A.R. Baines crew 14.4.45 †

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M

F/L Sidney Lewis ‘Buzz’ Spillman, RNZAF NZ413138 – Pilot.
F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman ‘Norm’ Holbrook, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Ernest ‘Tom’ Corlett, RAFVR NZ425692 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gerald ‘Gerry’ Abrahams, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold ‘Harry’ Thorne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O Vernon Alfred ‘Vern’ Clouston, RNZAF NZ428285 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O William Patrick ‘Pat’ Burke, RNZAF NZ4210017 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:33 – Landed 01:54
Flight Time 05:21

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Allan Melrose Sliman, RAFVR 1826936 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 03:11
Flight Time 08:46

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 HK597 JN-N

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
P/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. V. Cramer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:36 – Landed 15:30
Flight Time 04:54

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.III LM728 AA-R

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:58 – Landed 16:18
Flight Time 02:20

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 HK576 AA-L

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 17:55
Flight Time 06:05

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 LM276 AA-S

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:38 – Landed 16:30
Flight Time 03:52

02/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
3 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:45 – Landed 15:10
Flight Time 05:25

14/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:58 – Landed 18:56
Flight Time 03:58

22/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I PB132 AA-T
Recorded as PB136, however the only instance. Letter designator suggests this a/c is actually PB132

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
F/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:41 – Landed 14:10
Flight Time 04:29

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-U

F/O Allan Ralph Baynes, RNZAF NZ427453 – Pilot.
F/O Dawson Albert Cotton, RNZAF NZ421063 – Navigator.
W/O Leo Francis Joseph Farrelly, RNZAF NZ427268 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Sword, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Boulton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barnbrook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Bentham, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:58 – Landed 16:04
Flight Time 06:06