A.B. Slater crew 07.11.41 †

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and       working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8868 AA-C

P/O Timothy John Wilder Williams, RNZAF NZ401797 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wellington Clifford, RCAF R.60247/ J.4770 – Observer.
Sgt. Ayres, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Atkins, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. W.A.C. Hemsley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:30

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-U

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RAFVR 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:15

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 22:17
Flight Time 02:52

26/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden
Three Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries. Intense light flak was encountered; little heavy. Searchlights were not numerous or troublesome. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack made. Weather was fairly good, but there was haze over the target. Navigation was by W/T, Q.D.M., astro, D/F.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 04:50

29/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target areas were bombed, bursts were seen, and fires started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was ineffective, and very few searchlights operated in target areas. Weather was not too good, there being cloud on route and in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, QDM, pinpoints, loop, Lorenz, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:12 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 07:08

10/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z8969, captained by Sgt Kurlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X9825, captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne, as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes later. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode in the city area. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 feet, to 4,000 feet. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of target. Visibility was good, with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 05:31
Flight Time 05:16

12/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington IC X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 02:10

13/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP and SBC’s of 4 lb incendiaries. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced North and West of the target area, both light and heavy. Target was bombed and fires were observed on leaving. Many large cones of Searchlights were active West and North of the target. Enemy aircraft were seen on the return flight over the Dutch coast but no attacks were made on our aircraft. An unidentified aircraft followed Sgt Taylor and crew in X9977 for about 40 minutes. No attacks were initiated. The aircraft was using a hand lamp for signalling. The weather was 10/10 cloud over target area, with haze. Navigation was by Lorenz, QDM’s, Astro Fix and DR.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975! AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Auckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:30

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 06:05

20/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above target. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Parnham, crash landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed North and North West of target following river at Oldenburgh. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburgh. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was poor, with low cloud and thick ground haze over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 05:20

22/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim
*Six Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Owing to the weather conditions operations were marred, but a fire was bombed in a town on the Rhine, probably Mannheim and bomb bursts seen. There was slight A.A. activity and searchlights were ineffective where seen. Electrical storms, thunder cloud and snow storms were met throughout operations. Navigation was good. D.R. and special beam No.6 used. Icing (black) was experienced over Continent. Unable to see through windscreens owing to accumulated snow, from Belgian coast onwards. Severe weather conditions made accuracy impossible. One of these aircraft, X.9914, captained by Sgt. Taylor, failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 01:06
Flight Time 07:01

26/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 06:15

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud ver target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kaiser, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RAFVR 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 03:50

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enemy aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RAFVR 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 23:42
Flight Time 05:42

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RAFVR 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 07:10

15/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs and 500lbs. No results were observed owing to cloud over target area. Heavy, light and medium flak was encountered over the target area. Only a few searchlights were active. Weather was poor. High winds were prevalent. Navigation was marred by weather conditions

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8978 AA-G

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RAFVR 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:10 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 06:10

23/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Seven wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bomb bursts and fires were seen in the target area. Light, medium and heavy flak was met and searchlights were not very active. Weather was good over the target. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8834, captained by Sgt. Bentley, crashed at Burner’s Heath on return and Sgt. Bentley was killed, the crew being injured.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RAFVR 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:48 – Landed 22:28
Flight Time 05:40

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. Young, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RAFVR 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 05:05

02/01/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisting of 500 lbs and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to 10/10th cloud. A.A. fire was only slight, only a few searchlights were active and no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was poor and there
was 10/10 cloud throughout the operation. Navigation was entirely by D.R. Wellington aircraft R.1457 returned to base with it’s bomb load.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-N

Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Henry Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Gladstone Orr, RAFVR NZ403627 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:12 – Landed 22:37
Flight Time 06:25

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3652 AA-O

P/O Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Henry Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Gladstone Orr, RNZAF NZ403627 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 05:00

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3652 AA-O

P/O Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Henry Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Gladstone Orr, RAFVR NZ403627 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 04:30

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3652 AA-O

P/O Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Henry Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Gladstone Orr, RNZAF NZ403627 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

There appears to be no’ Official’ record or explanation as to the nature of the loss of X.3653 or Sgt. John Addis. In the Squadron history “Forever strong: The story of 75 Squadron RNZAF, 1916-1990” by Norman Franks, contains an account of the events of that night by Phil Burridge, Rear Gunner with the Slater crew that night:

“We flew direct to Essen and on the run in took a pounding from ground fire. We received a direct hit in the bomb bay which was full of flares. As the flares were to be used as a marker for the main stream, it was not possible for us to jettison them. We were unable to put the fire out, so the aircraft was eventually abandoned and I landed in Duisberg where I was given a hostile reception by the natives until taken prisoner by some Ack-Ack gunners…..Our second Pilot and W/Op – Ted Wainwright – had worked out a plan whereby if they ever had to abandon the aircraft and were a parachute short, they would clip the remaining parachute on one hook of each of their respective harnesses and jump together. So on this night, when it happened, they both jumped together, but with his arm through Ted’s harness while Ted held him with one arm. Tragically, when the chute opened, the second Pilot was thrown off…….”

Sgt. John Henry Addis had in fact been given his own crew prior to this Op, but had said he would fly this last one Op with Allen Slater’s crew.

P/O Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 29
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III. Promoted to F/L whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. John Henry   Addis, RAFVR 1208366 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 26.
Son of Charles and Emma Addis, of Florence Addis, of Perry Barr.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 9. B. 16.
“Ye shall receive
A crown of glory
That fadeth not away”
I.Peter.V.4′

Sgt. James Douglas Fletcher, RNZAF NZ404546 – Observer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24809
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft. Stalag VIIIB/344
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16th of April 1945

Sgt. Albert Gladstone Orr, RNZAF NZ403627 – Front Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24811
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 26th of April 1945

Sgt. Edward Wainwright, RAFVR 1355493 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24813
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, StalagsVIIIB/344 and Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: 11th of July 1944

Sgt. Phillip Burridge, RAFVR 901810 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24815
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known