K.J. Rothwell crew 28.1.45

22/01/1945 – Attack Against Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft attacked Duisburg carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. (I.D) 250 G.P. and Munro bombs.Visibility was good. Crews saw the Rhine. Fires and explosions were seen coming from a concentrated area. A successful attack was reported. No opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PG449? ??-T?

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner,  RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR  – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:14 – Landed 21:58
Flight Time 04:44

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 HK576 AA-G

P/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
Sgt. J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:25 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 05:50

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
Sgt. J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:13 – Landed 15:45
Flight Time 05:32

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
Sgt. J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:58 – Landed 18:44
Flight Time 05:46

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 HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:02 – Landed 02:44
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 PB741 AA-E

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:43 – Landed 22:16
Flight Time 05:33

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 RF129 JN-M

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 17:01
Flight Time 05:06

20/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Ten aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. AA”E” captained by F/L. E. Abrahams returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was 9-10/10ths, tops 5-6,000’. Some moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Crews reported seeing many small fires . A successful raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:59 – Landed 03:34
Flight Time 05:35

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 HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 17:31
Flight Time 05:44

25/02/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen. Thin stratus cloud in layers covered the target area, but at times crews were able to make out the target and report a considerable white smoke followed by thick black smoke rising to a good height. Accurate H/F was experienced. AA”B” captained by F/S Klitscher is missing from this operation

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
P/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RNZAF – NZ413093.

Take Off 09:46 – Landed 15:04
Flight Time 05:18

27/02/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 MC bombs. NZ426904 F/O M.Adamson and NZ425292 F/L D.Sadgrove returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was ten tenths. Leaders met slight to moderate H/F. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:30 – Landed 16:32
Flight Time 05:02

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RNZAF – NZ413093.

Take Off 11:57 – Landed 17:38
Flight Time 05:41

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
P/O Gwyn Duglan, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 179249.

Take Off 09:54 – Landed 15:49
Flight Time 05:55

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
S/L Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:41 – Landed 14:20
Flight Time 05:39

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/S J. Godfrey, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:36 – Landed 02:29
Flight Time 08:53

10/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
S/L Charles Fray Ormerod, RNZAF NZ413340 – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:31 – Landed 17:39
Flight Time 05:08

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 HK806 AA-B

F/O Kenneth James Rothwell, RAAF AUS.427837 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/S P. Banting, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S M. Wellard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. D. Pond, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Turner, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Kee, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 17:03
Flight Time 05:05