Zealand (too many other things to do and see) plus the advent of social media like Facebook etc made me question the hard work and $$ I put in. But the fire for research is slowly returning and I keep promising myself and others I'll do some updates.
Thanks for stopping by it encourages me to get off my arse and do something here
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
My father also flew with 215 Squadron and I have transcribed all the Liberator missions into a database.
I have had a look and have about 5 Smiths serving with the squadron but only 1 bomb aimer. His initials were A.E. is this your father?
He took part in about 20 missions and his pilot was called Frazer - is this the correct one.
If you want any more details about the missions please let me know.
Good to hear your father is still around
Yes that's him. Off the top of my head, 20 ops with 215 is about right. He did a further 5 or so with 355 till he completed his tour just before the Japanese surrender.
I got copies of the Squadron ORB relating to my Dad's ops many years ago from Kew, when they went through an awful period of photocopying everything onto 'yellow' paper. (It was a security thing, as they were losing original records through people walking out with them.) Dad still has his log book, but he gave me his medals many years ago, when I was still at school. That was the beginning of my interest in medals and the start of my medal collection! He also has a very small part of the skin from the fuselage of the aircraft the Frazer crew crashed on return from their Insein trip in November 1944, their first op.
When was your father with 215 and what was his crew position btw?
My fathers name was Jack Johnson and was a Wireless Operator. He died back in 1996. He initially flew Wellingtons with the Squadron and then converted to Liberators. His pilot for these Wellington missions was Jim Ross, a New Zealander. His pilot for most of his time in Liberators was Eddie Gilbert, a Canadian.
I wonder if your dad can remember him.?
Good to hear from you