J.W. Thomson crew 11.06.41

15/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Lorient
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Owing to fog being experienced on the return journey three of these aircraft landed at ST EVAL and two at BOSCOMBE DOWN. Hits were registered in the target area. The only observations made was that the blackout over FRANCE was bad. Moderate heavy and light flak was encountered and strong concentrations of searchlights were met in the target area. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear but ground haze was experienced over the target. Navigation was by D/R and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

P/O George Ronald Simich, RNZAF NZ391369 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. George Hardy, RNZAF NZ40935 – Observer.
Sgt. James Sutton Blundell, RAFVR 977531 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:00

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O David Stewart Florence, RCAF J.2834 – Navigator.
Sgt. Sidney ‘Syd’ Parrot, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Gore, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McMillan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 06:05

31/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Rotterdam
Two Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft UNL.????? Captained by P/O. Hill, failed to locate target and bombs were dropped in sea. The bomb load consisted of 250lbs. and containers of incendiaries.
Results were not observed by UNL.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire was slight, and there was little searchlight activity.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
Fairly heavy cloud was experienced.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 dnc AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 03:00

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:25

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.
CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.
Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.
Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:30

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:25

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 08:05

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:40

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 05:15

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 08:05

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, and containers of incendiaries.
SFY.154 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
SFY.426 saw bombs burst 300 yds S.W. of target.
SFY.515 reports small fire started in target area.
SFY.626 saw bombs and incendiaries burst in target area.
Target was not located by SFY.699,
Results were not observed by SFY.872
S/L Widdowson returned to base on account of the Wireless Operator being ill. Three 500lbs. were jettisoned in sea. P/O Curry failed to locate target.
F/Lt. Fletcher attacked target area and fires were started.
Two large fires were observed in target area.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate.
Searchlights were numerous and working in cones.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made.
HEavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:20

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:45

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:45

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R,3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:10

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:25

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:00

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 06:50

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.5621 AA-E

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:15

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

F/O Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Polley, RCAF 977080 – Observer.
Sgt. Sharp, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RNZAF NZ401227 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:05 – Landed 15:20
Flight Time 08:15

02/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped, but owing to fairly heavy cloud no results were observed. Fairly accurate light and heavy flak was scattered throughout target area. Searchlights were intense and working in cones. One enemy aircraft was seen near target area, but no attack was made. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:50

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1771 AA-T

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:00

15/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, THC.334 (P/O. Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. SGT. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned.
A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
THC.683 reports that bombs were dropped on Cologne.
THC.938 bombed concentration of flak and searchlights on E.T.A. Assumed over Cologne.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target areas and on route.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 dnc AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 03:10

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 05:40

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Holdsworth, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 05:50

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, and searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 02:45

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
F/S Peters, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:40

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the reaming aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 03:10

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A. fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 05:20

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber center of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR – Wireless Operator. 976174
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:50

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR – Wireless Operator. 952538
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:30

10/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
The target was bombed by JDS.276
JDS.629 reports bombs were seen to burst in what was believed to be the Southern part of Cologne.
JDS.723 dropped bombs near fire in town of Bonn. Incendiaries started a good fire.
JDS.727 reports bombs dropped in target area and bursts seen in estimated position of aiming point.
JDS.871 saw bombs burst in target area.
JDS.972 reports firs were seen to start after bombing.
P/O. Scott reports that small fires were started in small town south of Cologne.
P/O. Hamlin reports that a fire was started in target area.
SGT. Brecon bombed target area.
P/O Hobbs saw bombs burst near a small red fire in the centre of a heavy flak concentration.
A number of dummy fires were observed on route.
A.A. fire was slight.
Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attack made.
The weather was fine but there was haze over route and in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

P/O James Williamson Thomson, RNZAF NZ40667 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time