K.J. Jones crew 15.11.44

11/11/1944 – Attack Against Castrop Rauxel
Twenty five aircraft were detailed to make an early morning attack on Heinsberg in support of the American Army, but this was postponed and 6 aircraft were detailed for an attack on Castrop Rauxel. All aircraft reached the target area and dropped their bombs, but the results seemed unsatisfactory. Weather was ten tenths cloud with tops 8/9,000 ft and aircraft were seen to drop their bombs on many divergent headings. Flak was very slight and no fighters were seen. The bombs carried were 4,000 lb and 500 lb.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Hit by flak 5 times

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:29 – Landed 12:57
Flight Time 04:28

15/11/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty five aircraft were detailed for an attack an the Soest Marshalling Yards, but this operation was cancelled and the same aircraft took off to attack an Oil Refinery at Dortmund in daylight, carrying 4,000 lbs and 500 lbs bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing in formation through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 ft. and a concentrated raid was reported. Flak was reported as being fairly accurate by the leading aircraft, but none of our aircraft were hit.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:38 – Landed 17:39
Flight Time 05:01

16/11/1944 – Attack Against Heinsberg
Twenty five aircraft were detailed to attack an Oil Refinery target at Sterkrade but this operation was cancelled, and the 25 aircraft later took off to attack Heinsberg in support of the advancing American Army, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All crews were successful in bombing the town which was identified visually. On leaving, the whole town appeared to be covered in a thick pall of smoke. Flak was fairly intense but only two of our aircraft received minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:43 – Landed 17:26
Flight Time 03:43

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 17:15
Flight Time 04:35

21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:35 – Landed 16:55
Flight Time 04:20

23/11/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Nordstern Oil Refinery Plant at Gelsenkirchen carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All aircraft attacked in formation bombing on navigational aids as the cloud was 10/10 with tops at 8000 ft. The attack was thought to be well concentrated, though it was impossible to observe the results. Flak opposition was moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:44 – Landed 17:23
Flight Time 04:39

27/11/1944 – Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard
Twenty three aircraft carried out a successful attack on Cologne Marshalling Yard with 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Flak over the target was moderate but accurate. One aircraft captained by F/O D.P. Leadley landed away at Manston. The crew were unhurt, but the aircraft was damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:27 – Landed 17:01
Flight Time 04:34

30/11/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed carrying 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, and Incendiary bombs to attack the coking plant at Osterfeld. Seventeen aircraft attacked the target successfully through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 feet, and the raid was reported as being well concentrated. One aircraft captained by NZ411915 F/O J.A. McIntosh is missing and the aircraft is believed to have had its tail shot away.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Mcleod, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:51 – Landed 14:53
Flight Time 04:02

02/12/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Seventeen aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on the Coking Plant at Dortmund. All crews were successful in attacking the target which was covered by 10/10 cloud, tops being about 12,000 ft. and the raid was thought to be successful, though the Bomber stream was not as concentrated as usual. Flak was moderate, but very erratic, and none of our aircraft suffered damage. Bombs carried on this attack were 4,000 lb H.C., 1,000 lb. M.C. and 1,000 lb ANM.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Mcleod, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:48 – Landed 17:11
Flight Time 04:23

04/12/1944 – Attack Against Oberhausen
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack an Oil target at Oberhausen, carrying 1 x 12,000 lb, 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM, 500 G.P., 500 M.C. and 4 lb I.B. bombs. Nineteen aircraft attacked the target using navigational aids and the raid was reported as well concentrated though results were unobserved owing to 10/10 cloud with tops 10,000 ft covering the target. One aircraft bombed Gelsenkirchen, having been damaged by flak.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Mcleod, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 03:47

06/12/1944 – Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack o the Merseburg Leuna Oil Refinery, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P.(LD) bombs. The target was covered with 10/10 cloud, tops about 14,000 ft and all aircraft were successful in bombing the target with navigational aids. The attack was considered to be concentrated, though bombing results could not be seen, apart from the glow of fires seen beneath the cloud. Flak was intense in the target area and a few enemy fighters were seen en route but no attacks were reported. One aircraft, AA “R” captained by 1585981 F/O D. Atkin, had engine trouble after leaving the target, the starboard inner catching fire, and it was with great difficulty that the crew managed to keep the fire under control. When approaching this country the starboard inner engine went u/s and after jettisoning all equipment and with the aircraft losing height at 100 feet per minute, the Captain made a very good ditching in the River Orwell. None of the crew were hurt.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Mcleod, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 00:11
Flight Time 07:01

08/12/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on Duisburg Marshalling Yards carrying 1,000 M.C., 1,000 A.N.M. and Munro Bombs. All aircraft successfully attacked the target and a very concentrated attack was reported, but apart from one report of smoke coming through the tops of the cloud at 15,000 ft., no results were observed. One aircraft “D” captain F/S Wood, J., landed at Woodbridge on return.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O
Hit by flak once
F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:34 – Landed 13:12
Flight Time 04:38

11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot. F/O Herbert Wilfred Hooper, RNZAF NZ40111 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Haddigate, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:41 – Landed 12:58
Flight Time 04:17

23/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
The twenty one aircraft detailed on the 22nd December took off to attack Trier in improved weather conditions, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. The target could be identified visually and T.Is were aimed at by most crews. The attack was reported as being good with very few scattered bombs. Several explosions were seen as our aircraft left the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:59 – Landed 16:21
Flight Time 04:22

27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:17 – Landed 16:42
Flight Time 04:25

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:05 – Landed 17:13
Flight Time 05:08

31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:37 – Landed 16:33
Flight Time 04:56

01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in datlight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

P/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:52 – Landed 22:02
Flight Time 06:10

03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

P/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:29 – Landed 17:44
Flight Time 05:15

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:35 – Landed 17:17
Flight Time 05:42

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

P/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:52 – Landed 20:27
Flight Time 04:35

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:57 – Landed 16:51
Flight Time 04:54

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 19:00
Flight Time 07:10

15/01/1945 – Attack Against Langendreer
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. One aircraft ‘D’ captained by F/O Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:43 – Landed 16:54
Flight Time 05:11

16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/O Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:19
Flight Time 05:04

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
Sgt. Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:30 – Landed 15:59
Flight Time 05:29

01/02/1945 – Attack Against Munchen Gladbach
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:55 – Landed 18:38
Flight Time 05:43

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:32
Flight Time 05:42

03/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Sixteen aircraft attacked Dortmund in clear weather, carrying 4,000HC 500MC, 500ANM, 250 G.P and Munro bombs. Bombing was very accurate and fires were going well when aircraft left the target. One large explosion was seen. Searchlights were numerous in the target area, but flak was negligible. Fighters were active. AA”M” captained by S/L J.L. Wright, had three combats and claims one M.E. 110 destroyed. JN”X” captained by F/O R.B.Crawford crashed on landing, fortunately there were no fatal casualties among the crew. Four were taken to hospital.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:27 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 05:28

14/02/1945 – Attack Against Chemnitz
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Chemnitz. Nineteen attacked primary. AA”J” F/O R.J. Pearson, returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was ten tenths with tops 16-17000 over the target. Aircraft bombed with the aid of special equipment. No resilts were observed, very slight H/F was met over the target. AA”D”, captained by F/L G.S. Davies failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:31 – Landed 04:56
Flight Time 08:25
18/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty aircraft attacked Wesel. Twenty one were detailed but AA”R” F/S Scott, returned early through technical trouble. Aircraft bombed on special equipment in ten tenths cloud with tops about 10,000 ft. Leaders were satisfied it was a good raid. Very slight H/F was only opposition

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot. P/O James Shaw , RFVER 1549541/ 189682 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 05:02

19/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aitcraft were again detailed to attack Wesel. AA”J”, captained by F/S Lukins, B.L., returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was 1-10/10ths with some haze. A few crews were able to identify the river bend. Bombing appeared to be accurate. Very slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:24 – Landed 18:34
Flight Time 05:10

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 dnc JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:46 – Landed 17:14
Flight Time 04:28

23/02/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. There was ten tenths thin cloud over the target with horizontal visibility between 500/ 1000 yds. Formation keeping was very difficult in these conditions, but crews reported quite a good bombing concentration on special equipment and leaders. Opposition from flak was very slight and no fighters were seen. F/S Barr, D. landed at Warboys.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 17:16
Flight Time 05:21
26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:54 – Landed 16:12
Flight Time 05:18

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – Pilot.
F/S Graham Jacob, RAFVR 1324730/ 191827 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Petrie, RNZAF NZ425932 – Air Bomber.
F/S Oliver William Humphrey, RNZAF NZ427979 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt F. Hall, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Richard Edward Talbot, RNZAF NZ425707 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. McManus,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:18 – Landed 13:53
Flight Time 04:35