C.H. Baigent crew 13.01.45

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Wing Commander “Mac” Baigent, DFC*. – NZBCA archives.

Cyril Henry Baigent, DFC*, DSO, AFC, RNZAF. (NZ411973, 70038).
Cyril Baigent, usually known as “Mac”, or “Baige”, came from Ashburton, New Zealand.
He enlisted in March 1941, aged 17, and was posted to the RAF in September that year. He served his first tour of duty (32 operations) with 15 Squadron, including participation in the first two, Thousand Bomber raids, and second tour (33 Operations) with 115 Squadron in 1943. He was appointed Squadron Leader, November 1943.

Mac took over as Commanding Officer (CO) of 75 (NZ) Squadron on 6 January 1945, after the loss of W/C Ray Newton on 1st January.

Baigent was still ten days short of his 22nd birthday at the time, the youngest squadron commander in RAF Bomber Command.

Apparently some on Base gave him the nickname “Boy”, but only behind his back! Despite the baby-face and clear complexion, he was tall and apparently physically quite strong.

He was also very popular, and acknowledged for looking after new crews, often taking them on their first op’s. He flew 15 op’s in his time as CO, for a total of 70 by war’s end.

He also led three Operation Manna trips, including the Squadron’s very first on 29 April, one of the post-war flights to evaluate German radar, a farewell salute flypast for RNZAF airmen on the SS Andes, and one Operation Spasm (trip to Berlin to view the City on the ground).

He commanded the Squadron for the rest of the war, through the move to RAF Spilsby for Tiger Force training, and right up until it was disbanded in September 1945. He was awarded the DSO just as they moved to Splisby.

Citation – Distinguished Service Order
17 July 1945, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RNZAF
Throughout three years of operational duty this officer has displayed conspicuous gallantry and exceptional determination.  Since the award of a bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, he has taken part in many attacks against important and highly defended targets.  Both in the air and on the ground, Wing Commander Baigent has proved to be an able, keen and courageous leader, who has invariably set an inspiring example to all under his command.

He later rejoined 75 Squadron for the RNZAF’s deHavilland Mosquito ferry flights from England to New Zealand.

Citation – Air Force Cross
New Year 1948, 75 Squadron, RNZAF
This officer was posted to 75 Squadron as a Flight Commander in October 1946 for Mosquito ferry training duties.  Early in 1947 he proceeded to the United Kingdom and delivered his first Mosquito to New Zealand.  Since then this officer has delivered two more aircraft from the United Kingdom.  Furthermore he has assumed command of the Squadron and despite the time occupied in flying, he has completed much valuable work in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and on the ferry route to make this difficult task of ferrying easier and more practical.  By his keenness and fine leadership he has maintained a high morale amongst aircrew of his Squadron and his never failing enthusiasm and energy have made him an outstanding figure and he has won the admiration and respect of all ranks.  Squadron Leader Baigent has now completed 1,572 hours flying of which 279 hours have been flown within the past six months

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Wing Commander “Mac” Baigent, DFC*, and Squadron Adjutant, Flight Lieutenant Charles Bewsher. Probably RNZAF official – appears in “Forever Strong”, by Norman Franks, incorrectly captioned as “F/L Paul Bewsher”. – NZBCA archives, Ron Baker collection.

BAIGENT, Wg Cdr Cyril Henry, DSO, DFC*, AFC, RNZAF. (NZ411973, 70038). Pilot, CO 6 Jan to 27 Sep 1945RODGERS A/Sqn Ldr. John Robert DFC, DFM, RNZAF. (NZ413956) Pilot 20 Sep 1944 to 28 Mar 1945 “B” Flt Cmdr.

Wing Commander Cyril Henry Baigent, DSO, DFC, AFC, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038
Acting Squadron Leader. John Robert  Rodgers, DFC, DFM, RNZAF NZ413956 – “B” Flight Commander. © Jimmy Wood collection.

A fantastic image from Jimmy Wood’s (A/B with the Banks crew) photo album of Wing Commander Cyril ‘Mac’ Baigent and ‘B’ Flight Commander John Rodgers.

In discussion with Jimmy, it was clear that he had very fond memories of Mac Baigent and this might be something to do with W/C Baigent going with the Banks crew on their first op to Dresden. Cyril Baigent noted in his diary;

“Rather a long trip, so I thought I had better go! Flew F/L Banks and his crew on their first Op which probably rather shook them. Set course no trouble and apart from a little flak in the Frankfurt area, the trip to the target was fairly quiet. From some distance we could see the glow from earlier attacks on Dresden and Leipzig. A steady run in, in formation with another Lanc, and dropped right in the middle of large fires, on top of a red TI. After leaving the target, we looked back and saw clouds of smoke billowing up to 16,-17,000 feet. A spot of flak at Chemnitz and Brux but we had a fairly quiet trip home. Banks flew from Strasbourg. I took over and made a reasonable landing.”

from ‘Forever Strong’ The Story of 75 squadron RNZAF 1916-1990. Norman Franks. page 153

On the same trip, Norman Allen the Banks crew Mid Upper Gunner perhaps experienced the side of Baigent that had got him to the position of Wing Commander by the age of 22. A slow response to a radio check owing to the biting cold of the upper gun turret made Baigent accuse Norman of having fallen asleep. Apparently Norman in no uncertain terms explained that he had not been asleep and it was the cold and that perhaps the W/C should get heating fitted in his aircraft!.

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Mac Baigent’s signature, signing off the second tour of Air Bomber Jock Sommerville

 

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 dnc AA-A
W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Peter Allen Holt, RNZAF NZ4211049 – Navigator.
P/O John Kennedy Clements, RAAF AUS.418070 – Air Bomber.
F/O Rhodes,   – Wireless Operator.
F/S Golombeck,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S Murphy J,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Holiday K,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:29 – Landed 16:09
Flight Time 04:40

22/01/1945 – Attack Against Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft attacked Duisburg carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. (I.D) 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Visibility was good. Crews saw the Rhine. Fires and explosions were seen coming from a concentrated area. A successful attack was reported. No opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PG449? ??-T?

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot. F/S Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:14 – Landed 21:58
Flight Time 04:44

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F
Hit by flak once

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Wi Rangiuaia, RNZAF NZ427319 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. A. Matthew, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Morrison, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Edward Barry Mossman, RNZAF NZ42112587 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Player, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. T. Mynott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Morgan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:29 – Landed 16:17
Flight Time 05:48

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
W/O Esmond Edgar Delwyn Ware, RNZAF NZ42486 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Colin Campbell Emslie, RNZAF NZ431170 – Navigator.
F/S Stanley John Heald, RNZAF NZ415319 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wilfred Darling Cairns, RNZAF NZ427794 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. David Carter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G.B. White, RCAF R.20985 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Richard H. Wright, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:48 – Landed 02:36
Flight Time 05:48

09/02/1945 – Attack Against Hohenbudburg
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Lutskendorf, but the target was changed during the afternoon to Hohenbudberg. This operation was carried out in 8/10th cloud with tops about 10,000. Flak was slight to moderate and S/L effective. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/O M. Adamson, RNZAF NZ426904 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Arthur Edwin Noel Unwin, RNZAF NZ427347 – Navigator.
F/S Kenneth William Rathbride Mitchell, RNZAF NZ425700 – Air Bomber.
F/S John William Fisher, RNZAF NZ4211617 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Palmer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Reginald Arthur Smith , RAFVR 1606544 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Rhodes, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:51 – Landed 08:32
Flight Time 04:41

13/02/1945 – Attack Against Dresden
Twenty aircraft attacked Dresden as detailed. Very slight H/F was only opposition. The first aircraft over the target reported thin cloud which had cleared for later aircraft. Some aircraft were able to bomb visually. Crews reported the whole town was well alight and could see the glow of fires 100 miles away on return A highly successful raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/L Russell Ashley Banks, RNZAF NZ416437 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Maurice Wiggins , RAFVR 1219661/ 164286 – Navigator.
F/O James Ernest ‘Jimmy’ Wood, RAFVR 1801019/154906 – Air Bomber.
F/L Alexander Reid Hirst, RNZAF NZ41588 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry ‘Jock’ Fraser, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
W/O John Edward ‘Jack’ Britnell, RAFVR 1579917 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Norman ‘Paddy’ Allen, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:11 – Landed 07:15
Flight Time 09:04

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I ME450 AA-W

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Woonton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Williams E,   – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Harpham ?,   – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Winning?,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Parry H,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Gilbert W,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:47 – Landed 17:52
Flight Time 05:05

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Beasley, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Davis A NZ5834,   – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Edge W?,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Noble A,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:42 – Landed 14:13
Flight Time 05:31

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Fairbairn, RNZAF NZ4211901 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. G. Richmond, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Grattan G,   – Air Bomber.
F/S Aitken I NZ,   – Wireless Operator.
F/S Easter H,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Carr G,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Cottrell E,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 17:08
Flight Time 05:16

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Allan Francis Thompson , RNZAF NZ4213953 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger , RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Cocking,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:14 – Landed 15:35
Flight Time 05:21

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
P/O Peter Lloyd Trevarthan, RNZAF NZ429974 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Ernest Alfred ‘Buster’ Bancrof, RNZAF NZ433220 – Navigator.
F/O Moulton ‘Tony’ Hewitson, RNZAF NZ4215189 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Douglas ‘Doug’ Birnie, RNZAF NZ431056 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Brian Kynaston Waugh, RAFVR 574528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. David Dunmore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Powell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:42 – Landed 03:06
Flight Time 08:24

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 01:52
Flight Time 05:57

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S David Knight, RNZAF NZ433310 – Navigator.
F/O Robin Douglas Matthews, RAFVR NZ4212741 – Air Bomber.
F/S Keith David Cunningham, RNZAF NZ4215814 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Patrick Carr, RNZAF NZ402678 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Robert Alfred Olsen , RNZAF NZ431204 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:22
Flight Time 05:37

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/L Maurice Frank Thorogood, RAFVR 1322861/ 139697 – Navigator.
F/S F.Leaman,   – Air Bomber.
F/S James Frederick Freestone,   – Wireless Operator.
F/S William Thomas Soper,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Nash,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Poet,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:15 – Landed 15:07
Flight Time 04:52

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Esterman (M. Thorogood 2nd Nav.), RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Francis Lachlan Fraser,   – Air Bomber.
F/O Owen Dudley Dunning,   – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Milton Edwin Bardsley,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stuart Henry McKechnie,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:16 – Landed 20:44
Flight Time 05:28

29/04/1945 – Supply Dropping in the Delf Area
9 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping in the Delft area. The operation was uneventful and crowds were seen waving and cheering. Quite a number of packs hung up.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S James Randel Haworth, RNZAF NZ4216510 – Navigator.
F/L Grant Alan Russell, RNZAF NZ411729 – Air Bomber.
P/O William Lachlan Wilson, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
W/O W. Peplow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Gwyn Duglan, RAFVR 179249 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:46 – Landed 15:11
Flight Time 02:25

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gun

posts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/L Nelson Hugh Bawdin, RNZAF NZ421313 – Navigator.
F/S Stratford H NZ3296,   – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley Graham Watson, RAFVR 1124508/ 195948 – Wireless Operator.
W/O Peplow V, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O Sizeland S?,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:54 – Landed 14:15
Flight Time 02:21

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.III LM728 AA-R

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/O Percival McDowell Johnstone, RNZAF NZ4215865 – Navigator.
F/S Griffiths A,   – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley Graham Watson, RAFVR 1124508/ 195948 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Fairburn R, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
S/L Harrington Pass,   – Passenger.
F/O Horton H NZ8302,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:22 – Landed 14:50
Flight Time 02:28

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S F. Gunningham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Ross, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Reid, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Crossfield, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Tom Benson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:56 – Landed 15:52
Flight Time 05:56