L.W. Hannan crew 4.12.44

04/12/1944 – Attack Against Oberhausen
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack an Oil target at Oberhausen, carrying 1 x 12,000 lb, 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM, 500 G.P., 500 M.C. and 4 lb I.B. bombs. Nineteen aircraft attacked the target using navigational aids and the raid was reported as well concentrated though results were unobserved owing to 10/10 cloud with tops 10,000 ft covering the target. One aircraft bombed Gelsenkirchen, having been damaged by flak.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
HK601, F/O Hannan and crew, was unable to keep up with the stream as the aircraft would not climb, reasons unrecorded.

F/O Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 03:55

05/12/1944 – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards
Twenty one aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Railway Marshalling Yards at Hamm during daylight, carrying 8,000 lb H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (LD.), 500 M.C., 4 lb I.B. bombs and Munroe bomb. Twenty aircraft attacked the target area through 10/10 cloud but a break in the cloud a little later disclosed bomb bursts to be rather scattered. One aircraft was led astray by the leader, and bombed a last resort target at Heintrop.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:12 – Landed 14:05
Flight Time 04:53

08/12/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on Duisburg Marshalling Yards carrying 1,000 M.C., 1,000 A.N.M. and Munro Bombs. All aircraft successfully attacked the target and a very concentrated attack was reported, but apart from one report of smoke coming through the tops of the cloud at 15,000 ft., no results were observed. One aircraft “D” captain F/S Wood, J., landed at Woodbridge on return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:31 – Landed 13:08
Flight Time 06:37

11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:41 – Landed 13:04
Flight Time 04:23

12/12/1944 – Attack Against Witten
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Witten in daylight and again found their target obscured by ten tenths cloud. Moderate flak was encountered and enemy fighters were seen attacking the first wave of aircraft ahead. No results were observed owing to cloud. The aircraft captained by F/Lt Hannan collided with another aircraft just before reaching the target, however the target was bombed and base reached safely. The a/c captained by F/S Zinzan was damaged in landing and the Air Bomber F/O Mesure sustained a broken leg.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
NE181, F/L Hanan & crew, collided lightly with another aircraft in the stream just before reaching the target but was able to continue and bomb the target. They vacated quickly and headed back to base, landing safely at 16.18hrs. Conjecture that the other aircraft was HK576 piloted by Taffy Zinzan

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:12 – Landed 16:18
Flight Time 05:06

21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 JN-O

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:21 – Landed 17:20
Flight Time 04:59

28/12/1944 – Attack Against Gremberg M/Y at Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Gremberg Marshalling yard at Cologne carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Nineteen aircraft bombed the target and one bombed short due to technical failure. One aircraft AA”S” captained by NZ425292 F/O D. Sadgrove returned early owing to engine trouble. Crews were satisfied that the attack was successful, many reporting smoke rising well above the cloud tops. Slight H/F was experienced, but no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 04:54

29/12/1944 – Attack Against Coblenz (Lutzel Marshalling Yard)
Nine aircraft were detailed for an attack on the Coblenz Marshalling Yard carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 1,000 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. All attacked the target in good visibility and a fair concentration on the Marshalling Yard was reported. There was considerable scatter, probably due to special equipment trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:06 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 04:54

31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:34 – Landed 16:29
Flight Time 04:55

01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in datlight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:03 – Landed 21:53
Flight Time 05:50

03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Landed at Mendalsham on return
F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 05:08

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:27 – Landed 17:31
Flight Time 06:04

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 dnc JN-Y
Returned early owing to technical problems

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:50 – Landed 20:20
Flight Time 04:30

07/01/1945 – Attack Against Munich
even of eight aircraft detailed attacked Munich in ten tenths cloud carrying 4,000 H.C. , 1,000 M.C., 500 MC., 500 cluster 41b., 750 cluster No.17 and No. 15. Bombs. Crews bombed on flares. A mushroom explosion and red glow were observed through cloud. F/O Flamank in ‘P’ returned early through a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 dnc JN-W
“F/O Flamank in ‘P’ returned early through a technical failure” -this appears at odds with the recorded designator of ‘W’

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:06 – Landed 02:58
Flight Time 07:52

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:55 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 05:09

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 18:43
Flight Time 06:52

22/01/1945 – Attack Against Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft attacked Duisburg carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. (I.D) 250 G.P. and Munro bombs.Visibility was good. Crews saw the Rhine. Fires and explosions were seen coming from a concentrated area. A successful attack was reported. No opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:56
Flight Time 04:46

01/02/1945 – Attack Against Munchen Gladbach
Seventeen aircraft bomber Munchen Gladbach. No results were observed owing to cloud being ten tenths over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Haig Rapson, RNZAF NZ428323 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:39 – Landed 18:38
Flight Time 05:59

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y

F/O Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:52 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:08

03/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Sixteen aircraft attacked Dortmund in clear weather, carrying 4,000HC 500MC, 500ANM, 250 G.P and Munro bombs. Bombing was very accurate and fires were going well when aircraft left the target. One large explosion was seen. Searchlights were numerous in the target area, but flak was negligible. Fighters were active. AA”M” captained by S/L J.L. Wright, had three combats and claims one M.E. 110 destroyed. JN”X” captained by F/O R.B.Crawford crashed on landing, fortunately there were no fatal casualties among the crew. Four were taken to hospital.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:28 – Landed 22:14
Flight Time 05:46

09/02/1945 – Attack Against Hohenbudburg
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Lutskendorf, but the target was changed during the afternoon to Hohenbudberg. This operation was carried out in 8/10th cloud with tops about 10,000. Flak was slight to moderate and S/L effective. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S? Alan John Rhodes, RNZAF NZ42340 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Sgt.T. Dewsbury as Mid Under Gunner
Take Off 03:40 – Landed 08:23
Flight Time 04:43

14/02/1945 – Attack Against Chemnitz
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Chemnitz. Nineteen attacked primary. AA”J” F/O R.J. Pearson, returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was ten tenths with tops 16-17000 over the target. Aircraft bombed with the aid of special equipment. No resilts were observed, very slight H/F was met over the target. AA”D”, captained by F/L G.S. Davies failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RNZAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:38 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 07:52

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 NG448 JN-P

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:29 – Landed 17:48
Flight Time 05:19

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.

Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:15 – Landed 17:54
Flight Time 05:39

26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:40 – Landed 16:20
Flight Time 05:40

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:03 – Landed 14:04
Flight Time 05:01

01/03/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500ANM., 500 M.C. and Munro bombs. F/O D. Barr in AA”C” jettisoned and returned early through engine trouble. Crews bombed on special equipment as the target was obscured by ten tenth cloud. Flak was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 17:31
Flight Time 05:44

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:35 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 05:32

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Five aircraft attacked Wesel carrying 4,000 H.C. and 500 ANM Bombs. These aircraft comprised the first attack and later three more aircraft carrying the same type bombs attacked. On both attacks aircraft had an excellent run in and report bomb flashes well concentrated round target area. Flak opposition was slight. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:21 – Landed 23:27
Flight Time 05:06

09/03/1945 – Attack Against Datteln
Twenty one aircraft attacked Datteln as detailed. A good concentration of aircraft and bombing reported. Cloud ten tenths. No opposition was encountered. A mushroom of smoke was seen penetrating cloud.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:32 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 05:35

11/03/1945 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty one aircraft were again detailed for operations, tis time against Essen. Very slight H/F was the only opposition. Cloud was 10/10ths. A gradual blackening of the cloud tops was all that could be seen

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 17:17
Flight Time 05:37

23/03/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack Wesel carrying 1,000 M65 (RT), 1,000 M65 (B.T.) and Munro bombs. The target was attacked with the aid of special equipment. There was no cloud over the target but the visibility was poor owing to smoke. All crews reported a good concentration of bombs on the A/P. Very slight H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:08 – Landed 19:12
Flight Time 04:04

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:29 – Landed 19:19
Flight Time 06:50

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot. F/S Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
W/O A. Webber, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:36 – Landed 02:52
Flight Time 08:16

09/04/1945 – Minelaying at Kiel
7 aircraft were detailed for Mining at Keil. AA/U (F/O E Ohlsen) returned early through loss of petrol. Leakage in No.1 port tank suspected. There was no cloud and visibility good. Crews satisfied with the operation.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
F/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S B. Harpham, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 02:07
Flight Time 06:27