R.P. Elliot crew 21.10.40

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

21/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. CB.349 crashed and was burnt out at MANSTON, the crew escaping without injury. The aircraft captained by F/Lt. Gilbert lost port airscrew on return journey and crashed while trying to effect forced landing in fog. The crew suffered slight injury. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. S.A.P., 250lbs. fused N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.332 reports that bombs and incendiaries fell on docks in target area. Fire started which was seen for 30 minutes.
CB.335 dropped one stick of bombs in target area. Target not identified due to extreme haze. Explosions observed for 10mins. after leaving target.
CB.336 dropped one stick from 10,500 feet across target area. Bomb bursts seen but target not identified. Bombs fell on wharves and docks.
CB.343 reports that bombs were seen to burst in dock area.
CB.344 reports target area hit.
CB.345 dropped bombs in one stick. Bomb aimer identified docks but could not see the ship, so used neighbouring jetty as aiming point. Bursts were observed, followed by seven explosions, but visibility was insufficient to pinpoint these.
CB.349 reports numerous fires and a series of small explosions observed whilst locating target: visible for 10 mins after bombing until obscured by cloud.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight glare. Three 500lbs. S.A.P. dropped to lighten aircraft to facilitate escape from searchlights and A.A. Incendiaries retained and dropped on railway siding N.W. of HAMBURG. Fire resulted, with a few small explosions.
P/O Wright reports large fires started, and 44 heavy explosions observed lasting about 10mins. Target burning steadily after setting course home.
Number of flare paths and boundary lights in area between EMDEN and WILHELNSHAVEN, also dummy aerodrome 5 miles S.W. HAMBURG. Balloons observed in DUSSELDORF area at 9000 feet.
Intense and accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced.
Searchlights were very active. In HAMBURG area they appeared to operate in groups, each group controlled by a pair of searchlights either on one mounting or on two mountings very close together and projecting parallel beams, one white, the other electric blue.
P/O. Wright reports being challenged by three enemy aircraft at 2000 feet over the Dutch coast. Stern attack by one, but avoided him by dive into cloud.
Weather was hazy over target areas. Heavy cloud encountered on return journey. Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3158 AA-J
Raid No. CB.349 A.28 (Eindhoven aerodrom attacked as secondary target). Collided with Barrage Balloon cable and crashed-landed at Marston. All crew safe

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mussel-White, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Ernest David Johnson-Barrett, RNZAF NZ40191 – Observer.
Sgt. Day, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 05:35

25/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.387 reports that bombs were seen to burst. Incendiaries resulted in numerous fires.
CB.388 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen burning in target area, but not pin-pointed definitely. Fires still burning brightly 15 mins after leaving. One fire burning with bright greenish-blue flames.
CB.389 dropped bombs on heading 270*N, from a height of 11,000 feet. Bursts were seen, and six fires started.
CB.390 failed to identify primary target owing to low cloud or haze, but a terrific fire in the target area was located and attacked. Bursts were observed short of target and incendiaries started small fires.
CB.394 failed to locate the target.
CB.397 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target. No results were observed by CB.398.
CB.399 reports that fires and explosions , which silhouetted large buildings, were seen in target area.
F/O. Elliott reports that fires were started and a number of small explosions observed. Some large explosions occurred about five mins from time of bombing.
white flashing beacon 5 sec. interval seen South East corner of TESSEL. Several flashing beacons seen – ZUIDER ZEE, GRGINGEN, EMDEN.
A.A> fire was fairly intense, but not very accurate.
Searchlights were active but inaccurate.
Two enemy aircraft seen, but no attack made. Weather was poor, heavy cloud being experienced over most of the route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Homing bearings, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2837 AA-?
Raid No. CB.- B.8

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:00

28/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., delayed action; and S.A.P. delayed action, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.402 dropped one stick of bombs on target which overshot into shipbuilding yards on South Eastern side of river. Bursts observed and fires from incendiaries, also one fire from one of bomb bursts.
CB.403 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Two bombs landed in water, also incendiary. One bomb believed to have hit floating dock of GNEISENAU. One bomb hit docks South of GNEISENAU.
CB.404 reports that results were not observed due to A.A. and searchlight activity, hazy conditions.
CB.405 dropped bombs in one stick. Three explosions observed on leaving target, also small fires. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WILHELMSHAVEN Aerodrome. Results unobserved.
CB.415 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud and gun flashes.
Bombs were seen by CB.416 to burst on target. One large explosion and a fire started.
CB.420 reports bomb flashes in middle of dock at ANTWERP.
CB421 dropped three 250lbs. N.D.T. on fire in neighbourhood of target, but results unobserved.
CB.422 reports that end of stick fell on aerodrome. Two fires started south of target.
CB.432 reports that primary target was obscured by heavy cloud. Attack was made on Z.110 at GHENT. Bombs observed to burst, and incendiaries started fires on west side of the aerodrome.
Three white flashing beacons observed near HAAMSEDE. Fires observed probably ANTWERP and OSTEND. White beacon flashing “M” at GILZENKIRCHEN target.
A medium amount of heavy flak was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Nine enemy aircraft were seen West of ANTWERP. Weather was clear over target areas. Cloud over North Sea and Dutch Coast.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2837 AA-?
Raid No. CB.404 D.4

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McKinna,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 04:40

06/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target G.30
Two Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
P/O Pownall returned to base on account of severe weather conditions. Bombs were jettisoned in North Sea owing to predicted unfavourable landing conditions at base.
MDS.104 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud.
Owing to heavy cloud no observations were made. No A.A. fire was encountered, and there was an Absence of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were reported.
Weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced, with severe electrical storms over North Sea, and severe icing over Germany.
Navigation was by D/R with HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. MDS.104 G.30 (What is believed to be an aerodrome attacked as secondary target)

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Jackson RAF 44194 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McCrum, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 06:25
Flight Time 06:20

16/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs delayed action, 250lbs. Delayed action, 250 lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries. UNS.237 reports nine- tenths cloud over whole of target area. Bombs released in one stick and pinpointed as near as possible, slightly to West of target on heading of North magnetic.
UNS.400 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Target not observed but flew from centre of HAMBURG. Bursts seen through clouds.
UNS.518 reports that results were not observed.
UNS.553 reports that little results were seen owing to cloud, but bombs fell on docks.
UNS.683 failed to identify target, and bombs were brought back.
UNS.695. reports that bombs were seen to explode in target area.
UNS.726 dropped bombs, but results were not observed.
UNS.768 dropped bombs in one stick. Results not observed owing to bomb aimer being blinded by a small burst immediately beneath aircraft. Searchlights were also intense and held the aircraft during the run up to the target.
UNS.904 failed to locate the target owing to 9/10 cloud. Docks observed through intermittent holes in cloud, and bombs released on dock area. Blurts not observed.
White lights flashing approximately 20 miles off Dutch Coast in morse – position 52* 31’N, 03* 33’E. Thirty to forty balloons at 8,000 feet in region of AMSTERDAM and target. UNS.518 challenged by member of convoy of shipping a few miles off English Coast on return.
There was a fair amount of heavy and light flak. There was a large number of searchlights, but they were hampered by cloud.
Two enemy aircraft were observed, but no attacks made.
There was heavy cloud over the target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.1020 AA-?
Raid No. UNS.726 M.248. Aircraft crashed and damaged beyond repair on the 18th of November. Took off from Mildenhall. Landed at 11.20 at Feltwell and skidded into a fire tender. Piloted by P/O E. Jackson

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Jackson RAF 44194 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Ernest David Johnson-Barrett, RNZAF NZ40191 – Observer.
Sgt. McCrum, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 06:10

23/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 delay; 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action 250lbs. N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action; containers of incendiaries, while XUK.463 carried one flash bomb.
XUK.163 dropped one stick on station heading 220* Mag. One explosion and S.B.C. seen in target area by rear gunner either on station or yards, railwat lines clearly observed. Target was pinpointed by position of two lakes east of BERKENWERDER and also by Tiergarten.
XUK.176 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Bomb burst seen amongst buildings in target area.
XUK.328 reports fires and explosions observed slightly north of target.
XUK.463 reports bombs seen to burst but results unobserved owing to searchlights and ground mist.
XUK.513 reports bombs seen to explode and fires started, followed by minor explosions.
XUK.565 failed to observe results owing to low cloud and ground haze. Bombs definitely seen to burst near target area.
XUK.615 reports bomb bursts observed in target area on East side of the river Rhine. Incendiaries caused two small fires.
XUK.709 reports large fires and explosions observed from 10-12 miles form target.
XUK.770 was unable to locate target owing to cloud and was recalled to base. Bombs were jettisoned safe over sea.
XUK.840 reports incendiaries only observed, numerous fires resulting. No other results observed due to intense searchlight activity.
XUK.917 reports all bombs seen to burst. Incendiaries burst on last bomb flash.
Fires, apparently dummy, seen N.W. of HANOVER. Convoy observed in North Sea 30 miles East of HARWICH being attacked at South end. GHENT well lit up, practically no blackout.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate in all areas.
Searchlights were intense and moderately accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. XUK.917 reports being attacked by two or more in target area.
Opened fired with red and green tracer, and did a climbing turn straight at them. Did not see them again.
Weather in target areas was clear. Cloud was experienced at various parts of routes.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. XUK.840 Berlin

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Jackson RAF 44194 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Goodwin, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McKinna,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 06:30

26/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T.; 500lbs. S.A.P.; 500lbs. Delayed action; 250lbs N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
PXS.122 attacked the target and reports a near miss to east of target.
PXS.140 failed to locate primary target and attacked NEURUPPIN AERODROME. Bomb bursts were observed and 12 bright flashes from incendiary fires.
PXS.169 failed to locate primary target and attacked aerodrome North of HANOVER. One stick of bombs was dropped. Dim lights were seen near hangar lights and incendiaries were observed burning well. One large greenish-blue fire was seen burning some ten to fifteen mins after leaving, apart from incendiaries. Aerodrome was pinpointed by bend in river to South.
PXS.215 dropped one stick from 11,000 on Western side of HANOVER, by D/R position. Believed to be aerodrome.
PXS.311 reports that bombs were seen to explode.
PXS.369 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud in the target area.
PXS.330 reports that bombs were observed to drop across target. Four minutes after leaving target, three big explosions observed by rear gunner. Fires caused by incendiaries.
PXS.535 reports that a large reddish glow was observed for 15 mins under cloud.
No results were observed by PXS.590.
PXZ. reports that bombs were seen to explode under cloud; results unobserved.
There was noticeable flare activity by enemy trying to locate our aircraft.
Fairly accurate heavy and light flak was experienced in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly active in target areas, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of target areas.
Heavy cloud was experienced over majority of route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. PXS.369 Berlin

F/O Roy Pryce Elliot, RAF 39631 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Jackson RAF 44194 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lester, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Wells, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 07:35