J.C. Westbrooke crew 9.4.45

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Holdstock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Roche, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:58 – Landed 01:43
Flight Time 05:45

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 HK806 AA-B

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/L Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S A. Holdstock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Roche, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:49 – Landed 19:29
Flight Time 02:40

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. M. Roche, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:46 – Landed 14:10
Flight Time 02:24

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
LAC Clements (Pass), RAF – Passenger.
Sgt. Holdstock A, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:16 – Landed 14:11
Flight Time 01:55

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 RA510 AA-E

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Holdstock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Roche, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:42 – Landed 14:05
Flight Time 06:23

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-L

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Holdstock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Roche, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:07 – Landed 13:38
Flight Time 05:31

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Hugh Lincoln Baker, RNZAF NZ427244 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Holdstock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Roche, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:17 – Landed 14:55
Flight Time 06:38

25/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/L James Colin Westbrooke, RNZAF NZ414708 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Garratt Brown, RNZAF NZ427364 – Air Bomber.
F/S Laurie Haddock, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Morris, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Holdstock, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:05 – Landed 19:24
Flight Time 04:19