A.D. Simpson crew 25.10.44

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/O Terence Cecil May, RNZAF NZ421383 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Howard Bruce Carrington, RNZAF NZ429145 – Navigator.
W/O B. Tuck, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Maurice George Lewis, RNZAF NZ429726 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Hutton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Philip Albert Calnon, RNZAF NZ421675 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Jabez Alexander McDowell, RNZAF NZ426141 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:47 – Landed 11:10
Flight Time 04:23

25/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Twenty three of these attacked the target and bombing was good, built up areas and factories being identified visually. One aircraft brought its bombs back owing to the failure of the bombing equipment when over the target and two other aircraft returned early owing to technical failures.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:25 – Landed 17:24
Flight Time 03:59

28/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Seven aircraft took off a few hours later to participate in an attack on Cologne. They all bombed in clear weather and identified the target visually. Bombing was concentrated and a large smoke pall was seen on leaving. A.A. opposition was moderate, but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:17 – Landed 17:43
Flight Time 04:26

30/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne during daylight, but the operation was postponed until the evening. All aircraft attacked the target and although a good concentration of markers was achieved results were unobserved owing to ten tenths cloud. Moderate A.A. opposition was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. There was no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 23:14
Flight Time 05:14

31/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Eighteen aircraft took off in the evening to make a further attack on Cologne. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target area, but markers were well placed and a good glow from fires beneath the clouds was observed on leaving. A.A. opposition was slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:31 – Landed 22:52
Flight Time 04:21

02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”
Hit by flak once (AIR14/3463 Damage Reports)
F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 15:37
Flight Time 03:52

05/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen
Eighteen aircraft detailed to make a second attack in daylight on Solingen carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb inc. No.17 Clusters. All crews were successful in bombing in formation and reports indicate that bombing was more concentrated than in the previous raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/S Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:46 – Landed 14:57
Flight Time 04:11

06/11/1944 – Attack Against Coblenz
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for a night attack against Coblenz carrying 8,000 lb; 4,000 lb; No.14 clusters; No.17 clusters; 4lb inc. Fifteen aircraft were successful. The aircraft captained by F/O T. Winter (152351) returned early on account of engine trouble. Crews were able to identify the target visually in clear weather and a good concentrated raid developed, with smoke rising to 10,000 feet. NZ421919 F/O Kilpatrick, M had a short inconclusive encounter with a JU.88. Flak was moderate to slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:01 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 05:09

08/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twelve aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg in daylight carrying 8,000 lb., 4,000 lb., 1,000 lb., 500 lb., and No 14 Clusters.  All crews report identifying the target visually through breaks in the clouds, and bombing was fairly concentrated, much smoke and many explosions were seen around the target.  Flak defences were moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V
Hit by flak once (AIR14/3463 Damage Reports)
F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:54 – Landed 12:14
Flight Time 04:20

15/11/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty five aircraft were detailed for an attack an the Soest Marshalling Yards, but this operation was cancelled and the same aircraft took off to attack an Oil Refinery at Dortmund in daylight, carrying 4,000 lbs and 500 lbs bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing in formation through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 ft. and a concentrated raid was reported. Flak was reported as being fairly accurate by the leading aircraft, but none of our aircraft were hit.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:33 – Landed 17:29
Flight Time 04:56

27/11/1944 – Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard
Twenty three aircraft carried out a successful attack on Cologne Marshalling Yard with 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Flak over the target was moderate but accurate. One aircraft captained by F/O D.P. Leadley landed away at Manston. The crew were unhurt, but the aircraft was damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C. Primary target Cologne M/Y. Masses of smoke and concentrated bombing. Leader took us over Gladbach and Bonn, 15 miles off track.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:28 – Landed 16:54
Flight Time 04:26

28/11/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack on Neuss, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb and Incendiary bombs, together with one 12,000 lb bomb. Twenty aircraft were successful in dropping their bombs using navigational aids and a good concentration of fires was reported. Flak was very slight, the enemy defences appearing to be completely foxed. One aircraft captained by W/C R.J.A. Leslie, D.S.O., A.F.C. carrying the 12,000 lb bomb got in the wrong stream of bombers and bombed Essen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Bomb load 1 x 8,000 H.C.; 1050 x 4 lb I.B.; 90 x 4lb I.B. Primary target – NEUSS. Fairly good concentration appeared to be on target.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:14 – Landed 07:15
Flight Time 04:01

30/11/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed carrying 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, and Incendiary bombs to attack the coking plant at Osterfeld. Seventeen aircraft attacked the target successfully through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 feet, and the raid was reported as being well concentrated. One aircraft captained by NZ411915 F/O J.A. McIntosh is missing and the aircraft is believed to have had its tail shot away.

Lancaster Mk.I HK980 JN?-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 HC; 14 x 50 ANM; 2 x 500 MC. Primary Target – OSTERFELD.
Smoke seen through clouds. QJ/S shot ahead so had to formate on QJ/N. GH aircraft kept rather poor course.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:52 – Landed 14:49
Flight Time 03:57

04/12/1944 – Attack Against Oberhausen
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack an Oil target at Oberhausen, carrying 1 x 12,000 lb, 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM, 500 G.P., 500 M.C. and 4 lb I.B. bombs. Nineteen aircraft attacked the target using navigational aids and the raid was reported as well concentrated though results were unobserved owing to 10/10 cloud with tops 10,000 ft covering the target. One aircraft bombed Gelsenkirchen, having been damaged by flak.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 8,000 H.C. 1,200 x 4lb I.B. Primary target Oberhausen. Nothing to report.

P/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:18 – Landed 15:56
Flight Time 03:38

05/12/1944 – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards
Twenty one aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Railway Marshalling Yards at Hamm during daylight, carrying 8,000 lb H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (LD.), 500 M.C., 4 lb I.B. bombs and Munroe bomb. Twenty aircraft attacked the target area through 10/10 cloud but a break in the cloud a little later disclosed bomb bursts to be rather scattered. One aircraft was led astray by the leader, and bombed a last resort target at Heintrop.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C. 1,950 x 4lb I.B. Primary target Ham M/Y. Thoroughly unsatisfactory

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:13 – Landed 13:42
Flight Time 04:29

06/12/1944 – Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack o the Merseburg Leuna Oil Refinery, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P.(LD) bombs. The target was covered with 10/10 cloud, tops about 14,000 ft and all aircraft were successful in bombing the target with navigational aids. The attack was considered to be concentrated, though bombing results could not be seen, apart from the glow of fires seen beneath the cloud. Flak was intense in the target area and a few enemy fighters were seen en route but no attacks were reported. One aircraft, AA “R” captained by 1585981 F/O D. Atkin, had engine trouble after leaving the target, the starboard inner catching fire, and it was with great difficulty that the crew managed to keep the fire under control. When approaching this country the starboard inner engine went u/s and after jettisoning all equipment and with the aircraft losing height at 100 feet per minute, the Captain made a very good ditching in the River Orwell. None of the crew were hurt.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C. 6 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 G.P.L.D. 6 hrs. Primary target Meresburg Oil Refinery. Good concentration of bombing

P/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:08 – Landed 00:27
Flight Time 07:19

11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C. 11 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 G.P. (LD 12 hrs). Primary target Osterfeld. Fairly concentrated

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot. F/S Ronald Christie Flamank, RNZAF NZ427270 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:44 – Landed 12:59
Flight Time 04:15

16/12/1944 – Attack Against Siegen
Eighteen aircraft took off to attack Siegen in rather poor weather conditions, carrying 1 x 12,000 H.C., 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C., 1,000 H.C., 500 cluster 4 lb and 4 lb I.B. Bombs. Three returned early with icing trouble. The main body experienced dense cloud and were unable to formate until they reached 30K. All crews bombed the target, several being able to see a built up area through occasional gaps in the dense cloud cover. It is concluded that the attack was successful. Some fighter and flak opposition was noticed en route, but our aircraft experienced no difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 12,000 H.C. Primary target Siegen. Weather made rendezvous impossible and snow. Results impossible to assess although flares concentrated.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:28 – Landed 17:09
Flight Time 05:41

31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 13 x 500 ANM. 1 Munro T.257. Primary target Vohwinkel. Fairly concentrated. Leading good.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:31
Flight Time 04:51

01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in datlight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 12 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 M.C. Primary target Vohwinkel. Uneventful trip

P/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:52 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 06:03

03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM. Primary target Dortmund Oil Refinery. No results were seen but stream broke through same spot.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 17:43
Flight Time 05:13

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 11 x 500 M.C. 1 Munro. Primary target Ludwigshafen. TK/F not at forming up point so went on and was unable to get into any vic had to turn off before end of photo run.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:36 – Landed 17:23
Flight Time 05:47

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM. Primary target Neuss. Good concentration of markers

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:50 – Landed 20:31
Flight Time 04:41

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C. 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Krefeld. Wether very poor, but quite a good concentration.
F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 16:53
Flight Time 04:55

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 8 x 500 ANM, 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Saarbrucken. Good attack, landed at Port Reath. Blue markers very good.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 18:11
Flight Time 06:19

15/01/1945 – Attack Against Langendreer
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. One aircraft ‘D’ captained by F/O Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 M.C. 2 x 500 M.C. 4 x 25 1 Munro. Primary target Langendreer. I had to take violent avoiding action from a JI a/c whose bomb doors were open when this aircraft was only 15/20ft. above Green puffs very good.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:39 – Landed 16:45
Flight Time 05:06

16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 M.X., 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Wanne Eickel. Winds dying away made us late. Seemed a good attack.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:05

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C., 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Krefeld M/Y. Bombs seen falling like rain. Concentrated. JE a/c flew through our two formations.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:18 – Landed 15:44
Flight Time 05:26

09/02/1945 – Attack Against Hohenbudburg
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Lutskendorf, but the target was changed during the afternoon to Hohenbudberg. This operation was carried out in 8/10th cloud with tops about 10,000. Flak was slight to moderate and S/L effective. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000H.C. 9 x 500 ANM. Primary target Honhenbudberg. Good concentration on T.I.’s

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/O Duncan Matthew Stevenson, RNZAF NZ426016 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/L S.E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:38 – Landed 08:36
Flight Time 04:58

19/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aitcraft were again detailed to attack Wesel. AA”J”, captained by F/S Lukins, B.L., returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was 1-10/10ths with some haze. A few crews were able to identify the river bend. Bombing appeared to be accurate. Very slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM, 3 x 250 G.P. Primary target Wessel. Good concentration on smoke puffs, appeared good prang – puff very poor.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:24 – Landed 18:26
Flight Time 05:02

20/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Ten aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. AA”E” captained by F/L. E. Abrahams returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was 9-10/10ths, tops 5-6,000’. Some moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Crews reported seeing many small fires . A successful raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 2,000 H.C., 11 x 750 cluster, 1 x 500lb cluster. Primary target Dortmund. Big glow of fire beneath cloud and fires also seen through gap which lit up streets.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/L S.E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:56 – Landed 03:32
Flight Time 05:36

25/02/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen. Thin stratus cloud in layers covered the target area, but at times crews were able to make out the target and report a considerable white smoke followed by thick black smoke rising to a good height. Accurate H/F was experienced. AA”B” captained by F/S Klitscher is missing from this operation

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM, 4 x 250 G.P. 1 Munro. Primary target at Kamen. Quite a successful show.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:40 – Landed 14:58
Flight Time 05:18

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 ANM. 2 x 500 G.P. Primary target Nordsyern. Concentration of aircraft good.
F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Cyril Vernon Opie , RAAF AUS.429990 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:18 – Landed 13:56
Flight Time 04:38

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 ANM., 2 Minro. Primary targey Kamen. Returned at 10,000 across France as R.G. had no oxygen.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/L Harold James Dean Trewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 17:24
Flight Time 05:24

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 12 x 500 ANM., 2 x 500 M.C. 2 x Munro. Wanne Eickel. Concentration of aircraft very good. All bombs away in 10 seconds.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:58 – Landed 14:30
Flight Time 04:32