A. Scott crew 26.09.42 †

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RAFVR NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 04:20

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harrison, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 05:30

14/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area. A few fires were seen. Light and heavy predicted accurate A.A. fire was encountered, searchlights were in small groups, widely dispersed. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear over target with moderate ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 05:30

16/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. A.A. fire was intense heavy and accurate, searchlights were in heavy concentration. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe K, was hit by A.A. fire in starboard main plain two minutes prior to bombing, which made a big hole between starboard motor and fuselage, making it impossible to turn to port. Near Dutch coast on return, the aircraft was attacked from underneath by an unseen aircraft, being hit several times and the WOP. being wounded in the back. The enemy aircraft was not seen by any of the crew. On return the aircraft belly landed on the aerodrome with hydraulics unserviceable. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/Sgt. Wright J.L. was attacked by a JU.88 on return from bombing. The enemy aircraft was fired at by the front gunner; after several bursts it was seen by captain WOP and front gunner to explode in the air. A few enemy aircraft were seen by other aircraft but no attacks were made. The target area was covered by 8/10 to 9/10 cloud. Navigation was good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:30

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RAFVR NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 06:00

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. A small amount of A.A. fire was encountered from A.A. ships. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Considerable cloud was encountered with ground haze at base. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RAFVR NZ413310 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:19 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 03:31

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RNZAF NZ413310 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 04:35

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Eric Lumley Durham Ashwin, RNZAF NZ41563 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William George Henry White, RNZAF NZ41717 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 06:15

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RAFVR NZ413310 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:00

11/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted in the allotted area. Wellington X.3597 captained by F/Sgt. Curr bombed a bridge near Middlefort with three 500lb. G.P. bombs, the first bomb was just short, others very close and might have hit the edge of the bridge. Light A.A. fire was encountered at Middlefort Bridge. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen.
There was no cloud, visibility was good. Navigation was good by D.R. T.R., and visual pin point. Wellington BK341 captained by Sergt. Shalfoon failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RAFVR NZ413310 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 07:40

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Eric Ernest Williams, RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 07:00

22/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Stuttgart
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4lb. Incendiaries were dropped by one of the aircraft in the target area, the other aircraft returned early as the rear turret became unserviceable. This raid was a good concentrated attack, fires were seen in the centre of the town, a dummy fire was seen to the North of the Town. Light A.A. fire was in the centre of the Town, four searchlights were operating from the South of the Town, which were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was good with some cloud to the edge of Stuttgart. navigation was good by D.R., T.R., loops and fixes.

Stirling Mk.I BF.398 AA-F

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RNZAF NZ413310 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D.C. Baker, RAFVR 574826 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Edward Preston, RAFVR 1080471 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:26 – Landed 02:06
Flight Time 07:40

29/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with Bomb loads of 1000lb and 500lb. Both of the aircraft failed to reach the target. Stirling I, BK609 captained by F/Sgt McCullough had to abandon the sortie owing to faulty bomb release gear, the bombs were jettisoned 66 miles West of Turin, the aircraft then ran short of petrol over French Territory, he managed to reach this country and landed at Bradwell Bay, over shooting the Aerodrome, the Air Bomber being slightly injured. Stirling I. BK618 captained by Sgt. Scott returned early, his bombs jettisoned in the Wash. The weather was very bad on the way to the target and also over England on return, visibility being Nil. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R.

Stirling Mk.I BK.618 dnc AA-?

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RNZAF NZ413310 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D.C. Baker, RAFVR 574826 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Edward Preston, RAFVR 1080471 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stanley Wikinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 02:51

02/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bomb load of 4lb. Incendiaries, but a series of misfortunes left only two to get away successfully. One of these, Stirling I, BK618 captained by Sergeant Scott, failed to return, so the night was an unhappy one. One aircraft failed to take off, one swung so badly on take-off that after two attempts the sortie was abandoned, and the third unsuccessful aircraft returned early with the port outer engine dead, this being due to hitting the top of a drem pole shortly after take-off. The one successful aircraft, Stirling I, R.9243 captained by F/O Trott, dropped its bombs in the target area from 10,000 feet and fires were seen to start. Slight heavy A.A. fire was encountered, some searchlights were also seen operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was hazy to the target, but clear with good visibility in the target area. Navigation was good, the town being identified by the bend in the river.

Stirling Mk.I BK.618 AA-Q

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert William Sharpe, RAFVR 1496472 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RNZAF NZ413310 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D.C. Baker, RAFVR 574826 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Edward Preston, RAFVR 1080471 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander Watson McMorrine, RAF 551156 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

BK.618 was shot down by two enemy night-fighters 10 minutes after bombing the target, Frankfurt. The aircraft crashed in flames at Ida Oberstein, approximately 55 miles South West of the target. Five crew members parachuted to safety and were taken as prisoners. The Pilot and Mid Upper Gunner died in the crash and are buried at Rheinberg, 10 miles south of Wesel.

Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – Pilot.
Killed age 20.
Son of Alexander and Alice Hannah Scott, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 18. D. 2.

Sgt. Robert William Sharpe, RAFVR 1496472 – 2nd Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 947
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft,Stalags Luft I, Luft VI and Luft IV. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Albert Edward Rey, RCAF R.93319/ J.96501 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 42849
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft VI and Luft IV. Commissioned whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 26th of April

Sgt. Walter Keith Wright, RNZAF NZ413310 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 955
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I, Luft VI and Luft IV
Date of return to United Kingdom: 6th of May 1945

Sgt. John Robert Smith, RNZAF NZ412907 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 948
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I, Luft VI, and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945

Sgt. D.C. Baker, RAFVR 574826 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 905
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1 and Luft VI/357. Promoted to F/Sgt whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

W/O Robert Edward Preston, RAFVR 1080471 – Mid Upper Gunner .
Killed age 22.
Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 1. Z. 15.
Prisoner of War Number: 946
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I, Luft VI, and Luft IV. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Alexander Watson Mcmorrine, RAF 551156 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Robert McMorrine, and of Mina Seaton McMorrine (nee Dickson), of Leven, Fife.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 18. D. 1.