L.J. Drummond crew 26.3.44

26/03/1944 – Attack against Targets at Courtrai
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack Courtrai, six bombed the target successfully and the other aircraft brought its bombs back.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 AA-P

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/L L. Sims,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 03:40

05/04/1944 – Mining off La Rochelle
Five aircraft successfully laid mines off La Rochelle. On return they landed at Colerne.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 AA-P

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 05:10

18/04/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Seven Stirlings were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay, one was withdrawn and one failed to return (Captain NZ415820 F/O. H. Murray). The remaining five successfully completed their mission. On return they landed away.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 AA-P

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:15

22/04/1944 – Attack Against Laon
Five Stirling aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Laon and also reported a good concentrated attack.

Stirling Mk.III EF233 AA-L

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:30

10/05/1944 – Attack Against Courtrai
Twenty three aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Courtrai. A concentrated attack was made with very slight opposition. One aircraft (Captain NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond) was hit by A.A. Fire on the return journey and the Captain received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III ND914 AA-H

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 00:42
Flight Time 01:47

23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:17 – Landed 01:22
Flight Time 02:05

27/06/1944 – Attack Against Biennais
Fifteen aircraft took off to attack the constructional works supply site at Biennais. All aircraft bombed through ten-tenths cloud with the aid of markers and no opposition from the ground was encountered. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:47 – Landed 02:37
Flight Time 02:50

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M “Mother”

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:29 – Landed 08:00
Flight Time 03:31

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K
Hit by flak once
S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 03:40

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the marshalling yard at Chalons Sur Marne. All aircraft bombed the target and a good attack was reported, most crews being able to identify the marshalling yard visually. There was no A.A. fire opposition, but two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:06 – Landed 04:12
Flight Time 06:06

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 03:15

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K
combat reported
S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:50

23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Kiel, and all successfully bombed the target. A concentrated raid was reported and the glow of fires could be seen from the Danish west coast on return. A moderate A.A. barrage was met and two aircraft had combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I HK568 AA-K

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:10

25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III ME148 AA-H

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:47 – Landed 05:53
Flight Time 08:06

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:06 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 07:24

01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 02:35

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM594 ??-?

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot. P/O Leslie Arthur Martyn, RNZAF NZ417082 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:15 – Landed 17:35
Flight Time 03:20

12/08/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Gironde Estuary. They all dropped their mines in the allotted area without incident.

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 06:50

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Hit by flak twice – dubious about this serial number?
S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:50 – Landed 17:30
Flight Time 03:40

15/08/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond
Nineteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Aerodrome at St. Trond. All aircraft made a successful attack and bombing results were confirmed visually, the bomb bursts being well concentrated on the runways. Opposition was almost negligible both over the target and en route.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

S/L Lindsay Johnson Drummond , RNZAF NZ413043 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:55 – Landed 13:40
Flight Time 03:45