J.M. Southwell crew 12.03.41

12/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs 500lbs 250lbs and cases on incendiaries. XDA 240 reports bombs fell in target area and fires started. XDA.245 reports bombs dropped on Dock Buildings South of DOCK . XDA.283 dropped bombs across centre of targets on Westerly Leading.

XDA.283 captained by P/O Hewitt reports his aircraft was caught and held in searchlights for 30 minutes and was shot at from the ground during that time and machine hit in may places and hydraulic gear rendered U/S which necessitated a “Crash Landing” on return. This machine was damaged.
XDA.627 reports bombs burst in target area.

XDA.671 reports bombs dropped on SCHIPOL AERODROME owing to wireless being U/S.

XDA.907 reports bombs burst in neighbourhood of AIRMINISTRY BUILDING approx. 1/2 mile S.E. of TIERGARTEN.

Two dummy aerodromes were observed to West of SCHIPOL AERODROME. Very intense heavy A.A. Fire was experienced over the whole route. Intense searchlight activity was experienced and they were mostly operating in cones. XDA.283 report seeing one MW110 over Dutch Coast.
The weather throughout this trip was very good and Navigation was by D/R Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Ernest David Johnson-Barrett, RNZAF NZ40191 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 02:45

13/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area and many fires were observed to be burning when last aircraft left. Heavy and light flak was experienced over the target and numerous searchlights were used working in cones. ARU 271 observed one ME109 and one ME110 near DUTCH COAST and ARU 250 engaged one JU88 results were not observed. Good weather was experienced and navigation was by D/R and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Ernest David Johnson-Barrett, RNZAF NZ40191 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 02:45

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchin, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 07:20

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchin, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Broad, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 06:00

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.

CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.

Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.

Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchin, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:50

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:50

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L John McKenzie Southwell, RAFVR 34132 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frederick Thomas Miniken, RAFVR 903047 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Navigator.
Sgt. Fred Haigh, RAFVR 939478 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Geoffrey Woods Palmer, RNZAF NZ401229 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 07:40