J.C. Parker crew 26.2.45 †

26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
F/S John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
records only have a first initial of J for this individual, but based on the identificafion of a ‘Johnny’ in the crew and a photograph supplied by Eve Marshall – showing this individual and her Father MUG with the Parker crew, Philip Cook
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:53 – Landed 16:27
Flight Time 05:34

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 dnc AA-W
A/C returned early owing to engine trouble

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
F/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
P/O D. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:51 – Landed 14:08
Flight Time 03:17

09/03/1945 – Attack Against Datteln
Twenty one aircraft attacked Datteln as detailed. A good concentration of aircraft and bombing reported. Cloud ten tenths. No opposition was encountered. A mushroom of smoke was seen penetrating cloud.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
W/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:45 – Landed 15:55
Flight Time 05:10

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/O D. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 17:10
Flight Time 05:11

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 NF935 AA-P

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:42 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 05:22

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 NF935 AA-P

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:44 – Landed 15:10
Flight Time 05:26

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 NF935 AA-P

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:30 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 05:40

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

F/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:31 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 08:14

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:37 – Landed 02:43
Flight Time 06:06

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S T. Harper, RAFVR – Flight Engineer. Raid Diary records F/S Harper’s initial as B – NR sugests T.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:17 – Landed 15:12
Flight Time 04:55

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 NF935 AA-P

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:19 – Landed 20:50
Flight Time 05:31

S/L Parker & crew, NF935, encountered accurate flak at 18.32hrs while outbound at 17,500ft in the vicinity of Wilhelmshaven, where shrapnel from an AA shell-burst struck and killed Flight Engineer, Sgt R Clarke, RAF.

Sgt. Roy Stanley Clark, RAFVR 1388242 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 22.
Son of Charles Herbert and Henrietta Gertrude Clark; Husband of May Ethel Eileen Clark, of Clapton. London.
Buried Chingford Mount Cemetery, Chingford, Essex, England..
Grave location – Sec. D.7. Grave 4464.
‘In ever loving memory
Of my beloved husband.
He died That we may live’


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 PB763 AA-M

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O V. Peplow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:58 – Landed 19:24
Flight Time 02:26

08/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Rotterdam
8 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Rotterdam. The mission was uneventful, but considered successful.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-M

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O V. Peplow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Sgt. Hoban , Passenger.

Take Off 12:47 – Landed 15:17
Flight Time 02:30

09/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War
10 Aircraft were detailed for repatriation of Prisoners of War. The number of men brought back was 240. S/Ldr. B. Mckenna (AA.J) crashed when taking off at Dunsfold for Baso. There were no injuries and the crew returned with F/Lt. M. Adamson (AA.K). Compalints were made of the bad landing procedure at Dunsfold.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-L

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O V. Peplow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Phillip William Cook, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:36 – Landed 13:34
Flight Time 05:58

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
P/O Patrick Wilson, RNZAF NZ429584 – Wireless Operator.
P/O R. Fairbairn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S T. Dewsbiry, RAFVR 1533969 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:34 – Landed 16:18
Flight Time 03:44

15/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
8 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Prisoners of war from Juvincourt. The total number of men brought back was 191.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L Jack Colin Parker, RNZAF NZ405608 – Pilot.
P/O John McGarry, RAFVR 1398549, 191084 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Moore, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O C. Cartwright-Howell, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
P/O Terence Joseph ‘Terry’ Murphy, RAFVR 1622657/ 186203 – Flight Engineer.
W/O T. Dewsbiry, RAFVR 1533969 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S E. Hannaford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:39 – Landed 17:45
Flight Time 06:06