Twenty-year-old James (Jimmy) Speed’s log’s book gives a fantastic insight into the training of a Air Gunner in 1942. It was almost three months after joining the squadron that Jimmy under-took his first operation. In between that time was various gunnery courses and a spell on 218 Con Flight. Jimmy’s first skipper was the experienced F/Lt Dodkin, within a few frantic weeks and 9 operations Dodkin was tour expired. Jimmy then joined the crew of South African Johannes Du Toit. It was flying with Johannes that Jimmy was killed while attacking Lubeck on October 1st. On its way back to base W7613 was attacked by a German night fighter piloted by Major Günther Radusch of Stab. II./NJG 3 at 01:04 hours and is believed to have crashed into Juvre Dyb to the north west of the island of Rømø with the loss of the entire crew. Flying aboard was No.218 Squadron new commanding officer, Canadian Wing Commander Montague Read. Jimmy’s body was never found and he is recorded on the panels of the Runnymede Memorial.