J.F.M. Parnham crew 15.10.41 †

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jpcelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 04:25

28/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend
Three Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate and co-operating with searchlights which were accurate and working in cones. There was a thin layer of cloud over the route, but the weather in the target area was fine.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jocelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:23 – Landed 23:53
Flight Time 02:30

06/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X9767 captained by P/O Johnson, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP, and SBC’s of 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft was seen under attack on the Dutch-German frontier. Another aircraft was observed possibly being shot down by dual AA fire/searchlight action about 15 miles west or south-west of the target. An enemy aircraft was seen taking off from Schipol, but no attacks occurred Bombs were dropped in the target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over the target area, but heavy en route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy  aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic J.2747 AA-?

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O George Eric Fowler, RAFVR 86427 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jocelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 01:13
Flight Time 04:28

08/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to make individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, (including delay), 250 lb (including delay fuses), and containers of incendiaries. AA fire was very light and searchlight activity was also light and ineffective. No enemy aircraft seen. The weather conditions were excellent in the target area and en route. Navigation includes:- D.R., Q.D.M., Astro., Pinpoint., Loop and Lorenz.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

P/O Clive Walter Scott, RNZAF NZ40255- 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 07:15

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 R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jocelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 07:45

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1771 AA-T

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jocelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:05

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1771 AA-T

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jocelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 06:00

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 T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jocelyn, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 07:10

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 Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Sivess, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 03:05

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 R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Harrison-Smith, RNZAF NZ403959 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:20

21/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Boulogne
One Wellington aircraft from this Unit was detailed to carry out the above attack, dropped incendiaries on the believed target and bombs were dropped on one enemy aerodrome. A hanger was believed hit. There was little A.A. fire and searchlights were moderate. No enemy aircraft were seen. Operation was marred by very bad weather.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Arthur Colville, RNZAF NZ403539 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 03:35

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.9951 AA-L

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Harrison-Smith, RNZAF NZ403959 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 07:15

01/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington Ic Aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. The whole Operation was marred by bad weather there being 10/10th. Cloud throughout the trip and no results were observed. Bomb load consisting of 1000lbs, 50lbs, 250lbs and incendiaries was dropped on un-identified town, and on area to the West of the target. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75m.m. tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One M.E. 110 enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. Navigation was good, Astro and D.R. loop being used. A convoy fifteen miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. There was a surprising lack of enemy fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic V.1091 AA-?

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Harrison-Smith, RNZAF NZ403959 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 06:50

04/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Nine Wellington IC aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Heavy cloud was experienced throughout the whole trip and although bombs were dropped in target area no results were observed. Accurate Heavy Flak was met over the target area and searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was very poor with 10/10th cloud which completely marred the whole operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Harrison-Smith, RNZAF NZ403959 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 05:10

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud over target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 dnc AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
returned to base early owing to Navigator falling sick

Take Off 00:00 – Landed Rtnd to Base
Flight Time –

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 Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. Acree, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 05:35

12/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Nine Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 500lbs was carried, and was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. An accurate barrage of light and heavy flak was encountered. There was a large number of searchlights operating in cones. Weather was good with 2/10 to 4/10 cloud over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

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

17/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre
Seven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in the target area but results were not observed. Light and heavy flak was encountered and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to low cloud. Visibility was fair but 10/10 cloud over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.1083, captained by Sgt. Climie, landed at Exeter on return to get medical aid to P/O Gunning who was injured whilst the aircraft was over target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:45 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 05:20

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Navigator.
Sgt. Murray Alexander MacDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 04:10

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3282 AA-F/V?

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitcheson, RAFVR NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 04:45

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3282 AA-F/V?

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitcheson, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 04:20

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L Kitchin, F/O Sandys and Sgt Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3282 AA-F/V?

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert McGibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Sgt. Murray Alexander McDonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Campbell Ewen Justin Aitcheson, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The circumstances surrounding the loss Wellington Mk.III X.3282 are not known, other than that the aircraft crashed near Scleswig, approximately 40 miles North West of the target area. The entire crew were killed.

Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of Fred and Lucy Annie Parnham, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 2.
‘For ever in our memory.
Sadly missed by us all’

F/S John Lukies Brown, RNZAF NZ402534 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of Mrs. M. W. Mcnee, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 3.

Sgt. Robert Mcgibbon, RAFVR 998735 – Observer.
Killed age 26.
Husband of Mabel Elizabeth Mcgibbon, of Countess Wells, Aberdeen.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 1.

F/S Campbell Ewin Justin Aitchison, RNZAF NZ402974 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Harry and Lily Evans Aitchison, of Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 4.

Sgt. Murray Alexander Mcdonald, RAAF AUS.400352 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 5.
‘In loving memory of
‘One of the first of the few”

Sgt. Joseph Henry Godfrey, RAFVR 1378233 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 29.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 2. H. 6.