L.G. Trott crew 20.08.42

20/08/1942 – Gardening Off St. Nazaire
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above. Bomb load of Mines were dropped in the target area. Considerable A.A. fire was encountered near the target, searchlights were few. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Wellington BJ.774 captained by F/Sgt. Anderson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 06:05

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourne failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:02 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 05:18

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:48 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 07:32

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 05:10

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt.Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RAFVR NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:20 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 03:50

08/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb., 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Larger fires were seen. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were numerous, particularly in target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was good, with slight ground haze. Navigation was accurate by DR and TR. Wellington captained by Sgt. Johnson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 05:45

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RAFVR NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 03:50

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.766 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RAFVR NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:45 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 04:45

15/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No. A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Electrical storms and cloud was over the sea. Navigation was by D.R., T.R. and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RAFVR NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 23:18
Flight Time 03:13

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening in Baltic
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables and 500lb. Bombs were successfully dropped by two aircraft, who failed to hear a recall signal which was broadcast to all aircraft at approximately 2300hrs. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very cloudy with ground haze at base. Navigation was accurate by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BK207 captained by F/Sgt. Dunmall crashed at base on return due to bad visibility.

Wellington Mk.III DF.639 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 03:50

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ventry Watters, RNZZAF NZ413522 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 04:00

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RCAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 05:55

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:25

11/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted in the allotted area. Wellington X.3597 captained by F/Sgt. Curr bombed a bridge near Middlefort with three 500lb. G.P. bombs, the first bomb was just short, others very close and might have hit the edge of the bridge. Light A.A. fire was encountered at Middlefort Bridge. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen.
There was no cloud, visibility was good. Navigation was good by D.R. T.R., and visual pin point. Wellington BK341 captained by Sergt. Shalfoon failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Wallace Frederick Stokes, RNZAF NZ412362 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RAFVR NZ41357 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 07:05

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Tom Pascoe, RNZAF 1308491 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:00

20/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4lb. Incendiaries were dropped in the target area by two of the aircraft, the other two aircraft returned early, their bombs being dropped over South France and in The Wash. Large fires were seen in the centre of the Town. A smoke screen was seen, suspected to have come from generators on the South of the Town. A few light A.A. guns were on the river bend, near Marshalling Yards, and some light also on the North of Town, all were very inaccurate. No searchlights were seen. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over the target area was very good, visibility being also good. Navigation was good by Astro, D.R, and T.R., The target being easy to identify by the bend in the river.

Stirling Mk.I R.9247 AA-V/W?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien, Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953. C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 07:45

28/11/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Turin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1000lb and 500lb were dropped in the target area by three of the aircraft. The captain of the other aircraft being forced to jettison his bombs in the Alps, as one engine cut and he was unable to maintain height with his bomb load. This raid was very successful, large fires being seen in the whole of the town, it appeared to be on fire from end to end. It is thought by the crews that both the Lancia and Fiat works were ablaze. There was some light A.A. fire at target, but heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered at Dieppe and Amiens area. Only one searchlight was seen at Turin, a few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was cloudy to the Alps, it then cleared and was clear but hazy at Turin. BK608 captained by F/Sgt Blincoe ran short of petrol nearing base, the engines were failing and the aircraft was losing height, when at 900 feet he gave his crew the option of bailing out, two of the crew, the Navigator and the Rear Gunner baled out at 600ft and landed safely about 2 miles North of Stradishall, the aircraft crash landed at Stadishall, none of the crew being injured.

Stirling Mk.I R.9243 AA-C

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien, Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953. C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 09:00

02/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bomb load of 4lb. Incendiaries, but a series of misfortunes left only two to get away successfully. One of these, Stirling I, BK618 captained by Sergeant Scott, failed to return, so the night was an unhappy one. One aircraft failed to take off, one swung so badly on take-off that after two attempts the sortie was abandoned, and the third unsuccessful aircraft returned early with the port outer engine dead, this being due to hitting the top of a drem pole shortly after take-off. The one successful aircraft, Stirling I, R.9243 captained by F/O Trott, dropped its bombs in the target area from 10,000 feet and fires were seen to start. Slight heavy A.A. fire was encountered, some searchlights were also seen operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was hazy to the target, but clear with good visibility in the target area. Navigation was good, the town being identified by the bend in the river.

Stirling Mk.I R.9243 AA-C

F/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kenneth Reginald Burton, RAFVR 1325331 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien, Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953. C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:00 – Landed 07:50
Flight Time 05:50

03/12/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500lb. Vegetables, only three of the aircraft got off, the fourth being cancelled owing to engine trouble. This was a successful trip, all three aircraft planted their vegetable in the allotted area and the parachute were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear with good visibility. Navigation was very good. This operation was only made possible by a stupendous effort on the part of the armoury as this attack was changed from a land to a sea attack later in the evening. A message of appreciation to ground crews was received from the Air Officer Commanding.

Stirling Mk.I R.9243 AA-C

F/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien, Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953. C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:25

20/12/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but unfortunately one of them was not serviceable in time, so only one took off. This aircraft attacked the target with 4lb. Incendiaries, which were dropped in the target area. There was a medium amount of heavy flak but very little light, there were many searchlights scattered mostly on the West bank of the Rhine. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good, with no cloud and good visibility. Navigation was by D.R., T.R, and pin points

Stirling Mk.I R.9248 AA-H

F/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 00:00

23/01/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. All aircraft reported that their bombs were seen to fall in the target area. Large fires were seen to be lighting up the whole area. A fair amount of heavy, medium and light flak was encountered, only a few searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was very clear at the target and good visibility. Navigation was by D.R., T.R., pinpoints and visual. Stirling I R9248 captained by Sergt. R.M.Kidd failed to return.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator.
Sgt. Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber. Bombing Leader
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 06:10

03/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/L Clifford Farrar Westerman, RCAF J.6650 – Navigator. Navigation Leader
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber. Bombing Leader
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 06:15

04/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb., and 4 lb. incendiaries. Only five aircraft attacked the target, two returning early, one due to turret and inter comm., trouble and the other as the aircraft failed to climb over the Alps, he therefore bombed and objective in occupied France. The five aircraft attacking the target successfully did so on P.F.F. markers, large fires were seen from their own and other incendiaries. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was inaccurate. A few searchlights were also operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combat took please. Heavy cloud was hit in France but the weather was good with clear visibility at the target area. Navigation was very good, by D.R. T.H., and visual. This /is considered to be a very good and concentrated operation.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/L Clifford Farrar Westerman, RCAF J.6650 – Navigator. Navigation Leader
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber. Bombing Leader
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 08:15

07/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Eight of the aircraft attacked the target, the other aircraft returning early as the inter comm. became u/s. All bombs were successfully dropped in the target area, large fires were seen which lit up the whole of the town. The smoke from these fires was rising to a height of 8,000 feet. This operation is considered to have been an exceedingly good show. Some A.A. fire and searchlights were encountered but they were very accurate. Enemy aircraft were also seen but none of them attacked. The weather was excellent with clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I R9290 AA-Y

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber. Bombing Leader
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
not listed,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 05:05

13/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Nine aircraft are known to have successfully attacked the target, of the other two, one returned early owing to the mid upper and front turrets being u/s and the other aircraft failed to return. Fires were burning fiercely in the target area, although they appeared to be scattered. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak at the target, the number two tank on the port side was holed, the trimming tab was hit and his aerial was shot off. He preceded to Middle Wallop and landed safely. Both heavy and light flak was encountered which was intense at first but later spasmodic and appeared to be swamped. Searchlights were seen in the early part of the attack but later went out. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was very good with clear visibility and no cloud. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 R9316 captained by Sgt. R.A. Williams.

Stirling Mk.I W7469 AA-

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator.
F/S Earl Ray Belford, RCAF R.88751/ J.17419 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 05:00

16/02/1943 – Mining in the Bordeaux area
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the operation with mines of 1500 lb. One however, failed to take off as it was found to be unserviceable. Both of the aircraft successfully planted their mines in the allotted area. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very good with clear visibility. Navigation was very good. This was a quiet and successful trip.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber. Bombing Leader
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 06:45

19/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1000lb and 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft failed to take off and another was forced to abandon the sortie owing to compass trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, they were unable to see results as visibility was very limited, although some fires were seen which were quickly spreading throughout the town. Light A.A. fire was encountered, and a few searchlights were seen. Sgt. Lord was coned in searchlights for three minutes, but returned unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather at the target was not very good as there was a thin layer of cloud over the area, visibility was fair. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BK602 AA-R

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator.
Sgt. Earl Ray Belford, RCAF R.88751/ J.17419 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 20:40
Flight Time 02:50

25/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,00 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft returned early, one owing to the aircraft failing to maintain height and the other owing to the navigator being ill. Four aircraft successfully attacked the target although results could not be seen owing to ground haze. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak in the Rhine area, and had to jettison his bombs. He went on to the target , however, and reported that fires were fairly well concentrated. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Both light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, was encountered. It proved to be very inaccurate. There was 8/10ths cloud and ground haze in the target area. Visibility was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

F/L Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ42343 – Pilot.
F/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator.
P/O Dugald Louis Popplewell, RNZAF NZ41357 – Air Bomber. Bombing Leader
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Joseph Germain Fabien Sansoucy, RCAF R.66953/ C.86345 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 07:15