HK600

Pops crew cont and tone

The Sinclair crew, stood in front of HK600 JN-K “Kiwi”. Back row left to right: Bill Glover (Rear Gunner), Alan McRobert (Mid Upper Gunner), Bill Sinclair (Pilot) & George Painting (Flight Engineer). Front row left to right: Sandy Sommerville (Navigator), Ian Rowe (Air Bomber) & Ian Foster (Wireless Operator). © Sinclair Family

Many thanks to the family of Leslie Gordon ‘Bill’ Sinclair for getting in touch with me and also sending these remarkable pictures of Bill’s crew that clearly show another ‘named’ aircraft of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

Pops crew kiwi contrasted with innes logo

A close up of the nose of HK600, with contrast modified to show what is clearly a flying kiwi – the illustration to the right gives us a better idea of what the nose art looked like. © Sinclair Family

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – HK600

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 08/08/44 Lucheux AA-T P/O Layton 03:05
2 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos AA-T F/O Layton 02:25
3 11/08/44 Lens AA-T F/O Layton 03:45
4 12/08/44 Russelsheim AA-T F/O Bateman 04:40
5 14/08/44 Hamel AA-T F/O Layton 03:40
6 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond AA-T F/O Layton 03:30
7 18/08/44 Bremen AA-T F/O Dare 04:58
8 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-T F/S King 08:15
9 26/08/44 Kiel AA-T F/S King 05:23
10 03/10/44 the West Kapelle Dyke hit by flak 5 times (AC) AA-T F/S Cooper 03:00
11 14/10/44 Duisburg(2) AA-T F/O Cuming 04:44
12 19/10/44 Stuttgart JN-V F/O Smith 05:49
13 21/10/44 Flushing JN-V F/S McCartin 02:52
14 23/10/44 Essen JN-V F/S McCartin 05:59
15 25/10/44 Essen JN-V F/S McCartin 03:56
16 28/10/44 Cologne JN-K F/O Simpson 04:26
17 30/10/44 Cologne JN-K F/O Simpson 05:14
18 31/10/44 Bottrop JN-K F/L Andrew 04:42
19 02/11/44 Homberg JN-K F/O Yates 04:03
20 04/11/44 Solingen Preceeding Designator letters are V, however this suggest change to K – which makes sense relative to next 5 Ops in ND911 as V. On the 30th September the McCartin crew fly to Fighter Affiliations in HK600 – listed as AA-T JN-K P/O McCartin 04:25
21 05/11/44 Solingen JN-K F/S Williams 04:20
22 06/11/44 Coblenz JN-K F/O McIntosh 05:21
23 15/11/44 Dortmund JN-K F/O Simpson 04:56
24 16/11/44 Heinsberg JN-K F/O Cuming 03:39
25 20/11/44 Homberg JN-K F/O Cuming 04:47
26 27/11/44 Cologne Marshalling Yard Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C. Primary target Cologne M/Y. Masses of smoke and concentrated bombing. Leader took us over Gladbach and Bonn, 15 miles off track. JN-K F/O Simpson 04:26
27 28/11/44 Neuss Carrying a 12,000lb bomb, the a/c entered the wrong stream and bombed Essen instead JN-K W/C Leslie 04:35
28 04/12/44 Oberhausen Bomb load 1 x 8,000 H.C. 1,200 x 4lb I.B. Primary target Oberhausen. Nothing to report. JN-K P/O Simpson 03:38
29 05/12/44 Hamm Marshalling Yards Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C. 1,950 x 4lb I.B. Primary target Ham M/Y. Thoroughly unsatisfactory JN-K F/O Simpson 04:29
30 12/12/44 Witten JN-K F/O Hooper 05:20
31 16/12/44 Siegen Bomb load 1 x 12,000 H.C. Primary target Siegen. Weather made rendezvous impossible and snow. Results impossible to assess although flares concentrated. JN-K F/O Simpson 05:41
32 21/12/44 Trier JN-K F/O Hooper 04:53
33 23/12/44 Trier JN-K F/S Wood 04:34
34 27/12/44 Rheydt JN-K F/S Wood 04:37
35 28/12/44 Gremberg M/Y at Cologne JN-K F/S Wood 05:12
36 31/12/44 Vohwinkel Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 13 x 500 ANM. 1 Munro T.257. Primary target Vohwinkel. Fairly concentrated. Leading good. JN-K F/O Simpson 04:51
37 01/01/45 Vohwinkel Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 12 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 M.C. Primary target Vohwinkel. Uneventful trip JN-K P/O Simpson 06:03
38 03/01/45 Dortmund Oil Refinery Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM. Primary target Dortmund Oil Refinery. No results were seen but stream broke through same spot. JN-K F/O Simpson 05:13
39 05/01/45 Ludwigshafen hit by flak twice JN-K F/L McDonald 05:44
40 06/01/45 Neuss Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 14 x 500 ANM. Primary target Neuss. Good concentration of markers JN-K F/O Simpson 04:41
41 11/01/45 Krefeld Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C. 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Krefeld. Wether very poor, but quite a good concentration. JN-K F/O Simpson 04:55
42 13/01/45 Saarbrucken Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 8 x 500 ANM, 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Saarbrucken. Good attack, landed at Port Reath. Blue markers very good. JN-K F/O Simpson 06:19
43 15/01/45 Langendreer Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 M.C. 2 x 500 M.C. 4 x 25 1 Munro. Primary target Langendreer. I had to take violent avoiding action from a JI a/c whose bomb doors were open when this aircraft was only 15/20ft. above Green puffs very good. JN-K F/O Simpson 05:06
44 16/01/45 Wanne Eickel Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 10 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 M.X., 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Wanne Eickel. Winds dying away made us late. Seemed a good attack. JN-K F/L Simpson 05:05
45 29/01/45 Krefeld M/Y Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM, 2 x 500 M.C., 4 x 250 G.P. Primary target Krefeld M/Y. Bombs seen falling like rain. Concentrated. JE a/c flew through our two formations. JN-K F/L Simpson 05:26
46 09/02/45 Hohenbudburg Bomb load 1 x 4,000H.C. 9 x 500 ANM. Primary target Honhenbudberg. Good concentration on T.I.’s JN-K F/L Simpson 04:58
47 16/02/45 Wesel JN-K P/O Wood 05:20
48 19/02/45 Wesel Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM, 3 x 250 G.P. Primary target Wessel. Good concentration on smoke puffs, appeared good prang – puff very poor. JN-K F/L Simpson 05:02
49 20/02/45 Dortmund Bomb load 1 x 2,000 H.C., 11 x 750 cluster, 1 x 500lb cluster. Primary target Dortmund. Big glow of fire beneath cloud and fires also seen through gap which lit up streets. JN-K F/L Simpson 05:36
50 23/02/45 Gelsenkirchen JN-K F/O Stevenson 05:09
51 25/02/45 Kamen Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM, 4 x 250 G.P. 1 Munro. Primary target at Kamen. Quite a successful show. JN-K F/L Simpson 05:18
52 26/02/45 Dortmund JN-K F/O Stevenson 05:19
dnc 02/03/45 Cologne JN-K F/O Woodcock 05:37
53 09/04/45 Attack on Kiel JN-K S/L Bailey 05:42
54 13/04/45 Attack on Kiel Appears to have carried a flying Kiwi bird as noseart and was certainly know to the Sinclair crew as “Kiwi” JN-K F/O Sinclair 05:43
55 14/04/45 Attack on Potsdam JN-K W/O Opie 08:43
56 18/04/45 Attack on Heligoland JN-K F/O Sinclair 04:53
57 20/04/45 Attack on Regensburg JN-K F/O Sinclair 07:26
58 22/04/45 Attack on Bremen AA-K F/S Anderson 05:33
59 24/04/45 Attack on Bad Oldesloe JN-K F/O Sinclair 05:52
60 02/05/45 Supply Dropping at Delft JN-K F/O Opie 02:23
61 03/05/45 Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague JN-K F/O Sinclair 02:30
62 04/05/45 Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft JN-K F/O Thompson 02:19
63 07/05/45 Supply Dropping at Delft JN-K F/O Opie 02:29
64 11/05/45 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt JN-K F/O Thompson 06:48
65 12/05/45 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt JN-K F/O Flamank 05:50
66 13/05/45 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt JN-K F/O Opie 03:38
67 28/05/45 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive JN-K F/O Sinclair 04:19
68 08/06/45 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive JN-K F/O Cleminson 05:36
69 12/06/45 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive JN-K F/L Rangiuaia 04:24
70 23/06/45 Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive JN-K F/O Treewheela 04:35
71 25/06/45 Checking German Radar Equipment JN-K W/O Sutherland 00:15
 Total Op hours 298:53