C.V. Opie crew 1.3.45

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
W/O Cyril Vernon Opie , RAAF AUS.429990 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:18 – Landed 13:56
Flight Time 04:38

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 JN-K

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
Sgt. P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 17:34
Flight Time 05:39

02/03/1945 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne. No aircraft bombed owing to special equipment failiure. Three aircraft jettisoned due to flak damage to engines, the remainder bringing their bombs back. F/O Woodcock was wounded in the neck and his engineer F/Sgt. Gibb in the legs but landed safely at base.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 DNC JN-F

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
Sgt. P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:12 – Landed 18:22
Flight Time 05:10

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
Sgt. P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:59 – Landed 14:44
Flight Time 04:45

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 HK601 JN-D

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
Sgt. P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:45 – Landed 14:26
Flight Time 05:41

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.I RA564 JN-P

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 17:19
Flight Time 05:28

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.I HK597 JN-N

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:12 – Landed 15:33
Flight Time 05:21

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.III HK593 JN-X

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/S T. Dewsbury, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 1533969.

Take Off 19:44 – Landed 02:01
Flight Time 06:17

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/S Herbert Winn, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 1626025.

Take Off 18:14 – Landed 02:57
Flight Time 08:43

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 NG322 JN-F

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:28 – Landed 15:09
Flight Time 04:41

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 RF129 JN-M

W/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:02 – Landed 20:57
Flight Time 05:55

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 19:40
Flight Time 02:40

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 gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
– No Mid Upper Gunner on this Op, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 14:18
Flight Time 02:23

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.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Cpl Cowell,   – Passenger.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:28 – Landed 14:57
Flight Time 02:29

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:40 – Landed 16:51
Flight Time 06:11

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:44 – Landed 16:22
Flight Time 03:38

14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

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

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:52 – Landed 22:27
Flight Time 06:35