A.H. Burton crew 04.02.41

12/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.71.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, containers of incendiaries, while CAN.103 carried one flash bomb.
CAN.103, CAN.508, and CAN.185 all failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The flash Bomb was dropped in the sea.
CAN.317 reports that no results were observed owing to low cloud, but flare path at ARNHEIM AERODROME hit.
CAN.360 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on railway line and canal, D/R position in vicinity of target area. Bursts observed across railway line and canal.
CAN.760 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Bombs fell western area of docks (target M.61). Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
CAN.880 reports that bombs were seen to explode. Glare of fires visible on clouds.
Owing to heavy cloud no observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
Very little A.A. fire was encountered.
NO searchlights were experienced and no enemy aircraft encountered.
Weather was not good there being heavy cloud and icing conditions.
Navigation was mainly by D/R, with W/T and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2547 AA-F
Raid No. CAN.508 A.71 (did not bomb)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAFVR 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 04:00

14/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
STY.101 dropped one stick from East to West on target and bursts were observed just short of target, all in marshalling yard areas. Incendiaries still burning fiercely 20 mins after leaving target.
STY.255 dropped one 500lbs. and three S.B.C. in one stick from N.W to S.E. Three large fires and one white explosion in middle of fires believed to be just on Western side of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. dropped in second stick from same direction. Explosions observed.
STY.404 reports bomb burst observed of 500lbs. N.D.T. on buildings on S.E. of aerodrome. Incendiaries dropped in same area as height only 4000 feet. Incendiaries subsequently merged into two persistent fires, observed until disappeared in mist on return journey.
STY.459 reports that the target was bombed successfully.
STY.504 reports target successfully bombed. After leaving target rear gunner reports further explosions.
STY.638 reports numerous fires in target area and many explosions. Fires visible approximately 40 miles from target on return journey.
STY.777 reports that bombs were observed to burst on target. Fire reported seen by rear gunner.
STY.851 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Explosions seen and small fires seen on leaving target. Bombs fell along marshalling yards.
STY.930 reports bombs seen to explode but results not observed owing to searchlight activity and avoiding action. Number of flare paths in operation. Revolving beacons seen at various parts of route.
Heavy A.A. fire in BERLIN up to 30 miles West, fairly accurate. Intermittent flak experienced on route.
Intense searchlight activity in parts of target areas; fairly accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen in target areas.
Cloud experienced on route, but target areas clear.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3231 AA-?
Raid No. STY.459 CC.47

P/O Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:10

23/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 delay; 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action 250lbs. N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action; containers of incendiaries, while XUK.463 carried one flash bomb.
XUK.163 dropped one stick on station heading 220* Mag. One explosion and S.B.C. seen in target area by rear gunner either on station or yards, railway lines clearly observed. Target was pinpointed by position of two lakes east of BERKENWERDER and also by Tiergarten.
XUK.176 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Bomb burst seen amongst buildings in target area.
XUK.328 reports fires and explosions observed slightly north of target.
XUK.463 reports bombs seen to burst but results unobserved owing to searchlights and ground mist.
XUK.513 reports bombs seen to explode and fires started, followed by minor explosions.
XUK.565 failed to observe results owing to low cloud and ground haze. Bombs definitely seen to burst near target area.
XUK.615 reports bimb bursts observed in target area on East side of the river Rhine. Incendiaries caused two small fires.
XUK.709 reports large fires and explosions observed from 10-12 miles form target.
XUK.770 was unable to locate target owing to cloud and was recalled to base. Bombs were jettisoned safe over sea.
XUK.840 reports incendiaries only observed, numerous fires resulting. No other results observed due to intense searchlight activity.
XUK.917 reports all bombs seen to burst. Incendiaries burst on last bomb flash.
Fires, apparently dummy, seen N.W. of HANOVER. Convoy observed in North Sea 30 miles East of HARWICH being attacked at South end. GHENT well lit up, practically no blackout.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate in all areas.
Searchlights were intense and moderately accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. XUK.917 reports being attacked by two or more in target area.
Opened fired with red and green tracer, and did a climbing turn straight at them. Did not see them again.
Weather in target areas was clear. Cloud was experienced at various parts of routes.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. XUK.709 M.66 (Aerodrome at Koln attacked as secondary target)

F/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 04:45

26/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T.; 500lbs. S.A.P.; 500lbs. Delayed action; 250lbs N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
PXS.122 attacked the target and reports a near miss to east of target.
PXS.140 failed to locate primary target and attacked NEURUPPIN AERODROME. Bomb bursts were observed and 12 bright flashes from incendiary fires.
PXS.169 failed to locate primary target and attacked aerodrome North of HANOVER. One stick of bombs was dropped. Dim lights were seen near hangar lights and incendiaries were observed burning well. One large greenish-blue fire was seen burning some ten to fifteen mins after leaving, apart from incendiaries. Aerodrome was pinpointed by bend in river to South.
PXS.215 dropped one stick from 11,000 on Western side of HANOVER, by D/R position. Believed to be aerodrome.
PXS.311 reports that bombs were seen to explode.
PXS.369 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud in the target area.
PXS.330 reports that bombs were observed to drop across target. Four minutes after leaving target, three big explosions observed by rear gunner. Fires caused by incendiaries.
PXS.535 reports that a large reddish glow was observed for 15 mins under cloud.
No results were observed by PXS.590.
PXZ. reports that bombs were seen to explode under cloud; results unobserved.
There was noticeable flare activity by enemy trying to locate our aircraft.
Fairly accurate heavy and light flak was experienced in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly active in target areas, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of target areas.
Heavy cloud was experienced over majority of route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. PXS.122 Koln railway station

F/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 04:00

06/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3.
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
AGN.260 failed to locate the target and jettisoned bombs.
AGN.614 and AGN.967 also failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. D/A and N.D.T., containers of 40lbs. G.P., and containers of light case incendiaries.
AGN.159 failed to observe results owing to low cloud.
AGN.375 reports bombs dropped on aerodromes at ABBEYVILLE, NANTES, LES MEEREAUX, and EVEREAUX. Bursts were observed.
AGN.557 reports VILLACOMBLEY AERODROME bombed with one container of incendiaries. Hangar seen burning, and also one fire seen near hangar. Two 250lbs. N.D.T. dropped on GLISY AERODROME, but results were unobserved. Six 250 lbs. N.D.T., 2 S.B.C. 40lbs., and one S.B.C. incendiaries dropped on CALAIS DOCKS, but results were unobserved.
AGN.574 bombed CHATEAU D’UN and bursts were seen on Flarepath. Bombs were dropped on BOULGNE DOCKS bit owing to searchlight activity, no results were observed.
AGN.595 dropped bombs on VILLACOUBLEY AERODROME.
AGN.659 attacked VILLACOUBLEY and ORLAY, and bombs were seen to burst across flarepaths of aerodromes. Big explosions seen by rear gunner at ORLAY.
AGN.764 bombed TOURS aerodrome. Bursts were seen followed by a series of explosions.
AGN.769 reports hits on hangars at CHARTRES, CHATEAU D’UN, and large clouds of smoke and debris were seen with fires burning in each case. Two bombs were dropped on CALAIS DOCKS and caused a fire which persisted after leaving.
AGN.856 bombed RPYE AERODROME and DUNKIRK, and fires were left at both places.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight and light flak activity, but one fire was seen on N.W. corner of inner basin at CALAIS.
Many dummy flarepaths were seen. The blackout in Paris and suburbs was very poor.
Intense A.A. fire was experienced in parts of target area.
Intense and accurate searchlight activity was encountered at parts of route.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud, with icing conditions, was experienced in some parts of target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, landfalls, map reading, W/T, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. AGN.159 Area 1 (St. Omer attacked as secondary target)

F/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 04:10

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. LTG.- D.55

F/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 06:35
Flight Time 06:30

22/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft,DMU.692, captained SGT. Chuter, failed to return. DMU.936 failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T. and delayed action, 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
DMU.288 reports explosions and fires seen, but damage was unobserved.
DMU.303 reports numerous fires started by incendiaries in target area. Two other bomb loads dropped near by.
DMU.444 reports 1000lbs. bomb seen to land on or very near railway. Incendiary bombs not dropped.
DMU.494 reports several large fires caused, still burning when area was left.
DMU.515 dropped bombs on south perimeter of target along railway. Small fires started. Several large white explosions 3-5 mins after leaving target.
DMU.588 reports bombs and incendiaries seen to burst in the target area. Two fires persisting from the incendiaries, and one large fire, visible 17 mins after leaving, from the bomb bursts obscured in cloud after this time.
DMU.738 reports centre of town bombed and a large fire observed with six white explosions some minutes afterwards.
DMU.781 dropped bombs in two sticks over city causing one large line of fires quarter of a mile long. From these fires 15 to 20 large explosions were observed.
DMU.804 failed to locate target owing to low cloud, but bombed an aerodrome in France, RHEIMS AREA. Seven fires started. Six large explosions five mins later, presumably aircraft.
DMU.943 reports bombs seen to burst in target area amongst other fires, causing explosions.
Several flare paths were observed at various parts of route. Large dummy town 30 miles S.E. of MANNHEIM and dummy fire seen in middle of town. Blackout very bad over ANTWERP and Belgium. Much snow in Germany.
Fairly intense A.A. fire experienced over MANNHEIM. Very little experienced elsewhere.
There was not much searchlight activity.
DMU.804 reports being attacked by one ME.110 five mins. after bombing. This machine was hit but not brought down (60 rounds fired by front gunner).
Low cloud was experienced at various parts and target areas.
Navigation was by D/R. W/T.Q.D.M’s, and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. DMU.444 D.55 (Koblenz attacked as secondary target)

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 05:10

08/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10sec. Delay, and 250lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 sec. delay.
YPN.121 attacked docks from North to South. Two 500lbs. bombs seen to burst on West side of docks. One 500lbs. bomb landed approximately one mile West of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. hung up and brought back.
YPN.322 reports that the target was obscured by 8/10 cloud.
No results were seen by YPN.410
Results were not observed by YPN.460
YPN.573 dropped bombs on dock area, but was unable to observe results owing to local cloud cover.
YON.741 dropped bombs in stick onto defences. One reddish explosion observed through cloud.
YPN.952 bombed fire in dock area. Results not observed. Two flare paths were observed, one West of target area and one North of ROTTERDAM.
Intense light and heavy flak encountered in and around target area. Heavy and light fire experienced on route.
Very few searchlights encountered over target owing to cloud..
Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Weather was clear on way to target, but heavy cloud over target area.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3297 AA-?

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allen, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 04:40

11/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, XDS.521, did not reach the target owing to engine trouble. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs.N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XDS.102 aimed bombs at Royal Arsenal, Turin, but these fell off late owing to freezing of bombing gear, and fell either on or very near Fiat works. Several explosions observed after bursting of bombs, one very large explosion after about five minutes. Four fires left burning.
XDS.208 dropped bombs in a stick causing a fire and three or four bright explosions.
XDS.292 reports bomb burst approximately one mile South of target. Results unobserved as low cloud obscured target.
XDS.497 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud.
XDS.555 bombed through thick cloud. Results not observed.
XDS.646 reports hits registered in target area, but cloud prevented accurate observations.
GENEVA was seen to be lit up.
Much heavy and light A.A. fire in target areas; inaccurate.
Heavy and light encountered up valley of Alps.
No searchlights encountered in Italy. Eight seen at DUNKIRK, but these were not accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over most of route, and in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.
XDS.713 failed to locate the target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on intense concentration of light flak on D/R position WILLHELMSHAVEN.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:15 – Landed 06:40
Flight Time 04:25

15/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, JSK.150, failed to attack target owing to wireless failure on outward journey and jettisoned bombs in North Sea.
The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
As aiming point was already well alight, JSK.148 laid one stick from East to West just North of aiming mark starting fresh fires.
JSK.252 reports N.E. burst just by target. Incendiaries round target, starting large fires.
JSK.325 reports hits registered within target area. Exact position not visible owing to extensive fires previously caused. Further fires observed by rear gunner.
JSK.525 reports many fires seen in, and around target. Own results could not be defined owing to these fires.
JSK.600 dropped H.E. from 10,000 feet. Results unobserved owing to intense fires in target area. Incendiaries dropped on course of 110* from 10,000 feet in a position 300yds. south of railway station. Burned until aircraft was out of sight of target area.
JSK.696 dropped bombs in one stick running east to west. H.E. bursts observed. Incendiaries seen to cause large fire visible 15-20 mins after leaving target.
To large ships, presumed Bremen and Europa, in BREMERHAVEN. Dummy town in position 20 miles West of target area 52*45’N. 04*45’E. Dummy target bearing 190* 15 miles from target.
Intense light and heavy tracer and some heavy flak in target area. Intense heavy flak at OLDENBURG and BREMERHAVEN.
Several searchlights in target area; hampered by moonlight.
JSK.148 reports being attacked by enemy aircraft, probably ME.109, south of BREMERSHAVEN but the attack was not pressed home. One other enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, seen at BREMERHAVEN, but no attack made.
Weather was very good, there being little or no cloud. Visibility good.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3297 AA-?

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAF 84007 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:11 – Landed 23:42
Flight Time 04:31

04/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Le Havre
Two Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to 10/10 cloud, neither of these aircraft located the target and the bombs were jettisoned. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. and containers of incendiaries.
No observations or reconnaissance were carried out.
No A.A. fire or searchlights were experienced, and no enemy aircraft were observed.
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over the Continent.
Navigation was by D/R and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1162 dnc AA-Y

P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAFVR 84007 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kempthorne, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Revitt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:54 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 04:26

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1161 AA-?

P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAFVR 84007 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kempthorne, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Revitt, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Milborne, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time not listed

14/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in target area, and many fires were observed. Dummy fires were seen near the target. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and on route. Searchlights were active from the Dutch coast to target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fine, but there was some ground mist.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1161 AA-?

P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAFVR 84007 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kempthorne, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Revitt, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Milborne, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 04:10

21/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of the aircraft, JAH.124, captained by P/O Falconer, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. 500lbs. 250 lbs. and containers of incendiaries. JAH.243 bombed docks at EMDEN. Incendiaries not observed; 500lbs. bombs seen to explode in target area. Owing to front and rear turrets being unserviceable, JAH.460 returned to base. Bombs were jettisoned in sea. JAH.598 reports bombs seen to explode on docks. Incendiaries seen to cause large fires. JAH.607 reports one good fire, and three minor fires. JAH.969 dropped in vicinity of target area. JAH.996 bombed on ETA and heaviest flak concentration. Bomb bursts seen under cloud. No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out. The A.A. fire encountered was medium and inaccurate. There were few searchlights, mostly operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was 10/10 cloud over most of the journey, with severe icing conditions. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1161 AA-?

P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAFVR 84007 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Leo Nola, RNZAF NZ39930 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Revitt, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Milborne, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time not listed

26/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy to medium and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were intense and accurate over Holland and the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fairly good over most of the journey, but ground haze covered the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1161 AA-?

P/O Alec Herbert Burton, RAFVR 84007 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kempthorne, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Revitt, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Milborne, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:00