M. Smith crew 24.7.44

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Ten aircraft took off to attack the constructional works site at Bois Des Jardins. All aircraft bombed the target, but a scattered raid was reported owing to eight to ten tenths cloud. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J

F/S Alexander George Gray, RNZAF NZ422280 – Pilot.
F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Bernard Peter Adam Daines, RAFVR 1513708/ 142086 – Navigator.
F/S B. Bedford, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Windon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W. McKenzie, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William Caster, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Griffin, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 02:45

24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.I LM544 AA-J

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:47 – Landed 05:57
Flight Time 08:10

25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III HK554 JN-F

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:44 – Landed 05:24
Flight Time 07:40

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:02 – Landed 05:58
Flight Time 07:56

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:11 – Landed 10:26
Flight Time 04:15

04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:34 – Landed 21:31
Flight Time 07:57

05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK544 AA-J

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:31 – Landed 22:12
Flight Time 07:41

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:04 – Landed 01:37
Flight Time 03:33

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:07 – Landed 05:29
Flight Time 08:22

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:38 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 05:52

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:32 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 08:43

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:28 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 05:12

29/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Fourteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin and thirteen of these successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers. A good concentration of fires developed and all crews reported a successful raid. A.A. opposition was moderate and enemy fighters were active on the outward route. Three of our aircraft had combats, two being inconclusive but the third (Captain NZ428797 .P/O. J. Scott) claimed one enemy aircraft as probably destroyed. The aircraft captained by 1323677 .F/S. King, D., failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 07:05
Flight Time 09:55

31/08/1944 – Attack Against Pont Reny
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Flying Bomb Supply Dump at Pont Reny. All were successful in bombing the target, although cloud obscured it to some extent, which caused part of the bombing to be scattered. No enemy fighters were encountered and A.A. opposition was slight, but one aircraft (Captain NZ421488 .F/O. J. Aitken) was damaged and the Air Bomber, NZ429967 .F/O. R. Mayhill received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”
perhaps HK597? Listed as C flight and a Mk.I – Hit by Flak once
F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:19 – Landed 19:27
Flight Time 03:08

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 21:05
Flight Time 03:25

08/09/1944 – Attack Against Doudenville
Twenty three aircraft took off at dawn to attack enemy defence positions at Doudeneville on the outskirts of Le Havre. Weather conditions were very unfavourable over the target and crews had great difficulty in seeing the markers. Only ten dropped their bombs before the Master Bomber gave instructions to abandon the mission. The remaining thirteen aircraft brought their bombs back to base. Considerable light A.A. fire and machine gun fire was encountered in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/S Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:15 – Landed 09:50
Flight Time 03:35

11/09/1944 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Eight aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Baltic area, and they all dropped their mines as ordered. No opposition was met on the mining area, but fighters were thought to be active on the homeward route, and one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. Another aircraft (Captain NZ426041 F/O. W. Hadley) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NF981 JN-Y

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:33 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 07:32

12/09/1944 – Attack Against Frankfurt
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart, but during the day the target was changed to Frankfurt. Two aircraft failed to take off for this operation and of the twenty that took off the majority were able to identify the target, by the river and several made out the railway yards. Fighters were fairly active and one aircraft claimed to have destroyed an enemy aircraft, the captain was AUS421308 .F/O. J. Bateman. Another aircraft had an inconclusive encounter. All aircraft returned to base and reported a good and accurate raid.

Lancaster Mk.III ND980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 07:05

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 23:36
Flight Time 04:06

25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to carry out an early morning attack on Calais. They all reached the target and found that ten tenths cloud with 2,000 feet tops and less than 1,000 feet base obscured it. The operation, therefore, had to be abandoned.

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:26 – Landed 11:23
Flight Time 02:57

26/09/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack a defended locality near Cap Gris Nez. They all attacked the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 14:02
Flight Time 02:11

03/10/1944 – Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke
Twenty one aircraft we detailed to attack the West Kappelle dyke. Twenty of these were successful in bombing although some crews had to make two or three attempts owing to low cloud base. Bombing was reported to have been fairly good and some flooding was seen. One aircraft had to bring its bombs back owing to a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 15:05
Flight Time 03:14

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NF920? ??-?

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
P/O Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Shephard, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:32 – Landed 22:36
Flight Time 06:04

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:53 – Landed 11:16
Flight Time 04:23

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg(2)
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to make a further attack on Duisburg, unfortunately, however, three aircraft had to be withdrawn. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining twenty five aircraft took part in a very successful attack in excellent visibility and large fires were seen to break out and add to those already burning from the morning attack. AA opposition was negligible and searchlight did not operate until late in the raid. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy fighter.

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:39 – Landed 03:27
Flight Time 04:48

18/10/1944 – Attack Against Bonn
Sixteen aircraft were again detailed to attack Bonn and this time they were able to carry out the operation. For the first time the aircraft attacked flying in formation. Some moderate heavy A A fire was met over the target, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y
Hit by flak once (AC)

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:22 – Landed 13:30
Flight Time 05:08

19/10/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty eight aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart. The attack was in two waves. Thirteen aircraft took part in the first wave and successfully dropped their bombs with the aid of markers and flares, in weather conditions of 9/10ths cloud. A.A. opposition was moderate and a few enemy aircraft were active. Fifteen aircraft took part in the second wave five hours later and they all dropped their bombs with the aid of flares through ten tenths cloud. The glow of fires seen, indicated that the fires were concentrated around the aiming point. A A opposition was less than that encountered during the first wave, but more enemy fighters were active. Four of our aircraft had inconclusive combats.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-V

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:16 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:49

21/10/1944 – Attack Against Flushing
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Flushing. All crews were able to identify the target visually and bombing was reported as being very accurate. A.A. opposition was moderate. One aircraft (Captain 176437 F/O J. Johnson) failed to return, but was seen to be shot down over the target by heavy A A fire.

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:11 – Landed 14:11
Flight Time 03:00

22/10/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss. Eight attacked the target through ten tenths cloud, but results were unsatisfactory. One aircraft attacked Munchen Gladbach being unable to reach the primary target on time.

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-K

F/O Murray Smith, RNZAF NZ425948 – Pilot.
F/S Keith Walter Lynch, RNZAF NZ421735 – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willets, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
W/O Stanley Gordon Cocks, RNZAF NZ404624 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald Albert Flynn, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Johnson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:28 – Landed 17:29
Flight Time 04:01