E.R. Chuter crew 06.12.40 †

18/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft took part in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. G.P. bombs, fused N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by CB.142.
CB.130 reports that owing to cloud results were unobserved, but a large fire was seen to be started in vicinity of target.
CB.132 and CB.142 report that results were not observed.
CB.138 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick. Bursts were observed to straddle outer harbour and one fire was started on quay followed by two reddish glows in harbour area.
CB.139 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick from the South West diagonally across the outer dock area. Owing to intense barrage of flak and searchlights, results were not observed. The attack was made from slightly under 7000 feet.
CB.140 dropped one stick from East to West. Bursts were observed on central jetty. Two fires observed when leaving target, one of which exploded with yellow glow about eight times at irregular intervals.
CB141 reports that three searchlights were extinguished by 500lbs. N.D.T. bomb. Results of 250 lbs. and incendiaries not observed.
CB.143 reports that target was bombed from 9000 feet. Bursts were observed on the northern end of target and immediately fires started, to be followed by several large explosions, one of which was of particular brilliance throwing much lighted debris into the air. Fires were still burning on leaving target.
CB.144 reports that all bombs burst on and around marshalling yards. Fires still burning after three quarters of an hour.
Several large ships observed both inside and outside harbour. Barges seen in main basins. Aerodrome with flare path and obstruction lights was seen near LIEGE and three aircraft seen in neighbourhood with navigation lights on. Two flashing beacons on point S.E. of target and near mouth of inlet at LE HAVRE.
Fairly heavy A.A. Fire was experienced in all target areas.
Searchlights were active as usual.
CB.139 reports one enemy aircraft flying over LE HAVRE. It was burning navigation lights and fired a 4-star white cartridge. Three heavy type seen in vicinity of flare-path near LIEGE by CB.143, while CB.144 reports one unidentified enemy aircraft with navigation lights on.
Cloud varying from 3/10 to 10/10 was experienced on journey to and from the target. Weather very good in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, homing bearings and W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.132

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:00

20/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory
Nine Wellington aircraft wee detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 250lbs. bombs and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.157 reports that a large fire was started in docks standing alongside No. 1 basin (with lockgate) and seen to burn for 50 minutes, and grow to size of a hangar. Lockgates were hit with a stick of 10 – 250lbs. bombs.
CB.158 reports that all bombs were dropped in one stick bursting down dock area between the two basins. One large fire started. Still burning 20 minutes later.
CB.159 reports that one stick laid across docks observed to make direct hits. Fires and explosions followed which could be seen on second climb. One stick five N.D.T. and one S.B.C. laid longitudinal across 15/20,000 tone vessel. First bomb 40-50yds astern, remainder either direct hits or very near misses.
CB.160 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick across harbour entrance. Large fires observed on N.E. side of harbour mouth started by incendiaries.
CB.162 reports eight bombs burst in target area though no fires started. A large fire was started in the deck area but was apparently caused by a machine bombing at exactly the same time.
CB.164 dropped one stick of six 250lbs bombs on N.W. heading which was seen to burst in vicinity of tidal basin. One stick of five 250lbs bombs and one S.B.C. dropped on S.E. heading was seen to burst on jetty of fish harbour. Incendiary fires observed to seaward side of fort on north side of harbour entrance.
CB.165 dropped first stick in Nos. 1 and 2 basins heading 180° approximately. A second stick and one S.B.C. was dropped in No.3 Basin heading 045° approximately.
One stick and S.B.C was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbour wharves. Bombs exploded, but no fires observed.
Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area. CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB159 signalling in morse short distances from Belgium coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mid-channel. Parachute flare dropped and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB160.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made. Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.165

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 02:20

26/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs bombs, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
CB.186 dropped bombs in one stick across west end of docks, but results were unobserved.
CB.197 observed bomb bursts in dock area, but these could not be pin pointed.
CB.198 failed to locate target but attacked LUCIEUX AERODROME where four hits were scored. No fires observed.
CB.199 dropped bombs in one stick from 10,000 foot heading 125°. All bombs were observed to burst.
CB.201 reports that no results were observed owing to intense searchlights over target.
CB.202 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and large fire started on N.N. side of basin which exploded at irregular intervals.

The two remaining machines, captained by P/O Gilmour and P/O Denton respectively, located the target. Bombs were dropped but owing to bad visibility and searchlights bursts were not observed by the first aircraft. Bombs dropped by the second aircraft were observed to burst.
Several fires seen in various parts of target areas. Rotating beacon at three second intervals on southern shore of Seine estuary, due South of LE HAVRE.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, not very accurate, experienced in all parts of the target areas.
Seven enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Seven-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole of the journey.
Navigation was by D/R, WT, N.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.199 CC.24
Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:24 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:21

29/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft, CB.213 failed to return to base, having crashed in Devon through lack of Petrol. One member of the crew, P/O. Jelley the rear gunner, was killed, but the other members all parachuted to safety. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. bombs, 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.213 reports that target was located and bombs dropped.
No results were observed by CB.214, except for small fire started north of target.
CB.216 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud and difficulty in pinpointing. Heavy bombs dropped on DELMENHOERST AERODROME, hits believed, and incendiaries dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME where a few small fires were started.
CB.217 dropped though cloud – on target, but results were unobserved.
Owing to ten-tenths cloud, CB.215 failed to locate the target, but bombs were dropped at NORDHERN AERODROME. Bursts seen slight short.
CB.218 dropped bombs from 10,000 on first run, bursts being observed. A second was made and the remaining bombs dropped.
Target was not located by CB.219 owing to 9/10 cloud. Bombs dropped at MADGEBURG and bursts observed.
CB.223 dropped a stick of 8-250lbs. bombs along railway marshalling yards at MANNHEIM. Bursts observed on permanent way in woods S.E. of MANNHEIM.
CB.224 failed to locate original target and bombs were dropped in one stick on marshalling yards at KOBLEMZ. Results unobserved.
CB.225 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts seen on railway line. Several small explosions and one large fire seen for 30 miles after leaving target.
One aircraft seen, by CB.214, shot down over EILENBURG. Dummy aerodrome seen about four miles East of DELMENHOERST. Circle of white lights about a mile in diameter, with sharply defined red arrows in centre pointing S.W. in position 52*N. 0.8.43E.
Heavy A.A. fire in all parts of target areas.
Searchlights were very active and accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen at various parts of target areas.
Five-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole.
Navigation was by D/R, and W/T bearings

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.225 Osnabruck

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 05:45

08/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250 lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.253 reports a stick of four bombs dropped across target. Bursts observed, two fires started which burned until aircraft was out of sight of target.
CB.255 reached HAMBURG and dropped a flare over the town. A stick of bombs was dropped over the target but bursts were not observed due to searchlight activity.
CB.256 dropped in one stick and bursts observed in target area. Incendiaries seen to burn but no fires resulted.
CB.257 reports hits or near misses on target. Explosions unseen due to intense A.A. fire. Two fires seen burning afterwards.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports bombs fell short of target in docks on Northern side of the river. Observations of bombs uncertain due to heavy A.A. fire.
CB.258 dropped bombs in a level stick at 11,500 feet. Incendiary bombs started three small fires and a medium yellow explosion. Two bombs dropped on aerodrome at OLDENBURG; lights extinguished.
CB.259 reports one large fire started by stick of bombs. Smaller fires caused by incendiaries. Fires still burning after ten minutes.
CB.260 dropped one stick from 10,000 feet across target area.
CB.270 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target area. Three explosions seen in centre of incendiaries.
S/Ldr. Bain reports extensive and brilliant red fires visible for 60-70 miles.
Number of flare-paths seen at various parts of route. Flak ship North of WILHEMSHAVEN two miles off coast, 52* 50’N,04* 35’E.
Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced on way to target and also in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly intense and accurate.
A number of enemy aircraft seen. CB.256 overtaken by two aircraft, believed ME.110, over target area. Three single engined machines, believed to be ME.109, circled this aircraft fr ten minutes during dummy runs over target. No attacks.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced over North Sea on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, Homing Bearings, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.260 A.10

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 05:35

10/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
CB.278 reports that large fires started after bombs burst. Location was impossible because of thick haze and searchlights.
CB.283 dropped one stick from East to West across target. A number of large fires started, in the middle of which a large explosion was observed.
CB.284 reports that all bombs and incendiaries were seen to burst in target area. Two small fires left burning.
CB.285 reports bombs dropped on heading 120* in one stick. Bursts observed but unable to determine accuracy owing to searchlight dazzle.
CB.286 dropped one stick North to South. Bombs seen to burst on buildings. One bomb overshot landed in Rhine. Brilliant blue flashes observed. Small fires seen from incendiaries.
CB.288 reports that first two bombs caused two large orange flashes; nest four causes vivid blue flashes. Thought to be direct hits on power station.
CB.289 reports that all bombs fell in northern end of works on large building. Four fires started which eventually joined up into one large one.
CB.290 reports bomb burst in target area, with vivid green explosions. Incendiaries hung up so were dropped on large railway sidings near RHINEBURG. Twelve fires burning when aircraft was 50 miles away.
CB.291 reports bombs dropped in one stick from 12,000 feet. Results unobserved.
CB.294 reports that bombs fell short on docks. Explosions followed bomb bursts, fires started, burnt out after few minutes.
Flarepath, believed ENDHOVEN, observed in position 15* 20′ N, 04* 05* E. Dummy factory seen on Northern bend of river near DUSSELDORF.
Intense heavy anti-aircraft fire was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were active and fairly accurate.
CB.288 encountered and engaged one enemy aircraft which was seen to crash and burn three miles N.W. of STEENBERGEN.
Weather was fine. Cloud was experienced in some parts of route to and from target.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s and Astro.
Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.286 A.28

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:10

14/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24.
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out attacks on the above targets. The bomb load, which was a mixed one, consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, containers of4lbs. incendiaries, and tins of Deckers.
CB.303 reports bombs burst along length of target from South to North starting three fires burning with orange-red flame. Fires suddenly spread with great rapidity and a tremendous explosion followed immediately. Showers of sparks were thrown high into the air; orange fire raging as target was left.
CB.304 dropped one stick across railway line at HANOVER. Large white explosions seen leaving target.
CB.306 dropped bombs in one stick on North side of No.1 basin. Large fire started.
CB.307 failed to locate primary target, and secondary targets, although located target areas. Attack carried out from 14,000 feet on LINGEN railway station. Incendiary fires larger than usual; bomb explosions observed on railway.
CB.308 reports all bombs seen to burst on target. Two explosions followed 30 seconds after bomb bursts and one terrific explosion one and a half mins. afterwards. Two large fires with columns of white smoke 5000-6000 feet in height and two smaller fires from incendiaries. Six tins of deckers scattered over target area, and eight tins dropped over RUHR area.
CB.309 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen to start a line of fires which grew rapidly then died down but again broke out with about six explosions. A heavy smoke cloud was seen over the fires.
CB.312 reports that bomb bursts were observed in target area from stick of eight between Nos. 2 and 3 basins, starting at entrance (dock gates) of No.3 and finishing about centre of No.3 basin.
CB.316 reports incendiary bombs seen bursting near fire previously started between Nos. 2 and 3 basins. Basins presumably hit by high explosive bombs. All bombs dropped in one stick.
Dummy flare path seen at SOESTERBERG in Holland. Suspected dummy marshalling yard observed 30* HAMM 12 miles.
Very little A.A. fire experienced.
Searchlights were numerous but no very accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen
Heavy cloud was experienced to English Coast on journey out. Clear from then on.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.304 A.76 (Railway junction at Hanover attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 08:25

16/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL
Nine Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, captained by P/O. Morton, crashed in Cumberland after having completed operations.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. bombs, 1/10 sec. delay.
CB.312 reports that a large red fire was observed.
CB.313 bombed docks in KIEL, but results were no observed.
CB.315 reports that results were not observed owing to low cloud and gun flashes.
CB.322 reports that target was observed in floating dock. Bomb bursts seen on target.
On the first run, CB.323 dropped a stick of two bombs which burst in water one on each side of GNEISENAU. A salvo of two bombs was dropped on second run and burst either side of the jetty of target. Heavy orange explosion was seen.
CB.324 reports that primary target was obscured by 10/10 cloud. Secondary target clear and easily identified. Good run up and bombs aimed accurately but bursts were not observed.
CB.325 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Bursts seen. Bombs fell N.E. of target on quays.
CB.326 dropped bombs in one stick on target. Bursts observed, but no pinpointed in relation to target due to cloud layer, but definitely in immediate vicinity of target. Rectangle of red lights 800 yds. x 600yds. seen in vicinity of LECK. Green light flashed from end like Aldis. Four red lights in a line North and South, equally spaced, across BORKUM. These flashed for one second at eight second intervals. Two searchlights believed to be on HELIGOLAND.
Fair amount of heavy A.A. fire. Fairly accurate. Searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy aircraft seen in NEUMUNSTER area. Believed to be HE.113.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2471 AA-?
Raid No. CB.325 D.3

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 05:35

11/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71.
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the targets above. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
TRM.113 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud, but an attack was made on aerodrome at FLUSHING. Bombs seen to burst between flarepath and eastern boundary, but owing to high winds, incendiaries undershot aerodrome.
TRM.364 reports that no bombs were seen to burst.
TRM.372 reports bombs were seen to explode in target area. Fires and explosions started.
TRM.385 failed to attack primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Target attacked believed to have been marshalling yards at MUNSTER. A long fire was started beside one which was already burning.
TRM.394 dropped one stick from 13,000 feet. Actual target not identified. Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
P/O. Morton reports bombs dropped in target area, one 500lbs. N.D.T., 1 S.B.C. Remainder hung up. Fifteen explosions observed from incendiaries for 20 mins after bombing. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WESEL AERODROME. Explosion but no results observed.
P/O Humphreys reports operations abandoned at Dutch Coast owing to rear guns being unserviceable.
Sgt. Jones reports bombs seen to burst, causing large fire. Two explosions seen on leaving; white flames.
Three rows of red lights forming N.W. & S. side of a square seen flashing on occasionally, attended by an intermittent vertical searchlight beam – four miles N.E. HAGUE. Red , changing to green, beacon north of IJMUIDEN on coast.
There was very little A.A. fire except at MUNSTER where intense and accurate heavy flak was experienced.
Moderate searchlight activity in all parts of target areas.
TRM.385 reports that one M.E. dived on him, but did not open fire.
Heavy cloud was experienced in parts of target areas, with severe electrical storms and icing.
Navigation was by D/R, HF/DF, W/T, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. TRM.394 A.70

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 02:00 – Landed 06:45
Flight Time 04:45

12/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.71.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, containers of incendiaries, while CAN.103 carried one flash bomb.
CAN.103, CAN.508, and CAN.185 all failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The flash Bomb was dropped in the sea.
CAN.317 reports that no results were observed owing to low cloud, but flarepath at ARNHEIM AERODROME hit.
CAN.360 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on railway line and canal, D/R position in vicinity of target area. Bursts observed across railway line and canal.
CAN.760 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Bombs fell western area of docks (target M.61). Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
CAN.880 reports that bombs were seen to explode. Glare of fires visible on clouds.
Owing to heavy cloud no observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
Very little A.A. fire was encountered.
NO searchlights were experienced and no enemy aircraft encountered.
Weather was not good there being heavy cloud and icing conditions.
Navigation was mainly by D/R, with W/T and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. CAN.760 A.71 (A.61 attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

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

14/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
STY.101 dropped one stick from East to West on target and bursts were observed just short of target, all in marshalling yard areas. Incendiaries still burning fiercely 20 mins after leaving target.
STY.255 dropped one 500lbs. and three S.B.C. in one stick from N.W to S.E. Three large fires and one white explosion in middle of fires believed to be just on Western side of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. dropped in second stick from same direction. Explosions observed.
STY.404 reports bomb burst observed of 500lbs. N.D.T. on buildings on S.E. of aerodrome. Incendiaries dropped in same area as height only 4000 feet. Incendiaries subsequently merged into two persistent fires, observed until disappeared in mist on return journey.
STY.459 reports that the target was bombed successfully.
STY.504 reports target successfully bombed. After leaving target rear gunner reports further explosions.
STY.638 reports numerous fires in target area and many explosions. Fires visible approximately 40 miles from target on return journey.
STY.777 reports that bombs were observed to burst on target. Fire reported seen by rear gunner.
STY.851 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Explosions seen and small fires seen on leaving target. Bombs fell along marshalling yards.
STY.930 reports bombs seen to explode but results not observed owing to searchlight activity and avoiding action. Number of flarepaths in operation. Revolving beacons seen at various parts of route.
Heavy A.A. fire in BERLIN up to 30 miles West, fairly accurate. Intermittent flak experienced on route.
Intense searchlight activity in parts of target areas; fairly accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen in target areas.
Cloud experienced on route, but target areas clear.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. STY.852 G.30

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 09:05

16/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs delayed action, 250lbs. Delayed action, 250 lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries. UNS.237 reports nine- tenths cloud over whole of target area. Bombs released in one stick and pinpointed as near as possible, slightly to West of target on heading of North magnetic.
UNS.400 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Target not observed but flew from centre of HAMBURG. Bursts seen through clouds.
UNS.518 reports that results were not observed.
UNS.553 reports that little results were seen owing to cloud, but bombs fell on docks.
UNS.683 failed to identify target, and bombs were brought back.
UNS.695. reports that bombs were seen to explode in target area.
UNS.726 dropped bombs, but results were not observed.
UNS.768 dropped bombs in one stick. Results not observed owing to bomb aimer being blinded by a small burst immediately beneath aircraft. Searchlights were also intense and held the aircraft during the run up to the target.
UNS.904 failed to locate the target owing to 9/10 cloud. Docks observed through intermittent holes in cloud, and bombs released on dock area. Bursts not observed.
White lights flashing approximately 20 miles off Dutch Coast in morse – position 52* 31’N, 03* 33’E. Thirty to forty balloons at 8,000 feet in region of AMSTERDAM and target. UNS.518 challenged by member of convoy of shipping a few miles off English Coast on return.
There was a fair amount of heavy and light flak. There was a large number of searchlights, but they were hampered by cloud.
Two enemy aircraft were observed, but no attacks made.
There was heavy cloud over the target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3166 AA-M
Raid No. UNS.400 M.248

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 05:30

26/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T.; 500lbs. S.A.P.; 500lbs. Delayed action; 250lbs N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
PXS.122 attacked the target and reports a near miss to east of target.
PXS.140 failed to locate primary target and attacked NEURUPPIN AERODROME. Bomb bursts were observed and 12 bright flashes from incendiary fires.
PXS.169 failed to locate primary target and attacked aerodrome North of HANOVER. One stick of bombs was dropped. Dim lights were seen near hangar lights and incendiaries were observed burning well. One large greenish-blue fire was seen burning some ten to fifteen mins after leaving, apart from incendiaries. Aerodrome was pinpointed by bend in river to South.
PXS.215 dropped one stick from 11,000 on Western side of HANOVER, by D/R position. Believed to be aerodrome.
PXS.311 reports that bombs were seen to explode.
PXS.369 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud in the target area.
PXS.330 reports that bombs were observed to drop across target. Four minutes after leaving target, three big explosions observed by rear gunner. Fires caused by incendiaries.
PXS.535 reports that a large reddish glow was observed for 15 mins under cloud.
No results were observed by PXS.590.
PXZ. reports that bombs were seen to explode under cloud; results unobserved.
There was noticeable flare activity by enemy trying to locate our aircraft.
Fairly accurate heavy and light flak was experienced in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly active in target areas, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of target areas.
Heavy cloud was experienced over majority of route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3166 AA-M
Raid No. PXS.215 M.501 (Hanover attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Richard Noel Stubbs, RAF 742775, 61461 – Pilot.
Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm McGregor English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 05:30

06/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3.
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
AGN.260 failed to locate the target and jettisoned bombs.
AGN.614 and AGN.967 also failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. D/A and N.D.T., containers of 40lbs. G.P., and containers of light case incendiaries.
AGN.159 failed to observe results owing to low cloud.
AGN.375 reports bombs dropped on aerodromes at ABBEYVILLE, NANTES, LES MEEREAUX, and EVEREAUX. Bursts were observed.
AGN.557 reports VILLACOMBLEY AERODROME bombed with one container of incendiaries. Hangar seen burning, and also one fire seen near hangar. Two 250lbs. N.D.T. dropped on GLISY AERODROME, but results were unobserved. Six 250 lbs. N.D.T., 2 S.B.C. 40lbs., and one S.B.C. incendiaries dropped on CALAIS DOCKS, but results were unobserved.
AGN.574 bombed CHATEAU D’UN and bursts were seen on Flarepath. Bombs were dropped on BOULGNE DOCKS bit owing to searchlight activity, no results were observed.
AGN.595 dropped bombs on VILLACOUBLEY AERODROME.
AGN.659 attacked VILLACOUBLEY and ORLAY, and bombs were seen to burst across flarepaths of aerodromes. Big explosions seen by rear gunner at ORLAY.
AGN.764 bombed TOURS aerodrome. Bursts were seen followed by a series of explosions.
AGN.769 reports hits on hangars at CHARTRES, CHATEAU D’UN, and large clouds of smoke and debris were seen with fires burning in each case. Two bombs were dropped on CALAIS DOCKS and caused a fire which persisted after leaving.
AGN.856 bombed RPYE AERODROME and DUNKIRK, and fires were left at both places.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight and light flak activity, but one fire was seen on N.W. corner of inner basin at CALAIS.
Many dummy flarepaths were seen. The blackout in Paris and suburbs was very poor.
Intense A.A. fire was experienced in parts of target area.
Intense and accurate searchlight activity was encountered at parts of route.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud, with icing conditions, was experienced in some parts of target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, landfalls, map reading, W/T, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. AGN.764 Area 2 (Tours attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Primrose, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Navigator.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 22:57
Flight Time 05:37

09/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries, while MS.342 carried one flash bomb.
MSW.112 dropped bombs in one stick on dicks on west side of harbour, but results were unobserved.
MSW.155 observed bomb bursts on S.W. of dock area. Fires from incendiaries followed by explosions in same area.
MSW.226 dropped bombs in stick. Three bursts observed and some incendiaries seen burning on West side of river in main dock area abreast of two 150 ton cranes and about 30-60yds from water front and between “Y” shaped dry dock and lower of two bridges.
MSW.296 failed to observe results which were indistinguishable from flak fire.
MSW.342 dropped bombs in stick from railway bridge towards estuary.
MSW.487 dropped bombs in one stick from 12000 feet. Bursts were observed followed by explosions in target area.
MSW.577 saw bombs burst in target area on South side of river followed by minor explosions and one large after five mins.
MSW.704 reports explosions in target area.
Dummy fires and explosions were seen on marshland 10 miles east of LORIENT. MSW.112 encountered two balloons at 11,200 and three at 11,000 feet over harbour itself. Flak ships observed in harbour approaches.
A moderate amount of light, medium, and heavy flak was experienced at parts of target areas, but this was not very accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was clear over target area, but cloud was experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, D/F, Q.D.M’s, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. MSW.487 CC.26

Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Primrose, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Navigator.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Albert Bryson, RNZAF NZ40859 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 06:30

19/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft, RWA.258, RWA.551 and RWA.752, failed to locate the target. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
RWA.191 reports explosions observed reflected on cloud base about two minutes after bombs had exploded.
RWA.213 bombed on E.T.A. owing to 10/10 cloud.
RWA.392 dropped bombs in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts and four following explosions observed.
RWA.669 bombed area of HOMBERG through gap in clouds. No apparent fires caused by incendiaries. Five or six explosions observed 3-5 mins after bombing.
RWA.857 dropped bombs in one stick. No observations were made.
There was no A.A. fire except at HERTONGENBOSCH where heavy flak, accurate for direction but not for height, was fired through 10/10 cloud.
No searchlights were experienced.
One enemy fighter was seen over Germany. No attack.
Weather was not good 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole journey.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, Q.D.M.’s and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3166 AA-M
Raid No. RWA.392 A71 (Ruhr area attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Christopher Falcon Scott, RNZAF NZ391847 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Navigator.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Norman Ritchie, RNZAF NZ391386 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 06:35
Flight Time 06:30

22/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft,DMU.692, captained SGT. Chuter, failed to return. DMU.936 failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T. and delayed action, 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
DMU.288 reports explosions and fires seen, but damage was unobserved.
DMU.303 reports numerous fires started by incendiaries in target area. Two other bomb loads dropped near by.
DMU.444 reports 1000lbs. bomb seen to land on or very near railway. Incendiary bombs not dropped.
DMU.494 reports several large fires caused, still burning when area was left.
DMU.515 dropped bombs on south perimeter of target along railway. Small fires started. Several large white explosions 3-5 mins after leaving target.
DMU.588 reports bombs and incendiaries seen to burst in the target area. Two fires persisting from the incendiaries, and one large fire, visible 17 mins after leaving, from the bomb bursts obscured in cloud after this time.
DMU.738 reports centre of town bombed and a large fire observed with six white explosions some minutes afterwards.
DMU.781 dropped bombs in two sticks over city causing one large line of fires quarter of a mile long. From these fires 15 to 20 large explosions were observed.
DMU.804 failed to locate target owing to low cloud, but bombed an aerodrome in France, RHEIMS AREA. Seven fires started. Six large explosions five mins later, presumably aircraft.
DMU.943 reports bombs seen to burst in target area amongst other fires, causing explosions.
Several flarepaths were observed at various parts of route. Large dummy town 30 miles S.E. of MANNHEIM and dummy fire seen in middle of town. Blackout very bad over ANTWERP and Belgium. Much snow in Germany.
Fairly intense A.A. fire experienced over MANNHEIM. Very little experienced elsewhere.
There was not much searchlight activity.
DMU.804 reports being attacked by one ME.110 five mins. after bombing. This machine was hit but not brought down (60 rounds fired by front gunner).
Low cloud was experienced at various parts and target areas.
Navigation was by D/R. W/T.Q.D.M’s, and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. DMU.-692

Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Christopher Falcon Scott, RNZAF NZ391847 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Malcolm English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Navigator.
Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Norman Ritchie, RNZAF NZ391386 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off m – Landed m
Flight Time – Missing

The captain, Sgt Chuter, who was badly injured, was repatriated in 1944; Sgt Falcon- Scott escaped from a French prison in 1941 and got back to England, as did Sgt E. G. Willis. Sgts  English and Donaldson were repatriated in 1943 and 1945 respectively.

Sgt. Rex Chuter, RAF – Pilot.
Seriously injured, P.o.W. Repatriated
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Stalag IXC
Date of return to United Kingdom: 4th of March 1944

Sgt. Christopher Falcon Scott, RNZAF NZ391847 – 2nd Pilot.
P.o.W/ Escaper
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Herbert Malcolm English, RNZAF NZ3912878 – Observer.
Seriously injured, P.o.W. Repatriated
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: 15th of October 1943

Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAFVR 937660 – Front Gunner.
Seriously injured,Escaper

Sgt. A. Donaldson, RAFVR 751866 – Wireless Operator.
Seriously injured, P.o.W. Repatriated
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: 4th of March 1944

Sgt. Alfred Henry Ritchie, RNZAF NZ40207 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Robert Ritchie, and of Ada Isabella Ritchie, of Ponsonby, Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Therouldeville Churchyard, France..
Grave location – Therouldeville Churchyard