D.C. Lowe crew 13.2.43

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 preceeded 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 N6123 AA-Q

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
Sgt. S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 05:20

14/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. All of the aircraft, with the exception of one which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully bombed the target in 10/10ths cloud by means of P.F.F. sky marker flares, so the success of the trip could not be judged, although a red glow was seen on the clouds as the aircraft left the target area. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly predicted. Several enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was broken cloud from base to enemy coast, which gradually built up to 10/10ths cloud at the target area. Navigation was very good. A stranger from 214 Squadron landed on our runway and made the aerodrome completely unserviceable. Three of our aircraft therefore, had to be diverted to Lakenheath and Waterbeach.

Stirling Mk.I N6123 AA-Q

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 03:55

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 BF437 AA-L

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 06:50

18/02/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, with mines of 1500 lb. six of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. One aircraft met flak at Cherbourg which proved to be quite accurate, but the aircraft was not hit. No searchlights were seen. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over the mining area was hazy, with visibility fair to good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I EF337 AA-?

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:30

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 BK647 AA-M

F/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 05:10

26/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb., two of these aircraft were forced to abandon the mission owing to engine trouble. The remaining five aircraft successfully attacked the target. The whole of the target was well alight, the bombing also appeared to be accurate. The fires were seen by crews fifty to sixty miles away as they were returning. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, varying from moderate to intense. Some searchlights were also co-operating, but none of our aircraft were coned. A few enemy aircraft were seen, two attacks were made against our aircraft but no damage was sustained. The weather was good with fair visibility although there was a good deal of haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BK646 AA-N

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kelvin Havelock Green Groves, RNZAF NZ415819 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 04:35

28/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft failed to take off however, owing to extractor trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, their bombs being seen to explode in the target area (which was well alight) and very well concentrated, the fires being seen forty miles away. There was moderate and heavy A.A, fire co-operation with searchlights. This was accurate. One aircraft was hit by flak and landed at Castle Camps. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was clear, although visibility was only fair, owing to haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BK647 AA-M

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 05:35

01/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft, however, were forced to return early owing to inter-comm,, and rear turret trouble, their bombs being jettisoned. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target. This is considered to be a first class effort, colossal fires were seen, which were well concentrated and were seen up to 150 miles away as the aircraft were returning. Three aircraft were hit by A.A. fire in the Ruhr area but they returned safely. The defenses in the target area were very poor, little A.A. fire and few searchlights being encountered. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was slight cloud in the target area, although visibility was very good and ground detail could be seen very clearly. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BK646 AA-N

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 07:10

03/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 2,000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One of the aircraft, however, failed to start owing to a burst tail tyre wheel and another returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining seven aircraft all successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires were seen, which were lighting up the whole of the area. Both heavy and light intense A.A. fire was encountered, two aircraft being slightly hit. Searchlights were operation, mainly in cones. Very few enemy aircraft were seen and no combats took place. There was some haze at the target area, visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 05:40

05/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,00lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Unfortunately, one aircraft crashed one minute after take-off as one of the engines seized, the pilot however, made a good crash landing and he and the crew escaped unhurt. Another aircraft was forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. A very large concentration of fires were seen with huge buildings in their midst, leaving no doubt as to the success of the operation. The glow from the fires was seen at the Dutch coast as our aircraft were homeward bound. Both light and heavy intense A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, were encountered. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place, There was slight ground haze at the target, although visibility was very good. Navigation was very good. For the success of the operation a message of congratulations was received from the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

Stirling Mk.I BK646 AA-N

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Eddy, RNZAF NZ39003 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:30

08/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. 500 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble and another failed to return. The remaining seven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires being seen, one large explosion from the center of target, was seen one hundred miles away as the aircraft were returning. Both light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered co-operating with searchlights, they however, proved to be ineffective. Stirling 1 BK646 captained by P/O Lowe, was attacked by an enemy aircraft near Saarbrucken on the return journey. The enemy aircraft opened fire with cannon and a stream of tracer came into the cockpit, one exploding near the second pilot’s leg. Corkscrew tactics were adopted, but after seven minutes the enemy aircraft was lost. The only casualties were the second pilot, who was wounded in the leg and the Captain, who had slight face cuts. The aircraft successfully returned to base. There was a slight haze at the target, although visibility fairly good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 BF437, captained by Sergeant C.R. Davey.

Stirling Mk.I BK646 AA-N

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
F/O Charles Eddy, RNZAF NZ39003 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 07:35

11/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Stuttgart
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 30 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. One of the aircraft, however, failed to take off as it proved to be unserviceable. The remaining eight aircraft successfully dropped their incendiaries in the target area. There were heavy fires, which were well concentrated in the centre of the town. There was a moderate amount of heavy A.A. fire which was co-operating with searchlights, one aircraft being coned for two minutes but he escaped unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. There was slight have over the target area although visibility was good and ground detail could be seen. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk. BK624 AA-A

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:35

27/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lb. All the mines were successfully dropped in the morning area and five of the parachutes were seen to open. It was quite an uneventful trip, no A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft being encountered. There was haze over the sea up to a height of 4,000 feet. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF664 AA-M

P/O Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Gordon McCaskill, RNZAF NZ413573 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 08:00

10/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft were forced to return early as they failed to maintain height. Eight of the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was not possible to see the target owing to thick cloud, a large red glow was nevertheless seen. Both light and heavy A.Afire co-operating with searchlights was encountered, although they were ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place. There was 10/10ths cloud in the target area, but it was clear and dark above our aircraft. Navigation was excellent. Stirling III, BF455 captained by F/Sgt. Rothschild was hit over the target by A.A.Fire and also chased by enemy Fighters. This caused him to run short of Petrol over the English Channel on the way home, and he eventually crash landed in the sea, 3 miles off Shoreham. The wireless procedure had been perfect, and Spitfires escorted it over the French coast, and a Walrus Flying Boat was waiting for it to crash land. Dingy drill was perfect and all the crew got in safely after an immaculate landing – the Stirling floating for 25 minutes. The final scene was enacted in the Channel as the Walrus collided with the Dinghy and dropped all the crew in the sea. No Ill-effects except for Sgt. Grainger, the Flight Engineer, who suffered from shock. Stirling III BF456 captained by Sgt. Webb failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK664 AA-M

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Oscar Way, RCAF R.102353 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:16 – Landed 06:01
Flight Time 05:45

16/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Ludwigshaven
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack, with bombs of 2000 lb, 1000 lb and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lb. Seven of the aircraft successfully attacked the target. Large fires and one big explosion were seen. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Both heavy and light A.A. Fire was encountered co-operation with searchlights. Two of our aircraft were hit and the Navigator of one was hit in the leg. Several enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good on the route, but considerable haze was experienced at the target. Navigations was very good. Stirling Mark III BK.664 captained by F/Lt. D.C.Lowe, which experienced some very accurate A.A. Fire whilst overt the target, found on landing, that this throttle controls were jammed open, he was lucky enough to be able to land, but unfortunately he crashed into a semi built hanger on the aerodrome. The aircraft was an absolute wreck, but all the crew got away safely, although not without injuries. Stirling Mark III W 7469 captained by F/Sgt. K.F. Debenham and Stirling Mark I BF451 captained by P/O K.H.G. Groves failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BK664 AA-M

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Clifford Charles Pownall Logan, RAAF AUS.405918 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S S. Ellis, RAFVR 1012770 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K.W. Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

t/o 2200 Newmarket. Hit by flak over the target and on return to base the pilot discovered he was unable to control his throttles. This resulted in the Stirling colliding with a partially built hangar and being damaged beyond repair. No one was seriously hurt in the incident.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:20

13/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bochum
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Three aircraft, however, were forced to return early owing to engine trouble. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and very large concentrated fires were seen, together with explosions. This is considered to have been a very successful raid. Heavy predicted A.A.Fire co-operation with searchlights was encountered. Several enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. Stirling Mk.I. BK619, captained by Sgt. J.L. Mitchell was attacked by an ME110 and opened fire at 400 yards slightly below our aircraft. The mod-upper gunner fired a medium burst and the enemy aircraft was seen to burst into flames and passed beneath the Stirling. The rear gunner fired a further long burst at 300 yards and the enemy aircraft was seen to turn on its back and dive, hit the ground and explode. The weather was very clear in the target area, but visibility was impaired by slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III BF459 JN-E

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
P/O William, Stuckey, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M.N. Thornton, RAFVR 1041442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Waring, RAFVR 1070627 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K W Wilmer, RAFVR 923838 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:16 – Landed 05:29
Flight Time 05:13

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A.Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III BF459 JN-E

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
F/O Richard Berry Vernazoni, RNZAF NZ416185 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William, Stuckey, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M.N. Thornton, RAFVR 1041442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Donald Arthur Laycock, RAFVR 1457004/ 130451 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:49 – Landed 03:57
Flight Time 04:08

25/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Four aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and one failed to return. The remaining eleven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and some large explosions were also seen. Both heavy and light A.A.Fire was encountered, co-operationg with searchlights, which were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. Ten tenths cloud was prevalent in the target area, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. This missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. BK602, captained by Sergeant T.W. Darton.

Stirling Mk.III BF459 JN-E

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
P/O William, Stuckey, RAFVR 51042 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.M.N. Thornton, RAFVR 1041442 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Donald Arthur Laycock, RAFVR 1457004/ 130451 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:53 – Landed 01:32
Flight Time 01:39

29/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take-off owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, and two returned early. Four aircraft failed to return. The remaining thirteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen and also some big explosions. Some heavy A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BK776 Captained by P/O. R.F.Bennett, Mk.I EF398, captained by F/O. R.B. Vernazoni, MK.III EH881 captained by Sgt. J.H. Carey and Mk.III Bf561 captained by Sgt. S.R. Thornley.

Stirling Mk.I BF459 JN-E

F/L Douglas Charles Lowe, RAFVR 1312163/ 138661 – Pilot.
P/O Francis Campbell Carswell, RNZAF NZ404457 – Navigator.
F/S J.M.N. Thornton, RAFVR 1041442 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur John William ‘Bill’ Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.G. Warr, RAFVR 1274410 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Donald Arthur Laycock, RAFVR 1457004/ 130451 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Brian Desmond Joseph Welch, RNZAF NZ41719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:02 – Landed 03:31
Flight Time 04:29

3 thoughts on “D.C. Lowe crew 13.2.43

  1. Michael Downey

    Hi,

    Thank you for the time & effort you have put into this site though I do have a correction for you & that is the name of my Grandfather Arthur John Wilson Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator and the correction is his middle name that you have listed as Wilson is in fact William (Bill).

    Kind regards
    Michael Downey

    Grandson of Arthur John William(Bill) Bodley, RNZAF NZ414538 – Wireless Operator.

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