A.W. Doel crew 25.03.42

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3588 AA-U

W/C Reginald Sawrey-Cookson, RAFVR 39574 – Pilot.
F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Garnet Franklin Jacobson, RCAF J.3500 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry John Price, RNZAF NZ404095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, British Army NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
F/L Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

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

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 04:15

26/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, were dropped in the target area. Accurate, intense flak was encountered, searchlights were ineffective. One single engined aircraft was seen near Le Havre but no attack was made. Weather was fair with haze over target. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3914 AA-?

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts,   – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 04:05

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 03:45

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 04:15

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

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

06/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area and fires were observed. There was intense heavy flak over the target but only a few searchlights were active. One single engined fighter attempted to attack Wellington II X3636 but was driven off by flak. There was 9/10th cloud on the route and 3/10th to 5/10th cloud over the target at 11,000 feet. Navigation was good TR and DR being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:55 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 02:35

08/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg
Nine Well.III aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 30lbs L.C. and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. Intense predicted flak S.W. of Hamburg but searchlight ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy a/c seen off Heligoland and believed JU88. Weather was very poor with 10/10 cloud over target and electric storms off East coast of England. Navigation was by DR and TR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 05:10

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/L Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Cyril Vincen Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RAFVR NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 01:20