C.M. HIll crew 31.03.41

23/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000 lbs., 50lbs., and containers of incendiaries..
UNL.405 reports incendiaries were seen, through cloud, to ignite, but H.E. not observed.
UNL.548 bombed through 8/10 cloud. Fires were seen to start, and a red glow lit the cloud.
UNL.837 bombed within one mile of target. Flashes, but no results, were observed.
Results were not observed by UNL.896 owing to 9/10 cloud.
UNL.903 dropped incendiaries and H.E. in single stick cross target on N.E. heading, through 9/10 cloud. Explosions not observed.
UNL.951 reports incendiaries burst believed in target area. Two fires started but were quickly controlled. White explosions seen up to 10 mins later.
Four photographs were taken by UNL.405.
A.A. Fire was heavy at some parts of route fairly accurate.
Searchlights were intense and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Heavy cloud was experienced over target area and most of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAF 36172 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

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

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Kelly, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:39
Flight Time 04:54

31/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Rotterdam
Two Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft UNL.????? Captained by P/O. Hill, failed to locate target and bombs were dropped in sea. The bomb load consisted of 250lbs. and containers of incendiaries.
Results were not observed by UNL.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire was slight, and there was little searchlight activity.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Fairly heavy cloud was experienced.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 dnc AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 03:00

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:25

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.
CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.
Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.
Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:30

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:25

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 08:05

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:40

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 05:15

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 08:05

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, and containers of incendiaries.
SFY.154 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
SFY.426 saw bombs burst 300 yds S.W. of target.
SFY.515 reports small fire started in target area.
SFY.626 saw bombs and incendiaries burst in target area.
Target was not located by SFY.699,
Results were not observed by SFY.872
S/L Widdowson returned to base on account of the Wireless Operator being ill. Three 500lbs. were jettisoned in sea. P/O Curry failed to locate target.
F/Lt. Fletcher attacked target area and fires were started.
Two large fires were observed in target area.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate.
Searchlights were numerous and working in cones.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:20

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:45

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:45

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R.3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:10

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 T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:25

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 bt D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – 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 T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 06:50

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 W.5621 AA-E

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:15

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cameron, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:20

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 T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:05 – Landed 15:20
Flight Time 08:15

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O John Trelawney Leacock, RAFVR 62295 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
– not listed, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 06:25
Flight Time 06:05

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O John Trelawney Leacock, RAFVR 62295 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:25

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, ut searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Allen Ward, RNZAF NZ401793 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554) – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAFVR 44224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:35

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554) – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAFVR 44224 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – not recorded Landed – not recorded
Flight Time –

There is a gap between periods with the Squadron that needs to be clarified.

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

F/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RAF NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 23:55
Flight Time 03:50

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L Kitchin, F/O Sandys and Sgt Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RAFVR NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 05:40

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

F/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RAFVR NZ403569 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 04:15

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

F/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RAFVR NZ403569 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 05:40

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:40

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey-Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:50

06/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area and fires were observed. There was intense heavy flak over the target but only a few searchlights were active. One single engined fighter attempted to attack Wellington II X3636 but was driven off by flak. There was 9/10th cloud on the route and 3/10th to 5/10th cloud over the target at 11,000 feet. Navigation was good TR and DR being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RAFVR NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 02:55

10/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Eight Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250 lbs, was dropped in the target area but results were not seen. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were fairly intense. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fine with 7/10 cloud. Navigation by astro, D.F. and loop was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, British Army NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

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

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3636 AA-R

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RAFVR NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

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