K.E. Amohanga crew 12.3.45

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Wi Rangiuaia, RNZAF NZ427319 – Pilot.
P/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga , RNZAF NZ425492 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. A. Matthew, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Morrison, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S John Edward Barry Mossman, RNZAF NZ42112587 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Player, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. T. Mynott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Morgan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:53 – Landed 17:12
Flight Time 05:19

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga , RNZAF NZ425492 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
W/O T.R. Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Roy deWilmot Tully, RAFVR 175537 – Rear Gunner.
F/O Charles Frederick Green, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 178730.

Take Off 19:53 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:42

12/03/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Dortmund was the target for twenty one aircraft. Flak was slight to moderate, cloud 10/10ths with tops 5/6000ft. Aircraft report good results Smoke was already pushing through cloud when aircraft left. Bombing was well concentrated.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

P/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga, RNZAF NZ425492 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Kenneth Dalzell , RNZAF NZ433854 – Navigator.
F/O Alfred Hugh Woolcock, RNZAF NZ2121 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Maxwell Spooner , RNZAF NZ428162 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. B. Fletcher , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Jack Cresswell Richardson, RNZAF NZ427323 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Alexander Freeman ‘Sandy’ Strachan , RNZAF NZ4210193 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:10 – Landed 18:53
Flight Time 05:43

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

P/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga, RNZAF NZ425492 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Kenneth Dalzell , RNZAF NZ433854 – Navigator.
F/O Alfred Hugh Woolcock, RNZAF NZ2121 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Maxwell Spooner , RNZAF NZ428162 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. B. Fletcher , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Jack Cresswell Richardson, RNZAF NZ427323 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander Freeman ‘Sandy’ Strachan , RNZAF NZ4210193 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:41 – Landed 18:43
Flight Time 05:02

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.III PB424? JN-O

F/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga, RNZAF NZ425492 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Kenneth Dalzell , RNZAF NZ433854 – Navigator.
F/O Alfred Hugh Woolcock, RNZAF NZ2121 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Maxwell Spooner , RNZAF NZ428162 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. B. Fletcher , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Jack Cresswell Richardson, RNZAF NZ427323 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander Freeman ‘Sandy’ Strachan , RNZAF NZ4210193 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:06 – Landed 17:14
Flight Time 05:08

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga, RNZAF NZ425492 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Kenneth Dalzell , RNZAF NZ433854 – Navigator.
F/O Alfred Hugh Woolcock, RNZAF NZ2121 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Maxwell Spooner , RNZAF NZ428162 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. B. Fletcher , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Jack Cresswell Richardson, RNZAF NZ427323 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander Freeman ‘Sandy’ Strachan , RNZAF NZ4210193 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:58 – Landed 15:24
Flight Time 05:26