G.H. Jacobson crew 03.09.42 †

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:44
Flight Time 05:09

02/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Karlsruhe
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen on the target, concentrated mainly in centre of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were few. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe was attacked by a JU88, the front gunner fired a burst at very short range, the enemy aircraft then broke off the attack, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was clear over the target, navigation was very good by T.R. and D.R. A large fire suspected to be a dummy, was seen 30 to 40 miles West of Target.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RAFVR NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 00:25

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Stanley Wilkinson, RAFVR 642538 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 05:10

14/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area. A few fires were seen. Light and heavy predicted accurate A.A. fire was encountered, searchlights were in small groups, widely dispersed. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear over target with moderate ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Wright, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 04:45

03/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Emden
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb. Were dropped in target area by two aircraft. Two failing to reach the target. A.A. fire was slight, searchlights were few. The weather was bad, being heavy cloud all the way to target and 10/10ths cloud over target. Navigation was good. Wellington X.3396 captained by Sergt. Law and Wellington X.3794 captained by Sergt. Hunting, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn, RCAF R.79353 – Observer.
P/O Eric Francis Downes, RNZAF NZ412871 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams, RNZAF 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice, RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:00

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt. Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.725 AA-H

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn, RCAF R.79353 – Observer.
P/O Eric Francis Downes, RNZAF NZ412871 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams, RNZAF 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice, RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 06:15
Flight Time 04:45

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 dnc AA-F

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn, RCAF R.79353 – Observer.
P/O Eric Francis Downes, RNZAF NZ412871 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams, RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice, RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 02:55

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.898 AA-?

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Observer.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall, RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock, RAFVR 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

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

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III X.3747 AA-?

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Allison McConnell, RNZAF NZ414646 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Selwyn Clarence Smith, RNZAF NZ41952 – Observer.
Sgt. Douglas Noel Tonkin , RNZAF NZ413285 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Quinn, RCAF 1095594 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Vallance Albert Oliver Dimock , RNZAF NZ412317 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 06:20

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3747 AA-?

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ventry Watters, RNZAF NZ413522 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lewis Harry Parkinson, RNZAF NZ412518 – Observer.
Sgt. Ellison George Firth, RNZAF NZ412218 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Albert Cyril Orr, RNZAF 1145143 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Edward Goldsack, RAFVR 1250808 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:40

15/10/1942 – Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt David Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. James Leonard Richards, RCAF NZ404946 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:50

22/10/1942 – Operations. Daylight Attack on Targets At Essen
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500lb. 250lb. And 30lb. Incendiaries. The bombs were successfully dropped in the target area from a low altitude. One of the aircraft claimed successful hits on a railroad station. No. A.A. fire was encountered and no enemy aircraft were seen. The cloud cover was good having a ceiling of 700ft. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt David Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Farley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 04:10

23/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Genoa
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000 lb. 500lb. and 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, some aircraft claimed to have also bombed Savona. A few light A.A guns and one or two searchlights were encountered. No combats took place. The cloud base at target was down to 3 to 4,000 feet. The aircraft came below this cloud to bomb. Navigation was good by D.R., T.R., loops and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt David Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Turley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 09:10

16/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. vegetables. The take-off was rather cross wind and unfortunately during take-off the wind backed severely so that the flare path was dead cross wind. Three aircraft swung violently on take-off. Then Sergeant Franklin tried to take-off in Stirling I, R9245, it swung as violently as the other aircraft, but went on, straightened and got airborne, only to crash a mile away from the aerodrome. Two mines exploded and all of the crew were killed. It later transpired that the starboard under carriage carried away the oil tank to the starboard inner engine and this is presumed to have seized, causing the aircraft to spin into the ground. No other aircraft took off after this. The three aircraft who successfully took off all planted their vegetables in the allotted area. Some light tracer and a few searchlights were encountered, no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was variable with heavy rain and hail storms over the garden area, but clear generally. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF.460 AA-O

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time

17/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000lb. This was to be a low level flight all the way climbing to 5,000feet to bomb. Four out of the five aircraft unfortunately failed to return. They were the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander V. Mitchell, D.F.C., captain of Stirling I BF396 who took W/O Bagnall and crew who had only arrived a few days previously. Stirling I,BF400 captained by F/O Jacobson, Stirling 1, BK620 captained by P/O R.E. Williams, and Stirling I, R9247 captained by F/Sgt. Rousseau. The one aircraft to return was captained by P/O McCullough who could not find the target owing to rain and bad visibility, and bombed an alternative. This was an aerodrome, the bombs were seen to explode on the flare path and hangars. A.A. fore was fairly heavy and a few searchlights were seen. The aircraft was twice attacked by fighters but they were driven off on each occasion, on return the aircraft was found to have four holes believed due to combat with one of the fighters. The weather was clear to the target but developed to rain and 7/10th cloud on return. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF.460 AA-G

F/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt Walter Duncan McAlpine, RNZAF NZ403551 – Navigator.
Sgt. Eric Lumley Durham Ashwin, RNZAF NZ41563 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Wallace Frederick Stokes, RNZAF NZ412362 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L.A. Hoff, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Charles Lucas, RCAF 1312083 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William George Henry White, RNZAF NZ41717 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time missing

Stirling Mk.I BF.460 AA-G was shot down over Germany, crashing at Ankum, 20 miles North North West of Osnabruck. This was very near the point where Rousseau crew  crashed on the same night. None of the crew survived. They were initially buried at Ankum but later reinterred at the Rheinberg Cemetery, near Wessel.

F/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of William Edward Moxhay Jacobson and Florence Alsager Jacobson, of Akaroa, Canterbury, New Zealand; Husband of D. I. Jacobson, of Dover, England.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. A. 17.

P/O Walter Duncan Mcalpine, RNZAF NZ403551 – Navigator.
Killed age 30.
Son of Walter Kenneth and Gwendolen Marion Mcalpine, of Waipara, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Joint grave 17. A. 18-19.

Sgt. Eric Lumley Durham Ashwin, RNZAF NZ41563 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 22.
Son of Lumley F. Ashwin and Winifred F. Ashwin, of Awaroa Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. A. 14.

Sgt. Wallace Frederick Stokes, RNZAF NZ412326 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 27.
Son of Arthur S. Stokes and Lillian A. M. Stokes, of Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Joint grave 17. A. 18-19.

Sgt. Leonard Arthur Roff, RAF 547371 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 28.
Son of Albert and Susannah Ellen Roff, of Southend-On-Sea, Essex; Husband of Kathleen Rose Roff.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. A. 15.
‘A beautiful memory
Of a smiling face.
A broken link
We can never replace’

Sgt. Charles Lucas, RAFVR 1312083 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. A. 16.

Sgt. William George Henry White, RNZAF NZ41717 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 27.
Son of William White and of Sarah Elizabeth White (Nee Nolan), of Kutarere, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. A. 13.