Arthur Frederick Hookway RAAF. A poor quality photograph was taken in 1941
Crew : Flight Sergeant Arthur Frederick Hookway
Service No : 412964 RAAF
Flight Sergeant : 25.12.1942
Acting Pilot officer : 15.10.1943
Acting Flying Officer : 15.04.1944
No.11 O.T.U : 18.05.1943
No.1665 HCU : 12.08.1943
No.623 Squadron : 10.09.1943
No.1678 Con.Unit : 06.12.1943
No.115 Squadron : 22.01.1944
No.7 PFF Squadron : 19.03.1944
No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market
The mid upper escape hatch blew off just after leaving the Garden area. Six mines had been successfully planted. Aircraft returned safely to base.
Reported a successful trip with no incidents. Four mines were planted in garden at 21.45hrs from a height of 3,550ft. Visibility was good.
Pilot P/O J Wallace RAAF
Crew reported low cloud over target but records bombs exploding alongside Red TI Markers. P/O Wallace arrived early and reported seeing Green TI’s but stood off just south of target, then saw Reds go down so bombed it. Ground detail could not be seen but Red TI’s seemed OK for time and position
Fires rather scattered, bombed corner near river. The trip was very good with very little opposition coming from flak or fighters. Searchlight encountered in target area. Photo attempted, duty carried out.
Fires rather scattered, 10/10th cloud over target area. Gee failed.
Operations Flown with No.115 Squadron RAF Witchford. Avro Lancaster Mk.B.II “A” Flight
Identified target with aid of sky markers from which he dropped his bombs from a height of 22,000ft. Attack appeared concentrated, incendiaries hung up and brought back. Nickels not dropped.
Identified target by aid of Green TI’s and green and red stars on which he dropped his bombs from a height of 20,000ft. Attack believed good.
Bombed centre of three red TI markers from a height of 20,000ft. Fires covered entire area within flares. Attack considered good. Photo attempted. All nickels dropped.
Returned early to base port inner u/s. 1 x 8000lb jettisoned safe. Incendiaries brought back.
Operations Flown with No.7 PFF Squadron RAF Oakington “B” Flight
Squadron Leader A Price “B” Flight Commander
Tergnier Marshalling Yards
Flight Lieutenant G Smith
Courtrai Railway Yards
22.50 – This aircraft failed to return to base.
Form 540 for 21 May 1944 : 13 aircraft too off to attack Duisburg. The target was covered by 10/10ths cloud up to 18,000 feet and the markers quickly disappeared. No results seen. Moderate to intense heavy Flak was encountered and fighter (flares ???) were reported all along the homeward track to within 20 miles of the English coast. One aircraft was lost in this operation (Captain P/O A.F. Hookway)
The whole crew are recorded on the panels of the Runnymede Memorial.
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