F/S Vernon John Zinzan. Pilot
P/O James Sydney George Coote. Navigator
F/Sgt. A. Griffiths*. Air Bomber
Sgt. Miles Parr. Wireless Operator
Sgt. A. Ackroyd. Flight Engineer
Sgt. H. Hutchinson. Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. Herbert Steele. Rear Gunner
* A rather anonymous start to Bob’s second tour with the Squadron – The ORB has the A/B incorrectly listed as a Flight Sergeant A. Griffiths……
Lancaster Mk.I HK601
“D” for Dog
Bomb load 1×4,000 H.C., 6×750 No. 15 clusters 2×500 No 17 clusters 2×500 No 14 clusters 1x Can 150 by 4 type. 1 Munroe.
Primary target Munchen Gladbach.
Up 12.56 1st February
Down 18.41 1st February
Total Flight Time 5 hours 45 minutes
75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Operations Record Book (ORB)
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.
Page 53, 1945. Form 540/ 541 AIR27/ 647 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, Mepal. National Archives.
Bomber Command War Diary
1 February 1945
160 Lancasters of No 3 Group attacked the general town area of Mönchengladbach through 8-10/10ths cloud, using G-H. The results of the raid are not known. 1 Lancaster crashed in France.
1 Halifax flew an RCM sortie.