Black crew 24.10.41 †

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and       working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9834 AA-?

Sgt. Anthony ‘Tony’ Saunders, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Maiter, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. A. G. Windiate, RAF 911390/ 112731 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAF 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 07:30

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic ? AA-?

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAF 930644 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Cope, RAF 548460/ 55877 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:02 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:58

17/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft failed to return. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb and containers of incendiaries. A.A. fire and searchlights were slight in the target area. Weather was hazy over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-?

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. East, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAF 930644 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Cope, RAF 548460/ 55877 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 02:50

30/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg
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 1,000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries. Light and heavy flak was encountered and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was fairly good, slight haze in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, loop, lorenz, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. Anthony ‘Tony’ Saunders, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 06:15

10/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z8969, captained by Sgt Kurlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X9825, captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne, as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes later. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode in the city area. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 feet, to 4,000 feet. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of target. Visibility was good, with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. Saunders, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAF 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 06:40
Flight Time 06:45

26/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend
Seventeen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000,lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs. 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs were however dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10th cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was D.R. and Q.D. M.S. One of these aircraft, Z.1114, captained by Sgt. Evans, returned to base with engine trouble.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.8904 AA-?

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAF 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 05:45

24/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden
Two Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attack. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 50llbs, 250lbs. And containers of incendiaries. Captains were unable to find target owing to ground haze, but bombed large cones of searchlights in target area. A.A. fire was heavy. No enemy aircraft was met and weather was fair. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Arthur Colville, RNZAF NZ403539 RAF 59075 – 2nd Pilot..
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RNZAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:35

26/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh
Five Wellington aircraft  from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z1168, captained by Sgt. Isherwood failed to return to base. A mixed load was carried consisting of 1000 lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped on target, but owing to intense cloud, bursts were not observed. One large fire was started which was visible for 35 miles. An enemy aerodrome was in use to the north of target, and a large fire was observed burning N.E. of Auster Altern. There was a heavy flak of A.A. fire over target and from the direction of Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven. There were approximately 150 searchlights coned over target area. One enemy aircraft observed landing on aerodrom bombed. CLoud was 10/10th over sea, but very good visibility in breaks over target. Searchlights were observed to be co-operating more with fighters over target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Hedley Gray, RNZAF NZ404356 – 2nd Pilot..
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RNZAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 06:20

01/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington Ic Aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. The whole Operation was marred by bad weather there being 10/10th. Cloud throughout the trip and no results were observed. Bomb load consisting of 1000lbs, 50lbs, 250lbs and incendiaries was dropped on un-identified  town, and on area to the West of the target. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75m.m. tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One M.E. 110 enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. Navigation was good, Astro and D.R. loop being used. A convoy fifteen miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. There was a surprising lack of enemy fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Hedley Gray, RNZAF NZ404356 – 2nd Pilot..
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RNZAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 07:05

04/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Nine Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Heavy cloud was experienced throughout the whole trip and although bombs were dropped in target area no results were observed. Accurate Heavy Flak was met over the target area and searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was very poor with 10/10th. cloud which completely marred the whole operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Walter Bray (Trevor Hedley Gray), RNZAF NZ404356 – 2nd Pilot..
This is possibly a typo in the records. At this point Bob Bray had flown 13 Ops as Pilot of his own crew and therefore seems unlikely to have taken an OP with John Black as 2nd Pilot. Therefore it might well be that this should be  Trevor Gray, who at this point had flown 2 Ops with the crew as 2nd Pilot.
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RNZAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:02 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 09:38

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud over target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Hedley Gray, RNZAF NZ404356 – 2nd Pilot..
P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RNZAF 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The other Wellington lost, X9976, was shot down by a German night fighter (pilot Ob Lt Helmut Lent, 4/NJG1) over the Netherlands, crashing at 01.20hrs at Oldeboorn (Friesland), 4 NM east of Akkrum, Holland.

F/S John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Allan and Elizabeth Welsh Black, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.

Sgt. Trevor Hedley Gray, RNZAF NZ404356 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Royden Arthur and Daisy Lennox Gray, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand; Husband of Doreen Gray, of New Plymouth.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – 8. H. 2.

P/O Eric Lloyd, RNZAF NZ402197 – Observer.
Killed age 28.
Son of Samuel Edgar Lloyd and of Lilian May Lloyd (Nee Toms), of Fordell, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.

Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Ernest Alfred Thompson, and of Edith Ellen Beatrice Thompson, of Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.
‘Treasured memories
Of a dear only son
And brother. At rest.
God knows best’

F/S Leslie Cyril Green, RAFVR 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of William and Rose Green, of Winchester, England.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.
‘I have fought a good fight,
I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith’

Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 30.
Son of Thomas and Bridget Black; Husband of Alice Josephine Black, of Islington, London, England.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. H. 3-7.

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