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127 Wing Operations
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127 wing
Photo courtesy of Sharon McElroy
In this rare photo we see all the commanders of 127 Wing in Normandy (plus a visitor). Left to right:
S/L EP Wood OC of 403 Squadron, S/L John McElroy OC of 416 Squadron, S/L Cam McArthur Chief Medical Officer,
S/L Wally Conrad OC 421 Squadron, W/C Buck McNair of 126 Wing (visiting), S/L J N Whalley Admin Officer,
W/C M Brown Base Commander B.2, W/C Bob Buckham W/C(F) 127 Wing,
G/C 'Tin Willy' MacBrien OC 17 Sector, 83 Group 2ndTAF.

This photo was taken between 1 July and 14 July 1944 with the group standing near the flight control and command centre at B.2 Bazenville as indicated by the camouflage netting behind them.


For a detailed description of the day's action, click on the date. (Only the most notable days are described.)

In the table below the 'Claims' figures denote destroyed, probably destroyed and damaged. In the 'Particulars' notes KIA=Killed in Action, SAFE=parachuted to safety, POW=parachuted but was made Prisoner of War, EVD=parachuted but evaded capture, WND=wounded.

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date sorties claims particulars
6-Jun 138    
7-Jun 140   F/L W J Drope KIA, F/O R J Grigg KIA
8-Jun 114   W/O J C Maranda KIA
9-Jun 34   F/L E C Williams POW friendly fire
10-Jun 141    
11-Jun 77    
12-Jun 84    
13-Jun 74   F/O R W Murray KIA, W/C L V Chadburn KIA,
F/L F J Clark KIA
14-Jun 50    
15-Jun 72 10 - 0 - 1 F/O L R Curry KIA, F/O R E Reeves SAFE
16-Jun 64    
17-Jun 35 0 - 0 - 1 W/O A B Clenard EVD
18-Jun 30    
19 to
21-Jun
10   Great Storm shut everything down
22-Jun 51    
23-Jun 78 6 - 0 - 7 F/S R G Wallace KIA
24-Jun 39    
25-Jun 77   F/L C D Grant KIA, F/O R G Driver WND
26-Jun 93 3 - 0 - 3  
27-Jun 53   F/O J Bamford POW
28-Jun 116 7 - 0 - 3 F/O W H Rhodes POW, F/L J Lanfranchi KIA
29-Jun 89 1 - 0 - 0 W/O2 R C Shannon EVD, S/L F E Green WND
30-Jun 124 6 - 0 - 1  
1-Jul 68    
2-Jul 122 6 - 1 - 5  
3-Jul 42    
4-Jul 94    
5-Jul 82 3 - 0 - 3  
6-Jul 65    
7-Jul 82    
8-Jul 144    
9-Jul 44    
10-Jul 49   P/O J E McCrae EVD
11-Jul 41    
12-Jul 131 1 - 3 - 0 F/L J L Campbell EVD
13-Jul 24 0 - 0 - 1  
14-Jul 125 8 - 0 - 2 F/O D J Shapter KIA, W/O W C Powers KIA
15-Jul 42    
16-Jul 95 6 - 2 - 1 F/O M B O'Kelly KIA
17-Jul 98   F/L L P Commerford WND
18-Jul 195   F/L P G Johnson KIA
19-Jul 69    
20-Jul 36 2 - 0 - 0  
21-Jul 0    
22-Jul 24    
23-Jul 48    
24-Jul 76    
25-Jul 180 5 - 1 - 3 F/O G A Cashion KIA, F/O F W Ward KIA
26-Jul 152 1 - 0 - 0  
27-Jul 197 2 - 1 - 0  
28-Jul 119 3 - 0 - 1  
29-Jul 89    
30-Jul 103 2 - 0 - 1  
31-Jul 63    
1-Aug 64    
2-Aug 80    
3-Aug 124 1 - 0 - 1  
4-Aug 104    
5-Aug 60   F/O J W Earl KIA
6-Aug 56   W/O D W Guest POW
7-Aug 93    
8-Aug 148 1 - 0 - 0  
9-Aug 77    
10-Aug 128    
11-Aug 43    
12-Aug 148   F/O W J Bentley
13-Aug 107    
14-Aug 46    
15-Aug 92    
16-Aug 68    
17-Aug 118 1 - 0 - 0 P/O G W Weber EVD, F/O H V Boyle KIA,
P/O W I Garland EVD
18-Aug 264   F/L J Leyland WND
19-Aug 144    
20-Aug 68    
21-Aug 0   big storm
22-Aug 131    
23-Aug 139 12 - 0 - 3 F/O J W Neil POW, F/O G W Taylor KIA,
F/O R W Dunn POW
24-Aug 84    
25-Aug 142    
26-Aug 71 1 - 0 - 0 F/O J M Flood KIA, F/O O E Libby POW
27-Aug 48    
28-Aug 144 1 - 0 - 0 W/O M E Soules KIA
29-Aug 24    
Total claims during the Normandy Campaign were 89 destroyed, 7 probably destroyed and 37 damaged. Casualties among pilots were KIA=22, POW=6, EVD=5, WND=4.

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