A. Ashworth crew 08.05.41

21/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of the aircraft, JAH.124, captained by P/O Falconer, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. 500lbs. 250 lbs. and containers of incendiaries. JAH.243 bombed docks at EMDEN. Incendiaries not observed; 500lbs. bombs seen to explode in target area. Owing to front and rear turrets being unserviceable, JAH.460 returned to base. Bombs were jettisoned in sea. JAH.598 reports bombs seen to explode on docks. Incendiaries seen to cause large fires. JAH.607 reports one good fire, and three minor fires. JAH.969 dropped in vicinity of target area. JAH.996 bombed on ETA and heaviest flak concentration. Bomb bursts seen under cloud. No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out. The A.A. fire encountered was medium and inaccurate. There were few searchlights, mostly operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was 10/10 cloud over most of the journey, with severe icing conditions. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

Sgt. White, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harrison, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Kelly, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:30

26/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy to medium and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were intense and accurate over Holland and the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fairly good over most of the journey, but ground haze covered the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

Sgt. White, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harrison, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Kelly, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 05:50

01/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Cologne
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. Many fires were observed in the target. Area and DLN 881 reports seeing dummy fires North West of the target. DLN 626 reported a stick of bombs seen to burst 15 miles East of Lowestoft. Inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights were numerous. One enemy searchlight carrying fighter seen by DLN 931 at 500 yards but no attack made. 10/10ths cloud was experienced over North Sea but clear over target area. Navigation was by pin-pointing and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

Sgt. White, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harrison, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Kelly, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 06:00

03/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. UNL.218 reported decision to turn back owing to wireless not acting correctly. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and cases of incendiaries. UNL.205 reports dropped stick of bombs across target. UNL.218 bombed HAMMSTEDE AERODROME and bombs burst near flare path.
UNK.633 reports bombs hit Dock Gates North East of Main Gates. UNL.640 reports bombs burst East side of RHINE.

UNL.645 reported red glow observed through target.

UNL.633 observed 2/5 star red cartridges seen and red tracer fired N.E. of HONNINGTON. Fires were observed in target area and UNL.783 took photographs of Dusseldorf aerodrome. A fair amount of heavy and accurate flak was experienced. Many eney fighters were observed and UNL.347 observed plane bomb FELTWELL at 1200ft. The weather experienced on this raid was fine and clear. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 dnc AA-M

Sgt. White, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harrison, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Kelly, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 02:40

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.

CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.

Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.

Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAFVR? – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. H. Wheelan, RAFVR 970255 – Navigator.
Sgt. E.N. Webb, RAFVR 976441 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Dawson, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Reginald Walter Watkins, RNZAF NZ401469 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 05:50

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAFVR? – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. H. Wheelan, RAFVR 970255 – Navigator.
Sgt. E.N. Webb, RAFVR 976441 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Dawson, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Reginald Walter Watkins, RNZAF NZ401469 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 07:10

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAFVR? – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. H. Wheelan, RAFVR 970255 – Navigator.
Sgt. E.N. Webb, RAFVR 976441 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Davies, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Reginald Walter Watkins, RNZAF NZ401469 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 07:15

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1458 AA-?

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 05:15

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1458 AA-?

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 08:50

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, and containers of incendiaries.
SFY.154 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
SFY.426 saw bombs burst 300 yds S.W. of target.
SFY.515 reports small fire started in target area.
SFY.626 saw bombs and incendiaries burst in target area.
Target was not located by SFY.699,
Results were not observed by SFY.872
S/L Widdowson returned to base on account of the Wireless Operator being ill. Three 500lbs. were jettisoned in sea. P/O Curry failed to locate target.
F/Lt. Fletcher attacked target area and fires were started.
Two large fires were observed in target area.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate.
Searchlights were numerous and working in cones.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made.
HEavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:30

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:30

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:25

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was bt D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:35

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

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

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:55

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off No Time Listed – Landed No Time Listed
Flight Time –

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

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

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

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

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O Timothy John Wilder Williams, RNZAF NZ401797 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:05

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
F/S McLauchlin, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:50

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, and searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:25

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:50

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 05:40

30/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129, jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen. No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire encountered, and searchlights were active and working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by HE.111 from 50yds astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, Q.D.N, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:50

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

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

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:45

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed –
Flight Time –

15/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.3171 captained by SGT. Fotheringham, failed to return to base. Another, W.5663, captained P/O Rees, (RJT.533) was attacked by unidentified enemy fighter over the target. The aircraft was badly damages and the 2nd Pilot Sgt. Joyce was killed. SGT. Conibear, the front gunner, was seriously injured and died in hospital; and SGT. Gwyn-Williams was injured (Rear gunner). The aircraft returned to base where a landing was made. P/O Rees was awarded the D.F.C.; and the wireless operator, SGT. Lewis, was awarded the D.F.M.

RJT.147 bombed marshalling yard south of aiming point.
RJT.319 Observed bomb bursts in target area.
RJT.385 Attacked target area and saw bomb bursts.
RJT.445 bombed target area.
RJT.533 bombed target area, but thin cloud prevented accurate pin-point.
RJT.570 reports big fire started by bombs on target area.
RJT.683 located target, but it was not clearly pinpointed. A fix was obtained from Rhine and autobahn. Bombs dropped in salvo on large fire within radius of 3 miles of target.
P/O Ashworth reports that results were not observed over Ruhr, but a fire was started and a building blown up on an aerodrome 6 miles south of Hague. Heavy accurate predicted A.A. fire was encountered in target area. Searchlights were very active and accurate. The weather was good, but there was a layer of cloud over target. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, W/T, astro

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. Spalding,   – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Cadieux, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:10

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326
Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.
The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.
CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.
CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.
CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.
CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.
P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.
Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Bennett Megarry Smyth, RAFVR 1053919 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Cadieux, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:15

24/07/1941 – Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out daylight attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, N.2854 captained by SGT. Streeter failed to return to base. The bomb load consisted of 24 500lbs. S.A.P.
Results were unobserved by DNS.772.
DNS.329 reports bombs overshot aiming point. Direct hits on sheds or warehouses about half mile S.E. of aiming point were observed.
DNS.411 reports that one and possibly two hits were observed on north end of No.1 graving dock.
Results were not observed by P/). Ashworth.
S/L. Lucas reports that bombs were dropped in target area.
Balloons were observed in the harbour.
A.A. fire was very intense and accurate.
Enemy aircraft were numerous and our aircraft were attacked.
The weather was excellent and visibility was good.
Navigation was by D/R, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Bennett Megarry Smyth, RAFVR 1053919 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/O William Davenport Brown, RNZAF NZ40732 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:50 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 06:15