A.A.N. Breckon crew 13.3.40

Breckon crew

13/03/1940 – Bombing attacks on Happisburgh
The two Wellington aircraft were airborne FELTWELL at 1355 hours and set course over the aerodrome for HAPPISBURGH at 1359 hours in formation. Low cloud was experienced at 1,000 feet, the coast being reached at 14.21 hours, course was then altered for position 53* N, 02* E. At 1452 hours the aircraft separated from one another in low cloud, so both proceeded on exercise independently.

Ships were seen in convoy 1t 1504 hours, photographs were taken and a reconnaissance report was made. Ships were again seen at 1530 hours. At 1537 hours two stationary destroyers were observed on the Starboard Beam, just off Cromer Knoll Light Vessel by aircraft P.9212, was challenged and answered with the correct letter of the day.

A wireless “Fix” which was given to aircraft P.9207 at 1505 hours and used caused them to sight land about 6 miles from SKEGNESS at 1546 hours instead at WELLS. Course was altered for WELLS which was crossed at 1600 hours in heavy rain and low cloud. A landing was made at Base at 16.20

Wellington Mk.1A P.9207 AA-?

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RNZAF NZ38235 – Wireless Operator.
AC Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Front Gunner.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 13:55 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 02:25

06/04/1940 – Nickel Operation over the Area of Neinburg – Petershagen
As Captain of aircraft P.9206 I was detailed to carry out Reconnaissance and Nickel Operation on the night of 6/&th. April 1940 over the area of NEINBURG – PETERSHAGEN, as detailed in No.3 Group Form B.102 dated 25th. March. 1940.

We were airborne at 19.17 hours and climbed at an indicated airspeed of 110 m.p.h, until 15,000 feet was reached, and from which height the operation was carried out. Navigation throughout was by Astro and Loop bearings, which in all proved very successful. Oxygen was used at intervals. While over the enemy territory, a great number of searchlights were very active, but unable to locate the aircraft. Very little A.A. fire was experienced, this being very inaccurate. Nickels were dropped through the flare chute over the given area and the aircraft returned to Base without any further incident, landing at 03.25 hours.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9206 AA-A
Raid No. PCB.146 Neinburg – Petershagen

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RNZAF NZ38235 – Wireless Operator.
AC Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Front Gunner.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:12 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 08:13

12/04/1940 – Daylight reconnaissance to Narvik, Norway
We were detailed by 18 (Coastal Group), via “Operations” at Wick, to take off on the morning of the 12th April. 1940, for a daylight reconnaissance of the Norwegian coast as far North as Narvik.

The aircraft used was a Wellington Mk.I fitted with long range petrol tanks, which brings the capacity up to 1,000 gallons. It also carried a reserve oil tank in the fuselage of 15 gallons which can be pumped by hand in the cabin to the engines. The wireless used was normal general purpose R.1082 and T.1083 communication set. IFF equipment was not installed in the aircraft and no movement serial indicator (identification signal) was available. A loop, from another aircraft at Bassingbourne was fitted by the Wireless Operator, during the short time available, but although an attempt was made by him during the trip, it was not successful. During the entire flight the Wireless Operator made every endeavour to contact 18(Group) control station, but was unable to do so..

Before proceeding the W/T Operator reported to the station Signals Officer, at Wick, for instructions and the operator satisfied himself that his set was serviceable, before course was set to Narvik. Difficulty was experienced getting bearings of fixes, on the MF frequency, although stations were contacted at a good strength within working range. D/F verification tables were available and used. On request, KIRKWALL MF station, was working satisfactorily at dusk, when nearing Base on the return journey. This Wellington had been used for training purposes at Bassingbourne and only a short time was available in which to make it operationally serviceable as possible.

The armament carried was one front gun and two in the rear turret, these were manned during most of the flight. It is suggested that in future trips of this description, two 250lb. bombs be carried. As it is considered that a Wellington Mk.I could take off with this load, at WICK, given a fair wind, quite satisfactorily. Course was set to NARVIK, over WICK aerodrome, at 08.00 hours at a height of 1,000 feet. The weather experienced during the first half of this leg was fine with a visibility of about 12 miles, cl. 3-4/10, height 1,200 feet, and on the second half visibility 2-3 miles generally, and 100 yards in heavy squally showers, cl 10/10.

The clouds obscured the Norwegian coast, therefore no reconnaissance was possible on the outward journey. During this course several British Warships challenged us and the correct procedure was complied with. At 1233 hours we passed over an Italian Merchant Ship, proceeding South at approximately 10kts, in a heavy sea. Landfall was made at LOFOTEN ISLANDS at 1305 hours. The visibility on the coast was on average approximately 2-3 miles, 10/10 clouds at 800 ft. with an extremely strong wind blowing causing most unpleasant conditions. Great difficulty was experienced in controlling the aircraft when flying alongside these mountains in the Fjords. A reconnaissance of the VEST FJORB and photographs were taken between 13.30 and 14.30 hours. As we proceeded into the FJORD weather conditions rapidly deteriorated, clouds came down to about 300ft. and almost sea level in places, causing visibility at times of 500 yards and lower. A great effort was made to reach NARVIK, but although we were nearly at our objective we had to turn back for our own safety as we were flying at 200ft, in a heavy snow storm with the clouds closing in on us, making us wonder if we could make a safe exit.

During the entire reconnaissance of the FJORD we had extremely bad conditions of flying and the most terrific bumps members of the crew had ever experienced. An enemy aircraft believed to be a Junkers 86 appeared to be doing a reconnaissance in the FJORD also. It made no effort to attack although we prepared for action.

Course was set for Base at 14.30 hours and on leaving FJORD two destroyers were observed escorting a merchant ship towards NARVIK. On this route we observed the Norwegian coast for quite a time and no activity was observed. Very bad weather was again experienced, and we finally sighted the SHETLAND ISLANDS at 20.15 hours. A night landing was made at WICK at 22.00 hours

Total Flying Time:- 14 hrs. 30 minutes.
Petrol Consumed:- 933 gallons. 37 gallons left.
Total distance flown:- Over 2,060 miles.
Average Petrol Consumption;- 2.14 m.p.g.
Oil Consumed:- 21 gallons. = 11.6 pints per hr.
The strong winds experienced caused the trip to take longer than expected, making the average ground speed 93kts.

Wellington Mk.1A L.4387 AA-?

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
L/Cmdr F.O. Howie, Royal Navy – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Wireless Operator.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RAFVR 550880 – Front Gunner.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 08:00 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 14:00

12/05/1940 – Bombing attacks on Target A.J.8. (Krefold-Verdingen)
The three Wellingtons Aircraft carried out individual attacks on A.J.8 (KREFELD-VERDINGEN) in accordance with instructions contained in Form “B” 133 of 12/5/40. Each aircraft carried 12 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs, 50% fused N.D.T. and 50% fused 3,6,8 and 12 hour delay in equal proportions, that is over the three aircraft.

TCB.192 reported that target was located by light on KREFELD Aerodrome and glimpse of bend in river RHINE. A stick of 9 bombs dropped from 10,000ft. at 22.55hrs, but 3 bombs held up owing to trouble with electrical circuit. Not possible to see bursts of bombs, as evasive action was taken owing to intense searchlights activity. TCB.193 easily located target at 23.04 hrs. and at 23.10 hrs all 12 bombs were released in a stick from 11,000 feet. Results of bursts not observed, but fires started by previous attacks. Four bombs dropped in a stick from 10,000ft at 23.06 hrs by TCB.194 after locating target at 23.05hrs, these noticed to burst each side of existing fires. A further 4 bomb dropped on line of transport moving Southwest from target, seen to burst at head of column. Remaining bombs dropped column moving West along road running West from target, burst noticed between first and second vehicles. The forth bomb held up and had to be jettisoned over target area. Numerous fires noticed on both sides of RHINE and in HOLLAND Parachute flares seen in ANTWERP at 00.15hrs followed by what appeared to be four Red incendiary bombs dropped in centre of town in form of stick and followed few minutes later by stick of four presumed green incendiary bombs. A.A. fire quite active but not accurate over target and RUHR areas, inaccurate light flak also seen and searchlights very active over these two areas. Only one enemy aircraft seen near ANTWERP, but identity could not be established. Weather good and clear, considerable light given by moon. Navigation by D.R. and Map reading on outward flights and D.R. and D/F fixes on return.

All aircraft had landed safely at Base by 02.00hrs.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RNZAF NZ38235 – Wireless Operator.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 04:00

15/05/1940 – Bombing Attack on Target A.79 (Holten Sterkrade) and Target A.H.18 (Bridges at Turnhout)
Three aircraft attempted to attack target A.79 and three A.H.18, all attacks being made independently.

Aircraft on target A.79 carried 12 – 250lbs. G.P. fused 50% N.D.T. and 50% 6,8 and 12 hour delay.

Aircraft on target A.H.18 carried 12 – 250lbs G.P. 50% N.D.T and 50% 3,6,8 and 12 hours delay.
Only TCB.210 able to find target owing to exceptionally poor visibility. Stick of 12 bombs dropped by TCB.210 on by TCB.210 on bridge over canal at TURNHOUT, height 4,000 feet, bursts observed from canal at about 100 yards to North.

Four aircraft returned with bombs, but the fifth jettisoned load in Sea.
Many fires observed in all areas. A.A. fire slight in target area, but heavy over HOLLAND. Searchlights numerous in target area and generally all over enemy territory. No enemy aircraft seen. Weather very hazy over all areas with 9/10’s Cumulo-Nimbus from Easter HOLLAND to RUHR area.

Thunder and lightening interfered with W/T.
Navigation by D.R. and W/T bearings. All aircraft returned safely, but operations a failure owing to weather conditions.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RNZAF NZ38235 – Wireless Operator.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 05:20

17/05/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets, A.64, A.75, A.79, M.435, M.464, M.458, AC.6 and AC.7
Attacks were made independently each aircraft 12 – 250lbs. bombs the fusing for each aircraft’s bomb load being 3 N.D.T., 6 D.A. and 31/2hr delay.

Target AC.6 bombed with 2 sticks of 3 bombs and direct hits seen to strike centre of base of bridge. On target AC.7 stick of 6 dropped across road and rail bridges on river MAAS. TCB.214 reported that target A.75 successfully attacked and also convoy at VALHENSWAARD, 6 direct hits being observed. TCB.215 bombed Blast Furnaces of target in RUHR, but results not known, due to intense searchlight activity, afterwards attacked a mechanized unit from 1,500 feet and direct hits observed. Both TCB.216 and 217 failed to locate targets and returned to Base with bomb load. Bombs dropped on target A.64 by TCB.218 only after difficulty due to low cloud.
Black-out over whole area good, but all targets hard to locate due to slight ground haze.
Illuminated drome 8 miles West of WESEL, thought to be a dummy. A.A. fire active and light flak intense and accurate, All aircraft held in searchlights beams in all areas, harder to escape than usual, no enemy aircraft observed.

Aircraft landed at other dromes due to fog at Base.
Navigation by D/R and Map Reading on outward flights and by D/R and D/F fixes and homing bearings on return.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RNZAF NZ38235 – Wireless Operator.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

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

19/05/1940 – Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory
All aircraft carried out individual attacks and carried 6. 250 lbs. G.P. and 6 containers of 4lbs. incendiary bombs each.

On run up to target KCB.235 received heavy burst of machine-gun fire, result that 2nd Pilot struck by bullet in right shoulder and main bonded cable for bomb release equipment shot away. KCB.238? attacked road targets at HAYBES, starting many fires. Afterwards convoy of 10 trucks attacked in nearby road, hits observed. One incendiary container and one 250lbs. bomb failed to release. Targets FUMAY and TUBIZE successfully attacked by KCB.237, hits being observed on both. Rail junction 3 miles South of MEZIERES bombed with three 250lbs. bombs two direct hits observed, a further three bombs dropped on railway north of DEVILLE bursting at side of the line. Incendiary bombs then dropped on wood one mile East of MONTHERNE and fires started.

KCB.239 attacked large mechanised column at FUMAY with 3 250lbs. bombs and rear gunner sprayed with machine-gun fire, hits observed. Target “B” at FUMAY attacked with 6 containers of incendiaries, and road and rail bridge at NIVELLES bombed. KCB.240 bombed woods 5 miles West of VOUZIERS and convoy of transport wagons, many seen to catch fire. KCB.241 reports dropping incendiaries in woods ½ mile South of HAYBES and attacked bridge, hits observed on road alongside.

Many fires seen, visibility excellent. A.A. fire extremely heavy and accurate in target area and fur machines sustained hits, one having a 3” shell pass right through the PORT aileron, without exploding and searchlights active and accurate.

A few enemy aircraft seen on flight. Navigation by D.R. and Map Reading on way out and D.R. and homing bearings on return journey.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Target: Fumay

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
LAC Edwin Peter Williams, RNZAF NZ38235 – Wireless Operator.
AC Jack Gibbs, RAFVR 625697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 03:45

21/05/1940 – Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Aachen and Dinant)
Eight aircraft detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on above targets, six on target AACHEN and two on target DINANT.
All aircraft carried 12 – 250lbs. G.P. fused N.D.T. bombs each.
KCB.248 dropped 12 bombs on Marshalling yards and scored direct hits, and also KCB.249.
KCB. 252 failed to locate target and returned to base with bomb load.
KCB.253, KCB.256, KCB257 successfully attacked target, but unable to observe results due to intense searchlight activity. KCB.256 proceeded and attacked Power Station on S.E. of MAASTRICHT dropping three sticks of two bombs each. Two hits seen on railway siding beside station.
KCB.267 attacked road and rail bridge at DINANT, all strikes very near.
KCB.266 also on target failed to return.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 03:45

25/05/1940 – Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory (Target AR.10) and Reconnaissance of Area Between Courtrai and Brussels
Six aircraft detailed to carry out attacks on target AR.10 and two to carry out Reconnaissance between COUTRAI and BRUSSELS, which was to last for 1hr. 40mins. One of the six (NCB.292) returned to base with engine trouble, developed whilst crossing English coast on outward journey. Each aircraft carried 12 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T.

No troop movements seen by NCB.286 over reconnaissance area, but a railway junction was successfully bombed at ENGHIEN, eight direct hits being seen. NCB.289 carried on reconnaissance after NCB.286, but also unable to observe enemy movements, so bombs were dropped on main road at OPPASHELT and rail junction at NINOVE, with direct hits.

NCB.293 reports that he bombed the wood around the target area, and bursts were seen but no results observed. Small lights in wood machine-gunned for 3 minutes, Owing to adverse weather conditions NCB.294 unable to locate target, but road junction with convoy of vehicles crossing was attacked with a stick of 12 bombs being dropped.

NCB.295 also unable to locate target, so decided to attack COUTRAI – AUDENARDE road dropping 6 bombs, and one hit observed. Remaining 6 bombs dropped on AUDENARDE 0 GHENT road just North of EYNE, two direct hits observed. Many large fires started by NCB.296 who located target by aid of parachute flares. At 00.59 hrs. target was located by NCB.297 who precision bombed same from 8,500ft, bombs observed to burst, and many fires started.
On the whole black-out was good, but many large fires seen around OSTEND, DUNKIRK, and CALAIS. One miles North of EECLOO a flare path observed, but thought to be a dummy. Majority of aircraft experienced light and heavy flak in vicinity of targets. Searchlights being very active at all main target areas, and operating in large groups. No enemy aircraft observed. Weather not good, heavy rain squalls experienced. Navigation by D/R and Map, and D/R and homing bearings on return.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:40

28/05/1940 – Bombing Operations over Enemy Territory Roulers and Menin)
Seven aircraft detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on above targets. Only two able to definitely locate target, which they bombed (due to bad visibility).

A mixed bomb load was ordered NCB.307 and 314 carried 11 – 250lbs. G.P. and one case of incendiary each. NCB.308, 309 and 317, 12 – 250lbs. while NCB.315 and 516 carried 6 – 500lbs. G.P.’s.

NCB.308 reports that he attacked target by dive bombing from 2,500 feet in two successive dives and dropped bombs in stick of six each time. Direct hits seen on centre of target, and many lights seen to extinguish.

NCB.516 reports that he located target from 5,000 feet and carried out precision bombing as follows:- One bomb 5,000 feet, two bombs from 5,500 feet and three bombs from 4,000 feet, results not observed owing to pall of smoke over whole area.

Night poor for observations, only thing of importance reported was large fires around all main centres.

Very little A.A. Fire encountered by any aircraft, and such as was being inaccurate.
Searchlights quite active over whole of area but no trouble experienced in evading area.
No enemy aircraft were observed.

Weather not good, heavy rain squalls experienced throughout whole journey. Over the target area the cloud base was broken at 1,000 feet and high clouds extended up to 12,000 feet. Thunderstorms very prevalent. Heavy ground mist experienced on return to Base and 5 aircraft ordered to land at MILDENHALL.
Navigation by D/R and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 dnc AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:00

31/05/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target G.1 Nieuport
Nine aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks on target, but one failed to locate same and returned to BASE with bombs.

Seven aircraft carried 7 – 500lbs. G.P. bombs while remaining two carried 14 – 250 lbs G.P. bombs each. PCB.320 reports that he dropped bombs in three sticks of 4,5,6 bombs each, first caused violent explosions and large fires in target area. Second and third seen to burst near first, no accurate observation made. PCB.321 reports that lights observed on road S.E. of NIEUPORT and stick of 7 – 500lbs. G.P. bombs dropped. Large fire started, numerous red and white flashes commenced after burst. All lights went out.

PCB.324 failed to locate target at NIEUPORT but attacked dock area at OSTEND with stick of 14 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs. Many direct hits registered on docks.

PCB326 first dropped single bomb from 4,500 ft. and direct hit on town observed, two sticks three bombs then next dropped at different times one burst starting a large fire.

PCB.327 failed to locate target and returned to base with bomb load.

PCB.329 attacked target by level bombing from 3,000ft. Three bursts observed in town, and one bomb on second run a direct hit on road which joins OSTEND – NIEUPORT.

PCB.330 dropped stick of 7 – 500lbs. G.P. bombs and hits observed on main road junction on East side of town.

PCB.332 reports that owing to smoke over target area, impossible to see results of dropping 7 – 500lbs. G.P’s in stick from 3,500ft.

Due to bad visibility over the target area, PCB.335 bombed enemy activity searchlights and A.A. Battery two miles South of POPERINGHE.
Night was poor for observations due to low cloud and smoke pall, but many lights seen along beach, artillery in region of GRAVELINES and many large fires round DUNKIRK.
Very little A.A. Fire experienced, searchlights around OSTEND, and one in target area active. Some put out of action by machine-gun fire. No enemy aircraft seen Weather not the best, 10/10 cloud being predominant and heavy rain showers experienced.
Navigation by D/R and Map reading on way out and by D/R and homing bearings on return.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
AC Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 03:05

03/06/1940 – Bombing Attack on Target A.28 DUSSELDORF
Eight aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks, and all carried same bomb load 1.e. 8 – 250lbs. G.P. N.D.T.., 1 – 250lbs. 8hr delay, and one case of incendiaries each.

PCB.339 attacked the target in a level bombing run from 11,000 feet bombs were dropped in a stick of 9 and a number of direct hits were observed and a small fire was started. PCB.341 located the target and precision bombed it with two sticks, height 9,000 feet. The only results observed were those of the incendiaries which burst about 200 yards West of Target.

PCB.346 reports that the target was located without difficulty. All bombs were dropped in one stick from a height of 9,000 feet. Owing to glare of searchlights, bursts were not observed, although it was thought that the target was most likely hit.

PCB.347 reports he carried out his attack from 12,000 feet. A stick of 5 – 250lbs. Bombs being dropped on the target and a further 5 dropped on a wharf at UDESHEIM which could be seen quite clearly by the aid of a parachute flare.

PCB.348 had the misfortune to develop engine trouble when only 5 miles from the target. Searchlights were bombed in the vicinity of KREFOLD two bombs and one container of incendiaries dropped on what appeared to be a factory in VENLOO, hits observed and a fire started.

PCB.353 All bombs were dropped in a stick and were seen to straddle the target, which they found already burning. The incendiaries themselves fell right beside the fire at the target and greatly intensified same.

PCB.354 reports dropping a stick of 9 – -250lbs. G.P. and one container of incendiaries across the target. Near misses were observed and fires were started in the proximity of the target. A dull red fire emitting clouds of black smoke was also seen near the Eastern boundary. Owing to the industrial haze accurate observations could not be made.
PCB.355 reports that the target was located from 10,000 feet at which height he carried out a level bombing attack. On the first run over, and attempt to drop the bombs in a stick failed, so a second run was made and bombs released in a salvo.

Direct hits were observed an explosion occurred followed by a large file, which could still be seen burning a long time after the aircraft had set course for Base.

All aircraft crews report very heavy A.A. Fire in the region of ROTTERDAM airport. There appeared to be many misleading lights in the target area. Presumably the idea being that these would be bombed instead of the real objective. Outside of these odd lights the black-out over the whole of the area was extremely good. Some curious flares were observed off the Danish coast in position 51° 40’ N, 02° 36’ E. These appeared to be stationed on the water.

Very little flak was experienced by any of the aircraft in the target area and such as was, was not very accurate. For miles around the target area searchlights were in great numbers and were very active. Due to ground haze, they appeared to have difficulty in locating the aircraft, but pilots report that if they were held for any short period, no trouble was experienced in getting out of same again. PCB339 and PCB.353 report that thy each had a single engine aircraft fly near them while approaching the target area.

The night was good, there being practically no cloud during any part of the route, a slight ground haze made the target fairly hard to locate Fog was encountered on returning to Base, and some aircraft had to be directed to other aerodromes.
Navigation was by D/R and Map reading on the outward journey and by D’R and homing bearings on the return trip.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. PCB.339   A.28

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Joseph Harkness, RAF 41694 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 04:40

07/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on CHIMAY, ST. VALERY, ABBEVILLE, PONT REMY
Eight aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks and allotted targets. Seven aircraft carried 8- 250lbs. G.P. N.D.T. and two 500;bs. G.P. bombs, but PCB.376 carried 5- 250lbs. G.P. N.D.T. and six containers of 4lbs. incendiary bombs.

PCB.376 reports that target located after dropping large delay parachute flare. Two 250lbs. first dropped on road junction, and then containers of incendiaries. Numerous explosions observed and fires started. Remaining 2 – 250lbs. bombs dropped on road junction one mile South of BAILLEUX. Hits observed. Woods and searchlights then machine-gunned from 1,500ft.

PCB.387 allotted target ST.VALERY, which he located and dive bombed with stick of 6 – 250lbs G.P. bombs. Fell across road, rail and canal, and hits observed. A second stick dropped by dive bombing, and one 500lbs. bomb seen to be direct hit on road bridge across SOMME. All bombs released from 1,200ft after diving 3,800ft.

PCB.388 allotted same target as PCB.387 and reports that he dropped all bombs in stick from 9,00 feet. Bridge seen quite clearly and bursts seen in cluster on bridge head junction.

PCB.389 on same target, bombed it with 2 – 250lbs, and 2 – 500lbs. bombs, carried out in a dive from 5,000 – 3,000ft. Aerodrome at ABBEVILLE and cross-roads on ABBEVILLE – HOSDIN road then attacked with 3 – 250lbs. bombs on each objective. Bursts seen, but results no observed.

PCB.390 also on target ST.VALERY, but one hour late in take off due to an enemy air raid alarm, with a result that on reaching target area, found to be covered with low fog and after flying around for a time task given up and bombs brought back to base.

PCB.391 reports that 2 – 250lbs. and 2 – 500lbs. dropped on PONT ST.REMY, results unobserved. 6 – 250lbs bombs then dropped on mechanised convoy on ABBEVILLE – AUXI LE CHATEAU road. Hits were registered.

PCB.392 unable to locate bridge at PONT REMY owing to heavy smoke haze. ABBEVILLE bombed with 6 – 250lbs. bombs in three runs at 6,000ft. ABBEVILLE aerodrome then attacked with remaining bombs. Bursts observed on SW side of landing ground.

PCB.393 reports that due to very bad ground haze unable to pin-point object of attack. So very persistent searchlight and single A.A. gun attacked. Next stick of 5- 250lbs. and 2 – 500lbs, bombs dropped on Eastern extremity of PONT REMY. Bursts seen, results unobserved.
Due to low lying fog and smoke haze over most of target area, little activity seen on ground. Very little A.A. fire experienced by any of aircraft concerned, although PCB.387 whose aircraft was machine gunned from bridge head at ST.VALERY found one bullet hole in Starboard wing, causing extensive damage to main spar.

Very little activity by searchlights.
A clear cloudless sky encountered over whole of journey, but heavy ground haze made location of target difficult, and fog at Base on return necessitated two aircraft PCB.389 and PCB.391 to be directed to other aerodromes.
Navigation by D/R and home bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. PCB.388 ST. VALERY

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 03:40

13/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G9 and G6.
Three aircraft carried 6 – 500lbs G.P. bombs each, while remaining four carried 12 – 250lbs. bombs each.

KCB.422 reports that due to bad weather in vicinity of target unable to locate same, so dropped bombs on aerodrome at CALAIS. Bursts observed, but no results obtained due to searchlight activity.

KCB.423 located and attacked target, but did not observe result of bomb bursts due to local haze.

KCB.424 failed to locate target due to 10/10 cloud at 1000ft. Attacked dock area at BOULOGNE after search, in shallow dive to 6,000ft, dropping all bombs. Hits observed and big explosion seen to occur.
KCB.425 also failed to locate target, so carried out attack on approaches to LE TOUQUET.

KCB.430 located his target and carried out attack from 10,000 feet dropping 6 – 500lbs bombs in stick. Bursts seen on objective, but results not known.

KCB431 attacked target with 3 – 500lbs bombs the only result observed on road junction at Eastern edge of town. Other 3 – 500lbs bombs independently dropped on A.A. batteries with good results.

KCB.433 successfully located target and was about to attack town when convoy of approximately 12 vehicles seen. Convoy then object of attack and 4 – 500lbs bombs dropped. Three direct hits seen, remaining bomb falling on road ahead of first vehicle. Two other 500lbs bombs dropped on outer edge of latter, bursts seen but damage not known. Attack carried out from 6,000 feet in shallow dive.

Due to bad weather around target areas, no observations were made.
A.A. Fire fairly intensive, but inaccurate light flak experienced by most of crews while in vicinity of target. Heavy flak fire not encountered by any of crews concerned.
Searchlights fairy active over whole of target area and at all main towns encountered on route to and from targets.

No enemy aircraft encountered.
Weather on route, not good, 10/10 cloud experienced up to 10,000ft. In area of target G6 fairly good, but heavy ground haze at G9 made pin-pointing difficult. Navigation by D/R and homing bearings and visual fixes.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. KCB.430  G6

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 03:55

17/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.73.
Seven aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks on target A.73 in RUHR district.
Five aircraft carried 9 – 250lbs bombs (GP) and one containers of incendiaries each, while remaining two carried 4 – 500lbs G.P. bombs and one containers of incendiaries each.

LCB.446 reports that he located target and dropped stick of 9 – 250lbs bombs and container of incendiaries from 10,500ft on course 020 degrees (M) approximately. Bursts seen on target and fires started in vicinity.

LCB.447 precision bombed from 14,500 feet. A dummy run and then 4 – 500lbs bombs dropped and another run dropping container of incendiaries. Expected good results because of lack of interference from the enemy, although not observed.
Owing to excellent weather conditions prevailing LCB.448 located target without difficulty, but searchlights proved troublesome. Whole bomb load of 4 – 500lbs and container of incendiaries dropped in level attack from 10,000ft. Bursts being observed and fires started by incendiaries.

LCB.452 made bombing attack steering 120 degrees. All bursts observed and bombs seen to straddle road and railway and continue towards target. Two larger explosions observed during bursts. After initial bursts fires appeared to be fading, as apparently incendiaries had not fallen on a vulnerable spot.

LCB.453 dropped all bombs in one stick in a dive attack from 7,500ft. Middle bomb of stick seen to score direct hit on road immediately to East of target and latter half of stick disported themselves within target area. Incendiaries caused medium fires.

Target attacked in shallow dive by LCB.454 5 – 250lbs bombs dropped on first run, falling on railway lines West of target. In second run 4 – 250lbs bombs straddled target, but incendiaries fell short.

Owing to error in map reading LCB.455 dropped five bombs on river west of DUSSELDORF. After realising mistake flew to target and dropped remainder of bombs. Three members of crew reported small fires caused.

Air light at ANTWERP reported still functioning by LCB.454, and dummy flare paths seen in various places. Balloons observed flying in most areas around RUHR. Light and heavy flak experienced by all in target area. Searchlights in great force in and around target area, due to large number aircraft operating in district, pilots had no difficulty in keeping out of beams. No enemy aircraft observed. Weather good, slightly hazy in target area. Navigation by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. LCB.446 A.73

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 04:10

19/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.39 and L.82.
Eight aircraft detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks. Five aircraft carried 5 – 500lbs. S.A.P. bombs, two 5 – 500lbs. G.P. bombs, and the remaining one carried 9 – 250lbs. bombs and one case of incendiaries.

LCB.462 reports that his bombs dropped in shallow dive attack at 5,000feet. Results unobserved.

LCB.463 dropped stick of 5 – 500lbs S.A.P. bombs from N to S over target. Hits believed to have been attained. Target first attacked by dive bombing to 2,000 feet, but had to be broken off due t intense light flak, so level attack carried out then at 7,000 feet.

LCB.464 kept in formation with LCB.462 until target located, as instructed. Attack carried out in shallow dive from 8,000 to 5,000 feet, at which height bombs released. Bursts observed on Western bank along-side lock gates. Damage inflicted, not noted.

LCB.465 reports that bombing results were not observed.

LCB.466 reports weather conditions assisted in location of target, moon illuminated target. A good run and sight made and close stick dropped, but bursts not observed, as they were S.A.P. bombs.
At base of dive from 10,400 to 7,500 feet LCB.467 released stick of bombs, although target clearly visible, nil results observed.

After failing to locate target owing to ground haze, LCB.474 attacked rail and road bridge at DUSSELDORF. Stick of five overshot target area. Appeared to fall in what might have been docks on Rhine.

LCB.475 attacked from SE to NW along parallel railway and road from COLOGNE in shallow dive releasing bombs in stick, with incendiaries following. Six bursts observed between road and railway. Every possibility of hit indicated, grey smoke seen last coming from position of bomb bursts. Incendiaries caused initial fires, but doubtful whether would last.
Balloons noticed flying over all main towns on route to and from target and over AMSTERDAM, height 6,000 to 8,000 feet.

Heavy flak noticed over OSNABRUCK and numerous searchlights, also over AMSTERDAM.

LCB.462 reports that one ME.109 seen off Dutch Coast at 8,000 feet, did not attack.

Weather good over whole part of route and moon to pilots advantage.
Navigation by D/R and visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. LCB.466 M.39

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 05:25

24/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets F.19 & A.108
One of eight aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks, five carried 7 – 250lbs bombs and one case of incendiaries each, remaining aircraft on target A.108 carried 10 – 250lbs bombs and one case of incendiaries each.

LCB.483 reports that no results observed due to heavy haze over target area.

LCB.484 reports that bombs dropped in stick at base of a dive, interval between bombs of .5 second, but results of 350lbs bombs not observed.

LCB.485 unable to locate exact position of F.19 so bombs dropped from E to W on South side of KASSEL. One 250lbs bomb observed to burst, and fires started by incendiaries, large explosion followed by a gush of white flame from centre of the fires.

LCB.489 located target by following autobahn and river from MUNDEN. Bombs dropped in stick in shallow dive from SW to NE, bursts observed. Have prevented further observations.

LCB,490 attacked secondary target (M434) at HAMM (Railway Marshalling Yards). Weather conditions made task difficult. Whole bomb loads dropped from 12,000 ft. Railway lines seen clearly in Marshalling yeards and bursts seen in vicinity, large fires observed to follow.
Target F.19 not attacked by KCB.491 town and Eastern approaches not distinguishable. Flak Battery at KASSEL bombed, ceased firing, aerodrome buildings at LIPPSTADT, and flak Battery on outskirts of MUNSTER, where incendiaries caused fires. Battery did not resume fire.

LCB.501 reports DORTMUND located and although actual factory not seen, vicinity located and bombed. All bombs being dropped in one stick and all birstsobserved, but results could not be ascertained. High level attack at 9,500 feet.

In target area a flare dropped by LCB.502 which illuminated target, but extinguished before bombing run completed. No other flares dropped due to thick haze. Blast furnaces in vicinity of A.108 then attacked at 00.35 hours from 9,000 feet. Bomb bursts seen, but no material damage observed. A few small fires started, but did not last more than 2 minutes.

Two ballons observed flying over KASSEL area, and flare path extinguished ay KASSEL aerodrome on approach of first aircraft. Both light and heavy flak experienced over targets. Searchlights numerous and active, and around all main towns. Weather fair throughout, heavy haze over target made identification difficult. Navigation by D/R, visual fixes, and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. LCB.490 F.19

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 06:00

26/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.431, H.49, and M.122
Each of Eight aircraft who took part from this Unit carried 8 – 250lbs. N.D.T., 1 – 250lbs. 6hr. delay bomb, and 1 – 250lbs 12 hr. delay, and one case of 4lbs. incendiary bombs.

DCB.513 reports that results not observed owing to heavy haze over target area.

DCB.514 dropped bombs in stick and three large fires started, and several smaller ones West of target, one very large white explosion observed.
OSNABRUCK located by DCB.515 and level attack from East to West carried out, on Marshalling yards.
Bombs observed to burst on marshalling yard and incendiaries started numerous fires on buildings. Fires were punctuated with many explosions followed by gushes of white flame, still burning when target left.

DCB.516 reports bombs dropped on railway bridges one mile east of VOLLINGHOUSEN. All bombs seen to burst and flaming debris appeared to come to great height. Damage felt to be severe. Bombing height 3,000ft.

DCB.517 reports that bomb load dropped in one salvo, which it is estimated hit target in SE corner. Numerous small fires started, which caused small explosions sometime after target had been left.
Bombs dropped in one stick in level attack by DCB.518 and bursts observed on aerodrome and three in buildings. Large explosion followed burst of one bomb, and for large fires were started.

DCB.519 reports that primary target (M122) Marshalling yards at SCHWERTE located and believed bombed successfully from 12,000ft. Close stick dropped on SW course and eight bursts observed by rear gunner in vicinity of target, and also fires.
Original target at SCWERTE not located by DCB.520 due to thunderstorms, but SCHIPOL attacked by dive bombing from 9,000ft to 2,500ft. A stick of 10 bombs and incendiaries dropped right across aerodrome WSW – ENE about 250 yards from hangars. First three bursts seen, but searchlights prevented anything being seen.
A number of dummy flare paths observed, exact positions not definitely pin-pointed. Balloons seen over HAMM, and A.A. fire fairly intense over OSNABRUCK, very heavy over WAALHAVEN and SCHIPOL. Searchlights very intense over all target areas. Weather not good, thunderstorms prevalent making observations difficult in most areas. Icing experienced above 8,000ft in clouds. Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9209 AA-B
Raid No. DCB.519 M.122

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:10

28/06/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target C.37.
Eight aircraft took part from this Squadron carrying 9 – 250lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 1 – 250lbs 6hr. delay bomb and one case of 4lbs incendiaries each, to attack individually target C.37 Chemical Works at KOLN.

CB.521 carried out attack in shallow dive releasing bombs at 5,000ft. No actual strikes were observed but large explosion occurred on target few seconds after bombs released, assumed they found their mark. Dropped from SE to NW corner.

CB.552 located target after search of 1½ hrs, first four bombs seen to burst, followed by sympathetic bursts all around. Four fires seen Green, Orange and two White. Only one white fire remained burning.

CB.525 unable to identify target accurately at COLOGNE so successfully attacked WAALHAVEN aerodrome at ROTTERDAM. Close stick dropped and nine bursts observed, six being on target, but no fires seen. Owing to thick haze over Rhine CB.526 reports impossible to identify main target C.37. Bombs dropped in stick from 10,000ft. Bursts observed on aerodrome and fire started.

CB.529 unable to pin-point target after a thorough search, so bombed Blast furnaces two miles East of centre of COLOGNE. These were precision bombed dropping whole load, observed to burst in stick 100-150 yards on South side of furnaces. Small fires caused, further results not observed due to rapidly approaching daylight.

CB.530 made full use of small lake and patch of woods to West of target, and bombs dropped in stick from 11,000ft, but no bursts seen due to intense searchlights activity, while hits assumed to be registered.

CB.531 carried out dive attack dropping stick of bombs. A fire broke out, and rear gunner reported several small explosions, after setting course for base.

CB.532 reports target located by bend in river Rhine with aid of parachute flares after 20 minutes search, and a level attack fro 11,000ft carried out from North to South, dropping bombs in stick. All 500lbs bombs observed to burst in target area.

Many balloons seen over all main areas in RUHR and flying over COLOGNE at 10,000ft, approx. 10 balloons. A.A. particularly heavy in RUHR, and over ANTWERP. Searchlights also intense over RUHR and over all main centres. Fog experienced on return to base with result that three aircraft had to land at WYTON as directed by control at base. Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.525 C.37

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 04:25

04/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target F.49 and M.431
The bomb load of the five Wellington aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks was as follows:- two carried 9 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs and one case of incendiaries each, two others carried 4 – 250lbs. G.P. fused N.D.T., 1 – 250lbs. 18hr delay and one case of incendiaries each, remaining machines load consisted of 2 – 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T. and 1 – 500lbs G.P. 12 hr delay.

CB568 reports that due to local haze around the target and by being continually caught in searchlights, unable to locate original target so decided to return to EMDEN and carry out attack there. While on way, aerodrome VEDEL located and attack carried out on same. Hits observed and fires started.

WILHELMSHAVEN docks precision bombed with 3 – 500lbs. bombs at 0.12hrs, height 11,000ft by CB.569. On bomb observed to burst in the ANSTRASTUNER HAVEN area. This burst was observed to cause a white glow in the form of a square.

CB.570 located primary target (A.49) and dropped a close stick from East to West from 11,000 feet. Fires were seen to be started after doing a turn to observe results.

Owing to intense searchlight activity and haze target could not be identified by CB.573. Clouds covered secondary target at SCHIPOL, and a low attack was out of question owing to approaching daylight, so bombs were brought back.

Target was located and bombs were dropped in one stick by CB.574, bursts observed and several fires caused. Suspected hit with high level attack at 9,500 feet.

Balloons were seen flying at HAMBURG up as high as 14,000 feet, they appeared to be in Groups of six at a time.
Heavy flak fire of all types was experienced, some as high as 15,000 feet. It was very intense and accurate all over the target area.
Searchlights intense and accurate over whole of area.

CB569 reports that two single engine aircraft were seen over HAMBURG. CB570 reports three fighters in Vic formation near BREMEN.

Weather was fair throughout, haze was wide spread over the target area making observations difficult.
Navigation by D/R, received fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.570 F.49

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 06:15

06/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.1 – Submarine Yards at BREMEN
Five aircraft from this unit were detailed to carry out individual attacks on the above target, but due to extremely bad weather conditions the operation was not a complete success. Only two aircraft reached target and dropped bomb load, remainder returned to base with load intact. CB.580 had trailing aerial carried away due to lightning and bad weather at base was cause of his being ordered to land at ABINGDON, which eventually he eventually did at 03.45 hours.
A very mixed bomb load ordered. Two aircraft carried 4 – 500lbs. N.D.T. and 1 – 250lbs. G.P. 18 hr delay each, CB.584’s load consisted of 3 – 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T. 1 – 500lbs 18hr delay and 1 – 250lbs bomb fused N.D.T., while the remaining two aircraft carried a load of 6 – 250lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 2 – 250lbs bombs fused 6hr delay and one case of 4lbs incendiaries each.

CB.579 reports nil results as bombs were all bought back.

CB.580 reports a stick comprising the whole bomb load was dropped at 00.30 hours through gap in the clouds from 8,000 feet. No results were observed.

CB.584 reports, Nil results observed. A dive attack was made from 12,000 feet to 8,500 feet the bombs being released at the base of the dive.

CB.585 reports, on reaching Dutch coast by D/R navigation flying blind in thick 10/10 clouds, we altered course to base owing to severe icing conditions and trouble with blind flying instruments. We reached an altitude of 11,000 feet and descended to as low as 4,000 feet and were still in cloud at that time.

Target reached by CB.586 at 00.20 hrs after flying through 10/10 cloud from English coast to Germany. A 40 minute search was carried out but it was found impossible to locate BREMEN owing to low cloud. Secondary target at WILHELMSHAVEN also could not be located. Bombs accordingly brought back to base.

Owing to poor weather conditions, nothing of importance was observed. While over target area heavy flak fire experienced by four of aircraft, this was fairly accurate for height, but at all times was seen bursting behind.

Searchlights ineffective at all times due to heavy cloud.
Weather very poor and unfit for the operation detailed. 10/10 cloud was experienced from the English coast to well into the target area, this was from as low as 2,000 feet to 14,000 feet in places. Navigation was by D/R and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 dnc AA-S
Raid No. CB.585 D.1

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gutteridge, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 03:10

14/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116
Total number of bombs carried by seven aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks was:-
47 – 250lbs. bombs of mixed delay. 4 – 500lbs. By CB.608, in addition, each aircraft carried 1 case of 4lbs. incendiaries.

CB.605 reports, target could not be definitely located in time available. Railway marshalling yards at STADE were attacked from level flight at 9,000ft. One stick was dropped and five bursts observed approximately 100 yards short of the yards.

CB.606 reports, bombs dropped in one stick from 8,000ft after dive from 10,000ft. Owing to searchlight glare and violent avoiding action taken after release of bombs, no results were observed.

A high level attack, 15,000ft, was carried out by CB.607, but owing to enemy opposition, searchlights and A.A., no results were observed. One bomb and incendiaries hung up, but dropped on the Southern part of HAMBURG.

All bombs released in one stick at 15,000ft over target by CB.608. Bombs seen to burst with large sheets of flame slightly to South of target with the last two bombs in target area.

CB.618 attacked marshalling yards at HAMM successfully from 12,000ft. Five bursts observed and two very large fires started and seen burning fiercely 40 miles away on return journey.

CB.619 reports, five 250lbs. bombs seen to burst in town, and three in marshalling yards. All incendiaries seen to fall in marshalling yards, also, causing fires visible after 20 minutes flying on homeward course (50 miles).

Target area reached by CB.620 after diving through layer of cloud at 10,000ft. SOEST identified by means of parachute flares. A level attack from West to East at 9,000ft carried out on marshalling yard at 030.30hrs. Five 250lbs bombs seen to burst on marshalling yard, and incendiaries caught buildings on Southern edge of target, starting two strong fires, which were still raging fiercely when area left 40 minutes later. More fires seen to start at 00.55hrs.
Balloons seen at heights from 6,000ft to 14,000ft over HAMBURG, BREMEN etc., Intense heavy and light flak over entire area.

Searchlights very active over whole area.
Weather was fair. Targets were located despite the local ground haze.
Navigation was D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.618 M.434

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:45

18/07/1942 – Bombing Attacks on Target K.56
The six Wellington aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks from this unit carried a very mixed bomb load, total number as follows:-
54 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T. and various delay and also 6 cases of incendiaries.

CB.621 reports (ROTENBURG aerodrome) located and believed bombed successfully. Difficulty experienced in locating target, but finally a close stick dropped on hangars and aerodrome, four bursts seen. After run, about six fires observed burning in vicinity.
Bombs dropped in level sticks by CB.622 from 9,000ft. Rear Gunner reports two bombs of first stick hit hangars. Second and third sticks dropped and bombs seen to burst, but results not observed. Small fire started on target. Difficulty experienced with S.B.C. on compartment could not be released.

CB.623 reports, we were unable to definitely locate K.56 even after a two hour search in the direct locality. The DORTMUND canal was attacked but not hit.

CB.624 reports, due to an error in pin-pointing the target K.56 was not attacked, but the aerodrome of BOMLITZ was bombed with 6 – 250lbs delay bombs, results not known. Next attack on two stationary trains in marshalling yards at SOLTAU, heavy explosions followed bombing, and a large fire started which could still be seen at a distance of 39 miles, height only 3,000ft. Both attacks carried out instep dive, bombs being released from 3,000ft.
The primary target K.56 could not n=be accurately determined by CB.625, with result that aerodrome at UTERSEN was attacked. No results could be seen with any degree of accuracy.

CB.626 reports, a large building at road and rail junction observed to be hit by a 1 – 250lbs. bomb and incendiaries caused 3 large yellow fires on buildings.
Balloons were observed flying at heights up to 12,000ft at BREMEN, 14,000ft at HAMBURG, and up to12,000ft at OLDENBURG.

A.A. fire intense and accurate, heavy, encountered at 10,000ft to 14,000ft over OLDENBURG, BREMEN and HAMBURG. Searchlights very active over whole of the area.

CB.624 reports three M.E.110’s carried out a dive, but sheered off without firing due to enemy ground action. 10/10 cloud up to 12,000ft was met on way to target, but in target area itself, the weather was perfect. Navigation by D/R, visual and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.621 K.56

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:50

20/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71
Nine aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual attacks on targets above. The Squadron suffered its second loss, since the beginning of Operations in March 1940, when CB.650 (F/O. Watson, Captain) failed to return.

CB.639 reports, two attacks, consisting of two sticks of 5 bombs each were dropped over the target at 00.33 hours. Height 5,000 feet. Previously to this another aircraft had dropped incendiaries in same area. Fires and explosions from other aircraft’s bombs, on target, but few from incendiaries which dropped little to West of actual area. EINDHAVEN flare path bombed with stick of 3 – 250lbs. bombs at 22.35 hours by CB.640. Flare path extinguished and remained so. Target A.70 located and bombed at 00.25hrs. Bursts observed and fires observed to break out and gradually increased.

CB.641 reports, being unable to identify target, bombs were dropped from 9,500ft in one stick on railway junction at KAMEN. Last two bombs observed to burst in railway yards.

CB.648 located target after waiting for cloud to disperse and doing several dummy runs. Believed bombed successfully as four bursts observed on N.E. corner of works and fires started across railway line.

CB.649 reports, the incendiaries seen to burst on Southern extremity of target. The 250lbs bombs were not observed owing to cloud over target.
Level attack from 10,800ft made by CB.651 from N.E. to S.W. on target A.71. Three hits obtained on N side of target, remaining bombs appeared to undershoot. Several small fires started followed by minor explosions.

A high level attack carried out from 14,000ft by CB.652. One large flash observed and number of small fires. One red and two green.

CB.653 reports, the target located without difficulty, being made so by light of moon and excellent landmarks. Bombed from 11,000ft in one stick on straight run over target. Results unobserved.

Balloons seen up to 14,000 feet in many towns over RUHR. Heavy flak experienced over WESEL and all target areas, accurate for height etc./ Searchlights over whole area.
Three H.E. 113’s attacked CB639 over WESEL. (i) above and astern (ii)Starboard qtr and below. (iii) below and astern. No.(ii) shot down in flames, No. 3 assumed disabled. No.1 attacked 3 times afterwards.

Weather fair, visibility good, throughout whole of journey. Navigation by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings. The moon was quite advantageous in helping to locate the target.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.648 A.70

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Gutteridge, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RNZAF 624569 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 05:20

03/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.71 at HORST
Nine Wellington aircraft from this unit detailed to carry out individual attacks on above, but due to heavy ground haze over target area, attacks had to be carried out on various other targets, with success. Low 10/10 cloud encountered on returning to base and aircraft directed to other aerodromes. CB.692 crashed when attempting a forced landing, due to engine failure. The Captain, S/Ldr. Collet, was killed, but the five remaining members of the crew escaped with injuries.
A combined bomb load was carried.
Stick of bombs and S.B.C. dropped by CB.693 down flare path at approximate position 51° 42’ North, 6° 53’ East.

CB.695 located target and bombed. Results of 250lbs bombs not observed, but incendiaries seen to miss target.

CB.695 almost reached primary target, but owing to engine trouble, returned and bombed SCHIPOL aerodrome, believed successful. Height 19,500ft on North Westerly course. Four bundles nickels dropped near target.

CB.696 reports, extensive large fires started by incendiaries in target area. Results not seen of 250’s.

CB.697 located target after search of 45 minutes and dropped stick of 5 – 250lbs bombs and one S.B.C. at 00.15hrs from 12,000ft in level attack. Two bursts observed amongst lights in target area and extinguished same. Incendiaries failed to function, reason not known. Line of six Blast Furnaces on Eastern outskirts of GLADBECK also attacked with stick of 4 – 250lbs N.D.T. bombs from 12,000ft. Four burst observed 200 yards South of Blast Furnace.

CB.698 failed to locate primary target owing to ground haze, and searchlight activity over area. Marshalling yards at HALTERN attacked. All bombs dropped in one stick, bursts seen and explosions followed, and considerable damage thought to be done.

CB.699 failed to locate target owing to ground haze and searchlights. SCHIPOL aerodrome attacked from 4,000ft. Results not observed owing to intense opposition.

CB.700 did not locate primary target owing to haze and searchlights, but bombs dropped from 10,000ft in one stick on aerodrome at BUER. Two bursts observed. What appeared to be dummy Blast Furnaces, seen in target area, and usual light and heavy flak experienced, seems to be more intense around SCHIPOL. Searchlights intense and very active. CB.693 followed back to English coast by three unidentified aircraft. Weather poor, low visibility, 10/10 cloud as low as 300ft on return. Navigation by D/R, W/T fixes, and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.695 A.71 (Schipol attacked as secondary target)

F/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gutteridge, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:45

09/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target L.84.
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took off to attack targets L.84 and Z.53. Eight were detailed to attack L.84 and one Z.53. Latter target not attacked by CB.744 who was detailed, as area searched for 1 ½ hours, but ground obscured by 10/10 cloud at 2,000feet, therefore bombs brought back to Base. Other than this, operations on a whole were successful, although primary target not attacked in each case, but other military objectives. Original target not located by CB.728, but aerodrome at GLIZE attacked, releasing bombs in one stick from 5,000ft, bursts observed, but damage could not be estimated.

After dropping second flare CB.729 located target, and after this had died out dropped bombs in one stick from 9,000 feet. Bright green flashes seen among bomb bursts, and several big explosions, and fires.

CB.730 reports, bombs dropped on target and fires started at 23.08 hours.
On way in to target L.84, CB.731 discovered EINDHOVEN aerodrome with boundary lights in, decided to bomb it, stick dropped on same and three bursts observed, large fires started by incendiaries, and all lights extinguished on aerodrome.

Bombs were dropped at 22.55 hours from 14,000ft by CB.732, bursts appeared to be South of target. Three separate level attacks were carried out by CB.733 from West to East, from 11,000ft. Five bursts observed on East side on first attack, on second run eight fierce fires started on West side, numerous small explosions, and one violent explosion with vivid white flash. Last attack, good steady run dropping two 18hr delay bombs. Nickels dropped over target prior to bombing.

Target located and precision bombed by CB.734, height 12,000ft. Three bombs observed to burst, unable to see results. After 1 ½ hours search, 3 bombs dropped on target L.84 by CB.735 and two bombs on flak battery at KOLN. Number of flares noticed over North Sea, some appeared to be in water, other of slow descending type.

A.A. fire exceptionally heavy over target area and all main towns, heavy flak improving in accuracy for height and direction. Searchlights very active over whole area. No enemy aircraft observed.

Weather rather hazy in RUHR area, making observations very difficult, low 10/10 cloud was met on returning to base. Navigation by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.731 L.84 (Eindhaven attacked as secondary target)

S/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gutteridge, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 03:50

13/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7.
Of the nine aircraft detailed from this unit, eight were on bombing raids, while ninth, CB746 was to carry out Photographic reconnaissance of STETTIN DOCKS in Baltic. Weather again hindered operations, due to 10/10 cloud over practically whole of N.W. Germany.

CB750 reports, target area of G.82 obscured by 10/10 cloud from 600ft. Search made, but no suitable target found in vicinity, so course set for base and bombs bought back.

Target not located by CB.751 owing to cloud. 3 250lbs. bombs and 1 – S.B.C. dropped at DORSEL on road and rail junction showing evenly spaced shaded lights. Incendiaries caused fires. Unable to ascertain damage owing to cloud.

Target located and believed bombed successfully by CB.752. Ground haze made it difficult to identify target accurately. Four bursts observed in target area.

CB.753 reports, both primary target and alternative target at FRANKFURT were covered with thick layer of cloud at 7,000ft. Bombs were brought back as no suitable target discovered, either in Germany or HOLLAND. Nickels dropped over FRANKFURT.

Stick of three bombs dropped on flare paths of aerodrome at VUGHT by CB.759. Bursts observed short of runway, at 22.20hrs. Target not located due to 10/10 cloud. Marshalling yards at ROERMOND bombed and fires started at 23.35 hours.

CB.760 reports, bursts appeared to straddle target, but observation difficult owing to haze.
Owing to low cloud and haze, target not located by CB.761 bombs were brought back.

CB.762 reports, bombs dropped at 23.30 hours. Explosions not seen owing to searchlights. Large fire seen in target area some minutes after course had been set for home.

CB.746, who was detailed to carry Photographic Reconnaissance, reports, photographs spoilt by either A.A. shell bursts or a searchlight.

No important observations or reconnaissance made. A.A. fire exceptionally heavy and accurate around target L.82. Little heavy flak received at G.82, but this all fired through 10/10 cloud.
Searchlights very active in RUHR. CB.746 reports, being attacked by an ME110 South of Kiel. The ME was eluded by going into cloud.
As for the weather, 10/10 cloud covered practically whole of areas detailed to bomb.
Navigation by D/R, and homing bearings, while CB.746 used Astro extensively, with great success.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.752 G.82

S/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Croysdill, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:20

19/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out operations against enemy. For the attack on target D.4 at Kiel, weather was against the raiders, with result that main objective was not located, so secondary targets in that area were successfully bombed.
Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T. 250lbs. bombs fused 6 – 18hr delay, and containers of incendiaries.

CB.810 located target 9KIEL) and six bomb bursts were observed on subterranean oil plant North of the town on the river bank. The Battleship GNEISENAU was not observed owing to low cloud.

A stock of 6 – 250lbs bombs was dropped by CB.811 from 13,000 feet, on same target as CB.810. These were seen to burst across KRUPP’S yards.

CB.812 failed to locate the primary target owing to 10/10 cloud in the target area. The object of an attack was their DE KOOY aerodrome in Northern HOLLAND. Six 250lbs. bombs were dropped from a height of 5,000 feet. Bursts were observed but damage not estimated.

CB.813 did not attack primary target owing to cloud, even after making four runs. The buildings on the side of the fitting out basin 1,100 yards 200°T from Primary target were attacked by dive bombing 13,000 – 8,000ft. Bursts observed on area.
The target area was located by CB.814 from a height of 15,000 feet and after flying around at this height for 30 minutes bombs were dropped in stick along the bank. Owing to 7/10 cloud being over the target at the time, bomb bursts were unobserved.

CB.815 reports, that although a search was made for an hour he was unable to locate KIEL owing to low cloud and fog on the coast. At 02.00 hours a shallow dive attack at 8,000feet was carried out on WANGEROOGE aerodrome, a stick of 6 – 250lbs bombs being dropped. No results were observed.

CB.822 reports that owing to 10/10 cloud in target area, primary target was not attacked. Bombs were dropped from 6,000 feet in one stick on aerodrome at De Kooy. Believed hits but no accurate observation possible.

CB.823 reports that target was not located due to 10/10 cloud. Railway junction at WUNSTORF straddled with stick, and fire started at 23.45 hours.

Owing to 10/10 clod, CB.824 failed to locate the target. Enemy aerodrome in use at DIEPHOLZ bombed. 250lbs. bombs burst across flare path, incendiaries fell short. Two fires seen on North East corner of aerodrome.

CB.828 reports, that a high level attack was made from 11,500 feet and a stick was dropped from East to West. Hits were observed on target and one or two small fires were started.
The aerodrome at HURSEIM was clearly visible and three runways were observed, making pin-pointing easy. Balloons were observed flying up to 12,000ft around KIEL. A number of dummy flare paths were also in various sections.

A.A. Fire very intense over target D.4 and over all the North Fresians Islands.
Searchlights very active in all target areas. Weather :- 10/10 cloud was prevalent over the targets and most of route to same.
Navigation was by D/R, visual observations, and homing bearings. Astro was used by Sorties CB.812 and 813 with very good results.
All aircraft returned safely.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.810 D.4 (Kiel attacked as secondary attack)

S/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Joseph Green, RAFVR 741824 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Front Gunner.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 07:20

24/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to carry out bombing operations against the enemy on the above targets. CB.837 (F/L. Adams) did not complete the sortie due to engine trouble when over enemy territory, he set course for base and jettisoned bombs in sea. The operations taken on the whole, were not very successful due to extremely bad weather conditions encountered.

A varied bomb load was carried between the eleven aircraft consisting of 250lbs., fused N.D.T., 250lbs, G.P. with delay action, 500lbs. G.P. fused N.D.T., and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.

Target not located by CB.838, due to 10/10 cloud. Railway junction and landing ground at KOBLENZE bomber. Results unobserved due to bad haze.
Target located through hole in cloud by island in river, and bombed by CB.839. Results not observed.

CB.840 reports, primary target at FRANKFURT obscured owing to 10/10 cloud. Returned to target B.47 (KNAPSACK) and bombed. Unable to distinguish results of bombs although flashes observed. Nickels were dropped at KNAPSACK.
Attack was made by CB.841 from 11,000ft, the incendiaries being dropped first, so as to allow to make a run up with the 250lbs. bombs. A medium fire was still burning when target area was left.

CB.842 reports, targets A.151 and C.28 at FRANKFURT were not located owing to 10/10 dense cloud in area. Nickels dropped approximately 15 miles North of FRANKFURT. Dive bombing attack carried out at 5,000ft on LIMBURG aerodrome. Five bursts observed on North side of aerodrome some 200 yards from flare path and hangers. Red obstruction lights extinguished, but dim flare path remained on.

CB.834 reports, main target and two secondary targets not located owing to nine to ten tenths cloud. One 500lbs. bomb was dropped on a search-light by diving down beam. Two ships in YISMUNDEN harbour were attacked by dive bombing 4,00 – 2,000 feet, two 500;bs. N.D.T. bombs dropped. Hits or near misses reported.

CB.844 reports, owing to 9/10 cloud, primary target not located. Bombs dropped from 1,100ft on a factory on river bank East of HANAU. Bursts were observed in small buildings around main building. No fires observed.
Targets not located owing to 10/10 cloud by CB.848. Whole route from Great Britain to Eastern Germany said to be covered.
Bombs dropped by CB.849 on heavy flak batteries in target area. Again, results not observed due to 10/10 cloud.
CB.850 also reports that target not located owing to cloud.

Owing to the whole of the area being practically covered with 10/10 clouds, nothing of importance to relate as far as observations, and reconnaissance etc.
A.A. fire, heavy at most areas attacked., although 10/10 cloud prevailed, good accuracy was attained by the heavy batteries.
Searchlights were active as usual.
Navigation was by D/R, visual observations, homing bearing and Astro.
All aircraft returned safely.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.840 A.161 (B.57 attacked as secondary target)

S/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Joseph Green, RAFVR 741824 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAFVR 78758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:10

29/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN
Eleven Wellington crews were detailed to proceed to allotted targets and carry out bombing attacks on same, and thus hinder the enemy in operations against this country. The three aircraft Detailed to attack target Z.159 (ST. NAZAIRE, FRANCE) encountered practically no opposition and a very peaceful trip was had throughout.

Total bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and delay action and containers of 4lbs incendiaries.

CB.881 reports, targets not located 10/10 cloud. Aerodrome at WESSEL bombed and bursts observed on North East boundary of aerodrome and two medium fires started.

Two bursts observed by Navigator of CB.882, but results not observed. As aircraft passed over cloud, terrific flash observed, but results not noticed.

CB.883 reports, no results observed from first stick of 5 – 250lbs. bombs owing to searchlights.
Two fires started by second stick.

Owing to cloud 55 minutes was spent by CB.884 over target area for cloud to clear. A stick of bombs was dropped to target area for causing 5 or 6 large fires which lasted until leaving. On one bomb bursting a blue flash was seen.

Original target not located by CB.885 owing to cloud and haze over area. Bombs dropped on Marshalling yards, or railway junction to the West of BOTTROP. Three hits observed.
The target was located without difficulty by CB.887 due to the excellent position of such. An attack was made in a shallow dive from East to West and the bombs were released in a stick from 8,000 feet. Results not observed.

CB.888 reports, one 250lbs bomb N.D.T. and two 250lbs. delays were dropped in a high level attack on a heading of 020°M. Stick dropped across Western extremity of Eastern target causing medium sized fire. The last 3 N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. and 1 – S.B.C. were dropped in a dive attack, 8,500ft to 4,000ft. The 250lbs G.P’s hit the Southern edge of the Eastern target. Incendiaries overshot into sea.

Target located and bombed by CB.889 at 00.35hrs one 250lbs bomb and one 500lbs bomb dropped at 8,000 feet. Two 500lbs bombs dropped at 4,000 feet, all bombs observed to burst on target, but with little result.

CB.894 reports , five bursts seen across target and large fires started with incendiaries. A series od explosions developed from fires – bright flashes intermittently resulted.
EVERE aerodrome attacked at 23.00 hours by CB.896 Direction of attack North West to South East. Three bombs seen to burst on N.W, boundary of aerodrome and last bomb in the flare path. Lights immediately extinguished.

CB898 reports, target found (ROTTERDAM) WAALHAVEN aerodrome. BRUSSELS aerodrome covered in 9-10/10 cloud, base 1,500feeet. Height 4,000 feet. Target found running up on river and hangar lights accidentally being switched on for a period od about 20 seconds. Bombs seen to land on aerodrome, but no results observed.
A number of flare paths were noticed in most of German occupied countries. Balloons were seen at target Z.159, these were flying at a height of 6,000 feet.
Heavy A.A. Fire in all the target areas.
Searchlights very active in the RUHR areas only.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.894 M.116

S/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Joseph Green, RAFVR 741824 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Front Gunner.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:00

01/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
Eleven Wellington aircraft took part, in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 500lbs G.P. bombs, 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action bombs, and containers of incendiaries.

One returning to base from a raid on HANOVER, CB passed over an aerodrome, presumed to be FELTWELL. Permission to land was granted, and an approach made using landing light. Thick haze made landing difficult, and another circuit made. Attempted other landing as fuel getting low, but lost sight of flare path on turning in. Just before touching down, line of trees appeared ahead of aircraft, hit these and burst into flames. The crew got clear of aircraft before bomb load (brought back) exploded, as a result of which explosion aircraft totally destroyed. Actually aircraft landed in field short of flare path at East Wrotham, Honnington Satellite aerodrome.

CB.921 reports, descended to 500 feet in target area on D/R but unsuccessful in getting below cloud. Target not located and bombs brought back. Target located at 23.40 hours by CB.914 and bombs dropped at 23.45 hours. Bursts observed on target area, but unable to see extent of damage owing to bad visibility.

CB.900 reports three terrific explosions from incendiaries in target area, and 250lbs bombs seen to burst in same place. Level attack made from 11,000ft the incendiaries being dropped on the first run.

Target located and bombed by CB.901 Results not observed owing to intense searchlights and A.A. fire.

CB.904 reports, Primary target not located owing to engine trouble. EINDHOVEN aerodrome bombed. Flare path and obstruction lights extinguished when a stick of three bombs was dropped across it at 12,000 feet at 22.46 hours. Large explosions observed.

CB.905 reports, on reaching area a flare was dropped, showing up ground clearly, and enabling target to be identified, attack then made from 11,000 feet in a South Westerly direction. Bursts observed and a line of fires started, about 7 or 9 in all and a further explosion seen. Fires still burning on leaving area.

CB.908 and CB.909 failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back.

CB.916 and CB.917 reports, that they located targets and bombed same, but results not observed due to cloud. Only observations, a large circle of lights mainly white with a few red seen, between BREMEN and BREMERHAVEN, presumably aerodrome or dummy on Eastern edge of MUNSTER, three red flares fired from ground formed isosceles triangle. On the whole A.A. was heavy, especially over HANOVER and between HAMM and ROTTERDAM.
Searchlights very active, but due to thick cloud layers and haze, they were ineffective. Weather taken all round was poor, on way out to targets, 8-10/10 cloud was encountered, while over actual targets almost clear with only hazy conditions. Navigation by D/R, and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.904 F.40( EINDHOVEN attacked as secondary target)

S/L Aubrey Arthur Ninnis Breckon, RNZAF NZ1025/ 70016 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Joseph Green, RAFVR 741824 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Henry Hughes, RAF 550880 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAFVR 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Front Gunner.
P/O Malcolm James Miller, RAF 75697 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 09:00