K.J. Dunmall crew 08.09.42. P.o.W.

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.721 AA-A

Sgt. Francis Lawrence Curr, RAAF AUS.404005 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ivan Clarence Hugh Sullivan, RNZAF NZ404990 – Observer.
Sgt. Christopher James Kendal, RNZAF NZ412342 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie William Kennedy, RAFVR NZ41594 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:08 – Landed 05:08
Flight Time 04:00

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 DF.639 AA-?

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
P/O Eric Francis Downes , RNZAF NZ412871 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RCAF 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 05:40

15/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No. A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Electrical storms and cloud was over the sea. Navigation was by D.R., T.R. and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 AA-?

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edwin ‘Eddie’ Worsdale , RNZAF NZ412919 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RNZAF 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. L. Newbold, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 03:15

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.758 AA-?

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
Sgt. Edwin ‘Eddie’ Worsdale , RNZAF NZ412919 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RNZAF 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 06:00

24/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Texel
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Heavy Thunder storms and a low cloud was encountered. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BK.207 AA-?

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Foreman , RCAF R.80334 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RNZAF 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 03:00

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening in Baltic
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables and 500lb. Bombs were successfully dropped by two aircraft, who failed to hear a recall signal which was broadcast to all aircraft at approximately 2300hrs. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very cloudy with ground haze at base. Navigation was accurate by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BK207 captained by F/Sgt. Dunmall crashed at base on return due to bad visibility.

Wellington Mk.III BK.207 AA-?

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Foreman , RCAF R.80334 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 08:15

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 X.3936 AA-T

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wallace Frederick Stokes , RNZAF NZ412362 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 04:00

07/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. Vegetables, one of which failed to take-off owing to engine trouble. The other aircraft successfully planted its vegetables in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No. A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was poor, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was also good.

Stirling Mk.I BK.615 AA-?

F/S Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth John Atwell , RCAF R.87365 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alden Lyle Magnus, RCAF C.96104 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Ritchie , RAFVR 1037955 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:50

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 BF.398 AA-F

P/O Kenneth John Dunmall , RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth John Atwell , RCAF R.87365 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alden Lyle Magnus, RCAF C.96104 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Ritchie , RCAF 1037955 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 08:00

17/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Fallersleben
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000lb. This was to be a low level flight all the way climbing to 5,000feet to bomb. Four out of the five aircraft unfortunately failed to return. They were the Squadron Commander, Wing Commander V. Mitchell, D.F.C., captain of Stirling I BF396 who took W/O Bagnall and crew who had only arrived a few days previously. Stirling I,BF400 captained by F/O Jacobson, Stirling 1, BK620 captained by P/O R.E. Williams, and Stirling I, R9247 captained by F/Sgt. Rousseau. The one aircraft to return was captained by P/O McCullough who could not find the target owing to rain and bad visibility, and bombed an alternative. This was an aerodrome, the bombs were seen to explode on the flare path and hangars. A.A. fore was fairly heavy and a few searchlights were seen. The aircraft was twice attacked by fighters but they were driven off on each occasion, on return the aircraft was found to have four holes believed due to combat with one of the fighters. The weather was clear to the target but developed to rain and 7/10th cloud on return. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.I BK.620 AA-A

P/O Kenneth John Dunmall , RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
Sgt Kenneth David Glenn , RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
P/O Eric Ernest Williams , RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Kenneth John Atwell , RCAF R.87365 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alden Lyle Magnus, RCAF C.96104 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Ritchie , RAFVR 1037955 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William James Stanley Voice , RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.I BK.620 AA-A was shot down by a combination of flak and night fighters, crash-landing into the Westeinder Plas, South West of Aalsmeer (Noord Holland) and 10 miles South West of Amsterdam. All its crew survived the crash-landing but they later were interned as prisoners. The Captain (Air Bomber), P/O Williams, was placed in the German POW camp at Sagan, from where he escaped by way of the famous ‘Wooden Horse’. On his return to the UK he was decorated with a Military Cross.

P/O Kenneth John Dunmall, RAFVR 1283701 – Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27301
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred. “This airman has taken part in numerous sorties and has displayed much skill, great coolness and determination. On one occasion his aircraft was very badly damaged by enemy action. Later it became necessary to leave by parachute as the aircraft could no longer be flown. Although the bomber was down to a very low level, Flight Sergeant Dunmall ensured that his crew were all clear before he himself left the aircraft. His action was characteristic of this fine captain.”
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16558

Sgt. Kenneth David Glen, RCAF R.79353 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27310
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalg VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

P/O Eric Ernest Williams, RAFVR 1164660/ 117664 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Escaped via ‘The Wooden Horse’. P/O Williams escaped from Stalag Luft III accompanied Lieutenant R M C Codner Royal Artillery
Date of return to United Kingdom: 29th of December 1943

Sgt. Kenneth John Atwell, RCAF R.87365 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27336
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whislt interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 16558

Sgt. Alden Lyle Magnus, RCAF C.96104 – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27339
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to P/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 18th of April 1945

Sgt. J. Ritchie, RAFVR 1037955 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 2733?
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. William James Stanley Voice, RNZAF NZ41708 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 27305
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIIB/344. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 21st of April 1945