J.L. Wright crew 20.06.42

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

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

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 03:46

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
F/S Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RAFVR 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

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

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:10

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:30

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:16

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III – AA-F

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:41

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 02:40

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3541 AA-H

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 04:50

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3541 AA-H

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time –

13/07/1942 – Attack Against Duisburg
Nine a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc. was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was moderate and inaccurate. Searchlights were accurate but not numerous. One JU88 was sighted. No attack. Weather was good and navigation excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:39 – Landed 04:59
Flight Time 04:20

21/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs 30lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area but results were unobserved. Photographs were taken however. A.A. fire was not very heavy but there were any searchlight cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good, clear over target. Navigation was by TR & DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.625 AA-T

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Victor Kenneth Westerman, RNZAF NZ41970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:05

23/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Fourteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was heavy and concentrated. Searchlights were few owing to cloud. One JU.88 was seen. TWo other enemy a/c were seen but did not attack. Weather was poor, cloudy over the target. Nav. was good

Wellington Mk.III BJ.625 AA-T

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:57 – Landed 04:32
Flight Time 03:35

25/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was accurate and in abundance. Searchlights were poor. Several enemy a/c were seen, one FW190 was seen near target and a JU88 attacking a Wellington. Weather was fair with 8/10 to 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.625 AA-T

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:36 – Landed 05:01
Flight Time 04:25

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

Sgt. John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:53 – Landed 04:38
Flight Time 05:45

28/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area and bursts were seen in dock area. A.A. fire was very accurate, light and heavy predicted. There were many accurate searchlight cones in parts but clear over target. Navigation was good by TR and DR. Six a/c failed to return to base

Wellington Mk.III BJ.625 AA-T

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:01 – Landed 05:21
Flight Time 06:20

29/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken
Ten a/c were detailed to attack the above targets and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4;b incendiaries was dropped in target area. Hits were observed in target area. A.A. fire was weak and searchlights scarce. A twin engined fighter was seen on return route. Well. III, X3396 was attacked by JU88 but was able to evade it. Weather was cloudy. Navigation was TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3468 AA-H

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RCAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 05:40

31/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Eleven a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Good results were obtained and hits observed. A.A. fire was moderate and search lights although numerous, were ineffective. Well.III, X3396 was attacked by a JU88 but evaded successfully. F/Sgt. Lewis, rear gunner of Well.III, X3646 was struck and injured by a 4lb incendiary bomb falling from another a/c. Weather was good and navigation was by DR and TR

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RCAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 03:30

04/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb lad of 500lb were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, searchlights were lighting up the clouds, but not in large numbers. No enemy aircraft were seen. Weather was fairly good, being cloudy in places. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III J.3586 AA-?

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:53 – Landed 01:01
Flight Time 02:08

06/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, Bomb load of 4000lb, 250lb, incendiaries and flares were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy and in some parts scattered, ground haze caused searchlights to be ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was fairly good bt T.R. and D.R. Wellington X3636, captained by Sgt. Jackson. J. was hit by A.A. fire which caused hydraulics to be unserviceable in his aircraft, he landed successfully on return.

Wellington Mk.III J.3586 AA-?

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:32 – Landed 06:55
Flight Time 05:23

09/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb, incendiaries and flares was dropped in target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area and vicinity. A small amount of light A.A. fire was encountered, the target was ringed by a heavy concentration of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3389 AA-?

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:21 – Landed 04:36
Flight Time 04:15

11/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack above target. Bomb laod of 4000lb, 1000lb, 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in target area. A.A. fire was light, searchlights were scarce and ineffective. One fighter was seen by P/O Horne in Wellington B.J.765 as he was crossing the Dutch Coast homeward bound, no attack was made. The weather was moderate, being cloudy near target. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ837 captain Sgt. Hockaday.N.J., five minutes from the English coast on way to target, fabric stripped off nose of aircraft to port and starboard, the Bomb load was jettisoned and the aircraft returned to base. Three aircraft failed to return, Wellington B.J.767 captained by F/O Dobbin, Wellington B.J.625, Sgt Barclay.T.S., captain, Wellington X.3646 captain Sgt Bradey.G.E.

Wellington Mk.III X.3389 AA-?

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:44 – Landed 03:44
Flight Time 05:00

12/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area, large fires were seen. Wellington BJ.765 Captain P/O. Horne took photographs of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, heavy in places but scattered. Searchlights were few and ineffective. The weather was poor, being cloudy over target. Navigation was good by D/R and T/R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3389 AA-?

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:31 – Landed 04:31
Flight Time 06:00

24/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack Bomb load of 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, one large fire was observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. Searchlights were moderate. Several enemy aircraft were seen, Wellington X.3396 Captained by Sgt. Kearns, R.S.D. was attacked by a FW.190. The weather was clear on route but cloudy over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 05:20

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 08:00

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:44
Flight Time 05:09

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:09 – Landed 01:09
Flight Time 04:00

14/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area. A few fires were seen. Light and heavy predicted accurate A.A. fire was encountered, searchlights were in small groups, widely dispersed. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear over target with moderate ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/L John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Benjamin Allan Franklin, RNZAF NZ414277 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:53 – Landed 00:33
Flight Time 04:40

16/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. A.A. fire was intense heavy and accurate, searchlights were in heavy concentration. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe K, was hit by A.A. fire in starboard main plain two minutes prior to bombing, which made a big hole between starboard motor and fuselage, making it impossible to turn to port. Near Dutch coast on return, the aircraft was attacked from underneath by an unseen aircraft, being hit several times and the WOP. being wounded in the back. The enemy aircraft was not seen by any of the crew. On return the aircraft belly landed on the aerodrome with hydraulics unserviceable. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/Sgt. Wright J.L. was attacked by a JU.88 on return from bombing. The enemy aircraft was fired at by the front gunner; after several bursts it was seen by captain WOP and front gunner to explode in the air. A few enemy aircraft were seen by other aircraft but no attacks were made. The target area was covered by 8/10 to 9/10 cloud. Navigation was good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:28 – Landed 01:03
Flight Time 04:35

18/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening of St. Nazaire
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. Light tracer was encountered over St.Nazaire which appeared to come from the town. A few searchlights were seen operation independently. No enemy aircraft were seen, the weather was very clear at target area, navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. George William Rhodes, RAFVR 1331658 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RCAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 05:40

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. George William Rhodes, RAFVR 1331658 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RCAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 05:15

24/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Texel
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Heavy Thunder storms and a low cloud was encountered. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RAFVR NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 02:30

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening in Baltic
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables and 500lb. Bombs were successfully dropped by two aircraft, who failed to hear a recall signal which was broadcast to all aircraft at approximately 2300hrs. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very cloudy with ground haze at base. Navigation was accurate by D.R. and t.R. Wellington BK207 captained by F/Sgt. Dunmall crashed at base on return due to bad visibility.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 03:45