J.S. Wilson crew 13.09.41 †

17/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft failed to return. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb and containers of incendiaries. A.A. fire and searchlights were slight in the target area. Weather was hazy over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harrington, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. James Roberts, RAAF AUS.400310 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.B. Hopkinson, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Holtby Tasker, RAFVR 1381172 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 03:03
Flight Time 07:33

01/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CAR.?? Captained by P/O Hankins, returned to base owing to starboard engine trouble and bombs were jettisoned in North Sea about 50 miles due East of Yarmouth. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, 250lbs. L.C.I., and containers of incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CAR.161 owing to numerous fires already in target area. Three runs were made over the target at 10,000 feet. H.E. and L.C. dropped on first run and incendiaries on second run on the target.
CAR.409 reports large fires added to on first run with incendiaries. Flashes observed from heavy bombs on second run.
CAR.581 saw bombs explode about 400tds. west of target.
Incendiaries added to numerous fires already burning.
CAR.658 reports bombs fell short to S.E. of target, adding to fires already burning there.
CAR.811 reports greenish explosion from H.E. bombs. Small fires from incendiaries. Bombs burst 400 yds S.E. of target.
CAR.992 failed to observe bomb bursts owing to fires in target area. Incendiaries added to fires.
Flashing beacon, one dot every two seconds, observed in position approximately 53N, 04 45’E. Several fires in and around BREMEN.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, inaccurate, experienced at parts of target areas.
Searchlights were intense but inaccurate in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was fairly clear over target areas, but cloud was experienced at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U
Raid No. CAR.581 N.35

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 05:55

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bob=mbs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.
XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.
XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.
Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. XMU.441 BREST

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 06:30

15/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, JSK.150, failed to attack target owing to wireless failure on outward journey and jettisoned bombs in North Sea.
The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
As aiming point was already well alight, JSK.148 laid one stick from East to West just North of aiming mark starting fresh fires.
JSK.252 reports N.E. burst just by target. Incendiaries round target, starting large fires.
JSK.325 reports hits registered within target area. Exact position not visible owing to extensive fires previously caused. Further fires observed by rear gunner.
JSK.525 reports many fires seen in, and around target. Own results could not be defined owing to these fires.
JSK.600 dropped H.E. from 10,000 feet. Results unobserved owing to intense fires in target area. Incendiaries dropped on course of 110* from 10,000 feet in a position 300yds. south of railway station. Burned until aircraft was out of sight of target area.
JSK.696 dropped bombs in one stick running east to west. H.E. bursts observed. Incendiaries seen to cause large fire visible 15-20 mins after leaving target.
To large ships, presumed Bremen and Europa, in BREMERHAVEN. Dummy town in position 20 miles West of target area 52*45’N. 04*45’E. Dummy target bearing 190* 15 miles from target.
Intense light and heavy tracer and some heavy flak in target area. Intense heavy flak at OLDENBURG and BREMERHAVEN.
Several searchlights in target area; hampered by moonlight.
JSK.148 reports being attacked by enemy aircraft, probably ME.109, south of BREMERSHAVEN but the attack was not pressed home. One other enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, seen at BREMERHAVEN, but no attack made.
Weather was very good, there being little or no cloud. Visibility good.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U
Raid No. JSK.525 WILHELMSHAVEN

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:50

27/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BNF.882, captained by S/L. Kain, failed to reach target owing to engine trouble, and bombs were jettisoned “safe” in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries. BNF. 253 reports bursts observed in target area by rear gunners. BNF. 268 dropped bombs in a single stick: 1000 lbs. seen to burst near railway station. BNF.432 reports two fires caused by incendiaries. H.E. dropped in target area. BNF.550 dropped incendiaries on target on first run. H.E. dropped on second run and seen to explode on the fires. Three red fires burning in middle of incendiaries upon leaving target. BNF.654 dropped bombs in two sticks across centre of city. Numerous fires started, increasing in size as target was left. BNF.817 located target and dropped a stick of bombs running North East. Line of fires resulted. Aerodrome observed 10 miles N.W. of LINZEN. Two photos of target area taken by BNF.253.. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. Very few searchlights over target area: not accurate. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear over Germany. Low cloud over England and elsewhere en route. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.2854 AA-U
Raid No. BNF.654 HANOVER

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Coventry Heppenstall, RNZAF NZ391382 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:45 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 06:00

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Coventry Heppenstall, RNZAF NZ391382 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:23 – Landed 03:28
Flight Time 05:05

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 W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:06 – Landed 03:26
Flight Time 04:20

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 W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:40

08/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, WAX.319 captained by SGT. Saunders, jettisoned bombs in Westhaven area while taking evasive action to escape enemy fighter. The weather was poor, there being

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:16 – Landed 05:46
Flight Time 07:30

12/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:16 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:44

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 W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 06:10

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 W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:20

06/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X9767 captained by P/O Johnson, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP, and SBC’s of 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft was seen under attack on the Dutch-German frontier. Another aircraft was observed possibly being shot down by dual AA fire/searchlight action about 15 miles west or south-west of the target. An enemy aircraft was seen taking off from Schipol, but no attacks occurred Bombs were dropped in the target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over the target area, but heavy en route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy  aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5618 AA-F

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 04:30

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 T.2747 AA-J

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Frederick Massey Parnham, RAFVR 1254725 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 07:15

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and       working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. Geoffrey Sidney Nunn, RAFVR 1252728 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 07:15

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:45

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, ans co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9757 AA-S

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Jeffrey Walter Reid, RAFVR 920054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 07:40

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.8858 AA-G

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred Hubert Harrison, RNZAF NZ403000 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 08:10

29/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target areas were bombed, bursts were seen, and fires started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was ineffective, and very few searchlights operated in target areas. Weather was not too good, there being cloud on route and in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, QDM, pinpoints, loop, Lorenz, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9835 AA-V

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Cuthbert McKechnie Gibson, RNZAF NZ404352 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Dundas, RAFVR 986084 – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred Hubert Harrison, RNZAF NZ403000 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Edison Elliot, RCAF R.52050 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Massey, RAFVR 1365268 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 09:55

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud over target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
P/O Ralph Owen Foster, RNZAF NZ402443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Leslie Owen Ryder, RAAF AUS.404626 – Observer.
Sgt. James Henry Reid, RAFVR 997006 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sir Charles Thomas Hewitt Mappin, RAFVR 1380356 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lawrence Beresford Hamilton Hope, RNZAF NZ40940 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:54 – Landed 00:03
Flight Time 03:09

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enely aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
P/O Ralph Owen Foster, RNZAF NZ402443 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Robert Leslie Owen Ryder, RAAF AUS.404626 – Observer.
Sgt. James Henry Reid, RAFVR 997006 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sir Charles Thomas Hewitt Mappin, RAFVR 1380356 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lawrence Beresford Hamilton Hope, RNZAF NZ40940 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J was hit by flak and crashed at 22:15hrs, at Zuidland (Zuid Holland), 13 miles South West of Rotterdam. All except the rear gunner, Sgt Hope, were killed. They were buried in Rotterdam City’s General Cemetery. Sgt Hope was taken Prisoner of War and imprisoned at Stalag 357

Sgt. John Stephen Wilson, RNZAF NZ402530 – Pilot.
Killed age 27.
Son of Stephen Anson Wilson and of Christian Wilson (Nee Bremner), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 15557.

P/O Ralph Owen Foster, RNZAF NZ402443 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 29.
Son of Ralph and Gladys Foster, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot LL. Row 1. Joint grave 14.

P/O Robert Leslie Owen Ryder, RAAF AUS.404626 – Observer.
Killed age 25.
Son of Arthur Owen and Florence Gardiner Ryder; husband of Marjorie Ryder, of Roma, Queensland, Australia.
Buried Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot LL. Row 2. Grave 16.
‘Greater love hath no man’

Sgt. Sir Charles Thomas Hewitt Mappin, RAFVR 1380356 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 32.
4Th Bart. Son of Thomas Wilson Mappin and Violet Mappin; Husband of Lady Mappin (Nee Gordon Duff).
Buried Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot LL. Row 1. Joint grave 14.

Sgt. James Henry Reid, RAFVR 997006 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of James and Jane Reid, of Perth.
Buried Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Plot LL. Row 1. Grave 15.

W/O Lawrence Beresford Hamilton Hope, RNZAF NZ40940 – Rear Gunner.
Survived crash but killed whilst being transported as a P.o.W. age 28.

Prisoner of War Number: 24510
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred

Son of Percy Douglas and Martha Harriet Hope, of French Pass, Nelson, New Zealand.
Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 6. B. 8.