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Old 20th Jun 2019, 14:12
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10 Sqn Halifax

This photo was taken around May/ June 1943 at RAF Melbourne of a 10 Sqn Halifax. My Dad, Ron Carpenter, is back row far right. Not sure of the names of the rest of the aircrew but Dad flew most of his ops with S/L Debenham who was the pilot. I know it's a long shot but does anyone recognise other crew members or ground crew.

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Old 20th Jun 2019, 20:52
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Have you asked the 10 squadron association? There are still a few members who might know them.
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Thanks. I'll try
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No luck with any names on the photo. I have a photo of Dad which looks like a course photo but didn't know where and when. Dad front row far right. I posted it on the '10 Sqn Halifax and Whitley' Facebook page and a member posted the photo with the details on it. Taken at Chipping Warden 12 OTU around May 1942. Course 28 for B/A, A/G and W/Ops for crewing in before 1st op. A member of the Midland Aircraft Recovery Group sent me the details of the men on Course 28. Really pleased.


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Old 12th Jun 2020, 14:32
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'Melbourne Ten' by Brian J Rapier , published by Air Museum Publications (York) Ltd in 1982 , ISBN 0-9507326-1-3 and rare as hens teeth to put it politely !

Chapter 5 : Hamburg and the Hundred Ops , page 47 has a photo of S/L Debenham and his air and ground crews captioned 'with the much censored X-Ray' . There is a photograph of Halifax BB324/ZA-X on page 49 and in the text it states 'Sergeant Pinkerton flying ZA-X-Ray , BB324 , failed to return from Mulheim , one aircraft cancelled at take off and two returned early from this , a 20 aircraft raid . Squadron Leader Debenham often flew this aircraft and is in the left hand seat of this photogrpaph of BB324 flying on 'one' .'

There may well be other references to S/L Debenham too elsewhere in the book ? I also found that Debenham was awarded the DFC ; Debenham . Archibald Ian Scott . SL . (70167) . RAFVR . 10 Sqn : London Gazette ; 12 November 1943 : 4972 .
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ZA-X BB324

Dad was sitting next to S/L Debenham when 'Flying on one'. BB324 was on an air test on 1 June 1943. I have some original photos of the air test. In the photo 'X ray blacked out Dad is second from right' I have been in touch with Sgt Pinkerton's nephew who FTR from Mulheim on 22/23 June 1943 in BB324. Dad was the bomb aimer in BB324 the previous evening then his crew were stood down after returning from Krefeld. I have Dad's log book.




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Wow! Those are really great photographs, particularly the first big one. I would not have thought that they would have encouraged pilots to fly around on one engine in those days, or any days! And it is one of the early ones with Merlins and the small fins.

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Photos

Here's some more. Dad at the bomb aimers position and last in the queue boarding a Halifax of 10 Sqn.






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