E.L. Haydon crew 29.05.42

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 X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 03:45

13/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Boulogne
Two Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in target area by one a/c the other returned to base with bombs. There was no flak and only a few searchlights. Weather was moderate with slight ground haze. Navigation was good with DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 03:35

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! AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 05:50

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 X.3487 AA-O

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:57 – Landed 03:52
Flight Time 03:55

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 X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RAFVR NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:05 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 01:50

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 X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RAFVR NZ403569 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:42 – Landed 05:58
Flight Time 07:16

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 X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 05:22
Flight Time 18:55

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 X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:35

29/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Dieppe
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The target area was bombed, but owing to cloud and poor visibility results were not observed. A.A. fire was light and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Loop.

Wellington Mk.III DU.865 AA-J

F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Croall   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RAFVR NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:10

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.Ic DU.865 AA-J

F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RAFVR NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 01:05

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 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.Ic DU.865 AA-J

F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RAFVR NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:10

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.Ic DU.865 AA-J

F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RAFVR NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:35

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.Ic DV.883 AA-U

P/O Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Ellis, RAFVR 1186850 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Laurie Albert Frampton, RAFVR NZ411753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Ian Stewart, RNZAF NZ411785 – Rear Gunner.

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

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.3468 AA-H

P/O Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:00

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.3468 AA-H

P/O Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mark Kraljevic, RAFVR NZ403458 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:15