L.T. Friedrich crew 3.9.44

29/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Fourteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin and thirteen of these successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers. A good concentration of fires developed and all crews reported a successful raid. A.A. opposition was moderate and enemy fighters were active on the outward route. Three of our aircraft had combats, two being inconclusive but the third (Captain NZ428797 .P/O. J. Scott) claimed one enemy aircraft as probably destroyed. The aircraft captained by 1323677 .F/S. King, D., failed to return.

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

F/O John Rees Layton, RNZAF NZ425914 – Pilot.
F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S John Christie, RNZAF NZ4212829 – Navigator.
F/S Clive Woodward Estcourt, RNZAF NZ391045 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ta Tio Tuaine Nicholas, RNZAF NZ425658 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Samuel, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S David Onslow Light, RNZAF NZ4212848 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leslie Dixon Moore , RNZAF NZ421327 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 06:45
Flight Time 09:30

03/09/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome At Eindhoven
Ten aircraft took off as detailed to attack the airfield at Eindhoven. All were successful in bombing visually and a good concentration of bombing was achieved. A.A. opposition was slight, but accurate, and three of our aircraft suffered minor damage. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:38 – Landed 19:01
Flight Time 03:23

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:33 – Landed 02:54
Flight Time 09:21

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:02 – Landed 19:55
Flight Time 03:53

08/09/1944 – Attack Against Doudenville
Twenty three aircraft took off at dawn to attack enemy defence positions at Doudeneville on the outskirts of Le Havre. Weather conditions were very unfavourable over the target and crews had great difficulty in seeing the markers. Only ten dropped their bombs before the Master Bomber gave instructions to abandon the mission. The remaining thirteen aircraft brought their bombs back to base. Considerable light A.A. fire and machine gun fire was encountered in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:22 – Landed 09:32
Flight Time 03:10

26/09/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack a defended locality near Cap Gris Nez. They all attacked the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 14:15
Flight Time 02:23

28/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to make an early morning attack on the defended localities near Calais. One aircraft landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure discovered shortly after take off. Of the remainder only one aircraft found a break in the clouds through which to bomb the Markers. Ten aircraft had to abandon their mission after circling the target area for a considerable time.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:01 – Landed 10:56
Flight Time 02:55

29/09/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Five aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. Weather conditions were very bad and the crews had difficulty in pin pointing. However four were successful, one being abortive. No enemy opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S Sugar

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:42 – Landed 06:42
Flight Time 07:00

03/10/1944 – Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke
Twenty one aircraft we detailed to attack the West Kappelle dyke. Twenty of these were successful in bombing although some crews had to make two or three attempts owing to low cloud base. Bombing was reported to have been fairly good and some flooding was seen. One aircraft had to bring its bombs back owing to a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 AA-H “Hells Angel”

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:25 – Landed 14:19
Flight Time 02:54

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 05:50

07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G
Hit by flak 7 times
F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:08 – Landed 16:04
Flight Time 03:56

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:10 – Landed 11:25
Flight Time 04:15

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg(2)
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to make a further attack on Duisburg, unfortunately, however, three aircraft had to be withdrawn. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining twenty five aircraft took part in a very successful attack in excellent visibility and large fires were seen to break out and add to those already burning from the morning attack. AA opposition was negligible and searchlight did not operate until late in the raid. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy fighter.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:59 – Landed 03:39
Flight Time 04:40

15/10/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Five aircraft took off as detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All of these were successful in dropping their mines in the allotted positions, without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:33 – Landed 00:26
Flight Time 05:53

19/10/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty eight aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart. The attack was in two waves. Thirteen aircraft took part in the first wave and successfully dropped their bombs with the aid of markers and flares, in weather conditions of 9/10ths cloud. A.A. opposition was moderate and a few enemy aircraft were active. Fifteen aircraft took part in the second wave five hours later and they all dropped their bombs with the aid of flares through ten tenths cloud. The glow of fires seen, indicated that the fires were concentrated around the aiming point. A A opposition was less than that encountered during the first wave, but more enemy fighters were active. Four of our aircraft had inconclusive combats.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:42 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 05:43

30/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne during daylight, but the operation was postponed until the evening. All aircraft attacked the target and although a good concentration of markers was achieved results were unobserved owing to ten tenths cloud. Moderate A.A. opposition was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. There was no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
W/O K. Holdaway, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:07
Flight Time 05:17

31/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Eighteen aircraft took off in the evening to make a further attack on Cologne. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target area, but markers were well placed and a good glow from fires beneath the clouds was observed on leaving. A.A. opposition was slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 22:41
Flight Time 04:26

02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G
Hit by flak 20 times (AC)
F/O Louis Thomas Friedrich, RNZAF NZ428060 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Henry Grant, RAFVR 1653781 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Guthrie Moore, RNZAF NZ42840 – Air Bomber.
F/S Bryce Desmond Jenkins, RNZAF NZ325476 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Henry Corry Johnston, RAFVR 3225021 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Frank Bates, RAFVR 1819553 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Reeve Howell, RAFVR 3001158 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:31 – Landed 15:48
Flight Time 04:17