B.L.D. Anderson crew 20.4.45.

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 RF129 JN-M

F/L Donald Winter Thomson, RNZAF NZ41613 – Pilot.
F/S Barry Leonard David ‘Binks’ Anderson, RNZAF NZ429127 – 2nd Pilot.
not listed – Navigator.
F/S Hilray Hubert Stratford, RNZAF NZ4213296 – Air Bomber.
F/L Alan John Rhodes, RNZAF NZ42340 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. Payne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Heaton, RAFVR 982650/ 196880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S J. Messer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:18 – Landed 15:10
Flight Time 04:52

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.I PB421 AA-P

F/S Barry Leonard David ‘Binks’ Anderson, RNZAF NZ429127 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert Gordon “Bert” Hitch, RNZAF NZ432233 – Navigator.
F/S Walter Perry, RNZAF NZ4210871 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan Scott, RNZAF NZ4211672 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. “Bruce” Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Gerald Naismith Harvie, RNZAF NZ432114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Patrick James Atkins, RNZAF NZ4214081 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:54 – Landed 17:25
Flight Time 07:31

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 AA-K

F/S Barry Leonard David ‘Binks’ Anderson, RNZAF NZ429127 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert Gordon “Bert” Hitch, RNZAF NZ432233 – Navigator.
F/S Walter Perry, RNZAF NZ4210871 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan Scott, RNZAF NZ4211672 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. “Bruce” Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Gerald Naismith Harvie, RNZAF NZ432114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Patrick James Atkins, RNZAF NZ4214081 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:35 – Landed 21:08
Flight Time 05:33

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.III PB421 AA-P

F/S Barry Leonard David ‘Binks’ Anderson, RNZAF NZ429127 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert Gordon “Bert” Hitch, RNZAF NZ432233 – Navigator.
F/S Walter Perry, RNZAF NZ4210871 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan Scott, RNZAF NZ4211672 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. “Bruce” Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Gerald Naismith Harvie, RNZAF NZ432114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Patrick James Atkins, RNZAF NZ4214081 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:48 – Landed 16:31
Flight Time 03:43

12/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Barry Leonard David ‘Binks’ Anderson, RNZAF NZ429127 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Gordon “Bert” Hitch, RNZAF NZ432233 – Navigator.
F/S Walter Perry, RNZAF NZ4210871 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan Scott, RNZAF NZ4211672 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. “Bruce” Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Gerald Naismith Harvie, RNZAF NZ432114 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Patrick James Atkins, RNZAF NZ4214081 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:37 – Landed 19:25
Flight Time 04:48