H.J. Dalzell crew 25.10.42

24/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Milan
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Some slight A.A. fire was encountered, cloud stopped searchlight activity. No combats with enemy aircraft took place. 10/10ths cloud from the French Coast to the target made identification of the target difficult. Navigation was difficult owing to cloud preventing the use of Astro. Wellington Z1652 captained by Sergt. Hugill and Wellington BK725 captained by Sergt. McConnell failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

W/C Victor Mitchell, RAF 37755 – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Observer.
Sgt. W.E. Hopley, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
F/L Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RNZAF 581260/ 45584 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 08:55

25/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Brest
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted by both aircraft in the allotted area. Some light AA fire and a few searchlights were encountered. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Observer.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 08:30
Flight Time 05:25

18/01/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 1500lb. vegetables. Stirling I BK624 captained by Sergt. Bennett had a very hot reception, too hot in fact, as this was his first trip. He had combat with three fighters in bright moonlight. The crew behaved exceedingly well and by good defensive tactics managed to avoid the fighters, although the aircraft was found to be holed on return. He reached the gardening area and successfully dropped his vegetables. The other aircraft was forced to abandoned the sortie as the inter-com went u/s over the North sea and the aircraft also had engine trouble. He jettisoned his bombs and returned. The weather was very good with clear visibility and bright moon. Navigation was good by D.R., T.R., and visual.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 03:45

23/01/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. All aircraft reported that their bombs were seen to fall in the target area. Large fires were seen to be lighting up the whole area. A fair amount of heavy, medium and light flak was encountered, only a few searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was very clear at the target and good visibility. Navigation was by D.R., T.R., pinpoints and visual. Stirling I R9248 captained by Sergt. R.M.Kidd failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I N6123 AA-Q

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 06:45

13/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Nine aircraft are known to have successfully attacked the target, of the other two, one returned early owing to the mid upper and front turrets being u/s and the other aircraft failed to return. Fires were burning fiercely in the target area, although they appeared to be scattered. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak at the target, the number two tank on the port side was holed, the trimming tab was hit and his aerial was shot off. He proceeded to Middle Wallop and landed safely. Both heavy and light flak was encountered which was intense at first but later spasmodic and appeared to be swamped. Searchlights were seen in the early part of the attack but later went out. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was very good with clear visibility and no cloud. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 R9316 captained by Sgt. R.A. Williams.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:45

14/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully bombed the target in 10/10ths cloud by means of P.F.F. sky marker flares, so the success of the trip could not be judged, although a red glow was seen on the clouds as the aircraft left the target area. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly predicted. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was broken cloud from base to enemy coast, which gradually built up to 10/10ths cloud at the target area. Navigation was very good. A stranger from 214 Squadron landed on our runway and made the aerodrome completely unserviceable. Three of our aircraft therefore, had to be diverted to Lakenheath and Waterbeach.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 04:15

16/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All the aircraft successfully bombed in the target area, large fires were seen in the whole area. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, which was very intense during the early part of the attack, but was dying down when later aircraft arrived. Searchlights were very accurate and coned several aircraft, one aircraft being held for 8 minutes, the pilot took very violent evasive action but eventually got clear after great difficulty. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Over the target area there was very dispersed low cloud, although visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:25

19/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1000lb and 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft failed to take off and another was forced to abandon the sortie owing to compass trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, they were unable to see results as visibility was very limited, although some fires were seen which were quickly spreading throughout the town. Light A.a. fire was encountered, and a few searchlights were seen. Sgt. Lord was coned in searchlights for three minutes, but returned unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather at the target was not very good as there was a thin layer of cloud over the area, visibility was fair. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 05:00

27/02/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
One aircraft was detailed to carry out this operation with 1500 lb. mines, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and four of the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear but hazy, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 06:30

03/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft, however, failed to start owing to a burst tail tyre wheel and another returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining seven aircraft all successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires were seen, which were lighting up the whole of the area. Both heavy and light intense A.A. fire was encountered, two aircraft being slightly hit. Searchlights were operation, mainly in cones. Very few enemy aircraft were seen and no combats took place. There was some haze at the target area, visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:30

05/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,00lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Unfortunately, one aircraft crashed one minute after take-off as one of the engines seized, the pilot however, made a good crash landing and he and the crew escaped unhurt. Another aircraft was forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. A very large concentration of fires were seen with huge buildings in their midst, leaving no doubt as to the success of the operation. The glow from the fires was seen at the Dutch coast as our aircraft were homeward bound. Both light and heavy intense A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, were encountered. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place, There was slight ground haze at the target, although visibility was very good. Navigation was very good. For the success of the operation a message of congratulations was received from the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 20:35
Flight Time 01:15

08/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. 500 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble and another failed to return. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires being seen, one large explosion from the centre of target, was seen one hundred miles away as the aircraft were returning. Both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered co-operating with searchlights, they however, proved to be ineffective. Stirling 1 BK646 captained by P/O Lowe, was attacked by an enemy aircraft near Saarbrucken on the return journey. The enemy aircraft opened fire with cannon and a stream of tracer came into the cockpit, one exploding near the second pilot’s leg. Corkscrew tactics were adopted, but after seven minutes the enemy aircraft was lost. The only casualties were the second pilot, who was wounded in the leg and the Captain, who had slight face cuts. The aircraft successfully returned to base. There was a slight haze at the target, although visibility fairly good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 BF437, captained by Sergeant C.R. Davey.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-?

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 08:00

22/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with 30 lb. 4 lb. incendiary bombs. One aircraft however, failed to take off as it was found to be unserviceable. A general recall, however, was broadcast when the aircraft were about twenty minutes from the target. They all brought their bombs back with the exception of one, which was forced to jettison them.

Stirling Mk.III BF456 AA-J

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 04:05

27/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. And incendiaries of 30lb. And 4lb. One of the aircraft returned early, as it failed to maintain height . The remaining ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was difficult to judge the effectiveness of our bombs, as there was thick ground haze. Two aircraft were hit by A.A. fire, which was intense. But not effective. Many searchlights were also seen, which were co-operating with the A.A. defences. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was not very good, although it was fairly clear over the target except for ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I W7513 AA-G

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 07:40

29/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Ten aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft failed to take-off, as they were found to be unserviceable and three returned early. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen, which were well concentrated and spreading. The glow from these fires was seen 100 miles away on the homeward journey. Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, with many searchlights co-operation all round the city. One aircraft was slightly damaged by A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was clear, although hazy. Visibility however, was fairly good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk. BF412 AA-Y

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 07:50

04/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however returned early owing to engine trouble and one of the aircraft failed to take-off. The remaining five aircraft successfully bombed the target, although it was impossible to accurately assess results owing to heavy cloud, but nevertheless red glows were seen silhouetted against the clouds. Both light and heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, with searchlights co-operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and visibility was not very good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF377 AA-J

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 03:30

08/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however were forced to return early owing to severe icing conditions, which prevented the aircraft from gaining height. Four of the remaining aircraft successfully bombed the target through cloud. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds. A fair amount of heavy predicted A.A. Fire was encountered, some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was 10/10ths cloud, with electrical storms, rain and severe icing. Which prevented this operation from being a complete success. Navigation was very good. Stirling III, BK770, captained by W/O Walsh, was returning to base at 01.10 hours a message was received from him, but this was the last heard of the aircraft until it was reported to have crashed at Bressingham, Norfolk, soon after this time. The aircraft exploded on impact and burnt out, and unfortunately the whole of the crew were killed.

Stirling Mk.I BK614 JN-H

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Sorenson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 02:00

10/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft were forced to return early as they failed to maintain height. Eight of the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was not possible to see the target owing to thick cloud, a large red glow was nevertheless seen. Both light and heavy A.A fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered, although they were ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place. There was 10/10ths cloud in the target area, but it was clear and dark above our aircraft. Navigations was excellent. Stirling III, BF455 captained by F/Sgt. Rothschild was hit over the target by A.A. Fire and also chased by enemy Fighters. This caused him to run short of Petrol over the English Channel on the way home, and he eventually crash landed in the sea, 3 miles off Shoreham. The wireless procedure had been perfect, and Spitfires escorted it over the French coast, and a Walrus Flying Boat was waiting for it to crash land. Dingy drill was perfect and all the crew got in safely after an immaculate landing – the Stirling floating for 25 minutes. The final scene was enacted in the Channel as the Walrus collided with the Dinghy and dropped all the crew in the sea. No Ill-effects except for Sgt. Grainger, the Flight Engineer, who suffered from shock. Stirling III BF456 captained by Sgt. Webb failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BK614 JN-H

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Sorenson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 01:45

14/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiary bombs of 30 lb and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early as the controls were faulty. None of the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen, together with a great deal of black smoke. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. Fire encountered on the way to the target, but very little in the target area. A few searchlights were seen, but they were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and short combats took place, but our aircraft were not damaged. It was very clear over the target, as there was a bright moon, and visibility was good in spite of slight ground haze. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mark III BF513 captained by P/O. D.J. McCaskill failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BF518 AA-E

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:40

16/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven
One aircraft was detailed to carry out this operation with Mines of 1500 lbs. All the mines were successfully dropped in the allotted area, although have prevented the parachutes being seen to open. No A.A. Fire, Searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was good except for a sea haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF518 AA-E

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Victor Charles Howes, RNZAF NZ413418 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:57 – Landed 04:06
Flight Time 06:09

20/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Rostock
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Eight of the aircraft successfully attacked the target area. Some very large scale fires were seen but the attack was spoilt by a smoke screen which partly obscured the target. A.A. Fire was mainly confined to light tracer which was ineffective. Stirling Mk.III BF.518 captained by Sgt. Dalzell, collided with a Lancaster aircraft after leaving the target, and fortunately only slight damage was caused to the rudder and fin. After this hazardous experience he returned to base and made a perfect landing. Some enemy aircraft were seen in the target area, but no combats took place. The weather was very good and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III, captained by P/O A.G. Tolley, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BK624 AA-A

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 06:50
Flight Time 08:50

04/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with bombs of 2000lb 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off owing to engine trouble. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, with the exception of two which returned early owing to engine trouble. Large fires and explosions were seen, which appeared to come from the centre of the target area. Some A.A. Fire and searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. No cloud was prevalent in the target area, and visibility was good, ground detail was obscured by the smoke from the fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK810 AA-G

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/L Ronald Hugh Laud, RAF 40625 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:37 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:08

12/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Stirling Mk.III. BK.721 captained by F/Lt. E.R.M. Appleton, whilst taking off failed to clear an obstruction at the end of the runway and crashed almost immediately afterwards, all the crew with the exception of the captain and the wireless operator, F/Sgt. Cocks, S.G. were killed. The captain received severe injuries and the wireless was also injured, both were admitted to hospital. As a result of this crash two aircraft were unable to take-off. One aircraft returned early owing to the Captain being sick. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen. Some heavy A.A. Fire, co-operating with searchlights was encountered, but it was ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was very clear in the target area with good visibility except for ground haze which prevented identification. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK810 AA-G

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
Sgt. Stephen Muir Tietjens, RNZAF NZ415640 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off not recorded – Landed not recorded
Flight Time not recorded

13/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bochum
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft, however, were forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and very large concentrated fires were seen, together with explosions. This is considered to have been a very successful raid. Heavy predicted A.A. Fire co-operation with searchlights was encountered. Several enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. Stirling Mk.I. BK619, captained by Sgt. J.L. Mitchell was attacked by an ME110 and opened fire at 400 yards slightly below our aircraft. The mod-upper gunner fired a medium burst and the enemy aircraft was seen to burst into flames and passed beneath the Stirling. The rear gunner fired a further long burst at 300 yards and the enemy aircraft was seen to turn on its back and dive, hit the ground and explode. The weather was very clear in the target area, but visibility was impaired by slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III BK810 AA-G

Sgt. Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot. Sgt. Stephen Muir Tietjens, RNZAF NZ415640 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 04:00

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A. Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK810 AA-G

F/S Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
Sgt. George Vincent Helm, RNZAF NZ416113 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:04 – Landed 01:06
Flight Time 02:02

25/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Four aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and one failed to return. The remaining eleven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and some large explosions were also seen. Both heavy and light A.A. Fire was encountered, co-operating with searchlights, which were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. Ten tenths cloud was prevalent in the target area, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. This missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. BK602, captained by Sergeant T.W. Darton.

Stirling Mk.I BF412 AA-Y

F/S Herbert James Dalzell, RNZAF NZ414263 – Pilot.
F/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Navigator.
Sgt. G A Carvell, RAFVR 1322753 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Hopely, RAFVR 1071316 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Mesley, RAFVR 752390 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Lamonby, RAFVR 947546 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Brown, RAFVR 1358025 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:49 – Landed 03:26
Flight Time 03:37