F.C. Fox crew 11.06.41

15/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Lorient
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Owing to fog being experienced on the return journey three of these aircraft landed at ST EVAL and two at BOSCOMBE DOWN. Hits were registered in the target area. The only observations made was that the blackout over FRANCE was bad. Moderate heavy and light flak was encountered and strong concentrations of searchlights were met in the target area. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear but ground haze was experienced over the target. Navigation was by D/R and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1162 AA-Y

P/O Oliver Rayner Matheson, RAFVR 84010 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O George Eric Fowler, RAFVR 86427 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Crossley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Henry Charles Wakefield, RNZAF NZ40929 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:30

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 R.3171 AA-E

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. S. Dawson, RAFVR 942476 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Reginald Walter Watkins, RNZAF NZ401469 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 03:05

21/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Ostend and L’Orient
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing arracks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs., 250lbs., and containers of incendiaries. No results were observed by SLY.486. SLY.498 dropped bombs on A.A. batteries and searchlights at Boulogne. SLY.509 dropped bombs on West bank of river. Bursts not observed. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced on route. Slight searchlight activity was experienced at many parts of route. One unidentified aircraft was seen over BRIDPORT and YEOVIL while one enemy aircraft was seen over target area. Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 05:40

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 T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 04:35

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:50

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 04:55

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 07:10

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 06:15

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 04:05
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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:20

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:10

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:00

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:00

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:30

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:35

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 R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 04:15

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 X.3194 AA-S

F/O David Leatham Prichard, RAFVR 36203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth Newman Struthers, RNZAF NZ40950 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 05:30

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:00

15/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, THC.334 (P/O. Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. SGT. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned.
A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
THC.683 reports that bombs were dropped on Cologne.
THC.938 bombed concentration of flak and searchlights on E.T.A. Assumed over Cologne.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target areas and on route.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 dnc AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:25

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 L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:00

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 L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:50

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, and searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:00

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

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

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 L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

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

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.1177 AA-C

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millet, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536, 951765 – Observer.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth ‘Tommy’ Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:50

10/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
The target was bombed by JDS.276
JDS.629 reports bombs were seen to burst in what was believed to be the Southern part of Cologne.
JDS.723 dropped bombs near fire in town of Bonn. Incendiaries started a good fire.
JDS.727 reports bombs dropped in target area and bursts seen in estimated position of aiming point.
JDS.871 saw bombs burst in target area.
JDS.972 reports firs were seen to start after bombing.
P/O. Scott reports that small fires were started in small town south of Cologne.
P/O. Hamlin reports that a fire was started in target area.
SGT. Brecon bombed target area.
P/O Hobbs saw bombs burst near a small red fire in the centre of a heavy flak concentration.
A number of dummy fires were observed on route.
A.A. fire was slight.
Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attack made.
The weather was fine but there was haze over route and in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millet, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derrick Polley, RAFVR 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Stevenson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millet, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derrick Polley, RAFVR 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Stevenson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:00

15/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.3171 captained by SGT. Fotheringham, failed to return to base. Another, W.5663, captained P/O Rees, (RJT.533) was attacked by unidentified enemy fighter over the target. The aircraft was badly damages and the 2nd Pilot Sgt. Joyce was killed. SGT. Conibear, the front gunner, was seriously injured and died in hospital; and SGT. Gwyn-Williams was injured (Rear gunner). The aircraft returned to base where a landing was made. P/O Rees was awarded the D.F.C.; and the wireless operator, SGT. Lewis, was awarded the D.F.M.

RJT.147 bombed marshalling yard south of aiming point.
RJT.319 Observed bomb bursts in target area.
RJT.385 Attacked target area and saw bomb bursts.
RJT.445 bombed target area.
RJT.533 bombed target area, but thin cloud prevented accurate pin-point.
RJT.570 reports big fire started by bombs on target area.
RJT.683 located target, but it was not clearly pinpointed. A fix was obtained from Rhine and autobahn. Bombs dropped in salvo on large fire within radius of 3 miles of target.
P/O Ashworth reports that results were not observed over Ruhr, but a fire was started and a building blown up on an aerodrome 6 miles south of Hague. Heavy accurate predicted A.A. fire was encountered in target area. Searchlights were very active and accurate. The weather was good, but there was a layer of cloud over target. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, W/T, astro

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Owen, RCAF R.58067 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derrick Polley, RAFVR 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Stevenson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 04:25

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326
Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.
The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.
CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.
CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.
CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.
CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.
P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.
Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAFVR 68155 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derrick Polley, RAFVR 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Stevenson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:30

24/07/1941 – Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
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 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
RTH.140 bombed target area slightly north of target.
RTH.183 reports incendiaries burst on N.E. corner of target and moderate fires were started.
RTH.215 reports that fires were started.
The target area was bombed by RTH.242.
Owing to evasive action P/O. Scott did not observe results.
A.A. fire was heavy and predicted.
Searchlights were plentiful and fairly accurate.. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Fine weather was encountered all the way.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millet, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derrick Polley, RAFVR 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Stevenson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:55