I.E. Reddish crew 14.4.45

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

F/L Herbert Wilfred Hooper, RNZAF NZ40111 – Pilot.
F/S Ivan Edgar Reddish, RNZAF NZ4212604 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Royston Edgar Lane, RAFVR 195332 – Navigator.
F/S E. Holt, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Gordon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Petrie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Sturrock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Spiby, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:01
Flight Time 05:21

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/S Ivan Edgar Reddish, RNZAF NZ4212604 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Morgan, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Roy Stanley Desmond Twynham, RNZAF NZ4216215 – Air Bomber.
– Donald Roy Parkin, RNZAF NZ426676 – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. Holt, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Raymond Trevor Bowes, RNZAF NZ424066 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Thomas Padgett, RNZAF NZ4215224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:16 – Landed 02:44
Flight Time 08:28

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-P

F/S Ivan Edgar Reddish, RNZAF NZ4212604 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Morgan, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Roy Stanley Desmond Twynham, RNZAF NZ4216215 – Air Bomber.
F/S Donald Roy Parkin, RNZAF NZ426676 – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. Holt, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Raymond Trevor Bowes, RNZAF NZ424066 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Thomas Padgett, RNZAF NZ4215224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:31 – Landed 15:31
Flight Time 05:00

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/S Ivan Edgar Reddish, RNZAF NZ4212604 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Morgan, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Roy Stanley Desmond Twynham, RNZAF NZ4216215 – Air Bomber.
F/S Donald Roy Parkin, RNZAF NZ426676 – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. Holt, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Raymond Trevor Bowes, RNZAF NZ424066 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Thomas Padgett, RNZAF NZ4215224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 17:16
Flight Time 07:26

01/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/O Ivan Edgar Reddish, RNZAF NZ4212604 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Morgan, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Roy Stanley Desmond Twynham, RNZAF NZ4216215 – Air Bomber.
F/S Donald Roy Parkin, RNZAF NZ426676 – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. Holt, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Raymond Trevor Bowes, RNZAF NZ424066 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Thomas Padgett, RNZAF NZ4215224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:00 – Landed 16:27
Flight Time 02:27