H.A. Roberts crew 03.07.41

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAF 44224 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 06:10

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAF 44224 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:00

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAF 44224 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 08:45

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1163 AA-?

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lacey, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:50

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1163 AA-?

F/O David Leatham Prichard, RAFVR 36203 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Kenneth Newman Struthers, RNZAF NZ40950 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAFVR 44224 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:00 – Landed 15:30
Flight Time 08:30

02/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped, but owing to fairly heavy cloud no results were observed. Fairly accurate light and heavy flak was scattered throughout target area. Searchlights were intense and working in cones. One enemy aircraft was seen near target area, but no attack was made. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:15

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:30

15/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, THC.334 (P/O. Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. SGT. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned.
A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
THC.683 reports that bombs were dropped on Cologne.
THC.938 bombed concentration of flak and searchlights on E.T.A. Assumed over Cologne.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target areas and on route.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:20

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:50

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:30

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 06:25

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:35

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:45

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber centre of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:00

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:30

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326
Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.
The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.
CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.
CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.
CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.
CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.
P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.
Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:20

24/07/1941 – Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out daylight attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, N.2854 captained by SGT. Streeter failed to return to base. The bomb load consisted of 24 500lbs. S.A.P.
Results were unobserved by DNS.772.
DNS.329 reports bombs overshot aiming point. Direct hits on sheds or warehouses about half mile S.E. of aiming point were observed.
DNS.411 reports that one and possibly two hits were observed on north end of No.1 graving dock.
Results were not observed by P/). Ashworth.
S/L. Lucas reports that bombs were dropped in target area.
Balloons were observed in the harbour.
A.A. fire was very intense and accurate.
Enemy aircraft were numerous and our aircraft were attacked.
The weather was excellent and visibility was good.
Navigation was by D/R, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.3205 AA-L

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:55 – Landed 17:10
Flight Time 06:15

03/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, YAM.189 captained by SGT. Matietch was intercepted by fighters and bombs were jettisoned. The aircraft was damaged and a landing was made at Newmarket. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and fires were started. The aircraft met heavy and light A.A. fire which was fairly accurate, but searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and in target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9764 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Patrick Duffy, RNZAF NZ40789 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Keith Douglas Sarginson, RNZAF NZ391978 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:10

06/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.1648 captained by SGT. Millet, failed to return to base. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
GHC.170 sighted river near target but had to bomb through 10/10 cloud. Glow of a fire was seen through clouds. Bomb bursts were observed in target area by GHC.231. GNC.265 observed bomb bursts in dock area. GHC.279 bombed target area but was unable to pinpoint target on account of haze. GHC.324 saw bombs burst across outer harbour of Ostend. Unable to reach primary target owing to loss of time and petrol in extensive thunder cloud on East Coast. GHC.470 dropped bombs in target area but results were not observed. GHC.535 bombed target through 9/10 cloud. Fire observed on departure. GHC.688 failed to attack target. GHC.719 bombed flak and searchlight concentrations on E.T.A. through 10/10 cloud. Results were not observed by GHC.750.
P/O. Williams reports direct hit on lock gates. Results were not observed by P/O. Scott owing to heavy cloud.
A fair amount of activity was observed on enemy aerodromes in Brussels-liege area.
A.A. fire was slight but accurate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
GHC.279 reports encounter with probable JU.88. Three attacks were made but the enemy was driven off by return fire. Rear gunner believes he scored hit with third burst, causing aircraft to break away.
Weather was not favourable, there being heavy cloud, thunder, electric storms, and bad icing conditions.
Navigation was by W/T, D/R, astro and loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9764 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Patrick Duffy, RNZAF NZ40789 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Keith Douglas Sarginson, RNZAF NZ391978 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:40

08/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, WAX.319 captained by SGT. Saunders, jettisoned bombs in Westhaven area while taking evasive action to escape enemy fighter. The weather was poor, there being

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Patrick Duffy, RNZAF NZ40789 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Keith Douglas Sarginson, RNZAF NZ391978 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:15

12/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9764 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 07:15

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Green, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Blake Stephenson, RCAF R.65625/ 96324 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 05:25

29/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BRO.345 failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were brought back. All bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but heavy cloud made observations of results difficult. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Blake Stephenson, RCAF R.65625/ 96324 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:15

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 06:00

08/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to make individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, (including delay), 250 lb (including delay fuses), and containers of incendiaries. AA fire was very light and searchlight activity was also light and ineffective. No enemy aircraft seen. The weather conditions were excellent in the target area and en route. Navigation includes:- D.R., Q.D.M., Astro., Pinpoint., Loop and Lorenz.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 06:50

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:30

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 X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 07:00

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.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:50

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. K.M. Smith, RAFVR 930868 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 07:20

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.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles William Street, RAFVR 82999 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 08:30