J. McCullough crew 20.08.42 †

20/08/1942 – Gardening Off St. Nazaire
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above. Bomb load of Mines were dropped in the target area. Considerable A.A. fire was encountered near the target, searchlights were few. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Wellington BJ.774 captained by F/Sgt. Anderson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.766 AA-?

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Richard Guppy, RCAF 1184152 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henry Welsh Pullar, RNZAF NZ411777 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:10

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3539 AA-T

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Richard Guppy, RAFVR 1184152 – Front Gunner..
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 05:40

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 X.3539 AA-T

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Sydney Bevan, RNZAF NZ41565 – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 06:25

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 X.3539 AA-T

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 06:05

02/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Karlsruhe
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen on the target, concentrated mainly in centre of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were few. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe was attacked by a JU88, the front gunner fired a burst at very short range, the enemy aircraft then broke off the attack, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was clear over the target, navigation was very good by T.R. and D.R. A large fire suspected to be a dummy, was seen 30 to 40 miles West of Target.

Wellington Mk.III X.3539 AA-T

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Pollard, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 06:25

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Desmond James Walshe, RNZAF NZ412912 – . Died Friday 11th September 1942, age 25, during a raid on Dusseldorf. Buried Rheinberg war cemetery Germany.
Sgt. F. Pollard, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 05:15

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt.Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Blake,   – . No record of this individual regarding initials or Force
Sgt. Edmund John Pete, RNZAF 1279494 – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:25 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 03:30

08/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb., 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Larger fires were seen. A.A> fire was moderate, searchlights were numerous, particularly in target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was good, with slight ground haze. Navigation was accurate by DR and TR. Wellington captained by Sgt. Johnson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Pollard, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:10

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 X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Pollard, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 03:50

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Pollard, RCAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 05:10

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 X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. David Walker Findlay, RAFVR NZ412217 – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

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

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 X.3539 AA-T

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Beaumont, RCAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 03:40

28/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Lingen
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb. Was carried. All aircraft were forced to return to base owing to lack of cloud cover. A.A. fire was NIL. Two aircraft had short combats with ME109’s but results could not be observed. The weather was very cloudy to enemy coast, but then cloud broke and was clear. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3539 dnc AA-T

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Beaumont, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:05 – Landed 16:35
Flight Time 02:30

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 X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Alfred Maxwell Hardy, RNZAF NZ401226 – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:45

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 X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Jones, RCAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:30

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3959 AA-L/R

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Dyble, RCAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 05:40

09/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were planted in the allotted area. No A.A. fire was encountered, one searchlight was seen to be sweeping the sea in the area. 10/10th. Cloud was over the allotted area, visibility was poor. Navigation was by D.R., T.R. loops, fixes and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Jones, RCAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 04:35

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III X.3959 AA-L/R

F/S John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Dyble, RCAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:30

29/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with Bomb loads of 1000lb and 500lb. Both of the aircraft failed to reach the target. Stirling I, BK609 captained by F/Sgt McCullough had to abandon the sortie owing to faulty bomb release gear, the bombs were jettisoned 66 miles West of Turin, the aircraft then ran short of petrol over French Territory, he managed to reach this country and landed at Bradwell Bay, over shooting the Aerodrome, the Air Bomber being slightly injured. Stirling I. BK618 captained by Sgt. Scott returned early, his bombs jettisoned in the Wash. The weather was very bad on the way to the target and also over England on return, visibility being Nil. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R.

Stirling Mk.I BK.609 dnc AA-R

F/S John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alan Gray Tolley RNZAF NZ411954 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ian James Duncan Brodie, RAFVR 1344759/ 147474 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimmberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 07:05
Flight Time 07:00

03/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. Vegetables, only three of the aircraft got off, the fourth being cancelled owing to engine trouble. This was a successful trip, all three aircraft planted their vegetable in the allotted area and the parachute were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear with good visibility. Navigation was very good. This operation was only made possible by a stupendous effort on the part of the armoury as this attack was changed from a land to a sea attack later in the evening. A message of appreciation to ground crews was received from the Air Officer Commanding.

Stirling Mk.I BF.398 AA-F

F/S John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alan Gray Tolley RNZAF NZ411954 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimmberley, RNZAF 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 04:40

17/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000lb. This was to be a low level flight all the way climbing to 5,000feet to bomb. Four out of the five aircraft unfortunately failed to return. They were the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander V. Mitchell, D.F.C., captain of Stirling I BF396 who took W/O Bagnall and crew who had only arrived a few days previously. Stirling I,BF400 captained by F/O Jacobson, Stirling 1, BK620 captained by P/O R.E. Williams, and Stirling I, R9247 captained by F/Sgt. Rousseau. The one aircraft to return was captained by P/O McCullough who could not find the target owing to rain and bad visibility, and bombed an alternative. This was an aerodrome, the bombs were seen to explode on the flare path and hangars. A.A. fore was fairly heavy and a few searchlights were seen. The aircraft was twice attacked by fighters but they were driven off on each occasion, on return the aircraft was found to have four holes believed due to combat with one of the fighters. The weather was clear to the target but developed to rain and 7/10th cloud on return. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I R.9250 AA-C

P/O John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alan Gray Tolley RNZAF NZ411954 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimmberley, 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 00:13
Flight Time 06:28

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. Two 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 R9250 AA-C

P/O John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S Alan Gray Tolley RNZAF NZ411954 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

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

12/01/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb vegetables. All aircraft successfully planted their vegetables and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. Some A.A. fire and searchlights were encountered on the way to the target, the flak being very accurate although none of the aircraft were holed. The weather on route both ways was poor but reasonable conditions in the gardening area itself.

Stirling Mk.I R9250 AA-C

P/O John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S Alan Gray Tolley RNZAF NZ411954 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Guy Lionel Roy Heywood, RNZAF NZ40622 – Rear Gunner.

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

15/01/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bomb loads of 1,000lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. This attack was very successful, crews bombing from 10,000 feet from large gaps in the cloud. All bombs were seen to explode in the target area and fires were seen to start. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was inaccurate, a few searchlights were also operating. No enemy aircraft were encountered . The weather was very good, with little cloud. Navigation was excellent and was mainly visual.

Stirling Mk.I R9250 AA-C

P/O John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
F/S Alan Gray Tolley RNZAF NZ411954 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clifford Abbott, RAFVR 1098896 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Derek Arthur Stuart-White, RAFVR 917071/ 105152 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:05
Flight Time 04:50

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 BK604 AA-S

P/O John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
W/O Trevor William Burke RNZAF NZ402515 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Dudley Harding-Smith, RNZAF NZ405265 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 04:50

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 BK604 AA-S

P/O John McCullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
P/O Raymond William Henderson RNZAF NZ411894 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.E. Kimberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Paul Rodney Trevayne, RAFVR 1291380 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.I BK604 AA-S was shot down by a night-fighter (Hptm WolfgangThimmig, III.NJG1) while attempting to penetrate the highly effective German defensive sector along the Netherlands coastline. The bomber crashed at 20:13hrs near the township Enter (Overjissel), seven miles South West of Wierden, Holland. Three of the crew were killed in the crash – the Captain, Flight Engineer and Rear gunner. The remaining five succeeded in baling out, four of whom landed unhurt but were taken as prisoners. The Air Bomber’s parachute failed to deploy fully before he impacted the ground and he died as a result. The deceased were buried in the Wierden General Cemetery.

P/O John Mccullough, RNZAF NZ40410 – Pilot.
Killed age 30.
Son of Armstrong and Ellen Jane Mccullough, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Wierden General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row A. Grave 8.

P/O Raymond William Henderson, RNZAF NZ411894 – 2nd Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 161
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Oflag XXIB, Stalag Luft III. Promoted to F/L whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 11th of May 1945

P/O William Edmund Gibbes, RNZAF NZ404535 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27516
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: 27th of May 1945

Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 30.
Son of Patrick and Adelia Crimlin Murphy, of Matamau, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Wierden General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row A. Grave 5.

Sgt. Keith James Stockley Smith, RNZAF NZ411783 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27557
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344
Date of return to United Kingdom: 12th of April 1945

Sgt. Francis Frederick Allen, RAFVR 936019 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Son of Frederick and Louise Allen; Husband of Eiluned Mair Allen, of Upton Lea, Slough, Buckinghamshire.
Buried Wierden General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row A. Grave 7.

Sgt. K.E. Kimberley, RAFVR 1576231 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27453
Prison Camps: DulagLuft, Stalag VIIIB/344
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Paul Rodney Trevayne, RAFVR 1291380 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Edward William Robert and Enid E. Trevayne.
Buried Wierden General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row A. Grave 6.
‘The dearly beloved son
Of Edward and Enid Trevayne.
Always in our thoughts’