J.H. McDonald crew 20.11.44

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

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

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:42 – Landed 17:20
Flight Time 04:38

21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:15 – Landed 16:42
Flight Time 03:27

23/11/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Nordstern Oil Refinery Plant at Gelsenkirchen carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All aircraft attacked in formation bombing on navigational aids as the cloud was 10/10 with tops at 8000 ft. The attack was thought to be well concentrated, though it was impossible to observe the results. Flak opposition was moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

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

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:49 – Landed 17:07
Flight Time 04:18

27/11/1944 – Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard
Twenty three aircraft carried out a successful attack on Cologne Marshalling Yard with 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Flak over the target was moderate but accurate. One aircraft captained by F/O D.P. Leadley landed away at Manston. The crew were unhurt, but the aircraft was damaged.

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

P/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Messer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:28 – Landed 16:59
Flight Time 04:31

30/11/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed carrying 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, and Incendiary bombs to attack the coking plant at Osterfeld. Seventeen aircraft attacked the target successfully through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 feet, and the raid was reported as being well concentrated. One aircraft captained by NZ411915 F/O J.A. McIntosh is missing and the aircraft is believed to have had its tail shot away.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O
Hit by flak twice

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:54 – Landed 14:59
Flight Time 04:05

02/12/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Seventeen aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on the Coking Plant at Dortmund. All crews were successful in attacking the target which was covered by 10/10 cloud, tops being about 12,000 ft. and the raid was thought to be successful, though the Bomber stream was not as concentrated as usual. Flak was moderate, but very erratic, and none of our aircraft suffered damage. Bombs carried on this attack were 4,000 lb H.C., 1,000 lb. M.C. and 1,000 lb ANM.

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

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:46 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 04:19

05/12/1944 – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards
Twenty one aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Railway Marshalling Yards at Hamm during daylight, carrying 8,000 lb H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (LD.), 500 M.C., 4 lb I.B. bombs and Munroe bomb. Twenty aircraft attacked the target area through 10/10 cloud but a break in the cloud a little later disclosed bomb bursts to be rather scattered. One aircraft was led astray by the leader, and bombed a last resort target at Heintrop.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

P/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:16 – Landed 13:52
Flight Time 04:36

16/12/1944 – Attack Against Siegen
Eighteen aircraft took off to attack Siegen in rather poor weather conditions, carrying 1 x 12,000 H.C., 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C., 1,000 H.C., 500 cluster 4 lb and 4 lb I.B. Bombs. Three returned early with icing trouble. The main body experienced dense cloud and were unable to formate until they reached 30K. All crews bombed the target, several being able to see a built up area through occasional gaps in the dense cloud cover. It is concluded that the attack was successful. Some fighter and flak opposition was noticed en route, but our aircraft experienced no difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:17 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 05:47

21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:25 – Landed 17:24
Flight Time 04:59

23/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
The twenty one aircraft detailed on the 22nd December took off to attack Trier in improved weather conditions, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. The target could be identified visually and T.Is were aimed at by most crews. The attack was reported as being good with very few scattered bombs. Several explosions were seen as our aircraft left the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y
Hit by flak once
F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 16:27
Flight Time 04:28

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:09 – Landed 17:07
Flight Time 04:58

31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:41 – Landed 16:32
Flight Time 04:51

02/01/1945 – Attack Against Nurnburg
Eight out of nine aircraft attacked Nurnburg as detailed, carrying 4,000 H.C., 2,000 H.C., 500 M.C., 500G.P., 500Cluster No. 15 and Munro bombs. NZ403980 F/L K. McMillan in ‘U’, returned early owing to engine trouble. A good attack was reported and visibility was good. Crews reported a large explosion, Fires were seen 100 miles away.

Lancaster Mk.I NG113 AA-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:17 – Landed 22:52
Flight Time 07:35

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
hit by flak twice
F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 17:29
Flight Time 05:44

07/01/1945 – Attack Against Munich
even of eight aircraft detailed attacked Munich in ten tenths cloud carrying 4,000 H.C. , 1,000 M.C., 500 MC., 500 cluster 41b., 750 cluster No.17 and No. 15. Bombs. Crews bombed on flares. A mushroom explosion and red glow were observed through cloud. F/O Flamank in ‘P’ returned early through a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:09 – Landed 02:59
Flight Time 07:50

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:54 – Landed 16:40
Flight Time 04:46

15/01/1945 – Attack Against Langendreer
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. One aircraft ‘D’ captained by F/O Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:43 – Landed 16:49
Flight Time 05:06

16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:18 – Landed 04:16
Flight Time 04:58

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y
Hit by flak 4 times

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
W/O W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:14 – Landed 16:09
Flight Time 05:55

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I 902? -Y

F/L John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
W/O C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
W/O W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:05 – Landed 15:29
Flight Time 05:24