CREW MEMBER PROFILE

Surname:

ABBOTT

First Name/s:

R C

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Service No/s:

R282776

Service:

RCAF

Branch:

Air Gunner

Awards:

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SERVICE RECORDS

Date

Event

Aircraft Flown

Unknown

Enlisted as AC2






Unknown

No.10 Bombing & Gunnery School, Mount Pleasant, PEI

Unknown

Embarked Canada

Unknown

Disembarked UK

Unknown

No.3 (RCAF) Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth (tbc)

Unknown

No.85 Operational Training Unit, Husbands Bosworth

Wellington

Unknown

No.1668 Heavy Conversion Unit, Bottesford

Lancaster

Unknown

Embarked UK

Unknown

Disembarked Canada

01 Feb 1945

No.576 Squadron ‘B’ Flight, Fiskerton. Date tbc

Lancaster

576 Squadron FLYING RECORDS

Date

Aircraft

Code

Flight Details

T/O

Land

Flt Time

Crew

07 Feb 1945

RA516

UL-Q2

Training

nk

nk

7h55

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Sgt A. Amos
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt J.A. Stephens RCAF
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Loaded night cross-country navigation

09 Feb 1945

ME801

UL-N2

Training

nk

nk

3h00

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Sgt W. Collett
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Fighter affiliation; bombing

16 Feb 1945

ME671

UL-V2

Training

nk

nk

1h35

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt J.A. Stephens RCAF
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

'Y' (H2S) runs

17 Feb 1945

NN806

UL-M2

Training

nk

nk

2h45

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

'Y' (H2S) cross-country navigation

20 Feb 1945

PD271

UL-T2

DORTMUND

2145

0410

6h25

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Rhenania Ossag oil refinery, Reisholz district. Load: 1x 4000lb 'cookie', 1604x4lb incendiaries. Attacked by an unidentified aircraft; the pilot took corkscrew evasive action and the attack was broken off. No damage or injuries sustained.

21 Feb 1945

NG273

UL-Y2

DUISBERG

1945

0135

5h50

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built-up area and docks. Sighted four jet fighters but not attacked.

23 Feb 1945

NG273

UL-Y2

PFORZHEIM

1555

2355

8h00

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation THUNDERCLAP. Target: Built-up area and ball bearing factory around 4852N 00842E

26 Feb 1945

RA514

UL-R2

Training

nk

nk

4h30

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

'Y' (H2S) cross-country navigation

27 Feb 1945

LM294

UL-P2

Training

nk

nk

3h45

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Fg Off J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

'Y' (H2S) cross-country navigation; bombing; air-to-sea firing

28 Feb 1945

LM294

UL-P2

NEUSS

0855

1150

3h55

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Enemy ground positions. All aircraft were recalled at 0945 as enemy forces were too close to our own Army or had already been captured by the Allies. 4000 lb ‘Cookie’ jettisoned at sea.

01 Mar 1945

LM294

UL-D2

MANNHEIM

1200

1815

6h15

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built-up area. Described as 'quiet' by Haywood.

05 Mar 1945

PD271

UL-T2

CHEMNITZ

1655

0200

9h05

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation THUNDERCLAP. Target: Built-up area. Haywood described the raid; 'Flak - holed in several places - thru bomb bay near nav with full load'.

07 Mar 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

DESSAU

1715

0225

9h10

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built-up area. 'Very heavy flak in Ruhr'.

07 Mar 1945

ME671

UL-V2

Air Test

nk

nk

0h55

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Pre-op air test

08 Mar 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

KASSEL

1715

0045

7h30

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built-up area. 'Quiet trip'.

11 Mar 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

ESSEN

1135

1700

6h25

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built-up area. Flown in support of advancing Allied ground forces. Described by Haywood as a 'Gift - good prang'.

23 Mar 1945

LM294

UL-P2

Training

nk

nk

3h05

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

High-level bombing; 'Y' (H2S runs); air-to-sea firing.

24 Mar 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

DORTMUND

1310

1820

5h10

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Harpenerweg oil refinery.

27 Mar 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

PADERBORN

1455

1940

5h45

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Built up area and enemy troop positions. Flown in support of the US Army surrounding the ‘Ruhr Pocket’. Described as 'another gift' by Haywood.

31 Mar 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

HAMBURG

0625

1130

5h05

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Blohm & Voss U-Boat building & engineering yards. 'Flak'

03 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

NORDHAUSEN

1315

1935

6h20

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: SS Barracks, bridges, and V2 rocket factory. Haywood described the trip as, 'Bombing a shambles. Very bad icing'.

05 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

LUTZKENDORF

2120

0520

8h00

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Wintershall AG synthetic oil refinery.

09 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q2

KIEL

1905

0125

6h20

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Shipping, Deutsche-Werke U-boat yards & industrial centre on E side of Kiel Harbour. The heavy cruiser ‘Admiral Scheer’ was sunk in dock. Haywood noted, 'Searchlights and heavy flak'.

11 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q

Training

nk

nk

1h15

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Air test and high-level bombing.

14 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q

CUXHAVEN

1935

0015

4h40

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Harbour area. Flown as a diversion to the main BC attack on Potsdam.

18 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q

HELIGOLAND

0955

1420

5h25

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Naval base, submarine repair yards, airfield & built-up area. 'Good prang'

20 Apr 1945

RA594

UL-V

Training

nk

nk

2h50

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Low-level map-reading cross-country navigation

22 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q

BREMEN

1525

2010

5h45

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Focke-Wulf aircraft factory and enemy troop concentrations. Flown in support of the British XXX Corps attacking the city. The Master Bomber cancelled mission due to cloud cover over target and instructed crews to bring bombs back.

23 Apr 1945

PD271

UL-T

Training

nk

nk

0h40

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Sack dropping from 300 ft in preparation for Operation MANNA.

25 Apr 1945

RA563

UL-Q

BERCHTESGARTEN

0520

1305

8h45

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Target: Hitler’s ‘Eagle’s Nest’ complex & SS barracks. Squadron’s final bombing raid of the War. Described by Haywood as a 'shambles' but 'nice scenery'.

04 May 1945

RA563

UL-Q

VALKENBURG AIRFIELD

1130

1415

3h45

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt W.J. Hammond
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation MANNA. Dropping food supplies for the starving Dutch civilians.

07 May 1945

RA563

UL-Q

ROTTERDAM

1200

1520

3h20

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt R.T. Fuller
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation MANNA. Dropping food supplies for the starving Dutch civilians.

11 May 1945

RA563

UL-Q

FISKERTON – BRUSSELS B58

1115

nk

nk

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt R.T. Fuller
MUG  
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation EXODUS: bringing Allied POWs home. On EXODUS flights, the crews carried only one Air Gunner, normally the rear gunner, who occupied the mid-upper turret and was responsible for the safe loading of the 20+ passengers. Positioning flight to Brussels Melsbroek (B58) Airport.

11 May 1945

RA563

UL-Q

BRUSSELS - FORD

nk

nk

uk

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt R.T. Fuller
MUG  
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation EXODUS. Bringing Allied POWs back to the UK. Take-off delayed due to engine problem.

11 May 1945

RA563

UL-Q

FORD - FISKERTON

nk

2050

nk

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt R.T. Fuller
MUG  
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Operation EXODUS. Return to base. Total flight time for all three legs was 3h50.

15 May 1945

RA563

UL-Q

Training

nk

nk

2h25

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Flt Sgt R.T. Fuller
MUG  Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

'Y' (H2S) runs; high-level bombing.

19 May 1945

LM294

UL-P

Training

nk

nk

1h05

P1   Fg Off G. Haywood RCAF
P2   
FE   Flt Sgt F.M. Turner
AB   Sgt E. Deputat RCAF
NAV  Sgt J.A. Mazurk RCAF
WOp  Sgt A. Milward
MUG  Flt Sgt E.F.C. Jeffery
RG   Sgt R.C. Abbott RCAF

NOTES:

Formation flying (three aircraft). Wireless Operator not confirmed - possibly Sgt A Milward

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