M.F.G. Fraser crew 13.02.42 †

23/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Seven wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bomb bursts and fires were seen in the target area. Light, medium and heavy flak was met and searchlights were not very active. Weather was good over the target. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8834, captained by Sgt. Bentley, crashed at Burner’s Heath on return and Sgt. Bentley was killed, the crew being injured.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8441 AA-T

W/C Reginald Sawrey-Cookson, RAF 39574 – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Watkins, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.B. Hopkinson, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Peters, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:45 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 07:05

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9957 AA-?

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 05:00

13/02/1942 – Attack Against Targets at LeHavre
One aircraft from this unit was detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 250 lbs but was not dropped on the target owing to the presence of thick cloud. Slight inaccurate A.A. fire was encountered but there were no enemy fighters. There was 9/10 cloud over the target area. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
Sgt. Struan MacIntyre Robertson, RNZAF NZ404410 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend, RNZAF NZ401218 – .
Sgt. Stanley Leo Kavanagh, RNZAF NZ403579 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Royon, British Army – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:35

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 03:45

13/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Boulogne
Two Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in target area by one a/c the other returned to base with bombs. There was no flak and only a few searchlights. Weather was moderate with slight ground haze. Navigation was good with DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 03:35

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482! AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. F/S Edward Leonard Haydon, RNZAF NZ404443 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 05:50

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendiaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. P/O Cecil William Phair Carter RNZAF NZ41874 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – .
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Smith, RNZAF NZ401466 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 07:25

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendiaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. P/O Stanley Holmes Gunning, RNZAF NZ402470 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, British Army – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 07:00

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Smith, RAFVR NZ401466 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 01:05

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out ther task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RAFVR NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 07:30

29/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 30lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Bombs were seen to burst on the factory and power station. There was very little flak and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good. Few searchlights were active and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. – –
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – .
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RAF NZ404081 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 05:30

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P/S

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. – –
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – .
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 07:30

04/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Incendiaries and 4000lbs. bombs were carried and the majority dropped. Weather conditions were not good with the result that difficulty was experienced in pinpointing target and observing results. A.A. fire was slight in target area but fairly heavy at some parts of route. Searchlights were not veru active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR, TR, pinpoint, loop.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1566 AA-K

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. – –
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – .
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:35

06/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of the Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A bomb load consisting of 4000lbs; and 4 lbs. and 30 lbs. incendiaries was carried and dropped in the target area and bursts and a number of large fires were observed. Weather conditions were fairly good although ground haze and intense darkness made pinpointing difficult. A.A. fire was slight and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR., TR., pinpoints, astro.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1566 AA-K

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. – –
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – .
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:40

07/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Nine Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 1500lbs. And 500lbs. All the 1500lbs. Bombs were dropped but the majority of the 500lbs were returned. Weather conditions were favourable and the target area was clear. One aircraft, X.3664 captained by P/O. Wilson was chased by an enemy fighter but no attack was made. Navigation was by astro, DR, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

F/S Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. – –
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RNZAF 1257377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:50

09/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. The bomb load consisted of 1500 lbs. and 500 lbs. The 1500 lbs bombs were planted successfully, and a few of the aircraft dropped the 500 lbs. bombs on land targets. Weather conditions were good and there was no opposition.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

F/S Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot. – –
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
F/S Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 07:05

13/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. One aircraft, X.3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. In accurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was by D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

F/S Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RNZAF 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The presence of enemy ‘flak’ shipping in Kiel Bay was a clear indication that Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J probably received AA fire of sufficient intensity to cause serious handling difficulties for the pilot and crew. The aircraft subsequently came down in the sea off the North Frisian Islands, near the Island of Sylt. All the crew perished.

Their bodies were later recovered and laid to rest in Westerland Friedhof. After the war their bodies were taken to the Kiel War Cemetery.

F/S Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of Mrs. R. T. Fraser, of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 10.

F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Killed age 27.
Husband of M. Smith.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. E. 9.

Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Shaw, RAFVR 1166184 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 21.
Son of Percy Stanley and Kate Ellen Shaw, of Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Joint grave 3. B. 11.
‘So dearly loved So sadly missed’

Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Joint grave 3. B. 11.

Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 27.
Son of Charles and Elizabeth Annie Whiting, of Tinwald, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Kiel War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 3. B. 10.