I.S. Carroll crew 18.3.45

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/S Thomas Wagner Good, RAFVR 1330401/ 195724 – Pilot.
F/S Ivan Silvester Carroll , RNZAF NZ4213254 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. R. Woonton, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. Williams, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. B. Harpham, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Winning, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. Parry, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Gilbert, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:02 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 05:02

18/03/1945 – Attack Against Bruchstrasse
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the coking areas and Bensol plant at Bruchstrasse. Cloud was 10/10ths over the target with tops at 6/7,000 ft. Crew report formation was good through the target and bombs fell away together. No results were seen. Slight H.F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-F “The Seven Sinners”

F/S Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Bernard Hugh Davidson, RNZAF NZ428086 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Campbell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:02 – Landed 17:16
Flight Time 05:14

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/S Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Bernard Hugh Davidson, RNZAF NZ428086 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Campbell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:00 – Landed 15:21
Flight Time 05:21

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/S Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S Royston Edgar Lane, RAFVR 195332 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Bernard Hugh Davidson, RNZAF NZ428086 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Campbell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:37 – Landed 15:59
Flight Time 05:22

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/O Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S J. Campbell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:32 – Landed 20:57
Flight Time 05:25

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/O Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S J. Campbell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 19:42
Flight Time 02:47

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/O Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 14:16
Flight Time 02:29

05/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at the Hague
4 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at the Hague. The mission was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.

Take Off 06:07 – Landed 08:28
Flight Time 02:21

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Ivan Silvester Carroll, RNZAF NZ4213254 – Pilot.
F/S John Nagle Larsen, RNZAF NZ4212762 – Navigator.
F/S L. Elsden, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. Bamforth, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Campbell,   – -.
Sgt. J. Scandle, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:21 – Landed 13:42
Flight Time 05:21