A.H.R. Hawkins crew 06.08.41 †

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

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R,3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

Sgt. Robert Ewen Ernest Fotheringham, RNZAF NZ391833 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O George Eric Fowler, RAF 86427 – Observer.
Sgt. Crossley, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L.G.H. Hingley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Henry Charles Wakefield, RNZAF NZ40929 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:00

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 by 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

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:30

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. Breckon 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

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:30

24/07/1941 – Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out daylight attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, N.2854 captained by SGT. Streeter failed to return to base. The bomb load consisted of 24 500lbs. S.A.P.
Results were unobserved by DNS.772.
DNS.329 reports bombs overshot aiming point. Direct hits on sheds or warehouses about half mile S.E. of aiming point were observed.
DNS.411 reports that one and possibly two hits were observed on north end of No.1 graving dock.
Results were not observed by P/). Ashworth.
S/L. Lucas reports that bombs were dropped in target area.
Balloons were observed in the harbour.
A.A. fire was very intense and accurate.
Enemy aircraft were numerous and our aircraft were attacked.
The weather was excellent and visibility was good.
Navigation was by D/R, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Ian McDonald McLauchlin, RAFVR 755135/ 100538 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAFVR 44224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:54 – Landed 17:25
Flight Time 06:31

06/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.1648 captained by SGT. Millet, failed to return to base. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
GHC.170 sighted river near target but had to bomb through 10/10 cloud. Glow of a fire was seen through clouds. Bomb bursts were observed in target area by GHC.231. GNC.265 observed bomb bursts in dock area. GHC.279 bombed target area but was unable to pinpoint target on account of haze. GHC.324 saw bombs burst across outer harbour of Ostend. Unable to reach primary target owing to loss of time and petrol in extensive thunder cloud on East Coast. GHC.470 dropped bombs in target area but results were not observed. GHC.535 bombed target through 9/10 cloud. Fire observed on departure. GHC.688 failed to attack target. GHC.719 bombed flak and searchlight concentrations on E.T.A. through 10/10 cloud. Results were not observed by GHC.750.
P/O. Williams reports direct hit on lock gates. Results were not observed by P/O. Scott owing to heavy cloud.
A fair amount of activity was observed on enemy aerodromes in Brussels-liege area.
A.A. fire was slight but accurate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
GHC.279 reports encounter with probable JU.88. Three attacks were made but the enemy was driven off by return fire. Rear gunner believes he scored hit with third burst, causing aircraft to break away.
Weather was not favourable, there being heavy cloud, thunder, electric storms, and bad icing conditions.
Navigation was by W/T, D/R, astro and loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:05

12/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 06:25

14/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
ROB.214 reports bombs fell probably near centre of town but to N.W. of railway station. Bursts observed. Large fires seen when leaving. Have and cloud over target made pinpointing impossible.
ROB.417 bombed south of town.
ROB.476 reports one very large fire started approx.. half mile N.W. of target aiming point.
ROB.556 dropped bombs in target area.
ROB.577 reports that bursts were see and a small fire started.
P/O. Scott reports bomb bursts see and a large fire started.
S/L. Widdowson bombed target.
P/O. Williams bombed buildings near target.
Several dummy fires were observed around target area.
A.A fire was fairly intense and co-operating with searchlights.
Searchlights were active.
ROB.214 was attacked by enemy aircraft, probably JU.88, at about 1200feet over base. One head-on attack was made with cannon and machine gun, but no hits scored. Avoided enemy action by diving to about 200 feet.
The weather was fine in target area, but there was heavy cloud on route.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, loop, astro, Q.D.M.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

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

17/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and was made up of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, and containers of incendiaries. All bombs were dropped, but owing to heavy cloud results were not observed. A.A. fire was moderate, and there was little searchlight activity.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 04:35

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9767 AA-S

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:40

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and       working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-U

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 –
Pilot. P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RAFVR 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:55

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-U

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RAFVR 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:15

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Boswell Blakeway, RNZAF NZ403486 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918, AA-U was probably brought down by flak, near Hartenholm, about 24 miles North of Hamburg. Two crew members, Sgt R Robert Blakeway and Sgt W.Mullins RAF, successfully baled out and were taken prisoners of war. The rest of the crew were killed.

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of Anthony Ryder Hawkins and Daisy Isobel Hawkins; Nephew of Mrs. I. M. Steach, of Upper Riccarton, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 5A. M. 9-12

Sgt. Robert Boswell Blakeway, RNZAF NZ403486 – 2nd Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 39332
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags 9C, Luft VI, Luft IV and Luft I
Date of return to United Kingdom: 1st of May 1945

P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF 4782 – Observer.
Killed age 28.
Son of R. H. and Jessie C. Aitchison, of Glasgow. His Brother George Also Died On Service.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 5A. M. 9-12.
‘Until the day break, And the shadows flee away. Song of Solomon.II17’

Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Son of Peter Gifford Foulkes and Violet Agnes Foulkes, of Sidmouth, Devon.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 5A. M. 9-12.
‘The Lord bless thee And keep thee’

Sgt. W.E. Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 18334
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft VI and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 755949 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Hamburg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 5A. M. 9-12.