L.E.B. Klitscher crew 16.2.45 P.o.W

13/02/1945 – Attack Against Dresden
Twenty aircraft attacked Dresden as detailed. Very slight H/F was only opposition. The first aircraft over the target reported thin cloud which had cleared for later aircraft. Some aircraft were able to bomb visually. Crews reported the whole town was well alight and could see the glow of fires 100 miles away on return A highly successful raid.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Ernest Joseph Abraham, RNZAF NZ428061 – Pilot.
F/S Louis Eldon Bernhardt Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Donald John Glengarry, RNZAF NZ422059 – Navigator.
F/O David George William Hubert Jones, RAFVR 186301 – Air Bomber.
F/S Stanley Graham Watson, RAFVR 1124508/ 195948 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Samuel Joseph Hughes, RAFVR 2218612 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald William Makin, RNZAF NZ4212812 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Evans, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:53 – Landed 06:40
Flight Time 08:47

16/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aircraft attacked Wesel as detailed. Slight accurate H/F was encountered over the target but no fighters were seen. A concentrated raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/S Louis Eldon Bernhardt ‘Ben’ Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – Pilot.
P/O David Walter King, RAFVR 1603821/ 164563 – Navigator.
Sgt. W.C.F. Pilkington, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Brooke, RAFVR 1312079 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. H. H. Brewer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.A. Blackbee, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D.W.S Amps, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RNZAF – NZ413093.

Take Off 12:42 – Landed 17:49
Flight Time 05:07

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 HK576 AA-G

F/S Louis Eldon Bernhardt ‘Ben’ Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – Pilot.
P/O David Walter King, RAFVR 1603821/ 164563 – Navigator.
Sgt. W.C.F. Pilkington, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Brooke, RAFVR 1312079 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. H. H. Brewer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.A. Blackbee, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D.W.S Amps, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RNZAF – NZ413093.

Take Off 12:04 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 05:00

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 HK576 AA-G

F/S Louis Eldon Bernhardt ‘Ben’ Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – Pilot.
P/O David Walter King, RAFVR 1603821/ 164563 – Navigator.
Sgt. W.C.F. Pilkington, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Brooke, RAFVR 1312079 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. H. H. Brewer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.A. Blackbee, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D.W.S Amps, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RNZAF – NZ413093.

Take Off 13:32 – Landed 18:37
Flight Time 05:05

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.III PB421 AA-K

F/S Louis Eldon Bernhardt ‘Ben’ Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – Pilot.
P/O David Walter King, RAFVR 1603821/ 164563 – Navigator.
F/S W.C.F. Pilkington, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Brooke, RAFVR 1312079 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. H. H. Brewer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.A. Blackbee, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D.W.S Amps, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 17:26
Flight Time 05:36

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.III LM740 AA-B

F/S Louis Eldon Bernhardt ‘Ben’ Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – Pilot.
P/O David Walter King, RAFVR 1603821/ 164563 – Navigator.
F/S W.C.F. Pilkington, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/O John Duncan Craven, RAFVR 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. H. H. Brewer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.A. Blackbee, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D.W.S Amps, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:48 – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B was en route to the target and was seen to leave the stream near Wesel (some 50miles from the target) with the port-inner engine feathered after being hit by heavy flak. The seven crew then apparently abandoned the aircraft after turning for home and landing relatively uninjured in enemy territory. They were all captured as P.o.W’s.

F/O Louis Eldon Bernhardt Klitscher, RNZAF NZ415262 – Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: 11th of May 1945

F/O David Walter King, RAFVR 1603821/ 164563 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. W.C.F. Pilkington, RAFVR – – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known. Promoted to F/S whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/O John Duncan Craven, RAFVR 1007069/ 157882 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945

Sgt. W.H.H. Brewer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known. Promoted to F/S whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945

Sgt. K.A. Blackbee, RAFVR – – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. D.W.S. Amps, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known