D. St.C. Clements crew 4.12.44

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The Clement crew. Far left, Tapua Heperi, (Wireless Operator) and 4th from left Douglas St. Clair Clements, (Pilot) – other crew members still to be identified. From Cyril Henry Baigent collection.

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

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 ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:22 – Landed 16:17
Flight Time 03:55

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.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:14 – Landed 14:03
Flight Time 04:49

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 HK597 JN-P

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
P/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:32 – Landed 13:06
Flight Time 04:34

11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:45 – Landed 13:12
Flight Time 04:27

12/12/1944 – Attack Against Witten
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Witten in daylight and again found their target obscured by ten tenths cloud. Moderate flak was encountered and enemy fighters were seen attacking the first wave of aircraft ahead. No results were observed owing to cloud. The aircraft captained by F/Lt Hannan collided with another aircraft just before reaching the target, however the target was bombed and base reached safely. The a/c captained by F/S Zinzan was damaged in landing and the Air Bomber F/O Mesure sustained a broken leg.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:11 – Landed 16:12
Flight Time 05:01

16/12/1944 – Attack Against Siegen
Eighteen aircraft took off to attack Siegen in rather poor weather conditions, carrying 1 x 12,000 H.C., 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C., 1,000 H.C., 500 cluster 4 lb and 4 lb I.B. Bombs. Three returned early with icing trouble. The main body experienced dense cloud and were unable to formate until they reached 30K. All crews bombed the target, several being able to see a built up area through occasional gaps in the dense cloud cover. It is concluded that the attack was successful. Some fighter and flak opposition was noticed en route, but our aircraft experienced no difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 dnc JN-P
One of only 3 a/c recorded in the Station Form 541 as failing to reach target owing to icing and having to jettison bomb load

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:25 – Landed 14:22
Flight Time 02:57

21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:23 – Landed 17:31
Flight Time 05:08

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 PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 16:22
Flight Time 04:24

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 PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:18 – Landed 17:14
Flight Time 04:56

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V
Hit by flak once

P/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:37 – Landed 17:34
Flight Time 05:57

06/01/1945 – Mining off Pilau
Four aircraft successfully laid mines in the Danzig area. Crews reported a good trip. One enemy aircraft was sighted, but made no attempt to approach.

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

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:18 – Landed 01:58
Flight Time 09:40

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/S M. ‘Jock’ Cattanach, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 16:54
Flight Time 04:55

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 PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/S Septimus Robinson, RAFVR 1432941/ 190538 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:48 – Landed 18:20
Flight Time 06:32

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 PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
W/O Roderick Adrian Powell, RAFVR 1626025 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Gerard Murphy, RNZAF NZ426251 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:44 – Landed 16:50
Flight Time 05:06

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 PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:22 – Landed 04:24
Flight Time 05:02

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.I PB820 JN-V

P/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 05:43

01/02/1945 – Attack Against Munchen Gladbach
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:56 – Landed 18:41
Flight Time 05:45

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 02:48
Flight Time 05:53

03/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Sixteen aircraft attacked Dortmund in clear weather, carrying 4,000HC 500MC, 500ANM, 250 G.P and Munro bombs. Bombing was very accurate and fires were going well when aircraft left the target. One large explosion was seen. Searchlights were numerous in the target area, but flak was negligible. Fighters were active. AA”M” captained by S/L J.L. Wright, had three combats and claims one M.E. 110 destroyed. JN”X” captained by F/O R.B.Crawford crashed on landing, fortunately there were no fatal casualties among the crew. Four were taken to hospital.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:26 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 05:09
16/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aircraft attacked Wesel as detailed. Slight accurate H/F was encountered over the target but no fighters were seen. A concentrated raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
P/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:38 – Landed 17:45
Flight Time 05:07

18/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty aircraft attacked Wesel. Twenty one were detailed but AA”R” F/S Scott, returned early through technical trouble. Aircraft bombed on special equipment in ten tenths cloud with tops about 10,000 ft. Leaders were satisfied it was a good raid. Very slight H/F was only opposition

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

P/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 17:24
Flight Time 05:29

20/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Ten aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. AA”E” captained by F/L. E. Abrahams returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was 9-10/10ths, tops 5-6,000’. Some moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Crews reported seeing many small fires . A successful raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/L Ian Taylor , RAFVR 1550767/ 135709 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 03:57
Flight Time 05:57

25/02/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen. Thin stratus cloud in layers covered the target area, but at times crews were able to make out the target and report a considerable white smoke followed by thick black smoke rising to a good height. Accurate H/F was experienced. AA”B” captained by F/S Klitscher is missing from this operation

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:39 – Landed 15:14
Flight Time 05:35

27/02/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 MC bombs. NZ426904 F/O M.Adamson and NZ425292 F/L D.Sadgrove returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was ten tenths. Leaders met slight to moderate H/F. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:23 – Landed 16:37
Flight Time 05:14

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 PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/S Albert George Bone, RNZAF NZ4211608 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 17:30
Flight Time 05:31

02/03/1945 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne. No aircraft bombed owing to special equipment failiure. Three aircraft jettisoned due to flak damage to engines, the remainder bringing their bombs back. F/O Woodcock was wounded in the neck and his engineer F/Sgt. Gibb in the legs but landed safely at base.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 DNC JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:11 – Landed 18:59
Flight Time 05:48

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:50 – Landed 16:03
Flight Time 05:13

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:46 – Landed 14:12
Flight Time 05:26

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 PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Gordon ‘Bill’ Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428917 – 2nd Pilot.
Position of 2nd Pilot recorded in Logbook but not recorded in ORB
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:44 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 05:24

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:41 – Landed 17:17
Flight Time 05:36

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 PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:00 – Landed 18:56
Flight Time 05:56

18/03/1945 – Attack Against Bruchstrasse
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the coking areas and Bensol plant at Bruchstrasse. Cloud was 10/10ths over the target with tops at 6/7,000 ft. Crew report formation was good through the target and bombs fell away together. No results were seen. Slight H.F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/L Alan John Rhodes, RNZAF NZ42340 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:43 – Landed 17:11
Flight Time 05:28

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:33 – Landed 03:09
Flight Time 08:36

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 PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Howard Lumsden, RNZAF NZ416124 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
P/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 02:08
Flight Time 05:33

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:12 – Landed 02:37
Flight Time 08:25