E.D. O’Callaghan crew 14.6.44

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

P/O Colin Arthur ‘Lucky’ Megson, RNZAF NZ416519 – Pilot.
F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Stanley Pawson Walton, RAFVR 152400 – Navigator.
F/S Albert William Fagg, RAFVR NZ428235 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Hamilton, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Edward Overfield-Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Ball, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Thomas Edward Rowe, RNZAF NZ40437 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:35

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 HK558 AA-D

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. B.J. Gerrard, RAFVR 1283114 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:30

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 HK558 AA-D

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/L Charles Fray Omerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:10

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

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 dnc JN-F

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. B.J. Gerrard, RAFVR 1283114 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:24 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 03:36

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 LL888 JN-X

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. B.J. Gerrard, RAFVR 1283114 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 02:40

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.III HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. B.J. Gerrard, RAFVR 1283114 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:57 – Landed 02:26
Flight Time 02:29

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.III ND917 dnc JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. B.J. Gerrard, RAFVR 1283114 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:29 – Landed 13:43
Flight Time 01:14

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.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. B.J. Gerrard, RAFVR 1283114 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:39 – Landed 07:31
Flight Time 02:52

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:01 – Landed 05:23
Flight Time 07:22

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:06 – Landed 09:52
Flight Time 03:46

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

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

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:32 – Landed 22:14
Flight Time 07:42

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:31 – Landed 17:36
Flight Time 03:05

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:00 – Landed 18:58
Flight Time 04:58

15/08/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond
Nineteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Aerodrome at St. Trond. All aircraft made a successful attack and bombing results were confirmed visually, the bomb bursts being well concentrated on the runways. Opposition was almost negligible both over the target and en route.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:53 – Landed 13:28
Flight Time 03:35

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F
HK554 – F/S O’Callaghan & crew – was coned and following vigorous attempts by the pilot to evade the beams, both right and left aileron control was lost. The pilot skilfully managed to keep the aircraft level on the return flight home, and his navigator, F/S Hartley, made an excellent job of getting them back on track after his navigation instruments became unserviceable and charts went missing during the AA/searchlight action.

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:31 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 08:09

29/08/1944 – Mining in the Gulf of Danzig
Six aircraft took off as detailed to lay mines in the Gulf of Danzig. They all dropped their mines successfully by means of navigational aids and their mission was uneventful apart from slight A.A. opposition.

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

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:19 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 09:51

03/09/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven
Ten aircraft took off as detailed to attack the airfield at Eindhoven. All were successful in bombing visually and a good concentration of bombing was achieved. A.A. opposition was slight, but accurate, and three of our aircraft suffered minor damage. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O
Hit by flak twice
F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot. F/O Edmund Frederick Robertson, RNZAF NZ421767 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:35 – Landed 19:14
Flight Time 03:39

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:58 – Landed 19:39
Flight Time 03:41

08/09/1944 – Attack Against Doudenville
Twenty three aircraft took off at dawn to attack enemy defence positions at Doudeneville on the outskirts of Le Havre. Weather conditions were very unfavourable over the target and crews had great difficulty in seeing the markers. Only ten dropped their bombs before the Master Bomber gave instructions to abandon the mission. The remaining thirteen aircraft brought their bombs back to base. Considerable light A.A. fire and machine gun fire was encountered in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:18 – Landed 09:33
Flight Time 03:15

10/09/1944 – Attack Against Montivilliers
Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed. All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed. No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

Lancaster Mk.III ND197 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:38 – Landed 19:26
Flight Time 03:48

12/09/1944 – Attack Against Frankfurt
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart, but during the day the target was changed to Frankfurt. Two aircraft failed to take off for this operation and of the twenty that took off the majority were able to identify the target, by the river and several made out the railway yards. Fighters were fairly active and one aircraft claimed to have destroyed an enemy aircraft, the captain was AUS421308 .F/O. J. Bateman. Another aircraft had an inconclusive encounter. All aircraft returned to base and reported a good and accurate raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 01:28
Flight Time 06:48

14/09/1944 – Attack Against Waasenaar
Ten aircraft attacked Waasenaar in Holland, as detailed without loss. The operation was carried out in good weather and bombing was accurate.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Kemp , RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:54 – Landed 15:37
Flight Time 02:43

17/09/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
In the evening ten aircraft took off and attacked Emmerich. All of these dropped their bombs as ordered. Much accurate Light A A Fire was encountered. All aircraft returned safely to Base.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 22:38
Flight Time 03:03

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:34 – Landed 18:05
Flight Time 03:31

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
F/S J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:28 – Landed 23:22
Flight Time 03:54

25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to carry out an early morning attack on Calais. They all reached the target and found that ten tenths cloud with 2,000 feet tops and less than 1,000 feet base obscured it. The operation, therefore, had to be abandoned.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
F/S J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:23 – Landed 11:06
Flight Time 02:43

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/O Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
F/S J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:28 – Landed 22:52
Flight Time 05:24

07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 JN-F

F/O Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
F/S J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 16:14
Flight Time 03:54

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O
Hit by flak twice
F/O Eldrid Duke O’Callaghan, RNZAF NZ424504 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Rycroft Hartley, RAFVR 185289 – Navigator.
F/S J.M. Mitchell, RAFVR 1550516 – Air Bomber.
F/S Samuel Matheson, RNZAF NZ426322 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Simpson, RAFVR 1629500 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.T. Shephard, RAFVR 1866315 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:52 – Landed 10:43
Flight Time 03:51