J.D. Perfrement crew 28.5.44

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27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-W

P/O Robert Albert ‘Popsy’ Potts, RAAF AUS.415353 – Pilot.
F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Dudley Joe Hall, RNZAF NZ426996 – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Edwin Fletcher, RNZAF NZ427195 – Air Bomber.
F/S George Wilks, RAFVR 1601175 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Andrews, RAFVR 1129988 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Elmer Roy Kanenen, RCAF R.178271 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Jinks, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 03:40

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

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

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 07:15

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 ND920 AA-P

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 00:57
Flight Time 01:52

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.I ME691 AA-R

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 05:45

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 HK553 dnc AA-S
ORB lists 12 aircraft as failing to find indicators and bringing their bombs back. Douglas Trigg’s logbook identifies the Perfrement crew as 1 of these 12

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:15 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 02:30

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.I ME702 AA-Q

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

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

04/06/1944 – Mining off the Belgian Coast
Three aircraft were detailed for mine laying, one off Calais, one off the Belgian coast, and the third off the Hook of Holland. All aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted areas without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III ND752 AA-O

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off no time – Landed no time
Flight Time no time

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.I ME691 AA-R

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:05

07/06/1944 – Attack Against Massy Palaiseau
Six aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Massy Palaiseau near Paris. Five aircraft bombed successfully, one returning early with instrument trouble. The aircraft captained by AUS421504 F/S. Perfrement, J. had a brief encounter with a ME.210, claiming hits on the enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M
combat reported

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:05

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 LL866 AA-W

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 05:05

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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.I LL866 AA-W

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 20:45
Flight Time 02:45

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.I LL866 AA-W

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 01:55

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 LL866 AA-W

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:29 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:56

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.I LL866 AA-W

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:21 – Landed 21:21
Flight Time 03:00

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.I LL866 AA-W*
Logbook of Douglas Trigg, Rear Gunner with the Perfrement crew, shows the exact point between this and the next op where this a/c changes from ‘W’ to ‘S’

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 03:15

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.

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LL866 AA-S “Swingtime” showing a tally of 42 Ops, which dates this photograph after the 8th of August Lucheux Op (Perfrement crew), possibly the morning of the 9th of August before the Fort D’Anglos Op (Yates crew).

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S* “Swingtime”
Although know as “Sugar” from ‘Luck and a Lancaster’ by Harry Yates, photograph actually shows the aircraft to be called ‘Swingtime’ with a noose graphic. This was the first Op for LL866 with ‘S’ as it’s designator

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 02:10

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the marshalling yard at Chalons Sur Marne. All aircraft bombed the target and a good attack was reported, most crews being able to identify the marshalling yard visually. There was no A.A. fire opposition, but two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:35

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.I ME691 dnc AA-R

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:25 – Landed 15:05
Flight Time 02:40

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 ND756 AA-M

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 02:30

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.

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Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:45 – Landed 07:50
Flight Time 03:05

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.I HK562 AA-L “Lucy”

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:10

23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Kiel, and all successfully bombed the target. A concentrated raid was reported and the glow of fires could be seen from the Danish west coast on return. A moderate A.A. barrage was met and two aircraft had combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I HK564 AA-P

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:25

24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 07:20

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

P/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 07:30

05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-Y

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:22 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 07:58

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.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 03:20

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 LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 03:20

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 LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:20 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 03:20

12/08/1944 – Attack Against Brunswick
Six aircraft set out to attack Brunswick and bombed by means of navigational aids as 10/10ths. cloud obscured the target. Red glows were seen through the clouds and it is considered that the raid was quite satisfactory. A.A. fire was moderate and no enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 04:35

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 LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:10 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 03:30

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 LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:05 – Landed 13:45
Flight Time 03:40

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 LL866 AA-S “Swingtime”

F/O John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
P/O William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
F/S Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, RAFVR 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 08:15