H. Machin crew 01.11.41

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:35 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 03:45

28/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend
Three Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate and co-operating with searchlights which were accurate and working in cones. There was a thin layer of cloud over the route, but the weather in the target area was fine.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 04:10

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 08:00

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:45

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:57 – Landed 04:07
Flight Time 08:10

17/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft failed to return. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb and containers of incendiaries. A.A. fire and searchlights were slight in the target area. Weather was hazy over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:21 – Landed 03:16
Flight Time 07:55

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E
Force landed 04.00 in a sixty acre field at Grove farm, near Upper Street, Horning, 9 miles NE of Norwich. Sgt. Craig was injured in the crash and admitted to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital – dying the possible day.

P/O Alfred Sydney Raphael, RAF 68155 – Pilot.
Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gerald Robert Craig, RCAF R.69832 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off MISSING – Landed MISSING
Flight Time Missing

01/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington Ic Aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. The whole Operation was marred by bad weather there being 10/10th. Cloud throughout the trip and no results were observed. Bomb load consisting of 1000lbs, 50lbs, 250lbs and incendiaries was dropped on un-identified town, and on area to the West of the target. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75m.m. tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One M.E. 110 enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. Navigation was good, Astro and D.R. loop being used. A convoy fifteen miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. There was a surprising lack of enemy fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1114 AA-C

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Buckley,   – 2nd Pilot.identity of this individual not clear
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:56 – Landed 22:59
Flight Time 05:03

06/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit made attacks against the above targets. A mixed load consisting of 500lbs and incendiaries was carried. Bombs were dropped in target area and extensive fires were left burning. There was little A.A. fire but there was great activity with searchlights. No enemy aircraft was met. Weather was fair with 6/10ths cloud over target area. Navigation was satisfactory.

Wellington Mk.Ic – AA-

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Buckley,   – 2nd Pilot.identity of this individual not clear
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 04:25

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud ver target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1077 AA-?

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Loch Lomond Bentley, RNZAF NZ403936 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:39 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 03:26

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enely aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1077 AA-?

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Loch Lomond Bentley, RNZAF NZ403936 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Aitchison, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:47 – Landed 23:05
Flight Time 05:18

11/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre
Four Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs and containers of incendiaries, but as the target was not identified the bomb load was returned. A.A. fire was moderate and searchlights were isolated. Navigation was satisfactory. The operation was marred by 10/10th cloud over target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1083 AA-K

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thompson, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:42 – Landed 11:30
Flight Time 18:48

15/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs and 500lbs. No results were observed owing to cloud over target area. Heavy, light and medium flak was encountered over the target area. Only a few searchlights were active. Weather was poor. High winds were prevalent. Navigation was marred by weather conditions

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1114 AA-C

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thompson, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
listed in 540 as ‘Buckby’ – the only Buckby was an AG Peter Buckby RAFVR 1156870, Died 30th November 1941, age 21, during a raid on Emden. c/w F C Harrison- Smith as R/Gnr. Thus given dates and trades, this and below must also be Wallace Buckley
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:20 – Landed 20:55
Flight Time 05:35

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8971 AA-?
crashed on Dartmoor while returning to base. No injuries reported

Sgt. Harry Machin, RAFVR 1166970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thompson, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer. listed in 540 as ‘Buckby’ – the only Buckby was an AG Peter Buckby RAFVR 1156870, Died 30th November 1941, age 21, during a raid on Emden. c/w F C Harrison- Smith as R/Gnr. Thus given dates and trades, this and below must also be Wallace Buckley
Sgt. Gordon Stewart Bolshaw, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Crashed near Dartmoor owing to a port engine failure – the entire crew baled out safely

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time crashed on return