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[Home] [Profiles 103 Sqn N to Z] [W A Skinner DFC RCAF and crew 103 Sqn]

F/O W A Skinner DFC RCAF and crew – 103 Squadron – 1944/45

The Skinner crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds 1 September 1944 from 11 Base.

The crew was as follows:-

P/O W A Skinner RCAF

Sgt Ronald Paton

Sgt J Cameron RCAF

Sgt R W Arbuckle RCAF

F/S J H Audsley RAAF replaced by Sgt P H Hudson 16/1/45 followed by F/S J T Thompson for the remaining two ops

Sgt J J Lahey RCAF

Sgt R A Berry

103 Squadron Skinner WA and crew

Six of the Skinner crew

This crew flew the following operations :-

25-Sep-44 - Calais - Army support - Lancaster - LM295 - P/O WA Skinner RCAF – Aborted - Abandoned on Master Bomber's orders. Ordered by base to fly out to sea to jettison part of his load before landing.

28-Sep-44 - Calais - Army support - Lancaster - JB655 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF – Aborted - Raid cancelled by Master Bomber due to cloud cover over target

05-Oct-44 - Saarbrucken - Army support - Lancaster - ND381 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

07-Oct-44 - Emmerich - J87369 - Army support - Lancaster - LM132 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF - Landed at Lindholme

11-Oct-44 - Fort Frederik Hendrik - Army support - Lancaster - PB528 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

14-Oct-44 - Duisburg - Operation Hurricane - Lancaster - ND381 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

14-Oct-44 - Duisburg - Operation Hurricane - Lancaster - ND381 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

23-Oct-44 - Essen - J87369 - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

25-Oct-44 - Essen - Point of Aim – Lancaster - ND381 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

28-Oct-44 - Cologne - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

30-Oct-44 - Cologne - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – P/O WA Skinner RCAF

09-Nov-44 - Wanne Eikel - Oil - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

11-Nov-44 - Dortmund - Oil - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

16-Nov-44 - Duren - Army support - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

18-Nov-44 - Wanne Eikel - Oil - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF - Bad weather at base. Diverted

21-Nov-44 - Aschenaffenburg - Railway yards - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

27-Nov-44 - Freiburg - Army support - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

29-Nov-44 - Dortmund - Point of Aim - Lancaster - LM295 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

04-Dec-44 - Karlsruhe - Point of Aim - Lancaster – PB563 - F/O WA Skinner RCAF

06-Dec-44 - Leuna - Oil - Lancaster - PB528 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

12-Dec-44 - Essen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

17-Dec-44 - Ulm - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

29-Dec-44 - Scholven Buer - Oil - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

31-Dec-44 - Osterfeld - Railway yards - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

02-Jan-45 - Nuremberg - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

05-Jan-45 - Hannover - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

07-Jan-45 - Munich - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA  Skinner RCAF

14-Jan-45 - Merseburg - Oil  - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

16-Jan-45 - Zeitz - Oil - Lancaster - PD272 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

28-Jan-45 - Stuttgart/Zuffenhausen - Aero engine factory - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA  Skinner RCAF

01-Feb-45 - Ludwigshafen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - PB563 – F/O WA Skinner RCAF

Skinner was posted out 15 February 1945 22 OTU

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Skinner was awarded a DFC gazetted 2 March 1945 – citation below :-

Flying Officer William Archibald SKINNER (Can/J.87369), R.C.A.F., 103 Sqn This officer was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Munich. On the outward flight, trouble developed in the port inner engine. The oil and coolant temperatures rose and flames issued from the exhaust manifold. The propeller had to be feathered.

This did not deter Flying Officer Skinner from continuing to the target which, despite fighter interference and opposition from the ground defences, was attacked successfully. The weather was bad but Flying Officer Skinner flew the aircraft back to base. His determination was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour of operational duty.

103 Squadron Paton Ronald  Skinner crew

 Ronald Paton RAFVR - Flight Engineer

Compiled by David Fell with crew photo courtesy of Kevin Audsley and Paton photo from Peter Rose.

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