F.C. Fox crew 10.5.44

10/05/1944 – Attack Against Courtrai
Twenty three aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Courtrai. A concentrated attack was made with very slight opposition. One aircraft (Captain NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond) was hit by A.A. Fire on the return journey and the Captain received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

F/O Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 03:10

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/O Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 03:10

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/O Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:50

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 dnc JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 01:40

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:20

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 03:45

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 03:30

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 19:40
Flight Time 00:45

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 05:05

11/06/1944 – Attack Against Nantes
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Nantes. All aircraft successfully bombing the target. Large fires and explosions were reported. Intense light A.A. Fire was encountered in the target area. the aircraft captained by NZ421072 P/O. C. McCardle, shortly after leaving the target area, was damaged by what is now thought to have been a light A.A. Shell exploding in the cockpit. The Captain received severe injuries and the Flight Engineer Sgt. Benfold, R., superficial injuries. The Air Bomber, AUS410489 W/O. Hurse, A. took over the controls, and with the assistance of the Navigator NZ4310159 F/O. A. Zillwood, brought the aircraft safely back to this country, where a perfect landing was executed.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/L Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 05:35

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/L Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:30

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
F/L Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:30

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:50

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 03:05

23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 02:50

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 02:45

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:05

05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:07 – Landed 00:57
Flight Time 01:50

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:03 – Landed 03:28
Flight Time 04:25

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:39 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 04:21

24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:48 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 07:52

25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/L Francis Charles ‘Foxy’ Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
F/O J. Atkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S L. Wheeler, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:41 – Landed 05:43
Flight Time 08:02