J.D. Lethbridge crew 24.5.44

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III ND768 AA-F “Freddie”

P/O Cecil Ernest ‘Snow’ Armstrong, RNZAF NZ42354 – Pilot.
F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Douglas Beardsley Payne, RNZAF NZ426917 – Navigator.
F/S Eric William Elliott Marshall, RNZAF NZ415637 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Carl Arthur Warburton, RAFVR 1484107 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. David Sleightholm, RAFVR 1684309 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Roy Joseph Davies, RAFVR 1603898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Pepper, RAFVR 1682572 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:45

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 02:10

30/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Ten aircraft successfully bombed a target at Boulogne, encountering only very slight opposition. The attack was carried out in clear visibility.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J.Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 01:55

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III HK554 JN-F

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J.Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 04:50

02/06/1944 – Attack Against Wissant
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Wissant, N. France. Owing to thick cloud over the target, twelve aircraft were unable to identify the markers and brought their bombs back. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:15 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 02:40

03/06/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Calais, and all crews were successful in contributing to a good concentrated raid in clear weather. Defences were slight to moderate and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 02:05

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:50 – Landed 06:40
Flight Time 02:50

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 03:56

08/06/1944 – Attack Against Fougeres
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Fougeres in N. France. Nineteen aircraft bombed successfully, one bringing its bombs back owing to the Bomb sight being unserviceable when over the target area. Two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy aircraft, but the remainder carried out their mission without incident, there being no opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK558 AA-D

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 04:40

17/06/1944 – Attack Against Montdidier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Montdidier. All aircraft reached the target area where it was found that cloud conditions prevented accurate bombing. The master bomber accordingly gave instructions for crews to abandon their mission, all aircraft except one bringing their bombs back to Base. The exception was the aircraft captained by NZ42488 F/S. Whittington, H. who jettisoned his bombs “safe” in the Channel owing to having a combat with a F.W.190. Our pilot claimed the enemy aircraft to be possibly destroyed.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 dnc JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:25 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 03:20

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 20:40
Flight Time 02:30

23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 02:25

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

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

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.     –
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 03:10

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:57 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 03:18

05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:07 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 01:48

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:20 – Landed 07:30
Flight Time 03:10

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:11 – Landed 21:46
Flight Time 03:35

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Ten aircraft took off to attack the constructional works site at Bois Des Jardins. All aircraft bombed the target, but a scattered raid was reported owing to eight to ten tenths cloud. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:55

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 dnc JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 13:20
Flight Time 01:00

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:38 – Landed 02:26
Flight Time 03:48

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:40 – Landed 07:35
Flight Time 02:55

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:05

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
damaged by own bomb splinters – Air 14:3463
F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:05 – Landed 10:01
Flight Time 03:56

01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:13 – Landed 21:34
Flight Time 02:21

03/08/1944 – Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed took off to attack the Supply Dumps at L’Isle Adam, near Paris. They all attacked in clear weather and a very successful and concentrated raid was reported. There was no fighter opposition and only slight A.A. fire was met in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:56 – Landed 15:36
Flight Time 03:40

04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181! JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
damaged by hailstones – Air 14/3463
This a duplicative entry for this aircraft for this Op. Whilst the indication by numbers suggests that the Lethbridge crew flew this Op in NE181, the duplicative entry with the MacKenzie crew is currently supported by Andrew MacKenzie’s logbook

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot. P/O Thomas Christie Waugh, RAFVR 159174 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:35 – Landed 21:36
Flight Time 08:01

07/08/1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:57 – Landed 00:57
Flight Time 03:00

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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:08 – Landed 00:19
Flight Time 02:11

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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:28 – Landed 17:46
Flight Time 03:18

12/08/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Gironde Estuary. They all dropped their mines in the allotted area without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:44 – Landed 05:41
Flight Time 06:57

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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:09 – Landed 05:16
Flight Time 08:07

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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 03:09
Flight Time 05:34