J.F. Fisher crew 20.09.41

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326
Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.
The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.
CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.
CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.
CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.
CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.
P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.
Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:20

06/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.1648 captained by SGT. Millet, failed to return to base. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
GHC.170 sighted river near target but had to bomb through 10/10 cloud. Glow of a fire was seen through clouds. Bomb bursts were observed in target area by GHC.231. GNC.265 observed bomb bursts in dock area. GHC.279 bombed target area but was unable to pinpoint target on account of haze. GHC.324 saw bombs burst across outer harbour of Ostend. Unable to reach primary target owing to loss of time and petrol in extensive thunder cloud on East Coast. GHC.470 dropped bombs in target area but results were not observed. GHC.535 bombed target through 9/10 cloud. Fire observed on departure. GHC.688 failed to attack target. GHC.719 bombed flak and searchlight concentrations on E.T.A. through 10/10 cloud. Results were not observed by GHC.750.
P/O. Williams reports direct hit on lock gates. Results were not observed by P/O. Scott owing to heavy cloud.
A fair amount of activity was observed on enemy aerodromes in Brussels-liege area.
A.A. fire was slight but accurate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
GHC.279 reports encounter with probable JU.88. Three attacks were made but the enemy was driven off by return fire. Rear gunner believes he scored hit with third burst, causing aircraft to break away.
Weather was not favourable, there being heavy cloud, thunder, electric storms, and bad icing conditions.
Navigation was by W/T, D/R, astro and loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:05

12/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 06:25

14/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
ROB.214 reports bombs fell probably near centre of town but to N.W. of railway station. Bursts observed. Large fires seen when leaving. Have and cloud over target made pinpointing impossible.
ROB.417 bombed south of town.
ROB.476 reports one very large fire started approx.. half mile N.W. of target aiming point.
ROB.556 dropped bombs in target area.
ROB.577 reports that bursts were see and a small fire started.
P/O. Scott reports bomb bursts see and a large fire started.
S/L. Widdowson bombed target.
P/O. Williams bombed buildings near target.
Several dummy fires were observed around target area.
A.A fire was fairly intense and co-operating with searchlights.
Searchlights were active.
ROB.214 was attacked by enemy aircraft, probably JU.88, at about 1200feet over base. One head-on attack was made with cannon and machine gun, but no hits scored. Avoided enemy action by diving to about 200 feet.
The weather was fine in target area, but there was heavy cloud on route.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, loop, astro, Q.D.M.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:50

17/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and was made up of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, and containers of incendiaries. All bombs were dropped, but owing to heavy cloud results were not observed. A.A. fire was moderate, and there was little searchlight activity.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9759 AA-R

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Mehmed, RAFVR? – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 04:35

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9767 AA-S

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O. John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:40

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and       working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-U

Sgt. Anthony Henry Ryder Hawkins, RNZAF NZ40971 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAF 67067 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Hugh MacLachlan Aitchison, RCAF R.54169/ J.4782 – Observer.
Sgt. Leslie Cyril Green, RAFVR 755095 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Edward ‘Ted’ ‘Moon’ Mullins, RCAF R.54981 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Derek Richard Fawcett, RAFVR 1755949 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:55

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 22:17
Flight Time 02:52

26/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden
Three Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries. Intense light flak was encountered; little heavy. Searchlights were not numerous or troublesome. One enemy aircraft was seen but no atack made. Weather was fairly good, but there was haze over the target. Navigation was by W/T, Q.D.M., astro, D/F.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 04:50

29/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target areas were bombed, bursts were seen, and fires started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was ineffective, and very few searchlights operated in target areas. Weather was not too good, there being cloud on route and in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, QDM, pinpoints, loop, Lorenz, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:12 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 07:08

10/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z8969, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X9825, captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne, as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes later. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode in the city area. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 feet, to 4,000 feet. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of target. Visibility was good, with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 05:31
Flight Time 05:16

12/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington IC X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 02:10

13/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP and SBC’s of 4 lb incendiaries. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced North and West of the target area, both light and heavy. Target was bombed and fires were observed on leaving. Many large cones of Searchlights were active West and North of the target. Enemy aircraft were seen on the return flight over the Dutch coast but no attacks were made on our aircraft. An unidentified aircraft followed Sgt Taylor and crew in X9977 for about 40 minutes. No attacks were initiated. The aircraft was using a hand lamp for signalling. The weather was 10/10 cloud over target area, with haze. Navigation was by Lorenz, QDM’s, Astro Fix and DR.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975! AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Auckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:30

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 06:05

20/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above target. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Parnham, crash landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed North and North West of target following river at Oldenburgh. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburgh. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was poor, with low cloud and thick ground haze over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 05:20

22/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim
*Six Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Owing to the weather conditions operations were marred, but a fire was bombed in a town on the Rhine, probably Mannheim and bomb bursts seen. There was slight A.A. activity and searchlights were ineffective where seen. Electrical storms, thunder cloud and snow storms were met throughout operations. Navigation was good. D.R. and special beam No.6 used. Icing (black) was experienced over Continent. Unable to see through windscreens owing to accumulated snow, from Belgian coast onwards. Severe weather conditions made accuracy impossible. One of these aircraft, X.9914, captained by Sgt. Taylor, failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 01:06
Flight Time 07:01

26/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot. Sgt. Allen Bruce Slater, RAAF AUS.402550 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 06:15

26/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend
Seventeen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000,lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs. 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs were however dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10th cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was D.R. and Q.D. M.s. One of these aircraft, Z.1114, captained by Sgt. Evans, returned to base with engine trouble.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kaiser, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 04:20

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kaiser, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed unreadable
Flight Time –

02/01/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisting of 500 lbs and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to 10/10th cloud. A.A. fire was only slight, only a few searchlights were active and no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was poor and there
was 10/10 cloud throughout the operation. Navigation was entirely by D.R. Wellington aircraft R.1457 returned to base with it’s bomb load.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-?

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend, RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:10 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 05:35

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
P/O Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RAFVR NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:00

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey-Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
P/O Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RAFVR NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 01:10

06/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area and fires were observed. There was intense heavy flak over the target but only a few searchlights were active. One single engined fighter attempted to attack Wellington II X3636 but was driven off by flak. There was 9/10th cloud on the route and 3/10th to 5/10th cloud over the target at 11,000 feet. Navigation was good TR and DR being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
P/O Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 05:05

08/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg
Nine Well.III aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 30lbs L.C. and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. Intense predicted flak S.W. of Hamburg but searchlight ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy a/c seen off Heligoland and believed JU88. Weather was very poor with 10/10 cloud over target and electric storms off East coast of England. Navigation was by DR and TR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 02:55

09/04/1942 – Operations – Daylight Attack on Essen
Three Well.III aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target but mission was not carried out. Two a/c returned to base with bombs and Well.III, X3270, captained by P/O. Fisher dropped its bomb on Geldern. Reason for return of a/c was a break in cloud cover which necessitated turning back. No enemy a/c were seen and there were only isolated bursts of A.A. fire. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, British Army – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 03:00

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:20

14/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. There was very little flak and searchlights were few although there were some cones over the target. Two fighters were seen but they did not attack. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by DR, TR and loops was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, British Army – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:17 – Landed 23:57
Flight Time 01:40

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:52 – Landed 05:07
Flight Time 05:15

17/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. Well.III, X.3636 jettisoned its bombs when in searchlight beams. There was intense heavy flak co-operating with searchlights which were numerous. Weather was clear and there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was good by TR, loops and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 05:35

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 05:10

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Hill, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 07:55

04/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Incendiaries and 4000lbs. bombs were carried and the majority dropped. Weather conditions were not good with the result that difficulty was experienced in pinpointing target and observing results. A.A> fire was slight in target area but fairly heavy at some parts of route. Searchlights were not veru active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR, TR, pinpoint, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
P/O William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:50

06/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of the Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A bomb load consisting of 4000lbs; and 4 lbs. and 30 lbs. incendiaries was carried and dropped in the target area and bursts and a number of large fires were observed. Weather conditions were fairly good although ground haze and intense darkness made pinpointing difficult. A.A. fire was slight and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR., TR., pinpoints, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 06:10

07/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 1500lbs. and 500lbs. All the 1500lbs. bombs were dropped but the majority of the 500lbs were returned. Weather conditions were favourable and the target area was clear. One aircraft, X.3664 captained by P/O. Wilson was chased by an enemy fighter but no attack was made. Navigation was by astro, DR, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:30

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:45

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of $000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Anderson Fraser, RNZAF NZ403597 – Observer.
F/S Arthur Stafford Christie, RNZAF NZ402982 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:50