Joll crew 21.5.43 2nd Tour

Second tour for Jack Joll

21/05/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1500lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their Mines in the allotted area. Some light A.A.Fire and one searchlight was encountered, but was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and visibility was variable. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK817 AA-B

F/O Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:11 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:09

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A.Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK817 AA-B

F/O Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:26 – Landed 03:37
Flight Time 04:11

25/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Four aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and one failed to return. The remaining eleven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and some large explosions were also seen. Both heavy and light A.A.Fire was encountered, co-operating with searchlights, which were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. Ten tenths cloud was prevalent in the target area, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. This missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. BK602, captained by Sergeant T.W. Darton.

Stirling Mk.I BK817 AA-B

F/O Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:51 – Landed 03:47
Flight Time 03:56

29/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take-off owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, and two returned early. Four aircraft failed to return. The remaining thirteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen and also some big explosions. Some heavy A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BK776 Captained by P/O. R.F.Bennett, Mk.I EF398, captained by F/O. R.B. Vernazoni, MK.III EH881 captained by Sgt. J.H. Carey and Mk.III Bf561 captained by Sgt. S.R. Thornley.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

F/O Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Leslie Ronald Cant, RAFVR 1397680 – Mid Upper Gunner. Died Thursday 24th June 1943, age 20, during a raid on Wuppertal. Buried Flushing (Vlissingen) Northern Cemetery, Netherlands.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:03 – Landed 03:47
Flight Time 04:44

19/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early as it was hit by A.A. fire in the fuselage, mainplane and mid upper turret. The Flight Engineer made a really good effort to overcome the damage by hacking his way through the fuselage into the port wing to get at the petrol tank controls, which he then operated by hand. The BREUIL STEEL WORKs was very badly damaged and appeared to have the roof missing. Large fires and huge explosions were seen in the target area. An aircraft captained by P/O Sedunary, lost the outer propeller , just before bombing. He carried out his bombing successfully and returned to base. At the beginning of the attack little light and heavy A.A fire and one searchlight were encountered, but as the attack progressed the defences were thoroughly disorganised. There was no cloud in the target area and visibility was excellent, except for smoke from out flares. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

F/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
W/O Francis Max Mckenzie, RNZAF NZ41244 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:40

21/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. bombs in the target area. The operation was very successful, the whole of the town was seething in flames and the smoke from the fires was rising to a height of 8,000ft. On the return the fires could be seen from the Dutch Coast. Heavy, moderate and light A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good with clear visibility except in the target area, where there was haze caused by fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK810 AA-G

F/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O George Morrison Duncan, RAFVR 1348085/ 137232 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:02 – Landed 03:33
Flight Time 03:31

22/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mülheim
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs and 4lbs. Four aircraft failed to return and the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen the whole RUHR area was smoke palled. A very heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights was encountered and five aircraft were slightly hit by A.A.fire, some enemy aircraft were seen and three short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. There was 3/10ths cloud on the target area but visibility was fairly good, except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirling Mk.I EF399 captained by F/S Burbidge, Mk.III EF408 captained by Sgt. Wood, MK.III BK810 captained by W/O McKenzie and Mk.III EH889 captained by F/O McCrorie.

Stirling Mk.I EE878 AA-P

F/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O George Morrison Duncan, RAFVR 1348085/ 137232 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:46 – Landed 03:48
Flight Time 04:02

24/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with incendiary bombs of 30lns and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable and one failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very good attack, very large concentrated fires being seen, the glow of which was visible 30 miles away from the Dutch Coast. The defences were considerably stronger than the previous attacks, both moderate and heavy A.A.fire was encountered and two aircraft were slightly hit. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, although the smoke from the fires obscured ground detail. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EH902 captained by F/S Bluck.

Stirling Mk.III EE892 AA-F

F/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
P/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:31 – Landed 03:41
Flight Time 04:10

03/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiaries of 30lbs and 4lbs. All aircraft, with the exception of one, which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large concentrated fires were seen, the whole area appearing to be in flames. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good and clear over the target, although slight ground haze partially obscured ground detail. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I EE892 AA-F

F/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Nicol, RAFVR 657425 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:55

24/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty-three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. Of these aircraft, two returned early due to unserviceable W/T and engine trouble respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was a very concentrated and successful attack. Very large spread fires were seen with black smoke rising to height of 1,400ft., some heavy explosions were also seen. A heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered and two aircraft were coned in the searchlights but neither were hit. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88approaching head on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed.. The Stirling was badly damaged having more that 4ft. of the starboard mainplane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the 3 hours return flight to base, made a perfect landing. Two other short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was very good, with clear visibility, except for haze caused by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE890 captained by Sergeant H. Nichol.

Stirling Mk.I EE892 AA-F

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
W/O Gordon Kenneth Williams, RNZAF NZ401796 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T.R. Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:25

27/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack was more concentrated than the previous one, colossal fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 20,000ft. , a ship was also seen to be on fire in a Dock south of the target. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with search lights operating in belts were encountered, although the A.A. fire was heavier than the previous attack, it was ineffective except for slight damage to three aircraft. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt.E.J.ROBERTS sighted a JU 88 approaching from port beam above and all gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft broke away firing and then approached on the port beam below. Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft was claimed to be damaged. The Stirling was also damaged, having a bomb door blown off and a petrol pipe-line pierced, nevertheless the captain brought his aircraft safely back to base. The weather was good except for 3/10th cloud at the target, visibility was good, although smoke haze prevented identification of ground detail. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:50

30/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Remscheld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. And 4lb..One aircraft returned early as rear turret was unserviceable and two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen. Moderate heavy and light A.A fire co-operating with searchlight belts were encountered, and one aircraft was slightly damaged in the mid- upper turret. Some enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by F/S. O. WHITE sighted an unidentified aircraft which attacked three times. Each time the mid upper and rear gunners fired a burst, and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which then fell away and claimed to be damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility except for haze caused by fires. Navigation was very good. On return, one aircraft landed at HARDWICK, due to shortage of petrol. The missing aircraft were Stirling Mk.III BF458 captained by Sgt. A.J. THOMAS and Stirling Mk.III EE915 captained by F/Sgt. J. DARNEY.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Alexander McGregor, RNZAF NZ415770 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 04:35

10/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds and some heavy explosions were also seen, indicating that the attack was a success. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but gave little trouble. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was poor at the target, 9/10ths cloud prevailing, which prevented identification  of detail. Navigation was very good. The aircraft captained by P/O C.C.Logan, owing to unserviceable navigation aids on return journey went off track and ran short of petrol. The crew prepared to abandon the aircraft but fortunately the petrol lasted and they landed at R.A.F. Marston, after being airbourne for 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/O Norman Clarence Bruce Wilson, RNZAF NZ417139 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 07:35

12/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 50lb. and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was an absolute mass of flames, colossal fires and heavy explosions were also seen. Very feeble A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, but were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one combat took place. The aircraft captained by P/O A. Burley sighted an unidentified aircraft on the way to the target in the Chartes area, which approached from astern, the rear gunner gave a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft broke away. The Stirling’s port outer engine was badly damaged and had to be feathered. The captain however, continued to target which was 380 miles distant on three engines, successfully bombed it and returned to base, making a perfect landing. The weather was clear with a bright moon over the target. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/O Norman Clarence Bruce Wilson, RNZAF NZ417139 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 08:05

17/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., 500lb. and incendiaries of 30lb., and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack to be well concentrated, large fires and huge explosions being seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear except for a smoke screen which partially obscured the target. Navigation was excellent. On the return journey the fires could be seen 50 miles from the target.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:55 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:15

23/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 500lb., and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb.. Five aircraft returned early owing to failure and three aircraft failed to return. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area and all of the crews agreed that it had been well and truly hit. The fires were all concentrated and huge columns of smoke together with heavy explosions could be seen. A moderate heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but only one aircraft received damage. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON sighted a JU88 passing above, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners fired and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which was then lost sight of and is claimed to have been damaged. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WHITEHEAD whilst over BERLIN sighted an enemy aircraft on the starboard quarter, 300yds away. The Rear Gunner fired a five second burst and the enemy aircraft was seen in flames diving to earth, and was claimed as probably destroyed. The same aircraft encountered another unidentified aircraft 300yds away on the starboard quarter. The Rear Gunner fired another five seconds burst and the enemy aircraft exploded and disintegrated. It was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/O. A. Alexander, whilst over the target sighted a ME110 approaching from the starboard quarter above and firing at his aircraft. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunners replied with long bursts and the enemy aircraft was seen to be in flames. A fire was later seen on the ground and the enemy aircraft was claimed as probably destroyed. Scattered cloud was met on the outward route, but it was clear over the target. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BF465 captained by P/O A. RANKIN, BF564 captained by P/O A. Sedunary and EE938 captained by W/O T. Fear.
The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WHITE, O.H. whilst approaching the target area was coned by searchlights and repeatedly hit by heavy A.A. fire, sustaining considerable damage to port mainplane. He continued towards the target though still coned by searchlights and was then attacked by a JU88 sustaining hits in the rear of the fuselage which shattered the rear turret and killed Rear Gunner Sgt. Poole, J.. The aircraft was forced into an uncontrollable dive and the captain warned his crew ‘Prepare to abandon the aircraft’. Unfortunately, in the middle of this order the inter-communication failed, and the Navigator, Air Bomber and Wireless Operator abandoned the aircraft, due to the fact that they were unable to contact their Captain. F/Sgt. WHITE jettisoned his bomb load whilst in the dive directly over the target area, managed to regain control of the aircraft when height had been lost down to 6,000ft. The captain and two remaining members of the crew after taking stock of the damage decided to attempt the long and hazardous return journey to base. This they did successfully and made a perfect crash landing at base without lights, flaps or under carriage, as the electrical leads were shot away.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 08:20

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:10
15/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Montlucon
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb..One aircraft failed to take-off, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires was rising to a height of 12,000ft.. Inaccurate A.A.fire from a few guns was the only opposition, no enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 5/10th cloud over the target but visibility was nevertheless good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Egerton Martin, RNZAF NZ416415 – 2nd Pilot.2
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. V. Weavers, RAFVR 1290831 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:05

22/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. Numerous fires which appeared to be merging into one large fire were seen, and were still visible as the aircraft were returning over the DUTCH Coast. Heavy A.A. fire and a great number of searchlights were encountered, but proved ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and one of our Stirlings was hit, but the attacker was not seen, damage was received to the tail and mainplane, and the port petrol tanks were punctured. The aircraft, however, was safely flown back to base and a crash landing was made with three engines. It was clear over the target and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Egerton Martin, RNZAF NZ416415 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. V. Weavers, RAFVR 1290831 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
P/O L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 05:10

04/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. Three aircraft returned early and one failed to return. This was a good attack, ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very good concentrated fires and enormous explosions being seen, the fires were still visible on the homeward journey. A.A. Fire was negligible, there were many search lights which were cooperating with enemy night-fighters. The aircraft captained by S/Ldr. J.JOLL had a combat with a M.E. 109, which was claimed as possibly damaged. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but clear over the target, visibility was good except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by SGT. H.J. MIDDLETON.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S R. V. Weavers, RAFVR 1290831 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:35

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