E.L.K. Meharry crew 29.3.45

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Ronald Christie Flamank, RNZAF NZ427270 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S A. Westbury, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S E. Carver, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Haig Rapson, RAFVR NZ428323 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. V. Saunders, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Leslie Dixon Moore, RNZAF NZ421327 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Hills, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:22 – Landed 15:49
Flight Time 05:27

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/L Donald Winter Thomson, RNZAF NZ41613 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Herbert Ronald Holliday, RAAF AUS.434602 – Navigator.
F/S Hilray Hubert Stratford, RNZAF NZ4213296 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Brazier, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. Payne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Heaton, RAFVR 982650/ 196880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S J. Messer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:48 – Landed 01:48
Flight Time 06:00

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
Sgt. T. Robinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph Frederick Spiers, RNZAF NZ4212867 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 19:20
Flight Time 06:35

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
Sgt. T. Robinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph Frederick Spiers, RNZAF NZ4212867 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:37 – Landed 20:40
Flight Time 05:03

24/04/1945 – Attack on Bad Oldesloe
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BAD OLDESLOE. JN/N (F/L Preyer) failed to take off owing to engine trouble and AA/Y (F/S Reay) made an early return owing to fire in starboard outer engine. No opposition was encountered but slight flak seen over Dutch Coast. Some of the bombs fell to the port of the A/P. Main attack considered very good.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
Sgt. T. Robinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph Frederick Spiers, RNZAF NZ4212867 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:22 – Landed 12:51
Flight Time 05:29

01/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
Sgt. T. Robinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph Frederick Spiers, RNZAF NZ4212867 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:01 – Landed 16:25
Flight Time 02:24

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-T

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
Sgt. T. Robinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph Frederick Spiers, RNZAF NZ4212867 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.
LAC Pinner, Passenger – .

Take Off 12:26 – Landed 14:54
Flight Time 02:28

04/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Kenneth Dalzell, RNZAF NZ433854 – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.
CPL Anderson, Passenger – .

Take Off 16:52 – Landed 21:03
Flight Time 04:11

29/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
11 aircraft were detailed for the Post Mortem Operation for checking German radar equipment.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Eric Lloyd Kennedy Meharry, RNZAF NZ425280 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Kenneth Dalzell, RNZAF NZ433854 – Navigator.
F/S Laurence Martin Wilson , RNZAF NZ428177 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph Frederick Spiers, RNZAF NZ4212867 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Gunter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Rueben William ‘Ron’ Birch, RAFVR 1629667 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:15 – Landed 15:47
Flight Time 05:32