C.K. Saxelby crew 25.10.40

07/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101.
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit detailed to carry out the above operations. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs delayed action, containers of 25lbs. incendiaries and CB.959 carried one flash bomb.
CB.944 reports that bursts were observed short of target.
CB.945 dropped bombs in one stick. Five fires were seen in a row.
CB.948 reports that fires were started in Black Forest with 5 cans of incendiaries. COLMAC Aerodrome was bombed with the remaining can which did not release over the Black Forest. A wooden hanger was set alight and two or more aircraft were seen to be burning inside and two were set alight on the tarmac outside. CB.950 failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back.
Cb.951 failed to locate the marshalling yards at KREFEL and bombed an aerodrome in the vicinity of KREFELD. Bombs were observed to burst 400 yards south of the flare path. All lights were extinguished but one fire was observed burning at time of leaving target.
CB.959 dropped incendiaries in level stick from10,000 feet at 12 second intervals and moderately large fires were started.
CB.960 located target in BLACK FOREST and bombs were dropped. The incendiaries were seen burning among trees but the fires did not appear to increase.
Bombs were dropped by CB.961 from 2000 feet in single containers. First container straddled railway line north of MULHOUSE and fire a large building, causing several large explosions. Remainder fell in forest and fires were started, but these did not spread to any great extent.
CB.962 dropped three bombs on the aerodrome at GLIZE RIZEN and these were seen to burst East of target. Two bombs were also dropped on the aerodrome at OOSTVOORING and these burst on the flare path.
Due to heavy cloud and thick mist, reconnaissance impossible, and observations few. Three flares forming a triangle shot up to 8000 feet over the sea 10 miles West of OSTEND, and rectangle of dim lights with three bright lights inside observed six miles East of NANCY, believed Prison Camp. Dummy aerodrome South of STRASBURG extinguished on approach of aircraft.
A.A. fire moderately heavy in RUHR area. A concentration of light flak observed at OSTEND, heavy A.A. South of ROTTERDAM, but not accurate, mainly below and ahead of aircraft.
Searchlights numerous in area South to South East of ROTTERDAM, but did not hold aircraft. In other areas active, but ineffective.
Four aircraft (enemy) were seen to burn on ground at COLMAC aerodrome.
Navigation done by D/R, homing bearing, and map reading. Astro fixes by one sortie.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E
Raid No. CB.961Black Forest

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Edward McCormick, RAF 580801 – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 06:45

10/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry put attacks on the above targets. The bomb load consisted of 250lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T.
Owing to 10/10 cloud over Belgian Coast a descent was made by CB.966 to 4000 feet where OSTEND was located. Three flares were dropped over docks. A stick of bombs was dropped at 3,500 feet over dock area but owing to violent evasive action bursts were not observed.
CB.967 failed to locate the target owing to heavy cloud extending from 12,000 feet to 1000 feet over Belgian Coast.
CB.968 failed to locate the target owing to heavy cloud and thick mist. Bombs were bought back.
CB.972 dropped bombs in a dive from 4000 feet to 1000 feet. No results were observed owing to violent evasive action, searchlights and haze. Flares were dropped over target and lighted up area satisfactorily.
Owing to 10/10 cloud down to 700 feet, CB.973 failed to locate target.
Five bombs dropped by CB.974 were seen to burst across docks. No results were observed of second stick owing to searchlights, but they believed to have hit the target.
Owing to 10/10 cloud, CB979 reports nil results observed.
Flares were dropped, warships were observed to open fire and continued a heavy broadside for almost half an hour. Several small vessels were seen close to coast line. Retaliatory action appeared to be taken by coastal batteries.
Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced at OSTEND and at other target areas.
Searchlights were active around the target areas, but were ineffective owing to cloud.
During the whole of the operations, only one enemy aircraft was seen – by CB.974 – off the Dutch Coast.
Weather was very poor, there being 9/10 – 10/10 cloud. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, and in some cases MF/DF and Astro.
Squeaker at HARWICH not heard, although balloons seen.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E
Raid No. CB.972 Ostend

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Edward McCormick, RAF 580801 – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 03:40

12/09/1940 – Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took part in Operations against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while CB.984 carried one flash bomb.
CB.984 and CB.985 failed to locate the target due to 10/10 cloud, and bombs were brought back.
CB.986 reports that bombs were dropped, but bursts were unobserved due to bad visibility.
CB.987 bombed target in bad visibility from 6000 feet, but results were unobserved owing to cloud.
CB.988 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud. Intense A.A. fire was experienced and bombs were released over centre of A.A. activity.
CB.994 reports that results were not observed.
Owing to dense low cloud, CB.995 failed to locate original target, SCHWERTE. Bombs were dropped from 1000 feet on the aerodrome at DE KOOY, but results were not observed.
CB/997 failed to locate target, but bombs were released on A.A. emplacements between SOEST and DORTMUND.
CB.999 reports that direct hits were scored on ammunition store in dock buildings. Heavy explosions occurred and large fires were started.
Owing to bad visibility no observations or reconnaissance were made although CB.999 reports that docks and wharves were clearly seen.
Light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in many parts of the target areas, while flak ships or warships continued barrage some distance to sea. Flaming onions were also experienced at one point.
Searchlights were numerous and very active, but owing to cloud were ineffective.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
ten-tenths cloud was experienced over most of the route. Icing conditions, rain and electrical storms were also experienced.
Navigation was carried out by D/R, W/T and homing bearings.
CB.999 returned to base with shell holes in wings and machine gun bullet through front turret. Attack was carried out from 150 feet – machine blown up to 600 and was very unstable on return journey. S.O.S. was sent out as machine was expected to land in sea. P/O Denton, captain of this machine, was awarded D.F.C. (Immediate).

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E
Raid No. CB.985 D.184

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Edward McCormick, RAF 580801 – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

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

14/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out above operations. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action bombs, containers of incendiaries and CB.120 carried one flash bomb.
CB.115 reports that owing to severe ice forming cloud, target was not reached, but an attack was made from 7000 feet on DE KOOY Aerodrome, where a stick of bombs was dropped on hangars. Numerous fires started, and major and minor explosions followed, suggesting blowing up of ammunition. Fires lit up aerodrome buildings.
Owing to 10/10 cloud Cb.116 failed to locate original target. Bombs were dropped on rail junction at AARHUS.
CB.117 reports three large explosions took place after the first stick of 8 – 250lbs. bombs had been dropped on East Docks. Second stick of 7 – 250 lbs bombs and one S.B.C. seen to explode on new docks.
CB.118 reports that target was located and bombs dropped, but owing to thick haze results could not be estimated.
CB.119 reports that one stick of bombs and one S.B.C. were dropped on dock basins and fires were started by incendiaries on quay. Yellow explosions from two of the fires at irregular intervals.
CB.120 reports that all bombs were seen to burst in docks, but no big fires were seen.
CB.122 reports that owing to an error in map reading, one stick of bombs was dropped over target area and hits are believed to have been scored although no fires were observed.
CB.123 reports that barges in chain basin were hit. Direct hits were scored on dicks and barges in basin North of town. A large fire was also started in this basin.
CB126 reports that bombs were dropped and bursts observed in main dock area. At time of leaving target incendiaries were observed burning fiercely with orange coloured flames. Repeated minor explosions were observed in vicinity of incendiaries.
P/O. Denton reports that one stick of nine bombs was dropped on N.W. docks, but owing to evasive action, only first two bombs observed to burst. One stick was dropped on South docks nearest town, and all bombs were observed to make direct hits.
Recognition signal – red and two white star cartridge, observed several times near target area. Flare paths observed at aerodromes near WOENSDRECHTE, and South of ANTWERP. Dummy flarepath seen N.E. of ANTWERP. Flashing beacon 12 miles E.N.E. ANTWERP. Three pairs of ships about 1000 tonnes were observed on ZUYDER ZEE, while two large merchant ships were seen N.W. side of main basin, and one 4000 ton merchant ship seen sailing N.W.-S.E. of FLUSHING out into North Sea.
Fairly intense light and heavy A.A. fire experienced in many parts of target area. This was not very accurate.
Searchlights were few and inactive.
Only one enemy aircraft, an ME.109, was observed over target area.
Icing conditions and electrical storms were experienced by most aircraft. Weather in target area was good..
Navigation was mainly D/R, with W/T, MF/DF. Astro and homing bearings.
CB,123 reports an excellent trip, exceptional bombing done by Observer, also excellent Astro navigation. Approximately 50 small boats, believed fishing smacks seen on beach between HAGUE and the Hook near SCHEVENINGEN.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E
Raid No. CB.122

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Edward McCormick, RAF 580801 – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:30

18/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft took part in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. G.P. bombs, fused N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by CB.142.
CB.130 reports that owing to cloud results were unobserved, but a large fire was seen to be started in vicinity of target.
CB.132 and CB.142 report that results were not observed.
CB.138 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick. Bursts were observed to straddle outer harbour and one fire was started on quay followed by two reddish glows in harbour area.
CB.139 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick from the South West diagonally across the outer dock area. Owing to intense barrage of flak and searchlights, results were not observed. The attack was made from slightly under 7000 feet.
CB.140 dropped one stick from East to West. Bursts were observed on central jetty. Two fires observed when leaving target, one of which exploded with yellow glow about eight times at irregular intervals.
CB141 reports that three searchlights were extinguished by 500lbs. N.D.T. bomb. Results of 250 lbs. and incendiaries not observed.
CB.143 reports that target was bombed from 9000 feet. Bursts were observed on the northern end of target and immediately fires started, to be followed by several large explosions, one of which was of particular brilliance throwing much lighted debris into the air. Fires were still burning on leaving target.
CB.144 reports that all bombs burst on and around marshalling yards. Fires still burning after three quarters of an hour.
Several large ships observed both inside and outside harbour. Barges seen in main basins. Aerodrome with flare path and obstruction lights was seen near LIEGE and three aircraft seen in neighbourhood with navigation lights on. Two flashing beacons on point S.E. of target and near mouth of inlet at LE HAVRE.
Fairly heavy A.A. Fire was experienced in all target areas.
Searchlights were active as usual.
CB.139 reports one enemy aircraft flying over LE HAVRE. It was burning navigation lights and fired a 4-star white cartridge. Three heavy type seen in vicinity of flare-path near LIEGE by CB.143, while CB.144 reports one unidentified enemy aircraft with navigation lights on.
Cloud varying from 3/10 to 10/10 was experienced on journey to and from the target. Weather very good in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, homing bearings and W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E
Raid No. CB.138 Le Havre

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henderson, RAF – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

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

23/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out attacks against the targets above. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.167 reports four fires started on dock area. Minor explosions were seen on leaving.
One stick and S.B.C. was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbour wharves. Bobs exploded, but no fires observed.
Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area.
CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB.159 signalling in morse short distance from Belgian coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mod-channel. Parachute flare dropped, and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB.160.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made.
Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack was made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over the North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. CB.181

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henderson, RAF – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 00:00

29/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft, CB.213 failed to return to base, having crashed in Devon through lack of Petrol. One member of the crew, P/O. Jelley the rear gunner, was killed, but the other members all parachuted to safety. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. bombs, 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.213 reports that target was located and bombs dropped.
No results were observed by CB.214, except for small fire started north of target.
CB.216 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud and difficulty in pinpointing. Heavy bombs dropped on DELMENHOERST AERODROME, hits believed, and incendiaries dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME where a few small fires were started.
CB.217 dropped though cloud – on target, but results were unobserved.
Owing to ten-tenths cloud, CB.215 failed to locate the target, but bombs were dropped at NORDHERN AERODROME. Bursts seen slight short.
CB.218 dropped bombs from 10,000 on first run, bursts being observed. A second was made and the remaining bombs dropped.
Target was not located by CB.219 owing to 9/10 cloud. Bombs dropped at MADGEBURG and bursts observed.
CB.223 dropped a stick of 8-250lbs. bombs along railway marshalling yards at MANNHEIM. Bursts observed on permanent way in woods S.E. of MANNHEIM.
CB.224 failed to locate original target and bombs were dropped in one stick on marshalling yards at KOBLEMZ. Results unobserved.
CB.225 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts seen on railway line. Several small explosions and one large fire seen for 30 miles after leaving target.
One aircraft seen, by CB.214, shot down over EILENBURG. Dummy aerodrome seen about four miles East of DELMENHOERST. Circle of white lighs about a mile in diameter, with sharply defined red arrows in centre pointing S.W. in position 52*N. 0.8.43E.
Heavy A.A. fire in all parts of target areas.
Searchlights were very active and accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen at various parts of target areas.
Five-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole.
Navigation was by D/R, and W/T bearings

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. CB.216 L.86

P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henderson, RAF – Navigator.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 07:25

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.2136 AA-?
Raid No. CB.226 M.116

P/O Ian Ronald Gow, RAF 40820 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henderson, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Lionel Gosden, RNZAF NZ39859 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Humphries, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:10

05/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets aat 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.2736 AA-A
Raid No. CB.252 Rotterdam

P/O Ian Ronald Gow, RAF 40820 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henderson, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:15

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 T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. CB.270 Marshalling Yards Gremburg

P/O Ian Ronald Gow, RAF 40820 – Pilot.
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henderson, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. McCrum, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Humphries, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gosden, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 04:25

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.2575 AA-?
Raid No. CB.397 Brussels (Haamstede aerodrom attacked as secondary target)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James , RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 03:25
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.2822 AA-?
Raid No. CB.416 A.72 (Eindhoven attacked as secondary target)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Ernest David Johnson-Barrett, RAFVR NZ40191 – Observer.
Sgt. Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stewart, RAFVR? – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 04:15

11/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71.
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the targets above. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
TRM.113 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud, but an attack was made on aerodrome at FLUSHING. Bombs seen to burst between flarepath and eastern boundary, but owing to high winds, incendiaries undershot aerodrome.
TRM.364 reports that no bombs were seen to burst.
TRM.372 reports bombs were seen to explode in target area. Fires and explosions started.
TRM.385 failed to attack primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Target attacked believed to have been marshalling yards at MUNSTER. A long fire was started beside one which was already burning.
TRM.394 dropped one stick from 13,000 feet. Actual target not identified. Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
P/O. Morton reports bombs dropped in target area, one 500lbs. N.D.T., 1 S.B.C. Remainder hung up. Fifteen explosions observed from incendiaries for 20 mins after bombing. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WESEL AERODROME. Explosion but no results observed.
P/O Humphreys reports operations abandoned at Dutch Coast owing to rear guns being unserviceable.
Sgt. Jones reports bombs seen to burst, causing large fire. Two explosions seen on leaving; white flames.
Three rows of red lights forming N.W. & S. side of a square seen flashing on occasionally, attended by an intermittent vertical searchlight beam – four miles N.E. HAGUE. Red , changing to green, beacon north of IJMUIDEN on coast.
There was very little A.A. fire except at MUNSTER where intense and accurate heavy flak was experienced.
Moderate searchlight activity in all parts of target areas.
TRM.385 reports that one M.E. dived on him, but did not open fire.
Heavy cloud was experienced in parts of target areas, with severe electrical storms and icing.
Navigation was by D/R, HF/DF, W/T, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2547 AA-F
Raid No. TRM.364 A.70 (Eindhoven attacked as secondary target)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 01:45 – Landed 06:15
Flight Time 04:30

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.2547 AA-F
Raid No. CAN.508 A.71 (did not bomb)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 04:00

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. Burts 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 T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. UNS.553 M.248

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 05:35

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, railway 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 gree 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 R.3231 AA-?
Raid No. XUK.463 Potsdam station

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 07:40

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 R.3231 AA-?
Raid No. PXS.666 M.501
P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 07:15

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.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”
Raid No. AGN.769 Area 2 (Chartea, chateau D’Un, Calais Docks attacked as secondary target)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:40

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.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”
Raid No. MSC.175 N.62

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 04:35

22/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft,DMU.692, captained SGT. Chuter, failed to return. DMU.936 failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T. and delayed action, 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
DMU.288 reports explosions and fires seen, but damage was unobserved.
DMU.303 reports numerous fires started by incendiaries in target area. Two other bomb loads dropped near by.
DMU.444 reports 1000lbs. bomb seen to land on or very near railway. Incendiary bombs not dropped.
DMU.494 reports several large fires caused, still burning when area was left.
DMU.515 dropped bombs on south perimeter of target along railway. Small fires started. Several large white explosions 3-5 mins after leaving target.
DMU.588 reports bombs and incendiaries seen to burst in the target area. Two fires persisting from the incendiaries, and one large fire, visible 17 mins after leaving, from the bomb bursts obscured in cloud after this time.
DMU.738 reports centre of town bombed and a large fire observed with six white explosions some minutes afterwards.
DMU.781 dropped bombs in two sticks over city causing one large line of fires quarter of a mile long. From these fires 15 to 20 large explosions were observed.
DMU.804 failed to locate target owing to low cloud, but bombed an aerodrome in France, RHEIMS AREA. Seven fires started. Six large explosions five mins later, presumably aircraft.
DMU.943 reports bombs seen to burst in target area amongst other fires, causing explosions.
Several flarepaths were observed at various parts of route. Large dummy town 30 miles S.E. of MANNHEIM and dummy fire seen in middle of town. Blackout very bad over ANTWERP and Belgium. Much snow in Germany.
Fairly intense A.A. fire experienced over MANNHEIM. Very little experienced elsewhere.
There was not much searchlight activity.
DMU.804 reports being attacked by one ME.110 five mins. after bombing. This machine was hit but not brought down (60 rounds fired by front gunner).
Low cloud was experienced at various parts and target areas.
Navigation was by D/R. W/T.Q.D.M’s, and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”
Raid No. DMU.781 D.55

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 06:10

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.
XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.
XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.
Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Observer.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 04:20

08/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10sec. Delay, and 250lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 sec. delay.
YPN.121 attacked docks from North to South. Two 500lbs. bombs seen to burst on West side of docks. One 500lbs. bomb landed approximately one mile West of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. hung up and brought back.
YPN.322 reports that the target was obscured by 8/10 cloud.
No results were seen by YPN.410
Results were not observed by YPN.460
YPN.573 dropped bombs on dock area, but was unable to observe results owing to local cloud cover.
YON.741 dropped bombs in stick onto defences. One reddish explosion observed through cloud.
YPN.952 bombed fire in dock area. Results not observed. Two flare paths were observed, one West of target area and one North of ROTTERDAM.
Intense light and heavy flak encountered in and around target area. Heavy and light fire experienced on route.
Very few searchlights encountered over target owing to cloud..
Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Weather was clear on way to target, but heavy cloud over target area.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Observer.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 05:10

11/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, XDS.521, did not reach the target owing to engine trouble. 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.
XDS.102 aimed bombs at Royal Arsenal, Turin, but these fell off late owing to freezing of bombing gear, and fell either on or very near Fiat works. Several explosions observed after bursting of bombs, one very large explosion after about five minutes. Four fires left burning.
XDS.208 dropped bombs in a stick causing a fire and three or four bright explosions.
XDS.292 reports bomb burst approximately one mile South of target. Results unobserved as low cloud obscured target.
XDS.497 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud.
XDS.555 bombed through thick cloud. Results not observed.
XDS.646 reports hits registered in target area, but cloud prevented accurate observations.
GENEVA was seen to be lit up.
Much heavy and light A.A. fire in target areas; inaccurate.
Heavy and light encountered up valley of Alps.
No searchlights encountered in Italy. Eight seen at DUNKIRK, but these were not accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over most of route, and in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.
XDS.713 failed to locate the target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on intense concentration of light flak on D/R position WILLHELMSHAVEN.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 09:10

15/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, JSK.150, failed to attack target owing to wireless failure on outward journey and jettisoned bombs in North Sea.
The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
As aiming point was already well alight, JSK.148 laid one stick from East to West just North of aiming mark starting fresh fires.
JSK.252 reports N.E. burst just by target. Incendiaries round target, starting large fires.
JSK.325 reports hits registered within target area. Exact position not visible owing to extensive fires previously caused. Further fires observed by rear gunner.
JSK.525 reports many fires seen in, and around target. Own results could not be defined owing to these fires.
JSK.600 dropped H.E. from 10,000 feet. Results unobserved owing to intense fires in target area. Incendiaries dropped on course of 110* from 10,000 feet in a position 300yds. south of railway station. Burned until aircraft was out of sight of target area.
JSK.696 dropped bombs in one stick running east to west. H.E. bursts observed. Incendiaries seen to cause large fire visible 15-20 mins after leaving target.
To large ships, presumed Bremen and Europa, in BREMERHAVEN. Dummy town in position 20 miles West of target area 52*45’N. 04*45’E. Dummy target bearing 190* 15 miles from target.
Intense light and heavy tracer and some heavy flak in target area. Intense heavy flak at OLDENBURG and BREMERHAVEN.
Several searchlights in target area; hampered by moonlight.
JSK.148 reports being attacked by enemy aircraft, probably ME.109, south of BREMERSHAVEN but the attack was not pressed home. One other enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, seen at BREMERHAVEN, but no attack made.
Weather was very good, there being little or no cloud. Visibility good.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:50

22/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit 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., 250 lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries. TKP.422 dropped bobs through cloud, but results were unobserved. THP.564 bombed through 10/10 cloud on E.T.A. from 11,000 feet on centre of flak concentration. One 250lbs. dropped on ROTTERDAM Aerodrome from 6000 feet on return; no results observed. TKP.616 reports target obscured by 10/10 cloud. Astro fix obtained over target and bombs dropped. Glow of incendiaries seen burning through cloud. TKP.917 dropped bombs in one stick in target on flak. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. There was intense light and heavy flak in target area. Searchlights were moderate over target area. Few experienced on route. No enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 10/10 cloud over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, R/T, Q.D.M’s

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard Rodney Hewitt, RNZAF NZ391355 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 04:40

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic N/L AA-

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:25

14/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in target area, and many fires were observed. Dummy fires were seen near the target. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and on route. Searchlights were active from the Dutch coast to target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fine, but there was some ground mist.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:10