G.F. Cleminson crew 5.3.45

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:58 – Landed 14:30
Flight Time 04:32

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 AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn.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 HK593 dnc JN-X
A/C returned early owing to engine trouble

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
P/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:33 – Landed 11:38
Flight Time 01:05

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 NG322 JN-F

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:44 – Landed 14:25
Flight Time 05:41

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.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 17:21
Flight Time 05:21

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
P/O R. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:30 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 05:35

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

P/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:32 – Landed 02:23
Flight Time 05:51

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:19 – Landed 02:46
Flight Time 08:27

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 HK593 JN-X

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/S Herbert Winn, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 1626025.

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 15:21
Flight Time 04:54

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) 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 PB663 JN-Z

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:28 – Landed 20:39
Flight Time 05:11

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 HK593 JN-X

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
– -, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:15 – Landed 13:36
Flight Time 02:21

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
CPL Robinson, RAFVR – Passenger.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
CPL Robinson , Passenger RAF.

Take Off 12:26 – Landed 14:59
Flight Time 02:33

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:38 – Landed 17:11
Flight Time 06:33

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O
Developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt and had to reurn the following day
F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:34 – Landed 15:52
Flight Time 07:18

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.I NF981 JN-D

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 18:03
Flight Time 06:23

08/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Gordon Foster Cleminson, RAFVR 1607262/ 164632 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Dyson, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Leslie William Uden, RNZAF NZ425442 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Kinghorn, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S A. Whitehouse, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. P. Glazier, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Garner, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Sgt Marfleet, Passenger RAF.

Take Off 09:36 – Landed 15:12
Flight Time 05:36