J.D. Grubb crew 2.9.43

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This photograph taken at Mepal Airfield in September 1943 shows a complete New Zealand crew with the exception of myself (English).
Based on the names described on the back of this photograph, I believe this to be the Grubb crew, minus Len Wright, the Flight Engineer.
© Mepal Archive & original donating owner
http://mepal.ccan.co.uk/content/catalogue_item/75-squadron-20-mepal-airfield

27/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Good concentrated fires and heavy explosions were seen. A moderate barrage consisting of light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, and two aircraft received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was cloudy on the outward journey but clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE955 captained by F/Sgt. Higham.

Stirling Mk.III EF935 JN-K

F/O Geoffrey Turner, RCAF J.7326 – Pilot.
F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Alan Hall Cleghorn, RAFVR 1493160 – Navigator.
F/O Arthur Douglas Howlett, RNZAF NZ413335 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Malcolm Victor Bloxham, RAFVR 552574 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Smith Thomson, RAFVR 1374282 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ronald Wilks, RAFVR 1417280 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Christopher Frederick McRae, RCAF R.147326 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:45

30/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach
18 Aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All aircraft with the exception of one which failed to return, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires which were well concentrated and spreading, were seen. All crews were of the opinion that this was a good attack. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. Batger, H. sighted an enemy aircraft 600 yards away, ahead and the front gunner fired a long and short burst, the enemy aircraft then disappeared and was claimed as possibly destroyed. . The aircraft captained by F/S McGregor,K. sighted an Me110 astern, the rear gunner fired a long burst. The enemy aircraft replied and dived away with smoke pouring from its engines. It is claimed as a possible destroyed. There was 8/10ths cloud at the target approaches although it was clear in the target area. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was  Stirling MK.III EH938 captained by Sgt. Parkin, T.

Stirling Mk.III EF983 ??-?

F/S Ernest Stanley Wilkinson, RNZAF NZ417138 – Pilot.
F/O John David Grubb RNZAF NZ415068 2nd Pilot.
F/S Gordon Noel Simes, RNZAF NZ415376 – Navigator.
F/S Neil Gordon Roy Treacher, RNZAF NZ416418 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Jeffery James Waterman, RAFVR 1312274 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Timothy Whatley, RAFVR 1314153 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.S. Robson, RAFVR 1810690 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Stanley Wilkinson, RAFVR 642538 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 03:40

02/09/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb., One aircraft returned early owing to a navigational failure, and brought its mines back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, although the parachutes were not seen to open owing to 4/10th cloud. No A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. One unidentified aircraft was seen and a short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good on the outward route, but fog and patchy cloud was prevalent in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
P/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 03:45

03/09/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb.. They all successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, and some of the parachutes were seen to open. A few searchlights and A.A. guns were encountered, but were ineffective. One enemy aircraft was seen but no combat took place. There was a clear sky in the mining area and visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
P/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 06:10

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
P/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:55

08/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bouolgne
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. The carried their maximum bomb load in bombs of 1,000lb., and 500lb.. One aircraft crashed whilst taking off and two returned early. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Not many fires were seen but numerous huge explosions were observed. Some heavy and light predicted A.A. Fire and a few searchlights were encountered but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear  except for slight ground haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
P/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 02:00

22/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. Numerous fires which appeared to be merging into one large fire were seen, and were still visible as the aircraft were returning over the DUTCH Coast. Heavy A.A. fire and a great number of searchlights were encountered, but proved ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and one of our Stirlings was hit, but the attacker was not seen, damage was received to the tail and main plane, and the port petrol tanks were punctured. The aircraft, however, was safely flown back to base and a crash landing was made with three engines. It was clear over the target and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
P/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

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

23/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to carry the above operation with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was, undoubtedly, a good attack, concentrated fires which were spreading to the West, and large heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a large curtain of searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. Enemy aircraft were very active and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by W/O. P. MOSELEY had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed as a probably destroyed. In the action our aircraft received damage the Pilot W/O. P. MOSELEY and the Mid Upper Sgt. C(?) MIDDLETON were slightly injured. The aircraft captained by P/O A. BURLEY had three combats with enemy aircraft, one of which was claimed as destroyed, the two as  damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility. Navigation was excellent. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.111 EF459 captained by P/O C.C. LOGAN, EH946 captained by F/Lt. G. TURNER , and EH935 captained by F/O L. KIRKPATRICK.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
P/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:55

27/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft failed to return and one returned early owing to its rear turret being unserviceable. The remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was an exceedingly successful and well concentrated attack, considered to be even better than the previous one. Numerous large fires and columns of smoke rising to 12,000ft., were seen and the fires were again visible at the DUTCH coast. Very moderate, ineffective heavy A.A. Fire numerous searchlights and flares were encountered. Many enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F.Sgt. HORGAN, D. had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. BURTON, H., sighted a JU88 and the Rear Gunner fired, it was then seen to fall in flames and was claimed as destroyed. Two other short combats took place and one of our aircraft received slight damage. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but good with clear visibility over the target. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III, EF515 captained by Sgt. Martin, R., and EH877 captained by F/Sgt. WHITMORE, R.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
F/L William Edward McAlpine, RAFVR William Edward McAlpine

– Front Gunner (Squadron Gunnery Leader)

Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 04:50

02/10/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1,500lbs., one, however, failed to take off. The remainder successfully dropped their Mines in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. Fire, Searchlights or Enemy aircraft were encountered. The trip was uneventful except for a storm and lightening which were met on the return journey. Navigation was very good

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 08:00

03/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early as the Navigator was ill, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being seen. Moderate A.A. Fire was encountered, which was ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. This aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER, damage was received to the starboard elevator , starboard tail plane and the rear turret war partly shot away. The rear gunner Sgt. S.W. RIDDLER was lost over the target when the rear turret was damaged. It is considered that he may have baled out as the escape hatch was found to be open. The aircraft successfully landed at WING. Very few enemy aircraft were seen. It was clear at the target, but slight haze was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:45

08/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lbs., 500lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Results were rather disappointing as owing to thick cloud, it was not possible to assess damage. Very few fires were seen and only one large explosion was observed. Slight ineffective A.A, Fire was encountered. Searchlights were active but hampered by cloud. Several combats with enemy aircraft took place. The aircraft captained by F/SGT. SPIERS, R. claimed a M.E. 109 as probably destroyed and a M.E. 110 as damaged. Another M.E. 109 was claimed as damaged by the aircraft captained by P/O O. WHITE. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
F/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:20

25/10/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and parachutes were seen to open. This was an uneventful trip. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. On return, all aircraft landed at other airfields owing to adverse climatic conditions at base.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
P/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:17 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 08:23

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 EF181 JN-?

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
F/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
F/S Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 05:45

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
F/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
F/S Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 04:30