Black crew

Details of John Blacks 2nd Pilot Ops to follow……….

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 (8)

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