H.E. Rousseau crew 10.09.42. †

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3796 AA-?

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 05:30

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3747 dnc AA-?

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RCAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar , RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 02:30

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.898? AA-?

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar , RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:41 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 05:29

15/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No. A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Electrical storms and cloud was over the sea. Navigation was by D.R., T.R. and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ernest Stanley Wikinson, RNZAF NZ417138 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 03:05

16/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. A.A. fire was intense heavy and accurate, searchlights were in heavy concentration. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe K, was hit by A.A. fire in starboard main plain two minutes prior to bombing, which made a big hole between starboard motor and fuselage, making it impossible to turn to port. Near Dutch coast on return, the aircraft was attacked from underneath by an unseen aircraft, being hit several times and the WOP. being wounded in the back. The enemy aircraft was not seen by any of the crew. On return the aircraft belly landed on the aerodrome with hydraulics unserviceable. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/Sgt. Wright J.L. was attacked by a JU.88 on return from bombing. The enemy aircraft was fired at by the front gunner; after several bursts it was seen by captain WOP and front gunner to explode in the air. A few enemy aircraft were seen by other aircraft but no attacks were made. The target area was covered by 8/10 to 9/10 cloud. Navigation was good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.898 AA-?

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Ernest Stanley Wikinson, RNZAF NZ417138 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 02:20

18/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening of St. Nazaire
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. Light tracer was encountered over St.Nazaire which appeared to come from the town. A few searchlights were seen operation independently. No enemy aircraft were seen, the weather was very clear at target area, navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Pascoe , RAFVR 1308491 – Rear Gunner.

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

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.898 AA-?

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Arthur Rogers, RAFVR 1384352 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 04:15

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.725 AA-H

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RAFVR 1168876 – Front Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 01:45

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good bt D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.725 AA-H

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RAFVR 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Maxwell Hardy , RNZAF NZ401226 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 06:05

11/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted in the allotted area. Wellington X.3597 captained by F/Sgt. Curr bombed a bridge near Middlefort with three 500lb. G.P. bombs, the first bomb was just short, others very close and might have hit the edge of the bridge. Light A.A. fire was encountered at Middlefort Bridge. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen.
There was no cloud, visibility was good. Navigation was good by D.R. T.R., and visual pin point. Wellington BK341 captained by Sergt. Shalfoon failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.725 AA-H

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Edgar William Harvey, RNZAF NZ41902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 06:45

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.898 AA-?

Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RNZAF 1168876 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Alfred Maxwell Hardy , RNZAF NZ401226 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 07:30

06/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Manheim
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, with bombs of 1,000lb. And 4lb. Incendiaries. The operation itself was not a success as two returned early, one with a dead starboard inner and another because the aircraft fialed to gain height. One aircraft reached the target and dropped its bombs in the target area, a hot welcome was given, so hot that the aircraft needed a new fin on return, the A.A. fire and searchlights being very accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was 10/10th. cloud over the target area, the only means of recognition of the target being one large fire. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BK.615 AA-?

F/S Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RAFVR 1168876 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Wilson Morton, RAF 621322 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Alfred Maxwell Hardy , RAFVR NZ401226 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar , RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 20:50
Flight Time 03:15

16/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. vegetables. The take-off was rather cross wind and unfortunately during take-off the wind backed severely so that the flare path was dead cross wind. Three aircraft swung violently on take-off. Then Sergeant Franklin tried to take-off in Stirling I, R9245, it swung as violently as the other aircraft, but went on, straightened and got airborne, only to crash a mile away from the aerodrome. Two mines exploded and all of the crew were killed. It later transpired that the starboard under carriage carried away the oil tank to the starboard inner engine and this is presumed to have seized, causing the aircraft to spin into the ground. No other aircraft took off after this. The three aircraft who successfully took off all planted their vegetables in the allotted area. Some light tracer and a few searchlights were encountered, no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was variable with heavy rain and hail storms over the garden area, but clear generally. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-V/W?

F/S Henry Edwin Rousseau,   – Pilot.
Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time

17/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000lb. This was to be a low level flight all the way climbing to 5,000feet to bomb. Four out of the five aircraft unfortunately failed to return. They were the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander V. Mitchell, D.F.C., captain of Stirling I BF396 who took W/O Bagnall and crew who had only arrived a few days previously. Stirling I,BF400 captained by F/O Jacobson, Stirling 1, BK620 captained by P/O R.E. Williams, and Stirling I, R9247 captained by F/Sgt. Rousseau. The one aircraft to return was captained by P/O McCullough who could not find the target owing to rain and bad visibility, and bombed an alternative. This was an aerodrome, the bombs were seen to explode on the flare path and hangars. A.A. fore was fairly heavy and a few searchlights were seen. The aircraft was twice attacked by fighters but they were driven off on each occasion, on return the aircraft was found to have four holes believed due to combat with one of the fighters. The weather was clear to the target but developed to rain and 7/10th cloud on return. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-W

F/S Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Sgt Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock , RAFVR 1168876 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendall , RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Wilson Morton, RAF 621322 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Fellows, RAFVR R.78046 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar , RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-W was brought down near Vechta airfield, 30 miles South West of Bremen, Germany, while en route to or from the target. None of the crew survived the crash. All are buried in the Reinberg Cemetery.

F/S Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 17. H. 20.

P/O Mervyn Oliver Clark, RNZAF NZ404895 – Navigator.
Killed age 20.
Son of John and Ann Liddle Clark, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.

Sgt. Reginald Crosby Mocock, RAFVR 1168876 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 20.
Son of Owen Francis and Winifred Mary Mocock, of Headington, Oxford.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.
‘Greater love
Hath no man than this’

Sgt. Christopher James Kendal, RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of Christopher and Edith Maude Kendal, of Napier, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.

Sgt. William Wilson Morton, RAF 621322 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.

F/S John Fellows, RCAF 78046 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of James Percy and Ethel May Fellows, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.
‘He died
That we might live’

Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar, RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 25.
Son of Henry Charles Pullar, and of Ethel Pullar (Nee Welsh), of Otahuti, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 8. L. 15-18.