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  The Guillevin Crew - 431 Squadron  
 

Back row left to right. Eric Lainchbury (Mid Upper Gunner), Peter Howe (Engineer), George Marris (Rear Gunner), John Geddes (Navigator)

 Front row left to right: Gerry Wilson (Bomb Aimer), Frank Guillevin (Pilot), Stan Morris (Wireless Operator)

 

 

The Guillevin crew were assigned to 431 Squadron and posted into Tholthorpe on September 27, 1943 from 1664 Heavy Conversion Unit. They would go on to fly 31 operations on Halifaxes and Lancasters. They successfully completed their tour and were screened from operations on January 7, 1945.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade
S/L Frank Guillevin - DFC RCAF Pilot
P/O Peter Howe RAFVR Flight Engineer
F/O John Geddes - DFC RAFVR Navigator
P/O Gerry Wilson RCAF Bomb Aimer
F/O Stan Morris RAFVR W/Op/AG
F/O Eric Lainchbury - DFC RAFVR M/U Gunner
P/O George Marris RAFVR Rear Gunner

 

Operations Flown by the Guillevin Crew    
Date  A/C Type Serial # Code Target Up Down
01/20/1944 Halifax Mk.V LK952 SE-H Berlin 1604 1944
01/21/1944 Halifax Mk.V LK896 SE-B Magdeburg 1947 2325
02/15/1944 Halifax Mk.V LK952 SE-H Berlin n/a n/a
02/24/1944 Halifax Mk.V LK952 SE-H Diversion Raid n/a n/a
03/02/1944 Halifax Mk.V LK952 SE-H Meulan-Les-Mereaux 0051 0526
03/06/1944 Halifax Mk.V LL175 SE-A Trappes 1818 2329
03/15/1944 Halifax Mk.V LK952 SE-H Amiens 1826 0018
04/09/1944 Halifax Mk.V LL172 SE-B Lille 2140 249
04/18/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ536 SE-F Noisy-Le-Sec 2058 0231
04/22/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Dusseldorf 2251 0347
04/24/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Karlsruhe 2140 0432
04/26/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Essen 2140 0432
04/27/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Montzen 2330 0349
05/01/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H St. Gheslain 2155 0205
05/12/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Louvian 2149 0235
05/24/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Trouville 2315 0315
06/04/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Calais 0118 0427
06/06/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Conde-Sur-Noireau 2319 0455
06/07/1944 Halifax Mk.III LK837 SE-H Versailles-Matelots 2351 0502
06/12/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ685 SE-A Arras 2258 0336
06/16/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ685 SE-A Sterkrade 2250 0341
06/27/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ657 SE-K Wizernes 0032 0414
07/18/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ587 SE-B Caen 0349 0818
08/03/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ831 SE-K Foret De Nieppe 1752 2159
08/04/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ831 SE-K Bois De Cassan 1023 1510
08/06/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ831 SE-K Totalize 2 2109 0110
08/08/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ831 SE-K Foret De Chantilly 1837 2324
09/09/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ831 SE-K Le Havre 0552 0938
09/28/1944 Halifax Mk.III MZ831 SE-K Cap Gris Nez 1714 2101
11/30/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB815 SE-K Duisberg 1615 2257
12/04/1944 Lancaster Mk.X KB815 SE-K Karlsruhe 1625 2334

 

 
  Photo courtesy of John Geddes.