Bomber Command Clasp for Don Mackenzie, Rear Gunner – Lumsden crew

Many thanks to Kevin for passing on a link to a lovely article in the Otago Daily Times about the surprise visit by RNZAF Liaison Officer Andrew Rooney to present 75(NZ) Squadron RAF Rear Gunner Don Mackenzie with his Bomber Command clasp. The event was a complete surprise to Don, thinking it was simply a family gathering.

Sadly, but perhaps inevitably, the picture accompanying the article pointedly tell the viewer the image is copyright and cannot be saved/ emailed. published – so rather than get slapped with a CaD, you can read the full article in the Otago Times here.

Don, now 90, flew with Charlie Lumsden’s crew towards the end of the War and as such completed just about every sort of Operation the Squadron flew during the War apart from Gardening (minelaying)

Don and his crew arrived on posting from No.75 Base on the 2nd of April 1945. After a “2nd Dickie’ Op for their Pilot, Charles Lumsden with Doug St. Clair Clement to Kiel on the 13th, the crew flew their first Op the following night

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:47 – Landed 03:23
Flight Time 08:36

24/04/1945 – Attack on Bad Oldesloe
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BAD OLDESLOE. JN/N (F/L Preyer) failed to take off owing to engine trouble and AA/Y (F/S Reay) made an early return owing to fire in starboard outer engine. No opposition was encountered but slight flak seen over Dutch Coast. Some of the bombs fell to the port of the A/P. Main attack considered very good.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:21 – Landed 13:12
Flight Time 05:51

01/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:00 – Landed 16:24
Flight Time 02:24

04/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft
6 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping. Three for The Hague, and three for the Delft. The missions were successful, but fewer people were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:14 – Landed 14:39
Flight Time 02:25

08/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Rotterdam
8 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Rotterdam. The mission was uneventful, but considered successful.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-X

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.
Cpl. Clark as Passenger

Take Off 12:46 – Landed 15:16
Flight Time 02:30

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:40 – Landed 17:07
Flight Time 06:27

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:43 – Landed 17:08
Flight Time 04:25

23/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster a/c details not listed

F/O Charles Harold Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ John Overton Smith, RNZAF NZ4216109 – Navigator.
F/O Owen Geoffrey O’Dwyer, RNZAF NZ425701 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence ‘Terry’ Joseph Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald Albert Kessel, RNZAF NZ4215155 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Donald Colin Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ43490 – Rear Gunner.

W/C Baigent, F/L Bawden F/L Orchard as Passengers

Take Off 09:40 – Landed 16:12
Flight Time 06:32

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