EG Parsons crew 8.12.44 †

08/12/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on Duisburg Marshalling Yards carrying 1,000 M.C., 1,000 A.N.M. and Munro Bombs. All aircraft successfully attacked the target and a very concentrated attack was reported, but apart from one report of smoke coming through the tops of the cloud at 15,000 ft., no results were observed. One aircraft “D” captain F/S Wood, J., landed at Woodbridge on return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

P/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:48 – Landed 13:27
Flight Time 04:39

11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

P/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:49 – Landed 12:56
Flight Time 04:07

12/12/1944 – Attack Against Witten
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Witten in daylight and again found their target obscured by ten tenths cloud. Moderate flak was encountered and enemy fighters were seen attacking the first wave of aircraft ahead. No results were observed owing to cloud. The aircraft captained by F/Lt Hannan collided with another aircraft just before reaching the target, however the target was bombed and base reached safely. The a/c captained by F/S Zinzan was damaged in landing and the Air Bomber F/O Mesure sustained a broken leg.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

P/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:17 – Landed 16:14
Flight Time 04:57
16/12/1944 – Attack Against Siegen
Eighteen aircraft took off to attack Siegen in rather poor weather conditions, carrying 1 x 12,000 H.C., 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C., 1,000 H.C., 500 cluster 4 lb and 4 lb I.B. Bombs. Three returned early with icing trouble. The main body experienced dense cloud and were unable to formate until they reached 30K. All crews bombed the target, several being able to see a built up area through occasional gaps in the dense cloud cover. It is concluded that the attack was successful. Some fighter and flak opposition was noticed en route, but our aircraft experienced no difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

P/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:21 – Landed 17:30
Flight Time 06:09

21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:19 – Landed 17:02
Flight Time 04:43

23/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
The twenty one aircraft detailed on the 22nd December took off to attack Trier in improved weather conditions, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. The target could be identified visually and T.Is were aimed at by most crews. The attack was reported as being good with very few scattered bombs. Several explosions were seen as our aircraft left the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:46 – Landed 16:13
Flight Time 04:27

27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:24 – Landed 16:41
Flight Time 04:17

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I PB421 AA-K
PB421, F/O Parsons & crew, experienced a failure of the port-outer engine about 20 minutes from the target. It was feathered and they went on to bomb with the others.

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:12 – Landed 17:26
Flight Time 05:14

30/12/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Bight
No bombing operations were laid on but four aircraft were required for mining by special equipment in the Heligoland Bight area. All were successful and planted mines as ordered. There was some enemy air activity, three of our aircraft reporting fighters of E/A. One of these, AA”J” captained by F/O E. Parsons, was in combat in which E/A was claimed as damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 21:05
Flight Time 04:25

01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in datlight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Leonard Humphries, RNZAF NZ428244 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:01 – Landed 21:34
Flight Time 05:33

02/01/1945 – Attack Against Nurnburg
Eight out of nine aircraft attacked Nurnburg as detailed, carrying 4,000 H.C., 2,000 H.C., 500 M.C., 500G.P., 500Cluster No. 15 and Munro bombs. NZ403980 F/L K. McMillan in ‘U’, returned early owing to engine trouble. A good attack was reported and visibility was good. Crews reported a large explosion, Fires were seen 100 miles away.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:13 – Landed 22:42
Flight Time 07:29

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

P/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:30 – Landed 17:26
Flight Time 05:56

06/01/1945 – Mining off Pilau
Four aircraft successfully laid mines in the Danzig area. Crews reported a good trip. One enemy aircraft was sighted, but made no attempt to approach.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

P/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:21 – Landed 01:42
Flight Time 09:21

22/01/1945 – Attack Against Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft attacked Duisburg carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. (I.D) 250 G.P. and Munro bombs.Visibility was good. Crews saw the Rhine. Fires and explosions were seen coming from a concentrated area. A successful attack was reported. No opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PB421 AA-K

F/O Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:23 – Landed 21:43
Flight Time 04:20

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K
hit by flak once
F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:21 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 05:46

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:16 – Landed 15:46
Flight Time 05:30
01/02/1945 – Attack Against Munchen Gladbach
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:02 – Landed 18:12
Flight Time 05:10

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:58 – Landed 02:33
Flight Time 05:35

09/02/1945 – Attack Against Hohenbudburg
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Lutskendorf, but the target was changed during the afternoon to Hohenbudberg. This operation was carried out in 8/10th cloud with tops about 10,000. Flak was slight to moderate and S/L effective. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Creasey, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:54 – Landed 08:43
Flight Time 04:49

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:53 – Landed 17:49
Flight Time 04:56

25/02/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen. Thin stratus cloud in layers covered the target area, but at times crews were able to make out the target and report a considerable white smoke followed by thick black smoke rising to a good height. Accurate H/F was experienced. AA”B” captained by F/S Klitscher is missing from this operation

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:43 – Landed 15:03
Flight Time 05:20
26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:57 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 05:13

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:16 – Landed 13:55
Flight Time 04:39

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.III LM733 AA-R

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/S Gwyn Duglan, RAFVR 179249 – Mid Under Gunner

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 17:37
Flight Time 05:38
04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:57 – Landed 14:46
Flight Time 04:49

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:46 – Landed 16:00
Flight Time 05:14

07/03/1945 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
One aircraft captained by F/L E. Parsons laid mines in the Kiel Bay area successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-F “The Seven Sinners”

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 06:05

10/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Wildish, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:33 – Landed 17:15
Flight Time 04:42

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y
This Op is missing from the logbook of John Beard, the final 3 entries indluding the FTR Op seem to have been added after Johns Death by another airman or office staff and they have missed this one out.

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 05:05

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E
At 16.35hrs on the run up to the target PB741, F/L Parsons & crew, was seen to have been hit by flak in the port-inner engine, which was then feathered. It also appeared to have been hit in the port-outer engine, which was feathered as the aircraft began descending quickly. Part of the wing caught fire and soon after, the complete wing broke off just as the Lancaster was diving through cloud.

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1595982 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:48 – Landed –
Flight Time MISSING

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 AA-E was struck by heavy flak over the target at Heinrich-Hutte, Hattingen, causing catastrophic damage to the port engines and wing, which broke off as the aircraft descended out of control through cloud. All on board were killed in the resultant crash. The flight engineer and air bomber have no known graves. The other five crew members are buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

F/L Eric George Parsons, RAFVR 185301 – Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of Ernest Edward James Parsons and of Ellen Elizabeth Parsons (Nee andrews), of Norwich.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 4.
‘Loved and remembered always.
Mum, dad and Syb’

F/S William Phinn, RAFVR 1684789 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Peter and Mary Ann Phinn, of Denton Holme, Carlisle.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 2.
‘He lived for those he loved,
And those he loved remembered.
Rest in peace’

F/S Francis Henry Ebbage, RAFVR 1615600 – Air Bomber.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Henry and Mabel Florence Ebbage, of Whinburgh, Norfolk.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 270.

F/S Eric Ramsay, RAFVR 2205987 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 3.
‘Down the road of memories
The light is never dim
‘Til stars cease to shine
We will remember them’

Sgt. Charles Albert Longstaff, RAFVR 1 595982 – Flight Engineer.
Lost without trace age 31.
Son of Charles Henry and Mary Longstaff, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 275.

Sgt. John Lawrence Beard, RAFVR 3006185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Arthur Lawrence Beard and Lilian Ethel Florence Beard, of East Dulwich, London.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 1.
‘God gave thy soul
Brave Wings’

Sgt. John Nichol, RAFVR 1670779 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of John Albert and Louie Nichol, of Gosforth, Newcastle-On-Tyne.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 25. D. 5.
‘When day is done and shadows fall’