J. Shaw crew 19.2.45

18/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty aircraft attacked Wesel. Twenty one were detailed but AA”R” F/S Scott, returned early through technical trouble. Aircraft bombed on special equipment in ten tenths cloud with tops about 10,000 ft. Leaders were satisfied it was a good raid. Very slight H/F was only opposition

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
P/O James Shaw , RFVER 1549541/ 189682 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 05:02

19/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aitcraft were again detailed to attack Wesel. AA”J”, captained by F/S Lukins, B.L., returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was 1-10/10ths with some haze. A few crews were able to identify the river bend. Bombing appeared to be accurate. Very slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

P/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt L. Player, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:25 – Landed 18:47
Flight Time 05:22

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Aldridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:19 – Landed 14:05
Flight Time 04:46

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 HK601 JN-D

P/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/L S. E. Cowan, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:01 – Landed 17:28
Flight Time 05:27

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt J. Aldridge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:00 – Landed 14:42
Flight Time 04:42

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

P/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:26 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 08:59

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:01 – Landed 17:12
Flight Time 05:11

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.
F/S Thomas Dewsbury, RAFVR 1533969 – Mid Under Gunner

Take Off 10:00 – Landed 15:43
Flight Time 05:43

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:30 – Landed 15:06
Flight Time 04:36

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.
F/S Thomaas Dewsbury, RAFVR 1533969 – Mid Under Gunner

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 19:15
Flight Time 06:35

13/04/1945 – Minelaying at Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Keil, carrying 4,000 HCN, 1000 ANM, 500 ANM and Munro Bombs. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud and tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving target. Flak was Slight. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:28 – Landed 02:41
Flight Time 06:13

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 PB820 JN-V

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:18 – Landed 15:10
Flight Time 04:52

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:41 – Landed 17:08
Flight Time 07:27

24/04/1945 – Attack on Bad Oldesloe
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BAD OLDESLOE. JN/N (F/L Preyer) failed to take off owing to engine trouble and AA/Y (F/S Reay) made an early return owing to fire in starboard outer engine. No opposition was encountered but slight flak seen over Dutch Coast. Some of the bombs fell to the port of the A/P. Main attack considered very good.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:11 – Landed 13:19
Flight Time 06:08

03/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague
10 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping, five for Delft and five for the Hague. Crowds and flag waving were not so extensive as before and enthusiasm seems to be waining.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
Sgt. R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:36 – Landed 13:56
Flight Time 02:20

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 RF129 JN-M

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Rear Gunner.
A/C Lowe, Passenger .

Take Off 12:25 – Landed 14:54
Flight Time 02:29

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-T

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:53 – Landed 18:06
Flight Time 06:13

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.III PB421 AA-P

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brian K. Waugh, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:37 – Landed 13:39
Flight Time 05:02

16/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
4 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. 96 men were brought back bringing the total number now to 1967.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:11 – Landed 13:54
Flight Time 04:43

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/L James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:10 – Landed 14:20
Flight Time 06:10

26/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England
7 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 71 Belgian refugees. 120 ex Prisoners of War were brought back on the return trips. Flight Lieutenant Lukins was involved in a slight mishap at Brussels and some of the crew were brought back by another aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:03 – Landed 21:09
Flight Time 09:06

03/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
3 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I PP663 JN-Z

F/L James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Grieve Beall, RAFVR 1894568 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.
CPL Richardson, Passenger.

Take Off 09:38 – Landed 13:46
Flight Time 04:08