S.F. Fauvel crew 7.10.43 †

08/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lbs., 500lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Results were rather disappointing as owing to thick cloud, it was not possible to assess damage. Very few fires were seen and only one large explosion was observed. Slight ineffective A.A, Fire was encountered. Searchlights were active but hampered by cloud. Several combats with enemy aircraft took place. The aircraft captained by F/SGT. SPIERS, R. claimed a M.E. 109 as probably destroyed and a M.E. 110 as damaged. Another M.E. 109 was claimed as damaged by the aircraft captained by P/O o. WHITE. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

P/O Hilton Clifford Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Willaims, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W.A.C. Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:40

07/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 5/10ths cloud in the mining area, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Michie Herdman, RNZAF NZ425775 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Mason, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 09:25

17/10/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 5/10ths

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 03:25

03/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. An uneventful trip, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. Broken cloud was encountered but visibility was fairly good in the mining area. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EH935 JN-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 20:55
Flight Time 03:20

22/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lbs and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to an Oxygen failure and two failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped its bombs in the Target Area. It was very difficult to assess the results as there was 10/10ths cloud over the target. Little opposition was encountered and no incidents were reported. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III LJ453 Captained by F/S A.Single and EF148 Captained by F/S. J. TURNER.

Stirling Mk.III EH935 JN-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 07:10

16/12/1943 – Mining in the Bay of Biscay
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open owing to 10/10ths cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. On return two aircraft landed at DOWNHAM MARKET.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 JN-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 06:00
21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty 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, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 02:55

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 03:25

27/01/1944 – Mining of the East Coast of Denmark
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, but proved to be negligible. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very good, and although it was very dark, visibility was clear. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Arthur Laycock, RAFVR 1457004/ 130451 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 05:55

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 EH995 AA-K

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 02:30

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Eric William Elliott Marshall, RNZAF NZ415637 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 05:35

22/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in Kiel Bay. After being airborne for one hour all of the aircraft were recalled owing to unsuitable weather conditions.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 dnc AA-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Alan Lister Kay, RNZAF NZ42299 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 19:25
Flight Time 02:30

24/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed with a large force to lay mines of 1500 lbs in Kiel Bay, and fourteen returned after completing their mission successfully. One aircraft (Captain NZ42367 F/S. Bruhns H.) is missing, and no news was heard after take-off.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Douglas John Hill, RNZAF NZ415761 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 07:15

25/02/1944 – Mining in Baltic Sea
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs, south of Zealand, an island in the Baltic Sea. Thirteen aircraft completed their mission successfully. The weather was good with excellent visibility. One aircraft (Captain NZ421803 F/Sgt. Willis W.) encountered six JU.88s, four of which fired short bursts, our rear gunner and mid-upper gunner returning fire. Our aircraft was not damaged and no claims were made on the enemy aircraft. Two aircraft returned early with engine trouble.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Douglas John Hill, RNZAF NZ415761 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:50

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 175 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TRAINER 175 (Abortive).
Aircraft reached reception area, but was unable to pin point owing to the variable low stratus cloud.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Sgt. Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

04/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 178 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TRAINER 178 (Abortive).
Thick haze over target area made reception impossible. On return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped on villages and towns near target.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

05/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period FOOTMAN 9 (ABORTIVE)
Operation FOOTMAN 9 (Abortive).
The weather was good, but no reception was seen. On the return journey one package of leaflets were dropped at Limoges and the neighbouring villages.

Mk. ??-?

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

07/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A ABORTIVE)
Operation AUTHOR 11A (Abortive).
No reception was received at the primary target, so aircraft proceeded to alternative but containers hung up and were not dropped, one package was dropped, however. On return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped at Tulle.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period FOOTMAN 9 (ABORTIVE)
Operation FOOTMAN 9 (Abortive due to no reception being seen).
Cars were observed patrolling the roads in both primary and alternative areas. On return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the Limoges area.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

11/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 67 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation WHEELWRIGHT 67 (Successful).
The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘M’ took off at 20.30 hours. The target area was reached at 23.24 hours and identified by a river and road. The flashing reception light was very good and fourteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 23.37 hours. There was cloud base of 3,000′ in the target area making visibility less than one mile. Course was set for Base at 23.40 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Tonneins. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.00 hours.

Stirling Mk.III JN-M

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:30

09/04/1944 – Attack against Villeneuve St. George
Eleven Lancaster aircraft successfully attacked Villeneuve St. Georges. Four Stirling aircraft were detailed to attack Lille. One jettisoned its load on the outward journey, but the remainder successfully attacked the target.

Lancaster Mk.I ME689 AA-Y

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 04:20

10/04/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Laon
Eight aircraft successfully attacked Laon.

Lancaster Mk.III ND752 AA-O

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:40 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 04:00

18/04/1944 – Attack Against Rouen
Ten Lancasters were also detailed to bomb the marshalling yards at Rouen, one was withdrawn, but the remaining nine attacked in clear weather with ground haze.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:25

22/04/1944 – Attack Against Dusseldorf
Eight Lancaster aircraft took part in a concentrated attack against Dusseldorf.

Lancaster Mk.III ND752 AA-O

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/S John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:10

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:10

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:25

07/05/1944 – Attack Against Chateau Bougon Aerodrome
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Chateau Bougon aerodrome near Nantes. All aircraft successfully attacked in clear weather and bombing was concentrated.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

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

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.III ND782 AA-U

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 01:10
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 ND782 AA-U

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 03:25

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 ND920 AA-P

F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 03:35

27/05/1944 – 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 ND908 AA-M

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Henry Clark Lukey, RNZAF NZ42990 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:48 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.III ND908 AA-M was brought down at Poelkapelle (West-Vlaanderen) 5miles North East of Ypres and 25 miles West of Courtrai, scene of the FW .410 attacks on ND915 in the same raid. There were no survivors and all eight crew members were laid to rest at Wevelgem Communal Cemetery.

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of Francis Enoch Fauvel, and of Violet Annie Fauvel, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 11

F/O Francis Henry Clark Lukey, RNZAF NZ42990 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of Frederick Clark Lukey and of Ruby May Lukey (Nee Gaston), of Waikari, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 14

F/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
Killed age 25.
Son of James Thomas Clare and Theresa Clare; Husband of Roma Evelyn Clare, of Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 10
‘Forever in our thoughts,
Bill dearest.
Your loving wife Roma,
Mother and dad’

P/O Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 176576 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 20.
Son of Maurice and Mary Fitzgerald, of Bitterne, Southampton.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 12
‘Loving memories of Maurice
Our dearly beloved son
R.I.P.
Mother and father’

P/O Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Horace James Marvin and Lily Mary Marvin, of Leicester.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 15

Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 10

F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of Algernon Carlyle Gower and Mary Bayly Gower, of Tututawa, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 13

F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 27.
Son of Samuel Rooker Mason, and of Ada Henrietta Mason, of Wellsford, North Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Wevelgem Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Coll. grave E. 473-474. 15

 

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