J.A.E. Walsh crew 26.2.43

26/02/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out this operation with mines of 1500lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No enemy aircraft, A.A. fire or searchlights were encountered. The weather was clear but hazy, visibility was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BK619 AA-X

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 03:40

27/02/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500 lb. All of the aircraft successfully planted their mines in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. Some very heavy A.A. fire was encountered near the mining area which was mainly predicted and very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fairly clear although it was hazy and visibility was not very good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 04:00

03/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft, however, failed to start owing to a burst tail tyre wheel and another returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining seven aircraft all successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires were seen, which were lighting up the whole of the area. Both heavy and light intense A.A. fire was encountered, two aircraft being slightly hit. Searchlights were operation, mainly in cones. Very few enemy aircraft were seen and no combats took place. There was some haze at the target area, visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I W7513 AA-G

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan John Francis, RAFVR 1815847 – Mid Upper Gunner. listed as J. Francis but I suspect based on other reserach this is Alan John Francis
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 06:00

05/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,00lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Unfortunately, one aircraft crashed one minute after take-off as one of the engines seized, the pilot however, made a good crash landing and he and the crew escaped unhurt. Another aircraft was forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. A very large concentration of fires were seen with huge buildings in their midst, leaving no doubt as to the success of the operation. The glow from the fires was seen at the Dutch coast as our aircraft were homeward bound. Both light and heavy intense A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, were encountered. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place, There was slight ground haze at the target, although visibility was very good. Navigation was very good. For the success of the operation a message of congratulations was received from the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

Stirling Mk.I W7513 AA-G

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 04:15

08/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. 500 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble and another failed to return. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires being seen, one large explosion from the centre of target, was seen one hundred miles away as the aircraft were returning. Both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered co-operating with searchlights, they however, proved to be ineffective. Stirling 1 BK646 captained by P/O Lowe, was attacked by an enemy aircraft near Saarbrucken on the return journey. The enemy aircraft opened fire with cannon and a stream of tracer came into the cockpit, one exploding near the second pilot’s leg. Corkscrew tactics were adopted, but after seven minutes the enemy aircraft was lost. The only casualties were the second pilot, who was wounded in the leg and the Captain, who had slight face cuts. The aircraft successfully returned to base. There was a slight haze at the target, although visibility fairly good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 BF437, captained by Sergeant C.R. Davey.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 07:45

22/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with 30 lb. 4 lb. incendiary bombs. One aircraft however, failed to take off as it was found to be unserviceable. A general recall, however, was broadcast when the aircraft were about twenty minutes from the target. They all brought their bombs back with the exception of one, which was forced to jettison them.

Stirling Mk.III BF465 AA-K

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot. Sgt. Walter Donald Whitehead, RNZAF NZ416565 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Charles Leonard Parker, RNZAF NZ41228 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 05:10

27/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. And incendiaries of 30lb. And 4lb. One of the aircraft returned early, as it failed to maintain height . The remaining ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was difficult to judge the effectiveness of our bombs, as there was thick ground haze. Two aircraft were hit by A.A. fire, which was intense. But not effective. Many searchlights were also seen, which were co-operating with the A.A. defences. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was not very good, although it was fairly clear over the target except for ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-O/C

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot. Sgt. Walter Donald Whitehead, RNZAF NZ416565 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 03:25

29/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Ten aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft failed to takeoff, as they were found to be unserviceable and three returned early. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen, which were well concentrated and spreading. The glow from these fires was seen 100 miles away on the homeward journey. Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, with many searchlights co-operation all round the city. One aircraft was slightly damaged by A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was clear, although hazy. Visibility however, was fairly good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III BF465 AA-K

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Sgt. Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 08:35

04/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however returned early owing to engine trouble and one of the aircraft failed to take-off. The remaining five aircraft successfully bombed the target, although it was impossible to accurately assess results owing to heavy cloud, but nevertheless red glows were seen silhouetted against the clouds. Both light and heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, with searchlights co-operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and visibility was not very good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-H

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:05

08/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however were forced to return early owing to severe icing conditions, which prevented the aircraft from gaining height. Four of the remaining aircraft successfully bombed the target through cloud. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds. A fair amount of heavy predicted A.A.Fire was encountered, some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was 10/10ths cloud, with electrical storms, rain and severe icing. Which prevented this operation from being a complete success. Navigation was very good. Stirling III, BK770, captained by W/O Walsh, was returning to base at 01.10 hours a message was received from him, but this was the last heard of the aircraft until it was reported to have crashed at Bressingham, Norfolk, soon after this time. The aircraft exploded on impact and burnt out, and unfortunately the whole of the crew were killed.

Stirling Mk.III BK770 AA-L

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF R.802237 – Navigator.
Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAFVR 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF R.93568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed –
Flight Time – Crashed

Stirling Mk.III BK770 AA-L was returning to base when at 01:10hrs, a brief W/T distress signal was received from the aircraft but nothing more. A ground report was later received advising an aircraft had crashed at Valley Farm, Bressingham, Norfolk. Soon after impact an explosion was observed and the aircraft burst into flames. None of the crew survived. The three Commonwealth airmen, along with Sgt’s Reddicliffe and Curtis, are buried in the Newmarket cemetery.

This was the first Mk III Stirling written off in 75(NZ) Squadron.

W/O John Arthur Ernest Walsh, RNZAF NZ401294 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Arthur Ernest and May Walsh; Husband of D. D. Walsh, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot O. Grave 378.

F/S Bertram Augustus Moffatt, RCAF 80237 – Navigator.
Killed age 25.
Husband of Lilian Mary Moffatt, of Littleport, Cambridgeshire.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 431.
‘Sunshine fades
And shadows fall
But sweet remembrance
Outlasts all’

Sgt. Francis Henry Reddicliffe, RAFVR 1030797 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 28.
Husband of Lilian Mary Moffatt, of Littleport, Cambridgeshire.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 415.
‘Greater love hath no man’

Sgt. John William Scudder, RAFVR 1291875 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of John and Louise Scudder, of Brixton, London.
Buried Streatham Park Cemetery, Mitcham, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Square 24. Grave 31609.

Sgt. Jack Herbert Worthington, RAF 574819 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 19.
Son of Herbert Gerald and Rose Worthington, of Worthing.
Buried Worthing (Durrington) Cemetery, Sussex, England..
Grave location – Sec. 9. Row 8. Grave 42.

Sgt. Stanley Arthur Curtis, RAFVR 1386838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of Samuel and Martha Curtis; Husband of Rose Winifred Alice Curtis.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot O. Grave 397.
‘At rest’

Sgt. Phillip Gordon Stuart, RCAF 93568 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 30.
Son of John William Stuart and of Lillian Elizabeth Stuart, of Wainwright, Alberta, Canada.
Buried Newmarket Cemetery, Suffolk, England..
Grave location – Plot P. Grave 446.
‘Your love
Will light our way;
Your memory
Will ever be near us’