J.S. Battersby crew 30.8.43

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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Walter Donald Whitehead, RNZAF NZ416565 – Pilot.
F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Peter Gerald Dobson, RNZAF NZ439022 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Muir Williams, RAAF AUS.401341 – Air Bomber.
F/S Charles Leonard Parker, RNZAF NZ41228 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. McLellan, RAFVR 537228 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stokes, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Vincent Rex Jamieson, RNZAF NZ416431 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 07:15

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 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 EF454 AA-A

W/O Phillip Hartstein, RAFVR 1390001/ 158031 – Pilot.
F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. R. Reeves, RAFVR 1611095 – Navigator.
Sgt. Eric Kempston, RAFVR 1457206 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Woodward, RAFVR 1330118 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Bryant, RAFVR 1406499 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Charles O’Sullivan, RAAF AUS.415736 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Bligh Eaton, RCAF R.157924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 07:45

30/08/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 4/10ths. Cloud in the mining area, although visibility was good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BF461 JN-B

F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RAFVR NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Allan George Harrington, RAFVR NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 03:00

02/09/1943 – Mining off Ille-De-Re
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lb., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 7-8/10th. Cloud in the mining area, although visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent

Stirling Mk.III EE897 AA-G

F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RAFVR NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Allan George Harrington, RAFVR NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 05:15

08/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Boulogne
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 BF518 AA-E

F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RAFVR NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Allan George Harrington, RAFVR NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 02:30

22/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. Numerous fires which appeared to be merging into one large fire were seen, and were still visible as the aircraft were returning over the DUTCH Coast. Heavy A.A. fire and a great number of searchlights were encountered, but proved ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and one of our Stirlings was hit, but the attacker was not seen, damage was received to the tail and main plane, and the port petrol tanks were punctured. The aircraft, however, was safely flown back to base and a crash landing was made with three engines. It was clear over the target and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF518 AA-E

F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RAFVR NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Allan George Harrington, RAFVR NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:12 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 05:48

23/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to carry the above operation with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was, undoubtedly, a good attack, concentrated fires which were spreading to the West, and large heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a large curtain of searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. Enemy aircraft were very active and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by W/O. P. MOSELEY had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed as a probably destroyed. In the action our aircraft received damage the Pilot W/O. P. MOSELEY and the Mid Upper Sgt. C(?) MIDDLETON were slightly injured. The aircraft captained by P/O A. BURLEY had three combats with enemy aircraft, one of which was claimed as destroyed, the two as  damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility. Navigation was excellent. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.111 EF459 captained by P/O C.C. LOGAN, EH946 captained by F/Lt. G. TURNER , and EH935 captained by F/O L. KIRKPATRICK.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 JN-E

F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RAFVR NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Allan George Harrington, RAFVR NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 06:00

27/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft failed to return and one returned early owing to its rear turret being unserviceable. The remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was an exceedingly successful and well concentrated attack, considered to be even better than the previous one. Numerous large fires and columns of smoke rising to 12,000ft., were seen and the fires were again visible at the DUTCH coast. Very moderate, ineffective heavy A.A. Fire numerous searchlights and flares were encountered. Many enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F.Sgt. HORGAN, D. had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. BURTON, H., sighted a JU88 and the Rear Gunner fired, it was then seen to fall in flames and was claimed as destroyed. Two other short combats took place and one of our aircraft received slight damage. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but good with clear visibility over the target. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III, EF515 captained by Sgt. MARTIN, R., and EH877 captained by F/Sgt. WHITMORE, R.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 JN-E

F/O James Samuel Battersby, RNZAF NZ405069 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RAFVR NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Allan George Harrington, RAFVR NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 05:15

Check details regarding the sudden truncation of this crews flying career – Was James Battersby injured ?