F.R. Bader crew 6.3.45

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-J

F/O Robert Jaspar Pearson, RNZAF NZ39575 – Pilot.
W/O Frederick Robert Bader , RNZAF NZ416076 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alick Segnit, RAAF AUS.28834 – Navigator.
F/S B. Farmer, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Arthur Johnston, RAAF AUS.432239 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. S. Miller, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S A. Smithson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Hadigate, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:53 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 05:12

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Robert Jaspar Pearson, RNZAF NZ39575 – Pilot.
W/O Frederick Robert Bader , RNZAF NZ416076 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alick Segnit, RAAF AUS.28834 – Navigator.
F/S B. Farmer, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Arthur Johnston, RAAF AUS.432239 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt S. Miller, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S A. Smithson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Hadigate, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:34 – Landed 02:04
Flight Time 08:30

 

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

W/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:46 – Landed 16:30
Flight Time 07:44

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421? AA-K

W/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 17:23
Flight Time 05:24

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

W/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:20 – Landed 15:39
Flight Time 05:19

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:59 – Landed 15:22
Flight Time 05:23

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

W/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:35 – Landed 15:16
Flight Time 04:41

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crews made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/L Nelson Hugh Bawden, RNZAF NZ421313 – Navigator.
Sgt. K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:31 – Landed 21:04
Flight Time 05:33

03/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague
10 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping, five for Delft and five for the Hague. Crowds and flag waving were not so extensive as before and enthusiasm seems to be waining.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S Milton Murray Billiman, RNZAF NZ436727 – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:12 – Landed 13:59
Flight Time 02:47

08/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Rotterdam
8 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Rotterdam. The mission was uneventful, but considered successful.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Frederick Robert Bader*, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
*ORB lists F. Baxter as Pilot, however I think this a typo – Pilot rank and remaining crew are all of Fred Bader
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
A/C Graham , Passenger.

Take Off 12:43 – Landed 15:19
Flight Time 02:36

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:35 – Landed 18:03
Flight Time 06:28

15/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
8 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Prisoners of war from Juvincourt. The total number of men brought back was 191.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-P

F/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Anderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:54 – Landed 17:48
Flight Time 05:54

04/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

P/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Sgt Atkins, Passenger RAF – .

Take Off 16:27 – Landed 20:36
Flight Time 04:09

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 15:56
Flight Time 06:06

28/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O Frederick Robert Bader, RNZAF NZ416076 – Pilot.
F/S P. Hull, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S K. Griggs, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Perry, RNZAF 1867174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Bosworth, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt R. Hempson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:42 – Landed 16:52
Flight Time 04:10