H.A.D. Meyer crew 15.6.44

ArnieMeyer[3]

Arnie Meyer, DFC.
Image supplied by NZ Bomber Command Assn., Arnel Meyer collection.

Arnie Meyer and his crew, had formed up at No. 11 Operational Training Unit (11OTU), RAF Westcott on 11 December 1943 – they stayed together for the remainder of the war, completing 30 sorties (op’s) with 75 (NZ) Sqn and, without a break, a further tour of 25 op’s with No 7 (Path Finders Force) Squadron. All crew members were decorated.

Citation DFC (12th of December 1944):
“This officer has completed numerous sorties against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty. This citation recognizes service with both 75 and 7(PFF) Sqdns “.

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

P/O Lawrence Michael O’Connor, RNZAF NZ424505 – Pilot.
F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Robert Ronga Scott, RNZAF NZ429372 – Navigator.
F/S Walter Bernard Robinson, RNZAF NZ426059 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Whittingham, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Raven, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. Lewis, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Howell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:40

 

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:35

17/06/1944 – Attack Against Montdidier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Montdidier. All aircraft reached the target area where it was found that cloud conditions prevented accurate bombing. The master bomber accordingly gave instructions for crews to abandon their mission, all aircraft except one bringing their bombs back to Base. The exception was the aircraft captained by NZ42488 F/S. Whittington, H. who jettisoned his bombs “safe” in the Channel owing to having a combat with a F.W.190. Our pilot claimed the enemy aircraft to be possibly destroyed.

Lancaster Mk.III ND920 dnc -P

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 03:25

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:15

27/06/1944 – Attack Against Biennais
Fifteen aircraft took off to attack the constructional works supply site at Biennais. All aircraft bombed through ten-tenths cloud with the aid of markers and no opposition from the ground was encountered. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 02:50

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:18 – Landed 21:38
Flight Time 03:20

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:00 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 03:10

05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 02:10

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:25

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:15 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 03:30

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel DeanMeyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:30

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:30

22/07/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All aircraft dropped their mines successfully, and crews reported an uneventful trip.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 08:15

23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All aircraft dropped their mines successfully, and crews reported an uneventful trip.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 05:25

25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 08:05

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 08:00

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:00 – Landed 10:15
Flight Time 04:15

04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Eric Clifton Hewitt, RNZAF NZ426219 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:20 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 08:05

05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:20 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 08:05

07/08/1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 03:20

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 03:10

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 08:30

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 03:06
Flight Time 05:36

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:22 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 08:08

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:44 – Landed 01:47
Flight Time 05:03

29/08/1944 – Mining in the Gulf of Danzig
Six aircraft took off as detailed to lay mines in the Gulf of Danzig. They all dropped their mines successfully by means of navigational aids and their mission was uneventful apart from slight A.A. opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 06:15
Flight Time 09:55

03/09/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven
Ten aircraft took off as detailed to attack the airfield at Eindhoven. All were successful in bombing visually and a good concentration of bombing was achieved. A.A. opposition was slight, but accurate, and three of our aircraft suffered minor damage. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:45 – Landed 19:05
Flight Time 03:20

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 03:50

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/S Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:40 – Landed 19:25
Flight Time 03:45

10/09/1944 – Attack Against Montivilliers
Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed. All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed. No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

P/O Hoturoa Arnel Dean Meyer, RNZAF NZ416968 – Pilot.
F/O John David Mercier, RNZAF NZ428292 – Navigator.
F/O Edward Simon Snowden, RNZAF NZ427817 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Charles Witchard, RAAF AUS.424334 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Glass, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Stephen Payne, RAFVR 522154 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:19 – Landed 19:01
Flight Time 03:42