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[Home] [Profiles 103 Sqn A to M] [Maurice Garton and crew 103 Sqn]

Maurice Garton DFC RAFVR and crew – 103 Squadron – 1944.

The Garton crew was posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds on the 16 July 1944 from 11 Base.

The crews consisted of :-

F/O M Garton

Sgt H N Kinnear

W/O K J Graham RAAF

F/O F C Davis

Sgt F T Jackson

Sgt G Brown

Sgt T O Duncan

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Garton flew his first operation as Second Dickie in the crew of P/O L J L Green on the 20 July 1944 to Wizernes in Lancaster PA985.

He then captained his own crew on the following operations :-

31-Jul-44 - Le Havre - Naval forces - Lancaster - ND613 - F/O M Garton

03-Aug-44 - Troissy-St-Maximin - V weapon - Lancaster - ND613 - F/O M Garton

04-Aug-44 - Pauillac - Oil - Lancaster - PD236 - F/O M Garton

05-Aug-44 - Blaye - Oil - Lancaster - PD236 - F/O M Garton - Base closed due to low cloud. Diverted to Ossington.

10-Aug-44 - Dugny - Oil/Fuel - Lancaster -  N/K - F/O M Garton

11-Aug-44 - Douai - Railway yards - Lancaster - JA962 - F/O M Garton

14-Aug-44 - Fontaine-le-Pin - Army support - Lancaster - LM116 - F/O M Garton

15-Aug-44 - Le Culot B - Airfield - Lancaster - LM177 - F/O M Garton

16-Aug-44 - Stettin - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton

18-Aug-44 - Ertvelde Rieme - Oil - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton

25-Aug-44 - Russelheim - Factory - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton

26-Aug-44 - Kiel - Point of Aim - Lancaster – ND861 - F/O M Garton

05-Sep-44 - Le Havre - Army support - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton

06-Sep-44 - Le Havre - Army support - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton - Aborted by Master Bomber due to cloud cover over target.

08-Sep-44 - Le Havre - Army support - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton - Aborted by Master Bomber due to cloud cover over target.

10-Sep-44 - Le Havre - Army support - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton

12-Sep-44 - Frankfurt - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/O M Garton

15-Sep-44 - Oslo Kattegat and River Elbe - Mine laying - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

17-Sep-44 - Eikenhorst - V weapon - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

23-Sep-44 - Neuss - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

05-Oct-44 - Saarbrucken - Army support - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton – Early return - Engine unserviceable.

07-Oct-44 - Emmerich - Army support - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

19-Oct-44 - Stuttgart - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

23-Oct-44 - Essen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

25-Oct-44 - Essen - Point of Aim - Lancaster - JA857 - F/L M Garton

28-Oct-44 - Cologne - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

30-Oct-44 - Cologne - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

31-Oct-44 - Cologne - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

02-Nov-44 - Dusseldorf - Point of Aim - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

06-Nov-44 - Heligoland Bight - Mine laying - Lancaster - PB465 - F/L M Garton

09-Nov-44 - Wanne Eikel - Oil - Lancaster - ND861 - F/L M Garton

On the 22 December 1944 Garton and Davis were transferred to 238 Squadron Transport Command

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Maurice Garton was awarded a DFC gazetted 23 March 1945.

During his RAF career he served as a flying instructor at Shawbury, Training Command from 1 June 1942 to 27 March 1943. During his tour with 103 Squadron he comments he had no bullet holes, flak holes and no crew injured. He also states he never lost an engine although the Operational Record Book refers to one early return due to engine being unserviceable. The ORB may however be wrong.

He also flew the following types. Miles magister, De Havilland Tiger Moth, Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson, Vickers Wellington, Handley Page Halifax, Avro Lancaster and Douglas Dakota

Compiled by David Fell

 

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