So, a quick squint through the 148 Sqdn ORBs shows F/Sgt Carlson on operations in February 1945 with the Smith crew on the 16th, 18th, 24th and 26th. All these were to drop zones in Yugoslavia, and were daylight ops (as was the norm by that period). I can't see the pilot or F/Sgt Carlson in the January records so I wonder if they arrived as members of a sprog crew out from the UK, or perhaps a more experienced crew transferred from another squadron? Will look at March and April ORBs when I get a chance (the squadron was operating flat out by the end of the war, so further entries may reasonably be expected). Cheers, Pat Edit: actually, it looks like the pilot was F/O G.H. B-Smith, so hyphenated - I may have missed him in scanning personnel lists for Nov 1944 was trying to see if he was an established member of the squadron prior to F/Sgt Carlson's arrival), so will recheck if I get a chance.