I.G.E. McPhail crew 09.03.42

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:02 – Landed 00:32
Flight Time 04:30

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L Kitchin, F/O Sandys and Sgt Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 05:50

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:05

26/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, were dropped in the target area. Accurate, intense flak was encountered, searchlights were ineffective. One single engined aircraft was seen near Le Havre but no attack was made. Weather was fair with haze over target. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – .
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – .
Sgt. Charles Smith Jnr ,   – .

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 04:00

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3661 AA-Q

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:15

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 00:25

06/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area and fires were observed. There was intense heavy flak over the target but only a few searchlights were active. One single engined fighter attempted to attack Wellington II X3636 but was driven off by flak. There was 9/10th cloud on the route and 3/10th to 5/10th cloud over the target at 11,000 feet. Navigation was good TR and DR being used.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
P/O J. J. Manson, RAF 1251684/ 104475 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 03:57
Flight Time 03:12

08/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg
Nine Well.III aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 30lbs L.C. and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. Intense predicted flak S.W. of Hamburg but searchlight ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy a/c seen off Heligoland and believed JU88. Weather was very poor with 10/10 cloud over target and electric storms off East coast of England. Navigation was by DR and TR.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1572 AA-M

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Turner   2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 03:05

17/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. Well.III, X.3636 jettisoned its bombs when in searchlight beams. There was intense heavy flak co-operating with searchlights which were numerous. Weather was clear and there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was good by TR, loops and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3487 AA-O

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon   2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:57 – Landed 03:52
Flight Time 03:55

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon   2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RAFVR NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:05 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 01:50

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendiaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon   2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RAFVR NZ403569 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:42 – Landed 05:58
Flight Time 07:16

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon   2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Monk, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 05:22
Flight Time 18:55

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out their task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
F/S Edward Leonard Haydon   2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:35

29/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 30lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Bombs were seen to burst on the factory and power station. There was very little flak and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good. Few searchlights were active and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles Smith Jnr , RNZAF NZ401466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 05:00

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/L Cecil John Myers, RAF 82193 – Rear Gunner. (Squadron Gunnery Leader)

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 07:55

04/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Incendiaries and 4000lbs. bombs were carried and the majority dropped. Weather conditions were not good with the result that difficulty was experienced in pinpointing target and observing results. A.A. fire was slight in target area but fairly heavy at some parts of route. Searchlights were not veru active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR, TR, pinpoint, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie David Fraser, RNZAF NZ403621 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
F/S Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:40

06/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of the Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A bomb load consisting of 4000lbs; and 4 lbs. and 30 lbs. incendiaries was carried and dropped in the target area and bursts and a number of large fires were observed. Weather conditions were fairly good although ground haze and intense darkness made pinpointing difficult. A.A. fire was slight and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR., TR., pinpoints, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:30

07/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Nine Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 1500lbs. And 500lbs. All the 1500lbs. Bombs were dropped but the majority of the 500lbs were returned. Weather conditions were favourable and the target area was clear. One aircraft, X.3664 captained by P/O. Wilson was chased by an enemy fighter but no attack was made. Navigation was by astro, DR, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RNZAF NZ404103 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RAFVR NZ402101 – Front Gunner.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:40

09/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. The bomb load consisted of 1500 lbs. and 500 lbs. The 1500 lbs bombs were planted successfully, and a few of the aircraft dropped the 500 lbs. bombs on land targets. Weather conditions were good and there was no opposition.

Wellington Mk.III X.3648 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RNZAF NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:25

13/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. One aircraft, X.3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. In accurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was by D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:50

19/05/1942 – Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington III aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with a bomb load of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250 lbs. bombs The bomb load was dropped in the target areas where fires and explosions were observed. A.A. fire was slight but ineffective, and searchlights were inaccurate. Weather conditions were good though there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was by TR, D/R, Loop, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:10

21/05/1942 – Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient
Seven aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above operations and carried a bomb load of 1500 lbs., and 500 lbs. bombs. Inclement weather conditions were encountered near the target and the majority of the aircraft bought the bombs back to base.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RAFVR NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
F/S Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 07:15

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3648 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland RNZAF NZ405340 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RNZAF NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:35

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Croall RNZAF NZ41627 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RNZAF NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 03:45

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S Ivan George Edward McPhail, RNZAF NZ402203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Croall RNZAF NZ41627 2nd Pilot.
P/O Wallace Edward Buckley, RNZAF NZ391379 – Observer.
F/S Edward Albert Letchford, RNZAF NZ404074 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Kenneth Henry Sutherland, RNZAF NZ404103 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Vincent Allen, RNZAF NZ402101 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 03:45