By John Lowe

206 Squadron: Coastal Command - Aircraft Overview | John Lowe

ALL AIRCRAFT FLOWN

(Last Updated: 12.12.07) 
Overview
 
This table below shows the different types of aircraft that Ken flew during his time in the RAF. I have used his Log-book entries of flying time in order to establish the total flying time in each type. A visitor to this site (Robert Stitt) has commented on how much trouble Ken had gone to in order to include both the serial number and the aircraft code letter, typically most pilots only used one or the other.

 Aircraft 
 Miles Magister 
Airspeed Oxford 
 Avro Anson 
 Lockheed Hudson 
 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley 
 Boeing Flying Fortress 
 Consolidated Liberator 
 De Havilland Dominie 
 Vickers Wellington 
 North American Mitchell  

Number of Flights

84

123

57

246

2
118
38
2

1

11

 Flying Time

 49hrs 25 mins

 69hrs 10 mins

 115hrs 55 mins

 563hrs 0 mins

 3hrs 20 mins

 534hrs 20 mins

 64hrs 55 mins

 2hrs 30 mins

 2hrs 35 mins

 13hrs 55 mins

This information equates to the following statistics:
Total Number of Flights = 682
Total Flying Time = 1,419 Hours & 5 Minutes
That's the equivalent of 59 days spent in the air flying!!
93% of all flying time was spent as a Pilot
The following sets of information against each aircraft flown by Ken have been gathered through various sources.
Miles Magister

This plane was used as an RAF training aircraft that had a crew of 2. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 7th of August 1940, this was initially as a pupil and then completed his first solo flight as early as the 14th of August 1940. The last recorded main flight was on the 11th of September 1940 but it was used occasionally afterwards i.e. 22nd September 1941.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 Great Britain
 24 ft 7 inches
 6 ft 8 inches
 1,286 pounds
 33 ft 10 inches
 132 mph
 18,000 ft

Airspeed Oxford

This plane was primarily a navigational training aircraft, it was know as the 'Ox-Box' and had a crew of 3. Ken is first recorded flying this on the 15th of September 1940, again intially as a pupil with his first solo flight on the 20th of September 1940. The last recorded flight was on the 12th of December 1940. 

This plane was primarily a trainer aircraft but was used as a light bomber and coastal patrol, it had a crew of 3. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 12th of February 1941 to complete a navigation exercise. The last recorded main flight was on the 21st of March 1941 however it was used occasionally afterwards for navigational exercises between the 15th of March 1944 and the 23rd of November 1944.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 Great Britain
 42 ft 3 inches
 13 ft 2 inches
 5,880 pounds
 56 ft 6 inches
 188 mph
 16,200 ft

Lockheed Hudson

The Hudson was used as a patrol aircraft as it was useful against German Submarines, it had a crew of 5. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 18th of June 1941, this involved night flying, high and low level bombing throughout August 1941. There were also escorts and convoy missions with a notable one on the 2nd of November 1941 which was an escort to the 'Secret Force'. The last recorded flight was on the 4th of August 1942.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 USA
 44 ft 5 inches
 11 ft 9 inches
 11,645 pounds
 65 ft 7 inches
 246 mph
 25,065 ftA

Armstrong Whitworth Whitley

This plane was a heavy bomber with which Coastal Command sank the 1st German U-Boat, it had a crew of 5. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 29th of November 1941 with only one other recorded flight that was on the 28th of April 1942.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 Great Britain
 70 ft 6 inches
 15 ft
 19,330 pounds
 84 ft
 222 mph
 21,000 ft

Boeing Flying Fortress

This plane was a heavy bomber that sustained the majority of bombings between 1943 and 1945 and had a crew of 8. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 5th of August 1942, it was recorded as having upto 16 passengers on board at times. There was a lot of night flying done in the Fortress with many records of escort missions. The last recorded flight was on the 3rd of August 1943. There were 3 main types of Fortress, they were Fortress I's, Fortress II's and the Fortress IIA's...
The Fortress I was the RAF version of the B-17C of which a handful were used in 206 Squadron as trainer aircrafts ready for the Fortress IIA's. Prior to the 206 they were with 220 Squadron as trainers and a couple were used in Op's. The Fortress I's had markings like AN519, AN520. I have recently checked Ken's log-book and he flew in AN520 on January 1943 that was piloted by Squadron Leader Patrick.
The Fortress IIA was the RAF version of the B-17E of which there were 45 aircraft with markings of (FK184 to FK213) and (FL449 to FL460) and (FL462 to FL464). Ken flew in 14 of those 45 different aircrafts - 8 different FK aircraft and in 6 different FL aircraft.
The Fortress II was the RAF version of the B-17F of which there were 19 aircraft with markings of FA695 to FA713. Ken flew in 4 of the 19 different FA aircraft. The main external differences were the nose cone, on the Fortress II it had a one piece blown Perspex nose cone and broader propeller blades.
Thanks to Robert Stitt for this information

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 USA
 74 ft 6 inches
 19 ft 2 inches
 36,183 pounds
 104 ft 1 inches
 287 mph
 35,526 ft

De Havilland Dominie

This plane was used for communications, transport and training that had a crew of 2. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 15th of August 1943 with the 206 Squadron, Group 15. There are only 2 recorded flights in the Dominie and they were both on the same day.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 Great Britain
 34 ft 6 inches
 10 ft 3 inches
 3,230 pounds
 48 ft
 157 mph
 19,500 ft

Vickers Wellington

This plane was a heavy bomber that was known in the RAF as 'Wimpy'. It could do everything i.e. coastal guard, bombing, reconnaissance and patrol. It had a crew of 6. Ken is only recorded as flying the Wellington once and that was on the 6th of November 1943 for a navigational exercise.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 Great Britain
 61 ft
 17 ft 5 inches
 18,581 pounds
 86 ft 4 inches
 255 mph
 19,046 ft

Consolidated Liberator

This plane was a heavy bomber that was known for its fuel capacity as it had a long range. It had a crew of 10. Ken is first recorded flying one on the 10th of December 1942, it was mainly used through April and May 1945 with 37 flights recorded. The last recorded main flight was on the 10th of May 1945, on the 17th of May 1945 Ken's summary of bombing contained the words
 
'keen and co-operative'.

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 USA
 67 ft 4 inches
 18 ft 1 inches
 36,547 pounds
 110 ft 4 inches
 290 mph
 28,075 ft

North American Mitchell

This plane was used as a medium bomber that had a crew of 6. Ken is recorded flying a Mitchell B25-J throughout March 1945 on 11 occasions for 1 Squadron unit 111. OTU (Operational Training Unit).

 Country of Origin
 Length
 Height
 Weight
 Wing Span
 Maximim Speed
 Service Ceiling

 USA
 51 ft 2 inches

 15 ft 8 inches
 19,503 pounds
 67 ft 8 inches
 275 mph
 23,865 ft