A. Ashworth crew 13.07.42 2nd Tour

13/07/1942 – Attack Against Duisburg

Nine a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc. was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was moderate and inaccurate. Searchlights were accurate but not numerous. One JU88 was sighted. No attack. Weather was good and navigation excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191/ J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:10

21/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs 30lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area but results were unobserved. Photographs were taken however. A.A. fire was not very heavy but there were any searchlight cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good, clear over target. Navigation was by TR & DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191/ J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 03:50

23/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Fourteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was heavy and concentrated. Searchlights were few owing to cloud. One JU.88 was seen. Two other enemy a/c were seen but did not attack. Weather was poor, cloudy over the target. Nav. was good

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond James Melbourne, NZ411922 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191/ J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

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

25/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was accurate and in abundance. Searchlights were poor. Several enemy a/c were seen, one FW190 was seen near target and a JU88 attacking a Wellington. Weather was fair with 8/10 to 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Girvan, RNZAF 124913 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:10

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III ? AA-

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot. ,
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Girvan, RNZAF 124913 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:25

28/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area and bursts were seen in dock area. A.A. fire was very accurate, light and heavy predicted. There were many accurate searchlight cones in parts but clear over target. Navigation was good by TR and DR. Six a/c failed to return to base

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond James Melbourne, NZ411922 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Girvan, RNZAF 124913 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:50

29/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken
Ten a/c were detailed to attack the above targets and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4;b incendiaries was dropped in target area. Hits were observed in target area. A.A. fire was weak and searchlights scarce. A twin engined fighter was seen on return route. Well. III, X3396 was attacked by JU88 but was able to evade it. Weather was cloudy. Navigation was TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond James Melbourne, NZ411922 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621, 122053 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Girvan, RNZAF 124913 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 05:50

31/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Eleven a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Good results were obtained and hits observed. A.A. fire was moderate and search lights although numerous, were ineffective. Well.III, X3396 was attacked by a JU88 but evaded successfully. F/Sgt. Lewis, rear gunner of Well.III, X3646 was struck and injured by a 4lb incendiary bomb falling from another a/c. Weather was good and navigation was by DR and TR

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
F/O Laurence St. George Dobbin, NZ401375 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. W.E. Braddock, RAFVR 1267404 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Girvan, RNZAF 124913 – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 04:10

04/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb lad of 500lb were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, searchlights were lighting up the clouds, but not in large numbers. No enemy aircraft were seen. Weather was fairly good, being cloudy in places. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Henry William Baker, 107286 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. W.E. Braddock, RAFVR 1267404 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
S/L Ronald Ernest Kimber, RNZAF 45956 – Front Gunner.
F/S Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 03:35

06/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, Bomb load of 4000lb, 250lb, incendiaries and flares were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy and in some parts scattered, ground haze caused searchlights to be ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was fairly good by T.R. and D.R. Wellington X3636, captained by Sgt. Jackson.J. was hit by A.A. fire which caused hydraulics to be unserviceable in his aircraft, he landed successfully on return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

S/L Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Henry William Baker, 107286 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. W.E. Braddock, RAFVR 1267404 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
S/L Ronald Ernest Kimber, RCAF 45956 – Front Gunner.
F/S Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 03:55

09/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb, incendiaries and flares was dropped in target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area and vicinity. A small amount of light A.A. fire was encountered, the target was ringed by a heavy concentration of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

S/L Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAF 43699 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Henry William Baker, 107286 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. W.E. Braddock, RAFVR 1267404 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
S/L Ronald Ernest Kimber, RNZAF 45956 – Front Gunner.
F/S Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:25