J.A. Matetich crew 13.07.41 †

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:15

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1771 AA-T

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:30

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Allan Dyer, RNZAF NZ40101 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:05 – Landed 19:10
Flight Time 12:05

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. C. Watson, RAFVR 952162 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:35

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Charles Stokes, RAFVR 44224 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:05

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, and searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

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

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5663 AA-O

P/O George William Curry, RAFVR 86389 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gwyn Martin, RAFVR 981426/ 110857 – Observer.
Sgt. Albert George Windiate, RAFVR 911390/ 112731 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Edward Callander, RAFVR 1061420 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:00

30/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129, jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen. No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire encountered, and searchlights were active and working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by HE.111 from 50yds astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, Q.D.N, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Smalley,   – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Newbury Howard, RNZAF NZ391384 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 05:00

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:00

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Arthur ‘Artie’ Ashworth, RAFVR 43699 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hume, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:45

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric Vincent Keiran Higgins, RAAF AUS.400277 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

15/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.3171 captained by SGT. Fotheringham, failed to return to base. Another, W.5663, captained P/O Rees, (RJT.533) was attacked by unidentified enemy fighter over the target. The aircraft was badly damages and the 2nd Pilot Sgt. Joyce was killed. SGT. Conibear, the front gunner, was seriously injured and died in hospital; and SGT. Gwyn-Williams was injured (Rear gunner). The aircraft returned to base where a landing was made. P/O Rees was awarded the D.F.C.; and the wireless operator, SGT. Lewis, was awarded the D.F.M.

RJT.147 bombed marshalling yard south of aiming point.
RJT.319 Observed bomb bursts in target area.
RJT.385 Attacked target area and saw bomb bursts.
RJT.445 bombed target area.
RJT.533 bombed target area, but thin cloud prevented accurate pin-point.
RJT.570 reports big fire started by bombs on target area.
RJT.683 located target, but it was not clearly pinpointed. A fix was obtained from Rhine and autobahn. Bombs dropped in salvo on large fire within radius of 3 miles of target.
P/O Ashworth reports that results were not observed over Ruhr, but a fire was started and a building blown up on an aerodrome 6 miles south of Hague. Heavy accurate predicted A.A. fire was encountered in target area. Searchlights were very active and accurate. The weather was good, but there was a layer of cloud over target. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, W/T, astro

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
P/O P.F. Wilson, RAAF/ RCAF? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisleton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:50

03/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, YAM.189 captained by SGT. Matetich was intercepted by fighters and bombs were jettisoned. The aircraft was damaged and a landing was made at Newmarket. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and fires were started. The aircraft met heavy and light A.A. fire which was fairly accurate, but searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and in target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9760 AA-P

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Sivess, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Twisteton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:15

06/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.1648 captained by SGT. Millet, failed to return to base. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
GHC.170 sighted river near target but had to bomb through 10/10 cloud. Glow of a fire was seen through clouds. Bomb bursts were observed in target area by GHC.231. GNC.265 observed bomb bursts in dock area. GHC.279 bombed target area but was unable to pinpoint target on account of haze. GHC.324 saw bombs burst across outer harbour of Ostend. Unable to reach primary target owing to loss of time and petrol in extensive thunder cloud on East Coast. GHC.470 dropped bombs in target area but results were not observed. GHC.535 bombed target through 9/10 cloud. Fire observed on departure. GHC.688 failed to attack target. GHC.719 bombed flak and searchlight concentrations on E.T.A. through 10/10 cloud. Results were not observed by GHC.750.
P/O. Williams reports direct hit on lock gates. Results were not observed by P/O. Scott owing to heavy cloud.
A fair amount of activity was observed on enemy aerodromes in Brussels-liege area.
A.A. fire was slight but accurate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
GHC.279 reports encounter with probable JU.88. Three attacks were made but the enemy was driven off by return fire. Rear gunner believes he scored hit with third burst, causing aircraft to break away.
Weather was not favourable, there being heavy cloud, thunder, electric storms, and bad icing conditions.
Navigation was by W/T, D/R, astro and loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Sivess, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:43 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:42

08/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, WAX.319 captained by SGT. Saunders, jettisoned bombs in Westhaven area while taking evasive action to escape enemy fighter. The weather was poor, there being

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Sivess, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchell, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 06:30

12/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Bennett Megarry Smyth, RAFVR 1053919 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:45

14/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
ROB.214 reports bombs fell probably near centre of town but to N.W. of railway station. Bursts observed. Large fires seen when leaving. Have and cloud over target made pinpointing impossible.
ROB.417 bombed south of town.
ROB.476 reports one very large fire started approx.. half mile N.W. of target aiming point.
ROB.556 dropped bombs in target area.
ROB.577 reports that bursts were see and a small fire started.
P/O. Scott reports bomb bursts see and a large fire started.
S/L. Widdowson bombed target.
P/O. Williams bombed buildings near target.
Several dummy fires were observed around target area.
A.A fire was fairly intense and co-operating with searchlights.
Searchlights were active.
ROB.214 was attacked by enemy aircraft, probably JU.88, at about 1200feet over base. One head-on attack was made with cannon and machine gun, but no hits scored. Avoided enemy action by diving to about 200 feet.
The weather was fine in target area, but there was heavy cloud on route.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, loop, astro, Q.D.M.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Bennett Megarry Smyth, RAFVR 1053919 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Chapman, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 06:10

17/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and was made up of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, and containers of incendiaries. All bombs were dropped, but owing to heavy cloud results were not observed. A.A. fire was moderate, and there was little searchlight activity.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Bennett Megarry Smyth, RAFVR 1053919 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:25

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Van Rassel, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 05:45

29/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BRO.345 failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were brought back. All bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but heavy cloud made observations of results difficult. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Van Rassel, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Birchall, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:35

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jordan, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ohen?, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 06:40

06/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X9767 captained by P/O Johnson, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP, and SBC’s of 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft was seen under attack on the Dutch-German frontier. Another aircraft was observed possibly being shot down by dual AA fire/searchlight action about 15 miles west or south-west of the target. An enemy aircraft was seen taking off from Schipol, but no attacks occurred Bombs were dropped in the target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over the target area, but heavy en route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy  aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jordon, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Obien?, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:24 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 06:01

08/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to make individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, (including delay), 250 lb (including delay fuses), and containers of incendiaries. AA fire was very light and searchlight activity was also light and ineffective. No enemy aircraft seen. The weather conditions were excellent in the target area and en route. Navigation includes:- D.R., Q.D.M., Astro., Pinpoint., Loop and Lorenz.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jordon, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Rigden, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Olien?, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Monk, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:38 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:32

17/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft failed to return. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb and containers of incendiaries. A.A. fire and searchlights were slight in the target area. Weather was hazy over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jordan, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Service, RAFVR 749347 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 06:40

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jordan, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Service, RAFVR 749347 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 09:00

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9916 AA-

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Lionel Roy Wood, RNZAF NZ404439 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Neville Henry Welsh, RNZAF NZ391334 – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Service, RAFVR 749347 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF R.65416 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9916 was lost over Cologne.The circumstances are unclear as to what caused the aircraft to crash. All the crew were killed and later buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of John and Helen Matetich, of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1. C. 3-4.
‘One we loved
And will never forget’

Sgt. Frederick Lionel Roy Wood, RNZAF NZ404439 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 23.
Son of Lionel Gladstone Wood and Laura Ada Wood, of Waimate North, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 1. C. 5.

F/S Neville Henry Welsh, RNZAF NZ391334 – Observer.
Killed age 20.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1. C. 3-4.

Sgt. Arthur Service, RAFVR 749347 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Oswald Bead Service and Elsie Service; Husband of Vera Monica Service, of Shirley, Southampton.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 1. C. 1.
‘Worthy of everlasting memory’

Sgt. Frederick Harry Worlledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Worlledge, of Bramford, Suffolk.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 1. C. 3-4.
‘He died
Serving his country’

Sgt. Donald Frederick Barkhouse, RCAF 65416 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of Robert Mcdonald Barkhouse and Anna Grace Barkhouse, of Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 1. C. 2.
‘The souls of the righteous
Are in the hand of God,
… they are in peace’