The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

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The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by Dave D » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:30 pm

This is the logbook of my father and the photo's that I have of him and his crew.

I know that 242 was Transport and not Bomber but I thought that it would still be of interest.

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My father, 2nd from the left with the boots on and his crew beside Stirling 111 'R' EF 124.
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My father, in the middle with his crew and I think some ground crew.
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My father, stood on the ground with his crew and some ground crew.
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My father, 4th from the left in front of Lancaster 'R' ME 842
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My father, 3rd from right back row with his crew and I think some ground crew.
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My father, 2nd from right.
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My father, under Stirling V PJ988
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These images posted here are the sole property Of Mr D J Dadson and not to be reproduced in any form with out permission.

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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by ME453 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:19 pm

That's some career your father had in the RAF Dave as reflected in his fascinating logbook. From my own point of view, I was interested to see the exercises which he carried out at No. 4 School of Signals when training as a w/op. Thanks for taking the time to scan and post it all.
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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by AlanW » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:47 pm

Got to agree with Max. Logbook and photo's brilliant, and i'm sure will be much appreciated by other members.
There is no paralell in warfare, to such courage and determination in the face of danger, over so long a period. Such devotion, should never be forgotten.

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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by K4KittyCrew » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:15 am

great stuff, Dave ............... What a pleasure it is to have your father and crew details here on the forum. Many thanks for your efforts in compiling them.
I will take a closer look over this week.
Cheers,
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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by PAFG » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:27 am

A fascinating record, Dave - thanks for posting. Your father and crew look very comfortable together, and operated for a long time, presumably because of the Squadron's conversion to Lancasters.

Many thanks,

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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by smudgersmith218 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:40 pm

Gents,

What Dave has not said (because he is I am sure too modest) is that the Fennell crew were highly regarded and respected throughout the squadron and had a reputation of a “Gen crew”. They were one of the most experienced and senior crews on the squadron and what the Log Book does not record is their many close shaves. Their exploits in the mess was also a thing of legend!!

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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by Dave D » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:47 pm

Thanks for all your comments it's much appreciated.

I do have some of his escape equipment such as maps on hankerchiefs / tiny compass's / a hacksaw blade inside some bakerlight and currency from a few of the countries that they operated over.

I also have his uniform buttons / badges / medals and a tiny knitted doll which I guess was a lucky charm.

If anybody has any information about my farther and his crew I would be very great full, Steve has already sent me a copy of a photo of his pilot and some crew and some information that I new nothing of, thanks for that Steve.

I have just come across a photo of him with all the Air Crew Cadets on his course 25-9-42 to 21-10 42 at No 4 S of S, if anybody is interested I can put that up here as well.
All the names are listed under the photo and strangely one of the names is J Pollard.

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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by K4KittyCrew » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:34 am

Dave D wrote:Thanks for all your comments it's much appreciated.

I do have some of his escape equipment such as maps on hankerchiefs / tiny compass's / a hacksaw blade inside some bakerlight and currency from a few of the countries that they operated over.

I also have his uniform buttons / badges / medals and a tiny knitted doll which I guess was a lucky charm.

If anybody has any information about my farther and his crew I would be very great full, Steve has already sent me a copy of a photo of his pilot and some crew and some information that I new nothing of, thanks for that Steve.

I have just come across a photo of him with all the Air Crew Cadets on his course 25-9-42 to 21-10 42 at No 4 S of S, if anybody is interested I can put that up here as well.
All the names are listed under the photo and strangely one of the names is J Pollard.

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David, my fathers' name was Joe, as in J. W. Pollard ............. sounds interesting!
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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by PAFG » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:26 am

Do the dates fit, John?

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Re: The logbook of R C Dadson Wop/AG 218 & 242 Sq

Post by Dave D » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:00 pm

Hi Guys, I thought that I would post the photo anyway.

My father is top row 5th from the left and J Pollard 3rd row 7th from the left.

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