D.J. Williams crew 29.10.44

29/10/1944 – Attack Against West Kapelle
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack a target at West Kappelle. They all bombed as instructed by the Master Bomber and bombing was reported as concentrated, although it was thought to be slightly away from the correct aiming point. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:01 – Landed 12:25
Flight Time 02:24

30/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne during daylight, but the operation was postponed until the evening. All aircraft attacked the target and although a good concentration of markers was achieved results were unobserved owing to ten tenths cloud. Moderate A.A. opposition was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. There was no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:58 – Landed 22:58
Flight Time 05:00

31/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Eighteen aircraft took off in the evening to make a further attack on Cologne. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target area, but markers were well placed and a good glow from fires beneath the clouds was observed on leaving. A.A. opposition was slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:01 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:59

02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O
Hit by flak once

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:42 – Landed 15:38
Flight Time 03:56

05/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen
Eighteen aircraft detailed to make a second attack in daylight on Solingen carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb inc. No.17 Clusters. All crews were successful in bombing in formation and reports indicate that bombing was more concentrated than in the previous raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:44 – Landed 15:04
Flight Time 04:20

08/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twelve aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg in daylight carrying 8,000 lb., 4,000 lb., 1,000 lb., 500 lb., and No 14 Clusters.  All crews report identifying the target visually through breaks in the clouds, and bombing was fairly concentrated, much smoke and many explosions were seen around the target.  Flak defences were moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”
Hit by flak once

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:56 – Landed 12:13
Flight Time 04:17

15/11/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty five aircraft were detailed for an attack an the Soest Marshalling Yards, but this operation was cancelled and the same aircraft took off to attack an Oil Refinery at Dortmund in daylight, carrying 4,000 lbs and 500 lbs bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing in formation through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 ft. and a concentrated raid was reported. Flak was reported as being fairly accurate by the leading aircraft, but none of our aircraft were hit.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 17:19
Flight Time 04:49

16/11/1944 – Attack Against Heinsberg
Twenty five aircraft were detailed to attack an Oil Refinery target at Sterkrade but this operation was cancelled, and the 25 aircraft later took off to attack Heinsberg in support of the advancing American Army, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All crews were successful in bombing the town which was identified visually. On leaving, the whole town appeared to be covered in a thick pall of smoke. Flak was fairly intense but only two of our aircraft received minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:39 – Landed 17:32
Flight Time 03:53

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 04:25

21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y
Hit by flak once

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:31 – Landed 16:38
Flight Time 04:07

23/11/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Nordstern Oil Refinery Plant at Gelsenkirchen carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All aircraft attacked in formation bombing on navigational aids as the cloud was 10/10 with tops at 8000 ft. The attack was thought to be well concentrated, though it was impossible to observe the results. Flak opposition was moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 17:22
Flight Time 04:37

04/12/1944 – Attack Against Oberhausen
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack an Oil target at Oberhausen, carrying 1 x 12,000 lb, 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM, 500 G.P., 500 M.C. and 4 lb I.B. bombs. Nineteen aircraft attacked the target using navigational aids and the raid was reported as well concentrated though results were unobserved owing to 10/10 cloud with tops 10,000 ft covering the target. One aircraft bombed Gelsenkirchen, having been damaged by flak.

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

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:17 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 03:51

05/12/1944 – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards
Twenty one aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Railway Marshalling Yards at Hamm during daylight, carrying 8,000 lb H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (LD.), 500 M.C., 4 lb I.B. bombs and Munroe bomb. Twenty aircraft attacked the target area through 10/10 cloud but a break in the cloud a little later disclosed bomb bursts to be rather scattered. One aircraft was led astray by the leader, and bombed a last resort target at Heintrop.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

P/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:11 – Landed 14:01
Flight Time 04:50

06/12/1944 – Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack o the Merseburg Leuna Oil Refinery, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P.(LD) bombs. The target was covered with 10/10 cloud, tops about 14,000 ft and all aircraft were successful in bombing the target with navigational aids. The attack was considered to be concentrated, though bombing results could not be seen, apart from the glow of fires seen beneath the cloud. Flak was intense in the target area and a few enemy fighters were seen en route but no attacks were reported. One aircraft, AA “R” captained by 1585981 F/O D. Atkin, had engine trouble after leaving the target, the starboard inner catching fire, and it was with great difficulty that the crew managed to keep the fire under control. When approaching this country the starboard inner engine went u/s and after jettisoning all equipment and with the aircraft losing height at 100 feet per minute, the Captain made a very good ditching in the River Orwell. None of the crew were hurt.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

P/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot. P/O Douglas St. Clair Clements, RNZAF NZ421679 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:07 – Landed 00:23
Flight Time 07:16

08/12/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on Duisburg Marshalling Yards carrying 1,000 M.C., 1,000 A.N.M. and Munro Bombs. All aircraft successfully attacked the target and a very concentrated attack was reported, but apart from one report of smoke coming through the tops of the cloud at 15,000 ft., no results were observed. One aircraft “D” captain F/S Wood, J., landed at Woodbridge on return.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S unreadable,   – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:32 – Landed 12:53
Flight Time 04:21

14/12/1944 – Sea Mining in Kattegat Area
Four aircraft took off in the afternoon to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All were successful and returned safely to Lossiemouth.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:59 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 07:11

19/12/1944 – Sea Mining in Dornbusch Area
Four aircraft were detailed for mining in the Baltic by special equipment. These were able to take off, but owing to poor visibility at Base, these aircraft were diverted to Lossiemouth while on their return journey. All planted their mines successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

P/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:27 – Landed 22:48
Flight Time 07:21

23/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
The twenty one aircraft detailed on the 22nd December took off to attack Trier in improved weather conditions, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. The target could be identified visually and T.Is were aimed at by most crews. The attack was reported as being good with very few scattered bombs. Several explosions were seen as our aircraft left the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 16:31
Flight Time 04:36

27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:11 – Landed 16:39
Flight Time 04:28

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:04 – Landed 16:53
Flight Time 04:49

31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:36 – Landed 16:25
Flight Time 04:49

01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in datlight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:50 – Landed 21:44
Flight Time 05:54

03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

P/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:31 – Landed 17:35
Flight Time 05:04

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.I ND801 JN-X

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
name not clear in ORB – final digits appear ro be 5940, but this matches Sgt. Bellis, a rear gunner. Based on F/S Sim’s service number, we must assume this is also F/S Sim
F/O John Stanley Wilson, RNZAF NZ426234 – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:49 – Landed 17:34
Flight Time 05:45

15/01/1945 – Attack Against Langendreer
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. One aircraft ‘D’ captained by F/O Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W
Hit by flak

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:39 – Landed 16:47
Flight Time 05:08

16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:17 – Landed 04:29
Flight Time 05:12

22/01/1945 – Attack Against Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft attacked Duisburg carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. (I.D) 250 G.P. and Munro bombs.Visibility was good. Crews saw the Rhine. Fires and explosions were seen coming from a concentrated area. A successful attack was reported. No opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

P/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:47
Flight Time 04:37

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U
Hit by flak 7 tmes (AC)
P/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:08 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 06:02

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. E. Round , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
W/O Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:01 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 13:59