R.D. Max crew 16.9.43

30/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach
18 Aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All aircraft with the exception of one which failed to return, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires which were well concentrated and spreading, were seen. All crews were of the opinion that this was a good attack. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. Batger, H. sighted an enemy aircraft 600 yards away, ahead and the front gunner fired a long and short burst, the enemy aircraft then disappeared and was claimed as possibly destroyed. . The aircraft captained by F/S McGregor,K. sighted an Me110 astern, the rear gunner fired a long burst. The enemy aircraft replied and dived away with smoke pouring from its engines. It is claimed as a possible destroyed. There was 8/10ths cloud at the target approaches although it was clear in the target area. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was  Stirling MK.III EH938 captained by Sgt. Parkin, T.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J

S/L Richard Broadbent, RNZAF NZ391339 – Pilot.
W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Earl Ray Belford, RCAF R.88751/ J.17419 – Air Bomber.
P/O Gordon Alfred Clary, RCAF R.115149, J.18126 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C.A. Fenn, RAFVR 1085958 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Richard Kurton, RAFVR 1477334/ 161621 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Percy Jones, RAFVR 1392223/ 149903 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 03:40

16/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Modane
Nineteen aircraft wee detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of  1,000lb.,and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and well concentrated attack. Large fires which appeared to be spreading and heavy explosions were seen. Some A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, they were ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. The port inner engine caught fire but what put out with the aid of a fire extinguisher, the propeller was then feathered and the aircraft continued its journey on three engines. A few enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by P/O. G.K.WILLIAMS had a combat with a JU 88 which was claimed as destroyed. One other short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. It was clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EJ108 AA-O

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/O Harold Sidney Frank Daborn, RAFVR 1376732/ 116534 – Navigator.
F/S John Francis Heal, RAFVR 1314466/ 162994 – Air Bomber.
P/O Gordon Alfred Clary, RCAF R.115149/ J.18126 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred James Henry Ames, RAF 616330/ 53741 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. T R Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Kenneth William Morgan, RAFVR 1159485/ 157998 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 07:25

03/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early as the Navigator was ill, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being seen. Moderate A.A. Fire was encountered, which was ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. This aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER, damage was received to the starboard elevator , starboard tail plane and the rear turret war partly shot away. The rear gunner Sgt. S.W. RIDDLER was lost over the target when the rear turret was damaged. It is considered that he may have baled out as the escape hatch was found to be open. The aircraft successfully landed at WING. Very few enemy aircraft were seen. It was clear at the target, but slight haze was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. John Francis Heal, RAFVR 1314466/ 162994 – Air Bomber.
P/O Gordon Alfred Clary, RCAF R.115149/ J.18126 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred James Henry Ames, RAF 616330/ 53741 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. T R Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Kenneth William Morgan, RAFVR 1159485/ 157998 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:40

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active. Many enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH880 AA-J
erroneous listed in ORB as EJ880

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/O Harold Sidney Frank Daborn, RAFVR 1376732/ 116534 – Navigator.
F/S John Francis Heal, RAFVR 1314466/ 162994 – Air Bomber.
F/S R.V. Weavers, RAFVR 1290831 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Alfred James Henry Ames, RAF 616330/ 53741 – Flight Engineer.
F/S T R Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Kenneth William Morgan, RAFVR 1159485/ 157998 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 06:20

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 72 (SUCCESSFUL)
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.

Stirling Mk.III

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/O John Wallace Downing, RAFVR 136351 – Navigator.
W/O Frank Albert Page, RAAF AUS.409481 – Air Bomber.
F/O James Allworthy Lee Martin RNZAF NZ422197 2nd Air Bomber
Sgt. Alan Stevens Bromley, RAFVR 1247614 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Walter Pickering, RAFVR 1434290 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Cooper, RAFVR 1308375 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Alfred Newnham, RAFVR 1172993 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:03 – Landed 04:09
Flight Time 07:06

11/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 66 (ABORTIVE
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].

Stirling Mk.III

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/O William Edwin Anderson, RNZAF NZ416073 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Bolgar Bradley, RAAF AUS413338 – Air Bomber.
F/S Glen Osmond Marshall, RNZAF NZ416011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A.R. Gunn, RAFVR 1583849 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Kenefick, RAFVR 1623712/ 174232 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Alfred Newnham, RAFVR 1172993 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 10 (ABORTIVE)
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.

Stirling Mk.III –

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/O Murray Charles Fearon, RNZAF NZ425190 – Navigator.
F/S Roy John Robert Young, RNZAF NZ425410 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. L. Halden, RAFVR 1395672 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. W.J. Todd, RAFVR 546595 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt S. Bellis, RAFVR 2215940 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.III ND796 AA-J (whilst the ORB records this a/c as ND796, it is an error as ND796 was lost on this raid).

W/C Roy Douglas Max, RAF/ RNZAF 36149/ NZ2076 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Hill, RAFVR 1438903 – Navigator.
F/S E.G. Fuller, RAFVR 1386590 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. J. Mellor, RAFVR 1147695 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. C.W. Gibbs, RAFVR 1277052 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. James Henry Kenefick, RAFVR 1623712/ 174232 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Mercer, RAFVR 1802126 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:15

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