A.G. Johns crew 23.06.42 †

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:35

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:45

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:20

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:30

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 03:05

23/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening)
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Bomb load was 500lbs and vegetables. The task was carried out as ordered. Small concentration of flak and searchlights at Cherbourg. No enemy a/c seen. Weather was fine with slight ground have over France. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3452 AA-J

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:45

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic MDX? AA-

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, NZ411785 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:50

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3541 AA-H

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 02:20

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:40

07/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Nine a/c carried out the above sortie and carried 500lbs bombs and vegetables. A few machines returned with loads but some carried out their task. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft. Weather was cloudy with poor visibility. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Arthur Titcoomb, RNZAF 1291758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 03:59
Flight Time 03:49

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Eric Glover Wilson, RAFVR NZ404035 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed not complete
Flight Time –

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 Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Arthur Titcoomb, RNZAF 1291758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:05

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 Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RAFVR NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 03:30

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 Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 03:35

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 Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

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

27/07/1942 – Daylight Attack on Bremen
Two a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 500lbs was dropped in target area on town. Bombs were seen bursting in built up area. There was no A.A. fire or enemy a/c. There was 10/10th cloud. Navigation by DR was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:25 – Landed 19:20
Flight Time 03:55

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 Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B crashed near the small town of Lingen, 130 miles South West of Hamburg and close to the Netherlands border. It may have been attacked by a night- fighter either en route to the target or on its way back to base. Whatever the situation, Sgt. Johns the captain, was unable to maintain control and a crash landing became inevitable. It was not survivable and all crew members died. They were initially buried at Lingen- on-Ems, but later transferred to Reichswald Forest Cemetery.
F/S Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of Arthur I. Johns, and of Eileen Mariane Johns (Nee Mathias), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 15. E. 10.

Sgt. Mark Kraljevich, RNZAF NZ403458 – Observer.
Killed age 25.
Son of Steve Kraljevich, and of Ivy Kraljevich (Nee Royal), of Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand; Husband of Margaret Kraljevich, of Waiuku.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Joint grave 15. E. 8-9.

Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RNZAF NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Harold Albert and Helen Frampton, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Joint grave 15. E. 8-9.

Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 33.
Son of Frank Edward and Flora Ellis; Husband of Florence Katie Ellis, of Booker, Buckinghamshire.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 15. E. 11.
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this
That a man lay down
His life for his’

Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ41178 5 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 25.
Son of Ernest Charles Stewart, and of Anne Elizabeth Stewart, of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 15. E. 12.