C.V. McPherson crew 22.06.42 †

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3636 AA-R

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:05

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

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

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:10

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

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

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – 2nd Pilot
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:20

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3539 AA-T

P/O Eric George Delancey Jarman , RAAF AUS.404507 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson RNZAF NZ404912 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Alexander Fernie, RAFVR 980003/ 127783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davey, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:24 – Landed 04:24
Flight Time 05:00

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3751 AA-P

P/O Eric George Delancey Jarman , RAAF AUS.404507 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson RNZAF NZ404912 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Alexander Fernie, RAFVR 980003/ 127783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davey, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:10

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.Ic BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:35

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:26 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:04

28/06/1942 – Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen
Four a/c were detailed to carry out the above sorties. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in the target area. Results not seen. Heavy flak was met at Vannes and Bremen and searchlights were poor. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fair with cloud. Nav. was good.

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

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:05

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RAFVR NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 02:35

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:40

07/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Nine a/c carried out the above sortie and carried 500lbs bombs and vegetables. A few machines returned with loads but some carried out their task. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft. Weather was cloudy with poor visibility. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
P/O Norman Bruce Robertson, RNZAF NZ411101 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RAFVR NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:55 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 03:00

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
P/O Eric Grant, RNZAF NZ403443 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Louvain Trevor Cairns, RAFVR NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time –

20/07/1942 – Daylight Sorties Against Bremen
Six a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load was not dropped as all returned to base owing to lack of cloud cover. There was no A.A. fire but four enemy a/c made unsuccessful attacks on Well.III, X3452, captained by Sgt. Croall

Wellington Mk.III X.3751 AA-P

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin John Byrne, RNZAF NZ404529 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 20:20
Flight Time 02:50

21/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs 30lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area but results were unobserved. Photographs were taken however. A.A. fire was not very heavy but there were any searchlight cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good, clear over target. Navigation was by TR & DR.

Wellington Mk.III Q.3540 AA-?

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin John Byrne, RNZAF NZ404529 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

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

23/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Fourteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was heavy and concentrated. Searchlights were few owing to cloud. One JU.88 was seen. Two other enemy a/c were seen but did not attack. Weather was poor, cloudy over the target. Nav. was good

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
Sgt. Stanley David Ross, RNZAF NZ41359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Philip Charles Spittal, RNZAF NZ404420 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:04 – Landed 04:44
Flight Time 03:40

25/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was accurate and in abundance. Searchlights were poor. Several enemy a/c were seen, one FW190 was seen near target and a JU88 attacking a Wellington. Weather was fair with 8/10 to 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
Sgt. Stanley David Ross, RNZAF NZ41359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Philip Charles Spittal, RNZAF NZ404420 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 03:15

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
Sgt. Stanley David Ross, RNZAF NZ41359 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Philip Charles Spittal, RNZAF NZ404420 – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

The circumstances leading to the loss of Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W, are unknown and it was thus recorded as ‘lost without trace’. All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

F/S Colin Valentine Mcpherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 21.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

F/S Stanley David Ross, RNZAF NZ41359 – 2nd Pilot.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of Alexander James Ross and Gwenith Madeline Ross, of Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

P/O Phillip Charles Spittal, RNZAF NZ404420 – Observer.
Lost without trace age 26.
Son of Charles Edward and Maud May Spittal, of Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

F/S Louvain Trevor Cairns, RNZAF NZ402437 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of Robert Cairns and of Elizabeth Cairns (Nee Latimer), of St. Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

Sgt. Raymond Patrick Coppersmith, RNZAF NZ391697 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Charles Edward Coppersmith and of Alice Coppersmith (Nee Smith), of Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

F/S Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 26.
Son of Henry Albert Bryson, and of Alice Idoline Bryson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.