C.A. Megson crew 25.3.44

The Megson crew:
Back L-R: F/Sgt Albert Fagg (air bomber), Sgt Frank Ball (mid-upper gunner), F/Sgt Thomas Rowe (rear gunner), Sgt John Overfield-Collins (flight engineer).
Front L-R: Sgt T. Hamilton (wireless operator), P/O Colin “Lucky” Megson (skipper), F/O Stanley Walton (navigator).
Dennis Jones collection, via Glynis Bakker. 

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 Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack.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 ND917 JN-O

F/L Derek Warren, RAFVR 151118 – Pilot.
F/S Colin Arthur Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Arnold Earle Irving, RCAF J.19819 – Navigator.
P/O Donald Irwin Gage, RCAF R.166183/ J.19996 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Francis Christopher Riley, RAFVR 1584169 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Dewhurst, RAFVR 1094980 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

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

 

25/03/1944 – Attack Against targets at Aulneye
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack Aulnoye, two failed to take off, but the remaining five successfully completed their mission.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 JN-U

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Frank Ball, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:55

26/03/1944 – Attack against Targets at Courtrai
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack Courtrai, six bombed the target successfully and the other aircraft brought its bombs back.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 JN-U

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
P/O William John Lake, RAFVR NZ416121 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Frank Ball, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 03:30

30/03/1944 – Mining off Le Havre
Two aircraft were detailed to lay mines off the coast of Denmark and two off Le Havre. All were successful in clear weather and the trips were uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ??-?

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Frank Ball, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:10 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 02:50

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 ND917 JN-O

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 06:20
Flight Time 08:25

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.III ND908 JN-M

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 03:15

07/05/1944 – Attack Against Chateau Bolgon Aerodrome
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Chateau Bougon aerodrome near Nantes. All aircraft successfully attacked in clear weather and bombing was concentrated.

Mk. –

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

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

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 LL942 JN-C

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:00 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 02:40

10/05/1944 – Attack Against Courtrai
Twenty three aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Courtrai. A concentrated attack was made with very slight opposition. One aircraft (Captain NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond) was hit by A.A. Fire on the return journey and the Captain received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

F/S Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 02:40

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:00

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 ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:15

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
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.III HK554 JN-F

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:05

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 03:50

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 07:00

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:45 – Landed 07:15
Flight Time 03:30

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 03:30

08/06/1944 – Attack Against Fougeres
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Fougeres in N. France. Nineteen aircraft bombed successfully, one bringing its bombs back owing to the Bomb sight being unserviceable when over the target area. Two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy aircraft, but the remainder carried out their mission without incident, there being no opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 04:50

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot. F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:35

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:30

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 03:40

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 03:30

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ME148 AA-H

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:16
Flight Time 03:11

23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 02:45

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 02:30

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:25

09/07/1944 – Attack Against Linzeux
The twenty five aircraft detailed on the previous day took off to attack the constructional works site at Linzeux in daylight. All aircraft bombed through cloud, using navigational aids. A.A. fire opposition was reported as slight, although one aircraft suffered considerable damage when over the target. There was no opposition from enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 15:55
Flight Time 02:50

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:20 – Landed 07:30
Flight Time 03:10

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Ten aircraft took off to attack the constructional works site at Bois Des Jardins. All aircraft bombed the target, but a scattered raid was reported owing to eight to ten tenths cloud. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:29 – Landed 02:54
Flight Time 03:25

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 04:20

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”
Listed as being hit by flak – but no. of times not listed
P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

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

22/07/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All aircraft dropped their mines successfully, and crews reported an uneventful trip.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 07:55

23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Kiel, and all successfully bombed the target. A concentrated raid was reported and the glow of fires could be seen from the Danish west coast on return. A moderate A.A. barrage was met and two aircraft had combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 05:10

25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 08:45