W.H. Batger crew 6.8.43

30/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Remscheld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. And 4lb..One aircraft returned early as rear turret was unserviceable and two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen. Moderate heavy and light A.A fire co-operating with searchlight belts were encountered, and one aircraft was slightly damaged in the mid- upper turret. Some enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by F/S. O. WHITE sighted an unidentified aircraft which attacked three times. Each time the mid upper and rear gunners fired a burst, and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which then fell away and claimed to be damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility except for haze caused by fires. Navigation was very good. On return, one aircraft landed at HARDWICK, due to shortage of petrol. The missing aircraft were Stirling Mk.III BF458 captained by Sgt. A.J. THOMAS and Stirling Mk.III EE915 captained by F/Sgt. J. DARNEY.

Stirling Mk.I EH936 JN-W/B?
Aircraft landed at Ardwick Aerodrom on return owing to low fuel

F/S Hilton Clifford Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W.A.C. Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:23 – Landed 03:19
Flight Time 04:56

02/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb and 4lb. Six of the aircraft returned early owing to severe icing and engine trouble, two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires and columns of smoke were seen although this attack was not considered to be a successful as the previous one. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which proved to be ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good at the beginning of outward journey, but cloud gathered and was 10/10ths at the target, icing and electrical storms were also encountered. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk. III EH928 captained by Sgt. Baille, P. and BF 557 captained by F/Sgt. Couper, J.A.

Stirling Mk.III BK809 JN-T

Sgt. John Lefevre Mitchell, RAFVR 1387449/ 155859 – Pilot.
F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Gall , RNZAF NZ416476 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney Albert Longman, RAFVR 1318852/ 155104 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.T. Boomsma, RAFVR 1331148 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Pinkard, RAFVR 1379916 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. V. Newman, RAFVR 642264 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Shinn, RAFVR 1445155 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:30

06/08/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb. One aircraft returned early owing to inter-communication failure and bought its mines back and one aircraft failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Slight heavy A.A. fire and one searchlight were encountered, but were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good above 1,000ft. and visibility was fair to good. On the return journey, F/Sgt. Mayfield’s aircraft fired at a locomotive and the engine was seen to blow up with a brilliant flash. The missing aircraft was a Stirling Mk.I HK614 captained by F/Sgt. Mayo, J.R.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:45

10/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds and some heavy explosions were also seen, indicating that the attack was a success. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but gave little trouble. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was poor at the target, 9/10ths cloud prevailing, which prevented identification  of detail. Navigation was very good. The aircraft captained by P/O C.C.Logan, owing to unserviceable navigation aids on return journey went off track and ran short of petrol. The crew prepared to abandon the aircraft but fortunately the petrol lasted and they landed at R.A.F. Marston, after being airborne for 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 07:10

12/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 50lb. and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was an absolute mass of flames, colossal fires and heavy explosions were also seen. Very feeble A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, but were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one combat took place. The aircraft captained by P/O A. Burley sighted an unidentified aircraft on the way to the target in the Chartes area, which approached from astern, the rear gunner gave a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft broke away. The Stirling’s port outer engine was badly damaged and had to be feathered. The captain however, continued to target which was 380 miles distant on three engines, successfully bombed it and returned to base, making a perfect landing. The weather was clear with a bright moon over the target. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 08:15

17/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., 500lb. and incendiaries of 30lb., and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack to be well concentrated, large fires and huge explosions being seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear except for a smoke screen which partially obscured the target. Navigation was excellent. On the return journey the fires could be seen 50 miles from the target.

Stirling Mk.III EH905 AA-R

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 07:30

27/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Good concentrated fires and heavy explosions were seen. A moderate barrage consisting of light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, and two aircraft received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was cloudy on the outward journey but clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE955 captained by F/Sgt. Higham.

Stirling Mk.III EF491 AA-O

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 07:35

30/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach
18 Aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All aircraft with the exception of one which failed to return, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires which were well concentrated and spreading, were seen. All crews were of the opinion that this was a good attack. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. Batger, H. sighted an enemy aircraft 600 yards away, ahead and the front gunner fired a long and short burst, the enemy aircraft then disappeared and was claimed as possibly destroyed. . The aircraft captained by F/S McGregor,K. sighted an Me110 astern, the rear gunner fired a long burst. The enemy aircraft replied and dived away with smoke pouring from its engines. It is claimed as a possible destroyed. There was 8/10ths cloud at the target approaches although it was clear in the target area. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was  Stirling MK.III EH938 captained by Sgt. Parkin, T.

Stirling Mk.III EF491 AA-O

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
F/S George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:20

31/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 500lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. Two aircraft failed to take-off and four did not return, the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen, although rather scattered they appeared to be progressing very well. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered and one air craft received slight damage. Enemy night-fighters were in great prominence, the aircraft piloted by F/Sgt. Wilkinson, G encountered a JU88 approaching from astern 500yds away. The rear gunner fired a long burst, the enemy aircraft replied and stalled. The mid-upper gunner then fired three long bursts. The enemy aircraft was seen to fall away and is claimed as probably destroyed. Our aircraft received damage to the rear of the fuselage and had part of the tail plane and fin badly damaged. The aircraft captained by F/O Alexander sighted two Me109’s, the first opened fire from the starboard quarter and the rear gunner replied with a short burst. The enemy aircraft stalled and the mid-upper gunner fired a short burst. The enemy aircraft then dived to the ground and exploded, it was claimed to be destroyed. The second Me109 opened fire with a short burst from the port bow to the port quarter. The rear gunner then fired a short burst and tracer was seen to enter the enemy aircraft, which dived. It was claimed as possible destroyed. The aircraft captained by W/O Moseley, P. sighted a Me110 on the port quarter, the mid upper and rear gunner fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft turned over and dived with smoke pouring from its starboard side. It was claimed as probably destroyed. The aircraft captained by by P/O C.Logan sighted a Me109 sixty yards astern, the mid-upper and rear gunner  fired and tracer from the rear gunner was seen to hit the aircraft. The Stirling then corkscrewed and the Me109 disappeared. It was claimed to be damaged. Two other aircraft crash landed away from base due to damage caused by enemy fighters, none of the crews were injured however. 8/10ths cloud was encountered on the outward journey and 9’10ths at the target, visibility, nevertheless, was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings MK.III EE918 captained by F/Sgt. Roberts,E, EE878 captained by F/Sgt. Henley, D, EE905 captained by F/Sgt. Helm,G. and EF501 captained by F/S McGregor, K.

Stirling Mk.III EF491 AA-O

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
F/S George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 04:45

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EF434 ??-?

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Dalkins, RAFVR 1583058 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

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

08/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. The carried their maximum bomb load in bombs of 1,000lb., and 500lb.. One aircraft crashed whilst taking off and two returned early. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Not many fires were seen but numerous huge explosions were observed. Some heavy and light predicted A.A.Fire and a few searchlights were encountered but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear  except for slight ground haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 01:20

18/09/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. A little A.A. fire was encountered but caused no trouble. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good with a bright moon which made visibility excellent. Navigation was good. On return all aircraft landed at TANGMERE owing to adverse weather conditions at base.

Stirling Mk.III EJ108 AA-O

F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Edwin Charles Reade, RNZAF NZ417293 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Gordon ‘Frank’ Stewart, RNZAF NZ421786 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Trevor James Nation, RNZAF NZ404179 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clifford Billington, RAFVR 539902 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Manns, RAFVR 1580583 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:05

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