I did a little bit of research on Harold Yeoman and wondered how much of his personal storey was recorded. He was serving with 12 Squadron when the bombing raid on the Renault factory took place (3/4 March 1942). He was flying the rarer Mk2 Wellington which was powered by RR Merlin engines rather than the normal radial power plant. His aircraft was one of 235 aircraft that took part in the raid. It was flown at a height of 3000/4000 feet so as to reduce collateral damage to the surrounding area and population. However, 367 French people were killed with many more casualties plus up to 10,000 homes destroyed. The Germans never expected attacks in this quarter so there were no Flak guns in place.
12 Squadron operated out of RAF Binbrook between Dec. 1940 and mid 1942 when the airfield was closed to allow installation of three concrete runways. That period must have been the height of Harolds WW2 recollections for him to have named his house after it. Alas, there is very little of the base left above ground today. What remains lies below a new village Brookenby, created in post war years. It lies in Lincolnshire not far to the east of where we live.
I will think of Harold at the end of this month when his funeral takes place and hope that there will be a good number of folks attending to see him on his way.
RIP Harold Yeoman.
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