R.O. French crew 3.3.43

14/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully bombed the target in 10/10ths cloud by means of P.F.F. sky marker flares, so the success of the trip could not be judged, although a red glow was seen on the clouds as the aircraft left the target area. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly predicted. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was broken cloud from base to enemy coast, which gradually built up to 10/10ths cloud at the target area. Navigation was very good. A stranger from 214 Squadron landed on our runway and made the aerodrome completely unserviceable. Three of our aircraft therefore, had to be diverted to Lakenheath and Waterbeach.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/S John Jackson, RAFVR 1204276, 140920 – Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Otway French, NZ415756 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Hector Bernard Duffet, RAFVR 1176955/ 141020 – Navigator.
Sgt. David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Ellis Higgs, RAFVR 1161218/ 155859 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E M Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 23:55
Flight Time 05:30

26/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb., two of these aircraft were forced to abandon the mission owing to engine trouble. The remaining five aircraft successfully attacked the target. The whole of the target was well alight, the bombing also appeared to be accurate. The fires were seen by crews fifty to sixty miles away as they were returning. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, varying from moderate to intense. Some searchlights were also co-operating, but none of our aircraft were coned. A few enemy aircraft were seen, two attacks were made against our aircraft but no damage was sustained. The weather was good with fair visibility although there was a good deal of haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Otway French, NZ415756 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 04:20

03/03/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations, with mines of 1500 lb. Two of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, the other aircraft failed to return. No A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. Sergt. French the Captain of Stirling 1 BF398, met a JU88 on the homeward journey, after a short exchange of firing the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was very clear and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 N6123, captained by Sergt. R.C.Going.

Stirling Mk.I BF398 AA-F
Recorded as P in Combat Report of an engagement of a JU88, N.W. of Texel at 23:07 at 6,000ft.

Sgt. Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:03 – Landed 01:03
Flight Time 05:00

09/03/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lb. One of the aircraft, however, returned early owing to engine trouble , the remaining two aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Some A.A. fire was encountered near BLAYE and Stirling 1 BF398, captained by Sgt. French was hit, but he safely returned to base. Visibility was poor in the mining area, 10/10ths. Cloud being prevalent. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF398 AA-F

Sgt. Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 07:00

11/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 30 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. One of the aircraft, however, failed to take off as it proved to be unserviceable. The remaining eight aircraft successfully dropped their incendiaries in the target area. There were heavy fires, which were well concentrated in the centre of the town. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. fire which was co-operating with searchlights, one aircraft being coned for two minutes but he escaped unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was slight have over the target area although visibility was good and ground detail could be seen. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk. W7469 AA-O

Sgt. Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:30

12/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft, however, returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, the remaining six aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fire were seen, which lit up the whole of the area, one crew reported that they saw two large explosions which appeared to come from the Krupps works. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered. It was intense, although not too bad considering the target, the searchlights however, proved to be troublesome. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was smoke and haze over the target, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk. W7469 AA-O

Sgt. Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 04:00

22/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with 30 lb. 4 lb. incendiary bombs. One aircraft however, failed to take off as it was found to be unserviceable. A general recall, however, was broadcast when the aircraft were about twenty minutes from the target. They all brought their bombs back with the exception of one, which was forced to jettison them.

Stirling Mk.I BF451 AA-Z

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:07 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 04:53

27/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lb. All the mines were successfully dropped in the morning area and five of the parachutes were seen to open. It was quite an uneventful trip, no A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft being encountered. There was haze over the sea up to a height of 4,000 feet. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF455 AA-Y

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
P/O F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:44 – Landed 03:22
Flight Time 07:38

29/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Ten aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft failed to takeoff, as they were found to be unserviceable and three returned early. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen, which were well concentrated and spreading. The glow from these fires was seen 100 miles away on the homeward journey. Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, with many searchlights co-operation all round the city. One aircraft was slightly damaged by A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was clear, although hazy. Visibility however, was fairly good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk. BK602 AA-R

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
W/O Robert Ernest Tod, RCAF R.91742 – Front Gunner
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 08:25

14/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiary bombs of 30 lb and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early as the controls were faulty. None of the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen, together with a great deal of black smoke. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. Fire encountered on the way to the target, but very little in the target area. A few searchlights were seen, but they were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and short combats took place, but our aircraft were not damaged. It was very clear over the target, as there was a bright moon, and visibility was good in spite of slight ground haze. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mark III BF513 captained by P/O. D.J. McCaskill failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BK619 AA-X

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. Clifford Charles Pownall Logan, RAAF AUS.405918 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:50

20/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Rostock
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Eight of the aircraft successfully attacked the target area. Some very large scale fires were seen but the attack was spoilt by a smoke screen which partly obscured the target. A.A.Fire was mainly confined to light tracer which was ineffective. Stirling Mk.III BF.518 captained by Sgt. Dalzell, collided with a Lancaster aircraft after leaving the target, and fortunately only slight damage was caused to the rudder and fin. After this hazardous experience he returned to base and made a perfect landing. Some enemy aircraft were seen in the target area, but no combats took place. The weather was very good and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III, captained by P/O A.G. Tolley, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:47 – Landed 05:47
Flight Time 08:00

22/04/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with Mines of 1500 lbs. All of these aircraft successfully dropped their Mines in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. Two A.A. ships were in the mining area and light & heavy A.A.Fire co-operation with searchlights was encountered, but it was inaccurate. No enemy aircraft were seen. Eight tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, and patches of cloud provided cover for the aircraft. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:02 – Landed 03:52
Flight Time 06:50

26/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft however failed to take-off as the pilot was sick. And two aircraft returned early. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was a mass of flames. Large concentrated fires being seen which were spreading. Very heavy A.A.Fire was experienced in the target area, which was mainly predicted and co-operation with cones of searchlights. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one combat took place. The weather was very good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by haze caused by the large fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III BF517, captained by F/O P.J. Buck, was attacked by an unseen fighter when about 30 miles North of the target. The rudder and tail of the aircraft was damaged, and the rear gunner was mortally wounded. The fighter was evaded and by jettisoning all moveable objects height was maintained and the aircraft returned to base where a perfect crash landing was made. Besides the rear gunner who lost his like, minor injuries were also received by two other members of the crew.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allan Sedunary, RAAF AUS.416619 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 04:55

28/04/1943 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. One of these aircraft returned early owing to its compass being faulty and four failed to return. The remaining three aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered which is believed to have come from an A.A. ship in the mining area. No enemy aircraft were seen. Visibility was fairly good, with scattered cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. Stirlings Mk.1 R9290, Sgt. A. Lewis, W.7513 – Sgt. K. Halliburton, BF.467 – P/O D. Thompson, <k.III BK664 – P/O. D.V. Hamer, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 06:35

04/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with bombs of 2000lb 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off owing to engine trouble. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, with the exception of two which returned early owing to engine trouble. Large fires and explosions were seen, which appeared to come from the centre of the target area. Some A.A.Fire and searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. No cloud was prevalent in the target area, and visibility was good, ground detail was obscured by the smoke from the fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BK777 AA-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lefevre Mitchell, RAFVR 1387449/ 155859 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:48 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:32

12/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Stirling Mk.III. BK.721 captained by F/Lt. E.R.M. Appleton, whilst taking off failed to clear an obstruction at the end of the runway and crashed almost immediately afterwards, all the crew with the exception of the captain and the wireless operator, F/Sgt. Cocks, S.G. were killed. The captain received severe injuries and the wireless was also injured, both were admitted to hospital. As a result of this crash two aircraft were unable to take-off. One aircraft returned early owing to the Captain being sick. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen. Some heavy A.A.Fire, co-operating with searchlights was encountered, but it was ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was very clear in the target area with good visibility except for ground haze which prevented identification. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BK777 AA-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur William Burley, RAFVR 1315375/ 147201 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:31 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 03:49

13/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bochum
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft, however, were forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and very large concentrated fires were seen, together with explosions. This is considered to have been a very successful raid. Heavy predicted A.A.Fire co-operation with searchlights was encountered. Several enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. Stirling Mk.I. BK619, captained by Sgt. J.L. Mitchell was attacked by an ME110 and opened fire at 400 yards slightly below our aircraft. The mod-upper gunner fired a medium burst and the enemy aircraft was seen to burst into flames and passed beneath the Stirling. The rear gunner fired a further long burst at 300 yards and the enemy aircraft was seen to turn on its back and dive, hit the ground and explode. The weather was very clear in the target area, but visibility was impaired by slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
F/S F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:21 – Landed 04:52
Flight Time 04:31

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A.Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BF777 AA-U

P/O Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. Benjamin Brimley Wood, RAFVR 656588 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:13 – Landed 03:13
Flight Time 04:00

25/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Four aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and one failed to return. The remaining eleven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and some large explosions were also seen. Both heavy and light A.A.Fire was encountered, co-operating with searchlights, which were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. Ten tenths cloud was prevalent in the target area, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. This missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. BK602, captained by Sergeant T.W. Darton.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/L Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Vincent Helm, RNZAF NZ416113 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:48 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 03:47

11/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb.,1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to return and two returned early owing to engine trouble. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Many large fires and huge explosions were seen. Moderate and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with search lights were encountered. One aircraft was coned by searchlights, but violent evasive action eventually avoided them with difficulty. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was clear and the visibility was good except for haze caused by the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stiring Mk.III BK817 captained by Squadron Leader R.H. Laud, (“A” Flight Commander).

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/S Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Scott Phillips, RNZAF NZ416536 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
F/S B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:24
Flight Time 03:39

19/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early as it was hit by A.A. fire in the fuselage, mainplane and mid upper turret. The Flight Engineer made a really good effort to overcome the damage by hacking his way through the fuselage into the port wing to get at the petrol tank controls, which he then operated by hand. The BREUIL STEEL WORKs was very badly damaged and appeared to have the roof missing. Large fires and huge explosions were seen in the target area. An aircraft captained by P/O Sedunary, lost the outer propeller , just before bombing. He carried out his bombing successfully and returned to base. At the beginning of the attack little light and heavy A.A fire and one searchlight were encountered, but as the attack progressed the defences were thoroughly disorganised. There was no cloud in the target area and visibility was excellent, except for smoke from out flares. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/L Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
P/O Allan Mason Forbes Alexander, RNZAF NZ41712 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
Sgt. B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 00:22
Flight Time 02:07

21/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. bombs in the target area. The operation was very successful, the whole of the town was seething in flames and the smoke from the fires was rising to a height of 8,000ft. On the return the fires could be seen from the Dutch Coast. Heavy, moderate and light A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good with clear visibility except in the target area, where there was haze caused by fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/L Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
F/S B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:08 – Landed 03:31
Flight Time 03:23

25/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return and the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Owing to 10/10ths cloud it was difficult to estimate the effectiveness of the attack, although the glow of fires below the cloud, could be seen over a large area. Both moderate and heavy A.A.fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered, but were ineffective. Sergt. Burley’s aircraft sighted an unidentified aircraft from astern, the Stirling corkscrewed and the mid-upper-gunner and rear gunners opened fire. The unidentified aircraft was seen to dive to the ground and a fire and flash were seen. The aircraft was claimed to be destroyed. Some enemy aircraft were seen and three short combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. It was very cloudy in the target area and visibility was poor. Navigation was good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III BK768 captained by F/O Perrott.

Stirling Mk.III EE878 AA-P

F/L Richard Otway French, RNZAF NZ415756 – Pilot.
Sgt. F. Richardson, RAFVR 1097879 – Navigator.
F/S B. Tregonning, RAFVR 1319088 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Rupert George Moss, RAFVR 1256127/ 147773 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Bartlett, RAF 54290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moran, RAFVR 1117083 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Ernest Moss, RNZAF NZ413274 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:37 – Landed 03:24
Flight Time 03:47

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