E.C. Ball crew 05.04.42

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey-Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 05:50

09/04/1942 – Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen
Three Well.III aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target but mission was not carried out. Two a/c returned to base with bombs and Well.III, X3270, captained by P/O. Fisher dropped its bomb on Geldern. Reason for return of a/c was a break in cloud cover which necessitated turning back. No enemy a/c were seen and there were only isolated bursts of A.A. fire. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-?

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 14:45
Flight Time 02:00

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 05:40

14/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. There was very little flak and searchlights were few although there were some cones over the target. Two fighters were seen but they did not attack. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by DR, TR and loops was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:10

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 DNC! AA-J

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 02:50

17/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. Well.III, X.3636 jettisoned its bombs when in searchlight beams. There was intense heavy flak co-operating with searchlights which were numerous. Weather was clear and there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was good by TR, loops and DR.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 05:31

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

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

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendiaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:34 – Landed 05:34
Flight Time 07:00

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 07:15

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out ther task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
F/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:40

29/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 30lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Bombs were seen to burst on the factory and power station. There was very little flak and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good. Few searchlights were active and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 04:40

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 08:25

06/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of the Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A bomb load consisting of 4000lbs; and 4 lbs. and 30 lbs. incendiaries was carried and dropped in the target area and bursts and a number of large fires were observed. Weather conditions were fairly good although ground haze and intense darkness made pinpointing difficult. A.A. fire was slight and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR., TR., pinpoints, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 07:15

07/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Nine Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 1500lbs. And 500lbs. All the 1500lbs. Bombs were dropped but the majority of the 500lbs were returned. Weather conditions were favourable and the target area was clear. One aircraft, X.3664 captained by P/O. Wilson was chased by an enemy fighter but no attack was made. Navigation was by astro, DR, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:05

13/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operation. One aircraft, X3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. Inaccurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:20

19/05/1942 – Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington III aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with a bomb load of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250 lbs. bombs The bomb load was dropped in the target areas where fires and explosions were observed. A.A. fire was slight but ineffective, and searchlights were inaccurate. Weather conditions were good though there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was by TR, D/R, Loop, astro.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 05:00

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:35

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of $000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:45

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:20

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:45

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:30

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Grahame Johns, RNZAF NZ41907 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 03:05

16/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was taken. One a/c did not carry out its task and returned early. Owing to insufficient cloud cover Essen was not attacked by a/c but bombs were dropped on Bonn. There was heavy flak and searchlights were moderate. Weather was unfavourable. Navigation was good. No enemy a/c were seen.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 dnc AA-A
a/c serial not listed however handwriten ‘A’ against crew – X.3586 appears to be the only A designatior on Squadron this year

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 01:10

17/06/1942 – Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Mines were laid as ordered and all a/c returned safely. (Two a/c out of the above eight went to St. Nazaire on a sortie). There was very little flak and searchlights were few. There was haze and vis. was moderate. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3452 AA-J

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:10

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:35

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 03:50

23/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening)
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Bomb load was 500lbs and vegetables. The task was carried out as ordered. Small concentration of flak and searchlights at Cherbourg. No enemy a/c seen. Weather was fine with slight ground have over France. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:45

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 01:35