H.L. Burton crew 8.9.43

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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Walter Donald Whitehead, RNZAF NZ416565 – Pilot.
F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Peter Gerald Dobson, RNZAF NZ439022 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Edward Parker, RNZAF NZ414332 – 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.
F/S Vincent Rex Jamieson, RNZAF NZ416431 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:10


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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Mcgregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 02:40

15/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Montlucon
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb..One aircraft failed to take-off, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires was rising to a height of 12,000ft.. Inaccurate A.A.fire from a few guns was the only opposition, no enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 5/10th cloud over the target but visibility was nevertheless good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:28 – Landed 03:12
Flight Time 06:44

16/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Modane
Nineteen aircraft wee detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of  1,000lb.,and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and well concentrated attack. Large fires which appeared to be spreading and heavy explosions were seen. Some A.A.fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, they were ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. The port inner engine caught fire but what put out with the aid of a fire extinguisher, the propeller was then feathered and the aircraft continued its journey on three engines. A few enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by P/O. G.K.WILLIAMS had a combat with a JU 88 which was claimed as destroyed. One other short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. It was clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 03:10

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 mainplane, 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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 06:20

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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:25

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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 05:30

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 EF465 AA-H

F/S Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

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

22/12/1943 – Attack against a Special Target
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Bombing was very concentrated and some large explosions were observed. Very little opposition was met and it proved negligible. It was clear over the target except for scattered cloud. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH152 ??-?

W/O Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 02:30

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

Lancaster Mk. ND756 AA-M

P/O Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
F/S Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 147993/ 173885 – Navigator.
P/O Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Sturminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:35 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 04:05

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.III ND756 AA-M

P/O Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
F/S Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 147993/ 173885 – Navigator.
P/O Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Sturminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 03:15

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

P/O Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
P/O Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 147993/ 173885 – Navigator.
P/O Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Sturminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:25

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.III ND756 AA-M

P/O Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
P/O Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 147993/ 173885 – Navigator.
P/O Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Sturminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 07:35

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.III ND756 AA-M

F/L Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
P/O Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 147993/ 173885 – Navigator.
P/O Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Sturminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 01:50

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.III ND914 AA-H

F/L Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
P/O Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 147993/ 173885 – Navigator.
P/O Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Sturminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:15

 

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