F.A. Andrews crew 18.03.41

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2547 AA-F
Raid No. LTG.417 D.55

Sgt. White, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Fairlam, RAF – Navigator.
Sgt. Kelly, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:26 – Landed 06:18
Flight Time 07:52

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.
XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.
XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.
Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1038 AA-H
Raid No. XMU.476 DUISBERG (RUHR AREA attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Neate, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/L McGrath, RAAF/ RCAF? – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:45

08/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on TargetsDon.192, D.197. and Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10sec. Delay, and 250lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 sec. delay.
YPN.121 attacked docks from North to South. Two 500lbs. bombs seen to burst on West side of docks. One 500lbs. bomb landed approximately one mile West of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. hung up and brought back.
YPN.322 reports that the target was obscured by 8/10 cloud.
No results were seen by YPN.410
Results were not observed by YPN.460
YPN.573 dropped bombs on dock area, but was unable to observe results owing to local cloud cover.
YON.741 dropped bombs in stick onto defences. One reddish explosion observed through cloud.
YPN.952 bombed fire in dock area. Results not observed. Two flare paths were observed, one West of target area and one North of ROTTERDAM.
Intense light and heavy flak encountered in and around target area. Heavy and light fire experienced on route.
Very few searchlights encountered over target owing to cloud..
Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Weather was clear on way to target, but heavy cloud over target area.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C
Raid No. YPN.952 WILHELSHAVEN

Sgt. Neate, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/L McGrath, RAAF/ RCAF? – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:10

11/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Turin and Wilhelmshaven
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, XDS.521, did not reach the target owing to engine trouble. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs.N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XDS.102 aimed bombs at Royal Arsenal, Turin, but these fell off late owing to freezing of bombing gear, and fell either on or very near Fiat works. Several explosions observed after bursting of bombs, one very large explosion after about five minutes. Four fires left burning.
XDS.208 dropped bombs in a stick causing a fire and three or four bright explosions.
XDS.292 reports bomb burst approximately one mile South of target. Results unobserved as low cloud obscured target.
XDS.497 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud.
XDS.555 bombed through thick cloud. Results not observed.
XDS.646 reports hits registered in target area, but cloud prevented accurate observations.
GENEVA was seen to be lit up.
Much heavy and light A.A. fire in target areas; inaccurate.
Heavy and light encountered up valley of Alps.
No searchlights encountered in Italy. Eight seen at DUNKIRK, but these were not accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over most of route, and in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.
XDS.713 failed to locate the target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on intense concentration of light flak on D/R position WILLHELMSHAVEN.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C
Raid No. XDS.102 TURIN

Sgt. Neate, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/L McGrath, RAAF/ RCAF? – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 10:10

22/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit 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., 250 lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries. TKP.422 dropped bobs through cloud, but results were unobserved. THP.564 bombed through 10/10 cloud on E.T.A. from 11,000 feet on centre of flak concentration. One 250lbs. dropped on ROTTERDAM Aerodrome from 6000 feet on return; no results observed. TKP.616 reports target obscured by 10/10 cloud. Astro fix obtained over target and bombs dropped. Glow of incendiaries seen burning through cloud. TKP.917 dropped bombs in one stick in target on flak. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. There was intense light and heavy flak in target area. Searchlights were moderate over target area. Few experienced on route. No enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 10/10 cloud over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, R/T, Q.D.M’s

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C
Raid No. TKP.716 DUSSELDORF

Sgt. Neate, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrew, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 04:10

27/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BNF.882, captained by S/L. Kain, failed to reach target owing to engine trouble, and bombs were jettisoned “safe” in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries. BNF. 253 reports bursts observed in target area by rear gunners. BNF. 268 dropped bombs in a single stick: 1000 lbs. seen to burst near railway station. BNF.432 reports two fires caused by incendiaries. H.E. dropped in target area. BNF.550 dropped incendiaries on target on first run. H.E. dropped on second run and seen to explode on the fires. Three red fires burning in middle of incendiaries upon leaving target. BNF.654 dropped bombs in two sticks across centre of city. Numerous fires started, increasing in size as target was left. BNF.817 located target and dropped a stick of bombs running North East. Line of fires resulted. Aerodrome observed 10 miles N.W. of LINZEN. Two photos of target area taken by BNF.253.. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. Very few searchlights over target area: not accurate. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear over Germany. Low cloud over England and elsewhere en route. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C
Raid No. BNF.550 HANOVER

Sgt. Neate, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:50 – Landed 08:15
Flight Time 06:25

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Neate, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 05:15

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Maurice Eugene McGreal, RNZAF NZ40237 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 04:15

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot. P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 06:05

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1458 AA-?

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot. Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:15

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.
CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.
Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.
Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 05:25

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:35

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 07:35

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 R.1648 AA-K

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 07:20

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 R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:00

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.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 06:40

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.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:48 – Landed 03:22
Flight Time 05:34

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.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:45

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:35

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:40

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:22 – Landed 04:42
Flight Time 06:20

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 R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:05
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 R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Oswald Breckon, RNZAF NZ40863 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off No Time Listed – Landed No Time Listed
Flight Time –

2nd TOUR

05/05/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with Mines of 1500lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off and one failed to return. The remaining four aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, and all the parachutes were seen to open. Some light A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was broken cloud in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. EF.340, captained by Sgt. R.F. Westwood.

Stirling Mk.I BK614 JN-H

F/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
Sgt. David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan John Francis, RAFVR 1815847 – Mid Upper Gunner. Listed as J Francis
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 02:31
Flight Time 04:31

13/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bochum
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft, however, were forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and very large concentrated fires were seen, together with explosions. This is considered to have been a very successful raid. Heavy predicted A.A.Fire co-operation with searchlights was encountered. Several enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. Stirling Mk.I. BK619, captained by Sgt. J.L. Mitchell was attacked by an ME110 and opened fire at 400 yards slightly below our aircraft. The mod-upper gunner fired a medium burst and the enemy aircraft was seen to burst into flames and passed beneath the Stirling. The rear gunner fired a further long burst at 300 yards and the enemy aircraft was seen to turn on its back and dive, hit the ground and explode. The weather was very clear in the target area, but visibility was impaired by slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III BK776 AA-R

F/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
Sgt. David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan John Francis, RAFVR 1815847 – Mid Upper Gunner. Listed as J Francis
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:14 – Landed 05:39
Flight Time 05:25

29/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take-off owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, and two returned early. Four aircraft failed to return. The remaining thirteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen and also some big explosions. Some heavy A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BK776 Captained by P/O. R.F.Bennett, Mk.I EF398, captained by F/O. R.B. Vernazoni, MK.III EH881 captained by Sgt. J.H. Carey and Mk.III Bf561 captained by Sgt. S.R. Thornley.

Stirling Mk.I EF408 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
Sgt. David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:41 – Landed 04:42
Flight Time 05:01

19/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early as it was hit by A.A. fire in the fuselage, mainplane and mid upper turret. The Flight Engineer made a really good effort to overcome the damage by hacking his way through the fuselage into the port wing to get at the petrol tank controls, which he then operated by hand. The BREUIL STEEL WORKs was very badly damaged and appeared to have the roof missing. Large fires and huge explosions were seen in the target area. An aircraft captained by P/O Sedunary, lost the outer propeller , just before bombing. He carried out his bombing successfully and returned to base. At the beginning of the attack little light and heavy A.A fire and one searchlight were encountered, but as the attack progressed the defences were thoroughly disorganised. There was no cloud in the target area and visibility was excellent, except for smoke from out flares. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF408 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:08 – Landed 05:04
Flight Time 06:56

21/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. bombs in the target area. The operation was very successful, the whole of the town was seething in flames and the smoke from the fires was rising to a height of 8,000ft. On the return the fires could be seen from the Dutch Coast. Heavy, moderate and light A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good with clear visibility except in the target area, where there was haze caused by fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF408 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Allan Mason Forbes Alexander, RNZAF NZ41712 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 03:42
Flight Time 03:43

24/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with incendiary bombs of 30lns and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable and one failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very good attack, very large concentrated fires being seen, the glow of which was visible 30 miles away from the Dutch Coast. The defences were considerably stronger than the previous attacks, both moderate and heavy A.A.fire was encountered and two aircraft were slightly hit. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, although the smoke from the fires obscured ground detail. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EH902 captained by F/S Bluck.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:32 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:33

24/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty-three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. Of these aircraft, two returned early due to unserviceable W/T and engine trouble respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was a very concentrated and successful attack. Very large spread fires were seen with black smoke rising to height of 1,400ft., some heavy explosions were also seen. A heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered and two aircraft were coned in the searchlights but neither were hit. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88approaching head on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed.. The Stirling was badly damaged having more that 4ft. of the starboard mainplane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the 3 hours return flight to base, made a perfect landing. Two other short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was very good, with clear visibility, except for haze caused by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE890 captained by Sergeant H. Nichol.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:35

27/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, but the remaindersuccessfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack was more concentrated than the previous one, colossal fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 20,000ft. , a ship was also seen to be on fire in a Dock south of the target. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operationg with search lights operating in belts were encountered, although the A.A. fire was heavier than the previous attack, it was ineffective except for slight damage to three aircraft. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt.E.J.ROBERTS sighted a JU 88 approaching from port beam above and all gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft broke away firing and then approached on the port beam below. Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft was claimed to be damaged. The Stirling was also damaged, having a bomb door blown off and a petrol pipe-line pierced, nevertheless the captain brought his aircraft safely back to base. The weather was good except for 3/10th cloud at the target, visibility was good, although smoke haze prevented identification of ground detail. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:45

02/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb and 4lb. Six of the aircraft returned early owing to severe icing and engine trouble, two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires and columns of smoke were seen although this attack was not considered to be a successful as the previous one. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which proved to be ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good at the beginning of outward journey, but cloud gathered and was 10/10ths at the target, icing and electrical storms were also encountered. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk. III EH928 captained by Sgt. Baille, P. and BF 557 captained by F/Sgt. Couper, J.A.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O Hector Bernard Duffett, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:20

10/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with indiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds and some heavy explosions were also seen, indicating that the attack was a success. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but gave little trouble. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was poor at the target, 9/10ths cloud prevailing, which prevented identifcation  of detail. Navigation was very good. The aircraft captained by P/O C.C.Logan, owing to unserviceable navigation aids on return journey went off track and ran short of petrol. The crew prepared to abandon the aircraft but fortunately the petrol lasted and they landed at R.A.F. Marston, after being airbourne for 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 07:40

23/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 500lb., and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb.. Five aircraft returned early owing to failure and three aircraft failed to return. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area and all of the crews agreed that it had been well and truly hit. The fires were all concentrated and huge columns of smoke together with heavy explosions could be seen. A moderate heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but only one aircraft received damage. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON sighted a JU88 passing above, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners fired and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which was then lost sight of and is claimed to have been damaged. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WHITEHEAD whilst over BERLIN sighted an enemy aircraft on the starboard quarter, 300yds away. The Rear Gunner fired a five second burst and the enemy aircraft was seen in flames diving to earth, and was claimed as probably destroyed. The same aircraft encountered another unidentified aircraft 300yds away on the starboard quarter. The Rear Gunner fired another five seconds burst and the enemy aircraft exploded and disintegrated. It was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/O. A. Alexander, whilst over the target sighted a ME110 approaching from the starboard quarter above and firing at his aircraft. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunners replied with long bursts and the enemy aircraft was seen to be in flames. A fire was later seen on the ground and the enemy aircraft was claimed as probably destroyed. Scattered cloud was met on the outward route, but it was clear over the target. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BF465 captained by P/O A. RANKIN, BF564 captained by P/O A. Sedunary and EE938 captained by W/O T. Fear.
The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WHITE, O.H. whilst approaching the target area was coned by searchlights and repeatedly hit by heavy A.A. fire, sustaining considerable damage to port mainplane. He continued towards the target though still coned by searchlights and was then attacked by a JU88 sustaining hits in the rear of the fuselage which shattered the rear turret and killed Rear Gunner Sgt. Poole, J.. The aircraft was forced into an uncontrollable dive and the captain warned his crew ‘Prepare to abandon the aircraft’. Unfortunately, in the middle of this order the inter-communication failed, and the Navigator, Air Bomber and Wireless Operator abandoned the aircraft, due to the fact that they were unable to contact their Captain. F/Sgt. WHITE jettisoned his bombload whilst in the dive directly over the target area, managed to regain control of the aircraft when height had been lost down to 6,000ft. The captain and two remaining members of the crew after taking stock of the damage decided to attempt the long and hazardous return journey to base. This they did successfully and made a perfect crash landing at base without lights, flaps or under carriage, as the electrical leads were shot away.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Charles Henley, RNZAF NZ414622 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/S David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 07:50

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/S Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 06:10

16/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Modene
Nineteen aircraft wee detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of  1,000lb.,and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and well concentrated attack. Large fires which appeared to be spreading and heavy explosions were seen. Some A.A.fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, they were ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. The port inner engine caught fire but what put out with the aid of a fire extinguisher, the propeller was then feathered and the aircraft continued its journey on three engines. A few enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by P/O. G.K.WILLIAMS had a combat with a JU 88 which was claimed as destroyed. One other short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. It was clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Francis Witting, RNZAF NZ415212 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O William Edwin Anderson, RNZAF NZ416073 – Navigator.
P/O David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 07:25
27/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft failed to return and one returned early owing to its rear turret being unserviceable. The remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was an exceedingly successful and well concentrated attack, considered to be even better than the previous one. Numerous large fires and columns of smoke rising to 12,000ft., were seen and the fires were again visible at the DUTCH coast. Very moderate, ineffective heavy A.A. Fire numerous searchlights and flares were encountered. Many enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F.Sgt. HORGAN, D. had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. BURTON, H., sighted a JU88 and the Rear Gunner fired, it was then seen to fall in flames and was claimed as destroyed. Two other short combats took place and one of our aircraft received slight damage. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but good with clear visibility over the target. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III, EF515 captained by Sgt. Martin, R., and EH877 captained by F/Sgt. WHITMORE, R.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAFVR 41031 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
P/O David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 04:50