G.W. Hamlin crew 20.04.41

14/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in target area, and many fires were observed. Dummy fires were seen near the target. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and on route. Searchlights were active from the Dutch coast to target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fine, but there was some ground mist.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cadman, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:39 – Landed 00:47
Flight Time 06:08

21/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of the aircraft, JAH.124, captained by P/O Falconer, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. 500lbs. 250 lbs. and containers of incendiaries. JAH.243 bombed docks at EMDEN. Incendiaries not observed; 500lbs. bombs seen to explode in target area. Owing to front and rear turrets being unserviceable, JAH.460 returned to base. Bombs were jettisoned in sea. JAH.598 reports bombs seen to explode on docks. Incendiaries seen to cause large fires. JAH.607 reports one good fire, and three minor fires. JAH.969 dropped in vicinity of target area. JAH.996 bombed on ETA and heaviest flak concentration. Bomb bursts seen under cloud. No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out. The A.A. fire encountered was medium and inaccurate. There were few searchlights, mostly operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was 10/10 cloud over most of the journey, with severe icing conditions. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:00

23/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft failed to locate the target (WLR.245, WLR.807, WLR.948). A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs., 500lbs., 250lbs., and containers of incendiaries. WLR.319 bombed the dock area at BOULOGNE. WLR.519 reports bombs burst in target area, and fires were observed. WLR.547 reports two bombs seen to burst in dock area, 250lbs. not seen to burst. WLR.867 bombed target and saw bursts across docks. Small fires started. Explosions observed by rear gunner. WLR.398 reports that bomb bursts were not seen, owing to layer of cloud blowing across target. S.B.C’s seen to light in target area. A number of parachute flares were seen shot up on coast near Calais. A.A. fire was intense and fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous un target area. One enemy aircraft was seen. Eight tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over target area. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, and pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 21:40
Flight Time 02:40

26/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy to medium and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were intense and accurate over Holland and the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fairly good over most of the journey, but ground haze covered the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:15

01/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Cologne
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. Many fires were observed in the target. Area and DLN 881 reports seeing dummy fires North West of the target. DLN 626 reported a stick of bombs seen to burst 15 miles East of Lowestoft. Inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights were numerous. One enemy searchlight carrying fighter seen by DLN 931 at 500 yards but no attack made. 10/10ths cloud was experienced over North Sea but clear over target area. Navigation was by pin-pointing and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 04:45

03/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. UNL.218 reported decision to turn back owing to wireless not acting correctly. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and cases of incendiaries. UNL.205 reports dropped stick of bombs across target. UNL.218 bombed HAMMSTEDE AERODROME and bombs burst near flare path.
UNK.633 reports bombs hit Dock Gates North East of Main Gates. UNL.640 reports bombs burst East side of RHINE.
UNL.645 reported red glow observed through target.
UNL.633 observed 2/5 star red cartridges seen and red tracer fired N.E. of HONNINGTON. Fires were observed in target area and UNL.783 took photographs of Dusseldorf aerodrome. A fair amount of heavy and accurate flak was experienced. Many enemy fighters were observed and UNL.347 observed plane bomb FELTWELL at 1200ft. The weather experienced on this raid was fine and clear. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 05:10

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 07:15

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 04:35

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 07:00

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.
CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.
Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.
Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1458 AA-?

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 05:50

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 06:00

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1458 AA-?

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 07:30

20/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam
Two Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
FXC.450 reports burst seen and three dull red fires started.
It was observed that the black out in Rotterdam was not very good.
No A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlight activity was slight.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
The weather was good.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 03:15

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, and containers of incendiaries.
SFY.154 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
SFY.426 saw bombs burst 300 yds S.W. of target.
SFY.515 reports small fire started in target area.
SFY.626 saw bombs and incendiaries burst in target area.
Target was not located by SFY.699,
Results were not observed by SFY.872
S/L Widdowson returned to base on account of the Wireless Operator being ill. Three 500lbs. were jettisoned in sea. P/O Curry failed to locate target.
F/Lt. Fletcher attacked target area and fires were started.
Two large fires were observed in target area.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate.
Searchlights were numerous and working in cones.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 03:45

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:20

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 06:20

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:25

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R,3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Jenkins, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 07:40

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:54 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:26

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 04:40

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:05 – Landed 19:20
Flight Time 12:15

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 05:50

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:10

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:40

30/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129, jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen. No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire encountered, and searchlights were active and working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by HE.111 from 50yds astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, Q.D.N, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisteton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:30

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A. fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisteton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:15

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber centre of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:35

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:30

10/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
The target was bombed by JDS.276
JDS.629 reports bombs were seen to burst in what was believed to be the Southern part of Cologne.
JDS.723 dropped bombs near fire in town of Bonn. Incendiaries started a good fire.
JDS.727 reports bombs dropped in target area and bursts seen in estimated position of aiming point.
JDS.871 saw bombs burst in target area.
JDS.972 reports firs were seen to start after bombing.
P/O. Scott reports that small fires were started in small town south of Cologne.
P/O. Hamlin reports that a fire was started in target area.
SGT. Brecon bombed target area.
P/O Hobbs saw bombs burst near a small red fire in the centre of a heavy flak concentration.
A number of dummy fires were observed on route.
A.A. fire was slight.
Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attack made.
The weather was fine but there was haze over route and in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

P/O Graham Wellesley Hamlin, RNZAF NZ40227 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric Vincent Keiran Higgins, RAAF AUS.400277 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time