Name : Edwin John Little (Jack) or (Sam)
Service Number : 37572 RAF
Awards : D.F.C 24.10.1941
M in D 01.01.1942
M in D 11.06.1942
M in D 01.01.1943
Born 28th September 1914, Elstree, Herts. Educated Watford Grammar School. Occupation pre RAF, clerk with estate agents 1931-1932. Laboratory Assistant, Watford Grammar School 1932-1935. Very keen sportsman, Rugby, cricket, swimming and tennis. Played county level. Award 2nd class Navigators Licence.
Citation : Not Found
Acting Pilot Officer 25.02.1936
Pilot Officer 25.11.1936
Flying Officer 25.06.1938
Flight Lieutenant 25.06.1940
Squadron Leader 20.10.1942
Acting Wing Commander 01.07.1943
No.101 Squadron August 1936
No.40 Squadron September 9th 1940
No.22 O.T.U April 26th 1941
No.11. O.T.U No dates found
No.1657 CU Unit Unconfirmed
No.623 Squadron August 18th 1943
No.101 Squadron, No.2 Group. Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV.
|04.07.1940||Blenheim||L8870||Oslebshausen||Daylight||1502hrs –||Returned Early|
|22.07.1940||Blenheim||N6141||Airfield, Bolougne||Daylight||1307hrs-1500hrs||Returned Early, lack of cloud|
|01.08.1940||Blenheim||L9421||Schipol aerodrome||Daylight||0930hrs-1220hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|17.08.1940||Blenheim||L9421||Hingine||Night||2205hrs-0105hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|19.08.1940||Blenheim||L9421||Evere||Night||2043hrs-2335hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|30.08.1940||Blenheim||L9421||St Malo||Night||0037hrs-0533hrs||Duty Carried Out|
No.40 Squadron, No.2 Group & No.3 Group. Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV and Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic
|Date||Aircraft||Serial / Code||Target||Op||Times||Notes|
|05.09.1940||Blenheim||“D”||Boulogne||Night||1955hrs-2343hr||Duty Carried Out|
|08.09.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Ostende||Night||2030hrs-2320hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|18.09.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Ostende||Night||2035hrs-2310hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|24.09.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Calais Docks||Night||0335hrs-0605hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|29.09.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Calais Docks||Night||0334hrs-0640hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|30.09.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Ostende||Night||1855hrs-2136hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|02.10.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Antwerp||Night||1910hrs-2211hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|08.10.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Boulogne||Night||1900hrs-2310hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|12.10.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Amsterdam||Night||1840hrs-2103hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|15.10.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Dusseldorf||Night||1900hrs2233hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|20.10.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Calais Docks||Night||1805hrs-2040hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|24.10.1940||Blenheim||“C”||Krefeld||Night||0230hrs-0620hrs||Abandoned, attacked Rotterdam|
|27.10.1940||Blenheim||“O”||Antwerp||Night||0330hrs-0615hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|28.10.1940||Wellington||“O”||Ostrum||Night||1830hrs-2244hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|21.12.1940||Wellington||R1007||Antwerp||Night||0415hrs-0750hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|01.01.1941||Wellington||R1337||Bremen||Night||1645hrs-2130hrs||Abandoned, engine u/s bombed Amsterdam|
|16.01.1941||Wellington||R1331 BL-R||Wilhemshaven||Night||1740hrs-1950hrs||Abandoned, engine u/s|
|22.01.1941||Wellington||R1030||Dusseldorf||Night||1735hrs-2130hrs||Target not reached, bombed flak position.|
|10.02.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Hannover||Night||1845hrs-0009hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|15.02.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Sterkrade Holten||Night||1810hrs-2312hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|01.03.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Wilhemshaven||Night||0025hrs-0611hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|03.03.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Cologne||Night||1910hrs-0040hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|12.03.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||BERLIN||Night||2005hrs-0425hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|17.03.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Bremen||Night||0105hrs-0740hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|19.03.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Cologne||Night||1855hrs-0020hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|23.03.1941||Wellington||R1330 BL-N||BERLIN||Night||1930hrs-0400hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|27.03.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Cologne||Night||1930hrs-0050hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|08.04.1941||Wellington||R1167 BL-N||Kiel||Night||2000hrs-0205hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|10.04.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Merignac Aerodrome||Night||2050hrs-0355hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|15.04.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||Kiel||Night||2220hrs-0500hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|17.04.1941||Wellington||R1030 BL-K||BERLIN||Night||2035hrs-0405hrs||Duty Carried Out|
While operational with No.40 Squadron operated with “B” Flight as flight commander and was known throughout the squadron as “Sam”. He was at the time also known to have been a very religious person insisting that the officers all lunch together and on saying grace at the outset.
While on a training flight on October 30th 1940, Squadron Leader Little intercepted a JU88 near Ely. The Wyton Station ORB records the following “The enemy aircraft was engaged with both the front and rear guns, and was seen to be hit in the port wing and fuselage. Black smoke was coming from one of the engines, but the enemy was lost to sight in the mist”.
The only JU88A-1 lost that day was from 8.(K)/LG1 coded L1+GS) flown by a Uffz Arndt, however Blue Section of No.1 Squadron (Hawker Hurricanes) claimed the JU88 at 1450hrs crashing near Middle Fen, Shuntly near Ely. It is possible that after losing the JU88 in the mist the damaged JU88 was finished off by No.1 Squadron.
While attached to No.40 Squadron completed 31 sorties, added to the 6 flown with No.101 Squadron this brings Squadron Leader Little’s first tour total to 37 operations.
Post to No.22 O.T.U Wellesbourne-Mountford for instructional Duties.
Assumed duties as chief ground instructor (CGI) 26th September 1941. I have not managed to establish if Wing Commander Little DFC carried out any operations while he served at No.22 or No.11 O.T.U. It is highly likely that he did operate during the three 1000 bomber raids in 1942, however this is conjecture at this time. Wing Commander Little became well known during his time as CFI not only to those on the O.T.U but the local community, he was remembered as a considerate and prayerful officer. During his time at No.22 O.T.U he preached at the local Methodist Chapel.
Posted to command No.623 Squadron, RAF Downham Market, Norfolk. Short Stirling Mk.III.
While commanding No.623 Squadron it was Wing Commander Little’s choice to operate with all the recently posted crews. This went a long way to instil confidence in the inexperienced crews. Flying Officer Peter Paddon recalls his former commanding officers “ It was his intention to fly with each of the new crews, I seem to recall that he sang “Onward Christian soldiers” while on the bomb run.”
Harry Baker also remembers Wing Commander Little. Harry was the bomb aimer on Flying Officer John Overton’s crew, it was John Overton that took the C/O to Berlin on August 23rd 1943. I do remember the hairy trip to Berlin on the 23rd, the C/O flew with us. As far as I can remember he was a very nice guy, isn’t it ironic that such faith and dedication to God failed to save him from getting the chop a week later, while the rest of us bad sods survived!
2nd Tour : Operations : No.623 Squadron
|23.08.1943||Stirling||BK727 IC-A||BERLIN||Night||20.49hrs-0415hrs||2nd Pilot. Attacked by Me110|
|25.08.1943||Stirling||EH885 IC-G||Deodors (M)||Night||2002hrs-0157hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|27.08.1943||Stirling||EH885 IC-G||Nuremburg||Night||2125hrs-0426hrs||Duty Carried Out|
|31.08.1943||Stirling||EE949 IC-||BERLIN||Night||2029hrs-FTR||Failed to Return|