Joe Townshend's Log, 18 October 1944, p.2 (top)

This is the top half of the the second page of Joe Townshend's navigation log from the sortie in which his aircraft from No.540 Squadron discovered the Tirpitz off Tromso on 18 October 1941.

This part of the navigator's log shows the flight plan. The overall route comes to 2,154 statute miles, the return leg from Tromso to the Shetlands lasted four hours.

Many thanks to Michael Townshend for sending us this picture. His father, Joe Townshend, was the navigator on this aircraft.

The main details are:

Base-Sumbro 191 miles  
Sumbro-OPHT 125 miles 30 mins
OPHT-65N 350 miles 58 mins
65N-Meloy 268 miles 47 mins
Meloy-Tromso 164 miles 29 mins
Tromso-65N 421 miles 96 mins
65N-Shetlands 439 miles 106 mins
Shetlands-Dyce 191 miles  


How to cite this article: Rickard, J (23 July 2017), Joe Townshend's Log, 18 October 1944, p.2 (top) ,

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