Horgan crew 27.8.43

27/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenbburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with indiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Good concentrated fires and heavy explosions were seen. A moderate barrage consisting of light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, and two aircraft received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was cloudy on the outward journey but clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE955 captained by F/Sgt. Higham.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U “Alexander’s Ragtime Crew”

F/O Allan Mason Forbes Alexander, RNZAF NZ41712 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Maurice Desmond Andersen, RNZAF NZ415675 – Navigator.
F/S Philip Hutcheson Pullyn, RNZAF NZ416643 – Air Bomber.
F/S Thomas James Mayhew, RNZAF NZ415549 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Howard, RAFVR 643578 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Armstrong ‘Doc’ Lyon, RCAF R.108340 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Hamish ‘Mac’ MacDonald, RNZAF NZ417219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 08:00

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/S Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 06:10

24/09/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft were encountered. 8/10ht cloud and intermittent rain were prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EJ108 AA-O

F/S Desmond George GeddesHorgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert Henry Fisher, RNZAF NZ425011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 02:50

27/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft failed to return and one returned early owing to its rear turret being unserviceable. The remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was an exceedingly successful and well concentrated attack, considered to be even better than the previous one. Numerous large fires and columns of smoke rising to 12,000ft., were seen and the fires were again visible at the DUTCH coast. Very moderate, ineffective heavy A.A. Fire numerous searchlights and flares were encountered. Many enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F.Sgt. HORGAN, D. had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. BURTON, H., sighted a JU88 and the Rear Gunner fired, it was then seen to fall in flames and was claimed as destroyed. Two other short combats took place and one of our aircraft received slight damage. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but good with clear visibility over the target. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III, EF515 captained by Sgt. Martin, R., and EH877 captained by F/Sgt. WHITMORE, R.

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R

F/S Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
Sgt. Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert Henry Fisher, RNZAF NZ425011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:45

03/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early as the Navigator was ill, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being seen. Moderate A.A. Fire was encountered, which was ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. This aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER, damage was received to the starboard elevator , starboard tail plane and the rear turret war partly shot away. The rear gunner Sgt. S.W. RIDDLER was lost over the target when the rear turret was damaged. It is considered that he may have baled out as the escape hatch was found to be open. The aircraft successfully landed at WING. Very few enemy aircraft were seen. It was clear at the target, but slight haze was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R

F/S Desmond George GeddesHorgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot. Sgt. Hill
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert Henry Fisher, RNZAF NZ425011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 05:40

04/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. Three aircraft returned early and one failed to return. This was a good attack, ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very good concentrated fires and enormous explosions being seen, the fires were still visible on the homeward journey. A.A. Fire was negligible, there were many search lights which were cooperating with enemy night-fighters. The aircraft captained by S/Ldr. J.JOLL had a combat with a M.E. 109, which was claimed as possibly damaged. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but clear over the target, visibility was good except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by SGT. H.J. MIDDLETON.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 JN-E

F/S Desmond George GeddesHorgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Albert Henry Fisher, RNZAF NZ425011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off no time – Landed no time
Flight Time no time

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active.Mant enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R

F/S Desmond George GeddesHorgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/O Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Beattie, RAFVR 2208851 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 05:45

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III LJ462 AA-O

F/S Desmond George GeddesHorgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Beattie (Combat Report for this Op records James Henry Cooper as M/U), RAFVR 2208851 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 22:47
Flight Time 05:22

04/01/1944 – Mining North of Biarritz
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were all dropped in the allotted area. This was a successful and uneventful operation. Slight A.A. fire was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good except for slight sea haze. On return the aircraft captained by W/O. D.G. HORGAN crashed, but the crew sustained no injuries. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LJ473 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
P/O Gordon Alfred Clary, RCAF R.115149/ J.18126 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cudlipp, RAFVR 1608835 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Kenneth William Morgan, RAFVR 1159485/ 157998 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 07:10
Flight Time 08:50

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF252 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot. F/S Geoffrey Warren Rowberry, RNZAF NZ414567 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Kenneth William Morgan, RAFVR 1159485/ 157998 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 03:05

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF252 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Kenneth William Morgan, RAFVR 1159485/ 157998 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:20

03/02/1944 – Mining off Morlaix
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs, but only one aircraft was able to get a fix sufficiently close to allow the operation to be accomplished, and the other aircraft brought its mines back.  No opposition was met and this operation was also uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III Ef252 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Donald Arthur Laycock, RAFVR 1457004/ 130451 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:30 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 04:15

10/02/1944 – Mining off La Rochelle
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs off LA ROCHELLE. All completed their task apart from two mines brought back owing to mechanical failures. There was some opposition from heavy and light A.A. Fire and one aircraft had an inconclusive combat. Photographs were taken and one taken by F/Lt. J.D. GRUBB showed a sunken merchant vessel.

Stirling Mk.III EF252 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:20

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour
Six aircraft dropped mines of 1500 lbs in the mouth of the river Adour. The visibility was excellent and all crews reported a successful operation. Photographs taken show the aiming point in three cases, and the factory is covered in two more. Unfortunately the sixth aircraft did not carry a photo-flash bomb. The Bomb Development Unit have, however, got the evidence from which to calculate where the mines dropped.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 06:45
Flight Time 07:15

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
P/O H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 06:00

03/03/1944 – Mining off Cherbourg
Eight aircraft were detailed for mine laying as follows:- two off Morlaix, two off St. Malo, two Cherbourg and two off Le Havre. Seven dropped their mines in the allotted areas, but one was off track and dropped somewhat to the west. All sorties were completely uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 02:50

04/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 175 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TRAINER 174 (Abortive).

At the target area there was ten tenths cloud with base about 500′ above the ground and right down to the ground further south, and no reception was seen. On the return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped between the target and Argenten.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

07/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive).

In the target area there was ten tenths cloud with bases of 500′ and tops 4 to 6,000′. No reception was seen. On the return journey, four packages of leaflets were dropped in the Le Mans area.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 11 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 11 (Successful).

The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘R’ took off at 19.58 hours. The target area was reached at 23.27 hours and identified. Three white lights were seen clearly and twelve containers were dropped from 600′ at 23.34 hours. The weather was clear in the target area. Course was set for Base at 23.34 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Culoz. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 02.58 hours.

Stirling Mk.III -R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:58 – Landed 02:58
Flight Time 07:00

A second A/B listed on this Op -W/O M. Donovan

11/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period PAUL 57 (ABORTIVE)
Operation PAUL 57 (Abortive).

There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and no reception lights were seen. On return journey, two packages of leaflets were dropped near Poitiers.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

13/03/1944 – Mining off St. Nazaire
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest. One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return. Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out. The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.

Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:20

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 151 (ABORTIVE)
Operation BOB 151 (Abortive).

At the primary target no pin point could be found, so the aircraft proceeded to the alternative area, which was identified but unsuccessful owing to no reception being laid out, although the letter was flashed. The aircraft brought its load back to Base

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
F/S John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

10/04/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Laon
Eight aircraft successfully attacked Laon.

Lancaster Mk.I ME689 AA-Y

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
W/O R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:55 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 04:10

18/04/1944 – Attack Against Rouen
Ten Lancasters were also detailed to bomb the marshalling yards at Rouen, one was withdrawn, but the remaining nine attacked in clear weather with ground haze.

Lancaster Mk.III ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Bryce Campbell, RCAF R.176432/ J. 86746 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:50

20/04/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Nine Lancaster aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne, of which one failed to take off and one returned early owing to the illness of the wireless operator. The remainder successfully completed their mission.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E. Gleave, RAFVR 1684010 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 03:40

22/04/1944 – Attack Against Dusseldorf
Eight Lancaster aircraft took part in a concentrated attack against Dusseldorf.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Charles Baker, RAFVR 1624103 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:45

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Charles Baker, RAFVR 1624103 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:45

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Charles Baker, RAFVR 1624103 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:55

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert Charles Baker, RAFVR 1624103 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 03:00

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/O Desmond George Geddes Horgan, RNZAF NZ39012 – Pilot.
P/O John Hannah, RNZAF NZ422657 – Navigator.
F/S Leslie Austin Ryburn, RNZAF NZ415238 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Cannell, RAFVR 1376030 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Canning, RAFVR 1030562 – Flight Engineer.
P/O James Henry Kenefick, RAFVR 1623712/ 174232 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Iwikau Te Matauira Te Aika, RNZAF NZ425860 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 04:20

 

 

 

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