P.L. Trevarthen crew 31.3.45

P Trevarthen crew 1945

The Trevarthen crew, Mepal, 1945. Back row from left: Doug Birnie, Les Powell, Dave Dunmore and Brian Waugh. Front row from left: Buster Bancroft, Pete Trevarthen and Tony Hewitson.

The Trevarthen crew arrived at Mepal on the 31st March 1945.

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
P/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthan, RNZAF NZ429974 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:42 – Landed 03:06
Flight Time 08:24

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:49 – Landed 02:04
Flight Time 06:15

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
F/S David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:34 – Landed 21:04
Flight Time 05:30

05/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at the Hague
4 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at the Hague. The mission was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
– No Mid Upper Gunner on this Op, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
– No Rear Gunner on this Op, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:02 – Landed 08:24
Flight Time 02:22

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 HK562 AA-L

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
F/S David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:28 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 06:37

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
F/S David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:05 – Landed 13:03
Flight Time 04:58

25/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees
6 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Belgian refugees. 66 persons including a two months old baby were flown to Brussels.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:56 – Landed 16:51
Flight Time 04:55

12/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/S A. Matthew, RAFVR – Navigator.
P/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:14 – Landed 16:58
Flight Time 04:44

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthen, RNZAF NZ429974 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Parsons, RNZAF NZ4210921 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:52 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 06:18