H.J.D. Treewheela crew 2.3.45

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O
Returned at 10,000 across France as R.G. had no oxygen.

F/L Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
F/L Harold James Dean Trewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
P/O John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 17:24
Flight Time 05:24

02/03/1945 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne. No aircraft bombed owing to special equipment failiure. Three aircraft jettisoned due to flak damage to engines, the remainder bringing their bombs back. F/O Woodcock was wounded in the neck and his engineer F/Sgt. Gibb in the legs but landed safely at base.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 DNC JN-O

F/S Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
Sgt. H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:16 – Landed 18:31
Flight Time 05:15

12/03/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Dortmund was the target for twenty one aircraft. Flak was slight to moderate, cloud 10/10ths with tops 5/6000ft. Aircraft report good results Smoke was already pushing through cloud when aircraft left. Bombing was well concentrated.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/S Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
Sgt. H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:11 – Landed 19:07
Flight Time 05:56

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/S Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
Sgt. H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/S Herbert Winn, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 1626025.

Take Off 13:46 – Landed 18:38
Flight Time 04:52

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

W/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
Sgt. H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:04 – Landed 17:18
Flight Time 05:14

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

W/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
Sgt. H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:13 – Landed 15:47
Flight Time 05:34

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

W/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
Sgt. H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 03:12
Flight Time 08:32

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

W/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:37 – Landed 02:48
Flight Time 06:11

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

W/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:34 – Landed 15:28
Flight Time 04:54

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:36 – Landed 20:59
Flight Time 05:23

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 dnc JN-F

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 14:57
Flight Time 03:05

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:53 – Landed 21:24
Flight Time 03:31

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-T

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:49 – Landed 16:25
Flight Time 03:36

14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-T

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:54 – Landed 21:34
Flight Time 05:40

04/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:45 – Landed 21:03
Flight Time 04:18

23/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:33 – Landed 14:08
Flight Time 04:35

29/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
11 aircraft were detailed for the Post Mortem Operation for checking German radar equipment.

Lancaster Mk.I PP663 JN-Z

F/O Harold James Dean Treewheela, RNZAF NZ429379 – Pilot.
F/S John Stewart Putwain, RNZAF NZ425288 – Navigator.
F/S H.M. Green, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Daniel James Parkinson, RNZAF NZ4213415 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. J. Bish, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.A. Nicholls, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Johnston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:15 – Landed 15:57
Flight Time 05:42