Personnel Index - Detail

Name
MYERS
First Names
Cecil
Nationality
British
Rank
Flying Officer
Service
RAF
Service Number
1811315 (NCO) 165460 (Officer)
Crew Position
Navigator
Posting Details
17th May 1945 from 1661 Conversion Unit
Posting Out
16th May 1946

 

Flying Officer Myers had a very varied career.



He qualified from No:1 Radio School as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on the 1st November 1943.



Between January and June 1944 he immediately retrained as a Navigator at No:33 Air Navigation School at RCAF Station Hamilton at Mount Hope in Ontario.

As part of this training he took part in Synthetic Deduced Reckoning Trainer, commonly referred to as "S.D.R.T.’‘
It is not suprising that his logbook doesn't show an aircraft type for these entries!



Cecil Myers (LHS) with his friend "Harry" at the Niagara Falls.



From September to November 1944 he flew with the No:2 Advanced Flying Unit based at RAF Millom, Cumberland.



In December 1944 his training continued at 14 Operational Training Unit based at RAF Market Harborough.
This unit, as can be seen from the above image, flew the Vickers Wellington.



On several occasions OTUs took part in Operation Sweepstake.....the aim was to divert German fighter aircraft away from the main attacking RAF force......an operation not without danger as several OTU aircraft were lost during these flights.
The meaning/description of the other logbook entries marked Raid 92/12 has yet to be identified.



As this image shows six members it is quite possibly from Cecil's time with 14 OTU...........the Wellington had a crew of six.
Cecil is kneeling, front row, RHS.
This cannot be confirmed as his logbook doesn't show that he ever flew with a Sergeant pilot (as can be seen above).



His training with 14 OTU was completed on the 5th March 1945.



It was now time to convert to the Lancaster bomber and this began at 1661 Conversion Unit at RAF Winthorpe, near Newark.
The unit had the squadron code of KB.



Cecil Myers (centre) and crew in front of a Lancaster from 1661 CU (note the code KB visible on the bomber).



During his time with 1661 CU Cecil Myers flew most often with F/O McSweeney (with whom he was posted to 49Sqn).



Finally Cecil was posted to 49Sqn who were then based at RAF Syerston on the 24th April 1945.
On this day, 49Sqn participated in the RAF's last significant mission of the war with a raid against Hitler's retreat at Berchtesgaden.



During a short detachment to 1660 HCU (probably as an instructor) he returned to 49Sqn in June 1945 having paired up with F/O Bromley.



In October 1945 he took part in Operation Dodge, the repatriation of PoWs from Italy.



His career with 49Squadron and his association with F/O Bromley continued until May 1946.



A course at the Bomber Command Instructor School (between May-June 1946) at RAF Finningley brought his RAF career to and end.



A fine portrait of Flying Officer Cecil Myers.

All images and logbook details are courtesy of Jamie Myers

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