J.F.S. Wainwright crew 2.1.44

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Johnny Wainwright and the “dead-beat crew”. Back row, (L to R):Harold Howard Bell (Rear Gunner),John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright (Pilot) andMelvin Russell Bloomfield (Air Bomber). Front row (L to R): Sydney Clement Woolley (Wireless Operator), Noel Vernon Roberts (Flight Engineer), Stanley Starling (Mid Upper Gunner) and John Francis Richards (Navigator). Image provided by Lindsey Wainwright.

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The ‘Dead-Beats’ re-mustered at Oakington with No.7 P.F.F. in October 1944

02/01/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs, which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the operation was uneventful. There was 7/10ths cloud in the mining area, but visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 03:30

04/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. The attack was very concentrated and appeared to be a success. Some slight heavy A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft were encountered but proved negligible. In spite of 3-4 10ths. cloud at the target, visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:15 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 02:40

06/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were dropped in the allotted area. This was a successful and uneventful operation, some A.A. Fire was encountered but no aircraft received any damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen, and one short combat took place and the enemy aircraft was claimed as damaged. The weather was good with no cloud and visibility was perfect. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:30 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 08:35

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF181 JN-?

Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:35

20/01/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. One aircraft was withdrawn but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. The weather was good and visibility clear except for slight sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF251 ??-?

Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 20:25
Flight Time 03:10

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF251 ??-?

Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:40

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH901? JN-O

Sgt. John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:00

04/02/1944 – Mining in the Mouth of the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. All of the aircraft took off and dropped their mines in the allotted area. The weather as forecast was expected to be bad with heavy showers and severe icing, but apart from low cloud no trouble was experienced, the weather being better than forecast. An uneventful operation.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 08:20

20/02/1944 – Mining off St. Malo
Two aircraft successfully laid mines of 1,500 lbs in the channels of St. Malo. The operation was uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

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

22/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in Kiel Bay. After being airborne for one hour all of the aircraft were recalled owing to unsuitable weather conditions.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 dnc JN-P

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 19:30
Flight Time 02:50

25/02/1944 – Mining in Baltic Sea
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs, south of Zealand, an island in the Baltic Sea. Thirteen aircraft completed their mission successfully. The weather was good with excellent visibility. One aircraft (Captain NZ421803 F/Sgt. Willis W.) encountered six JU.88s, four of which fired short bursts, our rear gunner and mid-upper gunner returning fire. Our aircraft was not damaged and no claims were made on the enemy aircraft. Two aircraft returned early with engine trouble.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:45

07/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive).
In the target area there was ten tenths cloud with unknown base. No reception was seen.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful).
   The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘P’ took off at 20.35 hours. The target area was reached at 00.13 hours and was identified by some woods which showed up clearly against snow. The reception was very good and twelve containers were dropped from 600′ at 00.18 hours. The weather was good except for slight valley mist. Course was set for Base at 00.35 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chambery. the aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.15 hours.

Stirling Mk.III JN-P

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 07:40

13/03/1944 – Mining off Lorient
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest. One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return. Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out. The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

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

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 136 (ABORTIVE)
Operation BOB 136 (Abortive).
Visibility was rather poor and no reception was seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped on the villages E. of Montmirail.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

16/03/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Amiens
12 aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Amiens. One aircraft was withdrawn and one, being unable to maintain height owing to engine trouble, was forced to jettison near the target. The remaining ten aircraft successfully bombed the target although haze prevented identification of ground detail. No fighter opposition was encountered, and only very slight A.A. Fire.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/S John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
Sgt. Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 03:45

09/04/1944 – Attack against Villeneuve St. George
Eleven Lancaster aircraft successfully attacked Villeneuve St. Georges. Four Stirling aircraft were detailed to attack Lille. One jettisoned its load on the outward journey, but the remainder successfully attacked the target.

Lancaster Mk.III ME702 AA-Q

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/L William Edward McAlpine, RAFVR 115790/ 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 04:10

11/04/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Three aircraft successfully bombed the above target and encountered only slight opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I ME690 AA-Z

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 03:20

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III ND804 AA-K

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:35

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND804 AA-K

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:00

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.I R5692 JN-P

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 07:45

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I R5692 JN-P

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:45

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night’

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:30

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

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night’

P/O John Francis Schofield ‘Johnny’ Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – Pilot.
F/S John Francis Richards, RAFVR 1577792 – Navigator.
F/S Melvin Russell Bloomfield, RCAF R.168207/ J.88476 – Air Bomber.
F/S Sydney Clement Woolley, RAFVR 1387290 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Noel Vernon Roberts, RAFVR 1623514 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Howard Bell, RCAF R.181729 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stanley Starling, RAFVR 1295007 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 03:25