G.M.F. Moore crew 2.7.44

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND915 AA-A

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 15:55
Flight Time 03:05

05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

Lancaster Mk.I HK586? –

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:03 – Landed 01:24
Flight Time 02:21

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 HK567 AA-C

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:32 – Landed 08:02
Flight Time 03:30

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 ND753 AA-G

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:42
Flight Time 06:37

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 dnc AA-E

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:25 – Landed 13:55
Flight Time 01:30

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 ND915 AA-A

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:35

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E
Hit by flak 3 times
F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:35 – Landed 07:25
Flight Time 02:50

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA-C

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:15 – Landed 10:00
Flight Time 03:45

03/08/1944 – Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed took off to attack the Supply Dumps at L’Isle Adam, near Paris. They all attacked in clear weather and a very successful and concentrated raid was reported. There was no fighter opposition and only slight A.A. fire was met in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 15:40
Flight Time 03:50

04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:30 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 07:45

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.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 01:03
Flight Time 03:03

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 03:10

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:15 – Landed 17:45
Flight Time 03:30

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I LM544 AA-J

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:55 – Landed 17:30
Flight Time 03:35

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:14 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 08:11

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:43 – Landed 00:17
Flight Time 02:34

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.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 04:57
Flight Time 08:22

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.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:22 – Landed 01:36
Flight Time 05:14

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:28 – Landed 20:56
Flight Time 03:28

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.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:27 – Landed 09:42
Flight Time 03:15

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.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:26 – Landed 19:24
Flight Time 03:58

11/09/1944 – Attack Against Kamen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen Oil Refinery. Weather conditions were favourable and some crews were able to bomb visually, under the Master Bomber’s instructions. Clouds of black smoke rising to 15,000 ft. was reported and a very successful raid ensued. Opposition from slight but accurate heavy A.A. fire was met from the defences. No enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:02 – Landed 20:24
Flight Time 04:22

16/09/1944 – Attack Against Moerdijk
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack Moerdijk Bridge. The operation was successfully carried out in good weather. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot. F/S Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:26 – Landed 00:13
Flight Time 02:47

17/09/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
In the evening ten aircraft took off and attacked Emmerich. All of these dropped their bombs as ordered. Much accurate Light A A Fire was encountered. All aircraft returned safely to Base.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:23 – Landed 22:28
Flight Time 03:05

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

P/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
P/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:46 – Landed 17:41
Flight Time 02:55

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:38 – Landed 23:28
Flight Time 03:50

25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to carry out an early morning attack on Calais. They all reached the target and found that ten tenths cloud with 2,000 feet tops and less than 1,000 feet base obscured it. The operation, therefore, had to be abandoned.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:30 – Landed 11:36
Flight Time 03:06

27/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Fourteen aircraft attacked Calais as detailed, taking off in the morning during doubtful weather. Crews bombed visually under instructions from the Master Bomber and a good concentrated raid was carried out. Some accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

P/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:27 – Landed 10:36
Flight Time 03:09

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:17 – Landed 23:16
Flight Time 05:59

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

P/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:53 – Landed 22:47
Flight Time 05:54

07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”
HK593 listed as hit by flak once ‘H’

P/O Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 15:59
Flight Time 03:49