C.W.P. Carter crew 30.05.42 p.o.w.

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-J

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-J

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-J

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-J

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-J

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

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendiaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter RNZAF NZ41874 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – .
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Smith, RNZAF NZ401466 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 07:25

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, British Army NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 02:20

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out ther task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 05:25

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3408 AA-Q

P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Ives, RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Lawrence Coy, RNZAF NZ403616 – Front Gunner.
F/S Phillip Newbury Howard, RNZAF NZ391384 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:00

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.3408 AA-Q

P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Ives, RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Lawrence Coy, RNZAF NZ403616 – Front Gunner.
F/S Phillip Newbury Howard, RNZAF NZ391384 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Wellington Mk.III X.3408 AA – Q was struck by flak while flying at 10,500ft but the Pilot was able to maintain control sufficiently to make a crash landing in the target area. All the crew escaped relatively uninjured but were soon captured and made prisoners of war.

It is believed that this was the first all-RNZAF crew of Bomber Command to be taken as Prisoners of War.

P/O Cecil William Phair Carter RNZAF NZ41874 – Pilot
P.o.W Number: 545
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft , Stalag Luft III
Returned to the United Kingdom: 4th of May 1945.

Sgt. Herbert Ives RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer
P.o.W Number: 423
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interned
Returned to the United Kingdom: 10th of May 1945.

Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator
P.o.W Number: 435
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interned
Returned to the United Kingdom: 22nd of April 1945.

Sgt. Jack Lawrence Coy RNZAF NZ403616 – Front Gunner
P.o.W Number: 402
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III, Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interned
Returned to the United Kingdom: 25th of April 1945.

F/S Phillip Newbury Howard RNZAF NZ391384 – Rear Gunner
P.o.W Number: 419
P.o.W Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft III, Luft 1, Luft VI and Luft IV. Took part in the forced march from Luft IV (Gross Tychow) to Stalag XIB (Fallingbostel) 6 Feb to 2 May 1945
Returned to the United Kingdom: 10th of May 1945.