B.P. McNamara crew 14.11.40

BP McNamara crew Brian 4th from left aircraft

A photograph of the McNamara crew – date and location unknown, though suggestion of a ‘Dwarf’ artwork on the Wellington in the background confirms 75(NZ) Squadron and therefore Feltwell. Brian is stood 4th from the left – unfortunately, as yet the rest of the crew are unidentified.
Photograph courtesy of Wings Over Cambridge/ Dave Homewood – original image and page can be see here :
http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Brian%20Mcnamara.htm


15/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target L.85.
Attacks taken all round were very successful, nine out of ten aircraft detailed from this Unit finding and bombing primary target.

Two level attacks made by CB.774 from 11,000ft. Explosions illuminated aircraft at this height. Incendiaries started several small fires, but quickly extinguished after about 5 minutes.
Three level attacks carried out by CB.775 from 9,000ft West to East. Many hits observed on buildings and incendiaries started many fierce fires. One terrific explosion with vivid white flash and many minor explosions occurred.

CB.776 reports, bombs seen to fall in target area. Large fire started which could be seen for a considerable distance on homeward journey.

CB.777 reports, target successfully attacked. Fires started. One stick at 10,000ft.
Target located and stick dropped across target, by CB.776. Small fires started, smoke plainly visible. Bombs dropped in level stick by CB779 from 10,000ft from South to North. Bursts observed across target AND SEVERAL fires started. Explosions followed, in fires. Nickels dropped N.W. RUHR.

CB.750 reports, one run at 8,700ft, hits believed observed. Second run at 9,000ft, dummy. Third run 8,700ft, hits almost certain. Large columns of white smoke observed over target.
Primary target could not be definitely identified by CB.781, owing to scattered cloud and searchlights. Bombs dropped in stick from 9,000ft on railway junction at LUNEN. Two bombs observed to straddle main crossing and remainder fell along Northern railway line.

No difficulty in locating target by CB.782 and perfect run up made at 11,000ft. Bombs dropped in stick from this height, and hits believed to have been made on target.

Target located and precision bombed by CB.783. Height 12,500ft. Time 23.36hrs. Wireless Operator observed three bomb bursts with white flashes on E of target.
Balloons observed to be flying at 12,000ft over AMSTERDAM, DORTMUND, AND HAMM.
A.A. Fire was heavy and accurate in the RUHR area.

Searchlights very active over the whole area. Enemy aircraft were observed , by about three crews, one seen trailing one of our sorties, in target area, but after a series of bursts by Rear Gunner, made off.

Weather, moderate 4/10 cloud over target, but this cloud did not hinder operations. Visibility was perfect.
Navigation was by D/R, and visual observation mainly, although homing bearings were used in some cases.
“All our aircraft returned safely”.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.779 L.85

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:10

17/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434
Ten Wellington crews from No. 75(NZ) Squadron, were detailed to carry out bombing operations against the enemy. One aircraft, CB.606 (F/L. Adams) returned to base after being out 20 mins due to W/T electrical trouble, as sometime was taken over repairing this defect, that particular sortie was cancelled altogether.

CB.793 unable to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud covering area, but owing to a shortage of petrol, bombs were jettisoned at D/R position 51° 26’ N, 10° 53’ E.

Numerous fires reported to be already burning in target area, when CB.794 bombed, and further large fires broke out after attack. Petrol tanks observed to explode, and high columns of thick black smoke rose from fires. Glare on cloud still visible for 15 minutes after leaving target.
A level attack made by CB.795 from 9,00ft and 5 – 250lbs. bombs dropped in stick. Incendiaries brought back owing to selector switch being accidentally knocked up. 250lbs. bombs caused two large explosions on large factory buildings.

CB.796 failed to locate target A.97 owing to 8/10 cloud and thick haze in area. After searching for half an hour course was set for SOEST. Marshalling Yards at SOEST attacked in shallow dive from 8,000 to 7,00 feet at 01.10hrs, a stick of 6 – 250lbs. bombs being dropped. Bursts not observed, owing to heavy accurate flak fire.

Target located at 23.30 hours by CB.799 and stick dropped across. Fire started and visible for considerable distance.

CB.800 reports, a level stick at 10,000ft. Bombs hit aerodrome. Incendiaries hit buildings casing thirteen distinct explosions and explosions were still appearing as aircraft set course for home. One good fire was left burning. Nickels dropped between KASSEL and ESCHWEGE.

CB.801 reports, bombs seen to fall on lines of Marshalling Yards.

CB.802 reports, identification of target made difficult by low cloud and ground haze. Flares dropped by other aircraft and half an hour spent in identifying target. Shallow dive attack from South and stick of bombs dropped on North end of target. Result and bursts not observed owing to cloud.

CB.807 reports, primary target not located owing to 9/ 10 cloud and haze. A string of lights which appeared to be an aerodrome attacked.

Balloons again reported to be flying in the RUHR area.
Heavy flak was experienced by most aircraft on target A.97 in the region of MUNSTER and UTRECHT. This was reported to be good for height and accuracy. Searchlights very numerous over the whole of the target area.
10/10 cloud was encountered practically over the whole of the route, with the exception of the RUHR.
Navigation was by D/R, visual observations, Astro and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.800 K.62

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 07:00

26/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING
Ten Wellington Crews from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual attacks against enemy objectives in enemy territory. Taken over all, the operations were very successfully, good weather being encountered at most targets. On the return journey CB.851 carried out an attack on a single engined aircraft in the region of NIVELLS, and shot down in flames.

The bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs G.P. bombs fused delay action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.

CB.851 reports, due to heavy searchlights and A.A. fire on the run up to the main target, bombs were dropped on the secondary target C.38. Four bursts were observed, but damage could not be estimated due to avoiding action having to be taken, while hits are assumed.

No results seen from first stick of two bombs dropped by CB.852. Explosions and fire started by second stick of three bombs.

Stick of four bombs dropped to East of target, and small fires started by CB.853.

The target was located by CB.854, and a run up made from South to North at 23.20 hours. The bursts of two bombs were observed, these being approximately a mile South of the primary target. The results of the bursts were unobserved owing to intense searchlight activity at the time.

A stick was dropped by CB.856 from 13,000ft in a level attack. Three bursts were observed and three small fires started.

Owing to searchlights and haze, main target was not located by CB.857. Bombs were dropped on C.38 GRISCHEIM, from 12,000feet. Greenish flashes were observed in target area following burst of bombs, No fires observed.

Bombs dropped through clouds by CB.864 in DUISBURG – ESSEN area. Five A.A. gun emplacements bombed, but results not observed.

Target not located by CB.865 owing to low 10/10 cloud. Bombs were brought back.

CB.866 reports, original target (M.61) not located owing to thick cloud over area. Bombed aerodrome near ARNHEIM from 6,000feet and machine-gunned same from 2,000feet. Hits observed on hangar and on landing ground. Incendiaries overshot target and did no damage.

Five bombs were dropped over FLUSHING aerodrome by CB.874, bursts were observed, but not pin-pointed.

A large number of aerodromes were noticed to be carrying out night flying in HOLLAND, BELGIUM and FRANCE.
A.A. Fire was very heavy and accurate in the FRANKFURT area.
Searchlights active and very heavily concentrated in all main target areas.
CB.831 reports, attacking one twin engine Bomber (type unknown) as it was coming to land at NIVELLS aerodrome. The attack was successful, the Front Gunner shooting the aircraft down in flames and it crashed on the flare path.
Weather was perfect in the FRANKFURT area, but very cloudy in the RUHR district.
Navigation by D/R, homing bearings and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.864 M.61 (Duisborg attacked as secondary target)

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 04:40

29/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN
Eleven Wellington crews were detailed to proceed to allotted targets and carry out bombing attacks on same, and thus hinder the enemy in operations against this country. The three aircraft Detailed to attack target Z.159 (ST. NAZAIRE, FRANCE) encountered practically no opposition and a very peaceful trip was had throughout.
Total bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and delay action and containers of 4lbs incendiaries.

CB.881 reports, targets not located 10/10 cloud.Aerodrome at WESSEL bombed and bursts observed on North East boundary of aerodrome and two medium fires started.

Two bursts observed by Navigator of CB.882, but results not observed. As aircraft passed over cloud, terrific flash observed, but results not noticed.

CB.883 reports, no results observed from first stick of 5 – 250lbs. bombs owing to searchlights.
Two fires started by second stick.

Owing to cloud 55 minutes was spent by CB.884 over target area for cloud to clear. A stick of bombs was dropped to target area for causing 5 or 6 large fires which lasted until leaving. On one bomb bursting a blue flash was seen.

Original target not located by CB.885 owing to cloud and haze over area. Bombs dropped on Marshalling yards, or railway junction to the West of BOTTROP. Three hits observed.

The target was located without difficulty by CB.887 due to the excellent position of such. An attack was made in a shallow dive from East to West and the bombs were released in a stick from 8,000 feet. Results not observed.

CB.888 reports, one 250lbs bomb N.D.T. and two 250lbs. delays were dropped in a high level attack on a heading of 020°M. Stick dropped across Western extremity of Eastern target causing medium sized fire. The last 3 N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. and 1 – S.B.C. were dropped in a dive attack, 8,500ft to 4,000ft. The 250lbs G.P’s hit the Southern edge of the Eastern target. Incendiaries overshot into sea.

Target located and bombed by CB.889 at 00.35hrs one 250lbs bomb and one 500lbs bomb dropped at 8,000 feet. Two 500lbs bombs dropped at 4,000 feet, all bombs observed to burst on target, but with little result.

CB.894 reports , five bursts seen across target and large fires started with incendiaries. A series od explosions developed from fires – bright flashes intermittently resulted.

EVERE aerodrome attacked at 23.00 hours by CB.896 Direction of attack North West to South East. Three bombs seen to burst on N.W, boundary of aerodrome and last bomb in the flare path. Lights immediately extinguished.

CB898 reports, target found (ROTTERDAM) WAALHAVEN aerodrome. BRUSSELS aerodrome covered in 9-10/10 cloud, base 1,500feeet. Height 4,000 feet. Target found running up on river and hangar lights accidentally being switched on for a period od about 20 seconds. Bombs seen to land on aerodrome, but no results observed.

A number of flare paths were noticed in most of German occupied countries. Balloons were seen at target Z.159, these were flying at a height of 6,000 feet.
Heavy A.A. Fire in all the target areas.
Searchlights very active in the RUHR areas only.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.882 A.69

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 04:50

01/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
Eleven Wellington aircraft took part, in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 500lbs G.P. bombs, 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action bombs, and containers of incendiaries.

One returning to base from a raid on HANOVER, CB passed over an aerodrome, presumed to be FELTWELL. Permission to land was granted, and an approach made using landing light. Thick haze made landing difficult, and another circuit made. Attempted other landing as fuel getting low, but lost sight of flare path on turning in. Just before touching down, line of trees appeared ahead of aircraft, hit these and burst into flames. The crew got clear of aircraft before bomb load (brought back) exploded, as a result of which explosion aircraft totally destroyed. Actually aircraft landed in field short of flare path at East Wrotham, Honnington Satellite aerodrome.
CB.921 reports, descended to 500 feet in target area on D/R but unsuccessful in getting below cloud. Target not located and bombs brought back. Target located at 23.40 hours by CB.914 and bombs dropped at 23.45 hours. Bursts observed on target area, but unable to see extent of damage owing to bad visibility.

CB.900 reports three terrific explosions from incendiaries in target area, and 250lbs bombs seen to burst in same place. Level attack made from 11,000ft the incendiaries being dropped on the first run.

Target located and bombed by CB.901 Results not observed owing to intense searchlights and A.A. fire.

CB.904 reports, Primary target not located owing to engine trouble. EINDHOVEN aerodrome bombed. Flare path and obstruction lights extinguished when a stick of three bombs was dropped across it at 12,000 feet at 22.46 hours. Large explosions observed.

CB.905 reports, on reaching area a flare was dropped, showing up ground clearly, and enabling target to be identified, attack then made from 11,000 feet in a South Westerly direction. Bursts observed and a line of fires started, about 7 or 9 in all and a further explosion seen. Fires still burning on leaving area.

CB.908 and CB.909 failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back.

CB.916 and CB.917 reports, that they located targets and bombed same, but results not observed due to cloud. Only observations, a large circle of lights mainly white with a few red seen, between BREMEN and BREMERHAVEN, presumably aerodrome or dummy on Eastern edge of MUNSTER, three red flares fired from ground formed isosceles triangle. On the whole A.A. was heavy, especially over HANOVER and between HAMM and ROTTERDAM.

Searchlights very active, but due to thick cloud layers and haze, they were ineffective. Weather taken all round was poor, on way out to targets, 8-10/10 cloud was encountered, while over actual targets almost clear with only hazy conditions. Navigation by D/R, and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.908 B.50

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lamb, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 06:50

04/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took part in above operations. Seven of the aircraft detailed to carry out attacks on the woods carried 6 containers of incendiary bombs, while CB.931, who attacked wood South of Strasbourg, carried a load of 5 containers of incendiaries (25 lbs), 3 – 250 lbs. incendiaries and one flash bomb. CB.940 carried 6- 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T.

CB.992 made a level attack from a height of 11,000 feet, the bombs being dropped in a stick every 12 seconds. Terrific fires started in a line covering eight miles and could be seen 20 minutes after setting course for home.

CB.923 searched the target area and dropped bombs in a NW. SE direction covering an area of 5 or 6 miles. Over 100 small fires were started and the glow could be seen over 20 miles away on returning.

CB.926 dropped bombs in groups of four at eleven second intervals in a Northerly direction, from Swiss border on Western side of target area. The incendiaries were seen to be burning amongst the trees, but no time spent waiting to see further results.

CB.927 bombed central portion of target area L (Black Forest). Numerous small fires observed but no large conflagration seen at time of leaving area.

CB.928 reports that bombs were dropped in long circular stick and observed to burst. Some fires started but aircraft left area before extent of fire could be estimated.

CB.929 reports that bombs were dropped on targets and fires started.

CB.930 spread bombs in a stick running N.N.E. across Northern corner. Several small fires started. Half container was dropped from 6000 feet on LUNEVILLE aerodrome, and fires were started which could be seen for 40 miles.

CB. 931 reports that all incendiaries were dropped in a circular area, radius about 3 miles. The fires burnt for 10-15 minutes but did not persist. A photograph was taken 20 minutes after the first attack and shows that the fires were not catching.

CB.940 reports that two bombs fell on hangers and four on tarmac of aerodrome.

Extensive road traffic movements observed in North West France. Dummy aerodrome at LE TOUQUET – CB.928 reports, 2 lights flashing “S” alternatively and ‘M” together, situated 6 miles South East of OSTEND.

CB.922 and 940 report light and heavy flak, but taken all round, very little encountered.

Searchlights encountered over HAMM and Belgian Coast, but here again, on the whole very few.
Weather good throughout operations, mist patches in places, but visibility generally very good.
Navigation by D/R mainly, assisted by Astro in two instances.
System of locating beacons for balloons reported to be excellent by CB.931

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.928 Black Forest

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 07:00

07/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101.
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit detailed to carry out the above operations. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs delayed action, containers of 25lbs. incendiaries and CB.959 carried one flash bomb.

CB.944 reports that bursts were observed short of target.

CB.945 dropped bombs in one stick. Five fires were seen in a row.

CB.948 reports that fires were started in Black Forest with 5 cans of incendiaries. COLMAC Aerodrome was bombed with the remaining can which did not release over the Black Forest. A wooden hanger was set alight and two or more aircraft were seen to be burning inside and two were set alight on the tarmac outside. CB.950 failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back.

CB.951 failed to locate the marshalling yards at KREFEL and bombed an aerodrome in the vicinity of KREFELD. Bombs were observed to burst 400 yards south of the flare path. All lights were extinguished but one fire was observed burning at time of leaving target.

CB.959 dropped incendiaries in level stick from10,000 feet at 12 second intervals and moderately large fires were started.

CB.960 located target in BLACK FOREST and bombs were dropped. The incendiaries were seen burning among trees but the fires did not appear to increase.

Bombs were dropped by CB.961 from 2000 feet in single containers. First container straddled railway line north of MULHOUSE and fire a large building, causing several large explosions. Remainder fell in forest and fires were started, but these did not spread to any great extent.

CB.962 dropped three bombs on the aerodrome at GLIZE RIZEN and these were seen to burst East of target. Two bombs were also dropped on the aerodrome at OOSTVOORING and these burst on the flare path.

Due to heavy cloud and thick mist, reconnaissance impossible, and observations few. Three flares forming a triangle shot up to 8000 feet over the sea 10 miles West of OSTEND, and rectangle of dim lights with three bright lights inside observed six miles East of NANCY, believed Prison Camp. Dummy aerodrome South of STRASBURG extinguished on approach of aircraft.
A.A. fire moderately heavy in RUHR area. A concentration of light flak observed at OSTEND, heavy A.A. South of ROTTERDAM, but not accurate, mainly below and ahead of aircraft.

Searchlights numerous in area South to South East of ROTTERDAM, but did not hold aircraft. In other areas active, but ineffective.
Four aircraft (enemy) were seen to burn on ground at COLMAC aerodrome.
Navigation done by D/R, homing bearing, and map reading. Astro fixes by one sortie.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.959 Black Forest

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:15

12/09/1940 – Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took part in Operations against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while CB.984 carried one flash bomb.

CB.984 and CB.985 failed to locate the target due to 10/10 cloud, and bombs were brought back.

CB.986 reports that bombs were dropped, but bursts were unobserved due to bad visibility.

CB.987 bombed target in bad visibility from 6000 feet, but results were unobserved owing to cloud.

CB.988 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud. Intense A.A. fire was experienced and bombs were released over centre of A.A. activity.

CB.994 reports that results were not observed.

Owing to dense low cloud, CB.995 failed to locate original target, SCHWERTE. Bombs were dropped from 1000 feet on the aerodrome at DE KOOY, but results were not observed.

CB/997 failed to locate target, but bombs were released on A.A. emplacements between SOEST and DORTMUND.

CB.999 reports that direct hits were scored on ammunition store in dock buildings. Heavy explosions occurred and large fires were started.

Owing to bad visibility no observations or reconnaissance were made although CB.999 reports that docks and wharves were clearly seen.

Light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in many parts of the target areas, while flak ships or warships continued barrage some distance to sea. Flaming onions were also experienced at one point.

Searchlights were numerous and very active, but owing to cloud were ineffective.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.

ten-tenths cloud was experienced over most of the route. Icing conditions, rain and electrical storms were also experienced.

Navigation was carried out by D/R, W/T and homing bearings.
CB.999 returned to base with shell holes in wings and machine gun bullet through front turret. Attack was carried out from 150 feet – machine blown up to 600 and was very unstable on return journey. S.O.S. was sent out as machine was expected to land in sea. P/O Denton, captain of this machine, was awrded D.F.C. (Immediate).

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.984 D.184

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lawler, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 03:40

14/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out above operations. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action bombs, containers of incendiaries and CB.120 carried one flash bomb.

CB.115 reports that owing to severe ice forming cloud, target was not reached, but an attack was made from 7000 feet on DE KOOY Aerodrome, where a stick of bombs was dropped on hangars. Numerous fires started, and major and minor explosions followed, suggesting blowing up of ammunition. Fires lit up aerodrome buildings.

Owing to 10/10 cloud CB.116 failed to locate original target. Bombs were dropped on rail junction at AARHUS.

CB.117 reports three large explosions took place after the first stick of 8 – 250lbs. bombs had been dropped on East Docks. Second stick of 7 – 250 lbs bombs and one S.B.C. seen to explode on new docks.

CB.118 reports that target was located and bombs dropped, but owing to thick haze results could not be estimated.

CB.119 reports that one stick of bombs and one S.B.C. were dropped on dock basins and fires were started by incendiaries on quay. Yellow explosions from two of the fires at irregular intervals.

CB.120 reports that all bombs were seen to burst in docks, but no big fires were seen.

CB.122 reports that owing to an error in map reading, one stick of bombs was dropped over target area and hits are believed to have been scored although no fires were observed.

CB.123 reports that barges in chain basin were hit. Direct hits were scored on dicks and barges in basin North of town. A large fire was also started in this basin.

CB126 reports that bombs were dropped and bursts observed in main dock area. At time of leaving target incendiaries were observed burning fiercely with orange coloured flames. Repeated minor explosions were observed in vicinity of incendiaries.

P/O. Denton reports that one stick of nine bombs was dropped on N.W. docks, but owing to evasive action, only first two bombs observed to burst. One stick was dropped on South docks nearest town, and all bombs were observed to make direct hits.

Recognition signal – red and two white star cartridge, observed several times near target area. Flare paths observed at aerodromes near WOENSDRECHTE, and South of ANTWERP. Dummy flarepath seen N.E. of ANTWERP. Flashing beacon 12 miles E.N.E. ANTWERP. Three pairs of ships about 1000 tonnes were observed on ZUYDER ZEE, while two large merchant ships were seen N.W. side of main basin, and one 4000 ton merchant ship seen sailing N.W.-S.E. of FLUSHING out into North Sea.

Fairly intense light and heavy A.A. fire experienced in many parts of target area. This was not very accurate.
Searchlights were few and inactive.
Only one enemy aircraft, an ME.109, was observed over target area.
Icing conditions and electrical storms were experienced by most aircraft. Weather in target area was good..
Navigation was mainly D/R, with W/T, MF/DF. Astro and homing bearings.
CB,123 reports an excellent trip, exceptional bombing done by Observer, also excellent Asto navigation. Approximately 50 small boats, believed fishing smacks seen on beach between HAGUE and the Hook near SCHEVENINGEN.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. CB.120 Antwerp

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:40

18/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft took part in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. G.P. bombs, fused N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by CB.142.

CB.130 reports that owing to cloud results were unobserved, but a large fire was seen to be started in vicinity of target.

CB.132 and CB.142 report that results were not observed.

CB.138 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick. Bursts were observed to straddle outer harbour and one fire was started on quay followed by two reddish glows in harbour area.

CB.139 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick from the South West diagonally across the outer dock area. Owing to intense barrage of flak and searchlights, results were not observed. The attack was made from slightly under 7000 feet.

CB.140 dropped one stick from East to West. Bursts were observed on central jetty. Two fires observed when leaving target, one of which exploded with yellow glow about eight times at irregular intervals.

CB141 reports that three searchlights were extinguished by 500lbs. N.D.T. bomb. Results of 250 lbs. and incendiaries not observed.

CB.143 reports that target was bombed from 9000 feet. Bursts were observed on the northern end of target and immediately fires started, to be followed by several large explosions, one of which was of particular brilliance throwing much lighted debris into the air. Fires were still burning on leaving target.

CB.144 reports that all bombs burst on and around marshalling yards. Fires still burning after three quarters of an hour.

Several large ships observed both inside and outside harbour. Barges seen in main basins. Aerodrome with flare path and obstruction lights was seen near LIEGE and three aircraft seen in neighbourhood with navigation lights on. Two flashing beacons on point S.E. of target and near mouth of inlet at LE HAVRE.

Fairly heavy A.A. Fire was experienced in all target areas.
Searchlights were active as usual.

CB.139 reports one enemy aircraft flying over LE HAVRE. It was burning navigation lights and fired a 4-star white cartridge. Three heavy type seen in vicinity of flare-path near LIEGE by CB.143, while CB.144 reports one unidentified enemy aircraft with navigation lights on.
Cloud varying from 3/10 to 10/10 was experienced on journey to and from the target. Weather very good in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, homing bearings and W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.144 Z.40

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 03:25

20/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory
Nine Wellington aircraft wee detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 250lbs. bombs and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.157 reports that a large fire was started in docks standing alongside No. 1 basin (with lockgate) and seen to burn for 50 minutes, and grow to size of a hangar. Lockgates were hit with a stick of 10 – 250lbs. bombs.

CB.158 reports that all bombs were dropped in one stick bursting down dock area between the two basins. One large fire started. Still burning 20 minutes later.

CB.159 reports that one stick laid across docks observed to make direct hits. Fires and explosions followed which could be seen on second climb. One stick five N.D.T. and one S.B.C. laid longitudinal across 15/20,000 tone vessel. First bomb 40-50yds astern, remainder either direct hits or very near misses.

CB.160 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick across harbour entrance. Large fires observed on N.E. side of harbour mouth started by incendiaries.

CB.162 reports eight bombs burst in target area though no fires started. A large fire was started in the deck area but was apparently caused by a machine bombing at exactly the same time.

CB.164 dropped one stick of six 250lbs bombs on N.W. heading which was seen to burst in vicinity of tidal basin. One stick of five 250lbs bombs and one S.B.C. dropped on S.E. heading was seen to burst on jetty of fish harbour. Incendiary fires observed to seaward side of fort on north side of harbour entrance.

CB.165 dropped first stick in Nos. 1 and 2 basins heading 180° approximately. A second stick and one S.B.C. was dropped in No.3 Basin heading 045° approximately.

One stick and S.B.C was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbour wharves. Bombs exploded, but no fires observed.

Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area. CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB159 signalling in morse short distances from Belgium coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mid-channel.

Parachute flare dropped and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB160.

Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made. Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.158

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:58 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 02:22

23/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out attacks against the targets above. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

CB.167 reports four fires started on dock area. Minor explosions were seen on leaving.
One stick and S.B.C. was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbor wharves. Bobs exploded, but no fires observed.

Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area.
CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB.159 signalling in morse short distance from Belgian coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mod-channel. Parachute flare dropped, and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB.160.

Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made.
Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack was made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over the North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.176 A.388 Berlin

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Emmett Cerretti Joseph McMahon, RNZAF NZ39868 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 00:00

02/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69
Ten Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs delayed action, containers of 4;bs. Incendiaries, while CB.236 carried one flash bomb.

CB.226 failed to locate target and bombs were brought back as no military target could be located.

CB.227 reports that bombs were dropped in a single stick across ZWISCHEICHEUR AERODROME. Small fires started by incendiaries.

Results were not observed by CB.232 owing to nine tenths cloud.
CB.234 reports that target was not attacked owing to 10/10 cloud extending over route half way over North Sea to target area.

Owing to very low cloud, no definite results were seen by CB.235. Large flashes were seen reflected on clouds which kept going for about 20 mins.

No results were observed by CB.236.

CB.237 reports that bombs were observed to burst short of target by 400 yards.

CB.238 reports that a stick of bombs were dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME. First bombs seen to burst short, but remainder on aerodrome.

CB.239 dropped one stick of bombs on red obstruction lights at Aerodrome at WESSEL. Results not observed owing to cloud, but there was a glow against the clouds resembling a fire.

Bomb bursts were observed by CB.240

Large fire seen in vicinity of AMSTERDAM. Flak ships observed off Dutch coast for 20 miles.
Heavy and light A.A. fire, fairly accurate, experienced in all target areas.
Slight searchlight activity but ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was very poor; heavy cloud over whole of journey.
Navigation was mainly D/R, with Astro in one instance.

Wellington Mk.1c P.9292 AA-C
Raid No. CB.235 A.69

P/O Eric Vernon Best, RAF 36236 – Pilot.
P/O Brian Patrick McNamara RAF 42856 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lawler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 04:35

14/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

STY.101 dropped one stick from East to West on target and bursts were observed just short of target, all in marshalling yard areas. Incendiaries still burning fiercely 20 mins after leaving target.

STY.255 dropped one 500lbs. and three S.B.C. in one stick from N.W to S.E. Three large fires and one white explosion in middle of fires believed to be just on Western side of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. dropped in second stick from same direction. Explosions observed.

STY.404 reports bomb burst observed of 500lbs. N.D.T. on buildings on S.E. of aerodrome. Incendiaries dropped in same area as height only 4000 feet. Incendiaries subsequently merged into two persistent fires, observed until disappeared in mist on return journey.

STY.459 reports that the target was bombed successfully.

STY.504 reports target successfully bombed. After leaving target rear gunner reports further explosions.

STY.638 reports numerous fires in target area and many explosions. Fires visible approximately 40 miles from target on return journey.

STY.777 reports that bombs were observed to burst on target. Fire reported seen by rear gunner.

STY.851 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Explosions seen and small fires seen on leaving target. Bombs fell along marshalling yards.

STY.930 reports bombs seen to explode but results not observed owing to searchlight activity and avoiding action. Number of flarepaths in operation. Revolving beacons seen at various parts of route.

Heavy A.A. fire in BERLIN up to 30 miles West, fairly accurate. Intermittent flak experienced on route.
Intense searchlight activity in parts of target areas; fairly accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen in target areas.
Cloud experienced on route, but target areas clear.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7818 AA-R
Raid No. STY.504? Schipol

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O George Verdun Key, RNZAF NZ391358 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 21:50
Flight Time 03:50

26/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T.; 500lbs. S.A.P.; 500lbs. Delayed action; 250lbs N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
PXS.122 attacked the target and reports a near miss to east of target.

PXS.140 failed to locate primary target and attacked NEURUPPIN AERODROME. Bomb bursts were observed and 12 bright flashes from incendiary fires.

PXS.169 failed to locate primary target and attacked aerodrome North of HANOVER. One stick of bombs was dropped. Dim lights were seen near hangar lights and incendiaries were observed burning well. One large greenish-blue fire was seen burning some ten to fifteen mins after leaving, apart from incendiaries. Aerodrome was pinpointed by bend in river to South.

PXS.215 dropped one stick from 11,000 on Western side of HANOVER, by D/R position. Believed to be aerodrome.

PXS.311 reports that bombs were seen to explode.

PXS.369 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud in the target area.

PXS.330 reports that bombs were observed to drop across target. Four minutes after leaving target, three big explosions observed by rear gunner. Fires caused by incendiaries.

PXS.535 reports that a large reddish glow was observed for 15 mins under cloud.

No results were observed by PXS.590.

PXZ. reports that bombs were seen to explode under cloud; results unobserved.

There was noticeable flare activity by enemy trying to locate our aircraft.
Fairly accurate heavy and light flak was experienced in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly active in target areas, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of target areas.
Heavy cloud was experienced over majority of route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3275 AA-K
Raid No. PXS.330 M.138

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 04:40

29/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

KWN.108 reports bombs seen to burst around target, but results not clearly seen due to ground haze.

No results were observed by KWN.157.

KWN.178 dropped bombs in one stick and three bursts and incendiaries seen to fall in docks on western bank of river South of railway and road bridges. Large fires observed burning after leaving.

KWN.234 bombed south bridge over Rhine at COLOGNE. Results were unobserved. One S.B.C. was dropped on aerodrome in area on return. No fires started.

KWN.240 failed to locate primary target owing to thick ground mist. Attacked flarepath one and a half miles East of KOLN. Bursts observed in vicinity of flarepath.

KWN.955 was unable to release bombs through either technical failure or freezing. Red lights observed on ground believed to be working in co-operation with searchlights and fighter aircraft.

A.A. fire was active and fairly accurate in target areas.
Numerous clusters of searchlights over entire route which were switched on after signals from red lights mentioned above. Searchlights only indicated direction of aircraft and did not attempt to locate it. Moderately active in other parts.
A number of enemy aircraft were observed, but not engaged. Cloud was experienced at various parts of route. Target areas fairly clear.
Navigation was by D/R, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3275 AA-K
Raid No. KWN.955 M.66

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 04:10

06/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3.
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.

AGN.260 failed to locate the target and jettisoned bombs.

AGN.614 and AGN.967 also failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. D/A and N.D.T., containers of 40lbs. G.P., and containers of light case incendiaries.

AGN.159 failed to observe results owing to low cloud.

AGN.375 reports bombs dropped on aerodromes at ABBEYVILLE, NANTES, LES MEEREAUX, and EVEREAUX. Bursts were observed.

AGN.557 reports VILLACOMBLEY AERODROME bombed with one container of incendiaries. Hangar seen burning, and also one fire seen near hangar. Two 250lbs. N.D.T. dropped on GLISY AERODROME, but results were unobserved. Six 250 lbs. N.D.T., 2 S.B.C. 40lbs., and one S.B.C. incendiaries dropped on CALAIS DOCKS, but results were unobserved.

AGN.574 bombed CHATEAU D’UN and bursts were seen on Flarepath. Bombs were dropped on BOULGNE DOCKS bit owing to searchlight activity, no results were observed.

AGN.595 dropped bombs on VILLACOUBLEY AERODROME.

AGN.659 attacked VILLACOUBLEY and ORLAY, and bombs were seen to burst across flarepaths of aerodromes. Big explosions seen by rear gunner at ORLAY.

AGN.764 bombed TOURS aerodrome. Bursts were seen followed by a series of explosions.

AGN.769 reports hits on hangars at CHARTRES, CHATEAU D’UN, and large clouds of smoke and debris were seen with fires burning in each case. Two bombs were dropped on CALAIS DOCKS and caised a fire which persisted after leaving.

AGN.856 bombed RPYE AERODROME and DUNKIRK, and fires were left at both places.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight and light flak activity, but one fire was seen on N.W. corner of inner basin at CALAIS.

Many dummy flarepaths were seen. The blackout in Paris and suburbs was very poor.
Intense A.A. fire was experienced in parts of target area.
Intense and accurate searchlight activity was encountered at parts of route.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud, with icing conditions, was experienced in some aarts of target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, landfalls, map reading, W/T, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3275 AA-K
Raid No. AGN.659 Villacoublay Orlay

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:25

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 1000lbs., N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

FXP.270 failed to locate primary target but bombed marshalling yards and goods train N.W. suburbs of BERLIN. Fires started and two large explosions observed from trucks.

FXP.340 reports direct hit by 1000lbs. bomb on jetty at BREMEN DOCKS. Terrific explosion seen.

FXP.357 dropped bombs on marshalling yards and buildings at CHARLOTTENBURG. Bursts observed followed by series of minor explosions. Two large fires observed after turning to course for return trip.

FXP.616 reports bombs burst across target causing numerous fires and explosions.

FXP.653 reports bursts and incendiary fires seen in dock areas.

FXP.724 reports three large fires with four explosions and smaller fires caused by incendiaries.

FXP.792 reports bombs seen to explode in target area causing small fires.

FXP.877 dropped bombs in target area. Fires and explosions were observed.

Three large fires were observed in woods N.W. and W.N.W. of BERLIN. Several small ships seen at berths in CHERBOURG harbour. A.A. emplacement seen on breakwater and in dock area.
There was a fair amount of accurate heavy and light flak in target area and on route.
Searchlights were moderately active on route and in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target areas, but heavy cloud was experienced at many parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.1177 AA-K
Raid No. FXP.616 M.68

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:55 – Landed 06:25
Flight Time 05:30

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.

LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.

LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.

LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.

LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.

LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.

LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.

F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.1177 AA-K
Raid No. LTG.566 D.55

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 07:40

22/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft,DMU.692, captained SGT. Chuter, failed to return. DMU.936 failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T. and delayed action, 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

DMU.288 reports explosions and fires seen, but damage was unobserved.

DMU.303 reports numerous fires started by incendiaries in target area. Two other bomb loads dropped near by.

DMU.444 reports 1000lbs. bomb seen to land on or very near railway. Incendiary bombs not dropped.

DMU.494 reports several large fires caused, still burning when area was left.

DMU.515 dropped bombs on south perimeter of target along railway. Small fires started. Several large white explosions 3-5 mins after leaving target.

DMU.588 reports bombs and incendiaries seen to burst in the target area. Two fires persisting from the incendiaries, and one large fire, visible 17 mins after leaving, from the bomb bursts obscured in cloud after this time.

DMU.738 reports centre of town bombed and a large fire observed with six white explosions some minutes afterwards.

DMU.781 dropped bombs in two sticks over city causing one large line of fires quarter of a mile long. From these fires 15 to 20 large explosions were observed.

DMU.804 failed to locate target owing to low cloud, but bombed an aerodrome in France, RHEIMS AREA. Seven fires started. Six large explosions five mins later, presumably aircraft.

DMU.943 reports bombs seen to burst in target area amongst other fires, causing explosions.
Several flarepaths were observed at various parts of route. Large dummy town 30 miles S.E. of MANNHEIM and dummy fire seen in middle of town. Blackout very bad over ANTWERP and Belgium. Much snow in Germany.

Fairly intense A.A. fire experienced over MANNHEIM. Very little experienced elsewhere.
There was not much searchlight activity.
DMU.804 reports being attacked by one ME.110 five mins. after bombing. This machine was hit but not brought down (60 rounds fired by front gunner).
Low cloud was experienced at various parts and target areas.
Navigation was by D/R. W/T.Q.D.M’s, and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. DMU.943 D.55

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Hunt, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 07:50

29/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Hamm and M.434.
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 500lbs. Bombs delayed action and containers of incendiaries.

SCK.363 reports no results observed owing to 10/10 cumulus cloud up to 12,000 feet.

SCX.412 reports bomb bursts seen through clouds. S.B.C. caused further explosions.. No observations or reconnaissance were made. A moderate amount of A.A. fire was experienced, but searchlights were few.

No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Weather was not good, 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole of route and in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R and W/T.
One of these aircraft, MSI.596, captained by P/O. Newman, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. SCX.412 M.434

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 05:00

01/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CAR.?? Captained by P/O Hankins, returned to base owing to starboard engine trouble and bombs were jettisoned in North Sea about 50 miles due East of Yarmouth. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, 250lbs. L.C.I., and containers of incendiaries.

Results were not observed by CAR.161 owing to numerous fires already in target area. Three runs were made over the target at 10,000 feet. H.E. and L.C. dropped on first run and incendiaries on second run on the target.

CAR.409 reports large fires added to on first run with incendiaries. Flashes observed from heavy bombs on second run.

CAR.581 saw bombs explode about 400tds. west of target.

Incendiaries added to numerous fires already burning.

CAR.658 reports bombs fell short to S.E. of target, adding to fires already burning there.

CAR.811 reports greenish explosion from H.E. bombs. Small fires from incendiaries. Bombs burst 400 yds S.E. of target.

CAR.992 failed to observe bomb bursts owing to fires in target area. Incendiaries added to fires.

Flashing beacon, one dot every two seconds, observed in position approximately 53N, 04 45’E. Several fires in and around BREMEN.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, inaccurate, experienced at parts of target areas.
Searchlights were intense but inaccurate in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was fairly clear over target areas, but cloud was experienced at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2550 AA-L

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAFVR 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 05:15

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.

XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.

Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.

XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.

XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.

Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.

Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2550 AA-L

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAFVR 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:15

08/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets on D.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10sec. Delay, and 250lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 sec. delay.

YPN.121 attacked docks from North to South. Two 500lbs. bombs seen to burst on West side of docks. One 500lbs. bomb landed approximately one mile West of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. hung up and brought back.

YPN.322 reports that the target was obscured by 8/10 cloud.

No results were seen by YPN.410.

Results were not observed by YPN.460.

YPN.573 dropped bombs on dock area, but was unable to observe results owing to local cloud cover.

YON.741 dropped bombs in stick onto defences. One reddish explosion observed through cloud.

YPN.952 bombed fire in dock area. Results not observed. Two flare paths were observed, one West of target area and one North of ROTTERDAM.

Intense light and heavy flak encountered in and around target area. Heavy and light fire experienced on route.
Very few searchlights encountered over target owing to cloud..
Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Weather was clear on way to target, but heavy cloud over target area.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2550 AA-L

P/O Brian Patrick McNamara, RAFVR 42856 – Pilot.
P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAFVR 631868 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:20

On the night of 10th of January 1941 The McNamara crew took off from Feltwell on Night Flying Training (N.F.T.)

75(NZ)Squadron Form 540 January 1941
Jan.10
At 10.00 hours on 10.1.41, P/O McNamara was detailed to carry out a Night Flying Test on aircraft T.2550, Letter “L”. After the N.F.T. his instructions were to proceed to Bassingbourn, drop P/O Ryan and bring back a new Pilot who was taking P/O Ryans’s place.

Cloud base at Feltwell was 1,500 feet and P/O McNamara was warned that south and westwards the cloud base would be lower, and , if he did not like it to return to base.

Operations Room was notified of this proposed cross country flight and P/O McNamara ascertained from Operations Air Control that Bassingbourn was serviceable, and gave his approx.. time of take of as 11.30 hours. Station Signals failed to contact the aircraft after it had taken off, E.T.A. base was 13.00 hours. At 14.30 hours Control commenced taking overdue action and rang Bassingbourn on P.B.K. but did not connect until 15.25 hours when they ascertained that the aircraft had not arrived. At 16.40 hours No.3 Group informed us that the aircraft had crashed at Heath Farm, Stapleford, near Duxford, and the following personel were killed or died from injuries.

P/O B.P. McNamara (Captain) unmarried. P/O A.J. Ryan (2nd Pilot) unmarried.
Sgt. Elliot R.B. (Navigator) unmarried. Sgt. J. Olive (W/Operator) unmarried.
Sgt. M.R. Ritchie (Front Gunner) unmarried. Sgt. R.E. Ashby-Peckham (Rear Gunner) unmarried. Seriously injured and taken to Addenbrooks Hospital.

P/O Brian Patrick Mcnamara, RAF 42856 – Pilot.
Killed age 26.
Son of Michael Mcnamara and of Helena Mcnamara (Nee O’Brien), of Lidget Green, Bradford, Yorkshire.
Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Row A. Grave 4.

P/O Alexander James Ryan, RNZAF NZ391367 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 25.
Son of Margaret Ryan (nee Quinlan), of Wanganui East, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Row A. Grave 3.

Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAF 581379 – Observer.
Killed age 19.
Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Row A. Grave 2.

Sgt. Matthew Roy Ritchie, RAF 631868 – Front Gunner .
Killed age 19.
Son of Robert and Catherine Q. Ritchie, of Biggar.
Buried Biggar Croft Cemetery, Lanarkshire, Scotland..
Grave location – Sec. B. Grave 41.
‘He served his country
Well we know,
God sent for him
To match his foe’

Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator .
Killed age 23.
Son of John and Ellen Olive, of Blackpool.
Buried Elton, (All Saints) Churchyard, Bury, Lancashire, England..
Grave location – Sec. N. Vault 2483.
‘Great love
Hath no man than this
That a man lay down
His life for his friends’

P/O Ronald Edward Ashby-Peckham, RNZAF NZ40714 – Rear Gunner.
Seriously injured