F.H. Turner crew 3.11.1943

The F.H. Turner crew:
Back L-R: F/Sgt Eric McNamara (wireless operator), F/O Murray Fearon (navigator), F/Sgt Francis Turner (skipper), Sgt William Todd (flight engineer).
Front L-R:  Sgt Selwyn. Bellis (rear gunner), F/Sgt Roy Young (air bomber), Sgt Robert More (mid-upper gunner).
Sgt Robert McLeod More, RAFVR was tragically killed on 22.11.43, flying as replacement M/U/Gnr with the J.C. Turner crew. Their regular mid-upper gunner, Sgt Frederick Hulbert RAF, took Sgt More’s place in this crew.
F/S Turner developed pneumonia and was hospitalised in March 1944 – the crew was taken over by S/L Richard Berney.
NZ Bomber Command Assn. archives, Murray Fearon collection. 

03/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and some of the parachutes were seen to open. This was an uneventful trip, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemey aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear on the route, but misty in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF153 ??-? 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen Macnamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt.  Robert McLeod More, RAFVR 1809983 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 17:38 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 04:17

07/11/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EK384? – 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen Macnamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt.  Robert McLeod More, RAFVR 1809983 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 23:30 – Landed 07:55
Flight Time 08:25

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active.Mant enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF157? – 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
P/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen Macnamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Henry Robinson. Renwick, RAFVR 1002868 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 17:25 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 06:40

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
P/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen Macnamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Gilbert Pettifer, RAFVR 1247027 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 17:22 – Landed 22:08
Flight Time 04:46

04/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs.  All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area.  The attack was very concentrated and appeared to be a success.  Some slight heavy A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft were encountered but proved negligible.  In spite of 3-4 10ths. cloud at the target, visibility was good.  Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 02:10 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 03:05

06/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were dropped in the allotted area.  This was a successful and uneventful operation, some A.A. Fire was encountered but no aircraft received any damage.  A few enemy aircraft were seen, and one short combat took place and the enemy aircraft was claimed as damaged.  The weather was good with no cloud and visibility was perfect.  Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot. Sgt. Geoffrey Warren Rowberry, RNZAF NZ414567 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 16:25 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 09:50

27/01/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Area
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area.  An uneventful operation, little opposition was met, only slight A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft being seen.  The weather was good, being clear except for sea haze.  Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 17:20 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 04:50

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs.  Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area.  Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage.  A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage.  The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured.  On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL.  The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area.  Severe icing was encountered on the return journey.  Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

F/S Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:10

04/02/1944 – Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs.  All of the aircraft took off and dropped their mines in the allotted area.  The weather as forecast was expected to be bad with heavy showers and severe icing, but apart from low cloud no trouble was experienced, the weather being better than forecast.  An uneventful operation.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 19:10 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 08:40

11/02/1944 – Mining in the River Ardour
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs.  Only one aircraft (F/Lt. D. WARREN) out of the three aircraft detailed to drop their mines in the river, reported that they had done so, but the photograph taken at the time shows that the river at BOUCAN was the one mined.  The other two aircraft found cloud over the area and brought their mines back.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ??-? 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 18:30 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 07:40

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay.  Fourteen aircraft dropped 42 mines in 10 minutes.  One aircraft returned early with a starboard engine failure.  A very successful operation.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 17:35 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 05:45

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 67 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation WHEELWRIGHT 67 (successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘P’ took off at 20.55 hours. The target area was reached at 00.08 hours being pin pointed by the river bend and railway bridge by Tonneins where a glimpse of red lights were seen. Fifteen containers were dropped from 450 feet at 00.23 hours, only a flashing light being visible at the time of dropping. Course was set for base at 00.23 hours, 8 packages of leaflets being dropped near Angouleme. Aircraft landed at base without further incident at 03.40 hours.

Stirling Mk.III  – 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 20:55 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 06:45

04/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 178 (successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘P’ took off at 20.50 hours. The target area was reached at 00.20 hrs. and pin pointed by road running N/S., fields west of road. A flashing light was clearly seen and sixteen containers were dropped from 600 feet at 00.38 hrs. There was variable cloud, bases from 500 feet to zero and snow showers. Course was set for Base at 00.45 hours, five packages of leaflets could not be dropped owing to the hatch being frozen. Without further incident, the aircraft landed at Base at 04.10 hours.

Stirling Mk.III  -P 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:20

06/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period DIRECTOR 60 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation DIRECTOR 60 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘U’ took off at 19.57 hours. The target area was reached at 23.50 hours and pin pointed by a field and two woods and at least seven men standing nearby. Three red lights were seen and fourteen containers were dropped from 400 feet at 00.18 hours. Visibility was three miles at the target, being fairly clear except for slight cloud. A twin engined aircraft with green and white wing tipped [tips?] came fairly close to our aircraft in the target area. Course was set for base at 00.20 hours and four packages of leaflets were dropped at Brive. Without further incident, the aircraft landed at Base at 04.35 hours.

Stirling Mk.III  -U 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S Eric Stephen McNamara, RNZAF NZ417220 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt.  William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 19:57 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 08:38

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 11 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘Y’ took off at 20.10 hours. The target area was reached at 23.48 hours, being identified by a valley with very steep cliffs. Three bonfires and a flashing light were seen and twelve containers were then dropped from 1,000 feet at 00.01 hours. Visibility was good apart from mist in the valleys. Course was set for Base at 00.02 hrs two packages of leaflets being dropped south of Roanne. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.10 hours.

Stirling Mk.III  -Y 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
F/S H.Young,   – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 20:10 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 08:00

13/03/1944 – Mining off St. Nazaire
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest.  One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return.  Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out.  The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E 

P/O Francis Harold Turner, RNZAF NZ415079 – Pilot.     
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan Stevens Bromley, RAFVR 1247614 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William James Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Selwyn Bellis, RAFVR 2215948 – Rear Gunner.
 
Take Off 21:50 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:55