Who’s been looking at this? Redux

Victoria was the one.

She was curious.

Being curious is what led me to write this blog in the first place.

Victoria more than just wrote me…

Bert Cassely Thorney Island Crash

And I did much more than just reply…

Who’s been looking at this?

I wish I knew…

Just curious.

Being curious is what led me to write this blog in the first place.

So please comment…

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Last Mission: N.F.T. Last Trip With Gene

Robert Harris has shared almost all he had about his father.

This is the last comment Robert made.

Their last flight together was also on the 12th June starting at 16.05 and over by 16.25.  The extract from the log book reads as follows: “N.F.T.  Last trip with Gene”.  

They flew for 20 minutes!

20 minutes… after 33 operations on a Mosquito most over Germany at night.

That’s the last thing Robert shared with me.

The Last Operation Flown by Our Two Men

Robert Harris has been looking at his father’s logbook.

The last operation flown by our two men was on 2nd May 1945 and lasted for 3 hours and 50 minutes.  They dropped 80 X 4 Ib incendiary bombs on an airfield called Hohn. 

Last Operation of Bomber Command 2 May 1945

This was the last operation of 23 Squadron against the Third Reich and also the last operation of Bomber Command. 


They must have been glad to be alive…

There were a further 7 flights together with the last significant one being : “ASH Check.  Flew over London, Cambridge and Norwich to see the lights” – verbatim from log book. 

On 12th June, they flew low level to Langrick, a round trip of one hour and 5 minutes.  Langrick was significant – a little village/hamlet near Boston in Lincolnshire which is where my mother lived with her mother and father who were farmers. My brother John was born by now and my father and Eugene would often fly over the house to see my mum and John in the garden below!! 

Richard Craig Harris’ children and grandchildren will always remember him when they hear a Mosquito high in the sky.

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Keeping Jet Fighters Off Berlin?

This was in the draft section of my blog with two more articles. I was waiting to post them because Robert Harris had more to share with us. I have not had any more contact with Robert since last year. I have thus decided to post these as an homage to his father who was Eugene’s navigator for all the 33 operations they flew together as a team.


You can’t make up such a story…

Found in R.C. Harris’ logbook.



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Taken on this Facebook page.


From Lisa Sharp’s collection

On April 4, 1945, Gene and Dick flew a mission that lasted 5 hours and 50 minutes. WWII was not over yet and danger was always present over Germany even if you were flying a Mosquito.

Gene was flying YP-J. They were on an Intruder Patrol over Rechlin/Larz airfield and then over Burg airfield. Bombs were dropped on latter airfield and flash were seen. No activity seen at Rechlin/Larz.

I wish I had a picture of YP-J with Gene and Dick like I have one with George Stewart and Paul Beaudet.

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