A.F. Thompson crew 21.3.45

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Allan Francis Thompson , RNZAF NZ4213953 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger , RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Cocking,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:14 – Landed 15:35
Flight Time 05:21

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Percy Yellin, RAFVR 1897419 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:36 – Landed 02:52
Flight Time 08:16


21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N
Flight and letter from logbook of Ron Cocking, FE with Thompson crew

F/S Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Gwyn Duglan, RAFVR 179249 – Mid Under Gunner

Take Off 09:37 – Landed 15:23
Flight Time 05:46

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/S Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:25 – Landed 15:32
Flight Time 05:07

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Allan FrancisThompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:39 – Landed 02:19
Flight Time 05:40

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/S Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:12 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 08:28

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Allan FrancisThompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/S Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:02 – Landed 19:36
Flight Time 02:34

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-P

F/O Allan FrancisThompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/S Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:57 – Landed 14:26
Flight Time 02:29

04/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft
6 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping. Three for The Hague, and three for the Delft. The missions were successful, but fewer people were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:11 – Landed 14:30
Flight Time 02:19

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 18:39
Flight Time 06:48

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 16:11
Flight Time 03:26

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:19 – Landed 14:42
Flight Time 06:23

09/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-W

F/O Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William Roy Wynward, RNZAF NZ429977 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:08 – Landed 18:21
Flight Time 04:13