Flying Officer Reginald John Freeman RAFVR

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Flying Officer Reginald John Freeman & Crew

Crew                                     : Flying Officer Reginald John Freeman

Service Number                   : 150240 RAFVR

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No.1651 Con Unit             :

No.623 Squadron             : 11.11.1943

No.149 Squadron             : 06.12.1943

Operations Flown  by F/O  R. J. Freeman with No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market

19.11.1943

Pilot

Mining

Nectarines I

BK803 IC-U

Veg planted, duty carried out successfully.

Operations Flown by F/O  R. J. Freeman with No.149 (East India)  Squadron RAF Lakenheath

29.12.1943

Pilot

Mining

Mouth of Gironde Estuary

LK388 OJ-L

Aircraft returned early, starboard outer engine failure. All mines brought back. No.2 & No.4 Tank jettisoned 20 miles from base.

02.01.1944

Pilot

Mining

Mouth of Gironde

LJ504  OJ-Q

Mines laid as ordered, north end of lake.  Hourtin pin pointed 23.29hrs from 1500ft. 9/10th cloud base at 1700ft tops 2000ft. Visibility good. 0404

04.01.1944

Pilot

Abberville

V1 Site

EE963 OJ-N

Visibility clear. Red TI seen cascading 00.11hrs 1st bunch of TI’s two bundles dropped simultaneously. Two more lots seen on leaving target. Bomb burst on 1st lot, bad undershoots. Photo attempted. Cloud base at 1700ft tops 2000ft. Visibility good.

 14.01.1944

Pilot

Abberville

V1 Site

LK384 OJ-V

Excellent weather, visibility 20 miles. Lights were visible on ground and gun flashes. Very slight flak to port and gun flashes to starboard.

22.01.1944

Pilot

Abberville

V1 Site

LK384 OJ-V

Patchy cloud 1/10th to 6000ft. Red spot fires seen through cloud. Bombs dropped between two red spot fires. Saw three lots of bombs drop on two spot fires. Photo attempted.  Saw two lots of fires while over the target on port side about 5 miles away.

27.01.1944

Pilot

Mining

Heligoland

LK384 OJ-Q (as per ORB)

Flares seen on Heligoland 2 miles to port. No cloud, very hazy mines dropped as order.

10.02 1944

Pilot

Special Ops

EH963 OJ-N

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out. Aircraft Diverted to Tangmere.

20.02 1944.

Pilot

Special Op’s

EJ993 OJ-D

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out.

21.02.1944.

Pilot

Mining

EF140 OJ-Q

Minelaying FRISIAN ISLANDS. (EAST). 6/10ths cloud cover East Coast clearing to 3/10ths in Garden. Good visibility. Base 4000 ft, tops 6000 ft. Icing experienced.

25.02.1944

Pilot

Air Sea Rescue

LJ504 OJ-J

Air Sea Rescue search carried out but without results.

02.03.1944

Pilot

Special Op’s

LK388 OJ-L

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out.

04.03.944

Pilot

Special Op’s

EH993 OJ-D

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out.

07.03.1944

Pilot

Special Op’s

LK 388 OJ-L

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out.

10.03.1944

Pilot

Special Op’s

LJ 526 OJ-P

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out.

21.03.1944

Pilot

Mining

Gironde

LK 388 OJ-L

 Minelaying MOUTH OF GIROND Mines laid as orderd. Visibility good, no cloud.

23.03.1944

Pilot

Laon Marshalling Yards

LK 388 OJ-L

Target Laon. Green T.I. went out on arrival at 21.10. Orbited until 22.43 and saw no more T.I.s. so set course for home. Clear visibility Bomb bursts between green T.I.s. T.I.s. appeared to be S.W. of target 18 x 500 MC. 0.25 brought back.

25.03.1944.

Pilot

Aulnoye

Marshalling Yards

LJ 526 OJ-P

Target AULNOYE No Cloud Base. Visibility above good. Bombs seen exploding near T.I.s at 21.49 hrs. Red T.I.s cascading 21.45 hrs photo attempted.

26.03.1944

Pilot

Mining

Gironde

LJ 526 OJ-P

Target Minelaying MOUTH OF THE GIRONDE. Mines laid as ordered. Clear, visibility good, photos attempted, no opposition.

30.03.1944

Pilot

Special Op’s

LK 388 OJ-L

SPECIAL OPERATION successfully carried out.

09.04.1944

Pilot

Special Op’s

LK 388 OJ-L

SPECIAL OPERATION Duty carried out.

10.04.1944.

Pilot

2nd Pilot W H Mayo

Special Op’s

LK 388 OJ-L

SPECIAL OPERATION Duty carried out

18.04.1944

Pilot

Mining

Kiel Bay

LJ511 OJ-Q

Target Minelaying KIEL BAY. Mines laid as ordered. Slight low cloud. Good visibility.

20.04.1944

Pilot

Mining

Lorient Harbour

LK 388 OJ-L

Target Minelaying OFF LORIENT. Mines laid as ordered. Clear skies some haze in garden.

22.04.1944

Pilot

Laon

Marshalling Yard

LK388 OJ-L

Target LAON. Clear. Yellow T.I.s Flares and green T.I.s. The M. of C. was excellent but interfered  with the intercourse. Photo attempted.

23.04.1944

Pilot

“B” Flight

Mining

Fehmarn Belt

LJ526  OJ-P

Take-Off 20.09hrs   FTR

Target. Minelaying  FEHMARN BELT. Aircraft failed to return.

LJ526 was attacked by a German night fighter believed to have been piloted by Oberleutnant Herbert Koch of 11./NJG 3 and crashed in a field belonging to “Hovgaarden” farm near Øster Skjerninge on the island of Fyn at 23:18 – 23:25hrs.
The whole crew which consisted of Pilot F/L Reginald J. Freeman, Navigator Sgt David Hughes, Air Bomber F/S John M. Ronahan, Flt. Engr. Sgt Alan R. Redfearn, W/OP F/S Raymond T. Walker, Air Gnr. Sgt Roderick H. Cameron and Air Gnr. Sgt Jack L. Stean were killed.

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Bristol Hercules engine of Short Stirling LJ526 OJ-P

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Crews original grave

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No.3 MREU Report on the loss of F/Lt Freeman & Crew

Photographs via Finn Buch