This is great information. Thank you!
Were you able to download all 365 pages in one go? This would be just
the information I am looking for. Do you remember if there was any
personal information in your download? From the research I have done on
Rhodes, he appears on no other squadron list other than 405. I have
searched all the squadron lists online and he doesn't appear on any of
them. He seems to have come from out of nowhere. And yes, I knew that 405
was an RCAF squadron and that PB477 LQ-B was a Canadian-built Lancaster
Bomber - the first, in fact. This squadron was part of the 156 squadron
and was an elite, hand-picked crew (so I have been told). The pilot was
RAF W/C K. J. Lawson who had 92 sorties to his credit.
I have done a lot of research in the U. K. but I find your Archives very
difficult to navigate. However, I will definitely try using the site you
sent. Sometimes I'm at a loss when it comes to typing word(s) in the
"Keywords" box. In this case, should I put Rhodes' service no. in that
He had two - the one he was given when he enlisted and another one
assigned to him in 1952 when he was commissioned as Flying Officer.
I'm not sure how much the following will help, but if you haven't done
so already, it might be worth trying.
The National Archives have made a lot of World War 2 RAF operations
records available through Documents Online, and for just 3.50 pounds you
can download details of many squadrons' activities over a period of
typically 6 months. Be warned, though: they are large files (I have one
of 365 pages which came to about 66MB), and in some cases there is more
than one document covering any given date.
On the Documents Online page at
link to "Air Ministry: Squadron Operations Records" (this is currently
showing under Latest News, so might change in future; and when Documents
Online is replaced by Discovery I've no idea where it will be). Read the
next page to get an idea of what these documents are, then click one of
the Search links in the text. On the next page you can select the
squadron and a range of dates, and you are then presented with a list of
operations records which can be downloaded. By doing this I found that
405 Squadron was actually part of the Royal Canadian Air Force, though
its records do seem to be here in the UK.
The document I downloaded was for 138 Squadron, which was engaged in
special operations, and included details of supply and occasional
personnel drops to resistance groups in occupied Europe. In addition,
which may be more the sort of information you're interested in at
present, there were lists of men transferred in and out of the squadron,
with details of where they came from or were going to.
Hope this helps - and even if it doesn't directly, it's quite
On 03/06/2012 20:44, Kd Mather wrote:
Sidney Rhodes is my brick wall.
I have been researching the air crew of PB477 LQ-B 405 Pathfinder
shot down near Rohrau, Germany, the night of 02 Jan. 1945. My uncle
part of that 7 man crew. Five members of this crew died (including my
uncle). Rhodes and another airman, W/O1 Plyley lived. I have been
fortunate in finding information on most members of this crew - all except
F/Eng. Sgt. Sidney Rhodes RAF(VR). This is what I know about him:
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