D.B. Shearer crew 9.3.45

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.I NG449 AA-T

F/L Sidney Lewis ‘Buzz’ Spillman, RNZAF NZ413138 – Pilot.
F/S Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman ‘Norm’ Holbrook, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Ernest ‘Tom’ Corlett, RAFVR NZ425692 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gerald ‘Gerry’ Abrahams, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold ‘Harry’ Thorne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Vernon Alfred ‘Vern’ Clouston, RNZAF NZ428285 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Patrick ‘Pat’ Burke, RNZAF NZ4210017 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:46 – Landed 17:18
Flight Time 05:32

09/03/1945 – Attack Against Datteln
Twenty one aircraft attacked Datteln as detailed. A good concentration of aircraft and bombing reported. Cloud ten tenths. No opposition was encountered. A mushroom of smoke was seen penetrating cloud.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

W/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:46 – Landed 15:57
Flight Time 05:11

10/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:33 – Landed 17:28
Flight Time 04:55

12/03/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Dortmund was the target for twenty one aircraft. Flak was slight to moderate, cloud 10/10ths with tops 5/6000ft. Aircraft report good results Smoke was already pushing through cloud when aircraft left. Bombing was well concentrated.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:14 – Landed 18:52
Flight Time 05:38

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

W/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:40 – Landed 18:29
Flight Time 04:49

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:39 – Landed 19:11
Flight Time 06:32

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:36 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:09

01/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:59 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 02:21

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 RF157 AA-X

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Lake,   – Passenger.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:24 – Landed 14:45
Flight Time 02:21

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 LM276 AA-S

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Bullock, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Pearson,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:32 – Landed 16:50
Flight Time 06:18

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
F/S N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Pearson,  – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:04 – Landed 13:10
Flight Time 05:06

16/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
4 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. 96 men were brought back bringing the total number now to 1967.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
F/S N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:06 – Landed 13:37
Flight Time 04:31

01/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
F/S N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:09 – Landed 19:09
Flight Time 05:00

23/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
F/S N.F.H. Foster*, RAFVR – Navigator.
*F/O Reginald Charles Weeden, RAFVR 1602823/ 153661 – Navigator.
no record of Reg Weeden being on this Op apart from it being recorded in his logbook
F/S C. Garston , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt J.J Fearon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:10 – Landed 18:32
Flight Time 04:22

29/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
11 aircraft were detailed for the Post Mortem Operation for checking German radar equipment.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

F/O Donald Babington Shearer, RNZAF NZ4210512 – Pilot.
Sgt. N.F.H. Foster, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Alfred Errol Brown, RNZAF NZ429139 – Air Bomber.
F/S Murdock McTavish, RNZAF NZ427808 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E.T. Fox, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Murfin, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt J. Pearson,   – Rear Gunner.
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Take Off 10:12 – Landed 15:45
Flight Time 05:33