J. Joll crew 17.05.41

03/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. UNL.218 reported decision to turn back owing to wireless not acting correctly. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and cases of incendiaries. UNL.205 reports dropped stick of bombs across target. UNL.218 bombed HAMMSTEDE AERODROME and bombs burst near flare path.
UNK.633 reports bombs hit Dock Gates North East of Main Gates. UNL.640 reports bombs burst East side of RHINE.
UNL.645 reported red glow observed through target.
UNL.633 observed 2/5 star red cartridges seen and red tracer fired N.E. of HONNINGTON. Fires were observed in target area and UNL.783 took photographs of Dusseldorf aerodrome. A fair amount of heavy and accurate flak was experienced. Many enemy fighters were observed and UNL.347 observed plane bomb FELTWELL at 1200ft. The weather experienced on this raid was fine and clear. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Roberts,   – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

12/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs 500lbs 250lbs and cases on incendiaries. XDA 240 reports bombs fell in target area and fires started. XDA.245 reports bombs dropped on Dock Buildings South of DOCK . XDA.283 dropped bombs across centre of targets on Westerly Leading.
XDA.283 captained by P/O Hewitt reports his aircraft was caught and held in searchlights for 30 minutes and was shot at from the ground during that time and machine hit in may places and hydraulic gear rendered U/S which necessitated a “Crash Landing” on return. This machine was damaged.
XDA.627 reports bombs burst in target area.
XDA.671 reports bombs dropped on SCHIPOL AERODROME owing to wireless being U/S.
XDA.907 reports bombs burst in neighbourhood of AIRMINISTRY BUILDING approx. 1/2 mile S.E. of TIERGARTEN.
Two dummy aerodromes were observed to West of SCHIPOL AERODROME. Very intense heavy A.A. Fire was experienced over the whole route. Intense searchlight activity was experienced and they were mostly operating in cones. XDA.283 report seeing one MW110 over Dutch Coast.
The weather throughout this trip was very good and Navigation was by D/R Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Roberts,   – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 06:20

13/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area and many fires were observed to be burning when last aircraft left. Heavy and light flak was experienced over the target and numerous searchlights were used working in cones. ARU 271 observed one ME109 and one ME110 near DUTCH COAST and ARU 250 engaged one JU88 results were not observed. Good weather was experienced and navigation was by D/R and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Roberts,   – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:30

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Roberts,   – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 07:30

23/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000 lbs., 50lbs., and containers of incendiaries..
UNL.405 reports incendiaries were seen, through cloud, to ignite, but H.E. not observed.
UNL.548 bombed through 8/10 cloud. Fires were seen to start, and a red glow lit the cloud.
UNL.837 bombed within one mile of target. Flashes, but no results, were observed.
Results were not observed by UNL.896 owing to 9/10 cloud.
UNL.903 dropped incendiaries and H.E. in single stick cross target on N.E. heading, through 9/10 cloud. Explosions not observed.
UNL.951 reports incendiaries burst believed in target area. Two fires started but were quickly controlled. White explosions seen up to 10 mins later.
Four photographs were taken by UNL.405.
A.A. Fire was heavy at some parts of route fairly accurate.
Searchlights were intense and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Heavy cloud was experienced over target area and most of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Roberts,   – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 09:40

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 06:25

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 07:30

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/O Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:20

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:05

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 AA-M

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 06:45

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 06:30

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1589 AA-?

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 05:40

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1771 AA-T

F/L Thomas Francis Gill, RAFVR 36208 – Pilot.
Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie , RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Hogg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off No Time Listed – Landed No Time Listed
Flight Time no time listed

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1163 AA-?

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lacey, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:50

02/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped, but owing to fairly heavy cloud no results were observed. Fairly accurate light and heavy flak was scattered throughout target area. Searchlights were intense and working in cones. One enemy aircraft was seen near target area, but no attack was made. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:15

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:30

15/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, THC.334 (P/O. Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. SGT. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned.
A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
THC.683 reports that bombs were dropped on Cologne.
THC.938 bombed concentration of flak and searchlights on E.T.A. Assumed over Cologne.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target areas and on route.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot. P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:20

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:50

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:30

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 06:25

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gwyn Martin, 981426/ 110857 – Observer.*
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:30

*From Gwyn Martins autobiography “Up and Under”:
On July 3, I was asked to make up a crew whose navigator had been taken ill at briefing. The target was Essen, the crew had a good reputation on the squadron, and I agreed at short notice. It was a tough trip Jackie Joll, the pilot, and Hank Corrin both earned D.F.M.s as a result and I was pleased that I had been a part of the effort. I enjoyed the experience of working with a different but equally well disciplined crew.”

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:35

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber centre of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:40

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 05:10

10/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft of 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.
The target was bombed by JDS.276
JDS.629 reports bombs were seen to burst in what was believed to be the Southern part of Cologne.
JDS.723 dropped bombs near fire in town of Bonn. Incendiaries started a good fire.
JDS.727 reports bombs dropped in target area and bursts seen in estimated position of aiming point.
JDS.871 saw bombs burst in target area.
JDS.972 reports firs were seen to start after bombing.
P/O. Scott reports that small fires were started in small town south of Cologne.
P/O. Hamlin reports that a fire was started in target area.
SGT. Brecon bombed target area.
P/O Hobbs saw bombs burst near a small red fire in the centre of a heavy flak concentration.
A number of dummy fires were observed on route.
A.A. fire was slight.
Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attack made.
The weather was fine but there was haze over route and in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:45

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:40

15/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.3171 captained by SGT. Fotheringham, failed to return to base. Another, W.5663, captained P/O Rees, (RJT.533) was attacked by unidentified enemy fighter over the target. The aircraft was badly damages and the 2nd Pilot Sgt. Joyce was killed. SGT. Conibear, the front gunner, was seriously injured and died in hospital; and SGT. Gwyn-Williams was injured (Rear gunner). The aircraft returned to base where a landing was made. P/O Rees was awarded the D.F.C.; and the wireless operator, SGT. Lewis, was awarded the D.F.M.

RJT.147 bombed marshalling yard south of aiming point.
RJT.319 Observed bomb bursts in target area.
RJT.385 Attacked target area and saw bomb bursts.
RJT.445 bombed target area.
RJT.533 bombed target area, but thin cloud prevented accurate pin-point.
RJT.570 reports big fire started by bombs on target area.
RJT.683 located target, but it was not clearly pinpointed. A fix was obtained from Rhine and autobahn. Bombs dropped in salvo on large fire within radius of 3 miles of target.
P/O Ashworth reports that results were not observed over Ruhr, but a fire was started and a building blown up on an aerodrome 6 miles southof Hague. HEavy accurate predicted A.A. fire was encountered in target area. Searchlights were very active and accurate. The weather was good, but there was a layer of cloud over target. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, W/T, astro

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Jack Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsay, RAFVR 116065 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend , RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. Walter Victor Ashleigh Phear, RNZAF NZ37168 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gifford Foulkes, RAFVR 909428 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herrold Raymond Corrin, RNZAF NZ401224 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:10 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 17:10