David Dancy

Story of a Flight Engineer

 

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APRIL 1954 - 49 Squadron, "B" Flight, Upwood, Lincoln Mk II

Date Hour Aircraft Type and No. Pilot Duty REMARKS

(including results of bombing, gunnery, exercises, etc.

Flying Times
Day Night
Apr 1   RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER COLERNE UPWOOD 0:50  
Apr 2   RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER UPWOOD COLERNE 0:40  
Apr 4   RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER UPWOOD WYTON 0:20  
Apr 5 08:30 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER WYTON IDRIS 8:10  
Apr 6 04:30 RA673   ENGINEER IDRIS FAYID 4:55 0:10
Apr 7 02:45 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER FAYID MARIPAU PAKISTAN 9:20 2:00
Apr 8 09:15 RA673   ENGINEER MAURIPAU - DUM DUM CALCUTTA 6:10  
Apr 9 22:10 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER DUM DUM - CHANGI SINGAPORE 2:40 6:30
Apr 12 06:15 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER CHANGI - DARWIN N.T. AUSTRALIA 9:50  
Apr 15 05:35 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER DARWIN - LAVERTON MELBOURNE 8:20 0:55
Apr 17 15:00 RA673 SGT THOMAS ENGINEER AIR TEST AT LAVERTON 2:00  
Apr 18 09:35 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER LAVERTON TOWNSVILLE 6:30  
Apr 24 04:30 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER TOWNSVILLE MOMOTE ADMIIRALTY IS 5:00 1:30
Apr 27 03:30 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER MOMOTE - SATAWAN ATOLL - PANOPE - MOMOTE 9:45 2:00
Apr 29 07:20 RA673 W/CMR BALL ENGINEER MOMOTE - DARWIN 8:15  
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In April-May 1954. The flight by RA673 out to Momote was a special escort mission.

In 1954 the RAF was conducting a nuclear sampling operation on Kwajalein atoll in the Pacific during the US hydrogen bomb trials. Two RAF Canberras had been lost in the Pacific en-route to Kwajalein. A third Canberra was prepared and a Lincoln (RA673) fitted out as a "shepherd" aircraft.

RA673 accompanied the Canberra to Australia, then to Momote (off New Guinea). From there it flew out over the Pacific to vicinity of Kwajalein, where it orbited as a flying radio beacon to guide the Canberra to its destination.

Dave Forster is currently writing a book about the Kwajalein operation, and as soon as it is available I will post a link here