J.A. Elmslie crew 7.10.44

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A “The Seven Sinners”
Hit by flak once

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S James Alexander Elmslie, RNZAF NZ411048 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan ‘Tex’ Teverson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Adam ‘Scotty’ Scott, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alfred ‘Alfie’ Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Rayner Fox, RNZAF NZ426065 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:07 – Landed 22:23
Flight Time 05:16

07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

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

F/S James Alexander Elmslie, RNZAF NZ411048 – Pilot.
F/S Alan Saville Wiltshire, RNZAF NZ4213813 – Navigator.
F/S John Roderick Mckenzie, RNZAF NZ4213903 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Dear, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/S Keneth Hugh ‘Ken’ Futter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Owen Burbury, RNZAF NZ427951 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Mallender, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:07 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 04:00

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy AA barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/S James Alexander Elmslie, RNZAF NZ411048 – Pilot.
F/S Alan Saville Wiltshire, RNZAF NZ4213813 – Navigator.
F/S John Roderick Mckenzie, RNZAF NZ4213903 – Air Bomber.
Sgt J. Dear, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Keneth Hugh ‘Ken’ Futter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Owen Burbury, RNZAF NZ427951 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Mallender, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:08 – Landed 11:31
Flight Time 04:23