Kilsby crew 01.02.41

25/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.387 reports that bombs were seen to burst. Incendiaries resulted in numerous fires.
CB.388 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen burning in target area, but not pin-pointed definitely. Fires still burning brightly 15 mins after leaving. One fire burning with bright greenish-blue flames.
CB.389 dropped bombs on heading 270*N, from a height of 11,000 feet. Bursts were seen, and six fires started.
CB.390 failed to identify primary target owing to low cloud or haze, but a terrific fire in the target area was located and attacked. Bursts were observed short of target and incendiaries started small fires.
CB.394 failed to locate the target.
CB.397 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target. No results were observed by CB.398.
CB.399 reports that fires and explosions , which silhouetted large buildings, were seen in target area.
F/O. Elliott reports that fires were started and a number of small explosions observed. Some large explosions occurred about five mins from time of bombing.
white flashing beacon 5 sec. interval seen South East corner of TESSEL. Several flashing beacons seen – ZUIDER ZEE, GRGINGEN, EMDEN.
A.A> fire was fairly intense, but not very accurate.
Searchlights were active but inaccurate.
Two enemy aircraft seen, but no attack made. Weather was poor, heavy cloud being experienced over most of the route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Homing bearings, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.398 Brussels aerodrome

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lester, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. McCrum, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 08:05

28/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., delayed action; and S.A.P. delayed action, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.402 dropped one stick of bombs on target which overshot into shipbuilding yards on South Eastern side of river. Bursts observed and fires from incendiaries, also one fire from one of bomb bursts.
CB.403 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Two bombs landed in water, also incendiary. One bomb believed to have hit floating dock of GNEISENAU. One bomb hit docks South of GNEISENAU.
CB.404 reports that results were not observed due to A.A. and searchlight activity, hazy conditions.
CB.405 dropped bombs in one stick. Three explosions observed on leaving target, also small fires. One 500lbs. N.d.T. dropped on WILHELMSHAVEN Aerodrome. Results unobserved.
CB.415 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud and gun flashes.
Bombs were seen by CB.416 to burst on target. One large explosion and a fire started.
CB.420 reports bomb flashes in middle of dock at ANTWERP.
CB421 dropped three 250lbs. N.D.T. on fire in neighbourhood of target, but results unobserved.
CB.422 reports that end of stick fell on aerodrome. Two fires started south of target.
CB.432 reports that primary target was obscured by heavy cloud. Attack was made on Z.110 at GHENT. Bombs observed to burst, and incendiaries started fires on west side of the aerodrome.
Three white flashing beacons observed near HAAMSEDE. Fires observed probably ANTWERP and OSTEND. White beacon flashing “M” at GILZENKIRCHEN target.
A medium amount of heavy flak was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Nine enemy aircraft were seen West of ANTWERP. Weather was clear over target areas. Cloud over North Sea and Dutch Coast.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.420 Z.82 (Antwerp attacked as secondary target)

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. John Olive, RAFVR 978156 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:05
Flight Time 02:50

08/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Delayed action, 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
RCP.164 dropped bombs in one stick from West to East and bursts observed in eastern sector of town and on marshalling yards. Fires were started by incendiaries on Western boundary of town and on Eastern boundary of marshalling yards.
RCP.189 dropped bombs on target from 11,000 feet. Fires observed from incendiaries and small explosions resulted.
RCP.336 dropped one stick from East to West on Marshalling Yard, resulting in a row of large fires from which sixteen explosions of different colours were observed burning for 60 miles after leaving target.
RCP.415 reports fires and explosions in target area.
RCP.435 reports that high explosives and incendiaries were seen to burst on aerodrome. Incendiaries started two medium fires which burnt with red flames.
RCP.545 reports fires and explosions in target. Fires also observed from previous attack.
S/Ldr, Bain reports direct hits on track and sheds. Extensive fires and continuous explosions seen after leaving target, visible for 30 mins on return journey. Attacked form 3000 feet.
P/O Hankins released bombs in one stick on Eastern end of target. Bursts observed in target area and fires started by incendiaries. Still burning after leaving target.
Two illuminated flarepaths observed in vicinity of BRUGES AERODROME. Dimly illuminated flarepath observed two miles S.S.E. MANNHEIM. Convoy sighted off East Coast steaming North East, position 52* 10N, 01*50E. Challenged and fired at immediately. Firing ceased on showing colour of period.
Intense medium and heavy A.A. fire on route between MANNHEIM and MUNICH. Very intense medium flak with heavy flak at MUNICH.
Searchlights were fairly numerous and accurate in all areas.
A few enemy aircraft were seen in various parts of route. Weather was good, apart from haze over English Coast on return.
Navigation was by D/R map reading, Astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. RCP.35 A.70 (Lastrup aerodrome attacked as secondary target)

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 06:45

11/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.70 and A.71.
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the targets above. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
TRM.113 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud, but an attack was made on aerodrome at FLUSHING. Bombs seen to burst between flarepath and eastern boundary, but owing to high winds, incendiaries undershot aerodrome.
TRM.364 reports that no bombs were seen to burst.
TRM.372 reports bombs were seen to explode in target area. Fires and explosions started.
TRM.385 failed to attack primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Target attacked believed to have been marshalling yards at MUNSTER. A long fire was started beside one which was already burning.
TRM.394 dropped one stick from 13,000 feet. Actual target not identified. Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
P/O. Morton reports bombs dropped in target area, one 500lbs. N.D.T., 1 S.B.C. Remainder hung up. Fifteen explosions observed from incendiaries for 20 mins after bombing. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WESEL AERODROME. Explosion but no results observed.
P/O Humphreys reports operations abandoned at Dutch Coast owing to rear guns being unserviceable.
Sgt. Jones reports bombs seen to burst, causing large fire. Two explosions seen on leaving; white flames.
Three rows of red lights forming N.W. & S. side of a square seen flashing on occasionally, attended by an intermittent vertical searchlight beam – four miles N.E. HAGUE. Red , changing to green, beacon north of IJMUIDEN on coast.
THere was very little A.A. fire except at MUNSTER where intense and accurate heavy flak was experienced.
Moderate searchlight activity in all parts of target areas.
TRM.385 reports that one M.E. dived on him, but did not open fire.
Heavy cloud was experienced in parts of target areas, with severe electrical storms and icing.
Navigation was by D/R, HF/DF, W/T, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. TRM.385 A.70 (Marshalling yards at Munster attacked as secondary target)

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 01:40 – Landed 08:00
Flight Time 06:20

12/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.71.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, containers of incendiaries, while CAN.103 carried one flash bomb.
CAN.103, CAN.508, and CAN.185 all failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The flash Bomb was dropped in the sea.
CAN.317 reports that no results were observed owing to low cloud, but flarepath at ARNHEIM AERODROME hit.
CAN.360 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on railway line and canal, D/R position in vicinity of target area. Bursts observed across railway line and canal.
CAN.760 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Bombs fell western area of docks (target M.61). Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
CAN.880 reports that bombs were seen to explode. Glare of fires visible on clouds.
Owing to heavy cloud no observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
Very little A.A. fire was encountered.
NO searchlights were experienced and no enemy aircraft encountered.
Weather was not good there being heavy cloud and icing conditions.
Navigation was mainly by D/R, with W/T and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3275 AA-K
Raid No. CAN.103 A.71 (did not bomb)

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 03:45

23/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 delay; 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action 250lbs. N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action; containers of incendiaries, while XUK.463 carried one flash bomb.
XUK.163 dropped one stick on station heading 220* Mag. One explosion and S.B.C. seen in target area by rear gunner either on station or yards, railway lines clearly observed. Target was pinpointed by position of two lakes east of BERKENWERDER and also by Tiergarten.
XUK.176 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Bomb burst seen amongst buildings in target area.
XUK.328 reports fires and explosions observed slightly north of target.
XUK.463 reports bombs seen to burst but results unobserved owing to searchlights and ground mist.
XUK.513 reports bombs seen to explode and fires started, followed by minor explosions.
XUK.565 failed to observe results owing to low cloud and ground haze. Bombs definitely seen to burst near target area.
XUK.615 reports bimb bursts observed in target area on East side of the river Rhine. Incendiaries caused two small fires.
XUK.709 reports large fires and explosions observed from 10-12 miles form target.
XUK.770 was unable to locate target owing to cloud and was recalled to base. Bombs were jettisoned safe over sea.
XUK.840 reports incendiaries only observed, numerous fires resulting. No other results observed due to intense searchlight activity.
XUK.917 reports all bombs seen to burst. Incendiaries burst on last bomb flash.
Fires, apparently dummy, seen N.W. of HANOVER. Convoy observed in North Sea 30 miles East of HARWICH being attacked at South end. GHENT well lit up, practically no blackout.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate in all areas.
Searchlights were intense and moderately accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. XUK.917 reports being attacked by two or more in target area.
Opened fired with red and green tracer, and did a climbing turn straight at them. Did not see them again.
Weather in target areas was clear. Cloud was experienced at various parts of routes.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.1177 AA-K
Raid No. XUK.917 M.499

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Elder, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time not listed

26/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T.; 500lbs. S.A.P.; 500lbs. Delayed action; 250lbs N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
PXS.122 attacked the target and reports a near miss to east of target.
PXS.140 failed to locate primary target and attacked NEURUPPIN AERODROME. Bomb bursts were observed and 12 bright flashes from incendiary fires.
PXS.169 failed to locate primary target and attacked aerodrome North of HANOVER. One stick of bombs was dropped. Dim lights were seen near hangar lights and incendiaries were observed burning well. One large greenish-blue fire was seen burning some ten to fifteen mins after leaving, apart from incendiaries. Aerodrome was pinpointed by bend in river to South.
PXS.215 dropped one stick from 11,000 on Western side of HANOVER, by D/R position. Believed to be aerodrome.
PXS.311 reports that bombs were seen to explode.
PXS.369 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud in the target area.
PXS.330 reports that bombs were observed to drop across target. Four minutes after leaving target, three big explosions observed by rear gunner. Fires caused by incendiaries.
PXS.535 reports that a large reddish glow was observed for 15 mins under cloud.
No results were observed by PXS.590.
PXZ. reports that bombs were seen to explode under cloud; results unobserved.
There was noticeable flare activity by enemy trying to locate our aircraft.
Fairly accurate heavy and light flak was experienced in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly active in target areas, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of target areas.
Heavy cloud was experienced over majority of route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.1177 AA-K
Raid No. PXS.535 M.501 (Semo in Berlin attacked as secondary target)

P/O Malcolm Hugh MacFarlane, RAF 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.A. Chambers, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:43 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 07:47

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 1000lbs., N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
FXP.270 failed to locate primary target but bombed marshalling yards and goods train N.W. suburbs of BERLIN. Fires started and two large explosions observed from trucks.
FXP.340 reports direct hit by 1000lbs. bomb on jetty at BREMEN DOCKS. Terrific explosion seen.
FXP.357 dropped bombs on marshalling yards and buildings at CHARLOTTENBURG. Bursts observed followed by series of minor explosions. Two large fires observed after turning to course for return trip.
FXP.616 reports bombs burst across target causing numerous fires and explosions.
FXP.653 reports bursts and incendiary fires seen in dock areas.
FXP.724 reports three large fires with four explosions and smaller fires caused by incendiaries.
FXP.792 reports bombs seen to explode in target area causing small fires.
FXP.877 dropped bombs in target area. Fires and explosions were observed.
Three large fires were observed in woods N.W. and W.N.W. of BERLIN. Several small ships seen at berths in CHERBOURG harbour. A.A. emplacement seen on breakwater and in dock area.
There was a fair amount of accurate heavy and light flak in target area and on route.
Searchlights were moderately active on route and in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target areas, but heavy cloud was experienced at many parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c – AA- ?
Raid No. FXP.877 Frankfurt

Sgt. Neate, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Erskine, RAF – Wireless Operator.
P/O Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

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

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2736 AA-A
Raid No. LTG.293 D.55

Sgt. Neate, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brown, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Erskine, RAF – Wireless Operator.
P/O Brown, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McKinna, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:40

19/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft, RWA.258, RWA.551 and RWA.752, failed to locate the target. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
RWA.191 reports explosions observed reflected on cloud base about two minutes after bombs had exploded.
RWA.213 bombed on E.T.A. owing to 10/10 cloud.
RWA.392 dropped bombs in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts and four following explosions observed.
RWA.669 bombed area of HOMBERG through gap in clouds. No apparent fires caused by incendiaries. Five or six explosions observed 3-5 mins after bombing.
RWA.857 dropped bombs in one stick. No observations were made.
There was no A.A. fire except at HERTONGENBOSCH where heavy flak, accurate for direction but not for height, was fired through 10/10 cloud.
No searchlights were experienced.
One enemy fighter was seen over Germany. No attack.
Weather was not good 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole journey.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, Q.D.M.’s and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.2547 AA-?
Raid No. RWA.669 A.71 (Homburg attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Neate, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Donald Mackay, RAFVR 532942/ 44564 – Observer.
Sgt. Elder, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Chambers, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streeter, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:02 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 07:43

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.
XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.
XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.
Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1117 AA-K

P/O Malcolm Hugh Macfarlane, RAFVR 36244 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kilsby, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Mclean, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Streater, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 04:30

01/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne
Two Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, NCP.543, failed to locate the target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. And containers of incendiaries.
NCP.794 reports that hits were observed in target area by rear gunner.
A fire or beacon could be seen 20 miles North of BOLOGNE.
Heavy and light inaccurate A.A. fire was experienced. Between 20 and 30 searchlights operated in target area.
No enemy aircraft were observed.
The weather was fairly good.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, and pin-points.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7818 AA-R

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Ainslie,   – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harper, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 05:23 – Landed 08:03
Flight Time 02:40

14/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in target area, and many fires were observed. Dummy fires were seen near the target. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and on route. Searchlights were active from the Dutch coast to target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fine, but there was some ground mist.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:10

23/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft failed to locate the target (WLR.245, WLR.807, WLR.948). A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs., 500lbs., 250lbs., and containers of incendiaries. WLR.319 bombed the dock area at BOULOGNE. WLR.519 reports bombs burst in target area, and fires were observed. WLR.547 reports two bombs seen to burst in dock area, 250lbs. not seen to burst. WLR.867 bombed target and saw bursts across docks. Small fires started. Explosions observed by rear gunner. WLR.398 reports that bomb bursts were not seen, owing to layer of cloud blowing across target. S.B.C’s seen to light in target area. A number of parachute flares were seen shot up on coast near Calais. A.A. fire was intense and fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous un target area. One enemy aircraft was seen. Eight tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over target area. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, and pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harrap, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 03:15

26/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy to medium and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were intense and accurate over Holland and the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fairly good over most of the journey, but ground haze covered the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3297 AA-?

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Edward James McSherry, RNZAF NZ39867 – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harrap, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:19 – Landed 00:24
Flight Time 05:05

12/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs 500lbs 250lbs and cases on incendiaries. XDA 240 reports bombs fell in target area and fires started. XDA.245 reports bombs dropped on Dock Buildings South of DOCK . XDA.283 dropped bombs across centre of targets on Westerly Leading.
XDA.283 captained by P/O Hewitt reports his aircraft was caught and held in searchlights for 30 minutes and was shot at from the ground during that time and machine hit in may places and hydraulic gear rendered U/S which necessitated a “Crash Landing” on return. This machine was damaged.
XDA.627 reports bombs burst in target area.
XDA.671 reports bombs dropped on SCHIPOL AERODROME owing to wireless being U/S.
XDA.907 reports bombs burst in neighbourhood of AIRMINISTRY BUILDING approx. 1/2 mile S.E. of TIERGARTEN.
Two dummy aerodromes were observed to West of SCHIPOL AERODROME. Very intense heavy A.A. Fire was experienced over the whole route. Intense searchlight activity was experienced and they were mostly operating in cones. XDA.283 report seeing one MW110 over Dutch Coast.
The weather throughout this trip was very good and Navigation was by D/R Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:46 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 08:04

13/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area and many fires were observed to be burning when last aircraft left. Heavy and light flak was experienced over the target and numerous searchlights were used working in cones. ARU 271 observed one ME109 and one ME110 near DUTCH COAST and ARU 250 engaged one JU88 results were not observed. Good weather was experienced and navigation was by D/R and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 07:15

15/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Lorient
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Owing to fog being experienced on the return journey three of these aircraft landed at ST EVAL and two at BOSCOMBE DOWN. Hits were registered in the target area. The only observations made was that the blackout over FRANCE was bad. Moderate heavy and light flak was encountered and strong concentrations of searchlights were met in the target area. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear but ground haze was experienced over the target. Navigation was by D/R and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 06:20

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 07:10

23/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000 lbs., 50lbs., and containers of incendiaries..
UNL.405 reports incendiaries were seen, through cloud, to ignite, but H.E. not observed.
UNL.548 bombed through 8/10 cloud. Fires were seen to start, and a red glow lit the cloud.
UNL.837 bombed within one mile of target. Flashes, but no results, were observed.
Results were not observed by UNL.896 owing to 9/10 cloud.
UNL.903 dropped incendiaries and H.E. in single stick cross target on N.E. heading, through 9/10 cloud. Explosions not observed.
UNL.951 reports incendiaries burst believed in target area. Two fires started but were quickly controlled. White explosions seen up to 10 mins later.
Four photographs were taken by UNL.405.
A.A. Fire was heavy at some parts of route: fairly accurate.
Searchlights were intense and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Heavy cloud was experienced over target area and most of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 09:00

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk?
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1518 AA-X

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
S/L Reuben Pears Widdowson, RAF 34256 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 23:05
Flight Time 03:05

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:30

06/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Owing to heavy cloud over target area, the operation was not successful, eight aircraft failing to locate target. The bomb load consisted of 500 S.A.P.
CDS.388 reports two explosions, the first one large and coloured red.
Results were not observed by CDS.798 as bombs were dropped on flak concentration.
Two photographs were attempted by CDS.565.
Heavy and light A.A. Fire was experienced at many parts of target.
Few searchlights were in operation, but these were useless owing to cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time not listed

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:00

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
P/O George William Curry, RAF 86389 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time not listed

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, and containers of incendiaries.
SFY.154 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
SFY.426 saw bombs burst 300 yds S.W. of target.
SFY.515 reports small fire started in target area.
SFY.626 saw bombs and incendiaries burst in target area.
Target was not located by SFY.699,
Results were not observed by SFY.872
S/L Widdowson returned to base on account of the Wireless Operator being ill. Three 500lbs. were jettisoned in sea. P/O Curry failed to locate target.
F/Lt. Fletcher attacked target area and fires were started.
Two large fires were observed in target area.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate.
Searchlights were numerous and working in cones.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made.
HEavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:10

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7818 AA-R

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 07:30

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intese stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 06:30

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 06:00

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R,3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Kilsby, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Evans, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Allan Robert James Box, RNZAF NZ401221 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:10