G.E. Murdoch crew 30.05.42 †

26/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, were dropped in the target area. Accurate, intense flak was encountered, searchlights were ineffective. One single engined aircraft was seen near Le Havre but no attack was made. Weather was fair with haze over target. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3661 AA-Q

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wilfred George Reay RNZAF NZ405455 F/O Norman Harrison RAFVR 759028/ 116554,   – Observer.
P/O Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778/ 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Morrie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S White, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 04:25

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

W/C Reginald Sawrey-Cookson, RAFVR 39574 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Barnett, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Rear Gunner.

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

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

S/L Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. William Hamilton Harris, RNZAF NZ402058 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Donald Percival Stock, RAFVR 1157823 – Front Gunner.
P/O Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 07:10

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 05:50

09/04/1942 – Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen
Three Well.III aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target but mission was not carried out. Two a/c returned to base with bombs and Well.III, X3270, captained by P/O. Fisher dropped its bomb on Geldern. Reason for return of a/c was a break in cloud cover which necessitated turning back. No enemy a/c were seen and there were only isolated bursts of A.A. fire. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-J

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 14:45
Flight Time 02:00

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 05:40

14/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. There was very little flak and searchlights were few although there were some cones over the target. Two fighters were seen but they did not attack. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by DR, TR and loops was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:10

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 DNC! AA-J

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 02:50

17/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. Well.III, X.3636 jettisoned its bombs when in searchlight beams. There was intense heavy flak co-operating with searchlights which were numerous. Weather was clear and there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was good by TR, loops and DR.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/O Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 05:31

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:00

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:34 – Landed 05:34
Flight Time 07:00

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 07:15

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out ther task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
F/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:40

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic DU.884 AA-?

P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RAFVR NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAFVR 617843 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:45

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III DV.884 AA-?

P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RAFVR NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAFVR 617843 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:15

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.Ic 845 AA-

P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RNZAF NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAFVR 617843 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:25

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.- – AA-

P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RNZAF NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAFVR 617843 – Rear Gunner.

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

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1573 AA-T

P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RNZAF NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAFVR 617843 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:45

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1573 AA-T

P/O Graham Edward ‘Stinker’ Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RNZAF NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAFVR 617843 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off  – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Wellington Mk.III Z.1573 AA-T was shot down, possibly by a night fighter over the Netherlands. It crashed into the Krabbenkreek between St. Philipsland and the Anna Jacobapolder (Zeeland), 20km North West of Bergen-op-Zoom.

P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – Pilot.
Killed age 26.
Son of Arthur Opua Murdoch and of Louisa Murdoch (Nee Strickland), of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 20. A. 7.

Sgt. Albert William O’Dowd, RNZAF NZ41544 – Observer.
Killed age 25.
Son of William Charles and Florence Louise O’Dowd, of Romford, Essex.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 14. C. 6.

Sgt. Leon Gaston Knight, RNZAF NZ405494 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Francis and Juanita Dallinghoe Knight, of Mount Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 117.

P/O Robert Weston, RAFVR 111532 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 34.
Son of Harold and Gertrude Weston; Husband of May Weston, of Maidstone, Kent.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 20. A. 9.
‘To live in the hearts
Of those we love Is not to die’

Sgt. John Lewis Morris, RAF 617843 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Evan Henry and Maggie May Morris, of Whittington, Shropshire.
Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.
Grave location – 14. C. 9.
‘In memory
We will always keep you
As long as the years roll on
O valiant one’