A.M. Hobbs crew 29.04.41

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.2854 AA-U

F/L John Edward Stewart Morton, RAFVR 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Norman Dudley Greenaway, RAFVR/ RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 04:05

03/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. UNL.218 reported decision to turn back owing to wireless not acting correctly. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and cases of incendiaries. UNL.205 reports dropped stick of bombs across target. UNL.218 bombed HAMMSTEDE AERODROME and bombs burst near flare path.
UNK.633 reports bombs hit Dock Gates North East of Main Gates. UNL.640 reports bombs burst East side of RHINE.
UNL.645 reported red glow observed through target.
UNL.633 observed 2/5 star red cartridges seen and red tracer fired N.E. of HONNINGTON. Fires were observed in target area and UNL.783 took photographs of Dusseldorf aerodrome. A fair amount of heavy and accurate flak was experienced. Many enemy fighters were observed and UNL.347 observed plane bomb FELTWELL at 1200ft. The weather experienced on this raid was fine and clear. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.7818 AA-?

F/L John Edward Stewart Morton, RAFVR 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Norman Dudley Greenaway, RAFVR/ RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 03:05

13/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area and many fires were observed to be burning when last aircraft left. Heavy and light flak was experienced over the target and numerous searchlights were used working in cones. ARU 271 observed one ME109 and one ME110 near DUTCH COAST and ARU 250 engaged one JU88 results were not observed. Good weather was experienced and navigation was by D/R and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – .
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 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 – – Landed –
Flight Time –

15/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Lorient
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Owing to fog being experienced on the return journey three of these aircraft landed at ST EVAL and two at BOSCOMBE DOWN. Hits were registered in the target area. The only observations made was that the blackout over FRANCE was bad. Moderate heavy and light flak was encountered and strong concentrations of searchlights were met in the target area. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear but ground haze was experienced over the target. Navigation was by D/R and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 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 18:50 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 04:45

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

S/L Garry Carlton Kain, RAF/RNZAF 37972/ NZ2422 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. E.B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 06:30

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 04:35

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 06:30

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 07:15

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 08:00

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1162 AA-Y

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:25

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 06:30

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 08:00

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and bursts were seen, and fires started in target areas. A.A. fire was failry intense and accurate. Searchlights were numerous and working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Heavy cloud was expereinced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 08:00

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:15

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:00

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 05:30

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Owen Turner, RNZAF NZ401467 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:20

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was bt D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:00

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1163 AA-?

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:10

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:45

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad.Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 04:20

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

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

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:10

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Keith Vernon Dudley Roe, RAFVR 1250397 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

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

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Boutle , RAFVR – 1st Navigator
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – 2nd Navigator.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:35

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, and searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Partridge, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:20

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Allen Ward, RNZAF NZ401793 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 05:55

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:45

30/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129, jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen. No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire encountered, and searchlights were active and working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by HE.111 from 50yds astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, Q.D.N, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Campbell Joyce, RNZAF NZ401278 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rodney Patrick Carling, RAFVR 950217 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:20

10/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
The target was bombed by JDS.276
JDS.629 reports bombs were seen to burst in what was believed to be the Southern part of Cologne.
JDS.723 dropped bombs near fire in town of Bonn. Incendiaries started a good fire.
JDS.727 reports bombs dropped in target area and bursts seen in estimated position of aiming point.
JDS.871 saw bombs burst in target area.
JDS.972 reports firs were seen to start after bombing.
P/O. Scott reports that small fires were started in small town south of Cologne.
P/O. Hamlin reports that a fire was started in target area.
SGT. Brecon bombed target area.
P/O Hobbs saw bombs burst near a small red fire in the centre of a heavy flak concentration.
A number of dummy fires were observed on route.
A.A. fire was slight.
Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attack made.
The weather was fine but there was haze over route and in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3171 AA-E

P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Smalley, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald James Turner, RAFVR 913804 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Samuel Carson Craig, RAFVR 947814 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Graham Stuart Walker, RNZAF NZ401817 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time