A.F. Woodcock crew 22.2.45

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 NG448 JN-P

F/O Herbert Wilfred Hooper, RNZAF NZ40111 – Pilot.
F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock , RAFVR 174378 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Royston Edgar Lane, RAFVR 195332 – Navigator.
Sgt. E. Holt, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Gordon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Petrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Sturrock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Spiby, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:16 – Landed 18:35
Flight Time 05:19

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

P/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Gibb, RAFVR 1826205 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:00 – Landed 17:57
Flight Time 04:57

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 HK601 JN-D

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
P/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Gibb, RAFVR 1826205 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:40 – Landed 15:08
Flight Time 05:28

27/02/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 MC bombs. NZ426904 F/O M.Adamson and NZ425292 F/L D.Sadgrove returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was ten tenths. Leaders met slight to moderate H/F. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Gibb, RAFVR 1826205 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:24 – Landed 16:11
Flight Time 04:47

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 HK597 JN-N

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Gibb, RAFVR 1826205 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:15 – Landed 14:00
Flight Time 04:45

02/03/1945 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne. No aircraft bombed owing to special equipment failiure. Three aircraft jettisoned due to flak damage to engines, the remainder bringing their bombs back. F/O Woodcock was wounded in the neck and his engineer F/Sgt. Gibb in the legs but landed safely at base.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 DNC JN-K

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt Alan Gibb, RAFVR 1826205 – Flight Engineer.
Citation DFM (27th April 1945 (Imm)):
“This airman was flight engineer in an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne in March 1945. When nearing the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained much damage. Sergeant Gibb was severely wounded in the leg. The injury bled profusely . Nevertheless the airman applied himself to the task of feathering the propeller of the damaged starboard engine without thought for his own welfare. It was then that other crew members became aware of his plight and gave him first aid. Although forced to lie on the floor of the aircraft Sergeant Gibb insisted on remaining near his station in order to advise another member of the crew with regard to the various engineering duties to be performed. This airman set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty.”

F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.
F/S Herbert Winn, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 1626025.

Take Off 13:13 – Landed 18:50
Flight Time 05:37

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I PB663 JN-Z

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:46 – Landed 01:59
Flight Time 06:13

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 17:06
Flight Time 07:16

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:34 – Landed 20:48
Flight Time 05:14

01/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:58 – Landed 16:16
Flight Time 02:18

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
LAC Brown, RAF – Passenger.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:27 – Landed 14:56
Flight Time 02:29

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.III PB421 AA-P

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 18:08
Flight Time 06:16

15/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
8 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Prisoners of war from Juvincourt. The total number of men brought back was 191.

Lancaster Mk.I PP663 JN-Z

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
P/O E. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
F/S John Walter Denmee, RCAF R.253298 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Dalthas Edward ‘Duff’ Couillard, RCAF R.270581/ J.95050 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 17:22
Flight Time 05:42

30/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
3 Aircraft were detailed to view of the effects of the Bombing Offensive. (F/O Woodcock (JN’O’) Taking Group Personnel.

Lancaster Mk.- – JN-O

F/O Alan Frederick Woodcock, RAFVR 174378 – Pilot.
F/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Melville, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Bates, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. Randall, RAFVR 621592 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:31 – Landed 18:34
Flight Time 04:03