Evans crew 23.11.41

12/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs 500lbs 250lbs and cases on incendiaries. XDA 240 reports bombs fell in target area and fires started. XDA.245 reports bombs dropped on Dock Buildings South of DOCK . XDA.283 dropped bombs across centre of targets on Westerly Leading.
XDA.283 captained by P/O Hewitt reports his aircraft was caught and held in searchlights for 30 minutes and was shot at from the ground during that time and machine hit in may places and hydraulic gear rendered U/S which necessitated a “Crash Landing” on return. This machine was damaged.
XDA.627 reports bombs burst in target area.
XDA.671 reports bombs dropped on SCHIPOL AERODROME owing to wireless being U/S.
XDA.907 reports bombs burst in neighbourhood of AIRMINISTRY BUILDING approx. 1/2 mile S.E. of TIERGARTEN.
Two dummy aerodromes were observed to West of SCHIPOL AERODROME. Very intense heavy A.A. Fire was experienced over the whole route. Intense searchlight activity was experienced and they were mostly operating in cones. XDA.283 report seeing one MW110 over Dutch Coast.
The weather throughout this trip was very good and Navigation was by D/R Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2736 AA-A

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
P/O Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:06 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 04:14

20/04/1943 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam
Two Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
FXC.450 reports burst seen and three dull red fires started.
It was observed that the black out in Rotterdam was not very good.
No A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlight activity was slight.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
The weather was good.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 03:15

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, and containers of incendiaries.
SFY.154 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
SFY.426 saw bombs burst 300 yds S.W. of target.
SFY.515 reports small fire started in target area.
SFY.626 saw bombs and incendiaries burst in target area.
Target was not located by SFY.699,
Results were not observed by SFY.872
S/L Widdowson returned to base on account of the Wireless Operator being ill. Three 500lbs. were jettisoned in sea. P/O Curry failed to locate target.
F/Lt. Fletcher attacked target area and fires were started.
Two large fires were observed in target area.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate.
Searchlights were numerous and working in cones.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 03:45

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:20

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 06:20

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R,3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 07:40

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:54 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:26

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 04:40

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:05 – Landed 19:20
Flight Time 12:15

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 05:50

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:10

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:25

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:40

30/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129, jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen. No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire encountered, and searchlights were active and working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by HE.111 from 50yds astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, Q.D.N, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisteton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:30

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisteton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:15

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber centre of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

23/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk
Seven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped on target area and flashes seen but full results were not seen. Heavy A.A. fire was met over target area and searchlights in large cones were active. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was fair with 7/10th. Cloud over target area and freezing level was at 9,000ft. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1053 AA-H

Sgt. Evans, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Bright, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Henry James Carter, RAFVR 929289/ 104474 – Navigator.
Sgt. Viner, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tinkler, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Weyman, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 19:55
Flight Time 02:35

26/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend
Seventeen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000,lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs. 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs were however dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10th cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was D.R. and Q.D. M.s. One of these aircraft, Z.1114, captained by Sgt. Evans, returned to base with engine trouble.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1114 dnc AA-C

Sgt. Evans, RAF – Pilot. – -,   – 2nd Pilot.
RETURNED TO BASE EARLY WITH ENGINE TROUBLE
Take Off – – Landed Rtnd to Base
Flight Time –

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8977 AA-N

Sgt. Evans, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Bright, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Henry James Carter, RAFVR 929289/ 104474 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tinkler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Weyman, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Viner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 06:05

12/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Nine Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 500lbs was carried, and was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. An accurate barrage of light and heavy flak was encountered. There was a large number of searchlights operating in cones. Weather was good with 2/10 to 4/10 cloud over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8904 AA-?

Sgt. Evans, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Bright, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Henry James Carter, RAFVR 929289/ 104474 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tinkler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Viner, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Weyman, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:15 – Landed 21:36
Flight Time 06:21

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8968 AA-D

Sgt. Evans, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Bright, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.listed as Bryant – but I suspect this is also Sgt. Bright
Sgt. Tinkler,   – Navigator.
More likey to be P/O Carter – Sgt. Tinkler was WOAG
Sgt. Viner, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Wigram, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Carter, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:30 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 05:35

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. ? Evans, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William Hinton, RAFVR 1150584 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 04:50

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3462 AA-D

Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.needs clarification. Could be either Allen Armistce Fraser or Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser – gut feeling based on rank that its Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Rear Gunner.

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

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L Kitchin, F/O Sandys and Sgt Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

Sgt. ? Evans, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RNZAF 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:05

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 04:15

26/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, were dropped in the target area. Accurate, intense flak was encountered, searchlights were ineffective. One single engined aircraft was seen near Le Havre but no attack was made. Weather was fair with haze over target. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Pilot. Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 03:40

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RNZAF 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 06:00

08/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg
Nine Well.III aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 30lbs L.C. and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. Intense predicted flak S.W. of Hamburg but searchlight ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy a/c seen off Heligoland and believed JU88. Weather was very poor with 10/10 cloud over target and electric storms off East coast of England. Navigation was by DR and TR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

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

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 01:55