J.C.L. Carey crew 2.1.44

02/01/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs, which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the operation was uneventful. There was 7/10ths cloud in the mining area, but visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF454 AA-A

Sgt. John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 03:45

04/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. The attack was very concentrated and appeared to be a success. Some slight heavy A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft were encountered but proved negligible. In spite of 3-4 10ths. cloud at the target, visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF236 AA-J

S/L Raymond Johnson Watson, RNZAF NZ404978 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 245811/ 172120 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:15 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 02:35

06/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were dropped in the allotted area. This was a successful and uneventful operation, some A.A. Fire was encountered but no aircraft received any damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen, and one short combat took place and the enemy aircraft was claimed as damaged. The weather was good with no cloud and visibility was perfect. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF454 AA-A

Sgt. John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:30 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 07:45

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 AA-?

Sgt. John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:40
Flight Time 03:25

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BF473 ??-?

Sgt. John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:05

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF512 AA-A
Four aircraft failed to drop their bombs on targets for unreported reasons.

Sgt. John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:30

30/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs. Five of the aircraft brought their mines back as bad visibility prevented them from finding the mining area. One aircraft successfully dropped its mines in the allotted area although the parachutes were not seen to open. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. The weather was bad and there was 10/10ths cloud in the mining area. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 AA-P
Only one aircraft successfully dropped its mines
F/S John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 08:30

11/02/1944 – Mining off Mouth of River Ardour
Of the nine aircraft which were laying mines of 1500 lbs off the mouth of the river ADOUR, all but one did so though it meant flying down through very bad icing cloud and in these conditions one jettisoned to lighten the load.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 AA-P

F/S John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
F/S G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 07:25

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III EF215 AA-M

F/S John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:35

22/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in Kiel Bay. After being airborne for one hour all of the aircraft were recalled owing to unsuitable weather conditions.

Stirling Mk.III EF454 dnc AA-A

F/S John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Buckman, RAFVR 1890438 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:45 – Landed 18:55
Flight Time 02:10

24/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed with a large force to lay mines of 1500 lbs in Kiel Bay, and fourteen returned after completing their mission successfully. One aircraft (Captain NZ42367 F/S. Bruhns H.) is missing, and no news was heard after take-off.

Stirling Mk.III EF454 AA-A

F/S John Charles Lawrence Carey, RAFVR 1245811/ 172120 – Pilot.
F/O Donald Nelson Cook, RNZAF NZ417268 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Hinder, RAFVR 1221913 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Andrews, RAFVR 1078392 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Benfold, RAFVR 1582109 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Hopkins, RAFVR 1046625 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 07:20