G.M. Allcock crew 3.2.43

03/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

Stirling Mk.I N6123 AA-Q

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.B. Harrison, RAFVR 1052295 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 02:20

04/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb., and 4 lb. incendiaries. Only five aircraft attacked the target, two returning early, one due to turret and inter comm., trouble and the other as the aircraft failed to climb over the Alps,he therefore bombed and objective in occupied France. The five aircraft attacking the target successfully did so on P.F.F. markers, large fires were seen from their own and other incendiaries. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was inaccurate. A few searchlights were also operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combat took please. Heavy cloud was hit in France but the weather was good with clear visibility at the target area. Navigation was very good, by D.R. T.H., and visual. This /is considered to be a very good and concentrated operation.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Robert Colin Legge, RCAF R.64510 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 07:00

07/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Eight of the aircraft attacked the target, the other aircraft returning early as the inter comm. became u/s. All bombs were successfully dropped in the target area, large fires were seen which lit up the whole of the town. The smoke from these fires was rising to a height of 8,000 feet. This operation is considered to have been an exceedingly good show. Some A.A. fire and searchlights were encountered but they were very accurate. Enemy aircraft were also seen but none of them attacked. The weather was excellent with clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Eric Clifford Viccars, RAFVR 649196 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 05:40

13/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Nine aircraft are known to have successfully attacked the target, of the other two, one returned early owing to the mid upper and front turrets being u/s and the other aircraft failed to return. Fires were burning fiercely in the target area, although they appeared to be scattered. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak at the target, the number two tank on the port side was holed, the trimming tab was hit and his aerial was shot off. He proceeded to Middle Wallop and landed safely. Both heavy and light flak was encountered which was intense at first but later spasmodic and appeared to be swamped. Searchlights were seen in the early part of the attack but later went out. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was very good with clear visibility and no cloud. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 R9316 captained by Sgt. R.A. Williams.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Arthur Stevens, RAFVR 942319 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 05:25

14/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully bombed the target in 10/10ths cloud by means of P.F.F. sky marker flares, so the success of the trip could not be judged, although a red glow was seen on the clouds as the aircraft left the target area. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly predicted. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was broken cloud from base to enemy coast, which gradually built up to 10/10ths cloud at the target area. Navigation was very good. A stranger from 214 Squadron landed on our runway and made the aerodrome completely unserviceable. Three of our aircraft therefore, had to be diverted to Lakenheath and Waterbeach.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Arthur Stevens, RAFVR 942319 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 20:30
Flight Time 02:00

16/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All the aircraft successfully bombed in the target area, large fires were seen in the whole area. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, which was very intense during the early part of the attack, but was dying down when later aircraft arrived. Searchlights were very accurate and coned several aircraft, one aircraft being held for 8 minutes, the pilot took very violent evasive action but eventually got clear after great difficulty. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Over the target area there was very dispersed low cloud, although visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Arthur Stevens, RAFVR 942319 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Wainwright?, RAFVR 1193816 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 04:45

18/02/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500 lb. six of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. One aircraft met flak at Cherbourg which proved to be quite accurate, but the aircraft was not hit. No searchlights were seen. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over the mining area was hazy, with visibility fair to good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C.A. Fenn, RAFVR 1085958 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Owens, RAFVR 1250494 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 05:30

19/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1000lb and 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft failed to take off and another was forced to abandon the sortie owing to compass trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, they were unable to see results as visibility was very limited, although some fires were seen which were quickly spreading throughout the town. Light A.A. fire was encountered, and a few searchlights were seen. Sgt. Lord was coned in searchlights for three minutes, but returned unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather at the target was not very good as there was a thin layer of cloud over the area, visibility was fair. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S F. Willis ?,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:26 – Landed 23:14
Flight Time 04:48

03/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft, however, failed to start owing to a burst tail tyre wheel and another returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining seven aircraft all successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires were seen, which were lighting up the whole of the area. Both heavy and light intense A.A. fire was encountered, two aircraft being slightly hit. Searchlights were operation, mainly in cones. Very few enemy aircraft were seen and no combats took place. There was some haze at the target area, visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
F/S George King Samson, RNZAF NZ402563 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Alfred Maxwell Hardy , RNZAF NZ401226 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Eric Clifford Viccars, RAFVR 649196 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 05:25

05/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,00lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Unfortunately, one aircraft crashed one minute after take-off as one of the engines seized, the pilot however, made a good crash landing and he and the crew escaped unhurt. Another aircraft was forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. A very large concentration of fires were seen with huge buildings in their midst, leaving no doubt as to the success of the operation. The glow from the fires was seen at the Dutch coast as our aircraft were homeward bound. Both light and heavy intense A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, were encountered. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place, There was slight ground haze at the target, although visibility was very good. Navigation was very good. For the success of the operation a message of congratulations was received from the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Basil Edward Lindsay, RCAF R.84482 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 04:20

08/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. 500 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble and another failed to return. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires being seen, one large explosion from the center of target, was seen one hundred miles away as the aircraft were returning. Both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered co-operating with searchlights, they however, proved to be ineffective. Stirling 1 BK646 captained by P/O Lowe, was attacked by an enemy aircraft near Saarbrucken on the return journey. The enemy aircraft opened fire with cannon and a stream of tracer came into the cockpit, one exploding near the second pilot’s leg. Corkscrew tactics were adopted, but after seven minutes the enemy aircraft was lost. The only casualties were the second pilot, who was wounded in the leg and the Captain, who had slight face cuts. The aircraft successfully returned to base. There was a slight haze at the target, although visibility fairly good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 BF437, captained by Sergeant C.R. Davey.

Stirling Mk.I BF465 AA-K

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Eric Clifford Viccars, RAFVR 649196 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 07:40

09/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Munich
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack, with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft however, got too far off track on the way to the target; after futile attempts to get back on correct course, the mission had to be abandoned. The remaining four aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, intense fires being seen, black smoke was rising from these fires up to a height of 10,000 feet. One large explosion was also seen from the center of the target. Both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered which was intense at first but was dying down as the attack developed. Visibility was very good and ground detail could be seen clearly. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF465 AA-K

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 07:35

11/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 30 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. One of the aircraft, however, failed to take off as it proved to be unserviceable. The remaining eight aircraft successfully dropped their incendiaries in the target area. There were heavy fires, which were well concentrated in the center of the town. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. fire which was co-operating with searchlights, one aircraft being coned for two minutes but he escaped unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was slight have over the target area although visibility was good and ground detail could be seen. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk. BF465 AA-K

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 06:30

27/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lb. All the mines were successfully dropped in the morning area and five of the parachutes were seen to open. It was quite an uneventful trip, no A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft being encountered. There was haze over the sea up to a height of 4,000 feet. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF465 AA-K

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 07:40

04/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however returned early owing to engine trouble and one of the aircraft failed to take-off. The remaining five aircraft successfully bombed the target, although it was impossible to accurately assess results owing to heavy cloud, but nevertheless red glows were seen silhouetted against the clouds. Both light and heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, with searchlights co-operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and visibility was not very good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF465 AA-K

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

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

16/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack, with bombs of 2000 lb, 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Seven of the aircraft successfully attacked the target. Large fires and one big explosion were seen. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Both heavy and light A.A. Fire was encountered co-operation with searchlights. Two of our aircraft were hit and the Navigator of one was hit in the leg. Several enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good on the route, but considerable haze was experienced at the target. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mark III BK.664 captained by F/Lt. D.C.Lowe, which experienced some very accurate A.A. Fire whilst overt the target, found on landing, that this throttle controls were jammed open, he was lucky enough to be able to land, but unfortunately he crashed into a semi built hanger on the aerodrome. The aircraft was an absolute wreck, but all the crew got away safely, although not without injuries. Stirling Mark III W 7469 captained by F/Sgt. K.F. Debenham and Stirling Mark I BF451 captained by P/O K.H.G. Groves failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BF465 AA-K

S/L Gilbert Meston Allcock, RAF 36215 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
F/O Ronald Arthur Lex Hull, RCAF R.87943/ J.15403 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Kerwin Stafford Williams, RAFVR 1404580 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Lawson, RAFVR 1048604 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:50

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