F.G.L. Bain crew 02.10.40

02/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69
Ten Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs delayed action, containers of 4lbs. Incendiaries, while CB.236 carried one flash bomb.
CB.226 failed to locate target and bombs were brought back as no military target could be located.
CB.227 reports that bombs were dropped in a single stick across ZWISCHEICHEUR AERODROME. Small fires started by incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CB.232 owing to nine tenths cloud.
CB.234 reports that target was not attacked owing to 10/10 cloud extending over route half way over North Sea to target area.
Owing to very low cloud, no definite results were seen by CB.235. Large flashes were seen reflected on clouds which kept going for about 20 mins.
No results were observed by CB.236.
CB.237 reports that bombs were observed to burst short of target by 400 yards.
CB.238 reports that a stick of bombs were dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME. First bombs seen to burst short, but remainder on aerodrome.
CB.239 dropped one stick of bombs on red obstruction lights at Aerodrome at WESSEL. Results not observed owing to cloud, but there was a glow against the clouds resembling a fire.
Bomb bursts were observed by CB.240
Large fire seen in vicinity of AMSTERDAM. Flak ships observed off Dutch coast for 20 miles.
Heavy and light A.A. fire, fairly accurate, experienced in all target areas.
Slight searchlight activity but ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was very poor; heavy cloud over whole of journey.
Navigation was mainly D/R, with Astro in one instance.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. CB.232 A.69

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
P/O James Cecil Fleming, RAF 44402 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 03:30

05/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at ROTTERDAM and FLUSHING
Two Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs delayed action, and one container of 4lbs. Incendiaries.
CB.252 reports bursts observed on dock side on S.W. edge of town. Fires started, apparently buildings.
S/Ldr. Bain reports that bombs fell short of basin 100 feet to 200 feet. Many recurring explosions, as though bomb dump ad been hit. Visible for 10-15 mins.
White flashing beacon near HAMMSTEDE.
Fairly intense light and heavy flak experienced in the target areas.
Searchlights were numerous, but aircraft were not held.
Fighter patrols seen around ROTTERDAM. Numerous cases of a 3-star red verey lights being fired when approached every time searchlights formed a cone.
Weather was fair over target. Cloud base 500-800 feet inside English Coast, visibility 1-1 miles; steady rain.
Navigation was by D/R, H/F and M/F bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2837 AA-?
Raid No. CB.- Flushing

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 20:50
Flight Time 02:20

08/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250 lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.253 reports a stick of four bombs dropped across target. Bursts observed, two fires started which burned until aircraft was out of sight of target.
CB.255 reached HAMBURG and dropped a flare over the town. A stick of bombs was dropped over the target but bursts were not observed due to searchlight activity.
CB.256 dropped in one stick and bursts observed in target area. Incendiaries seen to burn but no fires resulted.
CB.257 reports hits or near misses on target. Explosions unseen due to intense A.A. fire. Two fires seen burning afterwards.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports bombs fell short of target in docks on Northern side of the river. Observations of bombs uncertain due to heavy A.A. fire.
CB.258 dropped bombs in a level stick at 11,500 feet. Incendiary bombs started three small fires and a medium yellow explosion. Two bombs dropped on aerodrome at OLDENBURG; lights extinguished.
CB.259 reports one large fire started by stick of bombs. Smaller fires caused by incendiaries. Fires still burning after ten minutes.
CB.260 dropped one stick from 10,000 feet across target area.
CB.270 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target area. Three explosions seen in centre of incendiaries.
S/Ldr. Bain reports extensive and brilliant red fires visible for 60-70 miles.
Number of flare-paths seen at various parts of route. Flak ship North of WILHEMSHAVEN two miles off coast, 52° 50’N,04° 35’E.
Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced on way to target and also in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly intense and accurate.
A number of enemy aircraft seen. CB.256 overtaken by two aircraft, believed ME.110, over target area. Three single engined machines, believed to be ME.109, circled this aircraft for ten minutes during dummy runs over target. No attacks.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced over North Sea on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, Homing Bearings, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3158 AA-J
Raid No. CB.- Marshalling Yards Cologne (Aerodrome attacked as secondary target)

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 04:30

10/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
CB.278 reports that large fires started after bombs burst. Location was impossible because of thick haze and searchlights.
CB.283 dropped one stick from East to West across target. A number of large fires started, in the middle of which a large explosion was observed.
CB.284 reports that all bombs and incendiaries were seen to burst in target area. Two small fires left burning.
CB.285 reports bombs dropped on heading 120° in one stick. Bursts observed but unable to determine accuracy owing to searchlight dazzle.
CB.286 dropped one stick North to South. Bombs seen to burst on buildings. One bomb overshot landed in Rhine. Brilliant blue flashes observed. Small fires seen from incendiaries.
CB.288 reports that first two bombs caused two large orange flashes; nest four causes vivid blue flashes. Thought to be direct hits on power station.
CB.289 reports that all bombs fell in northern end of works on large building. Four fires started which eventually joined up into one large one.
CB.290 reports bomb burst in target area, with vivid green explosions. Incendiaries hung up so were dropped on large railway sidings near RHINEBURG. Twelve fires burning when aircraft was 50 miles away.
CB.291 reports bombs dropped in one stick from 12,000 feet. Results unobserved.
CB.294 reports that bombs fell short on docks. Explosions followed bomb bursts, fires started, burnt out after few minutes.
Flarepath, believed ENDHOVEN, observed in position 15° 20′ N, 04° 05* E. Dummy factory seen on Northern bend of river near DUSSELDORF.
Intense heavy anti-aircraft fire was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were active and fairly accurate.
CB.288 encountered and engaged one enemy aircraft which was seen to crash and burn three miles N.W. of STEENBERGEN.
Weather was fine. Cloud was experienced in some parts of route to and from target.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2837 AA-?
Raid No. CB.278 A.68

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:00

16/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL
Nine Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, captained by P/O. Morton, crashed in Cumberland after having completed operations.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. bombs, 1/10 sec. delay.
CB.312 reports that a large red fire was observed.
CB.313 bombed docks in KIEL, but results were no observed.
CB.315 reports that results were not observed owing to low cloud and gun flashes.
CB.322 reports that target was observed in floating dock. Bomb bursts seen on target.
On the first run, CB.323 dropped a stick of two bombs which burst in water one on each side of GNEISENAU. A salvo of two bombs was dropped on second run and burst either side of the jetty of target. Heavy orange explosion was seen.
CB.324 reports that primary target was obscured by 10/10 cloud. Secondary target clear and easily identified. Good run up and bombs aimed accurately but bursts were not observed.
CB.325 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Bursts seen. Bombs fell N.E. of target on quays.
CB.326 dropped bombs in one stick on target. Bursts observed, but no pinpointed in relation to target due to cloud layer, but definitely in immediate vicinity of target. Rectangle of red lights 800 yds. x 600yds. seen in vicinity of LECK. Green light flashed from end like Aldis. Four red lights in a line North and South, equally spaced, across BORKUM. These flashed for one second at eight second intervals. Two searchlights believed to be on HELIGOLAND.
Fair amount of heavy A.A. fire. Fairly accurate. Searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy aircraft seen in NEUMUNSTER area. Believed to be HE.113.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3158 AA-J
Raid No. CB.312 D.3 (Cuxhaven attacked as secondary target)

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 06:15

08/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Delayed action, 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
RCP.164 dropped bombs in one stick from West to East and bursts observed in eastern sector of town and on marshalling yards. Fires were started by incendiaries on Western boundary of town and on Eastern boundary of marshalling yards.
RCP.189 dropped bombs on target from 11,000 feet. Fires observed from incendiaries and small explosions resulted.
RCP.336 dropped one stick from East to West on Marshalling Yard, resulting in a row of large fires from which sixteen explosions of different colours were observed burning for 60 miles after leaving target.
RCP.415 reports fires and explosions in target area.
RCP.435 reports that high explosives and incendiaries were seen to burst on aerodrome. Incendiaries started two medium fires which burnt with red flames.
RCP.545 reports fires and explosions in target. Fires also observed from previous attack.
S/Ldr, Bain reports direct hits on track and sheds. Extensive fires and continuous explosions seen after leaving target, visible for 30 mins on return journey. Attacked form 3000 feet.
P/O Hankins released bombs in one stick on Eastern end of target. Bursts observed in target area and fires started by incendiaries. Still burning after leaving target.
Two illuminated flarepaths observed in vicinity of BRUGES AERODROME. Dimly illuminated flarepath observed two miles S.S.E. MANNHEIM. Convoy sighted off East Coast steaming North East, position 52* 10N, 01*50E. Challenged and fired at immediately. Firing ceased on showing colour of period.
Intense medium and heavy A.A. fire on route between MANNHEIM and MUNICH. Very intense medium flak with heavy flak at MUNICH.
Searchlights were fairly numerous and accurate in all areas.
A few enemy aircraft were seen in various parts of route. Weather was good, apart from haze over English Coast on return.
Navigation was by D/R map reading, Astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. RCP.126 Munich marshalling yards

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:14 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 07:31

12/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.71.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, containers of incendiaries, while CAN.103 carried one flash bomb.
CAN.103, CAN.508, and CAN.185 all failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The flash Bomb was dropped in the sea.
CAN.317 reports that no results were observed owing to low cloud, but flarepath at ARNHEIM AERODROME hit.
CAN.360 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on railway line and canal, D/R position in vicinity of target area. Bursts observed across railway line and canal.
CAN.760 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Bombs fell western area of docks (target M.61). Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
CAN.880 reports that bombs were seen to explode. Glare of fires visible on clouds.
Owing to heavy cloud no observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
Very little A.A. fire was encountered.
NO searchlights were experienced and no enemy aircraft encountered.
Weather was not good there being heavy cloud and icing conditions.
Navigation was mainly by D/R, with W/T and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. CAN.185 A.71 (did not bomb)
S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 04:00

06/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3.
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
AGN.260 failed to locate the target and jettisoned bombs.
AGN.614 and AGN.967 also failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. D/A and N.D.T., containers of 40lbs. G.P., and containers of light case incendiaries.
AGN.159 failed to observe results owing to low cloud.
AGN.375 reports bombs dropped on aerodromes at ABBEYVILLE, NANTES, LES MEEREAUX, and EVEREAUX. Bursts were observed.
AGN.557 reports VILLACOMBLEY AERODROME bombed with one container of incendiaries. Hangar seen burning, and also one fire seen near hangar. Two 250lbs. N.D.T. dropped on GLISY AERODROME, but results were unobserved. Six 250 lbs. N.D.T., 2 S.B.C. 40lbs., and one S.B.C. incendiaries dropped on CALAIS DOCKS, but results were unobserved.
AGN.574 bombed CHATEAU D’UN and bursts were seen on Flarepath. Bombs were dropped on BOULGNE DOCKS bit owing to searchlight activity, no results were observed.
AGN.595 dropped bombs on VILLACOUBLEY AERODROME.
AGN.659 attacked VILLACOUBLEY and ORLAY, and bombs were seen to burst across flarepaths of aerodromes. Big explosions seen by rear gunner at ORLAY.
AGN.764 bombed TOURS aerodrome. Bursts were seen followed by a series of explosions.
AGN.769 reports hits on hangars at CHARTRES, CHATEAU D’UN, and large clouds of smoke and debris were seen with fires burning in each case. Two bombs were dropped on CALAIS DOCKS and caused a fire which persisted after leaving.
AGN.856 bombed RPYE AERODROME and DUNKIRK, and fires were left at both places.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight and light flak activity, but one fire was seen on N.W. corner of inner basin at CALAIS.
Many dummy flarepaths were seen. The blackout in Paris and suburbs was very poor.
Intense A.A. fire was experienced in parts of target area.
Intense and accurate searchlight activity was encountered at parts of route.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud, with icing conditions, was experienced in some parts of target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, landfalls, map reading, W/T, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. AGN.856 Area 2 (Roye, Dunkirk attacked as secondary target)

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Erskine, RAF – Wireless Operator.
P/O J. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 05:30

11/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries.
DYG.114 dropped bombs in salvo. Two good fires were started and observed on North side of dock area; burning when seven minutes on homeward journey.
DYG.280 brought bombs back owing to intense ice conditions at FLUSHING.
DYG.502 dropped stick of bombs across docks. Cloud obscured any other observations.
DYG.532 reports several fires started in target area. Some still in sight when we were over CALAIS.
DYG.927 reports large explosions after small fire started. Small fires along railway.
Dummy flarepath seen approximately six miles North of IJMUIDEN in Holland. Aerodrome working at GHENT.
Some heavy A.A> fire was experienced at CAPE GRIS NEZ and CALAIS. Very little over target areas.
Slight searchlight activity was experienced over BOULOGNE and CALAIS. Searchlights were ineffective over MANNHEIM owing to cloud.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
ten-tenths cloud was experienced over MANNHEIM and RUHR areas. Icing conditions were also experienced.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. DYG.927 Mannheim

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Erskine, RAF – Wireless Operator.
P/O J. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 05:30

13/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target N.62
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
MSC.125 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud, 6000-7000 feet.
MSC.175 dropped bombs over target area, but results were not observed owing to cloud.
Except for reflection of fires seen on clouds, results were unobserved by MSC.361.
MXC.428 failed to locate primary target but bombed flak emplacement at BREMEN.
MSC.795 dropped bombs in one stick over BREMEN.
It was impossible to pinpoint position of bursts due to complete cloud cover.
MSC.868 failed to observe results owing to cloud.
S/L. Bain reports bombs straddled hangars at SCHIPOL, causing fires which spread after two or three mins. Three large explosions occurred.
P/O. Morton bombed target through 10/10 cloud.
A number of ships were seen at sea at various parts of route.
Three ships at berths at ENKHUISEN.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target area. Very little activity elsewhere.
Searchlights were ineffective over target area due to cloud. Many, very effective, over AMSTERDAM.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
Heavy cloud was experienced over almost whole of route and in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s and D/F.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. MSC.- N.62 (Schipol attacked as secondary target)

S/L Francis George Levett Bain, RAF 28259 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Erskine, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. N. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 04:40