A.J. Falconer crew 11.12.40 †

28/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., delayed action; and S.A.P. delayed action, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.402 dropped one stick of bombs on target which overshot into shipbuilding yards on South Eastern side of river. Bursts observed and fires from incendiaries, also one fire from one of bomb bursts.

CB.403 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Two bombs landed in water, also incendiary. One bomb believed to have hit floating dock of GNEISENAU. One bomb hit docks South of GNEISENAU.

CB.404 reports that results were not observed due to A.A. and searchlight activity, hazy conditions.

CB.405 dropped bombs in one stick. Three explosions observed on leaving target, also small fires. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WILHELMSHAVEN Aerodrome. Results unobserved.

CB.415 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud and gun flashes.

Bombs were seen by CB.416 to burst on target. One large explosion and a fire started.

CB.420 reports bomb flashes in middle of dock at ANTWERP.

CB421 dropped three 250lbs. N.D.T. on fire in neighbourhood of target, but results unobserved.

CB.422 reports that end of stick fell on aerodrome. Two fires started south of target.

CB.432 reports that primary target was obscured by heavy cloud. Attack was made on Z.110 at GHENT. Bombs observed to burst, and incendiaries started fires on west side of the aerodrome.

Three white flashing beacons observed near HAAMSEDE. Fires observed probably ANTWERP and OSTEND. White beacon flashing “M” at GILZENKIRCHEN target.

A medium amount of heavy flak was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Nine enemy aircraft were seen West of ANTWERP. Weather was clear over target areas. Cloud over North Sea and Dutch Coast.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2822 AA-?
Raid No. CB.416 A.72 (Eindhoven attacked as secondary target)

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAF 36275 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Ernest David Johnson-Barrett, RAFVR NZ40191 – Observer.
Sgt. Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stewart, RAFVR? – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 04:15

08/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Delayed action, 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

RCP.164 dropped bombs in one stick from West to East and bursts observed in eastern sector of town and on marshalling yards. Fires were started by incendiaries on Western boundary of town and on Eastern boundary of marshalling yards.

RCP.189 dropped bombs on target from 11,000 feet. Fires observed from incendiaries and small explosions resulted.

RCP.336 dropped one stick from East to West on Marshalling Yard, resulting in a row of large fires from which sixteen explosions of different colours were observed burning for 60 miles after leaving target.

RCP.415 reports fires and explosions in target area.

RCP.435 reports that high explosives and incendiaries were seen to burst on aerodrome. Incendiaries started two medium fires which burnt with red flames.

RCP.545 reports fires and explosions in target. Fires also observed from previous attack.

S/Ldr, Bain reports direct hits on track and sheds. Extensive fires and continuous explosions seen after leaving target, visible for 30 mins on return journey. Attacked form 3000 feet.

P/O Hankins released bombs in one stick on Eastern end of target. Bursts observed in target area and fires started by incendiaries. Still burning after leaving target.

Two illuminated flarepaths observed in vicinity of BRUGES AERODROME. Dimly illuminated flarepath observed two miles S.S.E. MANNHEIM. Convoy sighted off East Coast steaming North East, position 52° 10N, 01°50E. Challenged and fired at immediately. Firing ceased on showing colour of period.

Intense medium and heavy A.A. fire on route between MANNHEIM and MUNICH. Very intense medium flak with heavy flak at MUNICH.
Searchlights were fairly numerous and accurate in all areas.
A few enemy aircraft were seen in various parts of route. Weather was good, apart from haze over English Coast on return.
Navigation was by D/R map reading, Astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. RCP.336 M.487

S/L Norman Maxwell Boffee, RAF 37343 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Clayson, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McGregor, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frew, RAF – Front Gunner.
– -,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:12 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 07:33

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 flarepaths 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 T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. STY.225 G.30

S/L Norman Maxwell Boffee, RAF 37343 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Clayson, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McGregor, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frew, RAF – Front Gunner.
F/L McGrath, RAAF/ RCAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 09:00

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.2503 AA-P
Raid No. PXS.140 M.501 (Neuruppin aerodrome attacked as secondary target)

S/L Norman Maxwell Boffee, RAF 37343 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Clayson, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McGregor, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frew, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William John Murland, RNZAF NZ391867 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 06:45

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 aarts of target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, landfalls, map reading, W/T, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. AGN.375 Area 2 (Area 1 attacked as secondary target)

S/L Norman Maxwell Boffee, RAF 37343 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Clayson, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McGregor, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frew, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William John Murland, RNZAF NZ391867 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 04:55

09/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries, while MS.342 carried one flash bomb.

MSW.112 dropped bombs in one stick on dicks on west side of harbour, but results were unobserved.

MSW.155 observed bomb bursts on S.W. of dock area. Fires from incendiaries followed by explosions in same area.

MSW.226 dropped bombs in stick. Three bursts observed and some incendiaries seen burning on West side of river in main dock area abreast of two 150 ton cranes and about 30-60yds from water front and between “Y” shaped dry dock and lower of two bridges.

MSW.296 failed to observe results which were indistinguishable from flak fire.

MSW.342 dropped bombs in stick from railway bridge towards estuary.

MSW.487 dropped bombs in one stick from 12000 feet. Bursts were observed followed by explosions in target area.

MSW.577 saw bombs burst in target area on South side of river followed by minor explosions and one large after five mins.

MSW.704 reports explosions in target area.

Dummy fires and explosions were seen on marshland 10 miles east of LORIENT. MSW.112 encountered two balloons at 11,200 and three at 11,000 feet over harbour itself. Flak ships observed in harbour approaches.

A moderate amount of light, medium, and heavy flak was experienced at parts of target areas, but this was not very accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was clear over target area, but cloud was experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, D/F, Q.D.M’s, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. MSW.342 CC.26

S/L Norman Maxwell Boffee, RAF 37343 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Clayson, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McGregor, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frew, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William John Murland, RNZAF NZ391867 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:03 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 05:47

11/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries.
DYG.114 dropped bombs in salvo. Two good fires were started and observed on North side of dock area; burning when seven minutes on homeward journey.
DYG.280 brought bombs back owing to intense ice conditions at FLUSHING.
DYG.502 dropped stick of bombs across docks. Cloud obscured any other observations.
DYG.532 reports several fires started in target area. Some still in sight when we were over CALAIS.
DYG.927 reports large explosions after small fire started. Small fires along railway.
Dummy flarepath seen approximately six miles North of IJMUIDEN in Holland. Aerodrome working at GHENT.
Some heavy A.A. fire was experienced at CAPE GRIS NEZ and CALAIS. Very little over target areas.
Slight searchlight activity was experienced over BOULOGNE and CALAIS. Searchlights were ineffective over MANNHEIM owing to cloud.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
ten-tenths cloud was experienced over MANNHEIM and RUHR areas. Icing conditions were also experienced.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R3224 AA-?
Raid No. DYG.114 Boulogne

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Pilot.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew MooreBrodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:24 – Landed 19:56
Flight Time 02:32

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 1000lbs., N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

FXP.270 failed to locate primary target but bombed marshalling yards and goods train N.W. suburbs of BERLIN. Fires started and two large explosions observed from trucks.

FXP.340 reports direct hit by 1000lbs. bomb on jetty at BREMEN DOCKS. Terrific explosion seen.

FXP.357 dropped bombs on marshalling yards and buildings at CHARLOTTENBURG. Bursts observed followed by series of minor explosions. Two large fires observed after turning to course for return trip.

FXP.616 reports bombs burst across target causing numerous fires and explosions.

FXP.653 reports bursts and incendiary fires seen in dock areas.

FXP.724 reports three large fires with four explosions and smaller fires caused by incendiaries.

FXP.792 reports bombs seen to explode in target area causing small fires.

FXP.877 dropped bombs in target area. Fires and explosions were observed.
Three large fires were observed in woods N.W. and W.N.W. of BERLIN.

Several small ships seen at berths in CHERBOURG harbour. A.A. emplacement seen on breakwater and in dock area.
There was a fair amount of accurate heavy and light flak in target area and on route.
Searchlights were moderately active on route and in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target areas, but heavy cloud was experienced at many parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. FXP.653 Frankfurt

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Pilot.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew MooreBrodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner .

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

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 T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. LTG.144 D.55

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Pilot.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew MooreBrodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 07:30

19/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft, RWA.258, RWA.551 and RWA.752, failed to locate the target. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.

RWA.191 reports explosions observed reflected on cloud base about two minutes after bombs had exploded.

RWA.213 bombed on E.T.A. owing to 10/10 cloud.

RWA.392 dropped bombs in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts and four following explosions observed.

RWA.669 bombed area of HOMBERG through gap in clouds. No apparent fires caused by incendiaries. Five or six explosions observed 3-5 mins after bombing.

RWA.857 dropped bombs in one stick. No observations were made.
There was no A.A. fire except at HERTONGENBOSCH where heavy flak, accurate for direction but not for height, was fired through 10/10 cloud.

No searchlights were experienced.
One enemy fighter was seen over Germany. No attack.
Weather was not good 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole journey.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, Q.D.M.’s and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. RWA.213 A.71

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Pilot.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew MooreBrodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:36 – Landed 05:56
Flight Time 06:20

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 P.2503 AA-?
Raid No. DMU.738 D.55

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Pilot.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew MooreBrodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 06:35

01/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CAR.?? Captained by P/O Hankins, returned to base owing to starboard engine trouble and bombs were jettisoned in North Sea about 50 miles due East of Yarmouth. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, 250lbs. L.C.I., and containers of incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CAR.161 owing to numerous fires already in target area. Three runs were made over the target at 10,000 feet. H.E. and L.C. dropped on first run and incendiaries on second run on the target.

CAR.409 reports large fires added to on first run with incendiaries. Flashes observed from heavy bombs on second run.

CAR.581 saw bombs explode about 400tds. west of target. Incendiaries added to numerous fires already burning.

CAR.658 reports bombs fell short to S.E. of target, adding to fires already burning there.

CAR.811 reports greenish explosion from H.E. bombs. Small fires from incendiaries. Bombs burst 400 yds S.E. of target.

CAR.992 failed to observe bomb bursts owing to fires in target area. Incendiaries added to fires.

Flashing beacon, one dot every two seconds, observed in position approximately 53N, 04 45’E. Several fires in and around BREMEN.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, inaccurate, experienced at parts of target areas.
Searchlights were intense but inaccurate in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was fairly clear over target areas, but cloud was experienced at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:55 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 06:10

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud.

XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483.

XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.

XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.

XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.

Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
P/O George William Curry, RAFVR 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:20

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 T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 05:20

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 encoutered 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 T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 07:20
Flight Time 05:50

22/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250 lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries. TKP.422 dropped bobs through cloud, but results were unobserved. THP.564 bombed through 10/10 cloud on E.T.A. from 11,000 feet on centre of flak concentration. One 250lbs. dropped on ROTTERDAM Aerodrome from 6000 feet on return; no results observed. TKP.616 reports target obscured by 10/10 cloud. Astro fix obtained over target and bombs dropped. Glow of incendiaries seen burning through cloud. TKP.917 dropped bombs in one stick in target on flak. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. There was intense light and heavy flak in target area. Searchlights were moderate over target area. Few experienced on route. No enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 10/10 cloud over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, R/T, Q.D.M’s

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
Sgt. David Leo Nola, RNZAF NZ39930 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 04:20

27/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BNF.882, captained by S/L. Kain, failed to reach target owing to engine trouble, and bombs were jettisoned “safe” in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries. BNF. 253 reports bursts observed in target area by rear gunners. BNF. 268 dropped bombs in a single stick: 1000 lbs. seen to burst near railway station. BNF.432 reports two fires caused by incendiaries. H.E. dropped in target area. BNF.550 dropped incendiaries on target on first run. H.E. dropped on second run and seen to explode on the fires. Three red fires burning in middle of incendiaries upon leaving target. BNF.654 dropped bombs in two sticks across centre of city. Numerous fires started, increasing in size as target was left. BNF.817 located target and dropped a stick of bombs running North East. Line of fires resulted. Aerodrome observed 10 miles N.W. of LINZEN. Two photos of target area taken by BNF.253.. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. Very few searchlights over target area: not accurate. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear over Germany. Low cloud over England and elsewhere en route. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7818 AA-R

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
Sgt. David Leo Nola, RNZAF NZ39930 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:40 – Landed 08:05
Flight Time 06:25

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 T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
Sgt. David Leo Nola, RNZAF NZ39930 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 02:50

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 T.2503 AA-?

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
Sgt. David Leo Nola, RNZAF NZ39930 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 06:00

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 T.2503 AA-

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Captain.
S/L Edward Ulric Guerin Solbe, RAFVR 34090 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Sgt. William Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAFVR 650057 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off MISSING – Landed MISSING
Flight Time missing

All aircraft, except Wellington Mk.Ic T.2503, returned to base safely, landing at approximately 00.30hrs. Wellington T2503 failed to return. Very little information is available to determine the fate of the aircraft, although it became apparent it was brought down in the North Sea. The crew all perished. Two bodies were later washed ashore near Helgoland, north of Wilhelmshaven. Acting as second pilot on this ill-fated sortie, was S/L Solbe, ‘A’ Flight Commander.

P/O Arthur James Falconer, RNZAF NZ39910 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of William Mowat Falconer and Helen Francis Falconer, of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 63.

S/Ldr. Edward Urlic Guerin Solbe, RAF 34090 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 30.
Husband of Jean G. Solbe, of Rustington, Sussex.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. E. 6.
‘Beloved Budge’

P/O Anthony Vincent Muir, RNZAF NZ40195 – Observer.
Lost without trace age 29.
Son of James Thomas Muir and Annie Ita Muir.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 63.

Sgt. Harry Thomas Hellier, RAF 650057 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hellier; Husband of Vera F. Hellier, of Wembley, Middlesex.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 45.

Sgt. William Donald Morrison, RAFVR 946356 – Wireless Operator .
Lost without trace age 24.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 49.

Sgt. Andrew Moore Brodie, RNZAF NZ391378 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 25.
Son of Andrew Brodie and of Joanna Brodie (Nee Moore), of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Sage War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 8. A. 4.