C. Glossop crew 30.7.44

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

P/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:20 – Landed 09:50
Flight Time 03:30

01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G
Hit by flak once
P/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 02:45

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:18 – Landed 17:45
Flight Time 03:27

12/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Ten aircraft set out to attack Factories at Russelsheim which are engaged in Flying Bomb production. Nine aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers and good results were reported. A.A. defences were light, but enemy fighters were active on the homeward route, one aircraft having an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. The aircraft captained by NZ428793 .F/S. Mulcahy, C., failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A “The Seven Sinners”

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/O Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:45

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:50 – Landed 17:30
Flight Time 03:40

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:58 – Landed 02:49
Flight Time 04:51

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:39 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 07:46

31/08/1944 – Attack Against Pont Reny
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Flying Bomb Supply Dump at Pont Reny. All were successful in bombing the target, although cloud obscured it to some extent, which caused part of the bombing to be scattered. No enemy fighters were encountered and A.A. opposition was slight, but one aircraft (Captain NZ421488 .F/O. J. Aitken) was damaged and the Air Bomber, NZ429967 .F/O. R. Mayhill received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:26 – Landed 19:38
Flight Time 03:12

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:31 – Landed 21:07
Flight Time 03:36

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:01 – Landed 19:46
Flight Time 03:45

17/09/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
In the morning fourteen aircraft took off to attack Boulogne. Crews were able to identify landmarks and bombing was accurate, although much smoke hid results. The aircraft captained by NZ411397 A/S/L. G. Gunn was severely damaged by light flak, but he managed to fly back across the Channel even though both starboard engines were feathered. On landing at Hawkinge, however, the aircraft overshot the small runway and crashed. The Captain received injuries and was placed on the Dangerously Ill List, the Navigator 153453 F/O F. Smith was slightly injured, the Air Bomber NZ428249 F/O A Millar was placed on the Seriously Ill List, the Flight Engineer 1566967 Sgt Bruce, J was killed, but the remainder of the crew were uninjured, they were WO/AIR 47714 F/L W Naismith, MU/Gnr NZ411708 F/O C. Robertson and R/Gnr NZ402519 F/O S. Haynes. All of those injured were admitted to Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury and the body of Sgt Bruce was sent to his next of kin for burial.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:18 – Landed 13:00
Flight Time 02:42

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G
ND782 listed as hit by flak non specific amount ‘U’ not on list
F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:50 – Landed 17:32
Flight Time 02:42

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 23:37
Flight Time 03:57

25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to carry out an early morning attack on Calais. They all reached the target and found that ten tenths cloud with 2,000 feet tops and less than 1,000 feet base obscured it. The operation, therefore, had to be abandoned.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:32 – Landed 11:20
Flight Time 02:48

27/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Fourteen aircraft attacked Calais as detailed, taking off in the morning during doubtful weather. Crews bombed visually under instructions from the Master Bomber and a good concentrated raid was carried out. Some accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time 02:42

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NG113 AA-D

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:14 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 05:26

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:42 – Landed 22:11
Flight Time 05:29
07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T
Hit by flak once
F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:12 – Landed 16:02
Flight Time 03:50

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:09 – Landed 09:50
Flight Time 02:41

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg(2)
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to make a further attack on Duisburg, unfortunately, however, three aircraft had to be withdrawn. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining twenty five aircraft took part in a very successful attack in excellent visibility and large fires were seen to break out and add to those already burning from the morning attack. AA opposition was negligible and searchlight did not operate until late in the raid. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy fighter.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:01 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:19

15/11/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty five aircraft were detailed for an attack an the Soest Marshalling Yards, but this operation was cancelled and the same aircraft took off to attack an Oil Refinery at Dortmund in daylight, carrying 4,000 lbs and 500 lbs bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing in formation through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 ft. and a concentrated raid was reported. Flak was reported as being fairly accurate by the leading aircraft, but none of our aircraft were hit.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 17:24
Flight Time 05:04

16/11/1944 – Attack Against Heinsberg
Twenty five aircraft were detailed to attack an Oil Refinery target at Sterkrade but this operation was cancelled, and the 25 aircraft later took off to attack Heinsberg in support of the advancing American Army, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All crews were successful in bombing the town which was identified visually. On leaving, the whole town appeared to be covered in a thick pall of smoke. Flak was fairly intense but only two of our aircraft received minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:33 – Landed 17:12
Flight Time 03:39

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ422917 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:56 – Landed 17:21
Flight Time 04:25

21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 16:36
Flight Time 03:56

23/11/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Nordstern Oil Refinery Plant at Gelsenkirchen carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All aircraft attacked in formation bombing on navigational aids as the cloud was 10/10 with tops at 8000 ft. The attack was thought to be well concentrated, though it was impossible to observe the results. Flak opposition was moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ427481 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:54 – Landed 17:15
Flight Time 04:21

02/12/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Seventeen aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on the Coking Plant at Dortmund. All crews were successful in attacking the target which was covered by 10/10 cloud, tops being about 12,000 ft. and the raid was thought to be successful, though the Bomber stream was not as concentrated as usual. Flak was moderate, but very erratic, and none of our aircraft suffered damage. Bombs carried on this attack were 4,000 lb H.C., 1,000 lb. M.C. and 1,000 lb ANM.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ422917 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 17:08
Flight Time 04:18

05/12/1944 – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards
Twenty one aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Railway Marshalling Yards at Hamm during daylight, carrying 8,000 lb H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (LD.), 500 M.C., 4 lb I.B. bombs and Munroe bomb. Twenty aircraft attacked the target area through 10/10 cloud but a break in the cloud a little later disclosed bomb bursts to be rather scattered. One aircraft was led astray by the leader, and bombed a last resort target at Heintrop.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-?

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ422917 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/O Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:00 – Landed 13:59
Flight Time 04:59

06/12/1944 – Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack o the Merseburg Leuna Oil Refinery, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P.(LD) bombs. The target was covered with 10/10 cloud, tops about 14,000 ft and all aircraft were successful in bombing the target with navigational aids. The attack was considered to be concentrated, though bombing results could not be seen, apart from the glow of fires seen beneath the cloud. Flak was intense in the target area and a few enemy fighters were seen en route but no attacks were reported. One aircraft, AA “R” captained by 1585981 F/O D. Atkin, had engine trouble after leaving the target, the starboard inner catching fire, and it was with great difficulty that the crew managed to keep the fire under control. When approaching this country the starboard inner engine went u/s and after jettisoning all equipment and with the aircraft losing height at 100 feet per minute, the Captain made a very good ditching in the River Orwell. None of the crew were hurt.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

P/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ422917 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
F/O Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:03 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 07:27

21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G
Hit by flak once
F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ422917 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
P/O Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:37 – Landed 16:09
Flight Time 03:32

23/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
The twenty one aircraft detailed on the 22nd December took off to attack Trier in improved weather conditions, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. The target could be identified visually and T.Is were aimed at by most crews. The attack was reported as being good with very few scattered bombs. Several explosions were seen as our aircraft left the target.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Colin Glossop, RNZAF NZ422917 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Stuar McNeil, RNZAF NZ427534 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Athol Mace, RNZAF NZ4211044 – Air Bomber.
P/O Jack Meehan, RNZAF NZ426895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Harvey, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Killick, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Howarth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 04:23