E.W.P. Johnson crew 06.09.42 p.o.w.

02/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Karlsruhe
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen on the target, concentrated mainly in centre of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were few. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe was attacked by a JU88, the front gunner fired a burst at very short range, the enemy aircraft then broke off the attack, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was clear over the target, navigation was very good by T.R. and D.R. A large fire suspected to be a dummy, was seen 30 to 40 miles West of Target.

Wellington Mk.III X.3867 AA-P

F/S William Ronald Parkes, RNZAF NZ403822 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric William Peter Johnson, RNZAF NZ413423 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Varley Gibb Crawford, RNZAF NZ404339 – Observer.
Sgt. George Heerbert Rose, RNZAF NZ391713 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alpheus Leslie Groves, RAFVR NZ403574 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Eric Glover Wilson, RNZAF NZ404035 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:58 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:42

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt.Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.596 AA-?

Sgt. Eric William Peter Johnson, RNZAF NZ413423 – Pilot.
Sgt. Uila Nicolson, RNZAF NZ405310 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas William Devine, RNZAF NZ411745 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Kevin Charles O’Byrne, RNZAF NZ405311 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Sydney Bevan, RNZAF NZ41565 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 06:15
Flight Time 04:45

08/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb., 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Larger fires were seen. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were numerous, particularly in target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was good, with slight ground haze. Navigation was accurate by DR and TR. Wellington captained by Sgt. Johnson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.596 AA-?

Sgt. Eric William Peter Johnson, RNZAF NZ413423 – Pilot.
Sgt. Uila Nicolson, RNZAF NZ405310 – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas William Devine, RNZAF NZ411745 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Kevin Charles O’Byrne, RCAF NZ405311 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leslie Sydney Bevan, RNZAF NZ41565 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing