Pilot Officer Alan Edward Potter

From Pilmor North Yorkshire Alan Potter volunteered for aircrew on his eighteenth birthday, having been selected he was finally sent to the aircrew selection centre at Cardington where he was offered the position of wireless operator. After being kitted out at Padgate he started his training at Blackpool learning morse code, which he found easy, being a member of the Radio Society of Great Britain. folowing this it was on to No.2 Radio School at RAF Yatesbury. Following a short interlude with 4 Commando at Troon he went back to yatesbury and eventually on to the air gunners course at RAF Evanton. the next stop was 29 Operational Training Unit at RAF North Luffenham. Here he crewed up with his first crew of five members. His skipper then was Flying Officer John Williams, who he flew with for all his operations. From there it was on to 1661 conversion unit at RAF Winthorpe, where they were made up to a seven man crew.

On 29 August 1943 he was posted to 61 squadron at RAF Syerston. It was from here he flew his first 12 operations. The squadron then moved to RAF Skellingthorpe where he flew a further 9 operations.

EE176 Mickey the Moocher Alan Potters regular aircraft


RAF Syerston

2/3 September 1943       DV232    Gardening-Nectarine

5/6 September 1943       JB137      Mannheim

6/7 September 1943       JB137      Munich

22/23 September 1943    W4357     Hannover

23/24 September 1943    ED176      Mannheim

26/27 September 1943    ED176      Hannover

3/4 October 1943             JB138    Kassel

4/5 October 1943             EE176    Frankfurt

8/9 October 1943             EE176    Hannover

18/19 October 1943         EE176     Hannover

20/21 October 1943         EE176     Leipzig

22/23 October 1943         EE176    Kassel

RAF Skellingthorpe

23/24 November 1943     EE176    Berlin

26/27 November 1943     EE176    Berlin

2/3 December 1943        EE176    Berlin

29/30 December 1943      EE176    Berlin

1/2 January 1944             EE176    Berlin

2/3 January 1944             EE176    Berlin

20/21 January 1944         EE176    Berlin

28/29 January 1944         EE176    Berlin

15/16 February 1944       EE176    Berlin

On 15th February 1944 he was posted to 617 squadron.

Having completed their tour of 30 operations, the crew decided to carry on operations with 617 squadron to complete two tours. 

B ― for Beelzebub after a certain well known Mirror cartoon character Beelzebub Jones , a cowboy . The sketch for the paint job on the aircraft was gladly donated to the crew by the Mirror cartoonist Hugh McClelland

Alan Potters story
The story of Alan Potter in his own words of his time with 61 Squadron and 617 Squadron. ( Click on the link to download)
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