March 1944

Mepal
1.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with bight intervals.  Visibility good.
Non-operational Flying
This consisted of air tests, low level cross country flights, night flying tests and night cross country exercises.
Operational Flying
Six aircraft were required to carry out a special operation which was, however, cancelled.

2.3.44
Weather
Clear in the morning with good visibility, but dull and cloudy after mid-day.
Operational Flying
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs.  Two were successful off Le Havre and one off Cherbourg.  The other aircraft (detailed for the Cherbourg area) returned early owing to failure of navigational aids.
Another ten aircraft were despatched on a Special Operation and all returned safely.

3.3.44
Weather
Dull with intermittent showers during morning, but clearer in afternoon with good visibility.
Non-operational Flying
Compass and air tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Eight aircraft were detailed for mine laying as follows:- two off Morlaix, two off St. Malo, two Cherbourg and two off Le Havre.  Seven dropped their mines in the allotted areas, but one was off track and dropped somewhat to the west.  All sorties were completely uneventful.

4.3.44
Administration
138787 F/O. J.B. House and crew (headless) proceeded on posting to No.620 Squadron.
Weather
Clear with good visibility.
Non-operational Flying
Only a few night flying tests were flown.
Operational Flying
Fifteen aircraft were detailed for a special operation.  The aircraft captained by S/L. R.F. Watson failed to return, but the remainder completed their sorties.
Administration
1245811 F/Sgt. Carey J.C. and crew proceeded on posting to No. 620 Squadron.

5.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with bright intervals and fairly good visibility.
Operational Flying
Twelve aircraft were detailed for a Special Operation, they all returned safely.
Administration
NZ417032 F/Sgt. Dawe D. and crew were posted to No. 620 Squadron and 1317042 F/Sgt. Pryse J. and crew were posted to No. 196 Squadron.

6.3.44
Weather
The weather was fairly good during the day but conditions deteriorated towards the evening.
Non-operational Flying
Night flying, air and compass tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Ten aircraft were required for a special operation but only one took off and completed its mission, the remainder being cancelled owing to weather conditions.
Administration
NZ413340 F/Lt. D.F. Ormerod arrived to take up the post of Navigation Officer.

7.3.44
Weather
Dull during the morning, but towards the afternoon there were bright intervals.
Non-operational Flying
Night flying and air tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Ten aircraft were detailed for a special operation and all returned safely.

8.3.44
Weather
Bright intervals with good visibility.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests and practice bombing were carried out.
Ground Training
In the afternoon crews went to Waterbeach to see instructional films whilst others carried out discussion groups.

9.3.44
Weather
Dull with intermittent rain and poor visibility.
Ground Training
Crews carried out wet dinghy drill practice.
Operational Flying
Six aircraft were required for a special operation which was, however, cancelled.

10.3.44
Weather
Partial cloud with bright intervals and good visibility.
Operational Flying
Nineteen aircraft were detailed for a special operation, one jettisoned its load just after take off but the remainder completed their missions.

11.3.44
Weather
Patchy cloud with slight drizzle during evening.  Visibility 3 – 8 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Seven aircraft were detailed for a special operation and all returned safely.

12.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with slight rain during morning and late evening.  9/10th cloud prevailing.
Non-operational Flying
No flying was possible and air crews were stood down from mid-day.

13.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with intermittent slight rain at first and later in day.  Visibility poor.
Non-operational Flying
Night flying and air tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest.  One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return.  Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out.  The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.
Administration
Under a scheme to convert the Squadron from Stirling to Lancaster aircraft, we received our first Lancaster.
148253 P/O. G.R. Stevenson, the Assistant Adjutant, was posted to No.1657 Conversion Unit.

14.3.44
Weather
Fair becoming cloudy and dispersing at dusk.  Visibility 5 – 6 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Local flying and circuits and landings were carried out.
Administration
NZ415863 P/O. H. Burton and crew, NZ415212 F/Lt. E. Witting and crew, and NZ414971 F/O. S. Fauvel and crew proceeded to No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell, for conversion to Lancaster aircraft.

15.3.44
Weather
Cloudy becoming fair with visibility of 3 – 6 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Night flying and air tests.
Operational Flying
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to carry out a special operation.  One was cancelled before take off, but the remainder took off and returned safely.
Administration
AUS431308 Sgt. Bateman J. and crew arrived on posting from No.31 Base.

16.3.44
Weather
10/10ths cloud most of day breaking after dusk to clear sky.  Visibility 3 – 5 miles, after dusk below 35,000 yards and less than 300 yds before dawn.
Operational Flying
12 aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Amiens.  One aircraft was withdrawn and one, being unable to maintain height owing to engine trouble, was forced to jettison near the target.  The remaining ten aircraft successfully bombed the target although haze prevented identification of ground detail.  No fighter opposition was encountered, and only very slight A.A. Fire.

17.3.44
Weather
Cloudy and fair with slight fog.  Visibility variable.
Non-operational Flying
Local flying was carried out.

18.3.44
Weather
Mainly cloudy, poor visibility which improved during the mornin and continued to be fine.
Operational Flying
Seven aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Heligoland Bight.  Six were successful, the seventh bringing his mines back as he arrived too late for the flares and was uncertain of his exact position.  There was no fighter opposition, but A.A. Fire was encountered.  Visibility was poor with much haze.
Administration
NZ41357 A/F/Lt. D. Poppelwell, the Bombing Leader, was posted to No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell.  NZ415863 P/O. H. Burton and crew, NZ415212 F/Lt. E. Witting and crew, and NZ414971 F/O S. Fauvel and crew returned to this Unit from No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell.

19.3.44
Weather
Cloudy becoming fair to fine, visibility 5 – 10 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Night flying tests and one cross country exercise were carried out.
Operational Flying
Four aircraft were detailed for mine laying off the mouth of the river Adour and two in the St. Jean-de-Luz area.  All were successful with the exception of one which had to jettison owing to an engine catching fire.

20.3.44
Weather
Fair at first, rain later in day.  Visibility 4 – 6 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Local flying and night flying tests.

21.3.44
Weather
Fair with patchy cloud.  Visibility 2 – 5 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Air firing and air tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines off St. Malo and completed their tasks without incident.  Two aircraft were detailed to lay mines off Cherbourg, but one was unsuccessful owing to the failure of navigational aids.  One aircraft detailed to lay mines off Le Havre had to jettison immediately after take off owing to engine trouble.
Administration
NZ415427 W/O. Stott F. and crew and NZ421728 F/Sgt. Lammas and crew arrived at this Unit on being posted from No.31 Base.

22.3.44
Weather
Fair with blue skies early, but becoming cloudy after mid-day.  Visibility improved during day and was 4 – 10 miles in late afternoon.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests and night flying tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay.  Only four took off, but they completed their sorties successfully.

23.3.44
Weather
Cloudy, visibility 3 – 6 miles, deteriorating towards afternoon and evening.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests and night flying tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Five aircraft took off to bomb the marshalling yards at Laon and they all returned safely.
Administration
A crew arrived for NZ413043 A/S/Ldr. L. Drummond.  NZ416519 Sgt. Megson C. and crew, NZ42710 Sgt. Brown and crew NZ422098 Sgt. Bonisch L. and crew arrived from No.31 Base.  AUS22776 Sgt. Gilmore and crew, 1395602 Sgt. Crawford C. and crew, 1394661 Sgt. Hubbard and crew, arrived on posting from No.218 Squadron.
Authority was received from Headquarters Bomber Command for the grant of Acting rank of Flight Lieutenant to NZ414971 F/O. S.F. Fauvel.

24.3.44
Weather
Cloudy becoming fair at dusk.  Visibility 2 – 3 miles, deteriorating during day.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests were carried out.
Administration
NZ412627 F/S. Millar R. and crew, AUS415355 F/S. Potts R. and crew, NZ421072 P/O. C. McCardle and crew, NZ421803 F/S. Willis W. and crew, 170664 P/O. T. Buckley and crew, 1126056 W/O. Hunt R. and crew, NZ421133 P/O. A. Young and crew, 1320248 F/Sgt. Wainwright, J. and crew and NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker and crew returned from Lancaster Conversion at No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell.

25.3.44
Weather
Fair, becoming cloudy during afternoon and fair again after dusk.  Visibility improved from 1 – 2,000 yds to 3 – 4,000 yds. later in day.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests and night circuits and landings were carried out.
Operational Flying
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack Aulnoye, two failed to take off, but the remaining five successfully completed their mission.
Administration
NZ39012 W/O. Horgan, D. and crew ceased to be detached to No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell.

26.3.44
Weather
Widespread fog with cloud and slight drizzle, improving by mid-day, with fairly good visibility.
Non-operational Flying
Cross country flights and night circuits and landings were carried out.
Operational Flying
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack Courtrai, six bombed the target successfully and the other aircraft brought its bombs back.
Administration
The following proceeded for Lancaster Conversion to No.3 L.F.S. Feltwell:- NZ415820 F/O. H. Murray and crew, NZ42354 F/S. Armstrong C. and crew, NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark and crew, NZ403561 A/S/L. J. Climie and crew, 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren and crew, NZ422282 F/O. R. Herron and crew, NZ401266 A/S/L. D. Gibb and crew, AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys and crew, and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott F. and crew.

27.3.44
Weather
Cloudy becoming fair towards dusk.  Visibility poor at first, improving during day but deteriorating again at dusk.
Non-operational Flying
Local flying, cross country flights and night circuits and landings were carried out.
Operational Flying
Four aircraft were required to lay mines off Brest, but the operation was cancelled.

28.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with bright intervals during day, but poor visibility at dusk.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests, fighter affiliation and cross country flights were carried out.
Administration
NZ424963 F/O. Bennington I. and crew arrived on posting from No.31 Base.

29.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with occasional slight rain during afternoon and evening.  Visibility 4 – 8 miles.
Non-operational Flying
Fighter affiliation and air tests were carried out.
Operational Flying
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack VAIRES, but it was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

30.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with occasional showers and fog.  Visibility 4 – 8 miles, most of day, falling to 800 – 2,000 yards later.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests, fighter affiliation and day and night cross country flights were carried out.
Operational Flying
Two aircraft were detailed to lay mines off the coast of Denmark and two off Le Havre.  All were successful in clear weather and the trips were uneventful.

31.3.44
Weather
Cloudy with bright intervals and fairly good visibility, deteriorating at dusk.
Non-operational Flying
Air tests, fighter affiliation and cross country flights were carried out.

OUTSTANDING EVENTS
Non-operational Flying
This has included as much training as the weather and operations would permit.  All types of aircraft exercises having  been carried out whenever possible, particular attention being given to Lancaster crews.

Operational Flying
Special operations have been carried out, full particulars of which have been submitted direct to Air Ministry, A.I.2(c) [a department within Air Intelligence], vide. Headquarters No.3 Group instructions.  Other operations have consisted of mine laying off Cherbourg, off Le Havre, off St. Malo, off Morlaix, off Brest, off Lorient, off La Rochelle and off the coast of Holland.  Bombing attacks have also been carried out against Amiens, Laon, and Courtrai.

Administration
Conversion to Lancaster Aircraft
It was decided by higher authority to convert the Squadron from Stirling to Lancaster aircraft, and our first Lancaster was received on 13th March, 1944, since that date we have received a further 19.  All crews are being converted to Lancaster aircraft and at present 13 have passed through No.3 Lancaster Finishing School at R.A.F. Station Feltwell.

Copies of Personnel Occurrence Reports issued during March, 1944
Photograph of Squadron Crest

Monthly Totals of Flying Hours:-             Operational      1015.35 Hours.
Non-Operational        267 Hours.

Operational Sorties:- Cumulative Total from 1.1.44,                    432.
Monthly Total,                      174.

Monthly Totals of:- Mines dropped,                                                166.9 tons.

Bombs dropped,                                                136.6 tons.

Cumulative Total of Mines and Bombs dropped  :                  11,426.5 tons

[Signed R. D. Max]

Wing Commander, Commanding,

NO. 75(NZ) SQUADRON, R.A.F.

Note: Particulars regarding Special Operations on certain dates have been forwarded direct by the Squadron to Air Ministry A.I.2(c) Monck Street in accordance with instructions received from D.D.I.2. [Deputy Directorate of Technical Intelligence] Air Ministry.

Annex to Form 540 for March 1944

SPECIAL OPERATIONS – MARCH MOON PERIOD

2/3.3.44
(NZ) W/C. Max, R. Captain
F/O. Downing, J. Nav.
(AUS) W/O. Page, F. A/B.
(NZ) F/O. Martin, J. 2nd A/B.
Sgt. Bromley A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Pickering, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Cooper, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Newnham, A. R/Gnr.

 

This operation was successful. Stirling III ‘W’ (crew as marginally named) took off at 21.03 hours to carry out special operation WHEELRIGHT 72. The target was reached at 00.36 hours, there being no low cloud for a radius of 10 miles, but some high cloud above, and all reception lights were clearly seen. Fifteen containers were dropped, and course was set for the return journey at 00.45 hours. Leaflets were dropped (8 packages) near Marmande, the aircraft returning to base without further incident where it landed at 04.09 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Turner, F. Captain
(NZ) F/O. Fearon, H. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Young, H. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. McNamara, E. W/O/AIR.
Sgt. Todd, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Hulbert, F. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Bellis, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 67 (successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘P’ took off at 20.55 hours. The target area was reached at 00.08 hours being pin pointed by the river bend and railway bridge by Tonneins where a glimpse of red lights were seen. Fifteen containers were dropped from 450 feet at 00.23 hours, only a flashing light being visible at the time of dropping. Course was set for base at 00.23 hours, 8 packages of leaflets being dropped near Angouleme. Aircraft landed at base without further incident at 03.40 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Young, A. Captain.
(AUS) F/S. McDonald, D. Nav.
Sgt. Burch, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Axten, R. WO/Air.
Sgt. Holt, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Sumner, M. MU/Gnr.
Sgt. Burrows, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 115b (Successful). The m/.n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 20.45 hours. The target was reached at 00.26 hours, being pin pointed by junction of river, canal and railway. Fifteen containers were dropped from 450 feet at 00.35 hours and a flashing light was seen. Meteorological conditions were fairly good, visibility being 10 miles, cloud two tenths at 4,000 feet. Course was set for Base at 00.35 hours, leaflets being dropped at Agen. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.26 hours.

 

(NZ) S/L. Watson, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Henderson, H. Nav.
F/S. Woods, R. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Jones, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Beech, C. F/Eng.
Sgt. Armstrong, C. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Melville, R. R/Gnr.
Operation WHEELWRIGHT 70 (Abortive). Reception area was reached, but unable to obtain pin point owing to variable low stratus cloud.

(NZ) F/S. Millar, R. Captain.
(NZ) W/O. Andrews, R. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Williams, C. A/B.
Sgt. Powell, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Flindall, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Jones, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Kirk, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 68 (Abortive). Reception area was reached but unable to obtain final pin point owing to low cloud.

 

(AUS) P/O. Humphreys, A. Captain.
F/S. Hill, A. Nav.
F/S. Fuller, E. A/B.
Sgt. Mellor, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gibbs, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Kenefick, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Mercer, G. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 79 (Abortive). Reception area reached but unable to pin point owing to variable low stratus cloud.

 

P/O. Buckley, T. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Pinker, C. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Paraone, H. A/B.
F/S. Houston, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Thompson, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Murphy, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Howells, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 71 (Abortive). Reception area reached but unable to find final pin point owing to variable low stratus cloud.

 

W/O Hunt, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Reade, G. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Stewart, F. A/B.
(NZ) P/O. Nation, T. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Lord, R. F/Eng.
F/S. Billington, C. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Manns, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 80 (Abortive). Reception area reached, but unable to pin point owing to variable low stratus cloud.

 

(NZ) F/S. Armstrong, C. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Payne, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, E. A/B.
Sgt. Edgerton, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Sleightholm, D. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pepper, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 69 (Abortive). Dropping area reached after run from final pin point, but no reception was seen.

 

(NZ) F/O. Fauvel, S. Captain.
F/O. Clare, F. Nav.
F/Sgt. Fitzgerald, M. A/B.
Sgt. Marvin, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Clinch, K. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Gower, K. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Mason, J. R/Gnr.

Operation TRAINER 175 (Abortive). Aircraft reached reception area, but was unable to pin point owing to the variable low stratus cloud.

 

4/5.3.44

 

(AUS) P/O. Humphreys, A. Captain.
F/S. Hill, A. Nav.
F/S. Fuller, E. A/B.
Sgt. Mellor, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gibbs, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Kenefick, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Mercer, G. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 174 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘T’ took off at 20.50 hours. The target area was reached at 23.34 hrs. and pin pointed by lake De Chancelade. Sixteen containers were dropped from 480 feet and a lamp flashing the letter was very clearly seen. Weather was good, thin cloud with tops at 7,000 feet in area and some gaps. Course was set for Base at 23.59 hrs, five packages of leaflets being dropped at Aubusson and village en route. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.25 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Turner, F. Captain
(NZ) F/O. Fearon, H. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Young, H. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. McNamara, E. W/O/AIR.
Sgt. Todd, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Hulbert, F. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Bellis, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 178 (successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘P’ took off at 20.50 hours. The target area was reached at 00.20 hrs. and pin pointed by road running N/S., fields west of road. A flashing light was clearly seen and sixteen containers were dropped from 600 feet at 00.38 hrs. There was variable cloud, bases from 500 feet to zero and snow showers. Course was set for Base at 00.45 hours, five packages of leaflets could not be dropped owing to the hatch being frozen. Without further incident, the aircraft landed at Base at 04.10 hours.

 

(NZ) F/S. Armstrong, C. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Payne, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, E. A/B.
Sgt. Edgerton, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Sleightholm, D. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pepper, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 129 (successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘F’ took off at 21.06 hours. The target area was reached at 00.02 hours and pin pointed by railway and roads junction at Mauriac. Three white lights instead of the red were seen and sixteen containers were dropped from 400 feet at 00.12 hours. The weather was good apart from haze. Course was set for Base at 00.15 hours and four packages of leaflets were dropped at Tulle. The aircraft returned to Base, without further incident, and landed at 04.14 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Young, A. Captain.
(AUS) F/S. McDonald, A [=D]. Nav.
Sgt. Burch, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Axten, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Holt, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Sumner, M. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Burrows, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 129 (Successful). The m/n. crew in Stirling III JN “X” took off at 20.45 hours. The target area was reached at 23.52 hours and pin pointed by a road through a wood N/S. Lights and the letter flashed were unmistakable, and 16 containers were dropped from 600 feet between 00.14 and 00.17 hours. Visibility was good except for slight haze. Course was set for Base at 00.18 hours, and four packages of leaflets were dropped at the Brive area. The aircraft returned to base, without further incident, and landed at 04.10 hours.

 

(NZ) S/L. Watson, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Henderson, H. Nav.
F/S. Woods, R. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Jones, A. WO/Air.
Sgt. Beech, C. F/Eng.
Sgt. Armstrong, C. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Melville, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 124 (Result unknown). The m/n. crew in Stirling “M” took off at 20.51 hours. The aircraft failed to return and nothing was heard after take-off.

 

(NZ) P/O. McCardle, C. Captain.
(NZ) P/O. Zillwood, A. Nav.
(AUS) F/S. Hurse, A. A/B.
Sgt. Hunt, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Benfold, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Edwards, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Sparkes, D. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 124 (Abortive). The weather was good up to within 20 miles of the target area, but it was snowing in the reception area and nothing was seen.

 

(NZ) P/O. McKenzie, C. Captain.
(NZ) P/O. Livingstone, D. Nav.
(NZ) P/O. Ward, G. A/B.
(NZ) W/O. Jones, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Conner, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Tedman, G. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Bridge, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 124 (Abortive). There was ten tenths cloud for last eighty miles of journey to target area, and icing had caused use of more petrol than expected, thus making it impossible to got to an alternative area.

 

(NZ) F/L. Witting, E. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Anderson, W. Nav.
P/O. Thomas, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, C. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gunn, A. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Campbell, W. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Lucas, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). At the target area there was ten tenths cloud with bases 500′ to zero and no reception was seen. On the return journey 5 packages of leaflets were dropped in the Montlucon area.

 

(NZ) P/O. Burton, H. Captain.
F/S. Seymour, S. Nav.
P/O. Becker, H. A/B.
F/S. Carroll, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Struminger, H. F/Eng.
F/S. McGregor, R. M/U/Gnr.
F/S. Anderson, T. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 124 (Abortive). The target area was reached but owing to snow falling it was impossible to see any reception.

 

(NZ) F/S. Rowberry, G. Captain.
(NZ) F/S/ Hadfield, G. Nav.
Sgt. Simnett, B. A/B.
Sgt. Bishop, S. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Horner, A. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
(C) W/O. Skripsey, C. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 174 (Abortive). Owing to heavy cloud at target area, no reception was seen. On return journey no incidents were reported.

 

(NZ) W/O. Horgan, D. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hannah, J. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Ryburn, L. A/B.
F/S. Cannell, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Canning, P. F/Eng.
F/S. Baverstock, D. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Teaika, A. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 174 (Abortive). At the target area there was ten tenths cloud with base about 500′ above the ground and right down to the ground further south, and no reception was seen. On the return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped between the target and Argenten.

 

(NZ) F/O. Fauvel, S. Captain.
F/O. Clare, F. Nav.
F/S. Fitzgerald, M. A/B.
Sgt. Marvin, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Clinch, K. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Gower, K. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Mason, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 178 (Abortive). Thick haze over target area made reception impossible. On return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped on villages and towns near target.

 

(NZ) F/L. Grubb, J. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Sitchbury [=Stichbury?], B. Nav.
(NZ) F/O. Martin, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Hazlett, K. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Wright, L. F/Eng.
(C) W/O. Gilliland, J. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) P/O. Chatfield, D. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 178 (Abortive). At target there was considerable icing in cloud which was down to ground level in primary target area and 500′ in alternative, no reception was seen.

 

(NZ) F/S. Willis, W. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Brown, R. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Kay, A. A/B.
Sgt. Hancock, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Rimmer, D. F/Eng.
(NZ) Sgt. Ferguson, A. M/U/Gnr.
(C) Sgt. Reid, W. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 129 (Abortive). There was three to five tenths cloud with bases 1,000 to 1,500′ at the target and no reception was seen. On return journey five packages of leaflets were dropped at Mauriac.

 

W/O. Hunt, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Reade, G. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Stewart, F. A/B.
(NZ) P/O. Nation, T. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Lord, R. F/Eng.
F/S. Billington, C. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Manns, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). This aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Sixteen containers were jettisoned at 23.25 hours from 4,000′ at a position 49.45 N. 00.25 W. Four packages of leaflets were dropped at Falaise and Argentan. The aircraft, on return, was forced to land at Thorney Island.

 

5/6.3.44

 

(NZ) F/L. Clark, S. Captain.
F/O. Downing, J. Nav.
(AUS) P/O. Bradley, T. A/B.
Sgt. Halden, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Otway, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Gleave, E. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Trott, N. R/Gnr.

 

Operation PETER 8 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘O’ took off at 20.30 hours. The target area was reached at 00.30 hours and pin pointed. Sixteen containers were dropped from 450′ at 00.40 hours. Reception lights were rather dim, but light flashing letter was very good. There was no cloud and visibility was good except for slight ground haze. Course was set for Base at 00.40 hrs and one package of leaflets was dropped in the Brive area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.00 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Young, A. Captain.
(AUS) F/S. McDonald, D. Nav.
Sgt. Burch, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Axten, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Holt, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Sumner, M. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Burrows, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 149 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 21.04 hours. The target area was reached at 23.54 hours and pin pointed. Reception lights were obscured by woods and difficult to see except when overhead, flashing of correct letter was good, fifteen containers were dropped from 500′ at 00.22 hours. There was slight ground haze, but no cloud. Course was set for Base at 00.22 hrs, one package of leaflets was also dropped in the Limoges … [end of sentence missing from copy of sheet]

 

(NZ) F/L. Grubb, J. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Stichbury, B. Nav.
(NZ) F/O. Martin, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Hazlett, K. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Wright, L. F/Eng.
(C) W/O. Gilliland, J. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) P/O. Chatfield, D. R/Gnr.

 

Operation FOOTMAN 10 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘P’ took off at 20.45 hours. The target area was reached at 23.33 hours and pin pointed. The correct reception letter was flashed but lights were rather dim, fifteen containers were dropped. There was no cloud, but slight haze which reduced visibility to two to three miles. Course was set for Base at 23.48 hours and one package of leaflets was dropped in the Limoges area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 02.35 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. McCardle, C. Captain.
(NZ) P/O. Zillwood, A. Nav.
(AUS) F/S. Hurse, A. A/B.
Sgt. Hunt, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Benfold, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Edwards, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Sparkes, D. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 153 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘U’ took off at 20.41 hours. The target area was reached at 23.53 hours and pin pointed by a clearing in pine trees on side of a hill. The morse reception flashing light was slightly fast, but identified, fifteen containers were dropped from 500′ at 00.04 hours. The weather was good except for slight haze. Course was set for Base at 00.05 hours, one package of leaflets being dropped at Brive. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.28 hours.

 

(NZ) F/O. Herron, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Henderson, M. Nav.
Sgt. Percival, W. A/B.
(NZ) F/O. McLachlan, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Germing, J. F/Eng.
Sgt. Tedman, G. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Chilman, P. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 153 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘U’ took off at 20.53 hours. The target area was reached at 23.49 hours and pin pointed by an adjoining wood. Three reception lights were somewhat dull and the morse was rather fast, fifteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 23.54 hrs. The weather was good with excellent visibility. Course was set for Base at 23.55 hours, one package was dropped at Brive. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.14 hours.

 

P/O. Buckley, T. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Pinker, C. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Paraone, H. A/B.
F/S. Houston, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Thompson, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Murphy, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Howells, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation AUTHOR 18 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘X’ took off at 20.20 hours. The target area was reached at 23.50 hours and pin pointed. Three white lights and the letter flashing correctly were seen, sixteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 23.59 hours. The weather was clear with good visibility. Course was set for Base at 23.59 hours, one package of leaflets being dropped at Brive. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.00 hours.

 

(NZ) F/O. Fauvel, S. Captain.
F/O. Clare, F. Nav.
F/S. Fitzgerald, M. A/B.
Sgt. Marvin, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Clinch, K. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Gower, K. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Mason, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation FOOTMAN 9 (Abortive). The weather was good, but no reception was seen. On the return journey one package of leaflets were dropped at Limoges and the neighbouring villages.

 

(NZ) F/L. Witting, E. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Anderson, W. Nav.
P/O. Thomas, J.  A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, C. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gunn, A. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Campbell, W. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Lucas, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation PETER 47A (Abortive). The weather was good, but no reception was seen. On the return journey one package of leaflets was dropped at Uzerche.

 

(NZ) F/S. Millar, R. Captain.
(NZ) W/O. Andrews, R. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Williams, C. A/B.
Sgt. Powell, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Flindall, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Jones, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Kirk, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation AUTHOR 11A (Abortive). There was excellent visibility at the target area but no reception was seen. On the return journey one package of leaflets was dropped at Brive.

 

(NZ) F/L. Sachtler, E. Captain.
F/O. Heron, A. Nav.
P/O. Lombard, M. A/B.
(AUS) F/S. McKenzie, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Stevens, P. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Peevers, T. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pettifer, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 149 (Abortive). The weather was good with no cloud. No reception lights were seen, but numerous lights were flashing haphazardly all around the target area and the captain thought unjustified under these circumstances in dropping the containers. On the return journey one package of leaflets was dropped in the Limoges area.

 

F/L. Warren, D. Captain.
(C) P/O. Irving, A. Nav.
(C) F/S. Gage, D. A/B.
F/S. Clough, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Riley, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Dewhurst, H. M/U/Gnr.
(Aus) F/S. Hewett, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation PETER 24 (Abortive). On reaching the target area, no reception lights or letter was flashed, the aircraft made several circuits without any signs of reception. The weather was good with perfect visibility. On the return journey one package of leaflets was dropped in the Limoges area.

 

(AUS) P/O Humphries, A. Captain.
F/S. Hill, A. Nav.
F/S. Fuller, E. A/B.
Sgt. Mellor, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gibbs, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Kenefick, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Mercer, G. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 149 (Abortive). No correct reception was received on reaching the target area and pilot did not, therefore, feel justified in dropping containers. On return journey one package of leaflets was dropped in the Limoges area.

 

6/7.3.44

 

(NZ) P/O. Turner, F. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Fearon, H. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Young, H. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. McNamara, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Todd, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Hulbert, F. MU/Gnr.
Sgt. Bellis, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation DIRECTOR 60 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘U’ took off at 19.57 hours. The target area was reached at 23.50 hours and pin pointed by a field and two woods and at least seven men standing nearby. Three red lights were seen and fourteen containers were dropped from 400 feet at 00.18 hours. Visibility was three miles at the target, being fairly clear except for slight cloud. A twin engined aircraft with green and white wing tipped [tips?] came fairly close to our aircraft in the target area. Course was set for base at 00.20 hours and four packages of leaflets were dropped at Brive. Without further incident, the aircraft landed at Base at 04.35 hours.

 

Nine aircraft were required for other similar operations but were cancelled owing to adverse weather conditions.

 

7/8.3.44

 

(NZ) P/O. Burton, H. Captain.
F/S. Seymour, S. Nav.
P/O. Becker, H. A/B.
F/S. Carroll, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Struminger, H. F/Eng.
F/S. McGregor, R. M/U/Gnr.
F/S. Anderson, T. R/Gnr.

 

Operation AUTHOR 17 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘K’ took off at 20.28 hours. The target was reached at 23.40 and pin pointed by a gap in a wooded valley. Only one light appeared until the aircraft circled the area for some time, then three lights and the flashing letter were seen, fifteen containers were then dropped. There was ten tenths cloud with 4,000 feet bases and slight ground haze. Course was set for base at 00.22 hours, four packages of leaflets being dropped in the Poitiers area.

 

(NZ) F/S. Millar, R. Captain.
(NZ) W/O. Andrews, R. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Williams, C. A/B.
Sgt. Powell, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Flindall, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Jones, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Kirk, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 70 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘T’ took off at 20.29 hours. The target area was reached at 23.57 hours and identified by a wood and road. The flashing letter was seen and fifteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 00.01 hrs. Weather was good with slight haze above. Course was set for base at 00.07 hours and four packages of leaflets were dropped at St. Foy and La Force. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.08 hrs.

(NZ) F/S. Rowberry, G. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hadfield, G. Nav.
Sgt. Simnett, B. A/B.
Sgt. Bishop, S. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Horner, A. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
(C) W/O. Skripsey, C. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 71 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘W’ took off at 20.31 hours. The target was reached at 23.31 hrs. and pin pointed. Fifteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 23.50 hrs. There was cloud with 2,000′ base, but it was quite light beneath. Course was set for base at 23.50 hrs, four packages of leaflets being dropped at Mussidan. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.20 hours.

 

(NZ) F/S. Armstrong, C. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Payne, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, E. A/B.
Sgt. Edgerton, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Sleightholm, D. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pepper, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). There was ten tenths cloud with bases of 200′ in the target area and no reception was seen.

 

(NZ) W/O. Horgan, D. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hannah, J. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Ryburn, L. A/B.
F/S. Cannell, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Canning, P. F/Eng.
F/S. Baverstock, D. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Teaika, A. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). In the target area there was ten tenths cloud with bases of 500′ and tops 4 to 6,000′. No reception was seen. On the return journey, four packages of leaflets were dropped in the Le Mans area.

 

(NZ) P/O. McKenzie, C. Captain.
(NZ) P/O. Livingstone, D. Nav.
(NZ) P/O. Ward, G. A/B.
(NZ) W/O. Jones, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Conner, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Tedman, G. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Bridge, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). In the target area visibility was fair, but the cloud base was descending and no reception was seen. On the return journey four packages were dropped in the Rochefort area.

 

F/S. Wainwright, J. Captain.
Sgt. Richards, J. Nav.
(C) Sgt. Bloomfield, M. A/B.
Sgt. Woolley, S. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Roberts, N. F/Eng.(C)
Sgt. Bell, H. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Starling, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). In the target area there was ten tenths cloud with unknown base. No reception was seen.

 

F/L. Warren, D. Captain.
(C) P/O. Irving, A. Nav.
(C) F/S. Gage, D. A/B.
F/S. Clough, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Riley, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Dewhurst, H. M/U/Gnr.
(Aus) F/S. Hewett, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation AUTHOR 17 (Abortive). There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and no flashing letter was seen. On the return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped at Brive.

 

W/O Hunt, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Reade, G. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Stewart, F. A/B.
(NZ) P/O. Nation, T. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Lord, R. F/Eng.
F/S. Billington, C. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Manns, J. R/Gnr.

Operation AUTHOR 11A (Abortive). There was ten tenths cloud in the target area with bases of 500′ to zero and no reception was seen. On the return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped at Tulle.

 

(NZ) F/O. Fauvel, S. Captain.
F/O. Clare, F. Nav.
F/S. Fitzgerald, M. A/B.
Sgt. Marvin, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Clinch, K. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Gower, K. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Mason, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation AUTHOR 11A (Abortive). No reception was received at the primary target, so aircraft proceeded to alternative but containers hung up and were not dropped, one package was dropped, however. On return journey four packages of leaflets were dropped at Tulle.

 

10/11.3.44

 

(NZ) F/S. Armstrong, C. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Payne, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, E. A/B.
Sgt. Edgerton, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Sleightholm, D. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pepper, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). Whilst taking off owing to engine trouble this aircraft was forced to jettison its entire load except a special package which it brought back on landing safely.

 

(NZ) F/L. Grubb, J. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Stichbury, B. Nav.
(NZ) F/O. Martin, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Hazlett, K. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Wright, L. F/Eng.
(C) W/O. Gilliland, J. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) P/O. Chatfield, D. R/Gnr.

 

Operation NEWSAGENT 5 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘N’ took off at 20.20 hrs. The target area was reached at 23.30 hours and pin pointed by side of river and rising hill. Reception was received and fifteen containers were dropped from 600′ at 23.45 hours. It was slightly hazy but weather was sufficiently good for its purpose. Course was set for base at 23.50 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at St. Chamond. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.00 hrs.

 

(NZ) P/O. Baker, C. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Gardener, C. Nav.
(AUS) P/O. Jones, R. A/B.
Sgt. Marden, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Hughes, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Hook, K. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Cornish, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 6 (Successful).   The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘J’ took off at 20.53 hours. The target was reached at 00.17 hours and pin pointed. The reception letter was flashed very quickly and twelve containers were dropped from 300′ at 00.29 hrs. The weather was very good. Course was set for Base at 00.30 hours, two packages being dropped in the Chambery area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.20 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Young, A. Captain.
(AUS) F/S. McDonald, D. Nav.
Sgt. Burch, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Axten, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Holt, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Sumner, M. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Burrows, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 20.13 hrs. The target area was reached at 23.45 hrs and pin pointed by a deep ravine running N. and S. with tops about 7,000′. Reception lights were good but flashing light was not very clear against the snow, twelve containers were then dropped from 600′ at 23.57 hrs. The weather was good in the reception area, except for haze in the valleys. Course was set for Base at 23.59 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chambery. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.43 hours.

 

(NZ) F/L. Clark, S. Captain.
F/O. Downing, J. Nav.
(AUS) P/O. Bradley, T. A/B.
Sgt. Halden, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Otway, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Gleave, E. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Trott, N. R/Gnr.

Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘O’ took off at 20.00 hours. The target area was reached at 23.24 hours and was identified by very steep cliffs on either side. Reception was received and twelve containers were dropped from 1,000′ at 23.46 hours. Weather was good except for mist in the valleys. Course was set for Base at 23.46 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chambery. The aircraft, without further incident, returned to Base at 03.30 hours.

 

F/L. Warren, D. Captain.
(C) P/O. Irving, A. Nav.
(C) F/S. Gage, D. A/B.
F/S. Clough, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Riley, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Dewhurst, H. M/U/Gnr.
(Aus) F/S. Hewett, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful).   The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘G’ took off at 20.40 hours. The target area was reached at 00.15 hours and was identified. The reception lights were very good and twelve containers were dropped from 700′ at 00.20 hours. There was a cloud base of 2,000′ which cleared as the aircraft made final run up. Course was set for Base at 00.20 hrs, two packages of leaflets being dropped in the Chambery area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.06 hours.

 

F/S. Wainwright, J. Captain.
Sgt. Richards, J. Nav.
(C) Sgt. Bloomfield, M. A/B.
Sgt. Woolley, S. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Roberts, N. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Bell, H. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Starling, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful).   The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘P’ took off at 20.35 hours. The target area was reached at 00.13 hours and was identified by some woods which showed up clearly against snow. The reception was very good and twelve containers were dropped from 600′ at 00.18 hours. The weather was good except for slight valley mist. Course was set for Base at 00.35 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chambery. the aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.15 hours.

 

P/O. Buckley, T. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Pinker, C. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Paraone, H. A/B.
F/S. Houston, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Thompson, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Murphy, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Howells, H. R/Gnr

 

Operation MONGREL 18 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘A’ took off at 20.25 hours. The target area was reached at 00.01 hours and pin pointed by steep cliffs in the form of an oval. Reception was received, the flashing light being seen clearly, twelve containers were then dropped from 3,000′ at 00.15 hours. The weather was good with excellent visibility. Course was set for Base at 00.15 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Roanne. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.52 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. McKenzie, C. Captain.
(NZ) P/O. Livingstone, D. Nav.
(NZ) P/O. Ward, G. A/B.
(NZ) W/O. Jones, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Conner, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Tedman, G. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Bridge, H. R/Gnr.

Operation MONGREL 18 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘B’ took off at 20.38 hours. The target area was reached at 00.20 hours, being identified by lights in a hollow and a man holding a torch was seen. The reception consisted of three bonfires and a faint flashing light, twelve containers were then dropped from 500′ at 00.28 hours. The weather was very good. Course was set for Base at 00.28 hours, twp packages of leaflets being dropped at Aix Les Bains and St. Genix. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.18 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Burton, H. Captain.
F/S. Seymour, S. Nav.
P/O. Becker, H. A/B.
F/S. Carroll, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Struminger, H. F/Eng.
F/S. McGregor, R. M/U/Gnr.
F/S. Anderson, T. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 18 (Alternative target attacked MONGREL 3 – Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘H’ took off at 20.19 hours. On reaching the primary target nothing was seen so the aircraft proceeded to the alternative target which was reached at 23.40 hours and identified. The reception lights were seen clearly and twelve containers were dropped from 1500′ at 00.05 hours. On the way in to the target chandelier flares etc. were seen to the starboard and were again seen to port coming out. The weather was very good. Course was set for Base at 00.12 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at position 46.40 N. 04.00 E. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.45 hours.

 

(NZ) F/O. Herron, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Henderson, M. Nav.
Sgt. Percival, W. A/B.
(NZ) F/O. McLachlan, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Germing, J. F/Eng.
(NZ) W/O. Smith, K. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Chilman, P. R/Gnr.

Operation MONGREL 18 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘K’ took off at 20.01 hours. The primary target could not be found, but reception was received at a position 45.44 N. 05.58 E., as this was exceptionally clear twelve containers were dropped from 1200′ at 23.47 hours. The weather was good except for slight mist. Course was set for Base at 23.50 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at St. Genix. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.32 hours.

 

W/O Hunt, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Reade, G. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Stewart, F. A/B.
(NZ) P/O. Nation, T. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Lord, R. F/Eng.
F/S. Billington, C. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Manns, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 17 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘O’ took off at 20.03 hours. The target area was reached at 23.32 hours and identified. Reception was very good and twelve containers were dropped from 600′ at 23.35 hours. Course was set for Base at 23.35 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Monte Meliant. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.38 hours.

(NZ) F/O. Fauvel, S. Captain.
F/O. Clare, F. Nav.
F/S. Fitzgerald, M. A/B.
Sgt. Marvin, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Clinch, K. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Gower, K. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Mason, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation FOOTMAN 9 (Abortive due to no reception being seen). Cars were observed patrolling the roads in both primary and alternative areas. On return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the Limoges area.

 

(NZ) S/L. Climie, J. Captain.
P/O. Handbury, J. Nav.
P/O. Tomany, J. A/B.
P/O. Purdom, A. WO/AIR.
F/O. Pollett, J. F/Eng.
F/S. Venn, A. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Morgan, K. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). On reaching the target area no reception was received. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at Ceyssat.

 

(AUS) P/O Humphries, A. Captain.
F/S. Hill, A. Nav.
F/S. Fuller, E. A/B.
Sgt. Mellor, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gibbs, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Kenefick, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Mercer, G. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 121 (Abortive). No reception was received at primary or alternative targets. On return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped near Clermont Ferrand.

 

(NZ) F/S. Rowberry, G. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hadfield, G. Nav.
Sgt. Simnett, B. A/B.
Sgt. Bishop, S. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Horner, A. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Campbell, W. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Davies, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 11 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘Q’ took off at 20.30 hours. The target are was reached at 00.04 hours and identified by a field sloping towards a valley. The reception lights were excellent and twelve containers were dropped from 1,000′ at 00.16 hours. The weather was good. Course was set for Base at 00.16 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped in the Lyons area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.10 hours.

 

(NZ) P/O. Turner, F. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Fearon, H. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Young, H. 1st A/B.
P/O. Thomas, J. 2nd A/B.
(NZ) F/S. McNamara, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Todd, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Hulbert, F. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Bellis, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 11 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘Y’ took off at 20.10 hours. The target area was reached at 23.48 hours, being identified by a valley with very steep cliffs. Three bonfires and a flashing light were seen and twelve containers were then dropped from 1,000 feet at 00.01 hours. Visibility was good apart from mist in the valleys. Course was set for Base at 00.02 hrs two packages of leaflets being dropped south of Roanne. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.10 hours.

 

(AUS) F/S. Potts, R. Captain.
(NZ) Sgt. Hall, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Fletcher, T. 1st. A/B.
(C) W/O. Donovan, M. 2nd A/B.
F/S. Wilkes, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Andrews, W. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Kananen, E. M/U/Gnr.
F/O. Melville-Smith, B. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 11 (Abortive). On reaching the target area no reception was received although visibility was excellent. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the Lyons area.

 

(NZ) W/O. Horgan, D. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hannah, J. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Ryburn, L. A/B.
F/S. Cannell, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Canning, P. F/Eng.
F/S. Baverstock, D. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Teaika, A. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MONGREL 11 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘R’ took off at 19.58 hours. The target area was reached at 23.27 hours and identified. Three white lights were seen clearly and twelve containers were dropped from 600′ at 23.34 hours. The weather was clear in the target area. Course was set for Base at 23.34 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Culoz. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 02.58 hours.

 

11/12.3.44

 

(NZ) F/O. Fauvel, S. Captain.
F/O. Clare, F. Nav.
F/S. Fitzgerald, M. A/B.
Sgt. Marvin, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Clinch, K. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Gower, K. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Mason, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 67 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘M’ took off at 20.30 hours. The target area was reached at 23.24 hours and identified by a river and road. The flashing reception light was very good and fourteen containers were dropped from 400′ at 23.37 hours. There was cloud base of 3,000′ in the target area making visibility less than one mile. Course was set for Base at 23.40 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Tonneins. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.00 hours.

 

(NZ) W/O. Horgan, D. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hannah, J. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Ryburn, L. A/B.
F/S. Cannell, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Canning, P. F/Eng.
F/S. Baverstock, D. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Teaika, A. R/Gnr.

 

Operation PAUL 57 (Abortive). There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and no reception lights were seen. On return journey, two packages of leaflets were dropped near Poitiers.

 

(NZ) F/L. Sachtler, E. Captain.
F/O. Heron, A. Nav.
P/O. Lombard, M. A/B.
(AUS) F/S. McKenzie, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Stevens, P. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Peevers, T. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pettifer, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 63 (Abortive). In the target area there was ten tenths cloud with moderate icing and no reception was seen. On return journey, two packages of leaflets were dropped at the estimated position of Auch.

 

(NZ) W/C. Max, R. Captain
(NZ) F/O. Anderson, W. Nav.
(AUS) P/O. Bradley, T. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, C. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gunn, A. F/Eng.
Sgt. Kenefick, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Newnham, A. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 66 (Abortive). In spite of 10/10th cloud both the primary and alternative target areas were searched, but no reception was received at either. On return journey, two packages of leaflets were dropped at NICOLE/AIQUILLON [=AIGUILLON].

 

(NZ) P/O. Burton, H. Captain.
F/S. Seymour, S. Nav.
P/O. Becker, H. A/B.
F/S. Carroll, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Struminger, H. F/Eng.
F/S. McGregor, R. M/U/Gnr.
F/S. Anderson, T. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TRAINER 110 (Abortive). Reception lights were seen at both primary and alternative targets, in gaps through clouds, but after orbiting to make dropping run, lights went out and never came on again. On return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at POITIERS.

 

W/O Hunt, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Reade, G. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Stewart, F. A/B.
(NZ) P/O. Nation, T. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Lord, R. F/Eng.
F/S. Billington, C. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Manns, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 78 (Abortive). In the target area there was 10/10ths cloud with bases of 1,000′ and visibility was restricted to 800 yards, no reception lights being seen. On return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the AUCH area.

 

(NZ) Sgt. Scott, F. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hill, L. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Cook, S. A/B.
Sgt. Howson, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Harris, E. F/Eng.
Sgt. Mantle, A. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Dale, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation WHEELWRIGHT 84 (Abortive). In the target area, there was 10/10th cloud, with 4,000′ bases and visibility of 500 yards. The aircraft flew between 800 and 1,000′, but visibility was too bad to see any reception. On the return journey, 2 packages of leaflets were dropped in the Auch area.

 

15/16.3.44

 

(NZ) Sgt. Scott, F. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hill, L. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Cook, S. A/B.
Sgt. Howson, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Harris, E. F/Eng.
Sgt. Mantle, A. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Dale, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 78 (Successful on alternative BOB 149). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘O’ took off at 23.42 hrs. No reception was received at the primary target area, but the alternative was located and identified by a wood and field and two men were seen. Fifteen containers were then dropped from 300′ at 03.17 hours. There was valley fog but no cloud. Course was set for Base at 03.17 hrs., two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chatillon. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 06.05 hours.

 

(NZ) F/O. Herron, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Henderson, M. Nav.
Sgt. Percival, W. A/B.
(NZ) F/O. McLachlan, E. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Germing, J. F/Eng.
(NZ) W/O. Smith, K. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Chilman, P. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 118 (Successful). The m/n crew in Stirling III ‘K’ took off at 23.45 hours. The target area was reached at 02.43 hours and identified by a wood. The reception was good and fifteen containers were dropped from 800′ at 02.50 hours. There was a little haze in the target area but no cloud. Course was set for Base at 03.00 hours, two packages of leaflets were dropped, one in the Perreuil area and the other in coast Cabourg area. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 05.50.

 

(NZ) S/L. Climie, J. Captain.
P/O. Handbury, J. Nav.
P/O. Tomany, J. A/B.
P/O. Purdom, A. WO/AIR.
F/O. Pollett, J. F/Eng.
F/S. Venn, A. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Morgan, K. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 54 (Successful on alternative BOB 149). The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘M’ took off at 23.45 hrs. The alternative target area was reached at 02.30 hours being identified by an open field with woods around and a large white farm house. Fifteen containers were then dropped from 350′ at 03.43 hrs. Valley mists were forming, but otherwise the weather was good. Course was set for Base at 03.43 hours. Two packages of leaflets were dropped at Chatillon. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 06.15 hours.

 

(NZ) F/L. Sachtler, E. Captain.
F/O. Heron, A. Nav.
P/O. Lombard, M. A/B.
(AUS) F/S. McKenzie, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Stevens, P. F/Eng.
(NZ) F/S. Peevers, T. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pettifer, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation ARCHDEACON 4 (Abortive). This aircraft was forced to return early as the port motors were showing no oil pressure and the load was brought back.

 

(AUS) F/S. Potts, R. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hall, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Fletcher, T. A/B.
F/S. Wilkes, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Andrews, W. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Kananen, E. M/U/Gnr.
F/O. Melville-Smith, B. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 154 (Abortive). There was good visibility in the target are, but no reception was seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at Danpierre and villages N.E. of Dijon.

 

(NZ) W/O. Horgan, D. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Hannah, J. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Ryburn, L. A/B.
F/S. Cannell, G. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Canning, P. F/Eng.
F/S. Baverstock, D. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) F/S. Teaika, A. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 151 (Abortive). At the primary target no pin point could be found, so the aircraft proceeded to the alternative area, which was identified but unsuccessful owing to no reception being laid out, although the letter was flashed. The aircraft brought its load back to Base.

 

(NZ) F/O. Murray, H. Captain.
Sgt. McFarland, J. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Hill, D. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Irwin, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Kahler, H. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Mulligan, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Woollam, P. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 157 (Abortive). The target area was reached and identified, but no flashing light was seen although three white lights in a triangle were observed in the back yard of a farm. On the return journey, two packages of leaflets were dropped at Corbigny N.E. of Nevers.

 

(AUS) P/O Humphries, A. Captain.
F/S. Hill, A. Nav.
F/S. Fuller, E. A/B.
Sgt. Mellor, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Gibbs, G. F/Eng.
Sgt. Kenefick, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Mercer, G. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MUSICIAN 3 (Abortive). There was ten tenths cloud in the target area and no reception was received. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at Bohain.

 

(NZ) F/L. Grubb, J. Captain.
(NZ) F/O. Stichbury, B. Nav.
(NZ) F/O. Martin, J. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Hazlett, K. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Wright, L. F/Eng.
(C) W/O. Gilliland, J. M/U/Gnr.
(NZ) P/O. Chatfield, D. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TOM 43 (Abortive). In the target area there was ten tenths cloud with bases 3,000′ to 3,500′ and 3,000′ thick with ground haze below, thus preventing any reception being seen. On the return journey, two packages of leaflets were dropped in the St. Quentin area.

 

F/S. Wainwright, J. Captain.
Sgt. Richards, J. Nav.
(C) Sgt. Bloomfield, M. A/B.
Sgt. Woolley, S. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Roberts, N. F/Eng.
(C) Sgt. Bell, H. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Starling, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 136 (Abortive). Visibility was rather poor and no reception was seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped on the villages E. of Montmirail.

 

P/O. Buckley, T. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Pinker, C. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Paraone, H. A/B.
F/S. Houston, A. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Thompson, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Murphy, J. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Howells, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation BOB 156 (Abortive). The target was reached and identified, but in spite of the aircraft making a good search no reception was seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at La Chapelle and St. Quentin.

 

F/L. Warren, D. Captain.
(C) P/O. Irving, A. Nav.
(C) F/S. Gage, D. A/B.
F/S. Clough, D. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Riley, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Dewhurst, H. M/U/Gnr.
(Aus) F/S. Hewett, H. R/Gnr.

Operation BOB 155 (Abortive). The target area was reached and identified and although visibility was good no reception lights were seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at Dampierre-sur-Saone [=Salon].

 

(NZ) F/S. Armstrong, C. Captain.
(NZ) F/S. Payne, D. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Marshall, E. A/B.
Sgt. Edgerton, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Sleightholm, D. F/Eng.
Sgt. Davies, R. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Pepper, J. R/Gnr.

 

Operation MUSICIAN 5 (Abortive). In the target area visibility was poor and no reception lights were seen. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped at Guise.

 

(NZ) W/C. Max, R. Captain
(NZ) F/O. Fearon, H. Nav.
(NZ) F/S. Young, H. A/B.
Sgt. Halden, L. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Todd, W. F/Eng.
Sgt. Hulbert, F. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Bellis, S. R/Gnr.

 

Operation ARCHDEACON 10 (Abortive). In the target area there was ten tenths cloud and poor visibility, no reception lights being seen. The load was brought back to Base.

 

(NZ) P/O. Young, A. Captain.
(Aus) F/S. McDonald, D. Nav.
(Aus) P/O. Bradley, T. A/B.
(NZ) F/S. Axten, R. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Holt, F. F/Eng.
Sgt. Sumner, M. M/U/Gnr.
Sgt. Burrows, R. R/Gnr.

 

Operation TOM 46 (Abortive). The target area was reached but no reception was seen and a truck with very bright lights was driving along a road within the target area. The aircraft was caught in searchlights N. of Mons area and approximately three light guns opened up 15 miles N. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the Mons area. The aircraft brought its load back to Base and landed safely.

 

(NZ) P/O. McKenzie, C. Captain.
(NZ) P/O. Livingstone, D. Nav.
(NZ) P/O. Ward, G. A/B.
(NZ) W/O. Jones, J. WO/AIR.
Sgt. Conner, R. F/Eng.
Sgt. Tedman, G. M/U/Gnr.
P/O. Bridge, H. R/Gnr.

 

Operation ARCHDEACON 11 (Abortive). Owing to ten tenths cloud and poor visibility it was impossible to pin point the target and the aircraft brought its load back to Base.

 

 

[Signed R. D. Max]

Wing Commander, Commanding,

NO. 75(NZ) SQUADRON, R.A.F.

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