I.J. McLachlan crew 12.03.42 †

03/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk
Three Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target area and docks were bombed and fires started.
The weather forecast was favourable, with a slight haze along the French coast. A.A. fire was fairly intense to the south of the target, with searchlights co-operating.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9951 AA-L

Sgt. Richard Charlwood Barker, RAFVR 1006997 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivor John McLaughlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harold Dawson Grimes, RAAF AUS.404532 – Observer.
Sgt. G.F. Cole, RAFVR 961126 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. David Levick Beney, RAFVR 960078 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Maurice Ronald Day, RAFVR 1375181 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 21:50
Flight Time 03:05

12/10/41 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
*Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington Ic X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic

Sgt. Richard Charlwood Barker, RAFVR 1006997 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivor John McLaughlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harold Dawson Grimes, RAAF AUS.404532 – Observer.
Sgt. G.F. Cole, RAFVR 961126 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. David Levick Beney, RAFVR 960078 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Maurice Ronald Day, RAFVR 1375181 – Rear Gunner.

*Interestingly, the Squadron ORB makes no reference to the Barker crew’s participation in the Op. This is doubly confusing that firstly the aircraft crash landed at Stadishall after being attacked by an ME.109 night fighter. During this attack, Sgt McLaughlan was wounded and the Rear Gunner Sgt. Day was killed.
(Source: “Popeyes War”, by Lorie Lucas. page 146)

12/02/1942 – Daylight Attack – German Battleships in the Channel
Two Wellington III aircraft from this unit were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs G.P. Owing to very bad weather, 10/10 cloud and rain in large areas, the ships were not bombed. The bomb load was returned to base. Wellington aircraft X3390 encountered fierce light A.A. Fire from two destroyers on two occasions. Fire being returned by the rear gunner. This aircraft also attacked by two ME 109’s but sustained no damage. Navigation was entirely by D.R. The whole operation was marred by very poor visibility and low cloud. Wellington X3475 was also detailed to carry out an attack on the above target but the vessels were not contacted owing to darkness and adverse weather conditions. Several unidentified aircraft were seen. A.A. Fire was observed over clouds.

Wellington Mk.III X.3451 AA-G

S/L Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283/ 41730 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Richard Cross, RAFVR 917809 – Front Gunner.
P/O Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 20:30
Flight Time 03:15

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.3451 AA-G

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare, RAFVR 1375896/ 123493 – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RAFVR NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

13/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dunkirk
Four Wellington III aircraft set out to bomb the above target but only one machine successfully carried out the task, Wellington III X3667, captained by Sgt Bell. Bomb load of 250 lbs was dropped on the docks but results were not observed. There were a small number of searchlights active and medium flak was encountered. no enemy aircraft were seen however. Weather was fine with a ground haze over the target. Navigation was good, TR1335 being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3282 AA-F/V?

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RAFVR NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Carter, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 02:05

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.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Neil Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RAFVR NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S McGregor, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 06:00

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.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RAFVR NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Ian McGregor, RNZAF NZ401461 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:45

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.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Ian McGregor, RNZAF NZ401461 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:15

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey-Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Ian McGregor, RNZAF NZ401461 – Rear Gunner.

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

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 X.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RAFVR NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Ian McGregor, RNZAF NZ401461 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:37 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 05:43

10/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Eight Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250 lbs, was dropped in the target area but results were not seen. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were fairly intense. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fine with 7/10 cloud. Navigation by astro, D.F. and loop was good.

Wellington Mk.III – AA-

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 04:20

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:12 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:03

14/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. There was very little flak and searchlights were few although there were some cones over the target. Two fighters were seen but they did not attack. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by DR, TR and loops was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 01:35

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 06:00

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.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 06:10

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.3705 AA-F

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 05:25

P/O Cedric Niel Fountain, RNZAF NZ41981 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of Victor Stagg Fountain and Annie Fountain, of Napier, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand; Husband of Betty Louise Fountain, of Napier.
Buried Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard, Norfolk, England..
Grave location – Row C. Grave 10.

Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, RNZAF NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.
Injured

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.3359 AA-H

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 07:00

13/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operation. One aircraft, X3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. Inaccurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RAFVR NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 02:50

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 consisting of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250lbs. bombs. The bomb load was dropped in the target area 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.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RAFVR NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 05:15

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.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:25

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of $000lbs, 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.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Stewart,   – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RAFVR NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:40

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.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 03:25

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 03:50

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:40

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 03:45

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RAFVR NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 01:25

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.Ic BJ.584 AA-C

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 05:20

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

P/O Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time not listed

07/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Nine a/c carried out the above sortie and carried 500lbs bombs and vegetables. A few machines returned with loads but some carried out their task. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft. Weather was cloudy with poor visibility. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

P/O Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
F/S Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Dixon, RNZAF 613966 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:11

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

P/O Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Smith Barclay, RNZAF NZ411358 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
F/S Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Dixon, RNZAF 613966 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:40

10/07/1942 – Daylight Sortie Against Dusseldorf
Four a/c set out to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lbs was bought back as m/c returned owing to lack of cloud cover. Well.III, X3720(Sgt. Wilmhurst) failed to return. There was no A.A. fire or fighters. Weather was cloudy and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1596 AA-K

P/O Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
F/S Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:00 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 02:05