J.W.A. Myers crew 30.5.44 †

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A
Combat reported

P/O Thomas Gregson Buckley, RAFVR 170664 – Pilot.
F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Charles Mita Hilairo Pinker, RNZAF NZ416159 – Navigator.
F/S Hoani Paraone, RNZAF NZ422204 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Houston, RAFVR 1368989 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 03:20

30/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Ten aircraft successfully bombed a target at Boulogne, encountering only very slight opposition. The attack was carried out in clear visibility.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A.E. Burn,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:06 – Landed 01:04
Flight Time 01:58

02/06/1944 – Attack Against Wissant
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Wissant, N. France. Owing to thick cloud over the target, twelve aircraft were unable to identify the markers and brought their bombs back. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/O Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:13 – Landed 03:28
Flight Time 02:15

03/06/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Calais, and all crews were successful in contributing to a good concentrated raid in clear weather. Defences were slight to moderate and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:38 – Landed 02:26
Flight Time 01:48

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:42 – Landed 07:01
Flight Time 03:19

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ME148 AA-H

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:03 – Landed 03:18
Flight Time 03:15

08/06/1944 – Attack Against Fougeres
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Fougeres in N. France. Nineteen aircraft bombed successfully, one bringing its bombs back owing to the Bomb sight being unserviceable when over the target area. Two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy aircraft, but the remainder carried out their mission without incident, there being no opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 05:25

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:15

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I LL942 JN-C

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 03:55

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND918 AA-Y

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 02:55

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND918 AA-Y

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:16 – Landed 02:06
Flight Time 02:50

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O John Willian Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:16
Flight Time 03:11

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/O John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:36 – Landed 01:53
Flight Time 02:17

27/06/1944 – Attack Against Biennais
Fifteen aircraft took off to attack the constructional works supply site at Biennais. All aircraft bombed through ten-tenths cloud with the aid of markers and no opposition from the ground was encountered. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:48 – Landed 02:32
Flight Time 02:44

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:43 – Landed 03:07
Flight Time 04:24

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:31 – Landed 08:03
Flight Time 03:32

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 03:50

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 dnc AA-G

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:05 – Landed 15:15
Flight Time 04:10

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:30 – Landed 07:55
Flight Time 03:25

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E was brought down by a night fighter at Harveng (Hainaut), 3.5 miles South Souht East of Mons. The fighter had collided with the Lancaster during an attack from below, causing severe damage to the starboard wing and an uncontrollable fire in the outer engine. All crew baled out successfully on the captain’s orders while he managed to keep the aircraft relatively stable. It too then plunged into the ground, sadly killing the pilot. The enemy fighter also crashed nearby.
Of the six who landed safely, three were captured as POW’s while the other three successfully evaded capture.

F/L John William Anthony Myers, RNZAF NZ405801 – Pilot.
Killed age 25.
Son of Charles Ernest Myers and of Lydia Jane Myers (nee Cunningham), of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Chiervres Communal Cemetery, Belgium..
Grave location – Grave 37. 23

F/O William Edward Cormack, RNZAF NZ426166 – Navigator.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 4966
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft. Stalag Luft I. Promoted to F/L whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 17th of May 1945

F/O William Cunningham, RCAF J.28238 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: St. Giles Prison, Brussels
Put on the ‘Ghost Train’ – after being left by his German captors, made contact with British forces and was returned home.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Joseph William Murphy, RNZAF NZ424993 – Wireless Operator.
Escaper
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. D.E. Andrews, RAFVR 1892914 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 419
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VIII/357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. A.E. Burn, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W.
Prisoner of War Number: 443
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. William Mason, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Evader
Put on the ‘Ghost Train’ – after being left by his German captors, made contact with British forces and was returned home.
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known