R.N. Allen crew 13.07.41

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:27 – Landed 07:27
Flight Time 07:00

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1771 AA-T

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:00

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

15/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, THC.334 (P/O. Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. SGT. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned.
A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
THC.683 reports that bombs were dropped on Cologne.
THC.938 bombed concentration of flak and searchlights on E.T.A. Assumed over Cologne.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target areas and on route.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 dnc AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:10

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 05:40

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 05:50

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, ut searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 02:45

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gilding, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Ernest Fox, RAFVR 957199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Joseph Edward Price, RAFVR 1355067 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Paul Clarkson, RAFVR 1376787 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:16 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:14

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 03:10

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 05:20

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber centre of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator. 976174
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:50

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator. 952538
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:30

10/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
The target was bombed by JDS.276
JDS.629 reports bombs were seen to burst in what was believed to be the Southern part of Cologne.
JDS.723 dropped bombs near fire in town of Bonn. Incendiaries started a good fire.
JDS.727 reports bombs dropped in target area and bursts seen in estimated position of aiming point.
JDS.871 saw bombs burst in target area.
JDS.972 reports firs were seen to start after bombing.
P/O. Scott reports that small fires were started in small town south of Cologne.
P/O. Hamlin reports that a fire was started in target area.
SGT. Breckon bombed target area.
P/O Hobbs saw bombs burst near a small red fire in the centre of a heavy flak concentration.
A number of dummy fires were observed on route.
A.A. fire was slight.
Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attack made.
The weather was fine but there was haze over route and in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:30

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326
Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.
The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.
CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.
CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.
CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.
CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.
P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.
Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:25

24/07/1941 – Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
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 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
RTH.140 bombed target area slightly north of target.
RTH.183 reports incendiaries burst on N.E. corner of target and moderate fires were started.
RTH.215 reports that fires were started.
The target area was bombed by RTH.242.
Owing to evasive action P/O. Scott did not observe results.
A.A. fire was heavy and predicted.
Searchlights were plentiful and fairly accurate.. No enemy aircraft were encountered. FIne weather was encountered all the way.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 07:25

03/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, YAM.189 captained by SGT. Matetich was intercepted by fighters and bombs were jettisoned. The aircraft was damaged and a landing was made at Newmarket. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and fires were started. The aircraft met heavy and light A.A. fire which was fairly accurate, but searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and in target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:15

12/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 05:35

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot. Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

06/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X9767 captained by P/O Johnson, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP, and SBC’s of 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft was seen under attack on the Dutch-German frontier. Another aircraft was observed possibly being shot down by dual AA fire/searchlight action about 15 miles west or south-west of the target. An enemy aircraft was seen taking off from Schipol, but no attacks occured Bombs were dropped in the target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over the target area, but heavy en route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy  aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 04:25

08/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to make individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, (including delay), 250 lb (including delay fuses), and containers of incendiaries. AA fire was very light and searchlight activity was also light and ineffective. No enemy aircraft seen. The weather conditions were excellent in the target area and en route. Navigation includes:- D.R., Q.D.M., Astro., Pinpoint., Loop and Lorenz.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 07:20

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 07:10

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:10

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Neville Henry Welsh, RNZAF NZ391334 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:45

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 19:50
Flight Time 00:20

30/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg
Six 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 1,000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries. Light and heavy flak was encountered and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was fairly good, slight haze in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, loop, lorenz, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 09:00

12/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington IC X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 08:00

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 06:10

20/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above target. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Parnham, crash landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed North and North West of target following river at Oldenburgh. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburgh. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was poor, with low cloud and thick ground haze over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 06:00