Sergeant Michael William Nesbitt RAFVR

Flying officer Nesbitt DFC - Copy

Flying Officer Nesbitt & Crew in front of Short Stirling BF568 IC-B “Beer”

NESBITT

Studio photograph of a young looking Michael Nesbitt taken shortly after the award of the DFC

Crew                             Flight Sergeant Michael William Nesbitt RAFVR

Service Number           1318242 – 155023

Awards                         DFC

Awarded                       LG 2nd November 1943

Citation :

As a pilot this officer has completed many sorties against important enemy targets. Undaunted by the fiercest opposition, he has attacked his target fearlessly and with great determination. His courage and confident example is worthy of high praise.

Promotions

Sergeant

Flight Sergeant

Pilot Officer                        LG 21st September 1943

Flying Officer

Flight Lieutenant               1st October 1943 (Acting)

Squadron Leader              Unknown

Postings

No.1657 HCU

No.218 Squadron    5th June 1943

No.623 Squadron    10th August 1943

No.1653 HCU          3rd December 1943

No. 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron

 20.06.1943

Pilot

Mining

BF568 HA-B

Duty Carried out

21.06.1943

Pilot F/Lt Baldwin & crew

2nd Pilot

Krefeld

BF472 HA-V

Bombed on 2 green TI Markers. Ground detail not identified. Fires concentrated, smoke up to 10,000ft.

23.06.1943

Pilot

Mining

BF568 HA-B

Duty carried out

24.06.1943

Pilot

Elderfeld

BF568 HA-B

No cloud bombed on Green TI from 12,000ft. Built up area seen and target. Quite a lot of fires seen but not concentrated.

28.06.1943

Pilot

2nd pilot F/O E Giersch RAAF

Cologne

BF568 HA-B

Bombed from 14,000ft on Red TI, nothing seen.

03.07.1943

Pilot

Cologne

BF568 HA-B

Aiming point identified visually and Green TI from 14,400ft.

13.07.1943

Pilot

2nd pilot Sgt W WIllaims

Aachen

BF568 HA-B

Bombed main target on Red TI in 8/10th cloud. Scattered glows of fires seen through cloud.

24.07.1943

Hamburg (Operation Gomarrah)

Pilot

BF568 HA-B

Attacked from 16,000ft on Green TI’s.  Large red fire with black smoke seen .

27.07.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation Gomarrah)

BF568 HA-B

Attacked from 16,000ft on Green TI’s. Very considerable fires and concentrated north of dock area. New type of flak seen.  

29.07.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation Gomarrah)

BF568 HA-B

Bombed from 15,000ft on a concentration of Green TI’s.

30.07.1943

Pilot

Remscheld

BF568 HA-B

Bombed from 16,000ft on concentration of Red TI’s

02.08.1943

Pilot

Hamburg (Operation Gomarrah)

BK727 HA-A

Jettisoned load, returned early due to ice.

No.623 Squadron

10.08.1943

Pilot

2nd Pilot P/O Wallace RAAF

Nuremburg

BF568 IC-B

Attacked from 16,000ft. A few scattered glows seen.

23.08.1943

Pilot

Berlin

BF568 IC-B

Bombed from 16,000ft on Green TI’s. Well concentrated spreading fires. One large explosion seen.

27.08.1943

Pilot

Nuremburg

BF568 IC-B

Visibility at target was good. Target identified by DR run. Pinpointed on autobahn and cluster of TI’s Resultant fires seen in area of Green TI’s. Captain reported it “Looked like being a good effort”. No Boozer indicator.

30.08.1943

Pilot

Monchengladbach

BF568 IC-B

Visbility good, but some ground detail not identified. Bombed on Red TI’s reported good fires around reds but other fires scattered SSW of town. Fighters dropping flares around our aircraft over channel on return.

31.08.1943

Pilot

Berlin

BF568 IC-B

Returned early rear turret u/s oil line burst. Bombed jettisoned on airfield believed to be Lingen.

15.09.1943

Pilot

Montlucan (Dunlop Rubber Factory)

BF568 IC-B

Bombed from 6,000ft target was obscured by smoke but bombed were dropped between two sets of TI Markers. About 3 miles apart. One very large fire was seen with smoke rising to 10,000ft. Smoke spelt strongly of ammonia and caused aircraft get out of control.

16.09.1943

Pilot

Modane (Railway Complex)

BF568 IC-B

Bombed from 15,000ft on Green TI Markers. Visibility was good and one very good  fire was seen.

04.10.1943

Pilot

Frankfurt

BF568 IC-B

Arrived over the target area at 21.41hrs and bombed from a height of 16,000ft. Visibility over the target was good with bombing carried out on Green TI Markers. Good concentration of fires reported. A spoof target at Ludwigshafen was going well and according to P/O Nesbitt seemed to be burning as well as Frankfurt.

07.10.1943

Mining

Silverthorne 10

BF568 IC-B

Aircraft arrived at garden area at 23.45hrs and planted thee mines from 6,000ft. Visibility over the garden was clear with no cloud. No reported incidents during operations.

25.10.1943

Pilot

Mining

Kattegat

Duty carried out. Diverted to Lossiemouth

BF568 IC-B

18.11.1943

Pilot

Mannheim

BF568 IC-B

Returned to base early due to “Coring”.

Notes

I have not been able to confirm with any degree of certainty if Acting Flight Lieutenant Nesbitt had flown on any operations prior to his posting to No.218 Squadron. The total number of operations flown is believed to be 23 as described above. If this is the correct total it is unprecedented that Nesbitt’s operational tour was concluded on 23 operations. On his arrival at No.1653 HCU in December 1943  Nesbitt became an instructor and was subsequently promoted to squadron Leader. He survived the war.