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Melvin Sumner, Mid Upper Gunner – Young crew

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The front and back of a Christmas card that Melvin sent to his family, Christmas 1943. © Mary Thompson

Many thanks to Mary for sending me this Christmas card, sent by her Father, Melvin Sumner, who was Rear Gunner with  Arthur Russell Young’s crew between November 1943 and June 1944. ©

Of course, like the idiot I am, it took up until replying to Mary, for me to realise that of course Colin Burch, who I made a number of posts about about a year ago was Russ Young’s Air Bomber. You can read the original posts here:

Original, less detailed Op history with Colin’s diary additions here.

Colin’s full memoirs of his time in the RAF here.

Colin’s logbook can be seen here.

A creditable operational career with the Squadron, flying War Ops in Stirlings, SOE operations, before converting to Lancasters and then supplying in support of the Normandy Landings and invasion before switching back to main War Ops…..

Melvin’s Pilot, Arthur Young, to add a small personal note to this story, also flew one of his ’2nd Dickie’ Ops with my Father’s (Mayfield) crew on the 19th of November 1943 to Leverkusen.
Arthur ‘Russ’ Young’s logbook showing 2nd Dickie Op with Mayfield crew can be viewed here.

I have re-posted the Young crew’s Op history below in the more detailed format the database now allows me to generate.

25/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was encountered and the trip was uneventful. There was 5-8/10ths cloud in the Mining Area and visibility was poor. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 JN-P  (12)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 20:45
Flight Time 03:15

30/11/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was encountered and the trip was uneventful. The weather was good in the Mining area and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (1)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 07:00

dad's crew picture

The inside of Melvin’s Christmas card to his family, to the left a picture of the Young crew: Russ Young (Pilot), Fred Holt (Flight Engineer), Ron Axten (Wireless Operator), Ron Burrows (Rear Gunner), Colin Burch (Air Bomber) and Doug McDonald (Navigator). Its difficult to tell from the ordering of the crew whether it is strictly left to right or perhaps the back four and the front 2 airmen and obviously Melvin doesn’t identify himself in the photograph! © Mary Thompson

30/12/1943 – Mining between Le Havre and Cherbourg
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. There was ten tenths cloud in the mining area but visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (3)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:14 – Landed 20:16
Flight Time 03:02

04/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs.  All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area.  The attack was very concentrated and appeared to be a success.  Some slight heavy A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft were encountered but proved negligible.  In spite of 3-4 10ths. cloud at the target, visibility was good.  Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (4)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
Sgt. J. Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:15 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 02:40

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs.  All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed.  Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible.  The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility.  Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (7)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 03:20

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs.  Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area.  Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage.  A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage.  The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured.  On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL.  The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area.  Severe icing was encountered on the return journey.  Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (9)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:56 – Landed 00:56
Flight Time 06:00

03/02/1944 – Mining off Cherbourg
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs, both of which successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area.  No opposition was encountered.  One aircraft had its starboard inner catch fire ten minutes before reaching the area and this had to be feathered.  The weather was squally but otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (10)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:54 – Landed 06:54
Flight Time 03:00

11/02/1944 – Mining off Mouth of River Ardour
Of the nine aircraft which were laying mines of 1500 lbs off the mouth of the river ADOUR, all but one did so though it meant flying down through very bad icing cloud and in these conditions one jettisoned to lighten the load.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (12)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 07:25

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour
Six aircraft dropped mines of 1500 lbs in the mouth of the river Adour.  The visibility was excellent and all crews reported a successful operation.  Photographs taken show the aiming point in three cases, and the factory is covered in two more.  Unfortunately the sixth aircraft did not carry a photo-flash bomb.  The Bomb Development Unit have, however, got the evidence from which to calculate where the mines dropped.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (13)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:36 – Landed 07:16
Flight Time 07:40

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble.  The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (14)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:36 – Landed 05:16
Flight Time 05:40

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 115b (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 115b (Successful). The m/.n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 20.45 hours. The target was reached at 00.26 hours, being pin pointed by junction of river, canal and railway. Fifteen containers were dropped from 450 feet at 00.35 hours and a flashing light was seen. Meteorological conditions were fairly good, visibility being 10 miles, cloud two tenths at 4,000 feet. Course was set for Base at 00.35 hours, leaflets being dropped at Agen. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.26 hours.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (15)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:26
Flight Time 07:41

04/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 129 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 129 (Successful). The m/n. crew in Stirling III JN “X” took off at 20.45 hours. The target area was reached at 23.52 hours and pin pointed by a road through a wood N/S. Lights and the letter flashed were unmistakable, and 16 containers were dropped from 600 feet between 00.14 and 00.17 hours. Visibility was good except for slight haze. Course was set for Base at 00.18 hours, and four packages of leaflets were dropped at the Brive area. The aircraft returned to base, without further incident, and landed at 04.10 hours.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (16)

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:25

05/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 149 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 21.04 hours. The target area was reached at 23.54 hours and pin pointed. Reception lights were obscured by woods and difficult to see except when overhead, flashing of correct letter was good, fifteen containers were dropped from 500′ at 00.22 hours. There was slight ground haze, but no cloud. Course was set for Base at 00.22 hrs, one package of leaflets was also dropped in the Limoges … (end of sentence missing from copy of sheet)

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (17)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:04 – Landed down time cut off on ORB
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 20.13 hrs. The target area was reached at 23.45 hrs and pin pointed by a deep ravine running N. and S. with tops about 7,000′. Reception lights were good but flashing light was not very clear against the snow, twelve containers were then dropped from 600′ at 23.57 hrs. The weather was good in the reception area, except for haze in the valleys. Course was set for Base at 23.59 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chambery. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.43 hours.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (18)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:13 – Landed 03:43
Flight Time 07:30

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TOM 46 (Abortive). The target area was reached but no reception was seen and a truck with very bright lights was driving along a road within the target area. The aircraft was caught in searchlights N. of Mons area and approximately three light guns opened up 15 miles N. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the Mons area. The aircraft brought its load back to Base and landed safely.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 – ‘Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back’ (20)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Bolgar Bradley, RAAF AUS413338 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – - Landed -
Flight Time no record

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe.  One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (1)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:00

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen.  Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack.  The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (2)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:25

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen.  Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (3)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:07 – Landed 05:37
Flight Time 07:30

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly.  Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate.  Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged.  One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (4)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 03:25

09/05/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Cap Gris Nez and all successfully completed their mission.  Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (5)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:10 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 02:00

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans.  Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (8)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:50

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target.  Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis).  Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (9)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:57 – Landed 02:52
Flight Time 03:55

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully.  Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong).  The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility.  One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88.  Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (10)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:30

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne.  They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported.  Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190.  There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (11)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 03:45

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.).  The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (12)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 03:45

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers.  Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather.  A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (13)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 06:50

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes.  One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble.  The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack.  One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (15)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 04:55

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France.  This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent.  Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers.  Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B  (7)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:45 – Landed 07:10
Flight Time 03:25

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy.  All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported.  Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B  (8)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:58 – Landed 03:23
Flight Time 03:25

08/06/1944 – Attack Against Fougeres
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Fougeres in N. France.  Nineteen aircraft bombed successfully, one bringing its bombs back owing to the Bomb sight being unserviceable when over the target area.  Two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy aircraft, but the remainder carried out their mission without incident, there being no opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (18)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 04:20

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke.  One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88.  The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (19)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:45

11/06/1944 – Attack Against Nantes
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Nantes.  All aircraft successfully bombing the target.  Large fires and explosions were reported.  Intense light A.A. Fire was encountered in the target area.  the aircraft captained by NZ421072 P/O. C. McCardle, shortly after leaving the target area, was damaged by what is now thought to have been a light A.A. Shell exploding in the cockpit.  The Captain received severe injuries and the Flight Engineer Sgt. Benfold, R., superficial injuries.  The Air Bomber, AUS410489 W/O. Hurse, A. took over the controls, and with the assistance of the Navigator NZ4310159 F/O. A. Zillwood, brought the aircraft safely back to this country, where a perfect landing was executed.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X  (20)

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:22
Flight Time 05:32

More Battle Orders

Many thanks to Kevin for passing these Battle Orders onto me at the Association Reunion this weekend, having had them passed to him by Jack Richards, our last Association President before he passed away. The Battle Orders presented here add to the modest collection already gathered and when I get time I will create a new menu item in the ’75(NZ) Squadron RAF Records’ section of the blog to present them together in chronological order.

12/6/41 ?
12 6 41

This first ‘Battle Order’ is perhaps a little perplexing – the date on it appears to be 12/6/41, however looking at the OP for that date, the raid on Hamm lists only 10 participating aircraft. In discussion with Kevin, he wondered out loud whether the numbers in brackets after each airman was an Ops tally. Looking at this document more closely and with my difficulty in fitting the list to a specific raid, I wonder now whether this is in fact a crew muster for the Squadron for that date – the bottom rows seem to fall away regarding a full crew, being minus the Captain and Pilot. If you look carefully, the list seems to have been written on the back of a form which seems to be a report form. for “Officers, W/O or Airmen that (I think) have completed courses for instruction” – I suspect this in itself perhaps has nothing to do with this list of airmen, but I include it a second time below, in reverse, in case anybody can shed more light on it……..

12 6 41 reversed

Interestingly, within the first crew listed under ‘B Flight’, is Sgt. James Allen Ward, second Pilot to S/L Reuben Widdowson at this time.

10/9/44 War Ops – Montvilliers
9th 10th September 1944

Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed.  All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed.  No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

27/9/44 War Ops – Calais
27th September 1944

Fourteen aircraft attacked Calais as detailed, taking off in the morning during doubtful weather.  Crews bombed visually under instructions from the Master Bomber and a good concentrated raid was carried out.  Some accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was met over the target.

1/1/45 War Ops – Vohwinkel
Vohwinkel 1st January 1945

Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM, 500 G.P. and 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked primary target. NZ403980 P/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and P/O R. Aitchison (NZ429286) as second pilot failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

3/1/45 War Ops – Dortmund
3rd January 1945 dortmund

Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

12/3/45 War Ops – Dortmund
12th March 1945

Dortmund was the target for 21 aircraft carrying 1 x 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Smoke Puffs (red). Flak was slight to moderate, cloud ten tenths with tops 5/6000ft. Aircraft reported good results. Smoke was already pushing through cloud when aircraft left. Bombing was well concentrated.

 

 

A bit of an Announcement…..

I’ve been a bit busy of late, trying to clear the decks as it were, last week, before travelling down to Mepal on Thursday , to stay a night at the 3 Pickerells. We would then move onto the Dolphin at St. Ives for the annual  Friends of 75 (NZ) Squadron Association.

As always I was keen to get there, but I was also very conscious that we were gathering this year to say goodbye to our last President, Jack Richards and to lay his ashes in the Memorial Garden prior to our Service of Remembrance on Sunday morning. The subject of Jack’s replacement had, I must admit occupied my thoughts recently and I wondered who was going to be made the new President.

I will make another more detailed post about the weekend, hopefully by the end of this week, but I had no idea to be honest, the turn of events that were to take place.

I must thank the Association Committee with all of my heart for the decision they came to regarding the next President of the Association, when they asked me and I accepted.

Honestly, I felt a little bit numb after the discussion and after the announcement on the Saturday night. I’ll make it clear now, that I will do my utmost to fill the space that Jack’s death has left in the Association, but, Jack is now legend and the honour I feel is as much as being given the opportunity to continue in the title that Jack so wisely carried for so many years, as in the taking of the title itself.

Talking at the weekend to a few people, it struck me that what I feel as my biggest regret, that I never spoke to Dad about his time with the Squadron, perhaps had a reason in itself. Perhaps if I had and I had found out from him all the things I still do not know, it might have ended there – Bob would pass away, but I would have known about these times and I would keep them as memories of my Father. Perhaps the fact that I didn’t was for the best – it meant that I started my search, found Kevin and the Association and created the blog and am now here, writing this to tell you all that I am now President of the Association – I have just read this back and I still can’t believe it.

As an Association, we will continue to move forward. The blog has proved to me that there is still a deep respect and desire to know the stories of our Fathers, Grandfathers, and Uncles and it is this task that they have entrusted to us. We must all ensure that their stories are told and never forgotten and most importantly I believe, that these stories of 75(NZ) Squadron and the braves boys that flew in it are held for younger generations to discover and understand.

Jack, I will try to not let you down.

Simon

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Charles Wilfred Wheeler, Air Gunner – Berney, White and Stott crew

It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Charles Wilfred Wheeler, Air Gunner, who flew with the Berney, White and Stott crew between April and September 1944.

The news was passed to me by Clive Turvey, President of Harborne Golf Club, where Wilf was a member for almost 50 years.

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Jack Richards – Memorial bench, Fakenham

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Glad, Jack’s widow sat on the newly unveiled bench in Fakenham (image from edp.co.uk.)

Thanks to Kevin for bring to my attention the unveiling of a memorial seat to Jack Richards in Fakenham. The following text is from edp24.co.uk:

A bench has been erected in Fakenham in honour of haulage entrepreneur Jack Richards, whose yellow lorries are recognisable across the country.

The bench, which features an image of a lorry with a plaque, is next to the traffic lights on Highfield Road opposite the junction with Queens Road.

His son Anthony Richards said it was a fitting tribute to his father, who founded haulage firm Jack Richards and Son.

He said: “It is absolutely wonderful that my father is remembered in this way, he would have been so proud.

“Before the bypass came in our vehicles came past these traffic lights. It is nice that he is remembered in Fakenham, I just wish that he was here to see it.”

Read the full article on edp24 here.

Bill Pridmore, Air Gunner – Blewitt crew

It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Bill Pridmore, Air Gunner with the Blewett crew who passed away recently on the 6th of October.

Bill was one of 4 members of the crew who survived a crash on the return from the 17th of January 1945 from a raid on Wanne Eickel, claiming the lives of the Pilot, Tim Blewitt,  Johnny Wilson, the Air Bomber and after succumbing to his injuries, the crew’s navigator Bryant Cornell.

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Request for information – Solingen, 4th of November 1944

soligen

Target photo taken by Jack Wall, A/B with Jack Bailey’s crew over Solingen on the 4th of November 1944. The information at the foot of the photograph contains the following information: Squadron Base – Mep is Mepal. Date. Height. Compass bearing. Time. Target. Bomb Load. Camera and Flash setting. Pilots Rank and Name. Aircraft letter and Squadron number.

I was contacted by Matthias last week with information of a potentially fascinating project. Matthias works for the local TV station in Wermelskirchen who are preparing to make a programme about the raid on Solingen on the 4th of November 1944. He is keen to gather as much information as possible – and has contacted me to put out a request to any relatives of the boys who flew on the Op, who might have any information, whether it be stories, photographs or even perhaps logbook notes. Matthias is particularly keen to try to make contact with any relatives of Harry Scott’s crew, who were all lost on the Solingen Op.

Having put together the complete crew list for this Op, I was fascinated to see perhaps a tie up in a detail mentioned in this post and elsewhere on the blog. The first aircraft in the Op list below is LM266 AA-A. The AIR14/3463 Damage Report for this Op lists this aircraft as being hit by debris from an exploding aircraft. Putting in a blind, but optimistic search into the blog through up a post I had made about the myth of the ‘Scarecrow’ and amazingly, the logbook entry by John Dickinson (Mid Upper Gunner with Charlie Spain’s crew) that recorded a ‘Scarecrow’ was Solingen – Whilst I cannot be sure, the proximity of the 195 Squadron aircraft  (HK658 ) to LM266, the fact that John witnessed it, I think, makes it quite a possibility – of the 4 aircraft lost on this Op (3 from 195 and ND917 from 75(NZ) Squadron), only HK658 is listed in the AIR14/3463 Damage Report as exploding – and in fact identifies 2 other aircraft, both from 195 Squadron being hit, Like LM266, with the debris.

log27&28 scarecrow crop

Extract form John Dickinson’s logbook for the Solingen raid, 4th November 1944, noting the loss of a Lancaster by a ‘Scarecrow’. © Dickinson Estate

04/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen
Twenty one aircraft took off to attack Solingen in daylight, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb incendiaries and No.17 Clusters. All crews dropped their bombs in the target area, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Flak opposition was moderate. One aircraft captained by NZ428797 F/O J. Scott, failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A ” (43)
Damage not due to Enemy Action – Hit by debris from an exploding Lancaster – thought to be 195 Sqdn HK658 ‘C’ (exploded)

F/L Alan Roy Bidwell Barton, RNZAF NZ413930 – Pilot.
P/O John Gerald Birch, RNZAF NZ429035 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Semple, RAFVR 1558692/ 190519 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Alister MacDonald Stuart, RNZAF NZ404633 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Leslie John Moore, RAFVR 2219346/ 188668 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Williams, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 16:23
Flight Time 04:32
Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B  (15)

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/L Frank Ross Dawes, RNZAF NZ417273 – Navigator.
P/O Raymond Alexander Ramsay, RNZAF NZ416866 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Vincent Kemp, RAFVR 1492881/ 188505 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Funnell, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Woods, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Cliff Newman, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

This appears to essentially be Nelson Bright’s crew – though I have no information to explain why Nelson is absent.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 04:22
Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H  (6)

F/O Jeffery Baines, RNZAF NZ414577 – Pilot.
Sgt. Peter Allen Holt, RNZAF NZ4211049 – Navigator.
F/S John Kennedy Clements, RAAF AUS.418070 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Aldridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. McCleod?, ? – Mid Upper Gunner. No apparent record of this individual
Sgt. E. Bates, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:44 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 04:31
Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G  (25)

F/O Raymond Arthur Cumberpatch, RNZAF NZ427543 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Frederick Wilson, RAFVR 1584666/ 190665 – Navigator.
F/S Clayton Dickson Williams, RNZAF NZ4214071 – Air Bomber.
W/O Lindsay Roy Switzer, RNZAF NZ422008 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Sinclair, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Tom Grady, RNZAF NZ416829 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Walter Dalziel Sneddon, RNZAF NZ425436 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 16:01
Flight Time 04:16
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C  (32)

F/L Leslie Arthur Martyn, RNZAF NZ417082 – Pilot.
P/O Thomas Issac Elliot, RNZAF NZ421364 – Navigator.
P/O Allan Roy Frank Dunkerley, RAAF AUS.423083 – Air Bomber.
P/O Henry James Abrahams, RAFVR 1313153/ 183761 – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Golembeck, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lindsay, RAFVR 1624589 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Andrew Roy Wright, RCAF J.88789 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:42 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 04:28
Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J  (60)

F/O Maurice Edward Dare, RNZAF NZ425238 – Pilot.
F/O Gordon Howe Warren, RNZAF NZ4212904 – Navigator.
F/S Norman Farquhar McDonald, RNZAF NZ429073 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Donovan Neville, RNZAF NZ425538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Dunbar, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Alfred Thomas Bannan, RNZAF NZ425760 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Gordon Lawton, RNZAF NZ4210874 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 04:28

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K  (29)

S/L Roy Campbell Earl, RNZAF NZ411388 – Pilot.
F/O Edgar William Lovejoy, RAFVR 745516/ 142868 – Navigator.
F/O J. Rich, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
P/O Patrick Hugh Finnegan, RAFVR 1344819/ 159025 – Wireless Operator.
W/O Leslie Howells, RAFVR 1417820/ 187820 – Flight Engineer.
W/O W. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Goodridge, RAFVR 635318/ 53370 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:41 – Landed 16:03
Flight Time 04:22
Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M ‘Mother’ (50)

F/L Wylie James Wakelin, RNZAF NZ391390 – Pilot.
P/O Percival McDowell Johnston, RNZAF NZ4215865 – Navigator.
P/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 04:40
Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R  (39)

F/O Donald Francis Atkin, RAFVR 1585981 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Coulson, RNZAF NZ429310 – Navigator.
F/S Reginald John Thurston, RNZAF NZ4210046 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wesley Murray Curtis, RAAF AUS. 423524 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Madden, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Johnstone, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 16:30
Flight Time 04:45
Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U  (19)

F/O Charles Thomas Spain, RAFVR 921159/ 178068 – Pilot.
F/S P. Johnson,   – Navigator
F/S Leonard Charles James, RNZAF NZ4211046 – Air Bomber.
F/S Laurence Percy Bergman, RAAF AUS.424579 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. McNeil, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Townson Dickinson, RAFVR 2221282 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John ‘Steve’ Chamberlain, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:35 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 04:40
Lancaster Mk.I NN710 AA-Q  (25)

F/O Kenneth William Cooper, RAFVR 1440684 – Pilot.
F/S Ian Campbell Cowie, RNZAF NZ425738 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.J. Fitzgerald, RAFVR 658963 – Air Bomber.
F/S Vernon John Smith, RNZAF NZ416826 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Alderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Cousins, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Clayton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 04:35
Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L ‘Lucy’ (42)

F/O Martin Adam Kilpatrick, RNZAF NZ421919 – Pilot.
P/O Raymond Sinclair Tait, RNZAF NZ4213951 – Navigator.
Sgt. M. ‘ Jock’ Cattenach, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Wesley Geoffrey ‘Geoff’ Davenport, RAFVR 1817811/ 196353 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Benjamin Charles ‘Ben’ Barton, RAFVR 56702 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert ‘Titch’ Halliday, RAFVR 1899145 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Olive, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 04:40
Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S ‘Sugar’ (30)

P/O Douglas Ross Sadgrove, RNZAF NZ425292 – Pilot.
F/S Robert Trevor Dixon, RNZAF NZ4212652 – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Stimpson, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Frederick Flemming, RNZAF NZ425241 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Bernard John Mahoney, RAFVR 1628335/ 190539 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Robert Samuel Bawden, RNZAF NZ4212629 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Douglas Dallimore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 04:40
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X ‘Get Sum Inn’ (69)

F/L Thomas Christie Waugh, RAFVR 159174 – Pilot.
P/O Colin William Hannam Woonton, RNZAF NZ429055 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Irwin Swetland, RAFVR 1098818, 186577 – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Kidd, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. N. Southgate, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Baird Nickels, RNZAF NZ425852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Frank Sage, RNZAF NZ424824 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:31 – Landed 16:24
Flight Time 04:53
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (73)

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RNZAF 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Roy Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:29 – Landed 16:03
Flight Time 04:34
Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P ‘Bad Penny IV’ (29)

F/O Francis Colin Wood, RNZAF NZ414715 – Pilot.
F/S R. Johnson, RAFVR – Navigator.
P/O Leslie Ronald Hurcombe, RAFVR 153900 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Albert Charles Taylor, RAFVR 1583883, 186770 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Gibbs, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Wolley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Mahoney, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:31 – Landed 16:04
Flight Time 04:33
Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W ‘The Paper Doll’ (51)

F/O Leonard Boyer, RAFVR 1602332/ 184498 – Pilot.
F/S M. Mendes, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Allan Jospeph Couper, RAAF AUS.430013 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roderick Wilfred Blue, RNZAF NZ426307 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Burkell, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Adlard, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Davies, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:33 – Landed 16:00
Flight Time 04:27
Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-T ” (20)

P/O Patrick Leo McCartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Miles, RAFVR 845847/ 187426 – Navigator.
P/O Leonard Arthur Martin, RAFVR 153528 – Air Bomber.
F/S Phillip Francis Smith, RAAF AUS. 427206 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William John Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gray, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:34 – Landed 15:59
Flight Time 04:25
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O ” (70)

F/O John Harold Scott, RNZAF NZ428797 – Pilot.
Died Saturday 4th November 1944, age 29, during a raid on Solingen. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery Germany.

F/S Alister Henry Scott, RNZAF NZ428259 – Navigator.
Died Saturday 4th November 1944, age 27, during a raid on Solingen. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery Germany.

F/S Kenneth Peder Christian Andersen, RNZAF NZ429128 – Air Bomber.
Died Saturday 4th November 1944, age 28, during a raid on Solingen, Germany. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

F/S Edward John Francis Howard, RNZAF NZ424469 – Wireless Operator.
Died Saturday 4th November 1944, age 24, during a raid on Solingen. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

Sgt. Howard Mansel Thomas, RAFVR 1895708 – Flight Engineer.
Died Saturday 4th November 1944, age 26, during a raid on Solingen. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery Germany.

Sgt. John Thomas Beardmore, RAFVR 1818755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Died Saturday 4th November 1944, age 19, during a raid on Solingen, Germany, Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

Sgt. Joseph Thomas Bayes, RAFVR 1595589, 185783 – Rear Gunner.
Died Saturday 4 November 1944, age 35, during a raid on Solingen, Germany. Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.

Take Off 11:31 – Landed Missing
Flight Time Missing
Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V  (65)

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:35 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 04:45
Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D  (38)

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
P/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Huckle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E. Hadigate, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:30 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 04:35