J.S. McLernon crew 9.3.45

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Robert Jaspar Pearson, RNZAF NZ39575 – Pilot.
F/S John Somers McLernon , RNZAF NZ4212768 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alick Segnit, RAAF AUS.28834 – Navigator.
F/S B. Farmer, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Arthur Johnston, RAAF AUS.432239 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. S. Miller, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S A. Smithson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Hadigate, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 17:33
Flight Time 05:23

09/03/1945 – Attack Against Datteln
Twenty one aircraft attacked Datteln as detailed. A good concentration of aircraft and bombing reported. Cloud ten tenths. No opposition was encountered. A mushroom of smoke was seen penetrating cloud.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/S John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:51 – Landed 16:03
Flight Time 05:12

10/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/S John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 17:33
Flight Time 05:01

12/03/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Dortmund was the target for twenty one aircraft. Flak was slight to moderate, cloud 10/10ths with tops 5/6000ft. Aircraft report good results Smoke was already pushing through cloud when aircraft left. Bombing was well concentrated.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/S John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:10 – Landed 18:54
Flight Time 05:44

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-F “The Seven Sinners”

F/S John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:43 – Landed 18:28
Flight Time 04:45

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/S John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 08:20

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/S John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:31 – Landed 15:24
Flight Time 04:53

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 19:39
Flight Time 02:44

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:49 – Landed 14:05
Flight Time 02:16

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
CPL Cope, Passenger .

Take Off 12:17 – Landed 14:40
Flight Time 02:23

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 dnc AA-G

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:25 – Landed not recorded
Flight Time –

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:06 – Landed 13:09
Flight Time 05:03

24/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells
2 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 20 Belgian refugees to Brussels, and F/Lt. B. Lukins (AA.A) brought back 12 Prisoners of War on the return journey. The total number of ex-Prisoners of War now returned to this country by the Squadron is 2219.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:28 – Landed 15:55
Flight Time 05:27

30/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
3 Aircraft were detailed to view of the effects of the Bombing Offensive. (F/O Woodcock (JN’O’) Taking Group Personnel.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
S G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/L Robertson , Passenger – .

Take Off 11:20 – Landed 15:39
Flight Time 04:19

18/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:56 – Landed 19:29
Flight Time 04:33

23/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

P/O John Somers McLernon, RNZAF NZ4212768 – Pilot.
F/S R. Grimsey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Robert Morrison Watson, RNZAF NZ4214185 – Air Bomber.
F/S Roy Harold Chapman, RNZAF NZ427886 – Wireless Operator.
F/S G. Phipps, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Fish, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Deacon, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:14 – Landed 18:55
Flight Time 04:41