H.W.B. Heney crew 26.11.43

26/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E

F/O Harold Wright Bruce Heney, RNZAF NZ39918 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RNZAF NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alan George Harrington, RNZAF NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 04:20

16/12/1943 – Attack against a Special Target
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 500lbs. Two aircraft crashed whilst taking off and one returned early. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack and many large bomb bursts were observed. No opposition of any kind was encountered. The weather on route was good and visibility was clear except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R

F/O Harold Wright Bruce Heney, RNZAF NZ39918 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
F/S Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Francis Robert Ross, RNZAF NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Alan George Harrington, RNZAF NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 03:00

27/01/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Area
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. An uneventful operation, little opposition was met, only slight A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft being seen. The weather was good, being clear except for sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF252 ??-?

F/L Harold Wright Bruce Heney, RNZAF NZ39918 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
P/O Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Francis Robert Ross, RNZAF NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Alan George Harrington, RNZAF NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

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

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ??-?

F/L Harold Wright Bruce Heney, RNZAF NZ39918 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald David Lamb, RNZAF NZ42300 – Navigator.
P/O Stephen Watson Brown, RAAF AUS.413849 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Webb, RAFVR 1387510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Francis Robert Ross, RNZAF NZ42341 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Alan George Harrington, RNZAF NZ421276 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:20