M.H. Hankins crew 20.09.40

08/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Alternate Target (Z61) for A.73 – Benvine Plant at MORS
Due to bad weather prevailing the six Wellington aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks on target A.73, Benzine Plant at MORS, had to attack alternate target Z61.
Very mixed bomb load carried, consisting of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T. and some 500lbs G.P. 6-18hr delay, 250lbs, G.P.’s and cases of incendiaries , were attached to each aircraft.
CB.589 reports A.73 not attacked owing to 10/10 cloud at 6,000 feet. SCHIPOL aerodrome was attacked by dive bombing from 9,000 feet to 4,000 feet. Three bursts observed on concrete runways and one just off runways. Results of incendiaries not observed, as aircraft violently attacked by light flak and machine gun fire, whilst being held in searchlights.
CB.590 also unable to attack target due to cloud so bombed WAALHAVEN, aerodrome at 00.55hrs. One stick observed to burst near hangars, other on boundary but results of incendiaries not observed.
Bombs and incendiaries seen to burst S.E. of WAALHAVEN aerodrome by CB.591. No fires were seen. No hits on aerodrome.
Results not observed by CB.594 owing to searchlight activity.
CB595 attacked DUSSELDORF aerodrome (LOHAUSEN) from 13,000 feet. All bombs released in one stick falling one hundred yards from Western perimeter lights. Bursts observed and several fires started.
A dive attack made from 9,000ft to 7,500ft by CB.596, the bombs being released at base of dive. Incendiaries seen to cause numerous explosions and fires with thick columns of black smoke. The explosions still taking place 15 minutes after the bombs had hit.
Many lights observed in HOLLAND, a number of enemy aerodromes noted to be active, but all lights extinguished on approach of our aircraft.
A.A. fire was heavy in places of interest and over enemy aerodromes, and searchlights very active over target area and around aerodromes.
CB.589 reports attacking an aircraft with navigation lights, after 200 rounds had ben fired from front guns, lights on other machine extinguished. Results of action not known. CB.591 observed two aircraft take off from WAALHAVEN, but no contact was made.
Weather was clear towards Dutch coast, but 10/10 cloud prevailed over target area.
Navigation by D/R, visual fixes, and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9206 AA-A
Raid No. CB.590 A.73

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:50

14/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, M.434, & M.116
Total number of bombs carried by seven aircraft detailed to carry out individual attacks was:-
47 – 250lbs. bombs of mixed delay.
4 – 500lbs. By CB.608, in addition, each aircraft carried 1 case of 4lbs. incendiaries.
Cb.605 reports, target could not be definitely located in time available. Railway marshalling yards at STADE were attacked from level flight at 9,000ft. One stick was dropped and five bursts observed approximately 100 yards short of the yards.
CB.606 reports, bombs dropped in one stick from 8,000ft after dive from 10,000ft. Owing to searchlight glare and violent avoiding action taken after release of bombs, no results were observed.
A high level attack, 15,000ft, was carried out by CB.607, but owing to enemy opposition, searchlights and A.A., no results were observed. One bomb and incendiaries hung up, but dropped on the Southern part of HAMBURG.
All bombs released in one stick at 15,000ft over target by CB.608. Bombs seen to burst with large sheets of flame slightly to South of target with the last two bombs in target area.
CB.618 attacked marshalling yards at HAMM successfully from 12,000ft. Five bursts observed and two very large fires started and seen burning fiercely 40 miles away on return journey.
CB.619 reports, five 250lbs. bombs seen to burst in town, and three in marshalling yards. All incendiaries seen to fall in marshalling yards, also, causing fires visible after 20 minutes flying on homeward course (50 miles).
Target area reached by CB.620 after diving through layer of cloud at 10,000ft. SOEST identified by means of parachute flares. A level attack from West to East at 9,000ft carried out on marshalling yard at 030.30hrs. Five 250lbs bombs seen to burst on marshalling yard, and incendiaries caught buildings on Southern edge of target, starting two strong fires, which were still raging fiercely when area left 40 minutes later. More fires seen to start at 00.55hrs.
Balloons seen at heights from 6,000ft to 14,000ft over HAMBURG, BREMEN etc., Intense heavy and light flak over entire area.
Searchlights very active over whole area.
Weather was fair. Targets were located despite the local ground haze.
Navigation was D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3235 AA-?
Raid No. CB.605 A.10

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McLaughlin, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:30

20/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.70 and A.71
Nine aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual attacks on targets above. The Squadron suffered its second loss, since the beginning of Operations in March 1940, when CB.650 (F/O. Watson, Captain) failed to return.
CB.639 reports, two attacks, consisting of two sticks of 5 bombs each were dropped over the target at 00.33 hours. Height 5,000 feet. Previously to this another aircraft had dropped incendiaries in same area. Fires and explosions from other aircraft’s bombs, on target, but few from incendiaries which dropped little to West of actual area. EINDHAVEN flare path bombed with stick of 3 – 250lbs. bombs at 22.35 hours by CB.640. Flare path extinguished and remained so. Target A.70 located and bombed at 00.25hrs. Bursts observed and fires observed to break out and gradually increased.
CB.641 reports, being unable to identify target, bombs were dropped from 9,500ft in one stick on railway junction at KAMEN. Last two bombs observed to burst in railway yards.
CB.648 located target after waiting for cloud to disperse and doing several dummy runs. Believed bombed successfully as four bursts observed on N.E. corner of works and fires started across railway line.
CB.649 reports, the incendiaries seen to burst on Southern extremity of target. The 250lbs bombs were not observed owing to cloud over target.
Level attack from 10,800ft made by CB.651 from N.E. to S.W. on target A.71. Three hits obtained on N side of target, remaining bombs appeared to undershoot. Several small fires started followed by minor explosions.
A high level attack carried out from 14,000ft by CB.652. One large flash observed and number of small fires. One red and two green.
CB.653 reports, the target located without difficulty, being made so by light of moon and excellent landmarks. Bombed from 11,000ft in one stick on straight run over target. Results unobserved.
Balloons seen up to 14,000 feet in many towns over RUHR. Heavy flak experienced over WESEL and all target areas, accurate for height etc./ Searchlights over whole area.
Three H.E. 113’s attacked CB639 over WESEL. (i) above and astern (ii)Starboard qtr and below. (iii) below and astern. No.(ii) shot down in flames, No. 3 assumed disabled. No.1 attacked 3 times afterwards.
Weather fair, visibility good, throughout whole of journey. Navigation by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings. The moon was quite advantageous in helping to locate the target.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.640 A.70

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 04:45

25/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on targets, F.18, M.434, and KASSEL
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations. The Squadron suffered its third loss since began operations when CB.661 (F/O Coleman) failed to return. CB.668 returned to base after being out for 2 1\2hrs, due to electrical trouble.
Total bomb load carried was:- 40 – 250lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 7 – 250lbs G.P. bombs fused 6hr delay 3 – 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 7 – containers of 4lbs incendiaries.
CB.654 reports, original target A.19 GOTHER not attacked due to low visibility, so aerodrome at KASSEL attacked. Bombs dropped from 12,000ft in level attack. Hits unobserved due to concentrated flak and searchlights.
One 250lbs bomb dropped on flare path of aerodrome at LIPPSTADT by CB.655. Fell just outside aerodrome. Flare path extinguished and remained so. Stick of 4 – 250lbs, G.P.’s and 1 – S.B.C. dropped from 7,000ft on target F.19 from S.E. to N.W. Two fell short, one burst on boundary road to S.E., one and incendiaries hit buildings in area. Large fires started, burning red, green and orange. Explosions in fires lit up aircraft at 7,000ft. above target. Five bundles Nickels dropped between KASSEL and GOTHA.
CB.656 reports, unable to locate F.18, owing to 6/10 low cloud at 2,000ft. Attacked target F.19 in dive bombing attack from 10-8,000 feet, releasing stick of 5 – 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T. and one container of incendiaries. Results unobserved due to light and heavy flak and searchlights, violent evasive action taken.
Results not observed by CB.659 owing to ground haze and intense searchlight and heavy flak activity.
A dive attack made by CB.660 from 11,000ft – 8,000ft the bombs being dropped in stick at base of dive. Nil results observed owing to intense ground activity
CB.666 unable to locate target due to ground haze, stick of 5 – 250lbs bombs burst on flare path at DUISBURG. Fires started, flare path at EINDHOVEN also bombed with 6 – 250lbs bombs and incendiaries. Run up excellent. Results not observed due to cloud. Time 00.30 hours.
CB.667 reports, bombs had to be released in order to evade A.A. fire. No results observed.
Owing to electrical failure CB.668 returned to base after 1hrs flying. No bombs dropped.
Balloons flying at all main towns, marked increase in number of flare paths to target, thought to be dummies.
A.A. fire heavy over SCHIPOL, ROTTERDAM, KASSEL, GOTHA and intense in the RUHR. Searchlights active over whole area. Three enemy fighters seen by CB.659 over PADERBORN, no attack made. 5/10 cloud experienced most of way and local haze persistent over RUHR etc. Cold frost met on reaching English coast on return, and heavy and low cloud.

Wellington Mk.1A L.7784 AA-D
Raid No. CB.666 M.434

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:45

28/07/1940 – Bombing Attacks on targets A.8, A.73, and M.434.
Night not good for nine Wellington aircraft detailed from this Squadron to carry out individual bombing attacks on above targets. 10/10 cloud experienced as well as heavy ground haze over Germany, making observations difficult.
Total number of bombs carried by aircraft was as follows:- 46 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T. 11 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused ½ – 18hr delay. 8 – 500lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., and 7 cases of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.676 reports, bombs were dropped in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts not observed owing to cloud and searchlights. Rear Gunner observed a small fire on leaving the target area.
Bombs dropped on target by CB.677 – targets A.75, bursts unobserved due to haze and searchlights tec.,
CB.678 reports a stick was dropped from 16,000ft. across the docks on the North side of the river at HAMBURG. Nil results observed owing to intense ground activity and cloud layer.
Found impossible to locate either target A.* or A.9 by CB.679, due to 8/10 cloud at 9,000ft. Aerodrome at STADE attacked, dropping 4-500lbs. bombs. After the attack red hanger lights extinguished, but goose neck flare path remained lit. Dived to 1,000 feet, made two circuits, while front and rear gunners heavily machine gunned flare path and hangers.
Target not located by CB.682. Bombed twin blast furnaces in RUHR. Stick of bombs appeared to straddle target. A fire started near furnaces by incendiaries. CB.683, nil results to report. Returned to base owing to adverse weather conditions.
CB.684 unable to locate target A.75 due to ground haze, so decided to attack one of aerodromes on Dutch coast. Port motor failed while looking for suitable target, so bombs jettisoned in sea. An S.O.S. was sent, but homed by MANSTON, and when within sight of MANSTON Port engine picked up, enabling aircraft to land at base.
Primary target A.75 also not located by CB.685 owing to bad visibility and cloud. Apparent blast furnace 15 miles West of A.75 attacked and also WESEL aerodrome. Which was being used. Results unobserved due to searchlights, but bombs should have dropped on flare path just as an aircraft was landing.
CB.688 reports , bombs dropped in two sticks. Only one bomb observed to burst, which was estimated to drop approximately 4 miles South of Hamm.
Due to ground haze no important observations were obtained. A.A. fire intense and fairly accurate in all target areas and searchlights active. Severe weather conditions over Dutch coast. Navigation by D/R, visual observation and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.677 A.8

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlin, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 05:30

06/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.73 and A.28.
Night not good for nine Wellington aircraft detailed from this Squadron to carry out individual bombing attacks on above targets. 10/10 cloud experienced as well as heavy ground haze over Germany, making observations difficult.
Total number of bombs carried by aircraft was as follows:- 46 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T. 11 – 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused ½ – 18hr delay. 8 – 500lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., and 7 cases of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.676 reports, bombs were dropped in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts not observed owing to cloud and searchlights. Rear Gunner observed a small fire on leaving the target area.
Bombs dropped on target by CB.677 – targets A.75, bursts unobserved due to haze and searchlights tec.,
CB.678 reports a stick was dropped from 16,000ft. across the docks on the North side of the river at HAMBURG. Nil results observed owing to intense ground activity and cloud layer.
Found impossible to locate either target A.* or A.9 by CB.679, due to 8/10 cloud at 9,000ft. Aerodrome at STADE attacked, dropping 4-500lbs. bombs. After the attack red hanger lights extinguished, but goose neck flare path remained lit. Dived to 1,000 feet, made two circuits, while front and rear gunners heavily machine gunned flare path and hangers.
Target not located by CB.682. Bombed twin blast furnaces in RUHR. Stick of bombs appeared to straddle target. A fire started near furnces by incendiaries. CB.683, nil results to report. Returned to base owing to adverse weather conditions.
CB.684 unable to locate target A.75 due to ground haze, so decided to attack one of aerodromes on Dutch coast. Port motor failed while looking for suitable target, so bombs jettisoned in sea. An S.O.S. was sent, but homed by MANSTON, and when within sight of MANSTON Port engine picked up, enabling aircraft to land at base.
Primary target A.75 also not located by CB.685 owing to bad visibility and cloud. Apparent blast furnace 15 miles West of A.75 attacked and also WESEL aerodrome. Which was being used. Results unobserved due to searchlights, but bombs should have dropped on flare path just as an aircraft was landing.
CB.688 reports , bombs dropped in two sticks. Only one bomb observed to burst, which was estimated to drop approximately 4 miles South of Hamm.
Due to ground haze no important observations were obtained. A.A. fire intense and fairly accurate in all target areas and searchlights active. Severe weather conditions over Dutch coast. Navigation by D/R, visual observation and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.715 A.73 (did not bomb)

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Read, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sheppard, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 05:15

09/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target L.84.
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took off to attack targets L.84 and Z.53. Eight were detailed to attack L.84 and one Z.53. Latter target not attacked by CB.744 who was detailed, as area searched for 1 ½ hours, but ground obscured by 10/10 cloud at 2,000feet, therefore bombs brought back to Base. Other than this, operations on a whole were successful, although primary target not attacked in each case, but other military objectives. Original target not located by CB.728, but aerodrome at GLIZE attacked, releasing bombs in one stick from 5,000ft, bursts observed, but damage could not be estimated.
After dropping second flare CB.729 located target, and after this had died out dropped bombs in one stick from 9,000feet. Bright green flashes seen among bomb bursts, and several big explosions, and fires.
CB.730 reports, bombs dropped on target and fires started at 23.08 hours.
On way in to target L.84, CB.731 discovered EINDHOVEN aerodrome with boundary lights in, decided to bomb it, stick dropped on same and three bursts observed, large fires started by incendiaries, and all lights extinguished on aerodrome.
Bombs were dropped at 22.55 hours from 14,000ft by CB.732, bursts appeared to be South of target. Three separate level attacks were carried out by CB.733 from West to East, from 11,000ft. Five bursts observed on East side on first attack, on second run eight fierce fires started on West side, numerous small explosions, and one violent explosion with vivid white flash. Last attack, good steady run dropping two 18hr delay bombs. Nickels dropped over target prior to bombing.
Target located and precision bombed by CB.734, height 12,000ft. Three bombs observed to burst, unable to see results. After 1 ½ hours search, 3 bombs dropped on target L.84 by CB.735 and two bombs on flak battery at KOLN. Number of flares noticed over North Sea, some appeared to be in water, other of slow descending type.
A.A. fire exceptionally heavy over target area and all main towns, heavy flak improving in accuracy for height and direction. Searchlights very active over whole area. No enemy aircraft observed.
Weather rather hazy in RUHR area, making observations very difficult, low 10/10 cloud was met on returning to base. Navigation by D/R, visual fixes and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.730 L.84

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 04:30

13/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.82, L.82, and D.7.
Of the nine aircraft detailed from this unit, eight were on bombing raids, while ninth, CB746 was to carry out Photographic reconnaissance of STETTIN DOCKS in Baltic. Weather again hindered operations, due to 10/10 cloud over practically whole of N.W. Germany.
CB750 reports, target area of G.82 obscured by 10/10 cloud from 600ft. Search made, but no suitable target found in vicinity, so course set for base and bombs bought back.
Target not located by CB.751 owing to cloud. 3 250lbs. bombs and 1 – S.B.C. dropped at DORSEL on road and rail junction showing evenly spaced shaded lights. Incendiaries caused fires. Unable to ascertain damage owing to cloud.
Target located and believed bombed successfully by CB.752. Ground haze made it difficult to identify target accurately. Four bursts observed in target area.
CB.753 reports, both primary target and alternative target at FRANKFURT were covered with thick layer of cloud at 7,000ft. Bombs were brought back as no suitable target discovered, either in Germany or HOLLAND. Nickels dropped over FRANKFURT.
Stick of three bombs dropped on flare paths of aerodrome at VUGHT by CB.759. Bursts observed short of runway, at 22.20hrs. Target not located due to 10/10 cloud. Marshalling yards at ROERMOND bombed and fires started at 23.35 hours.
CB.760 reports, bursts appeared to straddle target, but observation difficult owing to haze.
Owing to low cloud and haze, target not located by CB.761 bombs were brought back.
CB.762 reports, bombs dropped at 23.30 hours. Explosions not seen owing to searchlights. Large fire seen in target area some minutes after course had been set for home.
CB.746, who was detailed to carry Photographic Reconnaissance, reports, photographs spoilt by either A.A. shell bursts or a searchlight.
No important observations or reconnaissance made. A.A. fire exceptionally heavy and accurate around target L.82. Little heavy flak received at G.82, but this all fired through 10/10 cloud.
Searchlights very active in RUHR. CB.746 reports, being attacked by an ME110 South of Kiel. The ME was eluded by going into cloud.
As for the weather, 10/10 cloud covered practically whole of areas detailed to bomb.
Navigation by D/R, and homing bearings, while CB.746 used Astro extensively, with great success.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.759 L.82 (Vught attacked as secondary target)

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 04:35

15/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target L.85.
Attacks taken all round were very successful, nine out of ten aircraft detailed from this Unit finding and bombing primary target.
Two level attacks made by CB.774 from 11,000ft. Explosions illuminated aircraft at this height. Incendiaries started several small fires, but quickly extinguished after about 5 minutes.
Three level attacks carried out by CB.775 from 9,000ft West to East. Many hits observed on buildings and incendiaries started many fierce fires. One terrific explosion with vivid white flash and many minor explosions occurred.
CB.776 reports, bombs seen to fall in target area. Large fire started which could be seen for a considerable distance on homeward journey.
CB.777 reports, target successfully attacked. Fires started. One stick at 10,000ft.
Target located and stick dropped across target, by CB.776. Small fires started, smoke plainly visible. Bombs dropped in level stick by CB779 from 10,000ft from South to North. Bursts observed across target AND SEVERAL fires started. Explosions followed, in fires. Nickels dropped N.W. RUHR.
CB.750 reports, one run at 8,700ft, hits believed observed. Second run at 9,000ft, dummy. Third run 8,700ft, hits almost certain. Large columns of white smoke observed over target.
Primary target could not be definitely identified by CB.781, owing to scattered cloud and searchlights. Bombs dropped in stick from 9,000ft on railway junction at LUNEN. Two bombs observed to straddle main crossing and remainder fell along Northern railway line.
No difficulty in locating target by CB.782 and perfect run up made at 11,000ft. Bombs dropped in stick from this height, and hits believed to have been made on target.
Target located and precision bombed by CB.783. Height 12,500ft. Time 23.36hrs. Wireless Operator observed three bomb bursts with white flashes on E of target.
Balloons observed to be flying at 12,000ft over AMSTERDAM, DORTMUND, AND HAMM.
A.A. Fire was heavy and accurate in the RUHR area.
Searchlights very active over the whole area. Enemy aircraft were observed , by about three crews, one seen trailing one of our sorties, in target area, but after a series of bursts by Rear Gunner, made off.
Weather, moderate 4/10 cloud over target, but this cloud did not hinder operations. Visibility was perfect.
Navigation was by D/R, and visual observation mainly, although homing bearings were used in some cases.
“All our aircraft returned safely”.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.778 L.85

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 05:00

17/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.97, K.62 and M.434
Ten Wellington crews from No. 75(NZ) Squadron, were detailed to carry out bombing operations against the enemy. One aircraft, CB.606 (F/L. Adams) returned to base after being out 20 mins due to W/T electrical trouble, as sometime was taken over repairing this defect, that particular sortie was cancelled altogether.
Cb.793 unable to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud covering area, but owing to a shortage of petrol, bombs were jettisoned at D/R position 51° 26’ N, 10° 53’ E.
Numerous fires reported to be already burning in target area, when CB.794 bombed, and further large fires broke out after attack. Petrol tanks observed to explode, and high columns of thick black smoke rose from fires. Glare on cloud still visible for 15 minutes after leaving target.
A level attack made by CB.795 from 9,00ft and 5 – 250lbs. bombs dropped in stick. Incendiaries brought back owing to selector switch being accidentally knocked up. 250lbs. bombs caused two large explosions on large factory buildings.
CB.796 failed to locate target A.97 owing to 8/10 cloud and thick haze in area. After searching for half an hour course was set for SOEST. Marshalling Yards at SOEST attacked in shallow dive from 8,000 to 7,00 feet at 01.10hrs, a stick of 6 – 250lbs. bombs being dropped. Bursts not observed, owing to heavy accurate flak fire.
Target located at 23.30 hours by CB.799 and stick dropped across. Fire started and visible for considerable distance.
CB.800 reports, a level stick at 10,000ft. Bombs hit aerodrome. Incendiaries hit buildings casing thirteen distinct explosions and explosions were still appearing as aircraft set course for home. One good fire was left burning. Nickels dropped between KASSEL and ESCHWEGE.
CB.801 reports, bombs seen to fall on lines of Marshalling Yards.
CB.802 reports, identification of target made difficult by low cloud and ground haze. Flares dropped by other aircraft and half an hour spent in identifying target. Shallow dive attack from South and stick of bombs dropped on North end of target. Result and bursts not observed owing to cloud.
CB.807 reports, primary target not located owing to 9/ 10 cloud and haze. A string of lights which appeared to be an aerodrome attacked..
Balloons again reported to be flying in the RUHR area.
Heavy flak was experienced by most aircraft on target A.97 in the region of MUNSTER and UTRECHT. This was reported to be good for height and accuracy. Searchlights very numerous over the whole of the target area.
10/10 cloud was encountered practically over the whole of the route, with the exception of the RUHR.
Navigation was by D/R, visual observations, Astro and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.799 K.62

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:00

19/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.17 and M.431
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out operations against enemy. For the attack on target D.4 at Kiel, weather was against the raiders, with result that main objective was not located, so secondary targets in that area were successfully bombed.
Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T. 250lbs. bombs fused 6 – 18hr delay, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.810 located target 9KIEL) and six bomb bursts were observed on subterranean oil plant North of the town on the river bank. The Battleship GNEISENAU was not observed owing to low cloud.
A stock of 6 – 250lbs bombs was dropped by CB.811 from 13,000 feet, on same target as CB.810. These were seen to burst across KRUPP’S yards.
CB.812 failed to locate the primary target owing to 10/10 cloud in the target area. The object of an attack was their DE KOOY aerodrome in Northern HOLLAND. Six 250lbs. bombs were dropped from a height of 5,000 feet. Bursts were observed but damage not estimated.
CB.813 did not attack primary target owing to cloud, even after making four runs. The buildings on the side of the fitting out basin 1,100 yards 200°T from Primary target were attacked by dive bombing 13,000 – 8,000ft. Bursts observed on area.
The target area was located by CB.814 from a height of 15,000 feet and after flying around at this height for 30 minutes bombs were dropped in stick along the bank. Owing to 7/10 cloud being over the target at the time, bomb bursts were unobserved.
CB.815 reports, that although a search was made for an hour he was unable to locate KIEL owing to low cloud and fog on the coast. At 02.00 hours a shallow dive attack at 8,000feet was carried out on WANGEROOGE aerodrome, a stick of 6 – 250lbs bombs being dropped. No results were observed.
CB.822 reports that owing to 10/10 cloud in target area, primary target was not attacked. Bombs were dropped from 6,000 feet in one stick on aerodrome at De Kooy. Believed hits but no accurate observation possible.
CB.823 reports that target was not located due to 10/10 cloud. Railway junction at WUNSTORF straddled with stick, and fire started at 23.45 hours.
Owing to 10/10 clod, CB.824 failed to locate the target. Enemy aerodrome in use at DIEPHOLZ bombed. 250lbs. bombs burst across flare path, incendiaries fell short. Two fires seen on North East corner of aerodrome.
CB.828 reports, that a high level attack was made from 11,500 feet and a stick was dropped from East to West. Hits were observed on target and one or two small fires were started.
The aerodrome at HURSEIM was clearly visible and three runways were observed, making pin-pointing easy. Balloons were observed flying up to 12,000ft around KIEL. A number of dummy flare paths were also in various sections.
A.A. Fire very intense over target D.4 and over all the North Frisians Islands.
Searchlights very active in all target areas. Weather :- 10/10 cloud was prevalent over the targets and most of route to same.
Navigation was by D/R, visual observations, and homing bearings. Astro was used by Sorties CB.812 and 813 with very good results.
All aircraft returned safely.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.823 A.17 (Wunstore attacked as secondary target)

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 05:45

24/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.161 and M.434
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to carry out bombing operations against the enemy on the above targets. CB.837 (F/L. Adams) did not complete the sortie due to engine trouble when over enemy territory, he set course for base and jettisoned bombs in sea. The operations taken on the whole, were not very successful due to extremely bad weather conditions encountered.
A varied bomb load was carried between the eleven aircraft consisting of 250lbs., fused N.D.T., 250lbs, G.P. with delay action, 500lbs. G.P. fused N.D.T., and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
Target not located by CB.838, due to 10/10 cloud. Railway junction and landing ground at KOBLENZE bomber. Results unobserved due to bad haze.
Target located through hole in cloud by island in river, and bombed by CB.839. Results not observed.
CB.840 reports, primary target at FRANKFURT obscured owing to 10/10 cloud. Returned to target B.47 (KNAPSACK) and bombed. Unable to distinguish results of bombs although flashes observed. Nickels were dropped at KNAPSACK.
Attack was made by CB.841 from 11,000ft, the incendiaries being dropped first, so as to allow to make a run up with the 250lbs. bombs. A medium fire was still burning when target area was left.
CB.842 reports, targets A.151 and C.28 at FRANKFURT were not located owing to 10/10 dense cloud in area. Nickels dropped approximately 15 miles North of FRANKFURT. Dive bombing attack carried out at 5,000ft on LIMBURG aerodrome. Five bursts observed on North side of aerodrome some 200 yards from flare path and hangers. Red obstruction lights extinguished, but dim flare path remained on.
CB.834 reports, main target and two secondary targets not located owing to nine to ten tenths cloud. One 500lbs. bomb was dropped on a search-light by diving down beam. Two ships in YISMUNDEN harbour were attacked by dive bombing 4,00 – 2,000 feet, two 500;bs. N.D.T. bombs dropped. Hits or near misses reported.
CB.844 reports, owing to 9/10 cloud, primary target not located. Bombs dropped from 1,100ft on a factory on river bank East of HANAU. Bursts were observed in small buildings around main building. No fires observed.
Targets not located owing to 10/10 cloud by CB.848. Whole route from Great Britain to Eastern Germany said to be covered.
Bombs dropped by CB.849 on heavy flak batteries in target area. Again, results not observed due to 10/10 cloud.
CB.850 also reports that target not located owing to cloud.
Owing to the whole of the area being practically covered with 10/10 clouds, nothing of importance to relate as far as observations, and reconnaissance etc.
A.A. fire, heavy at most areas attacked., although 10/10 cloud prevailed, good accuracy was attained by the heavy batteries.
Searchlights were active as usual.
Navigation was by D/R, visual observations, homing bearing and Astro.
All aircraft returned safely.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3218 AA-T
Raid No. CB.838 A.161 (Koblenze attacked as secondart target)

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:00

26/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING
Ten Wellington Crews from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual attacks against enemy objectives in enemy territory. Taken over all, the operations were very successfully, good weather being encountered at most targets. On the return journey CB.851 carried out an attack on a single engined aircraft in the region of NIVELLS, and shot down in flames.
The bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs G.P. bombs fused delay action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.851 reports, due to heavy searchlights and A.A. fire on the run up to the main target, bombs were dropped on the secondary target C.38. Four bursts were observed, but damage could not be estimated due to avoiding action having to be taken, while hits are assumed.
No results seen from first stick of two bombs dropped by CB.852. Explosions and fire started by second stick of three bombs.
Stick of four bombs dropped to East of target, and small fires started by CB.853.
The target was located by CB.854, and a run up made from South to North at 23.20 hours. The bursts of two bombs were observed, these being approximately a mile South of the primary target. The results of the bursts were unobserved owing to intense searchlight activity at the time.
A stick was dropped by CB.856 from 13,000ft in a level attack. Three bursts were observed and three small fires started.
Owing to searchlights and haze, main target was not located by CB.857. Bombs were dropped on C.38 GRISCHEIM, from 12,000feet. Greenish flashes were observed in target area following burst of bombs, No fires observed.
Bombs dropped through clouds by CB.864 in DUISBURG – ESSEN area. Five A.A. gun emplacements bombed, but results not observed.
Target not located by CB.865 owing to low 10/10 cloud. Bombs were brought back.
CB.866 reports, original target (M.61) not located owing to thick cloud over area. Bombed aerodrome near ARNHEIM from 6,000feet and machine-gunned same from 2,000feet. Hits observed on hangar and on landing ground. Incendiaries overshot target and did no damage.
Five bombs were dropped over FLUSHING aerodrome by CB.874, bursts were observed, but not pin-pointed.
A large number of aerodromes were noticed to be carrying out night flying in HOLLAND, BELGIUM and FRANCE.
A.A. Fire was very heavy and accurate in the FRANKFURT area.
Searchlights active and very heavily concentrated in all main target areas.
CB.831 reports, attacking one twin engine Bomber (type unknown) as it was coming to land at NIVELLS aerodrome. The attack was successful, the Frint Gunner shooting the aircraft down in flames and it crashed on the flare path.
Weather was perfect in the FRANKFURT area, but very cloudy in the RUHR district.
Navigation by D/R, homing bearings and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1A P.9206 AA-A
Raid No. CB.853 G.82

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:00

29/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN
Eleven Wellington crews were detailed to proceed to allotted targets and carry out bombing attacks on same, and thus hinder the enemy in operations against this country. The three aircraft Detailed to attack target Z.159 (ST. NAZAIRE, FRANCE) encountered practically no opposition and a very peaceful trip was had throughout.
Total bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and delay action and containers of 4lbs incendiaries.
CB.881 reports, targets not located 10/10 cloud.
Aerodrome at WESSEL bombed and bursts observed on North East boundary of aerodrome and two medium fires started.
Two bursts observed by Navigator of CB.882, but results not observed. As aircraft passed over cloud, terrific flash observed, but results not noticed.
CB.883 reports, no results observed from first stick of 5 – 250lbs. bombs owing to searchlights.
Two fires started by second stick.
Owing to cloud 55 minutes was spent by CB.884 over target area for cloud to clear. A stick of bombs was dropped to target area for causing 5 or 6 large fires which lasted until leaving. On one bomb bursting a blue flash was seen.
Original target not located by CB.885 owing to cloud and haze over area. Bombs dropped on Marshalling yards, or railway junction to the West of BOTTROP. Three hits observed.
The target was located without difficulty by CB.887 due to the excellent position of such. An attack was made in a shallow dive from East to West and the bombs were released in a stick from 8,000 feet. Results not observed.
CB.888 reports, one 250lbs bomb N.D.T. and two 250lbs. delays were dropped in a high level attack on a heading of 020°M. Stick dropped across Western extremity of Eastern target causing medium sized fire. The last 3 N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. and 1 – S.B.C. were dropped in a dive attack, 8,500ft to 4,000ft. The 250lbs G.P’s hit the Southern edge of the Eastern target. Incendiaries overshot into sea.
Target located and bombed by CB.889 at 00.35hrs one 250lbs bomb and one 500lbs bomb dropped at 8,000 feet. Two 500lbs bombs dropped at 4,000 feet, all bombs observed to burst on target, but with little result.
CB.894 reports , five bursts seen across target and large fires started with incendiaries. A series od explosions developed from fires – bright flashes intermittently resulted.
EVERE aerodrome attacked at 23.00 hours by CB.896 Direction of attack North West to South East. Three bombs seen to burst on N.W, boundary of aerodrome and last bomb in the flare path. Lights immediately extinguished.
CB898 reports, target found (ROTTERDAM) WAALHAVEN aerodrome. BRUSSELS aerodrome covered in 9-10/10 cloud, base 1,500feeet. Height 4,000 feet. Target found running up on river and hangar lights accidentally being switched on for a period od about 20 seconds. Bombs seen to land on aerodrome, but no results observed.
A number of flare paths were noticed in most of German occupied countries. Balloons were seen at target Z.159, these were flying at a height of 6,000 feet.
Heavy A.A> Fire in all the target areas.
Searchlights very active in the RUHR areas only.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2463 AA-E
Raid No. CB.881 A.69 (Wessel attacked as secondary target)

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlan, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 05:30

04/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took part in above operations. Seven of the aircraft detailed to carry out attacks on the woods carried 6 containers of incendiary bombs, while CB.931, who attacked wood South of Strasbourg, carried a load of 5 containers of incendiaries (25 lbs), 3 – 250 lbs. incendiaries and one flash bomb. CB.940 carried 6- 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T.
CB.992 made a level attack from a height of 11,000 feet, the bombs being dropped in a stick every 12 seconds. Terrific fires started in a line covering eight miles and could be seen 20 minutes after setting course for home.
CB.923 searched the target area and dropped bombs in a NW. SE direction covering an area of 5 or 6 miles. Over 100 small fires were started and the glow could be seen over 20 miles away on returning.
CB.926 dropped bombs in groups of four at eleven second intervals in a Northerly direction, from Swiss border on Western side of target area. The incendiaries were seen to be burning amongst the trees, but no time spent waiting to see further results.
CB.927 bombed central portion of target area L (Black Forest). Numerous small fires observed but no large conflagration seen at time of leaving area.
CB.928 reports that bombs were dropped in long circular stick and observed to burst. Some fires started but aircraft left area before extent of fire could be estimated.
CB.929 reports that bombs were dropped on targets and fires started.
CB.930 spread bombs in a stick running N.N.E. across Northern corner. Several small fires started. Half container was dropped from 6000 feet on LUNEVILLE aerodrome, and fires were started which could be seen for 40 miles.
CB. 931 reports that all incendiaries were dropped in a circular area, radius about 3 miles. The fires burnt for 10-15 minutes but did not persist. A photograph was taken 20 minutes after the first attack and shows that the fires were not catching.
CB.940 reports that two bombs fell on hangers and four on tarmac of aerodrome.
Extensive road traffic movements observed in North West France. Dummy aerodrome at LE TOUQUET – CB.928 reports, 2 lights flashing “S” alternatively and ‘M” together, situated 6 miles South East of OSTEND.
CB.922 and 940 report light and heavy flak, but taken all round, very little encountered.
Searchlights encountered over HAMM and Belgian Coast, but here again, on the whole very few.
Weather good throughout operations, mist patches in places, but visibility generally very good.
Navigation by D/R mainly, assisted by Astro in two instances.
System of locating beacons for balloons reported to be excellent by CB.931

Wellington Mk.1c L.7797 AA-F
Raid No. CB.929

P/O Gordie Keith Larney, RAF 33582 – Pilot.
P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Booth Elliott, RAFVR 581379 – Observer.
Sgt. Robert ‘Bob’ Sheppard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McLaughlin, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Ainslie Reid, RAFVR – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 05:25

20/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Enemy Territory
Nine Wellington aircraft wee detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 250lbs. bombs and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.157 reports that a large fire was started in docks standing alongside No. 1 basin (with lockgate) and seen to burn for 50 minutes, and grow to size of a hangar. Lockgates were hit with a stick of 10 – 250lbs. bombs.
CB.158 reports that all bombs were dropped in one stick bursting down dock area between the two basins. One large fire started. Still burning 20 minutes later.
CB.159 reports that one stick laid across docks observed to make direct hits. Fires and explosions followed which could be seen on second climb. One stick five N.D.T. and one S.B.C. laid longitudinal across 15/20,000 tone vessel. First bomb 40-50yds astern, remainder either direct hits or very near misses.
CB.160 reports that bombs were dropped in one stick across harbour entrance. Large fires observed on N.E. side of harbour mouth started by incendiaries.
CB.162 reports eight bombs burst in target area though no fires started. A large fire was started in the deck area but was apparently caused by a machine bombing at exactly the same time.
CB.164 dropped one stick of six 250lbs bombs on N.W. heading which was seen to burst in vicinity of tidal basin. One stick of five 250lbs bombs and one S.B.C. dropped on S.E. heading was seen to burst on jetty of fish harbour. Incendiary fires observed to seaward side of fort on north side of harbour entrance.
CB.165 dropped first stick in Nos. 1 and 2 basins heading 180° approximately. A second stick and one S.B.C. was dropped in No.3 Basin heading 045° approximately.
One stick and S.B.C was dropped by CB.163 on Eastern side of outer harbour wharves. Bombs exploded, but no fires observed.
Several large fires were seen and were visible for miles after leaving target area. CB.157 reports that a plane was shot down north of the docks at 22.35 hours. Barge concentration seen on OSTEND-BRUGES CANAL. Submarine or “E” boat observed by CB159 signalling in morse short distances from Belgium coast. This aircraft also encountered flak barrage in mid-channel. Parachute flare dropped and two searchlights and light flak, presumably from British convoy, observed by CB160.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire encountered in all areas.
Searchlights were fairly active, although not particularly accurate.
One ME.110 was encountered by CB.157 off target coast, but owing to the speed of the former, no contact was made. Two unidentified aircraft were encountered over target area by CB.159 but no attack made.
Weather was good in target areas, although patches of cloud were encountered over North Sea.
Navigation was by D/R, visual fixes, map reading and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.163

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 02:30

26/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs bombs, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
CB.186 dropped bombs in one stick across west end of docks, but results were unobserved.
CB.197 observed bomb bursts in dock area, but these could not be pin pointed.
CB.198 failed to locate target but attacked LUCIEUX AERODROME where four hits were scored. No fires observed.
CB.199 dropped bombs in one stick from 10,000 foot heading 125°. All bombs were observed to burst.
CB.201 reports that no results were observed owing to intense searchlights over target.
CB.202 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and large fire started on N.N. side of basin which exploded at irregular intervals.

The two remaining machines, captained by P/O Gilmour and P/O Denton respectively, located the target. Bombs were dropped but owing to bad visibility and searchlights bursts were not observed by the first aircraft. Bombs dropped by the second aircraft were observed to burst.
Several fires seen in various parts of target areas. Rotating beacon at three second intervals on southern shore of Seine estuary, due South of LE HAVRE.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, not very accurate, experienced in all parts of the target areas.
Seven enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Seven-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole of the journey.
Navigation was by D/R, WT, N.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.197 CC.24

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 07:30

08/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250 lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.253 reports a stick of four bombs dropped across target. Bursts observed, two fires started which burned until aircraft was out of sight of target.
CB.255 reached HAMBURG and dropped a flare over the town. A stick of bombs was dropped over the target but bursts were not observed due to searchlight activity.
CB.256 dropped in one stick and bursts observed in target area. Incendiaries seen to burn but no fires resulted.
CB.257 reports hits or near misses on target. Explosions unseen due to intense A.A. fire. Two fires seen burning afterwards.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports bombs fell short of target in docks on Northern side of the river. Observations of bombs uncertain due to heavy A.A. fire.
CB.258 dropped bombs in a level stick at 11,500 feet. Incendiary bombs started three small fires and a medium yellow explosion. Two bombs dropped on aerodrome at OLDENBURG; lights extinguished.
CB.259 reports one large fire started by stick of bombs. Smaller fires caused by incendiaries. Fires still burning after ten minutes.
CB.260 dropped one stick from 10,000 feet across target area.
CB.270 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target area. Three explosions seen in centre of incendiaries.
S/Ldr. Bain reports extensive and brilliant red fires visible for 60-70 miles.
Number of flare-paths seen at various parts of route. Flak ship North of WILHEMSHAVEN two miles off coast, 52* 50’N,04* 35’E.
Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced on way to target and also in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly intense and accurate.
A number of enemy aircraft seen. CB.256 overtaken by two aircraft, believed ME.110, over target area. Three single engined machines, believed to be ME.109, circled this aircraft fr ten minutes during dummy runs over target. No attacks.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced over North Sea on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, Homing Bearings, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.3297 AA-?
Raid No. CB.259 A.10

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:20

14/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24.
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out attacks on the above targets. The bomb loa, which was a mixed one, consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, containers of4lbs. incendiaries, and tins of Deckers.
CB.303 reports bombs burst along length of target from South to North starting three fires burning with orange-red flame. Fires suddenly spread with great rapidity and a tremendous explosion followed immediately. Showers of sparks were thrown high into the air; orange fire raging as target was left.
CB.304 dropped one stick across railway line at HANOVER. Large white explosions seen leaving target.
CB.306 dropped bombs in one stick on North side of No.1 basin. Large fire started.
CB.307 failed to locate primary target, and secondary targets, although located target areas. Attack carried out from 14,000 feet on LINGEN railway station. Incendiary fires larger than usual; bomb explosions observed on railway.
CB.308 reports all bombs seen to burst on target. Two explosions followed 30 seconds after bomb bursts and one terrific explosion one and a half mins. afterwards. Two large fires with columns of white smoke 5000-6000 feet in height and two smaller fires from incendiaries. Six tins of deckers scattered over target area, and eight tins dropped over RUHR area.
CB.309 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen to start a line of fires which grew rapidly then died down but again broke out with about six explosions. A heavy smoke cloud was seen over the fires.
CB.312 reports that bomb bursts were observed in target area from stick of eight between Nos. 2 and 3 basins, starting at entrance (dock gates) of No.3 and finishing about centre of No.3 basin.
CB.316 reports incendiary bombs seen bursting near fire previously started between Nos. 2 and 3 basins. Basins presumably hit by high explosive bombs. All bombs dropped in one stick.
Dummy flare path seen at SOESTERBERG in Holland. Suspected dummy marshalling yard observed 30* HAMM 12 miles.
Very little A.A. fire experienced.
Searchlights were numerous but no very accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen
Heavy cloud was experienced to English Coast on journey out. Clear from then on.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.312 CC.24

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 05:40

16/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL
Nine Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, captained by P/O. Morton, crashed in Cumberland after having completed operations.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. bombs, 1/10 sec. delay.
CB.312 reports that a large red fire was observed.
CB.313 bombed docks in KIEL, but results were no observed.
CB.315 reports that results were not observed owing to low cloud and gun flashes.
CB.322 reports that target was observed in floating dock. Bomb bursts seen on target.
On the first run, CB.323 dropped a stick of two bombs which burst in water one on each side of GNEISENAU. A salvo of two bombs was dropped on second run and burst either side of the jetty of target. Heavy orange explosion was seen.
CB.324 reports that primary target was obscured by 10/10 cloud. Secondary target clear and easily identified. Good run up and bombs aimed accurately but bursts were not observed.
CB.325 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Bursts seen. Bombs fell N.E. of target on quays.
CB.326 dropped bombs in one stick on target. Bursts observed, but no pinpointed in relation to target due to cloud layer, but definitely in immediate vicinity of target. Rectangle of red lights 800 yds. x 600yds. seen in vicinity of LECK. Green light flashed from end like Aldis. Four red lights in a line North and South, equally spaced, across BORKUM. These flashed for one second at eight second intervals. Two searchlights believed to be on HELIGOLAND.
Fair amount of heavy A.A. fire. Fairly accurate. Searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy aircraft seen in NEUMUNSTER area. Believed to be HE.113.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c – AA-
Raid No. CB.326 D.3

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 06:35

21/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. CB.349 crashed and was burnt out at MANSTON, the crew escaping without injury. The aircraft captained by F/Lt. Gilbert lost port airscrew on return journey and crashed while trying to effect forced landing in fog. The crew suffered slight injury. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. S.A.P., 250lbs. fused N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.332 reports that bombs and incendiaries fell on docks in target area. Fire started which was seen for 30 minutes.
CB.335 dropped one stick of bombs in target area. Target not identified due to extreme haze. Explosions observed for 10mins. after leaving target.
CB.336 dropped one stick from 10,500 feet across target area. Bomb bursts seen but target not identified. Bombs fell on wharves and docks.
CB.343 reports that bombs were seen to burst in dock area.
CB.344 reports target area hit.
CB.345 dropped bombs in one stick. Bomb aimer identified docks but could not see the ship, so used neighbouring jetty as aiming point. Bursts were observed, followed by seven explosions, but visibility was insufficient to pinpoint these.
CB.349 reports numerous fires and a series of small explosions observed whilst locating target: visible for 10 mins after bombing until obscured by cloud.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight glare. Three 500lbs. S.A.P. dropped to lighten aircraft to facilitate escape from searchlights and A.A. Incendiaries retained and dropped on railway siding N.W. of HAMBURG. Fire resulted, with a few small explosions.
P/O Wright reports large fires started, and 44 heavy explosions observed lasting about 10mins. Target burning steadily after setting course home.
Number of flare paths and boundary lights in area between EMDEN and WILHELNSHAVEN, also dummy aerodrome 5 miles S.W. HAMBURG. Balloons observed in DUSSELDORF area at 9000 feet.
Intense and accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced.
Searchlights were very active. In HAMBURG area they appeared to operate in groups, each group controlled by a pair of searchlights either on one mounting or on two mountings very close together and projecting parallel beams, one white, the other electric blue.
P/O. Wright reports being challenged by three enemy aircraft at 2000 feet over the Dutch coast. Stern attack by one, but avoided him by dive into cloud.
Weather was hazy over target areas. Heavy cloud encountered on return journey. Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2741 AA-?
Raid No. CB.335 D.2

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 06:55

25/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.387 reports that bombs were seen to burst. Incendiaries resulted in numerous fires.
CB.388 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen burning in target area, but not pin-pointed definitely. Fires still burning brightly 15 mins after leaving. One fire burning with bright greenish-blue flames.
CB.389 dropped bombs on heading 270*N, from a height of 11,000 feet. Bursts were seen, and six fires started.
CB.390 failed to identify primary target owing to low cloud or haze, but a terrific fire in the target area was located and attacked. Bursts were observed short of target and incendiaries started small fires.
CB.394 failed to locate the target.
CB.397 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target. No results were observed by CB.398.
CB.399 reports that fires and explosions , which silhouetted large buildings, were seen in target area.
F/O. Elliott reports that fires were started and a number of small explosions observed. Some large explosions occurred about five mins from time of bombing.
white flashing beacon 5 sec. interval seen South East corner of TESSEL. Several flashing beacons seen – ZUIDER ZEE, GRGINGEN, EMDEN.
A.A> fire was fairly intense, but not very accurate.
Searchlights were active but inaccurate.
Two enemy aircraft seen, but no attack made. Weather was poor, heavy cloud being experienced over most of the route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Homing bearings, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2741 AA-?
Raid No. CB.388 B.8

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 05:15

28/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., delayed action; and S.A.P. delayed action, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.402 dropped one stick of bombs on target which overshot into shipbuilding yards on South Eastern side of river. Bursts observed and fires from incendiaries, also one fire from one of bomb bursts.
CB.403 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Two bombs landed in water, also incendiary. One bomb believed to have hit floating dock of GNEISENAU. One bomb hit docks South of GNEISENAU.
CB.404 reports that results were not observed due to A.A. and searchlight activity, hazy conditions.
CB.405 dropped bombs in one stick. Three explosions observed on leaving target, also small fires. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WILHELMSHAVEN Aerodrome. Results unobserved.
CB.415 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud and gun flashes.
Bombs were seen by CB.416 to burst on target. One large explosion and a fire started.
CB.420 reports bomb flashes in middle of dock at ANTWERP.
CB421 dropped three 250lbs. N.D.T. on fire in neighbourhood of target, but results unobserved.
CB.422 reports that end of stick fell on aerodrome. Two fires started south of target.
CB.432 reports that primary target was obscured by heavy cloud. Attack was made on Z.110 at GHENT. Bombs observed to burst, and incendiaries started fires on west side of the aerodrome.
Three white flashing beacons observed near HAAMSEDE. Fires observed probably ANTWERP and OSTEND. White beacon flashing “M” at GILZENKIRCHEN target.
A medium amount of heavy flak was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Nine enemy aircraft were seen West of ANTWERP. Weather was clear over target areas. Cloud over North Sea and Dutch Coast.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3169 AA-?
Raid No. CB.402 D.4

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 05:50

08/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Delayed action, 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
RCP.164 dropped bombs in one stick from West to East and bursts observed in eastern sector of town and on marshalling yards. Fires were started by incendiaries on Western boundary of town and on Eastern boundary of marshalling yards.
RCP.189 dropped bombs on target from 11,000 feet. Fires observed from incendiaries and small explosions resulted.
RCP.336 dropped one stick from East to West on Marshalling Yard, resulting in a row of large fires from which sixteen explosions of different colours were observed burning for 60 miles after leaving target.
RCP.415 reports fires and explosions in target area.
RCP.435 reports that high explosives and incendiaries were seen to burst on aerodrome. Incendiaries started two medium fires which burnt with red flames.
RCP.545 reports fires and explosions in target. Fires also observed from previous attack.
S/Ldr, Bain reports direct hits on track and sheds. Extensive fires and continuous explosions seen after leaving target, visible for 30 mins on return journey. Attacked form 3000 feet.
P/O Hankins released bombs in one stick on Eastern end of target. Bursts observed in target area and fires started by incendiaries. Still burning after leaving target.
Two illuminated flarepaths observed in vicinity of BRUGES AERODROME. Dimly illuminated flarepath observed two miles S.S.E. MANNHEIM. Convoy sighted off East Coast steaming North East, position 52* 10N, 01*50E. Challenged and fired at immediately. Firing ceased on showing colour of period.
Intense medium and heavy A.A. fire on route between MANNHEIM and MUNICH. Very intense medium flak with heavy flak at MUNICH.
Searchlights were fairly numerous and accurate in all areas.
A few enemy aircraft were seen in various parts of route. Weather was good, apart from haze over English Coast on return.
Navigation was by D/R map reading, Astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2504 AA-?
Raid No. RCP.587 M.487

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time not listed

16/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.248, M.245, SOESTERBURG, and SCHIPOL AERODROME
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs delayed action, 250lbs. Delayed action, 250 lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries. UNS.237 reports nine- tenths cloud over whole of target area. Bombs released in one stick and pinpointed as near as possible, slightly to West of target on heading of North magnetic.
UNS.400 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Target not observed but flew from centre of HAMBURG. Bursts seen through clouds.
UNS.518 reports that results were not observed.
UNS.553 reports that little results were seen owing to cloud, but bombs fell on docks.
UNS.683 failed to identify target, and bombs were brought back.
UNS.695. reports that bombs were seen to explode in target area.
UNS.726 dropped bombs, but results were not observed.
UNS.768 dropped bombs in one stick. Results not observed owing to bomb aimer being blinded by a small burst immediately beneath aircraft. Searchlights were also intense and held the aircraft during the run up to the target.
UNS.904 failed to locate the target owing to 9/10 cloud. Docks observed through intermittent holes in cloud, and bombs released on dock area. Bursts not observed.
White lights flashing approximately 20 miles off Dutch Coast in morse – position 52° 31’N, 03° 33’E. Thirty to forty balloons at 8,000 feet in region of AMSTERDAM and target. UNS.518 challenged by member of convoy of shipping a few miles off English Coast on return.
There was a fair amount of heavy and light flak. There was a large number of searchlights, but they were hampered by cloud.
Two enemy aircraft were observed, but no attacks made.
There was heavy cloud over the target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. UNS.237 M.248

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John James Joseph Mylod, RAF 935925 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 05:25

23/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 delay; 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action 250lbs. N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action; containers of incendiaries, while XUK.463 carried one flash bomb.
XUK.163 dropped one stick on station heading 220* Mag. One explosion and S.B.C. seen in target area by rear gunner either on station or yards, railway lines clearly observed. Target was pinpointed by position of two lakes east of BERKENWERDER and also by Tiergarten.
XUK.176 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Bomb burst seen amongst buildings in target area.
XUK.328 reports fires and explosions observed slightly north of target.
XUK.463 reports bombs seen to burst but results unobserved owing to searchlights and ground mist.
XUK.513 reports bombs seen to explode and fires started, followed by minor explosions.
XUK.565 failed to observe results owing to low cloud and ground haze. Bombs definitely seen to burst near target area.
XUK.615 reports bomb bursts observed in target area on East side of the river Rhine. Incendiaries caused two small fires.
XUK.709 reports large fires and explosions observed from 10-12 miles form target.
XUK.770 was unable to locate target owing to cloud and was recalled to base. Bombs were jettisoned safe over sea.
XUK.840 reports incendiaries only observed, numerous fires resulting. No other results observed due to intense searchlight activity.
XUK.917 reports all bombs seen to burst. Incendiaries burst on last bomb flash.
Fires, apparently dummy, seen N.W. of HANOVER. Convoy observed in North Sea 30 miles East of HARWICH being attacked at South end. GHENT well lit up, practically no blackout.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate in all areas.
Searchlights were intense and moderately accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. XUK.917 reports being attacked by two or more in target area.
Opened fired with red and green tracer, and did a climbing turn straight at them. Did not see them again.
Weather in target areas was clear. Cloud was experienced at various parts of routes.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2503 AA-P
Raid No. XUK.163 Berlin (Potsdam station attacked as secondary target)

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walker, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 07:55

26/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.501, B.51, M.138
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T.; 500lbs. S.A.P.; 500lbs. Delayed action; 250lbs N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
PXS.122 attacked the target and reports a near miss to east of target.
PXS.140 failed to locate primary target and attacked NEURUPPIN AERODROME. Bomb bursts were observed and 12 bright flashes from incendiary fires.
PXS.169 failed to locate primary target and attacked aerodrome North of HANOVER. One stick of bombs was dropped. Dim lights were seen near hangar lights and incendiaries were observed burning well. One large greenish-blue fire was seen burning some ten to fifteen mins after leaving, apart from incendiaries. Aerodrome was pinpointed by bend in river to South.
PXS.215 dropped one stick from 11,000 on Western side of HANOVER, by D/R position. Believed to be aerodrome.
PXS.311 reports that bombs were seen to explode.
PXS.369 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud in the target area.
PXS.330 reports that bombs were observed to drop across target. Four minutes after leaving target, three big explosions observed by rear gunner. Fires caused by incendiaries.
PXS.535 reports that a large reddish glow was observed for 15 mins under cloud.
No results were observed by PXS.590.
PXZ. reports that bombs were seen to explode under cloud; results unobserved.
There was noticeable flare activity by enemy trying to locate our aircraft.
Fairly accurate heavy and light flak was experienced in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly active in target areas, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of target areas.
Heavy cloud was experienced over majority of route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2504 AA-?
Raid No. PXS.169 B.51 (Aerodrome North of Hanover attacked as secondary target)

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walker, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:45

29/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.138 and M.66
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
KWN.108 reports bombs seen to burst around target, but results not clearly seen due to ground haze.
No results were observed by KWN.157.
KWN.178 dropped bombs in one stick and three bursts and incendiaries seen to fall in docks on western bank of river South of railway and road bridges. Large fires observed burning after leaving.
KWN.234 bombed south bridge over Rhine ay COLOGNE. Results were unobserved. One S.B.C. was dropped on aerodrome in area on return. No fires started.
KWN.240 failed to locate primary target owing to thick ground mist. Attacked flarepath one and a half miles East of KOLN. Bursts observed in vicinity of flarepath.
KWN.955 was unable to release bombs through either technical failure or freezing. Red lights observed on ground believed to be working in co-operation with searchlights and fighter aircraft.
A.A. fire was active and fairly accurate in target areas.
Numerous clusters of searchlights over entire route which were switched on after signals from red lights mentioned above. Searchlights only indicated direction of aircraft and did not attempt to locate it. Moderately active in other parts.
A number of enemy aircraft were observed, but not engaged. Cloud was experienced at various parts of route. Target areas fairly clear.
Navigation was by D/R, W/T, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3284 AA-O
Raid No. KWN.178 M.138 (Docks Cologne attacked as secondary target)

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.G. Willis, RAF 937660 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:20 – Landed not listed
Flight Time –

09/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries, while MS.342 carried one flash bomb.
MSW.112 dropped bombs in one stick on dicks on west side of harbour, but results were unobserved.
MSW.155 observed bomb bursts on S.W. of dock area. Fires from incendiaries followed by explosions in same area.
MSW.226 dropped bombs in stick. Three bursts observed and some incendiaries seen burning on West side of river in main dock area abreast of two 150 ton cranes and about 30-60yds from water front and between “Y” shaped dry dock and lower of two bridges.
MSW.296 failed to observe results which were indistinguishable from flak fire.
MSW.342 dropped bombs in stick from railway bridge towards estuary.
MSW.487 dropped bombs in one stick from 12000 feet. Bursts were observed followed by explosions in target area.
MSW.577 saw bombs burst in target area on South side of river followed by minor explosions and one large after five mins.
MSW.704 reports explosions in target area.
Dummy fires and explosions were seen on marshland 10 miles east of LORIENT. MSW.112 encountered two balloons at 11,200 and three at 11,000 feet over harbour itself. Flak ships observed in harbour approaches.
A moderate amount of light, medium, and heavy flak was experienced at parts of target areas, but this was not very accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was clear over target area, but cloud was experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, D/F, Q.D.M’s, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.1c R.2504 AA-?
Raid No. MSW.226 CC.26

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 06:00

13/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target N.62
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
MSC.125 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud, 6000-7000 feet.
MSC.175 dropped bombs over target area, but results were not observed owing to cloud.
Except for reflection of fires seen on clouds, results were unobserved by MSC.361.
MXC.428 failed to locate primary target but bombed flak emplacement at BREMEN.
MSC.795 dropped bombs in one stick over BREMEN.
It was impossible to pinpoint position of bursts due to complete cloud cover.
MSC.868 failed to observe results owing to cloud.
S/L. Bain reports bombs straddled hangars at SCHIPOL, causing fires which spread after two or three mins. Three large explosions occurred.
P/O. Morton bombed target through 10/10 cloud.
A number of ships were seen at sea at various parts of route.
Three ships at berths at ENKHUISEN.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target area. Very little activity elsewhere.
Searchlights were ineffective over target area due to cloud. Many, very effective, over AMSTERDAM.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
Heavy cloud was experienced over almost whole of route and in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s and D/F.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. MSC.795 N.62

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 22:20
Flight Time 05:15

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. LTG.746 D.55

P/O Maurice Henry Hankins, RAF 42602 – Pilot.
Sgt. W.R. Faulkner, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. McLean, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAF 818024 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James William George, RNZAF NZ40722 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 06:15