Pilot Officer James Clement Hornby RAFVR

Crew Pilot Officer James Clement Hornby
Service Number 150016 RAFVR
Awards
Awarded
Citation
Squadrons No.623 Squadron – No.115 Squadron
   
Known Movements (Postings) No.1657 Con.Unit
  No.623 Squadron 27.09.1943 (In)
  No.1678 Con.Unit -06.12.1943 (In)  23.12.1943 (Out)
  No.115 Squadron-22.12.1943 (In)
   
Promotions Flight Sergeant to Pilot Officer 01.01.1943
  Pilot Officer to Flying Officer 01.07.1943
   

 

Operations Flown with No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market (Short Stirling Mk.III)

17.10.1943
Pilot
Mining (Frisian Islands)
EJ121 IC-Q

Veg Planted Duty Carried

07.11.1943
Pilot
Mining (Furze)
BK727 IC-S

Veg Planted Duty Carried

Operations Flown with No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford (Avro Lancaster Mk.B.II)

“A” Flight

23.12.1943
2nd Pilot
Squadron Leader C H Baigent RNZAF
BERLIN
LL626 KO-N

Identified target by means of green sky markers bombed  from a height of 22000ft

29.12.1943
2nd Pilot
Pilot Officer F Blackwell
BERLIN
DS720 KO-D

Identified target by means green / red markers on which we bombed from a height of 20,000ft. Many bomb bursts observed, a good attack

02.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
DS682 KO-S

Identified target by means of sky markers on which he dropped his bombs from 20000ft without observing any results due to cloud.  On return landed at SEETHING due to Mid upper turret burst oil pipe and GEE box unserviceable.  Photo attempted.

20.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
LL622 KO-F

Identified target by means of sky markers on bombed on centre of red markers from a height of 20000ft. Large fires were seen.  

27.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
LL701 KO-F

Identified target by means of sky markers on which he dropped his bombs from 20000ft without observing any results due to cloud.

28.01.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
LL701 KO-F

Identified target by means of sky markers on which he bombed  from a height of 21000ft. Extensive reddish / yellow glow seen below clouds. Photo attempted.

30.01.1943
Pilot
BERLIN
LL701 KO-F

Identified target by means of sky markers on which he bombed  from a height of 19000ft. Glow of fires seen under the clouds. There was intense opposition over the target area by fighters. Photo attempted.

15.02.1944
Pilot
BERLIN
LL701 KO-F

Identified target by means of sky markers. Bombs dropped on centre of 5 red and green stars from 19000ft. Attack considered good. Photo attempted

19.02.1944
Pilot
Leipzig
LL701 KO-F

 Identified target by means of sky markers on which he bombed  from a height of 20000ft. Target glow seen for about 60 miles. Photo Attempted.

24.02.1944
Pilot
Schweinfurt
LL701 KO-F (MISSING)

Failed to return from operation, no message received.

Flight Lieutenant Hornby and crew departed RAF Witchford at 18.50hrs. All the crew were killed and their names are recorded on the Runnymede Memorial.  Of the original crew that joined No.623 Squadron five were aboard LL701.  Sergeant Holt the mid upper gunner was killed attacking Karlsruhe on April 25th 1944 with No.115 Squadron. It is believed that Sgt G Yardley the crew’s wireless operator survived the war.

Notes #1

While with No.1657 Conversion Unit the crew were involved in crash while aboard Short Stirling BF407 while on a night flying air-test.  While attempting to land at RAF Stradishall at 1430hrs Flying Officer Hornby made a rather heavy landing, the Stirling bounced back into the air. The crew reported what they believed to be port  type bursting. Undeterred Hornby throttled back, but hit the runway with such force that the Stirling swung to port where the undercarriage collapsed. Stirling BF407 was classed as category B.