Geale crew 30.05.42

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7785 AA-?

F/S Geale, RAF – Pilot. Attached for Operation Millennium
Sgt. Sebela, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
S/L Potter, RAF – Observer.
F/L William Joseph Winter, RAFVR 78759 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Smith, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Ronald John Andrews, RAFVR 105186 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:51 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:54