1.7. SQUADRON 346 ELVINGTON
The 34 war missions of Veauvy's crew on Halifax MK III heavy bomber, from Elvington to Germany.

Codification : H7 = Squadron 346, followed by a letter, followed by "Y" = plane equipped with radar H2S


12 missions over Germany without Rhur region
22 missions over Rhur region.

Id Date Mission Target Plane
1. 20 Sept. 1944 1- first mission
Baptême du feu.
SANGATTE - Captain Cattelat
2nd pilote Flying Officer Veauvy
Halifax H7 G NA 556
Next 37 missions are under the responsability of Captain Veauvy, Navigator, .
2. 07 Oct. 1944 2nd mission CLEVES Halifax H7 Q LL 553
3. 14 Oct. 1944 3rd mission DUISBOURG Halifax H7 L NA 557
4. 21 Oct. 1944 4th mission HANOVRE
(Early Return - Radio call from Elvington)
Halifax H7 L NA 557
5. 23 Oct. 1944 5th mission ESSEN Halifax H7 L NA 557
6. 04 Nov. 1944 6th mission BOCHUM Halifax H7 L NA 557
7. 06 Nov. 1944 7th mission GELSENKIRCHEN Halifax H7 L NA 557
8. 16 Nov. 1944 8th mission JULICH Halifax H7 L NA 557
9. 21 Nov. 1944 Captaine LOEW Loss of Halifax "L" over Belgium
Collision at "turning point" of Thynes
Halifax H7 L NA 557
10. 30 Nov. 1944 9th mission DUISBOURG Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
11. 05 Dec. 1944 10th mission SOEST Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
12. 30 Dec. 1944 11th mission COLOGNE Halifax H7 J NA 166 Y
13. 05 Jan. 1945 12th mission HANOVRE Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
14. 06 Jan. 1945 13th mission HANAU Halifax H7 R MZ 741 Y
15. 13 Jan. 1945 14th mission SAARBRUCKEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
16. 14 Jan. 1945 15th mission DULMEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
17. 16 Jan. 1945 16th mission MAGDEBOURG Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
18. 22 Jan. 1945 17th mission GELSENKIRCHEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
19. 28 Jan. 1945 18th mission STUTTGART Halifax H7 O MZ 488 Y
20. 13 Feb. 1945 19th mission BOHLEN
(Early Return - GEE box out of order)
Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
21. 14 Feb. 1945 20th mission CHEMNITZ Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
22. 17 Feb. 1945 21st mission WESEL Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
23. 20 Feb. 1945 22nd mission DUSSELDORF Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
24. 21 Feb. 1945 23rd mission WORMS Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
25. 23 Feb. 1945 24th mission ESSEN Halifax H7 K MZ 477 Y
26. 24 Feb. 1945 25th mission KAMEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
27. 27 Feb. 1945 26th mission MAYENCE Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
28. 02 March 1945 27th mission COLOGNE Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
29. 03 March. 1945 28th mission KAMEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
30. 07 March 1945 29th mission HEMMINGSTEDT Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
31. 08 March 1945 30th mission HAMBOURG - Early return. Carburettor U/S. (Bombs drop in the North Sea) Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
32. 11 March 1945 31st mission ESSEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
33. 12 March 1945 32nd mission DORTMUND Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
34. 13 March 1945 33rd mission WUPPERTHAL Halifax H7 V MZ 830 Y
35. 15 March 1945 34th mission HAGEN Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
36. 19 March 1945 35th mission WITTEN Halifax H7 M NR 242 Y
37. 02 April 1945 Flying Officer Yves ROUXEL memories
New bomber of Captain Veauvy, replaces Warrant Officer Bal
Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
38. 07 April 1945 Crash Elvington runway - Loss of left wing.
Training of Veauvy's crew on new Halifax VI
Halifax ... RG 592 P Y
39. 08 April 1945 36th mission HAMBOURG Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
40. 11 April 1945 37th mission NUREMBERG Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y
41. 18 April 1945 38th mission ISLE OF HELIGOLAND
Veauvy and his crew have got maximum number of missions.
Halifax H7 L NR 232 Y

To resume
- From September 20th 1944 until April 18th 1945: Thirty eight missions achieved for Captain Veauvy.
- The first one took place on board Halifax B with Captain Cattelat. Veauvy (without his crew) took part in his first mission, as a co-pilot over the objective at Sangatte (North coast of France)
It was a V2 weapons base facing England.
- As for Captain Veauvy’s crew, they achieved thirty six missions and always returned to Elvington base. One mission aborted by "Early return", radio call from Elvington base, and two missions were aborted early due to damages sustained and they weren’t tallied in the overall missions account.
- So there were a total of thirty four bombing missions over Germany, all adding up to 219 hours and 15 fifteen minutes of flight time; 128 of these hours took place during night time.
- Veauvy’s crew had flown thirty one times on ‘their’ Halifax from Squadron 346, the ‘L’ for Love (despite the letter ‘L’ being banished from Squadron 347! (Because many aircraft named after this letter being systematically and early destroyed.)
For Veauvy's crew:
- Six times on the ‘L’ NA 557. It disappeared during its way to Germany, over Belgium at the "Turning point" (see *), with Captain Memin.
- Twenty five times whilst titled the ‘L’ NR 232 Y.
- The total number of missions achieved by the ‘L’ for Love with Veauvy's crew represented a record of longevity during war time!

Thanks for the help of Mister Guy Fruchart from Aerostories.org web site.

* = "Turning point" is the last direction during the flight to go strait on the target.

Update 6 march 2018