Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot 1944 – LM104 JN-K, ‘Jock’s Box’

It’s always fantastic when someone new contacts me – bit I have to confess, its even more special when its a member of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF. A few months ago now, I was contacted by Andrew MacKenzie, who flew out of Mepal between 11th April and 29th August 1944. Over the last few months we have exchanged emails regarding Andrew’s time with the Squadron and I must thank him for his patience, regarding what in hindsight was a mountain of questions.

As well as simply thanking Andrew for getting in contact, he has also supplied some very useful information regarding the names of his crew and also, as seems to be the trend at the moment, the identification of another ‘named’ Lancaster that flew with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF. LM104 JN-K, in which the MacKenzie crew flew half of their tour (15 Ops) was known, because of Andrew’s country of origin as ‘Jock’s Box’.

The crew’s 26th Op to Amaye Sur Seulles on the 30th July 1944 was a close one, bombing from only 500ft, an anti aircraft shell went right through ‘Jock’s Box’, narrowly missing Mac McKellow, the Mid Upper Gunner, before exploding above the aircraft.

After the Amaye damage, LM104 did not fly operationally again till the 18th August (one assumes a rather lengthy repair job). Her 28th Op was to Bremen on the 18th August with S/L Neilson Williamson (and some days after Andrew and his crew’s last Op with the Squadron)

On the 3rd September (30 Ops) LM104 was taken to Eindhoven to attack the Aerodrome there by Leo McCartin and his crew – records indicate they were holed 18 times by flak.

A little over a month later – on the 6th October 1944, LM104, on her 34th Op took F/O Keith Southward and crew to Dortmund. LM104 was flying at 22,000ft, probably en route to the target, when it was brought down by an enemy night-fighter South West of Mönchengladbach, 50 miles South West of Dortmund, crashing near Willich.

The Skipper was able to control the aircraft long enough to enable his crew to bale out successfully, but was unable to do so himself and he bravely died in the crash. He was buried at Willich but later re-interred at the Rheinberg War Cemetery. All of Southward’s crew were captured as prisoners of war………..

Sadly, Andrew has no pictures of his time at Mepal with the Squadron, but it would be wonderful if by posting this information, someone out there might just have something……….

Administration
11.4.44
1564491 Sgt. McKenzie A and crew arrived on posting from No.31 Base.

18/04/1944 Attack Against Rouen
Lancaster Mk.III ND796 AA-J (1)

Sgt. Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Mid Upper Gunner
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:00

01/05/1944 Attack Against Chambly
Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X (1)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 03:35

07/05/1944 Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome
Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V (5)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 05:25

09/05/1944 Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O (6)

Sgt. Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 02:05

11/05/1944 Attack Against Louvain
Lancaster Mk.I ND904 JN- P (1)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 02:45

19/05/1944 Attack Against Le Mans
Lancaster Mk.I R5692 (8)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:35

21/05/1944 Attack Against Duisberg
Lancaster Mk.I ND904 JN-P (2)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

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

28/05/1944 Attack Against Angers
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (1)

Sgt. Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. F. Crome – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 07:00

31/05/1944 Attack Against Trappes
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (2)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. F. Crome – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 04:45

02/06/1944 Attack Against Wissant
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (3)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 01:15 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 02:00

05/06/1944 Attack Against Ouistreham
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (4)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 03:30 – Landed 07:15
Flight Time 03:45

06/06/1944 Attack Against Lisieux
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (5)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:25

08/06/1944 Attack Against Fougeres
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (6)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 04:20

17/06/1944 Attack Against Montdidier
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (8)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 03:10

21/06/1944 Attack Against Domleger
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (9)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 02:50

23/06/1944 Attack Against L’Hey
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (10)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

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

24/06/1944 Attack Against Rimeux
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (11)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 02:35

30/06/1944 Attack Against Villers Bocage
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (12)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:00

07/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (18)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:59 – Landed 03:29
Flight Time 04:30

10/07/1944 Attack Against Nucourt
Lancaster Mk.I HK558 AA-D (12)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 04:25 – Landed 07:33
Flight Time 03:08

12/07/1944 Attack Against Vaires
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O (22)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 18:13 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:32

15/07/1944 Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O (23)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot

P/O Terence Cecil May – 2nd Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 02:45

23/07/1944 Attack Against Kiel
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (22)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 22:43 – Landed 03:46
Flight Time 05:03

24/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (23)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 05:31
Flight Time 07:41

28/07/1944 Attack Against Stuttgart
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (24)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
Sgt. R. Hasler – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 21:56 – Landed 05:42
Flight Time 07:46

30/07/1944 Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K ‘Jock’s Box’ (25)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
Sgt. R. Hasler – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

‘This was a daylight attack on the front line where the troops were stalled so it was to be a more than accurate attack. Unfortunately, the ceiling dropped so, as we had aircraft above us, we had to fly lower and lower, Ultimately we bombed from 500 feet, flying through bomb burst shock and being hit by antiaircraft fire from the ground, one of the shells went through the aircraft, narrowly missing my mid-upper. Fortunately the shell exploded above us but as we left the target area it was apparent that poor old Jock’s Box had been hurt. We also lost two engines so, on the way home I told the crew to prepare to abandon the aircraft. By this time we had a fighter escort, so we decided to head for the emergency airfield at Woodbridge where we eventually landed our poor old friend – and that was the last we saw of her.’

Take Off 06:12 – Landed 09:40
Flight Time 03:28

01/08/1944 Attack Against Le Nieppe
Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F (24)

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
F/S L. Edgerton – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 19:11 – Landed 21:53
Flight Time 02:42

03/08/1944 Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F (25)

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 15:37
Flight Time 03:42

04/08/1944 Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (32)

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 13:38 – Landed 21:13
Flight Time 07:35

05/08/1944 Attack Against Bassens
Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ (33)

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham – Navigator
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce – Air Bomber
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain – Wireless Operator
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson – Flight Engineer
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow – Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker – Rear Gunner

Take Off 14:29 – Landed 22:07
Flight Time 07:38

3 thoughts on “Andrew David MacKenzie – Pilot 1944 – LM104 JN-K, ‘Jock’s Box’

  1. a gray

    Do you have any additional information regarding the 30 July attack against Amaye Sur Seulles? What was their particular target? How many planes were involved?

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  2. Chris Newey

    There is an excellent description of this op’ by Ron Mayhill in “Bombs On Target” (p.95-116). The bombers were to act as “aerial artillery”, very low level pin-point daylight bombing of the German front lines to prevent an impending offensive, and allow a counter-attack by the Allies. They used special surface blast HE bombs to give shallow craters that would not cause problems for the tanks that were to follow. The low-level tactics, plus low cloud, meant extra problems with timing the bombing run, crowded airspace, and shock waves from their own bombs. 17 a/c took part from 75 (NZ) Sqdn and one failed to return, the Nairne crew in HK558, AA-D.

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  3. 75nzsquadron Post author

    A force of 692 aircraft – 462 Lancasters , 200 Halifaxes and 30 Mosquito’s were detailed to bomb six German positions in front of a mainly American ground attack in the Villers Bocage-Caumont region of the Normandy battle area. Only approximately half of the force were able to bomb because of a low cloud cover – which seems to contextualise Andrew’s comments regarding aircraft being above them on the run in. Interestingly,one source has it that there was no reports of A.A. fire – I think Mac McKellow would beg to differ with that……..

    The Lancaster lost from 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, captained by F/S Colin Nairne, is believed to have collided with a Lancaster from 514 Squadron over the English Channel and this collision apparently was witnessed by a Royal Navy Mine Sweeper.

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