Giddens crew 26.11.41

03/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk
Three Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target area and docks were bombed and fires started.
The weather forecast was favourable, with a slight haze along the French coast. A.A. fire was fairly intense to the south of the target, with searchlights co-operating.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 02:40

10/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z8969, captained by Sgt Kurlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X9825, captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne, as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes later. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode in the city area. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 feet, to 4,000 feet. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of target. Visibility was good, with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 18:05

12/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington IC X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 08:00

13/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP and SBC’s of 4 lb incendiaries. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced North and West of the target area, both light and heavy. Target was bombed and fires were observed on leaving. Many large cones of Searchlights were active West and North of the target. Enemy aircraft were seen on the return flight over the Dutch coast but no attacks were made on our aircraft. An unidentified aircraft followed Sgt Taylor and crew in X9977 for about 40 minutes. No attacks were initiated. The aircraft was using a hand lamp for signalling. The weather was 10/10 cloud over target area, with haze. Navigation was by Lorenz, QDM’s, Astro Fix and DR.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975! AA-U

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 05:50

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:45

20/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above target. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Parnham, crash landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed North and North West of target following river at Oldenburgh. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburgh. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was poor, with low cloud and thick ground haze over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 07:00

22/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim
*Six Wellington aircraft from 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. Owing to the weather conditions operations were marred, but a fire was bombed in a town on the Rhine, probably Mannheim and bomb bursts seen. There was slight A.A. activity and searchlights were ineffective where seen. Electrical storms, thunder cloud and snow storms were met throughout operations. Navigation was good. D.R. and special beam No.6 used. Icing (black) was experienced over Continent. Unable to see through windscreens owing to accumulated snow, from Belgian coast onwards. Severe weather conditions made accuracy impossible. One of these aircraft, X.9914, captained by Sgt. Taylor, failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:40

01/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington Ic Aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. The whole Operation was marred by bad weather there being 10/10th. Cloud throughout the trip and no results were observed. Bomb load consisting of 1000lbs, 50lbs, 250lbs and incendiaries was dropped on un-identified town, and on area to the West of the target. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75m.m. tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One M.E. 110 enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. Navigation was good, Astro and D.R. loop being used. A convoy fifteen miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. There was a surprising lack of enemy fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1093 AA-M

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 06:30

04/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Nine Wellington IC aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Heavy cloud was experienced throughout the whole trip and although bombs were dropped in target area no results were observed. Accurate Heavy Flak was met over the target area and searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was very poor with 10/10th cloud which completely marred the whole operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:55 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 05:20

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud over target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 08:10

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enemy aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 05:00

26/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend
Seventeen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000,lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs. 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs were however dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10th cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was D.R. and Q.D. M.s. One of these aircraft, Z.1114, captained by Sgt. Evans, returned to base with engine trouble.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1144 AA-?
Abandoned 23.15, low on fuel and with engines misfiring, 10 miles N of Wrangle, a village on the Lincolnshire coast 8 miles NE of Boston

Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Tursott, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Navigator.
Sgt. O’Grady, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Rains, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 04:45

17/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre
Seven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in the target area but results were not observed. Light and heavy flak was encountered and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to low cloud. Visibility was fair but 10/10 cloud over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.1083, captained by Sgt. Climie, landed at Exeter on return to get medical aid to P/O Gunning who was injured whilst the aircraft was over target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Rattray, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Navigator.
Sgt. O’Grady, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Rains, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 06:00