J.R.F. Brooks crew 03.07.41

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
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 R.1458 AA-?

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:30

20/04/1943 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Rotterdam
Two Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
FXC.450 reports burst seen and three dull red fires started.
It was observed that the black out in Rotterdam was not very good.
No A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlight activity was slight.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
The weather was good.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3166 dnc AA-M

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 02:45

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 06:45

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off No Time Listed – Landed No Time Listed
Flight Time –

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 06:40

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:55

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 03:15

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:45 – Landed 16:25
Flight Time 09:40

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 06:00

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:32 – Landed 04:32
Flight Time 06:00

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, ut searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:00

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:50

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Ross Nation, RNZAF NZ40945 – Navigator.
Sgt. Richard Edward Haycock, RAFVR 942288 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Jones, RAFVR 977479 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roydon Horatio Hartstone, RNZAF NZ402111 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharpe, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:00

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharpe, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:25

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326
Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.
The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.
CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.
CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.
CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.
CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.
P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.
Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:00

24/07/1941 – Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
RTH.140 bombed target area slightly north of target.
RTH.183 reports incendiaries burst on N.E. corner of target and moderate fires were started.
RTH.215 reports that fires were started.
The target area was bombed by RTH.242.
Owing to evasive action P/O. Scott did not observe results.
A.A. fire was heavy and predicted.
Searchlights were plentiful and fairly accurate.. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Fine weather was encountered all the way.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 06:30

03/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, YAM.189 captained by SGT. Matetich was intercepted by fighters and bombs were jettisoned. The aircraft was damaged and a landing was made at Newmarket. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and fires were started. The aircraft met heavy and light A.A. fire which was fairly accurate, but searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and in target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 06:40

06/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.1648 captained by SGT. Millet, failed to return to base. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
GHC.170 sighted river near target but had to bomb through 10/10 cloud. Glow of a fire was seen through clouds. Bomb bursts were observed in target area by GHC.231. GNC.265 observed bomb bursts in dock area. GHC.279 bombed target area but was unable to pinpoint target on account of haze. GHC.324 saw bombs burst across outer harbour of Ostend. Unable to reach primary target owing to loss of time and petrol in extensive thunder cloud on East Coast. GHC.470 dropped bombs in target area but results were not observed. GHC.535 bombed target through 9/10 cloud. Fire observed on departure. GHC.688 failed to attack target. GHC.719 bombed flak and searchlight concentrations on E.T.A. through 10/10 cloud. Results were not observed by GHC.750.
P/O. Williams reports direct hit on lock gates. Results were not observed by P/O. Scott owing to heavy cloud.
A fair amount of activity was observed on enemy aerodromes in Brussels-liege area.
A.A. fire was slight but accurate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
GHC.279 reports encounter with probable JU.88. Three attacks were made but the enemy was driven off by return fire. Rear gunner believes he scored hit with third burst, causing aircraft to break away.
Weather was not favourable, there being heavy cloud, thunder, electric storms, and bad icing conditions.
Navigation was by W/T, D/R, astro and loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:20

14/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
ROB.214 reports bombs fell probably near centre of town but to N.W. of railway station. Bursts observed. Large fires seen when leaving. Have and cloud over target made pinpointing impossible.
ROB.417 bombed south of town.
ROB.476 reports one very large fire started approx.. half mile N.W. of target aiming point.
ROB.556 dropped bombs in target area.
ROB.577 reports that bursts were see and a small fire started.
P/O. Scott reports bomb bursts see and a large fire started.
S/L. Widdowson bombed target.
P/O. Williams bombed buildings near target.
Several dummy fires were observed around target area.
A.A fire was fairly intense and co-operating with searchlights.
Searchlights were active.
ROB.214 was attacked by enemy aircraft, probably JU.88, at about 1200feet over base. One head-on attack was made with cannon and machine gun, but no hits scored. Avoided enemy action by diving to about 200 feet.
The weather was fine in target area, but there was heavy cloud on route.
Navigation was D/R, W/T, loop, astro, Q.D.M.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:22 – Landed 04:17
Flight Time 06:55

17/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and was made up of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, and containers of incendiaries. All bombs were dropped, but owing to heavy cloud results were not observed. A.A. fire was moderate, and there was little searchlight activity.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

29/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BRO.345 failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were brought back. All bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but heavy cloud made observations of results difficult. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:15

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 06:50

08/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to make individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, (including delay), 250 lb (including delay fuses), and containers of incendiaries. AA fire was very light and searchlight activity was also light and ineffective. No enemy aircraft seen. The weather conditions were excellent in the target area and en route. Navigation includes:- D.R., Q.D.M., Astro., Pinpoint., Loop and Lorenz.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Harrison, RAFVR 759028/ 116554 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 08:00

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.
Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAF 923693/ 115176 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:18 – Landed 02:53
Flight Time 06:35