G.L. Kennedy crew 9.7.44

09/07/1944 – Attack Against Linzeux
The twenty five aircraft detailed on the previous day took off to attack the constructional works site at Linzeux in daylight. All aircraft bombed through cloud, using navigational aids. A.A. fire opposition was reported as slight, although one aircraft suffered considerable damage when over the target. There was no opposition from enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:00 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 03:15

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:28 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 03:17

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 03:50

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the marshalling yard at Chalons Sur Marne. All aircraft bombed the target and a good attack was reported, most crews being able to identify the marshalling yard visually. There was no A.A. fire opposition, but two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:02 – Landed 04:07
Flight Time 06:05

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:35

23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Kiel, and all successfully bombed the target. A concentrated raid was reported and the glow of fires could be seen from the Danish west coast on return. A moderate A.A. barrage was met and two aircraft had combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:15

24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 07:15

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 07:25

05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:15 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 08:05

07/08/1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 02:55

09/08/1944 – Attack Against Fort D’Anglos
Seventeen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Army Fuel Depot at Fort D’Anglos. All were successful in bombing with the aid of markers. The raid appeared to be scattered but there was indication of a large conflagration. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Arthur Severn King, RAFVR 1323677/ 183954) – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 02:35

12/08/1944 – Attack Against Brunswick
Six aircraft set out to attack Brunswick and bombed by means of navigational aids as 10/10ths. cloud obscured the target. Red glows were seen through the clouds and it is considered that the raid was quite satisfactory. A.A. fire was moderate and no enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:40

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:44
Flight Time 08:04

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:13 – Landed 01:58
Flight Time 05:45

31/08/1944 – Attack Against Pont Reny
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Flying Bomb Supply Dump at Pont Reny. All were successful in bombing the target, although cloud obscured it to some extent, which caused part of the bombing to be scattered. No enemy fighters were encountered and A.A. opposition was slight, but one aircraft (Captain NZ421488 .F/O. J. Aitken) was damaged and the Air Bomber, NZ429967 .F/O. R. Mayhill received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:25 – Landed 19:25
Flight Time 03:00

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:00 – Landed 19:50
Flight Time 03:50

08/09/1944 – Attack Against Doudenville
Twenty three aircraft took off at dawn to attack enemy defence positions at Doudeneville on the outskirts of Le Havre. Weather conditions were very unfavourable over the target and crews had great difficulty in seeing the markers. Only ten dropped their bombs before the Master Bomber gave instructions to abandon the mission. The remaining thirteen aircraft brought their bombs back to base. Considerable light A.A. fire and machine gun fire was encountered in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:25 – Landed 09:20
Flight Time 02:55

10/09/1944 – Attack Against Montivilliers
Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed. All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed. No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:16 – Landed 19:14
Flight Time 03:58

12/09/1944 – Attack Against Frankfurt
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart, but during the day the target was changed to Frankfurt. Two aircraft failed to take off for this operation and of the twenty that took off the majority were able to identify the target, by the river and several made out the railway yards. Fighters were fairly active and one aircraft claimed to have destroyed an enemy aircraft, the captain was AUS421308 .F/O. J. Bateman. Another aircraft had an inconclusive encounter. All aircraft returned to base and reported a good and accurate raid.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:39 – Landed 01:12
Flight Time 06:33

17/09/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
In the morning fourteen aircraft took off to attack Boulogne. Crews were able to identify landmarks and bombing was accurate, although much smoke hid results. The aircraft captained by NZ411397 A/S/L. G. Gunn was severely damaged by light flak, but he managed to fly back across the Channel even though both starboard engines were feathered. On landing at Hawkinge, however, the aircraft overshot the small runway and crashed. The Captain received injuries and was placed on the Dangerously Ill List, the Navigator 153453 F/O F. Smith was slightly injured, the Air Bomber NZ428249 F/O A Millar was placed on the Seriously Ill List, the Flight Engineer 1566967 Sgt Bruce, J was killed, but the remainder of the crew were uninjured, they were WO/AIR 47714 F/L W Naismith, MU/Gnr NZ411708 F/O C. Robertson and R/Gnr NZ402519 F/O S. Haynes. All of those injured were admitted to Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury and the body of Sgt Bruce was sent to his next of kin for burial.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/L Gordon Lindsay Kennedy, RNZAF NZ411411 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:06 – Landed 13:06
Flight Time 03:00