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 Bluey Beales - Italian Finale

 

Leonard William "Bluey" Beales (RAAF Service No. 434137) was one of 3 Squadron's Mustang pilots at the end of World War II.  This extract from his logbook, covering his tour of operations up until the German surrender in Italy (a few days before "VE" Day was celebrated elsewhere) shows the unrelenting nature of the Squadron's dangerous work, and the typical load on one individual pilot. 

This valuable record was typed-up by Bluey's daughter Donna and we would like to express our sincere thanks to her.

Further detailed description of the objectives, manning and results of each of these missions can be found in the Squadron's online Operations Record Book (from p586).  Also Arthur Pardey's photo collection and Al Clark's memoirs will add further insight.

Year

 

Aircraft

 

 

Pilot or    1st   Pilot

 

 

2nd Pilot, Pupil or Passenger

 

 

DUTY

(Including Results

and Remarks)

Single-Engine Aircraft

Multi-Engine Aircraft

 

Pas-sen-ger

Instr/Cloud Flying   [Incl. In cols. (1) to (10)

 

1945

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

Type

 

No.

NON.OP

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

Month

Date

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

-

-

-

-

-

-

- Totals Brought Forward

 

 

200.210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb

6

Mustang III

FB 290

Self

-

Conversion

.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

FB 283

-

.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

KH 573

-

Bomb Fuel Plant-Adria-

 

1.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

-

Rimini Fano

.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

  IV

KH 677

-

Bomb Rail Diversion

 

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

  III

FB 262

-

Bomb Rail Bridge-Dogna

 

2.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

-

Recce. Villarch-Gorizia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

-

Armed Recce. Gemona-Villach

 

2.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

  IV

KH 677

-

Rail cut-Dogna-Pontebba

 

2.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

  IV

KH 806

-

Armed Recce. Belluno-Tolmezzo

 

2.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.65

12.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL [Cols. (1) to (10)]   398 - Hrs        40 - Mins.

 

213.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

 

Year

 

Aircraft

 

 

Pilot or    1st   Pilot

 

 

2nd Pilot, Pupil or Passenger

 

 

DUTY

(Including Results

and Remarks)

Single-Engine Aircraft

Multi-Engine Aircraft

 

Pas-sen-ger

Instr/Cloud Flying   [Incl. In cols. (1) to (10)

 

1945

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

Type

 

No.

 

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

Month

Date

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

-

-

-

-

-

-

- Totals Brought Forward

 

 

213.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar

4

Mustang IV

KH 677

Self

 

Bomb A/M Positions -

 

1.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

- Casara Rail Diversion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

Bomb M/Y at Dobrava

 

2.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Mustang III

FB 290

 

Bomb A/A Positions

 

.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cavenella Rail Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Mustang IV

KH 677

 

Bomb T.R.G. Conegliano

 

1.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Mustang III

KH 631

 

Anti-Flak Padova

 

1.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

KH 624

 

Armed Recce N.E Italy

 

1.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Mustang IV

KH 677

 

Bomb Ammo Dump-Bresega

 

1.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Mustang III

FB 290

 

Bomb Rail Bridge Cismon

 

1.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Mustang IV

KH 677

 

Bomb Rail Diversion Neruesa

 

1.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

Bomb Road Bridge-Brod UGO

 

3.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Mustang III

KH 632

 

                                  

 

2.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Bomb Viaduct Borovnica UGO

 

2.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

KH 631

 

Escort B26s

 

1.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Mustang IV

KH 830

 

Armed Recce-UGO-Austria

 

2.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

Mustang III

FB 290

 

                                 

 

3.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

KH 631

 

   Armed Recce N. Italy

 

2.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Mustang IV

KH 851

 

Bomb Barges S.E of Dona

 

1.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Mustang III

FB 252

 

Weather Recce. UGO

 

1.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.30

31

Mustang III

KN 624

 

Bomb Stores Dump

 

.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E. of Medicina

 

35.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL [Cols. (1) to (10)]   434 - Hrs        20 - Mins.

 

249.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

 

Year

 

Aircraft

 

 

Pilot or    1st   Pilot

 

 

2nd Pilot, Pupil or Passenger

 

 

DUTY

(Including Results

and Remarks)

Single-Engine Aircraft

Multi-Engine Aircraft

 

Pas-sen-ger

Instr/Cloud Flying   [Incl. In cols. (1) to (10)

 

1945

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

Type

 

No.

NON.OP

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

Month

Date

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

-

Apr

-

1

-

Mustang

-

KH 624

-

Self

-

- Totals Brought Forward

Armed Recce UGO

 

249.20

2.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

KH 593

 

                              

 

2.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

FB 290

 

                              

 

2.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

KH 677

 

Bomb RLY Bridge Lasko

 

2.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

KH 638

 

Armed Recce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bomb RLY Bridge - Pordenone

 

1.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

KH 677

 

          RLY Diversion - Latasana

 

1.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

FB 244

 

    Occupied House - Cotignola

 

.45

 

 

Close Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

    Occupied House Lugo

 

1.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

KH 677

 

Rover Tom

 

.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

FB 244

 

                          

 

1.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

KH 624

 

Armed Recce  N. Italy

 

1.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

FB 299

 

Rover Paddy

 

1.20

 

 

C.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

KH 632

 

                         

 

1.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

                         

 

2.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

FB 955

 

                         Jack

 

1.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

FB 244

 

M/T Head qrts. Cavriaco

 

1.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

FB 128

 

Armed Recce. N.Italy

 

1.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

FB 341

 

Rover David

 

.55

 

 

C.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

FB 244

 

Rd. Junc. Portomaggiore

 

.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

FB 128

 

Rover Paddy

 

.45

 

 

C.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

KM 104

 

Air Test

.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

         T

KH 830

 

Rover Jack Timothy.

 

1.10

 

 

C.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Bombs

 

34.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL [Cols. (1) to (10)]   470 -Hrs        00 - Mins.

 

284.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

 

Year

 

Aircraft

 

 

Pilot or    1st   Pilot

 

 

2nd Pilot, Pupil or Passenger

 

 

DUTY

(Including Results

and Remarks)

Single-Engine Aircraft

Multi-Engine Aircraft

 

Pas-sen-ger

Instr/Cloud Flying   [Incl. In cols. (1) to (10)

 

1945

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

Type

 

No.

NON.OP

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

Month

Date

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

-

-

-

-

T

-

-

- Totals Brought Forward

 

 

284.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr

19

Mustang

KH 830

Self

 

Rover Paddy

 

1.00

 

 

C.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

Bomb Ammo Dump Budrio

 

.40

 

 

C.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

Rd. Brde.    Cento

 

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

Bomb PO Crossing - Poleselia

 

1.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

                       W. Of Berra

 

1.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

Armed Rec. Battle Area

 

1.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

Ravenna Cervia

.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

 

Arm. Rec. N. Of Bomb Line

 

1.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

Bomb Rd. Brg. N. of Pincara

 

.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

Lock Gates E. of Caorli

 

1.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

       Lock Gates     L Revedoli

 

1.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

Ferry Terminal   Boara

 

1.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

 

Rover Jack Recce.

 

1.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

H.Q. N. of Padova

Armed Recce

 

1.35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL [Cols. (1) to (10)]   486 - Hrs        20 - Mins.

 

300.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

 

Year

 

Aircraft

 

 

Pilot or    1st   Pilot

 

 

2nd Pilot, Pupil or Passenger

 

 

DUTY

(Including Results

and Remarks)

Single-Engine Aircraft

Multi-Engine Aircraft

 

Pas-sen-ger

Instr/Cloud Flying   [Incl. In cols. (1) to (10)

 

1945

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

DAY

 

NIGHT

 

Type

 

No.

NON.OP

Dual l

 

Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

1st Pilot

2nd Pilot

 

Dual

 

Pilot

Month

Date

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

-

-

-

-

-

-

- Totals Brought Forward

 

 

300.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.25

 

.30

May

1

Mustang

KH 830

Self

 

Shipping Trieste -

 

1.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Shipping Patrol Grado

 

2.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL [Cols. (1) to (10)]   490 - Hrs       50  - Mins.

 

307.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28.05

 

 

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

(12)

(13)

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