D.S. Gibb crew 18.11.43

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active.Mant enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:55 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 05:55

26/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/O James Michael Dermody, RNZAF NZ40933 – Navigator.
F/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric David Whybray, RAFVR 572395, 52513 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Bryce Campbell, RCAF R.17643/ J. 86746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 04:15

 

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/S Harold Henry Bruhns, RNZAF NZ42367 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O John Wallace Downing, RAFVR 136351 – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Eric David Whybray, RAFVR 572395/ 52513 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Bryce Campbell, RCAF R.176432/ J. 86746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 03:45

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator. (service number incorrect).
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Eric David Whybray, RAFVR 572395/ 52513 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Bryce Campbell, RCAF R.176432/ J. 86746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 03:35

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator. service number incorrect).
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Eric David Whybray, RAFVR 572395/ 52513 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Bryce Campbell, RCAF R.176432/ J. 86746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 06:20

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Stanley Hadfield, RNZAF NZ426239 – Navigator.
W/O Murray Donald Donovan, RCAF R.99243/ J.90716 – Air Bomber.
P/O Stanley William Galloway, RAFVR 148919 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Eric David Whybray, RAFVR 572395/ 52513 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Bryce Campbell, RCAF R.176432/ J. 86746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Alfred Proctor, RAFVR 845266/ 159096 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 05:55