D.J. Moriarty crew 14.6.44 inj

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:05

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:17 – Landed 02:03
Flight Time 02:46

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 ME754 dnc AA-A

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:14 – Landed 04:58
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.III ND753 AA-G

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:09 – Landed 21:11
Flight Time 03:02

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 ME754 AA-A

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:32 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 02:23

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 ME754 AA-A

F/O David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:31
Flight Time 02:46

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND915 AA-A

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:31
Flight Time 03:26

During a daylight bombing of enemy forces at Villers-Bocage on 30th June 1944, No 75(NZ) Squadron RAF Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O was hit by flak splinters, one striking Flight Engineer Sg.t P. McDevitt in the knee and causing excessive bleeding. The Pilot, S/L Neilson Williamson, seeing that Sgt. McDevitt was losing blood rapidly, elected to land on one of the Advanced Landing Grounds on the Normandy beach-head, where medical attention could be sought. This was the first RAF ‘heavy’ to make use of one of these small strips. The photograph, taken next day, shows Williamson presenting bomb-aimer F/O Graham Coull with Camembert cheese produced in the district to mark his 23rd birthday. Other members of the crew are F/O John Watts, Navigator; Sgt J. Russell, Rear Gunner; Sgt. R. Jones, Mid-Upper Gunner; and Sgt S.Cooke, Wireless Operator.’
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 HK567 AA-C

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 03:45

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the marshalling yard at Chalons Sur Marne. All aircraft bombed the target and a good attack was reported, most crews being able to identify the marshalling yard visually. There was no A.A. fire opposition, but two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:18 – Landed 03:54
Flight Time 05:36

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 HK568 dnc AA-K

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:05 – Landed 14:35
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 HK568 AA-K
HK568, took a direct hit which peppered the cockpit area, seriously injuring the captain, F/S Dave Moriarty in the head and eyes, one of which had been totally lost. After being bandaged up around the head and face by the flight engineer, Moriarty decided he would attempt to continue flying the aircraft back, as none of the other crew had any piloting experience. With a sizeable hole in the windscreen letting cold air in, his ‘good’ eye began watering-up during the hour and a half flight back to Mepal and he was unable to see the instruments clearly. He gave the crew the choice of baling out but they all elected not to. With the help of his engineer to call out instrument readings and directions to line up with the runway, he succeeded in making a heavy landing without damaging the aircraft.
F/S Moriarty received a well-earned Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

F/S David John Moriarty, RNZAF NZ421549 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:30 – Landed 07:30
Flight Time 03:00