K.A.H. Lawrence crew 3.10.43

27/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft failed to return and one returned early owing to its rear turret being unserviceable. The remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was an exceedingly successful and well concentrated attack, considered to be even better than the previous one. Numerous large fires and columns of smoke rising to 12,000ft., were seen and the fires were again visible at the DUTCH coast. Very moderate, ineffective heavy A.A. Fire numerous searchlights and flares were encountered. Many enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F.Sgt. HORGAN, D. had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. BURTON, H., sighted a JU88 and the Rear Gunner fired, it was then seen to fall in flames and was claimed as destroyed. Two other short combats took place and one of our aircraft received slight damage. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but good with clear visibility over the target. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III, EF515 captained by Sgt. Martin, R., and EH877 captained by F/Sgt. WHITMORE, R.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

S/L Frank Albert Andrews, RNZAF NZ391336 – Pilot.
F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAFVR 41031 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
P/O David Walker Findlay, RNZAF NZ412217 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Evans, RAFVR 1053636 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Laurence Riley, RAFVR 994223/ 161701 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Francis, RAFVR 1319643 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E.A. Shaw, RAFVR 1059434 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 04:50

03/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early as the Navigator was ill, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being seen. Moderate A.A. Fire was encountered, which was ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. This aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER, damage was received to the starboard elevator , starboard tail plane and the rear turret war partly shot away. The rear gunner Sgt. S.W. RIDDLER was lost over the target when the rear turret was damaged. It is considered that he may have baled out as the escape hatch was found to be open. The aircraft successfully landed at WING. Very few enemy aircraft were seen. It was clear at the target, but slight haze was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

P/O Hilton Clifford Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAFVR 41031 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. Willaims, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W.A.C. Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

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

02/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs. One returned early and bought its mines back, the other two, however, successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open. This operation was uneventful, except for light A.A. fire, which was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. 10/10ths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAFVR 41031 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard William Dicker, RNZAF NZ416467 – Navigator.
Sgt. H. Jasper, RAFVR 1396220 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. L. Gilmore, RAFVR 1332059 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. N.A. Bevans, RAFVR 1216099 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR 1573067 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. V. York, RAFVR 1509962 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 03:05

04/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. Three aircraft returned early and one failed to return. This was a good attack, ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very good concentrated fires and enormous explosions being seen, the fires were still visible on the homeward journey. A.A. Fire was negligible, there were many search lights which were cooperating with enemy night-fighters. The aircraft captained by S/Ldr. J.JOLL had a combat with a M.E. 109, which was claimed as possibly damaged. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but clear over the target, visibility was good except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by SGT. H.J. MIDDLETON.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAFVR 41031 – Pilot.
F/O Leonard William Dicker, RNZAF NZ416467 – Navigator.
Sgt. H. Jasper, RAFVR 1396220 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. L. Gilmore, RAFVR 1332059 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. N.A. Bevans, RAFVR 1216099 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR 1573067 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. V. York, RAFVR 1509962 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 02:35

08/10/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. This trip was uneventful, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being seen. The Weather was fairly good and it was clear in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH955 AA-K

F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAFVR 41031 – Pilot.
P/O Leonard William Dicker, RNZAF NZ416467 – Navigator.
Sgt. H. Jasper, RAFVR 1396220 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. L. Gilmore, RAFVR 1332059 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. N.A. Bevans, RAFVR 1216099 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Moore, RAFVR 1573067 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. V. York, RAFVR 1509962 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 06:20

 

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