A.H. McLeod crew 18.3.45

18/03/1945 – Attack Against Bruchstrasse
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the coking areas and Bensol plant at Bruchstrasse. Cloud was 10/10ths over the target with tops at 6/7,000 ft. Crew report formation was good through the target and bombs fell away together. No results were seen. Slight H.F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

P/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:01 – Landed 17:18
Flight Time 05:17

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.I HK561 AA-Y

P/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:12 – Landed 15:38
Flight Time 05:26

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.III ME531 AA-K

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RNZAF – NZ413093.

Take Off 10:48 – Landed 15:03
Flight Time 04:15

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:47 – Landed 19:16
Flight Time 06:29

13/04/1945 – Minelaying at Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Keil, carrying 4,000 HCN, 1000 ANM, 500 ANM and Munro Bombs. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud and tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving target. Flak was Slight. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:29 – Landed 02:46
Flight Time 06:17

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:29 – Landed 15:13
Flight Time 04:44

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
P/O Maurice Edward Parker, RNZAF NZ414332 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Roy deWilmot Tully, RAFVR 175537 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:33 – Landed 20:55
Flight Time 05:22

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:51 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 02:19

03/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague
10 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping, five for Delft and five for the Hague. Crowds and flag waving were not so extensive as before and enthusiasm seems to be waining.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
– No Mid Upper Gunner on this Op,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:12 – Landed 13:33
Flight Time 02:21

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
Sgt. A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
CPL Beaumont (Pass),   – Passenger.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:14 – Landed 14:42
Flight Time 02:28

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
F/S A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 18:09
Flight Time 06:24

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.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
F/S A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:33 – Landed 16:24
Flight Time 03:51

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 RF190 AA-F

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
F/S A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:37 – Landed 17:47
Flight Time 06:10

26/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England
7 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 71 Belgian refugees. 120 ex Prisoners of War were brought back on the return trips. Flight Lieutenant Lukins was involved in a slight mishap at Brussels and some of the crew were brought back by another aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
F/S A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:04 – Landed 20:20
Flight Time 08:16

31/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
4 Aircraft were detailed to view of the effects of the bombing offensive. Command personnel were taken in two of the aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
F/S A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:01 – Landed 19:34
Flight Time 05:33

24/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/O Aeneas Hendry McLeod, RNZAF NZ428325 – Pilot.
F/S A. Parsons, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Derek Emms, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Youngson, RNZAF NZ42776 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Bicknell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Bastable, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
note under this crew saying ‘Postmortem Operation See Page 248’,   – .

Take Off 09:35 – Landed 14:03
Flight Time 04:28