David Dancy

Story of a Flight Engineer

 

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MAY 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
May 2 08:15 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER DARWIN - CHANGI 10:00  
May 6 08:00 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER CHANGI - TENGAH 0:30  
May 9 14:00 RA673 SGT THOMAS ENGINEER CHANGI - TENGAH - CHANGI 0:30  
May 17 09:20 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER CHANGI - NEGOMBO DNCO 0:15  
May 18 09:50 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER CHANGI - NEGOMBO CEYLON 8:55  
May 19 07:50 RA673 F/LT HIRD ENGINEER NEGOMBO - MAURIPUR 7:50  
May 20 08:20 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER MAURIPUR - HABBANYIA IRAQ 8:45  
May 21 08:05 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER HABB - IDRIS 10:10  
May 22 06:20 RA673 F/LT HIGGINBOTTOM ENGINEER IDRIS - MARHAM UK 8:35  
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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