J.M. Bailey crew 28.10.44 2nd Tour

NE181 100th & aircrew VHD cleaned

A  photograph of the Bailey crew, taken prior to their 100th Op in NE181 JN-M ‘The Captains Fancy’ on the 29th January 1945, to Krefeld. L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG). Picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

28/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Seven aircraft took off a few hours later to participate in an attack on Cologne. They all bombed in clear weather and identified the target visually. Bombing was concentrated and a large smoke pall was seen on leaving. A.A. opposition was moderate, but no enemy fighters were seen.

cologne

COLOGNE
Daylight
28.10.44
18,000′
Aircraft “M”
We were one of the first over the target.
Little flak.
Visual Bombing

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Jack Henry Bryant, RAAF AUS421654 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:15 – Landed 17:46
Flight Time 04:31

30/10/1944 – Attack Against Wessling
Six aircraft took off to attack a target at Wesseling. Bombing was reported as being rather scattered. A.A. opposition was moderate to intense, but only one aircraft suffered damage.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Hit by flak once

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Jack Henry Bryant, RAAF AUS421654 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:02 – Landed 13:35
Flight Time 04:33

04/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen
Twenty one aircraft took off to attack Solingen in daylight, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb incendiaries and No.17 Clusters. All crews dropped their bombs in the target area, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Flak opposition was moderate. One aircraft captained by NZ428797 F/O J. Scott, failed to return.

soligen

SOLINGEN
Daylight
4.11.44.
20,000′
Aircraft “M”
Light Flak
Plenty of Cloud
Bombed on Markers

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:29 – Landed 16:03
Flight Time 04:34

08/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twelve aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg in daylight carrying 8,000 lb., 4,000 lb., 1,000 lb., 500 lb., and No 14 Clusters.  All crews report identifying the target visually through breaks in the clouds, and bombing was fairly concentrated, much smoke and many explosions were seen around the target.  Flak defences were moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:52 – Landed 12:19
Flight Time 04:27

28/11/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack on Neuss, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb and Incendiary bombs, together with one 12,000 lb bomb. Twenty aircraft were successful in dropping their bombs using navigational aids and a good concentration of fires was reported. Flak was very slight, the enemy defences appearing to be completely foxed. One aircraft captained by W/C R.J.A. Leslie, D.S.O., A.F.C. carrying the 12,000 lb bomb got in the wrong stream of bombers and bombed Essen.

NEUSS Night 28/29.11.44. 19,000' Aircraft "M" Light flak Bombed on Markers Poor photo.

NEUSS
Night
28/29.11.44.
19,000′
Aircraft “M”
Light flak
Bombed on Markers
Poor photo.

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:58 – Landed 07:12
Flight Time 04:14

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

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 17:14
Flight Time 04:29

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

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:11 – Landed 13:47
Flight Time 04:36

08/12/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on Duisburg Marshalling Yards carrying 1,000 M.C., 1,000 A.N.M. and Munro Bombs. All aircraft successfully attacked the target and a very concentrated attack was reported, but apart from one report of smoke coming through the tops of the cloud at 15,000 ft., no results were observed. One aircraft “D” captain F/S Wood, J., landed at Woodbridge on return.

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/L Grant Alan Russell, RNZAF NZ411729 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
P/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:30 – Landed 12:43
Flight Time 04:13

11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:42 – Landed 12:53
Flight Time 04:11

BAttle Orders 16 12 1944

Battle Orders for the 16th of December Op to Siegen
Jack Wall Collection

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

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Arthur Gethin Creagh, RNZAF NZ404340 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:18 – Landed 17:28
Flight Time 06:10

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

TRier Daylight 23.12.44. 17,000' Aircraft "M" Little Flak

Trier
Daylight
23.12.44.
17,000′
Aircraft “M”
Little Flak

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 16:17
Flight Time 04:17

27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

RHEYDT Daylight 27.12.44. 20,000' Aircraft "M" We were one of the first over the target Visual Bombing

RHEYDT
Daylight
27.12.44.
20,000′
Aircraft “M”
We were one of the first over the target
Visual Bombing

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 16:46
Flight Time 04:36

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

NEUSS Night 6/7/.1.45. 20,000' Aircraft "V" Medium amount of flak on way in and over target Bombed on Markers Poor Photo

NEUSS
Night
6/7/.1.45.
20,000′
Aircraft “V”
Medium amount of flak on way in and over target
Bombed on Markers
Poor Photo

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:49 – Landed 20:26
Flight Time 04:37

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

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
P/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
– not listed, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 16:47
Flight Time 04:55

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

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:16 – Landed 04:17
Flight Time 05:01

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

The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike ‘The Captains Fancy’, just after ‘bombing up’ 29th January 1945. L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Sgt. Phillips, unknown ground crew member, Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG), unknown ground crew member. picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike ‘The Captains Fancy’, just after ‘bombing up’ 29th January 1945.
L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Sgt. Phillips, unknown ground crew member, Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG), unknown ground crew member.
picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

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The Bailey crew boarding NE181 “The Captain’s Fancy” at dispersal, to begin pre-flight checks before flying to Krefeld, 29 February 1945 (?), 99 op’s marked.
New Zealand Bomber Command Assn. archive / Alan Scott

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NE181 “The Captain’s Fancy” apparently taxiing out from her dispersal, preparing to fly to Krefeld, 29 February 1945 (?), 99 op’s marked.
New Zealand Bomber Command Assn. archive / Alan Scott

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:12 – Landed 15:58
Flight Time 05:46

*This was Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy” 100th Op

Below is the text of part of an Air Ministry Bulletin that was sent by Lac Fred Woolerton, C. Flight mechanic, to F/O John Wall DFC, bomb aimer on Jack Bailey’s JN-M crew. John later sent a copy to Tony Pickup, (son of P/O Dick Pickup, W/Op of same crew) and it is printed here with acknowledgements to Fred and John.

“32. APPRECIATION
Congratulations to JN-M on completing her century with the squadron.

During the time this aircraft has been with No.75 (NZ) Squadron, only once has she failed to get airborne, and never has she returned early.

All personnel who have carried out maintenance on this aircraft are to be congratulated on their efforts and in particular the following who have been the maintenance crew throughout its life.
611010 Sgt. Phillips – F/2/E.

1061645 Cpl. Kingjorn – F/8/A
1703088 Lac. Tayler – F/E/E.
1814705 Lac. Woolerton. – F/M/E. (Fred)
1864182 Lac. Pascoe. – F/S/E. “

NE181 100th Jan 1945 tu low file

The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike “The Captains Fancy”, just after ‘bombing up’ for the Krefeld op’ on the 29th January 1945 (99 op’s marked).
L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Navigator), Norman Bartlett (Flight Engineer), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (Bomb Aimer), Dick Pickup (Wireless Operator). (Front row) Sgt. Phillips and LAC Thompson (ground cre, Roy Corfield (Rear Gunner), Tony Gregory (Mid-Upper Gunner), Fred Woolterton (ground crew).
– picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

(Italicised parts of the crew list above may be incorrect and are where original copy is indistinct. TP)

Below is part of the letter that Fred sent to John Wall to accompany the above Air Ministry Bulletin.

“Item 32 was published after the 100th Op. It mentions the fact that it only failed to get airborne once. The reason for this was as follows.

“I was standing in front of the aircraft indicating which engine to start, my mate, Pete, was up in the undercart priming the engines. We had just completed this and as Pete dropped down from the undercart, the rear gunner of the kite in front of ours (X-ray) shot off a burst of rounds. These went over my head, nearly taking it off and went straight into the rad of the S/Bd inner, some coming out of the rear into the undercart space that Pete had just vacated. Result, a leaking rad, two, very shaken airmen, and aircrew transferred to a reserve kite. I forgot what we called the A/G. I know we had more work that night putting in a new rad.”

Text retyped from a photocopy of the bulletin provided to the son of P/O Dick Pickup by F/O J.C.Wall, DFC.; both members of Jack Bailey’s crew.

16.4.45
Air Ministry Bulletin No. 18334.

SQUADRON LEADER JACK MATHERS BAILEY, DFC
Squadron Leader John Mathers Bailey, DFC, pilot of “M-Mike‟, the first aircraft of a New Zealand heavy bomber squadron of the RAF to reach a century of operations, has been awarded a Bar to his DFC.

S/L Bailey, who was formerly a farmer at Ohingaiti, New Zealand, is now a Flight Commander of the No.75 (N.Z.) heavy bomber squadron. He enlisted in the R.N.Z.A.F. in 1941, was trained in New Zealand and England, and completed a tour of operations with No. 75 Squadron. He showed outstanding airmanship and devotion to duty, and, in June, 1943 was awarded the DFC.

After a period of instructional duty, S/L Bailey returned to the New Zealand squadron last year and began his second tour of operations.

His aircraft was „M-Mike‟ and he had the distinction of piloting the Lancaster on its 100th war flight. Soon after that flight, which was to Krefeld on January 28th, „M-Mike‟ with the impressive record of 101 operations and 476 hours flying time, was taken off operations for a major overhaul.

In February, while flying another aircraft, he led his squadron in an attack on an oil refinery at Osterfeld. Over the target the aircraft was hit by flak and extensively damaged. The starboard inner engine was put out of action, but S/L Bailey made a successful attack and flew safely back from Germany on three engines.

“He has participated in many sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory, and has consistently displayed a high standard of courage and skill, qualities which were well evident in the attack on Osterfeld” says the citation of his latest award.

Thirty-one years of age, S/L Bailey was born in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, but went to New Zealand seven years ago, to become a farmer at Ohingaiti.

The relevant page from Dick Pickup's logbook, showing the Krefeld raid on the 29th of January - JN-Mike's 100th op with 75(NZ) Squadron.picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

The relevant page from Dick Pickup’s logbook, showing the Krefeld raid on the 29th of January – JN-Mike’s 100th op with 75(NZ) Squadron.
picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

The Captains Fancy

‘Under the photo of “The Captains Fancy” it states that Alex Simpson flew it on its 101st on the 5th January but it did not complete its 100th until the 29th Jan and also Alex did not take it on its 101st – we did on 2nd Feb’.

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

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
P/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:46 – Landed 02:31
Flight Time 05:45

16/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aircraft attacked Wesel as detailed. Slight accurate H/F was encountered over the target but no fighters were seen. A concentrated raid was reported.

WESEL Daylight 16.2.45. 20,000' Aircraft "M" (it was our 102nd operation for "M") Vsual Bombing in formation - we led.

WESEL
Daylight
16.2.45.
20,000′
Aircraft “M”
(it was our 102nd operation for “M”)
Vsual Bombing in formation – we led.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:34 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 05:06

Bomb Load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 9 x 500 ANM., 4 x 250 G.P. 1 Munroe
Primary Target Wesel
Green puffs good

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

OSTERFELD Daylight 22.2.45. 19,000' Aircraft "Z" We led our Squadron formation and the other aircraft bombed when we did. We were the target for most of the Flak but we got a good photo. Hit in all engines and one hade to be feathered over the target. Had a total of 37 holes .Skipper awarded Bar to D.F.C.

OSTERFELD
Daylight
22.2.45.
19,000′
Aircraft “Z”
We led our Squadron formation and the other aircraft bombed when we did. We were the target for most of the Flak but we got a good photo.
Hit in all engines and one had to be feathered over the target. Had a total of 37 holes .Skipper awarded Bar to D.F.C.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:36 – Landed 18:00
Flight Time 05:24

JCWall Memoir Appendices_0001

Air Ministry Bulletin announcing the award of a Bar to Jack Bailey’s D.F.C., won during the Osterfeld OP
Jack Wall’s Recollections of the OSTERFELD Operation;
This was a daylight raid and we led the flight formation – this was probably why we had so much flak aimed at the aircraft. When the other aircraft in the formation saw our bomb doors open they opened theirs and when they saw our bombs start to fall they followed with theirs. If we had been shot down they were instructed to bomb on their own. We did take a battering and Jack had to feather one engine over the target. However he still managed to fly straight and level for our bombing run and I have a good photo of the bombing in my small collection. Our load was 1×8,000 lb., 6×500 lb., and 1×250 lb. Bombs. When we landed it was found that we had been hit in all engines and had a total of 57 holes in various sizes. However no one was injured and all 21 Aircraft from the Squadron that took part returned
safely I cannot remember if any others were hit by flak; It was for his skill and courage on this operation that Jack was awarded the Bar to his D.F.C. – John was always known as Jack.

26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:39 – Landed 16:19
Flight Time 05:40

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:33 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 05:37

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S H. Wynn, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:00 – Landed 15:29
Flight Time 05:29

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

KIEL NIght 9/10.4.45. 19,000' Aircraft "K" Our last Operation. Bombed on Markers Note 2 other aircraft below us shown on photo.

KIEL
NIght
9/10.4.45.
19,000′
Aircraft “K”
Our last Operation.
Bombed on Markers
Note 2 other aircraft below us shown on photo.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga , RNZAF NZ425492 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
W/O T.R. Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Roy de Wilmot Tully, RAFVR 175537 – Rear Gunner.
F/O Charles Frederick Green, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 178730.

Take Off 19:53 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:42