H.D. Newman crew 06.12.40 P.o.W.

18/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on targets M.480, Z.40, and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft took part in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. G.P. bombs, fused N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by CB.142.
CB.130 reports that owing to cloud results were unobserved, but a large fire was seen to be started in vicinity of target.
CB.132 and CB.142 report that results were not observed.
CB.138 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick. Bursts were observed to straddle outer harbour and one fire was started on quay followed by two reddish glows in harbour area.
CB.139 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick from the South West diagonally across the outer dock area. Owing to intense barrage of flak and searchlights, results were not observed. The attack was made from slightly under 7000 feet.
CB.140 dropped one stick from East to West. Bursts were observed on central jetty. Two fires observed when leaving target, one of which exploded with yellow glow about eight times at irregular intervals.
CB141 reports that three searchlights were extinguished by 500lbs. N.D.T. bomb. Results of 250 lbs. and incendiaries not observed.
CB.143 reports that target was bombed from 9000 feet. Bursts were observed on the northern end of target and immediately fires started, to be followed by several large explosions, one of which was of particular brilliance throwing much lighted debris into the air. Fires were still burning on leaving target.
CB.144 reports that all bombs burst on and around marshalling yards. Fires still burning after three quarters of an hour.
Several large ships observed both inside and outside harbour. Barges seen in main basins. Aerodrome with flare path and obstruction lights was seen near LIEGE and three aircraft seen in neighbourhood with navigation lights on. Two flashing beacons on point S.E. of target and near mouth of inlet at LE HAVRE.
Fairly heavy A.A. Fire was experienced in all target areas.
Searchlights were active as usual.
CB.139 reports one enemy aircraft flying over LE HAVRE. It was burning navigation lights and fired a 4-star white cartridge. Three heavy type seen in vicinity of flare-path near LIEGE by CB.143, while CB.144 reports one unidentified enemy aircraft with navigation lights on.
Cloud varying from 3/10 to 10/10 was experienced on journey to and from the target. Weather very good in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, homing bearings and W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.141

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 07:35

20/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory
Nine Wellington aircraft wee detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 250lbs. bombs and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.157 reports that a large fire was started in docks standing alongside No. 1 basin (with lockgate) and seen to burn for 50 minutes, and grow to size of a hangar. Lockgates were hit with a stick of 10 – 250lbs. bombs.
CB.158 reports that all bombs were dropped in one stick bursting down dock area between the two basins. One large fire started. Still burning 20 minutes later.
CB.159 reports that one stick laid across docks observed to make direct hits. Fires and explosions followed which could be seen on second climb. One stick five N.D.T. and one S.B.C. laid longitudinal across 15/20,000 tone vessel. First bomb 40-50yds astern, remainder either direct hits or very near misses.
CB.160 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick across harbour entrance. Large fires observed on N.E. side of harbour mouth started by incendiaries.
CB.162 reports eight bombs burst in target area though no fires started. A large fire was started in the deck area but was apparently caused by a machine bombing at exactly the same time.
CB.164 dropped one stick of six 250lbs bombs on N.W. heading which was seen to burst in vicinity of tidal basin. One stick of five 250lbs bombs and one S.B.C. dropped on S.E. heading was seen to burst on jetty of fish harbour. Incendiary fires observed to seaward side of fort on north side of harbour entrance.
CB.165 dropped first stick in Nos. 1 and 2 basins heading 180° approximately. A second stick and one S.B.C. was dropped in No.3 Basin heading 045° approximately.
One stick and S.B.C was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbour wharves. Bombs exploded, but no fires observed.
Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area. CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB159 signalling in morse short distances from Belgium coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mid-channel. Parachute flare dropped and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB160.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made. Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk. T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. CB.160

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 00:01
Flight Time 02:46

23/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Berlin, Le Havre and Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out attacks against the targets above. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.167 reports four fires started on dock area. Minor explosions were seen on leaving.
One stick and S.B.C. was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbour wharves. Bobs exploded, but no fires observed.
Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area.
CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB.159 signalling in morse short distance from Belgian coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mod-channel. Parachute flare dropped, and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB.160.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made.
Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack was made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over the North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.186

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 00:00

26/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs bombs, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
CB.186 dropped bombs in one stick across west end of docks, but results were unobserved.
CB.197 observed bomb bursts in dock area, but these could not be pin pointed.
CB.198 failed to locate target but attacked LUCIEUX AERODROME where four hits were scored. No fires observed.
CB.199 dropped bombs in one stick from 10,000 foot heading 125°. All bombs were observed to burst.
CB.201 reports that no results were observed owing to intense searchlights over target.
CB.202 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and large fire started on N.N. side of basin which exploded at irregular intervals.

The two remaining machines, captained by P/O Gilmour and P/O Denton respectively, located the target. Bombs were dropped but owing to bad visibility and searchlights bursts were not observed by the first aircraft. Bombs dropped by the second aircraft were observed to burst.
Several fires seen in various parts of target areas. Rotating beacon at three second intervals on southern shore of Seine estuary, due South of LE HAVRE.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, not very accurate, experienced in all parts of the target areas.
Seven enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Seven-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole of the journey.
Navigation was by D/R, WT, N.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.186 CC.24

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,  – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:40

29/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft, CB.213 failed to return to base, having crashed in Devon through lack of Petrol. One member of the crew, P/O. Jelley the rear gunner, was killed, but the other members all parachuted to safety. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. bombs, 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.213 reports that target was located and bombs dropped.
No results were observed by CB.214, except for small fire started north of target.
CB.216 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud and difficulty in pinpointing. Heavy bombs dropped on DELMENHOERST AERODROME, hits believed, and incendiaries dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME where a few small fires were started.
CB.217 dropped though cloud – on target, but results were unobserved.
Owing to ten-tenths cloud, CB.215 failed to locate the target, but bombs were dropped at NORDHERN AERODROME. Bursts seen slight short.
CB.218 dropped bombs from 10,000 on first run, bursts being observed. A second was made and the remaining bombs dropped.
Target was not located by CB.219 owing to 9/10 cloud. Bombs dropped at MADGEBURG and bursts observed.
CB.223 dropped a stick of 8-250lbs. bombs along railway marshalling yards at MANNHEIM. Bursts observed on permanent way in woods S.E. of MANNHEIM.
CB.224 failed to locate original target and bombs were dropped in one stick on marshalling yards at KOBLEMZ. Results unobserved.
CB.225 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts seen on railway line. Several small explosions and one large fire seen for 30 miles after leaving target.
One aircraft seen, by CB.214, shot down over EILENBURG. Dummy aerodrome seen about four miles East of DELMENHOERST. Circle of white lights about a mile in diameter, with sharply defined red arrows in centre pointing S.W. in position 52*N. 0.8.43E.
Heavy A.A. fire in all parts of target areas.
Searchlights were very active and accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen at various parts of target areas.
Five-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole.
Navigation was by D/R, and W/T bearings

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.224 M.480

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 10:05

02/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69
Ten Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs delayed action, containers of 4lbs. Incendiaries, while CB.236 carried one flash bomb.
CB.226 failed to locate target and bombs were brought back as no military target could be located.
CB.227 reports that bombs were dropped in a single stick across ZWISCHEICHEUR AERODROME. Small fires started by incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CB.232 owing to nine tenths cloud.
CB.234 reports that target was not attacked owing to 10/10 cloud extending over route half way over North Sea to target area.
Owing to very low cloud, no definite results were seen by CB.235. Large flashes were seen reflected on clouds which kept going for about 20 mins.
No results were observed by CB.236.
CB.237 reports that bombs were observed to burst short of target by 400 yards.
CB.238 reports that a stick of bombs were dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME. First bombs seen to burst short, but remainder on aerodrome.
CB.239 dropped one stick of bombs on red obstruction lights at Aerodrome at WESSEL. Results not observed owing to cloud, but there was a glow against the clouds resembling a fire.
Bomb bursts were observed by CB.240
Large fire seen in vicinity of AMSTERDAM. Flak ships observed off Dutch coast for 20 miles.
Heavy and light A.A. fire, fairly accurate, experienced in all target areas.
Slight searchlight activity but ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was very poor; heavy cloud over whole of journey.
Navigation was mainly D/R, with Astro in one instance.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.227 Soest (Zwischeicheur Aerodrome attacked as secondary)

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 10:45

10/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
CB.278 reports that large fires started after bombs burst. Location was impossible because of thick haze and searchlights.
CB.283 dropped one stick from East to West across target. A number of large fires started, in the middle of which a large explosion was observed.
CB.284 reports that all bombs and incendiaries were seen to burst in target area. Two small fires left burning.
CB.285 reports bombs dropped on heading 120* in one stick. Bursts observed but unable to determine accuracy owing to searchlight dazzle.
CB.286 dropped one stick North to South. Bombs seen to burst on buildings. One bomb overshot landed in Rhine. Brilliant blue flashes observed. Small fires seen from incendiaries.
CB.288 reports that first two bombs caused two large orange flashes; nest four causes vivid blue flashes. Thought to be direct hits on power station.
CB.289 reports that all bombs fell in northern end of works on large building. Four fires started which eventually joined up into one large one.
CB.290 reports bomb burst in target area, with vivid green explosions. Incendiaries hung up so were dropped on large railway sidings near RHINEBURG. Twelve fires burning when aircraft was 50 miles away.
CB.291 reports bombs dropped in one stick from 12,000 feet. Results unobserved.
CB.294 reports that bombs fell short on docks. Explosions followed bomb bursts, fires started, burnt out after few minutes.
Flarepath, believed ENDHOVEN, observed in position 15° 20′ N, 04° 05* E. Dummy factory seen on Northern bend of river near DUSSELDORF.
Intense heavy anti-aircraft fire was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were active and fairly accurate.
CB.288 encountered and engaged one enemy aircraft which was seen to crash and burn three miles N.W. of STEENBERGEN.
Weather was fine. Cloud was experienced in some parts of route to and from target.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7857 AA-C
Raid No. CB.291 A.71 (Marshalling yards at Wessel attacked as secondary target)

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

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

28/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., delayed action; and S.A.P. delayed action, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.402 dropped one stick of bombs on target which overshot into shipbuilding yards on South Eastern side of river. Bursts observed and fires from incendiaries, also one fire from one of bomb bursts.
CB.403 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Two bombs landed in water, also incendiary. One bomb believed to have hit floating dock of GNEISENAU. One bomb hit docks South of GNEISENAU.
CB.404 reports that results were not observed due to A.A. and searchlight activity, hazy conditions.
CB.405 dropped bombs in one stick. Three explosions observed on leaving target, also small fires. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WILHELMSHAVEN Aerodrome. Results unobserved.
CB.415 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud and gun flashes.
Bombs were seen by CB.416 to burst on target. One large explosion and a fire started.
CB.420 reports bomb flashes in middle of dock at ANTWERP.
CB421 dropped three 250lbs. N.D.T. on fire in neighbourhood of target, but results unobserved.
CB.422 reports that end of stick fell on aerodrome. Two fires started south of target.
CB.432 reports that primary target was obscured by heavy cloud. Attack was made on Z.110 at GHENT. Bombs observed to burst, and incendiaries started fires on west side of the aerodrome.
Three white flashing beacons observed near HAAMSEDE. Fires observed probably ANTWERP and OSTEND. White beacon flashing “M” at GILZENKIRCHEN target.
A medium amount of heavy flak was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Nine enemy aircraft were seen West of ANTWERP. Weather was clear over target areas. Cloud over North Sea and Dutch Coast.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. CB.405 Wilhelmshaven

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Mylod,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 05:20

08/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Delayed action, 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
RCP.164 dropped bombs in one stick from West to East and bursts observed in eastern sector of town and on marshalling yards. Fires were started by incendiaries on Western boundary of town and on Eastern boundary of marshalling yards.
RCP.189 dropped bombs on target from 11,000 feet. Fires observed from incendiaries and small explosions resulted.
RCP.336 dropped one stick from East to West on Marshalling Yard, resulting in a row of large fires from which sixteen explosions of different colours were observed burning for 60 miles after leaving target.
RCP.415 reports fires and explosions in target area.
RCP.435 reports that high explosives and incendiaries were seen to burst on aerodrome. Incendiaries started two medium fires which burnt with red flames.
RCP.545 reports fires and explosions in target. Fires also observed from previous attack.
S/Ldr, Bain reports direct hits on track and sheds. Extensive fires and continuous explosions seen after leaving target, visible for 30 mins on return journey. Attacked form 3000 feet.
P/O Hankins released bombs in one stick on Eastern end of target. Bursts observed in target area and fires started by incendiaries. Still burning after leaving target.
Two illuminated flarepaths observed in vicinity of BRUGES AERODROME. Dimly illuminated flarepath observed two miles S.S.E. MANNHEIM. Convoy sighted off East Coast steaming North East, position 52° 10N, 01°50E. Challenged and fired at immediately. Firing ceased on showing colour of period.
Intense medium and heavy A.A. fire on route between MANNHEIM and MUNICH. Very intense medium flak with heavy flak at MUNICH.
Searchlights were fairly numerous and accurate in all areas.
A few enemy aircraft were seen in various parts of route. Weather was good, apart from haze over English Coast on return.
Navigation was by D/R map reading, Astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2550 AA-L
Raid No. RCP.189 M.487

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
F/O Palmer, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 08:05

11/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71.
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the targets above. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
TRM.113 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud, but an attack was made on aerodrome at FLUSHING. Bombs seen to burst between flarepath and eastern boundary, but owing to high winds, incendiaries undershot aerodrome.
TRM.364 reports that no bombs were seen to burst.
TRM.372 reports bombs were seen to explode in target area. Fires and explosions started.
TRM.385 failed to attack primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Target attacked believed to have been marshalling yards at MUNSTER. A long fire was started beside one which was already burning.
TRM.394 dropped one stick from 13,000 feet. Actual target not identified. Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
P/O. Morton reports bombs dropped in target area, one 500lbs. N.D.T., 1 S.B.C. Remainder hung up. Fifteen explosions observed from incendiaries for 20 mins after bombing. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WESEL AERODROME. Explosion but no results observed.
P/O Humphreys reports operations abandoned at Dutch Coast owing to rear guns being unserviceable.
Sgt. Jones reports bombs seen to burst, causing large fire. Two explosions seen on leaving; white flames.
Three rows of red lights forming N.W. & S. side of a square seen flashing on occasionally, attended by an intermittent vertical searchlight beam – four miles N.E. HAGUE. Red , changing to green, beacon north of IJMUIDEN on coast.
There was very little A.A. fire except at MUNSTER where intense and accurate heavy flak was experienced.
Moderate searchlight activity in all parts of target areas.
TRM.385 reports that one M.E. dived on him, but did not open fire.
Heavy cloud was experienced in parts of target areas, with severe electrical storms and icing.
Navigation was by D/R, HF/DF, W/T, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. TRM.137 A.70

P/O John Edward Stewart Morton, RAF 36245 – Pilot.
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/ RNZAF 36271/ NZ2508 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Stuart Anderson, RNZAF NZ391873 – Observer.
Sgt. H.G. Campbell, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Greenaway,   – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 01:40 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 04:20

06/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Area 1, Area 2, Area 3.
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
AGN.260 failed to locate the target and jettisoned bombs.
AGN.614 and AGN.967 also failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. D/A and N.D.T., containers of 40lbs. G.P., and containers of light case incendiaries.
AGN.159 failed to observe results owing to low cloud.
AGN.375 reports bombs dropped on aerodromes at ABBEYVILLE, NANTES, LES MEEREAUX, and EVEREAUX. Bursts were observed.
AGN.557 reports VILLACOMBLEY AERODROME bombed with one container of incendiaries. Hangar seen burning, and also one fire seen near hangar. Two 250lbs. N.D.T. dropped on GLISY AERODROME, but results were unobserved. Six 250 lbs. N.D.T., 2 S.B.C. 40lbs., and one S.B.C. incendiaries dropped on CALAIS DOCKS, but results were unobserved.
AGN.574 bombed CHATEAU D’UN and bursts were seen on Flarepath. Bombs were dropped on BOULGNE DOCKS bit owing to searchlight activity, no results were observed.
AGN.595 dropped bombs on VILLACOUBLEY AERODROME.
AGN.659 attacked VILLACOUBLEY and ORLAY, and bombs were seen to burst across flarepaths of aerodromes. Big explosions seen by rear gunner at ORLAY.
AGN.764 bombed TOURS aerodrome. Bursts were seen followed by a series of explosions.
AGN.769 reports hits on hangars at CHARTRES, CHATEAU D’UN, and large clouds of smoke and debris were seen with fires burning in each case. Two bombs were dropped on CALAIS DOCKS and caused a fire which persisted after leaving.
AGN.856 bombed RPYE AERODROME and DUNKIRK, and fires were left at both places.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight and light flak activity, but one fire was seen on N.W. corner of inner basin at CALAIS.
Many dummy flarepaths were seen. The blackout in Paris and suburbs was very poor.
Intense A.A. fire was experienced in parts of target area.
Intense and accurate searchlight activity was encountered at parts of route.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Heavy cloud, with icing conditions, was experienced in some parts of target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, landfalls, map reading, W/T, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.1177 AA-K
Raid No. AGN.614 Area 1 (did not bomb)

P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/RNZAF 36271, NZ2508 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Middleton Garnett, RNZAF NZ415757 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Garth Stark, RNZAF NZ40631 – Observer.
Sgt. S.L. Spittle, RAFVR 968421 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M.C. Fenn, RAFVR 909269 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Garrick Branscombe Protheroe, RNZAF NZ401231 – Rear Gunner

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 06:25

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 1000lbs., N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
FXP.270 failed to locate primary target but bombed marshalling yards and goods train N.W. suburbs of BERLIN. Fires started and two large explosions observed from trucks.
FXP.340 reports direct hit by 1000lbs. bomb on jetty at BREMEN DOCKS. Terrific explosion seen.
FXP.357 dropped bombs on marshalling yards and buildings at CHARLOTTENBURG. Bursts observed followed by series of minor explosions. Two large fires observed after turning to course for return trip.
FXP.616 reports bombs burst across target causing numerous fires and explosions.
FXP.653 reports bursts and incendiary fires seen in dock areas.
FXP.724 reports three large fires with four explosions and smaller fires caused by incendiaries.
FXP.792 reports bombs seen to explode in target area causing small fires.
FXP.877 dropped bombs in target area. Fires and explosions were observed.
Three large fires were observed in woods N.W. and W.N.W. of BERLIN. Several small ships seen at berths in CHERBOURG harbour. A.A. emplacement seen on breakwater and in dock area.
There was a fair amount of accurate heavy and light flak in target area and on route.
Searchlights were moderately active on route and in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target areas, but heavy cloud was experienced at many parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3211 AA-J
Raid No. FXP.724 Frankfurt
P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/RNZAF 36271, NZ2508 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Middleton Garnett, RNZAF NZ415757 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Garth Stark, RNZAF NZ40631 – Observer.
Sgt. S.L. Spittle, RAFVR 968421 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M.C. Fenn, RAFVR 909269 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Garrick Branscombe Protheroe, RNZAF NZ401231 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 06:35
Flight Time 05:55

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3211 AA-J
Raid No. LTG.228 D.55

P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/RNZAF 36271, NZ2508 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Middleton Garnett, RNZAF NZ415757 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Garth Stark, RNZAF NZ40631 – Observer.
Sgt. S.L. Spittle, RAFVR 968421 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M.C. Fenn, RAFVR 909269 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Garrick Branscombe Protheroe, RNZAF NZ401231 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:15

19/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft, RWA.258, RWA.551 and RWA.752, failed to locate the target. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
RWA.191 reports explosions observed reflected on cloud base about two minutes after bombs had exploded.
RWA.213 bombed on E.T.A. owing to 10/10 cloud.
RWA.392 dropped bombs in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts and four following explosions observed.
RWA.669 bombed area of HOMBERG through gap in clouds. No apparent fires caused by incendiaries. Five or six explosions observed 3-5 mins after bombing.
RWA.857 dropped bombs in one stick. No observations were made.
There was no A.A. fire except at HERTONGENBOSCH where heavy flak, accurate for direction but not for height, was fired through 10/10 cloud.
No searchlights were experienced.
One enemy fighter was seen over Germany. No attack.
Weather was not good 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole journey.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, Q.D.M.’s and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3211 AA-J
Raid No. RWA.857 A.71

P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/RNZAF 36271, NZ2508 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Middleton Garnett, RNZAF NZ415757 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Garth Stark, RNZAF NZ40631 – Observer.
Sgt. S.L. Spittle, RAFVR 968421 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M.C. Fenn, RAFVR 909269 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Garrick Branscombe Protheroe, RNZAF NZ401231 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time not listed

29/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Hamm and M.434.
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 500lbs. Bombs delayed action and containers of incendiaries..
SCK.363 reports no results observed owing to 10/10 cumulus cloud up to 12,000 feet.
SCX.412 reports bomb bursts seen through clouds. S.B.C. caused further explosions.. No observations or reconnaissance were made. A moderate amount of A.A. fire was experienced, but searchlights were few.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Weather was not good, 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole of route and in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R and W/T.
One of these aircraft, MSI.596, captained by P/O. Newman, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3211 AA-J
Raid No. SCX.-

P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/RNZAF 36271, NZ2508 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Middleton Garnett, RNZAF NZ415757 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Garth Stark, RNZAF NZ40631 – Observer.
Sgt. S.L. Spittle, RAFVR 968421 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M.C. Fenn, RAFVR 909269 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Garrick Branscombe Protheroe, RNZAF NZ401231 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off  – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Little is known of the exact circumstances that led to the loss off Wellington Mk.1c R.3211 AA-J. All the crew survived, though some were injured and were all made Prisoners of War. Jack Garrett found himself in Rotterdam hospital, much to the bemusement of the German doctor who examined him – Jack had broken several ribs in a rugby match not long before take off and was presented to the doctor, already wrapped in plaster.

P/O Herbert Douglas Newman, RAF/RNZAF 36271, NZ2508 – Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 459
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I and Luft III. Promoted to Flight Lieutenant whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16558

Sgt. John Middleton Garrett, RNZAF NZ391349 – 2nd Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 597
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I, Luft III, Luft VI, and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: 10th of May 1945

P/O Robert Garth Stark, RNZAF NZ40631 – Observer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 414
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I and Luft III. Promoted to F/L whilst interned
Date of return to United Kingdom: 5th of May 1945

Sgt. S.L. Spittle, RAFVR 968421 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 447
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft 1, Luft VI and Luft IV. Promoted to W/O whilst interned
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. M.C. Fenn, RAFVR 909269 – Front Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 429
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft 1, Luft VI and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. David Garrick Branscombe Protheroe, RNZAF NZ401231 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 446
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I, Luft III, Luft VI and 357. To W/O whilst interned
Date of return to United Kingdom: 24th of April 1945