D.G. Gibson crew 9.4.44

09/04/1944 – Attack Against Lille
Four Stirling aircraft were detailed to attack Lille. One jettisoned its load on the outward journey, but the remainder successfully attacked the target.

Stirling Mk.III EF152 ??-?

F/S Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:42 – Landed 02:27
Flight Time 03:45

10/04/1944 – Mining off La Rochelle
Five Stirlings were detailed for mine laying off La Rochelle, one was withdrawn but the remainder successfully completed their mission.

Stirling Mk.III EF152 ??-?

F/S Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
not recorded ?, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:42 – Landed 02:27
Flight Time 03:45

18/04/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Seven Stirlings were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay, one was withdrawn and one failed to return (Captain NZ415820 F/O. H. Murray). The remaining five successfully completed their mission. On return they landed away.

Stirling Mk.III EF152 ??-?

F/S Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Harris,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 06:30

20/04/1944 – Mining in the Brest Estuary
Four Stirlings were despatched to lay mines in the Brest Estuary. Three dropped their mines as ordered and the other aircraft jettisoned their load.

Stirling Mk.III EF152 ??-?

F/S Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 05:25

23/04/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Five Stirlings were detailed for mine laying in Kiel Bay. Three of the aircraft successfully dropped twelve mines. One aircraft returned early and another failed to return (Captain NZ421728 F/S. Lammas, M.)

Stirling Mk.III BK777 dnc AA-U
BK777 had to abort the mission early through engine trouble, and returned to land at 01.30hrs.
F/S Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Westlake, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 04:50

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.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Westlake, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:06 – Landed 01:16
Flight Time 03:10

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL942 JN-C

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Westlake, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:20

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.III ND752! AA-O

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Westlake, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McAdam, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:17 – Landed 02:47
Flight Time 04:30

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.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Trapnell,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Marston, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:12
Flight Time 04:02

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 ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/L L. Sims,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Marston, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 03:04
Flight Time 02:04

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.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/L L. Sims,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Marston, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:26 – Landed 07:04
Flight Time 03:38

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/L L. Sims,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Marston, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:51 – Landed 03:07
Flight Time 03:16

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.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. N. Southgate,   – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Marston, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 05:10

17/06/1944 – Attack Against Montdidier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Montdidier. All aircraft reached the target area where it was found that cloud conditions prevented accurate bombing. The master bomber accordingly gave instructions for crews to abandon their mission, all aircraft except one bringing their bombs back to Base. The exception was the aircraft captained by NZ42488 F/S. Whittington, H. who jettisoned his bombs “safe” in the Channel owing to having a combat with a F.W.190. Our pilot claimed the enemy aircraft to be possibly destroyed.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 dnc AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:13 – Landed 04:57
Flight Time 03:44

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:04 – Landed 20:48
Flight Time 02:44

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:32 – Landed 01:58
Flight Time 02:26

27/06/1944 – Attack Against Biennais
Fifteen aircraft took off to attack the constructional works supply site at Biennais. All aircraft bombed through ten-tenths cloud with the aid of markers and no opposition from the ground was encountered. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:46 – Landed 02:34
Flight Time 02:48

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 ND753 AA-G

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 15:50
Flight Time 03:00

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 ND753 AA-G

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:59 – Landed 01:06
Flight Time 02:07

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.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:46 – Landed 03:08
Flight Time 04:22

09/07/1944 – Attack Against Linzeux
The twenty five aircraft detailed on the previous day took off to attack the constructional works site at Linzeux in daylight. All aircraft bombed through cloud, using navigational aids. A.A. fire opposition was reported as slight, although one aircraft suffered considerable damage when over the target. There was no opposition from enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:56 – Landed 16:23
Flight Time 03:27

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow,   – Flight Engineer.
W/O R. Marston, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 03:40

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 dnc AA-M Mother

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:05 – Landed 13:40
Flight Time 02:35

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 03:30

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:30 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 03:15

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:55

01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 02:35

03/08/1944 – Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed took off to attack the Supply Dumps at L’Isle Adam, near Paris. They all attacked in clear weather and a very successful and concentrated raid was reported. There was no fighter opposition and only slight A.A. fire was met in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/O Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:46 – Landed 15:46
Flight Time 04:00

05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:15 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 07:55

07/08/1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

P/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:02 – Landed 01:06
Flight Time 03:04

09/08/1944 – Attack Against Fort D’Anglos
Seventeen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Army Fuel Depot at Fort D’Anglos. All were successful in bombing with the aid of markers. The raid appeared to be scattered but there was indication of a large conflagration. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Donald George ‘Hoot’ Gibson, RNZAF NZ424446 – Pilot.
F/S Wilfred Walter ‘Bill’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ425875 – Navigator.
F/S Eric Clifton Hewett, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
W/O Eric Patrick ‘Rip’ Lee, RNZAF NZ405772 – Wireless Operator .
F/S M. Bristow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Peter Neech, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Charles Octavius Joseph ‘Chas’ Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 02:30