W. Kay crew 26.11.43

26/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

Sgt. W.Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
P/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 04:20

30/11/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

Sgt. W.Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
P/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 07:45

29/12/1943 – Mining in the Bay of Biscay
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs. Three returned early owing to navigational failures caused by bad visibility but the remaining two successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area but the parachutes were not seen to open. No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was ten tenths cloud in the mining area and visibility was bad. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

Sgt. W.Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 05:20

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

Sgt. W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:40

20/01/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs. One aircraft was withdrawn but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. The weather was good and visibility clear except for slight sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 ??-?

Sgt. W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 20:30
Flight Time 03:15

27/01/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Area
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. An uneventful operation, little opposition was met, only slight A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft being seen. The weather was good, being clear except for sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

F/S W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 04:20

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

F/S W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 00:01
Flight Time 05:16

30/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs. Five of the aircraft brought their mines back as bad visibility prevented them from finding the mining area. One aircraft successfully dropped its mines in the allotted area although the parachutes were not seen to open. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. The weather was bad and there was 10/10ths cloud in the mining area. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

F/S W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
F/S J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:50 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 09:25

11/02/1944 – Mining off Mouth of River Ardour
Of the nine aircraft which were laying mines of 1500 lbs off the mouth of the river ADOUR, all but one did so though it meant flying down through very bad icing cloud and in these conditions one jettisoned to lighten the load.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

F/S W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 07:30

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay. Fourteen aircraft dropped 42 mines in 10 minutes. One aircraft returned early with a starboard engine failure. A very successful operation.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

F/S W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 20:10
Flight Time 02:25

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/S W. Kay, RAFVR 1451972 – Pilot.
F/O John Bertram House, RAFVR 1586260/ 138787 – Navigator.
F/S Patrick Joseph Walter Gosson, RCAF R.161593/ J.87553 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Myers, RAFVR 1348708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Cleaver, RAFVR 1582061 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Dillon, RAFVR 1823289 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Riddle, RAFVR 549402 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 05:45