T.G. Buckley crew 17.10.43

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 BK777 AA-U “Alexander’s Ragtime Crew”

F/O Allan Mason Forbes Alexander, RNZAF NZ41712 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Maurice Desmond Andersen, RNZAF NZ415675 – Navigator.
F/S Philip Hutcheson Pullyn, RNZAF NZ416643 – Air Bomber.
F/S Thomas James Mayhew, RNZAF NZ415549 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Howard, RAFVR 643578 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Armstrong ‘Doc’ Lyon, RCAF R.108340 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Hamish ‘Mac’ MacDonald, RNZAF NZ417219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:30

17/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. An uneventful trip – no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. Visibility was fairly good in the mining area and navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 ??-?

Sgt. Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR 1581930 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 03:45

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active. Many enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF462 ??-?

Sgt. Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR 1581930 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 06:10

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III BK389 ??-?

Sgt. Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR 1581930 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:29 – Landed 21:09
Flight Time 03:40

29/12/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open. Opposition was negligible and the trip was uneventful. There was ten tenths cloud in the mining area and visibility was poor. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LJ462 AA-O

F/S Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR 1581930 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 05:45

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF454 ??-A

F/S Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/O Robert Weir Herron, RNZAF NZ422282 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 03:15

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ??-?

F/S Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 02:55

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 ?-?

F/S Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:40

27/01/1944 – Mining of the East Coast of Denmark
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, but proved to be negligible. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very good, and although it was very dark, visibility was clear. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 ??-?

F/S Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 06:10

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III EE958 ??-V

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:00

22/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in Kiel Bay. After being airborne for one hour all of the aircraft were recalled owing to unsuitable weather conditions.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 dnc AA-U

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 18:55
Flight Time 01:55

24/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed with a large force to lay mines of 1500 lbs in Kiel Bay, and fourteen returned after completing their mission successfully. One aircraft (Captain NZ42367 F/S. Bruhns H.) is missing, and no news was heard after take-off.

Stirling Mk.III EE958 ??-V

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 07:35

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 71 (ABORTIVE)
Operation WHEELWRIGHT 71 (Abortive).
Reception area reached but unable to find final pin point owing to variable low stratus cloud.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

05/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 18 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation AUTHOR 18 (Successful).
The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘X’ took off at 20.20 hours. The target area was reached at 23.50 hours and pin pointed. Three white lights and the letter flashing correctly were seen, sixteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 23.59 hours. The weather was clear with good visibility. Course was set for Base at 23.59 hours, one package of leaflets being dropped at Brive. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.00 hours.

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:40

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 18 (Successful)
. The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘A’ took off at 20.25 hours. The target area was reached at 00.01 hours and pin pointed by steep cliffs in the form of an oval. Reception was received, the flashing light being seen clearly, twelve containers were then dropped from 3,000′ at 00.15 hours. The weather was good with excellent visibility. Course was set for Base at 00.15 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Roanne. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.52 hours.

Stirling Mk.III ??-A

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 03:52
Flight Time 07:27

13/03/1944 – Mining off La Rochelle
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest. One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return. Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out. The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.

Stirling Mk.III BF473 ??-?

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 05:30

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 156 (ABORTIVE)
Operation BOB 156 (Abortive).
The target was reached and identified, but in spite of the aircraft making a good search no reception was seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at La Chapelle and St. Quentin.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

16/03/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Amiens
12 aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Amiens. One aircraft was withdrawn and one, being unable to maintain height owing to engine trouble, was forced to jettison near the target. The remaining ten aircraft successfully bombed the target although haze prevented identification of ground detail. No fighter opposition was encountered, and only very slight A.A. Fire.

Stirling Mk.III EE958 ??-V

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 23:55
Flight Time 03:45

09/04/1944 – Attack against Villeneuve St. George
Eleven Lancaster aircraft successfully attacked Villeneuve St. Georges. Four Stirling aircraft were detailed to attack Lille. One jettisoned its load on the outward journey, but the remainder successfully attacked the target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 04:40

10/04/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Laon
Eight aircraft successfully attacked Laon.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:25 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 04:20

18/04/1944 – Attack Against Rouen
Ten Lancasters were also detailed to bomb the marshalling yards at Rouen, one was withdrawn, but the remaining nine attacked in clear weather with ground haze.

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 04:10

20/04/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Nine Lancaster aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne, of which one failed to take off and one returned early owing to the illness of the wireless operator. The remainder successfully completed their mission.

Lancaster Mk.i ME690 AA-Z

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 03:30

22/04/1944 – Attack Against Dusseldorf
Eight Lancaster aircraft took part in a concentrated attack against Dusseldorf.

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
P/O William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:55

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
P/O William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:55

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 07:30

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 02:50

09/05/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Cap Gris Nez and all successfully completed their mission. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:55 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 02:00

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 03:20

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
F/L Lyndon Oliver Simms, RAFVR 148590 – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:45

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 04:05

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot. F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 03:20