K.H. Blincoe crew 20.08.42. †

Blincoe crew

The Blincoe crew
L to R back row, Desmond Hayward, Kenneth Blincoe, Frank Boese, Harold Lowe, front row, Edward McDermott, Desmond Clearwater and George Cook
image supplied by Kevin King

20/08/1942 – Gardening Off St. Nazaire
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above. Bomb load of Mines were dropped in the target area. Considerable A.A. fire was encountered near the target, searchlights were few. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Wellington BJ.774 captained by F/Sgt. Anderson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 06:15

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3954 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
Sgt. Wallace Frederick Stokes, RNZAF NZ412362 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 05:45

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3954 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RCAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 05:45

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 05:45

02/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Karlsruhe
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen on the target, concentrated mainly in centre of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were few. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe was attacked by a JU88, the front gunner fired a burst at very short range, the enemy aircraft then broke off the attack, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was clear over the target, navigation was very good by T.R. and D.R. A large fire suspected to be a dummy, was seen 30 to 40 miles West of Target.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
P/O George William Alfred Mills, RNZAF NZ411769 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:20

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 05:25

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt.Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Pollard, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:10 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 04:05

08/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb., 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Larger fires were seen. A.A> fire was moderate, searchlights were numerous, particularly in target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was good, with slight ground haze. Navigation was accurate by DR and TR. Wellington captained by Sgt. Johnson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RAFVR NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:05

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RAFVR NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 04:20

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harrison, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 05:30

14/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area. A few fires were seen. Light and heavy predicted accurate A.A. fire was encountered, searchlights were in small groups, widely dispersed. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear over target with moderate ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 05:30

16/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. A.A. fire was intense heavy and accurate, searchlights were in heavy concentration. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe K, was hit by A.A. fire in starboard main plain two minutes prior to bombing, which made a big hole between starboard motor and fuselage, making it impossible to turn to port. Near Dutch coast on return, the aircraft was attacked from underneath by an unseen aircraft, being hit several times and the WOP. being wounded in the back. The enemy aircraft was not seen by any of the crew. On return the aircraft belly landed on the aerodrome with hydraulics unserviceable. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/Sgt. Wright J.L. was attacked by a JU.88 on return from bombing. The enemy aircraft was fired at by the front gunner; after several bursts it was seen by captain WOP and front gunner to explode in the air. A few enemy aircraft were seen by other aircraft but no attacks were made. The target area was covered by 8/10 to 9/10 cloud. Navigation was good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.790 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:30

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3747 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
Sgt. Harold Rangi Welch, RNZAF NZ41709 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 04:40

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert James McWilliam, RCAF R.193977 or R.93977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RAFVR NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 06:10

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert James McWilliam, RCAF R.193977 or R.93977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RAFVR NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:40

09/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening off East Frisian Islands
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were planted in the allotted area. No A.A. fire was encountered, one searchlight was seen to be sweeping the sea in the area. 10/10th. Cloud was over the allotted area, visibility was poor. Navigation was by D.R., T.R. loops, fixes and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III BK.341 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Wellinton, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert James McWilliam, RCAF R.193977 or R.93977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RAFVR NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 05:00

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 AA-?

F/S Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
P/O Roy Reginald Rayner, RNZAF NZ41399 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert James McWilliam, RCAF R.193977 or R.93977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 06:55

28/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1000lb and 500lb were dropped in the target area by three of the aircraft. The captain of the other aircraft being forced to jettison his bombs in the Alps, as one engine cut and he was unable to maintain height with his bomb load. This raid was very successful, large fires being seen in the whole of the town, it appeared to be on fire from end to end. It is thought by the crews that both the Lancia and Fiat works were ablaze. There was some light A.A. fire at target, but heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered at Dieppe and Amiens area. Only one searchlight was seen at Turin, a few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was cloudy to the Alps, it then cleared and was clear but hazy at Turin. BK608 captained by F/Sgt Blincoe ran short of petrol nearing base, the engines were failing and the aircraft was losing height, when at 900 feet he gave his crew the option of bailing out, two of the crew, the Navigator and the Rear Gunner baled out at 600ft and landed safely about 2 miles North of Stradishall, the aircraft crash landed at Stadishall, none of the crew being injured.

Stirling Mk.I BK.608 AA-T

F/S Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Air Bomber.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAFVR 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward McDermott, RAFVR R.96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 09:20

09/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb loads of 4lb. incendiaries were dropped by all aircraft in the target area. All crews reported that the town was well ablaze and huge columns of smoke were seen. A medium amount of both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. No enemy aircraft were seen. There was no cloud at the target, it was very hazy, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was good. This can be looked upon as our most successful Stirling operation yet.

Stirling Mk.I R.9243 AA-C

F/S Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth Reginald Burton, RAFVR 1325331 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Air Bomber.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAFVR 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward McDermott, RAFVR R.96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 08:30

16/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Bordeaux
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. vegetables. The take-off was rather cross wind and unfortunately during take-off the wind backed severely so that the flare path was dead cross wind. Three aircraft swung violently on take-off. Then Sergeant Franklin tried to take-off in Stirling I, R9245, it swung as violently as the other aircraft, but went on, straightened and got airborne, only to crash a mile away from the aerodrome. Two mines exploded and all of the crew were killed. It later transpired that the starboard under carriage carried away the oil tank to the starboard inner engine and this is presumed to have seized, causing the aircraft to spin into the ground. No other aircraft took off after this. The three aircraft who successfully took off all planted their vegetables in the allotted area. Some light tracer and a few searchlights were encountered, no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was variable with heavy rain and hail storms over the garden area, but clear generally. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I R.9250 AA-C

F/S Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Air Bomber.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAFVR 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward McDermott, R.96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 07:30

23/01/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. All aircraft reported that their bombs were seen to fall in the target area. Large fires were seen to be lighting up the whole area. A fair amount of heavy, medium and light flak was encountered, only a few searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was very clear at the target and good visibility. Navigation was by D.R., T.R., pinpoints and visual. Stirling I R9248 captained by Sergt. R.M.Kidd failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I R9250 AA-C

P/O Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
P/O Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Sgt. Earl Ray Belford, RCAF R.88751/ J.17419 – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Arthur Stevens, RAFVR 942319 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAFVR 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward McDermott, RCAF R.96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 04:40

03/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

Stirling Mk.I R9250 AA-C

P/O Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Andrew James Newell ‘Dougal’ Scott RNZAF NZ414685 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Sgt. George Wood Cook, RNZAF NZ412514 – Air Bomber.
P/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 905609/ 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAFVR 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Edward. McDermott, RCAF R.96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Flight Time – Missing

R.9280 was attacked by a German night-fighter over the Netherlands, while returning to base. The aircraft crashed at 20.00hrs in the vicinity of Ingen, 6miles NNE of Tiel, Hollnd. All on board were killed. They were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.

P/O Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Killed age 33.
Son of Francis Blincoe and of Ruth Blincoe (Nee Packer), of Nelson, New Zealand; Husband of Ida Annie Blincoe, of Murchison, Nelson.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 212.

P/O Andrew James Newell Scott, RNZAF NZ414685 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of William Lorimer Scott and Marian Phebe Scott, of Mataura, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 91.

Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Navigator.
Killed age 22.
Son of Arthur and Carrie Boese, of East Ham, Essex; Husband of Irene Emily Boese (Nee Middleton), of East Ham.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 92.
‘With tender love And deep regret We who loved you Will never forget’

Sgt. George Wood Cook, RNZAF NZ412514 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 24.
Son of Samuel Arthur and Eva Harriette Cook, of Otorohanga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 211.

F/O Harold Lowe, RAFVR 115129 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 23.
Son of Harold and Priscilla Lowe, of Horsham, Sussex; Husband of Chrissie Lowe, of Horsham.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 213.
‘I give my body to the earth My soul to God My heart for England’

Sgt. Desmond David Hayward, RAF 651764 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 20.
Son of William John and Lydia Hayward, of Lower Edmonton, Middlesex.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 90.
‘God’s greatest gift, Remembrance’

F/S Edward Mcdermott, RCAF 96960 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Mrs. D. Hastings, of London, Ontario, Canada.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 93.
‘In my Father’s house Are many mansions’

Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 24.
Son of Irwin Clearwater and of Jacobina Manson Clearwater (Nee Bain), of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery, Holland..
Grave location – Plot 13. Row 5. Grave 89.