J.M. Bailey crew 26.09.42

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 X.3959 AA-L/R

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Mathers Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 05:35

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. A small amount of A.A. fire was encountered from A.A. ships. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Considerable cloud was encountered with ground haze at base. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Observer.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Davison, RCAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 03:40

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.832 AA-Z

Sgt. John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Observer.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RNZAF 1284470 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 05:10

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III BK.341 AA-?

Sgt. John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Observer.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RNZAF 962902 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 02:00

20/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4lb. Incendiaries were dropped in the target area by two of the aircraft, the other two aircraft returned early, their bombs being dropped over South France and in The Wash. Large fires were seen in the centre of the Town. A smoke screen was seen, suspected to have come from generators on the South of the Town. A few light A.A. guns were on the river bend, near Marshalling Yards, and some light also on the North of Town, all were very inaccurate. No searchlights were seen. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over the target area was very good, visibility being also good. Navigation was good by Astro, D.R, and T.R., The target being easy to identify by the bend in the river.

Stirling Mk.I BF.398 AA-F

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:33 – Landed 02:33
Flight Time 08:00

06/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Manheim
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, with bombs of 1,000lb. And 4lb. Incendiaries. The operation itself was not a success as two returned early, one with a dead starboard inner and another because the aircraft failed to gain height. One aircraft reached the target and dropped its bombs in the target area, a hot welcome was given, so hot that the aircraft needed a new fin on return, the A.A. fire and searchlights being very accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was 10/10th. cloud over the target area, the only means of recognition of the target being one large fire. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF.398 AA-F

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:36 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 06:44

09/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb loads of 4lb. incendiaries were dropped by all aircraft in the target area. All crews reported that the town was well ablaze and huge columns of smoke were seen. A medium amount of both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was no cloud at the target, it was very hazy, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was good. This can be looked upon as our most successful Stirling operation yet.

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-V/W?

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot. Sgt. Kevin Frederick Debenham, RNZAF NZ412211 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 08:30

08/01/1943 – Gardening off the North Sea of Denmark
Three aircrafts were detailed to carry out the above operations with vegetables of 1500 lbs.cTwo of the aircraft successfully planted their vegetables in the allotted area, the other aircraft captured by F/Sgt. Bailey, was forced to abandon the operation, as his port inner engine failed over the North Sea and he lost height. This put him in heavy icing cloud and forced him to jettison his bombs, all Sperry instruments went u/s. He eventually got “Gee” fix near English coast and arrive safely back at base. No A.A fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fairly good, as was also visibility, navigation was by D.R and T.R.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 04:45

23/01/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. All aircraft reported that their bombs were seen to fall in the target area. Large fires were seen to be lighting up the whole area. A fair amount of heavy, medium and light flak was encountered, only a few searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was very clear at the target and good visibility. Navigation was by D.R., T.R., pinpoints and visual. Stirling I R9248 captained by Sergt. R.M.Kidd failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BK617 AA-D

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot. Sgt. Desmond Lewis Thompson, RNZAF NZ413152 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 05:00

03/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

Stirling Mk.I BF398 AA-F

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot. Sgt. Desmond Lewis Thompson, RNZAF NZ413152 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:30

07/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Eight of the aircraft attacked the target, the other aircraft returning early as the inter comm. became u/s. All bombs were successfully dropped in the target area, large fires were seen which lit up the whole of the town. The smoke from these fires was rising to a height of 8,000 feet. This operation is considered to have been an exceedingly good show. Some A.A. fire and searchlights were encountered but they were very accurate. Enemy aircraft were also seen but none of them attacked. The weather was excellent with clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I – AA-

F/S John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

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

14/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully bombed the target in 10/10ths cloud by means of P.F.F. sky marker flares, so the success of the trip could not be judged, although a red glow was seen on the clouds as the aircraft left the target area. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly predicted. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was broken cloud from base to enemy coast, which gradually built up to 10/10ths cloud at the target area. Navigation was very good. A stranger from 214 Squadron landed on our runway and made the aerodrome completely unserviceable. Three of our aircraft therefore, had to be diverted to Lakenheath and Waterbeach.

Stirling Mk.I BF398 AA-F

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 04:10

16/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All the aircraft successfully bombed in the target area, large fires were seen in the whole area. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, which was very intense during the early part of the attack, but was dying down when later aircraft arrived. Searchlights were very accurate and coned several aircraft, one aircraft being held for 8 minutes, the pilot took very violent evasive action but eventually got clear after great difficulty. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Over the target area there was very dispersed low cloud, although visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BF398 AA-F

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 05:00

18/02/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500 lb. six of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. One aircraft met flak at Cherbourg which proved to be quite accurate, but the aircraft was not hit. No searchlights were seen. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over the mining area was hazy, with visibility fair to good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 06:50

19/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1000lb and 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft failed to take off and another was forced to abandon the sortie owing to compass trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, they were unable to see results as visibility was very limited, although some fires were seen which were quickly spreading throughout the town. Light A.A. fire was encountered, and a few searchlights were seen. Sgt. Lord was coned in searchlights for three minutes, but returned unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather at the target was not very good as there was a thin layer of cloud over the area, visibility was fair. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF398 AA-F

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

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

25/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,00 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft returned early, one owing to the aircraft failing to maintain height and the other owing to the navigator being ill. Four aircraft successfully attacked the target although results could not be seen owing to ground haze. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak in the Rhine area, and had to jettison his bombs. He went on to the target , however, and reported that fires were fairly well concentrated. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Both light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, was encountered. It proved to be very inaccurate. There was 8/10ths cloud and ground haze in the target area. Visibility was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BK437 AA-

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 03:30

26/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb., two of these aircraft were forced to abandon the mission owing to engine trouble. The remaining five aircraft successfully attacked the target. The whole of the target was well alight, the bombing also appeared to be accurate. The fires were seen by crews fifty to sixty miles away as they were returning. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, varying from moderate to intense. Some searchlights were also co-operating, but none of our aircraft were coned. A few enemy aircraft were seen, two attacks were made against our aircraft but no damage was sustained. The weather was good with fair visibility although there was a good deal of haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 04:30

28/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft failed to take off however, owing to extractor trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, their bombs being seen to explode in the target area (which was well alight) and very well concentrated, the fires being seen forty miles away. There was moderate and heavy A.A, fire co-operation with searchlights. This was accurate. One aircraft was hit by flak and landed at Castle Camps. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was clear, although visibility was only fair, owing to haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 23:56
Flight Time 05:16

01/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft, however, were forced to return early owing to inter-comm,, and rear turret trouble, their bombs being jettisoned. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target. This is considered to be a first class effort, colossal fires were seen, which were well concentrated and were seen up to 150 miles away as the aircraft were returning. Three aircraft were hit by A.A. fire in the Ruhr area but they returned safely. The defences in the target area were very poor, little A.A. fire and few searchlights being encountered. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was slight cloud in the target area, although visibility was very good and ground detail could be seen very clearly. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 08:30

11/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 30 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. One of the aircraft, however, failed to take off as it proved to be unserviceable. The remaining eight aircraft successfully dropped their incendiaries in the target area. There were heavy fires, which were well concentrated in the centre of the town. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. fire which was co-operating with searchlights, one aircraft being coned for two minutes but he escaped unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was slight have over the target area although visibility was good and ground detail could be seen. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:50

12/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft, however, returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, the remaining six aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fire were seen, which lit up the whole of the area, one crew reported that they saw two large explosions which appeared to come from the Krupps works. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered. It was intense, although not too bad considering the target, the searchlights however, proved to be troublesome. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was smoke and haze over the target, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:00

Robert Ernest Tod listed as Front Gunner

22/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with 30 lb. 4 lb. incendiary bombs. One aircraft however, failed to take off as it was found to be unserviceable. A general recall, however, was broadcast when the aircraft were about twenty minutes from the target. They all brought their bombs back with the exception of one, which was forced to jettison them.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:00

27/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. And incendiaries of 30lb. And 4lb. One of the aircraft returned early, as it failed to maintain height . The remaining ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was difficult to judge the effectiveness of our bombs, as there was thick ground haze. Two aircraft were hit by A.A. fire, which was intense. But not effective. Many searchlights were also seen, which were co-operating with the A.A. defences. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was not very good, although it was fairly clear over the target except for ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 07:50

29/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Ten aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft failed to take-off, as they were found to be unserviceable and three returned early. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen, which were well concentrated and spreading. The glow from these fires was seen 100 miles away on the homeward journey. Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, with many searchlights co-operation all round the city. One aircraft was slightly damaged by A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was clear, although hazy. Visibility however, was fairly good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 08:05

04/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however returned early owing to engine trouble and one of the aircraft failed to take-off. The remaining five aircraft successfully bombed the target, although it was impossible to accurately assess results owing to heavy cloud, but nevertheless red glows were seen silhouetted against the clouds. Both light and heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, with searchlights co-operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and visibility was not very good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:33
Flight Time 05:53

08/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks, with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Four of the aircraft however were forced to return early owing to severe icing conditions, which prevented the aircraft from gaining height. Four of the remaining aircraft successfully bombed the target through cloud. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds. A fair amount of heavy predicted A.A. Fire was encountered, some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was 10/10ths cloud, with electrical storms, rain and severe icing. Which prevented this operation from being a complete success. Navigation was very good. Stirling III, BK770, captained by W/O Walsh, was returning to base at 01.10 hours a message was received from him, but this was the last heard of the aircraft until it was reported to have crashed at Bressingham, Norfolk, soon after this time. The aircraft exploded on impact and burnt out, and unfortunately the whole of the crew were killed.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 04:25

10/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft were forced to return early as they failed to maintain height. Eight of the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was not possible to see the target owing to thick cloud, a large red glow was nevertheless seen. Both light and heavy A.A fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered, although they were ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place. There was 10/10ths cloud in the target area, but it was clear and dark above our aircraft. Navigations was excellent. Stirling III, BF455 captained by F/Sgt. Rothschild was hit over the target by A.A. Fire and also chased by enemy Fighters. This caused him to run short of Petrol over the English Channel on the way home, and he eventually crash landed in the sea, 3 miles off Shoreham. The wireless procedure had been perfect, and Spitfires escorted it over the French coast, and a Walrus Flying Boat was waiting for it to crash land. Dingy drill was perfect and all the crew got in safely after an immaculate landing – the Stirling floating for 25 minutes. The final scene was enacted in the Channel as the Walrus collided with the Dinghy and dropped all the crew in the sea. No Ill-effects except for Sgt. Grainger, the Flight Engineer, who suffered from shock. Stirling III BF456 captained by Sgt. Webb failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 06:01

14/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiary bombs of 30 lb and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early as the controls were faulty. None of the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen, together with a great deal of black smoke. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. Fire encountered on the way to the target, but very little in the target area. A few searchlights were seen, but they were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and short combats took place, but our aircraft were not damaged. It was very clear over the target, as there was a bright moon, and visibility was good in spite of slight ground haze. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mark III BF513 captained by P/O. D.J. McCaskill failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

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

16/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack, with bombs of 2000 lb, 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Seven of the aircraft successfully attacked the target. Large fires and one big explosion were seen. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Both heavy and light A.A. Fire was encountered co-operation with searchlights. Two of our aircraft were hit and the Navigator of one was hit in the leg. Several enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good on the route, but considerable haze was experienced at the target. Navigations was very good. Stirling Mark III BK.664 captained by F/Lt. D.C.Lowe, which experienced some very accurate A.A. Fire whilst overt the target, found on landing, that this throttle controls were jammed open, he was lucky enough to be able to land, but unfortunately he crashed into a semi built hanger on the aerodrome. The aircraft was an absolute wreck, but all the crew got away safely, although not without injuries. Stirling Mark III W 7469 captained by F/Sgt. K.F. Debenham and Stirling Mark I BF451 captained by P/O K.H.G. Groves failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

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

20/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Rostock
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Eight of the aircraft successfully attacked the target area. Some very large scale fires were seen but the attack was spoilt by a smoke screen which partly obscured the target. A.A.Fire was mainly confined to light tracer which was ineffective. Stirling Mk.III BF.518 captained by Sgt. Dalzell, collided with a Lancaster aircraft after leaving the target, and fortunately only slight damage was caused to the rudder and fin. After this hazardous experience he returned to base and made a perfect landing. Some enemy aircraft were seen in the target area, but no combats took place. The weather was very good and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III, captained by P/O A.G. Tolley, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 08:10

28/04/1943 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. One of these aircraft returned early owing to its compass being faulty and four failed to return. The remaining three aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered which is believed to have come from an A.A. ship in the mining area. No enemy aircraft were seen. Visibility was fairly good, with scattered cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. Stirlings Mk.1 R9290, Sgt. A. Lewis, W.7513 – Sgt. K. Halliburton, BF.467 – P/O D. Thompson, Mk.III BK664 – P/O. D.V. Hamer, failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
Sgt. Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 07:15

04/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with bombs of 2000lb 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off owing to engine trouble. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, with the exception of two which returned early owing to engine trouble. Large fires and explosions were seen, which appeared to come from the centre of the target area. Some A.A. Fire and searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. No cloud was prevalent in the target area, and visibility was good, ground detail was obscured by the smoke from the fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
P/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Bruce James Hosie, RNZAF NZ412882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T.E. Lillystone, RAFVR 941925 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F.J. Ottaway, RAFVR 1284470 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W.F. Thompson, RAFVR 962902 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 03:24
Flight Time 04:44