J.R. Rodgers crew 20.9.44

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-Y

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
F/S G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:40 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 03:00

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
F/S G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 04:00

27/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Fourteen aircraft attacked Calais as detailed, taking off in the morning during doubtful weather. Crews bombed visually under instructions from the Master Bomber and a good concentrated raid was carried out. Some accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
F/S G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:25 – Landed 10:10
Flight Time 02:45

03/10/1944 – Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke
Twenty one aircraft we detailed to attack the West Kappelle dyke. Twenty of these were successful in bombing although some crews had to make two or three attempts owing to low cloud base. Bombing was reported to have been fairly good and some flooding was seen. One aircraft had to bring its bombs back owing to a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.I HK596 AA-O Oboe

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
F/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 14:50
Flight Time 02:55

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
F/S G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:12 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 05:08

07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 16:25
Flight Time 03:55

23/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target but all aircraft were successful in attacking with the aid of marker flares. A A opposition was moderate but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:45 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 04:50

26/10/1944 – Attack Against Leverkusen
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Leverkusen. They all bombed the target in formation and a successful raid was reported. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:00 – Landed 17:20
Flight Time 04:20

30/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne during daylight, but the operation was postponed until the evening. All aircraft attacked the target and although a good concentration of markers was achieved results were unobserved owing to ten tenths cloud. Moderate A.A. opposition was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. There was no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NF955? –

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:55 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 05:00

02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S Sugar
Hit by flak 4 times

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:30 – Landed 15:40
Flight Time 04:10

06/11/1944 – Attack Against Coblenz
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for a night attack against Coblenz carrying 8,000 lb; 4,000 lb; No.14 clusters; No.17 clusters; 4lb inc. Fifteen aircraft were successful. The aircraft captained by F/O T. Winter (152351) returned early on account of engine trouble. Crews were able to identify the target visually in clear weather and a good concentrated raid developed, with smoke rising to 10,000 feet. NZ421919 F/O Kilpatrick, M had a short inconclusive encounter with a JU.88. Flak was moderate to slight.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:52 – Landed 21:48
Flight Time 04:56

15/11/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty five aircraft were detailed for an attack an the Soest Marshalling Yards, but this operation was cancelled and the same aircraft took off to attack an Oil Refinery at Dortmund in daylight, carrying 4,000 lbs and 500 lbs bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing in formation through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 ft. and a concentrated raid was reported. Flak was reported as being fairly accurate by the leading aircraft, but none of our aircraft were hit.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 17:25
Flight Time 05:05

21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
Sgt. Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:26 – Landed 16:45
Flight Time 04:19

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 NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:38 – Landed 17:14
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.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:41 – Landed 12:47
Flight Time 04:06

12/12/1944 – Attack Against Witten
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Witten in daylight and again found their target obscured by ten tenths cloud. Moderate flak was encountered and enemy fighters were seen attacking the first wave of aircraft ahead. No results were observed owing to cloud. The aircraft captained by F/Lt Hannan collided with another aircraft just before reaching the target, however the target was bombed and base reached safely. The a/c captained by F/S Zinzan was damaged in landing and the Air Bomber F/O Mesure sustained a broken leg.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:07 – Landed 15:53
Flight Time 04:46
21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
F/O Haddon Shaw Miles, RNZAF NZ421746 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:14 – Landed 16:53
Flight Time 04:39

29/12/1944 – Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard)
Nine aircraft were detailed for an attack on the Coblenz Marshalling Yard carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 1,000 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. All attacked the target in good visibility and a fair concentration on the Marshalling Yard was reported. There was considerable scatter, probably due to special equipment trouble.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U
Hit by flak once
S/L John Robert Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, RAFVR 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ron Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 05:05

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B
Hit by flak 5 times

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
F/L Sidney Lewis ‘Buzz’ Spilman, RNZAF NZ413138 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman ‘Norm’ Holbrook, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Ernest ‘Tom’ Corlett, RAFVR NZ425692 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Gerald ‘Gerry’ Abrahams, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Thorne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William Patrick ‘Pat’ Burke, RNZAF NZ4210017 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Vernon Alfred ‘Vern’ Clouston, RNZAF NZ428285 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:32 – Landed 17:32
Flight Time 06:00

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Rolston Wrigley Whittaker, 1542839/ 186676 – Navigator.
P/O G. Brown, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Lawrence Clark Rogers, RAFVR 1063761/ 189969 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S B. Concannon, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S J. Moore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 18:00
Flight Time 06:20

01/02/1945 – Attack Against Munchen Gladbach
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Coulson, RNZAF NZ429310 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
F/S John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:52 – Landed 23:34
Flight Time 10:42

03/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Sixteen aircraft attacked Dortmund in clear weather, carrying 4,000HC 500MC, 500ANM, 250 G.P and Munro bombs. Bombing was very accurate and fires were going well when aircraft left the target. One large explosion was seen. Searchlights were numerous in the target area, but flak was negligible. Fighters were active. AA”M” captained by S/L J.L. Wright, had three combats and claims one M.E. 110 destroyed. JN”X” captained by F/O R.B.Crawford crashed on landing, fortunately there were no fatal casualties among the crew. Four were taken to hospital.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-?

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Coulson, RNZAF NZ429310 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
F/S John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:29 – Landed 21:46
Flight Time 05:17

09/02/1945 – Attack Against Hohenbudburg
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Lutskendorf, but the target was changed during the afternoon to Hohenbudberg. This operation was carried out in 8/10th cloud with tops about 10,000. Flak was slight to moderate and S/L effective. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
F/L Laurence Douglas McKenna, RNZAF NZ424493 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Coulson, RNZAF NZ429310 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
F/S John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:45 – Landed 08:16
Flight Time 04:31

14/02/1945 – Attack Against Chemnitz
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Chemnitz. Nineteen attacked primary. AA”J” F/O R.J. Pearson, returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was ten tenths with tops 16-17000 over the target. Aircraft bombed with the aid of special equipment. No resilts were observed, very slight H/F was met over the target. AA”D”, captained by F/L G.S. Davies failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
W/O Eric Morton Ohlson , RNZAF NZ416529 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Coulson, RNZAF NZ429310 – Navigator.
P/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
F/S John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:34 – Landed 05:01
Flight Time 08:27

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

S/L John Robert ‘Bob’ Rodgers, RNZAF NZ413956 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Coulson, RNZAF NZ429310 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Barker Appleby, RNZAF NZ422653 – Air Bomber.
P/O John De Hoop, RAFVR 1810752/ 191161 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Leveridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Kennedy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:43 – Landed 14:11
Flight Time 05:28