M. Lord crew 25.09.42

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3747 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth Howard Blincoe, RNZAF NZ412194 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Frank Arthur Boese, RAFVR 1293282 – Observer.
Sgt. Harold Rangi Welch, RNZAF NZ41709 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William James Henry Berriman, RNZAF NZ411361 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Clearwater, RNZAF NZ412314 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 04:40

22/10/1942 – Operations. Daylight Attack on Targets At Essen
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500lb. 250lb. And 30lb. Incendiaries. The bombs were successfully dropped in the target area from a low altitude. One of the aircraft claimed successful hits on a railroad station. No. A.A. fire was encountered and no enemy aircraft were seen. The cloud cover was good having a ceiling of 700ft. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt David Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Farley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 04:10

23/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Genoa
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000 lb. 500lb. and 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, some aircraft claimed to have also bombed Savona. A few light A.A guns and one or two searchlights were encountered. No combats took place. The cloud base at target was down to 3 to 4,000 feet. The aircraft came below this cloud to bomb. Navigation was good by D.R., T.R., loops and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III X.3936 AA-T

P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – Pilot.
Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt David Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Turley, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 09:10

25/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Brest
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted by both aircraft in the allotted area. Some light AA fire and a few searchlights were encountered. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
Sgt David Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Braithwaite Pearson, RAFVR 1377412 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:00 – Landed 08:15
Flight Time 05:15

09/01/1943 – Gardening off Terschelling
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with 1500 lb. vegetables but one aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remaining two aircraft successfully dropped their vegetables in the allotted area and all of the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights, or enemy aircraft were seen. Visibility was excellent and the operation was carried out without incident.

Stirling Mk.I BK619 AA-X

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
Sgt. David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 20:35
Flight Time 03:10

14/01/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bomb loads of 1,000lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. This attack was very successful, crews bombing from 10,000 feet from large gaps in the cloud. All bombs were seen to explode in the target area and fires were seen to start. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was inaccurate, a few searchlights were also operating. No enemy aircraft were encountered . The weather was very good, with little cloud. Navigation was excellent and was mainly visual.

Stirling Mk.I BK619 AA-X

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
Sgt. David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 05:30

03/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with 4 lb. incendiaries. The crews were instructed to return if they hit bad weather, which unfortunately they did. Heavy cloud and icing were experienced forcing five aircraft to return early. Two aircraft attacked the target but they were unable to observe results owing to 10/10ths. cloud. Some A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered although low cloud prevented accuracy. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was good. Two aircraft failed to return, they were Stirling 1 BK604 captained by P/O J McCullough and Stirling 1 R9280 captained by P/O K.H. Blincoe. This was a sad loss as they were two of the oldest captains in the Squadron, with them was also lost Sergt. Scott and P/O Henderson, two new captains gaining experience as second pilot. This leaving us with two headless crews.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot. W/O Trevor William Burke, NZ402515 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 02:40

04/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. 500 lb., and 4 lb. incendiaries. Only five aircraft attacked the target, two returning early, one due to turret and inter comm., trouble and the other as the aircraft failed to climb over the Alps, he therefore bombed and objective in occupied France. The five aircraft attacking the target successfully did so on P.F.F. markers, large fires were seen from their own and other incendiaries. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was inaccurate. A few searchlights were also operating. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combat took please. Heavy cloud was hit in France but the weather was good with clear visibility at the target area. Navigation was very good, by D.R. T.H., and visual. This /is considered to be a very good and concentrated operation.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
Sgt. David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 08:00

07/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Eight of the aircraft attacked the target, the other aircraft returning early as the inter comm. became u/s. All bombs were successfully dropped in the target area, large fires were seen which lit up the whole of the town. The smoke from these fires was rising to a height of 8,000 feet. This operation is considered to have been an exceedingly good show. Some A.A. fire and searchlights were encountered but they were very accurate. Enemy aircraft were also seen but none of them attacked. The weather was excellent with clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot. Trevor William Burke, NZ402515 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 05:05

13/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Lorient
Eleven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 1,000 lb. and 4 lb. incendiaries. Nine aircraft are known to have successfully attacked the target, of the other two, one returned early owing to the mid upper and front turrets being u/s and the other aircraft failed to return. Fires were burning fiercely in the target area, although they appeared to be scattered. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak at the target, the number two tank on the port side was holed, the trimming tab was hit and his aerial was shot off. He proceeded to Middle Wallop and landed safely. Both heavy and light flak was encountered which was intense at first but later spasmodic and appeared to be swamped. Searchlights were seen in the early part of the attack but later went out. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was very good with clear visibility and no cloud. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling 1 R9316 captained by Sgt. R.A. Williams.

Stirling Mk.I BK624 AA-A

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 05:45

18/02/1943 – Mining off the North Coast of Spain
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lb. but one unfortunately failed to take off after two attempts as the port inner engine was giving low revs, later traced to extractor trouble. The other aircraft had to return early owing to suspected extractor trouble port inner, but on inspection found that rev. counter was unserviceable. Due to these unfortunate incidents this operation was unsuccessful.

Stirling Mk.I N3683 AA-

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 20:25
Flight Time 01:35

19/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1000lb and 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft failed to take off and another was forced to abandon the sortie owing to compass trouble. The remaining six aircraft successfully attacked the target, they were unable to see results as visibility was very limited, although some fires were seen which were quickly spreading throughout the town. Light A.A. fire was encountered, and a few searchlights were seen. Sgt. Lord was coned in searchlights for three minutes, but returned unscathed. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather at the target was not very good as there was a thin layer of cloud over the area, visibility was fair. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I EF337 AA-

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot. W/O Trevor William Burke, NZ402515 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 22:50
Flight Time 05:05

25/02/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 1,00 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. Two of the aircraft returned early, one owing to the aircraft failing to maintain height and the other owing to the navigator being ill. Four aircraft successfully attacked the target although results could not be seen owing to ground haze. F/Lt. Trott had his aircraft damaged by flak in the Rhine area, and had to jettison his bombs. He went on to the target , however, and reported that fires were fairly well concentrated. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Both light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights, was encountered. It proved to be very inaccurate. There was 8/10ths cloud and ground haze in the target area. Visibility was fairly good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 07:15

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

Stirling Mk.I R9243 AA-C

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot. Sgt. Richard Otway French, NZ415756 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 04:20

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

Stirling Mk.I BF451 AA-Z

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 05:30

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

Stirling Mk. R9243 AA-C

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 07:10

12/03/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 2,000 lb. 1,000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft, however, returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, the remaining six aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fire were seen, which lit up the whole of the area, one crew reported that they saw two large explosions which appeared to come from the Krupps works. Both heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered. It was intense, although not too bad considering the target, the searchlights however, proved to be troublesome. Some enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. There was smoke and haze over the target, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I W7513 AA-G

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 03:50

18/03/1943 – Mining off the North Coast of Spain

Stirling Mk. AA-

Sgt. Martin Lord, RNZAF NZ413096 – Pilot.
F/S David, Wellington, RNZAF NZ405459 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Henry Brown, RAFVR 131998 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Norman Young, RAFVR 1265860 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Nash, RAFVR 979904 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McKerrell, RAFVR 1303883 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Russell Oliver, RAFVR 1312946 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 20:25
Flight Time 01:35