Grey 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 DU.845 AA-Y

F/S Grey, RAF – Pilot. Attached for Operation Millenium
Sgt. Warburton RAF   2nd Pilot.
F/S Williams, RAFVR – Observer.
F/S Neeson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Partridge, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Cannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.Ic 845 AA-

F/S Grey, RAF – Pilot. Attached for Operation Millenium
F/S Williams, RAFVR – Observer.
F/S Errol Mervyn Greaves, RNZAF NZ404063 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Partridge, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Cannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:35