J.C. Bateman crew 21.3.45

22/04/1944 – Attack Against Dusseldorf
Eight Lancaster aircraft took part in a concentrated attack against Dusseldorf.

Lancaster Mk.III ND752 AA-O

F/L Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – Pilot.
F/S John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Frederick William Clare, RAFVR 144607 – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Isidore Joseph Fitzgerald, RAFVR 1389106/ 176576 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Douglas William James Marvin, RAFVR 176037 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Rooker Mason, RNZAF NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:10

 

21/03/1944 – Mining off Cherbourg
Two aircraft were detailed to lay mines off Cherbourg, but one was unsuccessful owing to the failure of navigational aids.

Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q

Sgt. John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
Sgt. Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 03:00

22/03/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay. Only four took off, but they completed their sorties successfully.

Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q

F/S John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Fray Omerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 06:30

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I LL865 AA-?

F/S John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:55

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.I LL865 AA-?

F/S John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 07:40

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND750 ??-?

F/S John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 03:30

09/05/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Cap Gris Nez and all successfully completed their mission. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-W

P/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 01:45

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

P/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 02:45

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

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

P/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 03:05

09/08/1944 – Attack Against Fort D’Anglos
Seventeen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Army Fuel Depot at Fort D’Anglos. All were successful in bombing with the aid of markers. The raid appeared to be scattered but there was indication of a large conflagration. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 02:30

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:15 – Landed 17:32
Flight Time 03:17

12/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Ten aircraft set out to attack Factories at Russelsheim which are engaged in Flying Bomb production. Nine aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers and good results were reported. A.A. defences were light, but enemy fighters were active on the homeward route, one aircraft having an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. The aircraft captained by NZ428793 .F/S. Mulcahy, C., failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 AA-T

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:40

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:50 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 03:50

15/08/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond
Nineteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Aerodrome at St. Trond. All aircraft made a successful attack and bombing results were confirmed visually, the bomb bursts being well concentrated on the runways. Opposition was almost negligible both over the target and en route.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:10 – Landed 13:30
Flight Time 03:20

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:16 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 07:54

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:48 – Landed 02:39
Flight Time 04:51

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:57 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 07:53

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 01:31
Flight Time 05:16

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:32 – Landed 21:12
Flight Time 03:40

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
F/S George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:03 – Landed 19:45
Flight Time 03:42

10/09/1944 – Attack Against Montivilliers
Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed. All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed. No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
F/S George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:30 – Landed 19:11
Flight Time 03:41

11/09/1944 – Attack Against Kamen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen Oil Refinery. Weather conditions were favourable and some crews were able to bomb visually, under the Master Bomber’s instructions. Clouds of black smoke rising to 15,000 ft. was reported and a very successful raid ensued. Opposition from slight but accurate heavy A.A. fire was met from the defences. No enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A “The Seven Sinners”
HK562 hit by flak 4 times (AC) PB421 ‘K’ once, PB132 ‘Y’ 3 times. HK574 ‘R’ – struck by a packet of Window
P/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
F/S George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:02 – Landed 20:33
Flight Time 04:31

12/09/1944 – Attack Against Frankfurt
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart, but during the day the target was changed to Frankfurt. Two aircraft failed to take off for this operation and of the twenty that took off the majority were able to identify the target, by the river and several made out the railway yards. Fighters were fairly active and one aircraft claimed to have destroyed an enemy aircraft, the captain was AUS421308 .F/O. J. Bateman. Another aircraft had an inconclusive encounter. All aircraft returned to base and reported a good and accurate raid.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A “The Seven Sinners”
LM266, F/O Bateman & crew, was attacked by an unidentified aircraft which was engaged by the rear gunner, Sgt T Farrow, who claimed it as being destroyed.
F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Kevin O’Rourke, RAAF – Navigator.
F/S Bernard Robert McClintock, RAAF AUS.423836 – Air Bomber.
F/S George White, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frank Mathewman, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Terence John ‘Terry’ Hopkins, RAFVR 1603793 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas ‘Tommy’ Farrow, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:42 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:28

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. 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 14:51 – Landed 17:35
Flight Time 02:44

29/09/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Five aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. Weather conditions were very bad and the crews had difficulty in pin pointing. However four were successful, one being abortive. No enemy opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. 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 23:46 – Landed 06:47
Flight Time 07:01

03/10/1944 – Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke
Twenty one aircraft we detailed to attack the West Kappelle dyke. Twenty of these were successful in bombing although some crews had to make two or three attempts owing to low cloud base. Bombing was reported to have been fairly good and some flooding was seen. One aircraft had to bring its bombs back owing to a technical failure.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Patrick Monaghan, RNZAF NZ428976 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Douglas Ward, RNZAF NZ429226 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. 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 11:23 – Landed 14:32
Flight Time 03:09

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

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

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

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – 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 16:38 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 06:07

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 A A 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 LM266 AA-A “The Seven Sinners”

F/O John Carter Bateman, RAAF AUS.421308 – 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 07:11 – Landed 11:19
Flight Time 04:08