A.G. Sutherland crew 22.06.42 †

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 X.3648 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland RNZAF NZ405340 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RNZAF NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – 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 X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:50

17/06/1942 – Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Mines were laid as ordered and all a/c returned safely. (Two a/c out of the above eight went to St. Nazaire on a sortie). There was very little flak and searchlights were few. There was haze and vis. was moderate. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAFVR NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:40

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAFVR NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:05

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:20

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Lewis, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 01:05

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 BJ.584 dnc AA-C
returned early owing to navigator ill, diverted to Methwold
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Lewis, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 02:15

28/06/1942 – Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen
Four a/c were detailed to carry out the above sorties. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in the target area. Results not seen. Heavy flak was met at Vannes and Bremen and searchlights were poor. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fair with cloud. Nav. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3751 AA-P

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Lewis, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:00

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.3558 AA-Z

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:20

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 X.3558 AA-Z

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:20

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 X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RAFVR NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

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

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 X.3538 AA-N

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

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

20/07/1942 – Daylight Sorties Against Bremen
Six a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load was not dropped as all returned to base owing to lack of cloud cover. There was no A.A. fire but four enemy a/c made unsuccessful attacks on Well.III, X3452, captained by Sgt. Croall

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 04:20

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 X.3558 AA-Z

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Alister Hutt RNZAF NZ41914 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:30

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 BJ.599 AA-U

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Alister Hutt RNZAF NZ41914 2nd Pilot.
P/O Murray Ellis Carncross, RNZAF NZ411718 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 03:40

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 X.3558 AA-Z

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
P/O Murray Ellis Carncross, RNZAF NZ411718 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 03:30

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III X.3588? AA-U

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
P/O Murray Ellis Carncross, RNZAF NZ411718 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RNZAF NZ41594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:00

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 X.3558 AA-Z

Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
W/O George Ernest Shones, RAFVR 564432 – Observer.
Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Harkness, RNZAF 121958 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

The Wellington was probably hit by AA fire over or near the target city and crashed near Cuxhaven, northern Germany. All the crew perished. They were buried in the Central Cemetery Brackeswalde, but later reinterred at Becklingen War Cemetery.

F/S Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of Alexander Sutherland and of Agnes Kay Sutherland (Nee Allan), of Sutherland’S, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 27. B. 2.

W/O George Ernest Shone, RAF 564432 – Observer.
Killed age 29.
Son of George and Edith Olivia Gwladys Shone; Husband of Nellie Florence Shone, of Hoole, Chester.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 27. A. 13.
‘Love’s last gift,
Remembrance’

P/O Charles Harkness, RAFVR 121958 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of Charles and Murdina Harkness, of Clarkston, Lanarkshire.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 27. A. 14.
‘A beloved son and brother,
“Until the day break,
And the shadows flee away”

Sgt. Adrian Oscar Tabor, RNZAF NZ411104 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 25.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 27. B. 1.

Sgt. Ian Gordon Stewart, RNZAF NZ404623 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Percy Lordon Stewart and Nellie Eileen Stewart, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 27. A. 12.