C.N.C. Crawford crew 26.3.44

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 EF454 AA-A

Sgt. Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 03:50

30/03/1944 – Mining of the coast of Holland
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 EF233 AA-L

Sgt. Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

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 ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

Sgt. Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:14 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 03:06

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 NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.III ND908 JN-M

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:35

30/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Ten aircraft successfully bombed a target at Boulogne, encountering only very slight opposition. The attack was carried out in clear visibility.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 02:10

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

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

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

02/06/1944 – Attack Against Wissant
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Wissant, N. France. Owing to thick cloud over the target, twelve aircraft were unable to identify the markers and brought their bombs back. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:15 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 02:00

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 ND911 JN-V

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:35 – Landed 06:55
Flight Time 03:20

07/06/1944 – Attack Against Massy Palaiseau
Six aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Massy Palaiseau near Paris. Five aircraft bombed successfully, one returning early with instrument trouble. The aircraft captained by AUS421504 F/S. Perfrement, J. had a brief encounter with a ME.210, claiming hits on the enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 03:20

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 ND911 JN-V

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 04:15

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.I HK554 JN-F

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:30

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 ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:50

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.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:20

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 ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:53
Flight Time 02:53

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

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

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
W/O Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:00

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”
Hit by Flak 5 times
P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
W/O Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:56 – Landed 15:51
Flight Time 02:55

05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

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

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
W/O Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:08 – Landed 00:59
Flight Time 01:51

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 ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
W/O Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:01 – Landed 03:26
Flight Time 04:25

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 ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
W/O Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:22 – Landed 08:05
Flight Time 03:43