A.J. Mayfield crew 30.7.43

The Mayfield crew arrived at 75(NZ) Squadron RAF at Mepal on the 21st of July 1943. All the crew arrived from 1651 Conversion Unit, where they had trained as a crew on Stirling bombers, except Sgt. F.W. Weaver, a WOAG who arrived the previous day from no.1 Gunnery School, who would become the crew’s Wireless Operator. Sgt. Weaver’s arrival at Mepal a day before the rest of the boys is yet to be satisfactorily explained – as the W/Op in the crew, it would have been expected that he would have arrived from 1651 CU with the rest of the boys.

A number of changes occurred to the crew through the first 5 operations. Sgt. Bullen and Sgt. Weaver both leave the crew relatively early – Sgt. Weaver apparently ‘cracked’ on the return from the crew’s third operation to the Gironde Estuary. The reason for Sgt. Bullens departure is less clear. The ORB notes his departure from the squadron to a ‘re-selection center’ on 18th of October. Reading around the subject, it would appear this suggests a performance or discipline issue regarding his suitability within the squadron.

Sgt. Derbyshire’s arrival in the crew (as an eventual replacement to Sgt. Bullen) for the crews first op to Turin (12th August) is one op before William Lake arrives to become the wireless operator. I believe that both were in fact part of another ‘still born’ crew whose pilot, Sgt. Jack Thomson RNZAF NZ421145 was killed on his second ‘second dickie’ operation with the Bailie crew on the 3rd August to Hamburg. In sad truth, this in itself was not a rare occurrence, the remaining crew usually just being dispersed amongst the squadron or sometimes transferred to others.

Typically, a first tour crew in 1943 would be expected to complete a total of 30 operations. The criteria for an ‘op’ was fairly rigid and it was not uncommon for an a/c to travel the full distance to target, fail to bomb and return and this not be counted. On the 19th November 1943, the Mayfield crew completed their 21st operational raid. The following morning they congregated in the ‘prayer room’ to see if ops had been posted for that night. After the raid briefing, they and another crew were held back and informed that orders had been received form 3 Group Headquarters that they were ‘screened’ – they were tour expired and they would fly no more. This of course was not the end of the story. Despite the appallingly high losses in Bomber Command at the time, the completion of a tour (by whatever means) simply offered a stay in training and leave, before the likelihood of being transferred back to a front line squadron for a second tour.

F/O Allan Johnson Mayfield RNZAF NZ417084/ 131505. PILOT
Posted from No.1651 C.U. to 75(NZ) Squadron RAF w.e.f. 21 July 43. Authority P/N. 3G/855/43 dated 19/7/43 to 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.

Born 4th of May 1920 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Based on the first point of training where the crew would have met, I assume that Allan arrived at No.11 O.T.U at Wescott on the  6th April 1943.
9th June is the last logged flight at 11 O.T.U.
26th June posted 1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach.

July 24th War ops – Hamburg Second Dickie with Sedunary Crew.
July 27th War Ops – Hamburg Second Dickie with Turner Crew.

Completed 23 Operational missions with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF before being posted back to 1651 CU as an instructor. As was not uncommon for aircrew, the relatively mundane life within a training flight soon became frustrating. From discussions with Jack Jarmy, it is clear that Allan felt this acutely and at least on one occasion not long after leaving 75(NZ) suggested to Jack and Jock that they  rejoin him for a second tour with Pathfinder Force (PFF) – Jack recalls an expletive filled answer to his request in the negative, I must assume Jock’s response was the same…….

Allan finally got his chance and flew a second tour with 128 Squadron (Mosquito Light Night Strike Force (LNSF). His Citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross (7 Dec 1945): [128 Sqn RAF (Mosquito) – LNSF)

“Pilot Officer Mayfield, as Pilot, has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty”.

Allan completed 20 ops in about 2 months. I still need to see if there is any information regarding where Allan came from. I assume he must have done some conversion training before going to Mosquitoes.

It seems his Navigator was a Flight Sergeant Murphy, initials buried within the Appendices are D.R.

P/O Jack Francis Jarmy RAFVR 1337320/ 134695. NAVIGATOR (NAV)
134695 P/O Nav Jarmy, J  Posted from No.1651 C.U. w.e.f. 21 July 43. Authority P/N. 3G/855/49 dated 19/7/43.

F/O J.F. Jarmy 134695 Posted to No. 3L.F.S w.e.f. 15/12/43

It is clear in discussions with Jack that He, Allan and Dad were good friends. They seem to have been the first 3 to form together at 11 OTU and despite the alternative living and eating situations for Jack as a commissioned officer and the others being NCO’s they clearly had a bond. I don’t know whether it was chance but both Bob and Jack left the squadron to go to No. 3 Lancaster Finishing School to instruct. Their contact with Allan persisted and included a trip over on bicycles to visit it him while he was at 1651 Conversion Unit, also as an instructor.

Like Dad, Jack then undertook another tour, this time with 218 Squadron.

hopefully more information to follow on Jack’s time with 218.

F/O Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville RAFVR 1562617/ 161049. AIR BOMBER (A/B)
See a detailed breakdown of Bob’s RAF career here.

Sgt. A. Warburton RAFVR 1624186. FLIGHT ENGINEER (F/E)
1624186 Sgt. F/Eng Warburton, A  Posted from  No.1651 C.U. w.e.f. 21 July 43. Authority P/N. 3G/855/49 dated 19/7/43.

Sgt. F/Eng. A. Warburton Posted to 1653 CU w.e.f. 15/12/43

London Gazette 14th June 1945 reference to promotion to Warrant Officer (page 3007)

Sgt. Walter James Gee RNZAF NZ417207. WIRELESS OPERATOR (WOP)
Recent information has come to light regarding this individual that is discussed within the blog section here. The nominal roll has Walter linked to the Mayfield crew and his arrival from 1651 Conversion Unit is the same as the Mayfield and Roberts crew. From this I must deduce that his arrival at 11 OTU also coincides as this would have been the point where the ‘base’ crew (minus a second gunner and flight engineer) would have formed.

Details of the specific reason for Walters departure are not known and I am reluctant to speculate despite the recorded evidence of his very rapid drop in rank, his return to New Zealand and his eventual time with the New Zealand Army. Jack remembers his name and recalls he was older than the rest of the boys and a ‘big chap’ – he thought that Walter flew on an op or 2, but looking at Bob’s logbook, it could well be that he was part of some of the 3 training flights the crew performed before undertaking their first op to the Frisian Islands on a gardening mission on the 30th July. Evidence, based on Sgt. Weavers disappearance from the crew and no logged departure in the crew movements of the Squadron ORB’s suggest sadly that like Sgt. Weavers, Walter may well have been classed LMF, something that Jack is unable to categorically confirm, but feels was most likely the case.

Sgt. F. W. Weaver RAFVR 1214092. WIRELESS OPERATOR (WOP)
1214092. SGT.WO/AG. Weavers, F. Attached from No.1 A.G.S. w.e.f. 20/7/43. (Authy. 25G/2502/63/P2/(78).

Sgt. Weavers arrival at the Squadron a day before the rest of the crew has provided a significant amount of frustration to me. Technically as a wireless operator he should have been with the crew since their initial formation at 11 OTU. A recent discovery regarding Walter Gee (see above) begins, I believe, to partially explain this discrepancy with the arrival date. I think that the sudden departure of Walter Gee (before an operational raid) allowed Sgt. Weaver into the crew to replace him. Unfortunately, Sgt. Weavers stay with the crew was short lived – on the third op to the Gironde Estuary on a Gardening raid, Sgt. Weaver apparently ‘cracked’. It is impossible to postulate why this happened – it might have been a slow build up or possibly related to the boy’s decision to attack a train on the return flight from the target. In discussion with Jack, he recalls the wireless operator losing the ability to speak – shaking at his station. The crew decided not to mention it on their return, deciding to see how Weavers was the following morning. It would appear that Weavers went to the Medical Officer and was deemed to be LMF (Lacking Moral Fibre) – such a diagnosis, as crudely simplistic as it was, meant only one thing, Sgt. Weavers was immediately removed from the base and was never seen or heard from again.

Sgt. R. Bullen RAFVR 1356658. MID UPPER GUNNER (MUG)
1356658 Sgt. A/G Bullen, R  Posted from No.1651 C.U. w.e.f. 21 July 43. Authority P/N. 3G/855/49 dated 19/7/43.

1356658 Sgt. A/G Bullen, R. Posted to Combined Reselection centre w.e.f. 18/10/43 (Authy.P/N.3G/2380/43/ dd 16/10/43)

Sgt. Bullen’s rapid departure from the crew is currently a mystery. Reading around the subject, it would appear that being sent to the combined re-selection board was not on paper a good thing at all and was usually a sign of an airman failing to perform or fit in within a crew or the squadron. Whilst only guessing, I think the nature of Bullen’s departure must be different to that of Walter Gee and Sgt. Weavers – Bullen’s departure is recorded, whereas the other 2 have no record of their leaving the squadron – one must assume because of the perceived ‘disgrace’ of their departure.

Sgt. William John Lake RNZAF NZ416421. WIRELESS OPERATOR (WOP)
NZ416421 F/S WO/AG Lake, W Posted from 1665 CU w.e.f. 29 July 43. Authority P/N 3G/965/43 dated 26/7/43

William  arrived to become the wireless operator with the crew on their second op to Turin on the 16th August . I believe that both William and Sgt. Derbyshire were in fact part of another ‘still born’ crew whose pilot, Sgt. Jack Thomson RNZAF NZ421145 was killed on his second ‘second dickie’ operation with the Bailie crew on the 3rd August to Hamburg. In sad truth, this in itself was not a rare occurrence, the remaining crew usually just being dispersed amongst the squadron or sometimes transferred to others. William completed all remaining ops with the crew.

After the Mayfield crew’s departure William continued for a further 5 ops;

26th March 1944. C. Megson crew – Attack against targets at Courtai. Wireless Operator.
18th April 1944. D. Warren crew – Mining in Kiel Bay. Wireless Operator.
22nd April 1944. T. Buckley crew – Attack against targets at Dusseldorf. Wireless Operator.
24th April 1944. T Buckley crew – Attack against targets at Karlsruhe. Wireless Operator.
11th May 1944. Cecil Armstrong crew – Attack against targets ay Louvain. Wireless Operator.

There is no subsequent record of William’s departure from the Squadron, or indeed where he subsequently was posted to.

Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire RAFVR 1032870. MID UPPER GUNNER (MUG)
1032870 Sgt. A/G Darbyshire, T Posted from 1665 CU w.e.f. 30 July 43 Authority P/N 3G/966/43 dated 28/7/43

First op with Mayfield crew on the 12th August to Turin, Sgt. Darbyshire becomes Sgt. Bullen’s replacement in the crew as mid upper gunner and flies all remaining ops with the crew. Originally arrived at Mepal as part of the Thomson crew (see above under William Lake)

After the departure of the majority of the Mayfield crew, Tom continued to complete another 7* flights.

4th January 1944 Alan Spiers crew  –  Mining North of Biarritz. Rear Gunner.
19th January 1944 Geoffrey Rowberry crew – Air-to-Sea firing.
21st January 1944 Desmond Horgan crew – Special Target. – in the Squadron ORB the MUG is apparently incorrectly listed as F/Sgt. D Baverstock….
27th January 1944. Cecil Armstrong crew – Mining in the Heligoland area. Rear Gunner.
28th January 1944. Cecil Armstrong crew – Mining in Kiel Bay. Rear Gunner.
28th January 1944. Cecil Armstrong crew –  Mining in Kiel Bay. Rear Gunner. – in the squadron ORB this is listed as a second op of the same day to the same target – there is no record of it in Tom’s logbook.
30th January 1944. Cecil Armstrong crew – Bombing High Level.
28th January 1944. Harold Bruhns crew – Air Sea Rescue.
*expanded from initial count of 4 ops after receiving a copy of Tom’s logbook

Tom appears to have ben posted to No. 1 A.A.S. at Manby, where he qualified as a Category ‘A’ Gunnery Instructor. He returned to Operational flights on the 21st March 1945 with 195 Squadron at Wratting Common;

21.3.45 F/O Blackman crew – Munster
22.3.45 F/O Hamilton crew – Bocholt.
27.3.45 F/O Blackman crew – Allenbogge.
4.4.45 W/O Brown crew – Merseberge.
9.4.45 F/Lt Walker crew – Kiel.
24.4.45 F/O Blackman crew – Bad Oldsloe.
29.4.45 F/Lt Alt crew – Rotterdam.
1.5.45 F/O Scott crew – The Hague (Operation ‘Mana’).
3.5.45 F/O Blackman crew – The Hague (Operation ‘Mana’).
11.5.45 F/O Scott crew – Juvincourt (Operation ‘Exodus’).
12.5.45 F/O Scott crew – Juvincourt (Operation ‘Exodus’).
13.5.45 F/O Scott crew – Juvincourt (Operation ‘Exodus’).
23.7.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Formation Flight Jettison.
23.7.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Formation Flight Jettison.
24.7.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Formation Flight Jettison.
26.7.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Formation Flight Jettison.
7.8.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Aerodrome Bari Italy (Operation Dodge).
10.8.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Aerodrome Bari Italy (Operation Dodge) – Glatton.
11.8.45 F/Lt Davies crew – Glatton – Base.

Sgt. John Sebastian Hulena RNZAF NZ416427. REAR GUNNER (R/GNR)
NZ416427 Sgt. A/G Hulena, J  Posted from No.1651 C.U. w.e.f. 21 July 43. Authority P/N. 3G/855/43 dated 19/7/43 to 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.
John was born on the 8th  Jun  1913 in Oxford, North Canterbury, New Zealand. He is listed on the passenger rosta of the ‘Bloemfontein’, which sailed from Wellington and arrived in San Francisco in March 1942, by way of travelling to his final destination in Canada for aircrew training.

As with Allan, the earliest I can specify a training point is No.11 O.T.U at Wescott on the  6th April 1943 – this is based on the assumption that John was the single rear gunner that the initial OTU crew was based on (a second gunner would join at the Conversion Unit, simply because the Wellington bombers used at OTU only had a single gunnery position).

  • 9th June is the last logged flight at 11 O.T.U.
  • On the 14th June, John married Beatrice Jane Madams in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Beatrice was an RAF nurse, who originaly came from Manchester.
  • 26th June posted 1651 Conversion Unit, Waterbeach.

John flew all of the 21 ops the crew flew before competing his tour with the squadron

  • Posted to No.17 Operational Training Unit (17 O.T.U) with effect from 15th December 1943.

I currently do not know what John did between his arrival at 17 OTU and his arrival at 12PDRC in June of 1945. Based on Allan, Bob and Jack, I must assume that he flew another tour with another squadron. The only additional information regarding John I have within this period is that he was appointed to commission with rank of Pilot Officer with effect from 21st January 1944 and then to flying Officer by 21st 7th 1944.

  • To No.12 Personnel Depot & Receiving Centre (PD&RC), Padgate Warrington, 7th June 1945.
  • Disembarked in  New Zealand 4th August 1945.
  • Transferred  to Reserve 9th November 1945.

It is believed that John came from a farming family – his father is listed as a member of a World Record sheep shearing team – After returning from the war, John returned to being a farmer in the Manawatu area then came up to Corrmandel, farmed for a while and retired.

John passed away 31st August 1979 in Thames, Coromodel.
Beatrice passed away 4th March 1998.

F/Sgt. James William Scarll RNZAF NZ417237. WIRELESS OPERATOR (WOP)
Flew 2 ops with the Mayfield crew – August 10th , Nurenburg and August 12th to Turin, both as WOP.WOAG Arrived 75(NZ) Squadron 19th Jun 1943. Completed tour 29th Jan 1944. Crewed with George Morrison Duncan as W/Op.

 

24/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty-three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. Of these aircraft, two returned early due to unserviceable W/T and engine trouble respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was a very concentrated and successful attack. Very large spread fires were seen with black smoke rising to height of 1,400ft., some heavy explosions were also seen. A heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered and two aircraft were coned in the searchlights but neither were hit. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88 approaching head on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed.. The Stirling was badly damaged having more that 4ft. of the starboard mainplane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the 3 hours return flight to base, made a perfect landing. Two other short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was very good, with clear visibility, except for haze caused by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE890 captained by Sergeant H. Nichol.

Stirling Mk.III BF564 JN-W

P/O Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary, RAAF AUS.416619 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allan Johnson Mayfield, RNZAF NZ417084 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Aubrey Lens, RAFVR 149672 – Navigator.
Sgt. Cecil Reginald Parish, RAFVR 1332576 – Air Bomber.
W/O Douglas Hamilton Moss, RNZAF NZ404653 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Kitchener Alcock, 532245 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Ernest Nicholson, RAFVR 1800467 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John James Gratton, RAFVR 1351568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:05

27/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack was more concentrated than the previous one, colossal fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 20,000ft. , a ship was also seen to be on fire in a Dock south of the target. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with search lights operating in belts were encountered, although the A.A. fire was heavier than the previous attack, it was ineffective except for slight damage to three aircraft. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt.E.J.ROBERTS sighted a JU 88 approaching from port beam above and all gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft broke away firing and then approached on the port beam below. Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft was claimed to be damaged. The Stirling was also damaged, having a bomb door blown off and a petrol pipe-line pierced, nevertheless the captain brought his aircraft safely back to base. The weather was good except for 3/10th cloud at the target, visibility was good, although smoke haze prevented identification of ground detail. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BF458 JN-A

F/O Geoffrey Turner, RCAF J.7326 – Pilot.
Sgt. Allan Johnson Mayfield, RNZAF NZ417084 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Alan Hall Cleghorn, RAFVR 1493160 – Navigator.
F/O Arthur Douglas Howlett, RNZAF NZ413335 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Malcolm Victor Bloxham, RAFVR 552574 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Smith Thomson, 1374282 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ronald Wilks, RAFVR 1417280 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Christopher Frederick McRae, RCAF R.147326 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:05

30/07/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. No A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was good except for 5/10ths cloud which prevented the parachutes being seen to open. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK614 JN-H

Sgt. Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. W. Weaver, RAFVR 1214092 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Bullen, RAFVR 1356658 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 04:00

02/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb and 4lb. Six of the aircraft returned early owing to severe icing and engine trouble, two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires and columns of smoke were seen although this attack was not considered to be a successful as the previous one. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which proved to be ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good at the beginning of outward journey, but cloud gathered and was 10/10ths at the target, icing and electrical storms were also encountered. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk. III EH928 captained by Sgt. Baille, P. and BF 557 captained by F/Sgt. Couper, J.A.

Stirling Mk.III EE893 JN-N

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. W. Weaver, RAFVR 1214092 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Bullen, RAFVR 1356658 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:30

06/08/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb. One aircraft returned early owing to inter-communication failiure and bought its mines back and one aircraft failed to to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. Slight heavy A.A. fire and one searchlight were encountered, but were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good above 1,000ft. and visibility was fair to good. On the return journey, F/Sgt. Mayfields’ aircraft fired at a locomotive and the engine was seen to blow up with a brilliant flash. The missing aircraft was a Stirling Mk.I HK614 captained by F/Sgt. Mayo, J.R.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. W. Weaver, RAFVR 1214092 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Allen,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:50

10/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds and some heavy explosions were also seen, indicating that the attack was a success. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but gave little trouble. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was poor at the target, 9/10ths cloud prevailing, which prevented identification  of detail. Navigation was very good. The aircraft captained by P/O C.C.Logan, owing to unserviceable navigation aids on return journey went off track and ran short of petrol. The crew prepared to abandon the aircraft but fortunately the petrol lasted and they landed at R.A.F. Marston, after being airbourne for 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Stirling Mk.III BF461 JN-B

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
F/S D. Allen,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:00 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 07:50

12/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 50lb. and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was an absolute mass of flames, colossal fires and heavy explosions were also seen. Very feeble A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, but were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one combat took place. The aircraft captained by P/O A. Burley sighted an unidentified aircraft on the way to the target in the Chartes area, which approached from astern, the rear gunner gave a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft broke away. The Stirling’s port outer engine was badly damaged and had to be feathered. The captain however, continued to target which was 380 miles distant on three engines, successfully bombed it and returned to base, making a perfect landing. The weather was clear with a bright moon over the target. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk. BF564 JN-W

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 08:40

16/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. All of the aircraft successfully bombed the target except one which jettisoned its bombs 10 miles N.W. of Turin owing to an electrical equipment failure. Some huge explosions and very large fires were seen, which appeared to be spreading. Slight A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective except for one aircraft that received negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good except for ground haze. Navigation was very good. All the aircraft were diverted to other aerodromes on return, owing to fog at base.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U
details in Mepal log regarding fog at base and alternate return destinations for aircraft – try to sort out which went where….

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 08:35
17/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., 500lb. and incendiaries of 30lb., and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack to be well concentrated, large fires and huge explosions being seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear except for a smoke screen which partially obscured the target. Navigation was excellent. On the return journey the fires could be seen 50 miles from the target.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
Sgt. G. Tyler, RAF – Not a Squadron member – but flew with the crew on single Op with the Squadron
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 08:00

27/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Good concentrated fires and heavy explosions were seen. A moderate barrage consisting of light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, and two aircraft received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was cloudy on the outward journey but clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE955 captained by F/Sgt. Higham.

Stirling Mk.III EH877 JN-C

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 07:00

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 EH949 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

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

31/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 500lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. Two aircraft failed to take-off and four did not return, the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen, although rather scattered they appeared to be progressing very well. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered and one air craft received slight damage. Enemy night-fighters were in great prominence, the aircraft piloted by F/Sgt. Wilkinson, G encountered a JU88 approaching from astern 500yds away. The rear gunner fired a long burst, the enemy aircraft replied and stalled. The mid-upper gunner then fired three long bursts. The enemy aircraft was seen to fall away and is claimed as probably destroyed. Our aircraft received damage to the rear of the fuselage and had part of the tailplane and fin badly damaged. The aircraft captained by F/O Alexander sighted two Me109’s, the first opened fire from the starboard quarter and the rear gunner replied with a short burst. The enemy aircraft stalled and the mid-upper gunner fired a short burst. The enemy aircraft then dived to the ground and exploded, it was claimed to be destroyed. The second Me109 opened fire with a short burst from the port bow to the port quarter. The rear gunner then fired a short burst and tracer was seen to enter the enemy aircraft, which dived. It was claimed as possible destroyed. The aircraft captained by W/O Moseley, P. sighted a Me110 on the port quarter, the mid upper and rear gunner fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft turned over and dived with smoke pouring from its starboard side. It was claimed as probably destroyed. The aircraft captained by P/O C.Logan sighted a Me109 sixty yards astern, the mid-upper and rear gunner  fired and tracer from the rear gunner was seen to hit the aircraft. The Stirling then corkscrewed and the Me109 disappeared. It was claimed to be damaged. Two other aircraft crash landed away from base due to damage caused by enemy fighters, none of the crews were injured however. 8/10ths cloud was encountered on the outward journey and 9’10ths at the target, visibility, nevertheless, was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings MK.III EE918 captained by F/Sgt. Roberts,E, EE878 captained by F/Sgt. Henley, D, EE905 captained by F/Sgt. Helm,G. and EF501 captained by F/S McGregor, K.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:30

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 06:30

08/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Boulogne
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. The carried their maximum bomb load in bombs of 1,000lb., and 500lb.. One aircraft crashed whilst taking off and two returned early. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Not many fires were seen but numerous huge explosions were observed. Some heavy and light predicted A.A.Fire and a few searchlights were encountered but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear  except for slight ground haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 02:00

15/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Montlucon
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb..One aircraft failed to take-off, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires was rising to a height of 12,000ft.. Inaccurate A.A.fire from a few guns was the only opposition, no enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 5/10th cloud over the target but visibility was nevertheless good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. N.A. Bevans, RAFVR 1216099 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 07:00

16/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Modene
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 EF513 JN-E

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:40

22/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. Numerous fires which appeared to be merging into one large fire were seen, and were still visible as the aircraft were returning over the DUTCH Coast. Heavy A.A. fire and a great number of searchlights were encountered, but proved ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and one of our Stirlings was hit, but the attacker was not seen, damage was received to the tail and mainplane, and the port petrol tanks were punctured. The aircraft, however, was safely flown back to base and a crash landing was made with three engines. It was clear over the target and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Kenneth Albiston, RAFVR 136454 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 06:10

Sep 1943 only. c/w J L Mitchell as 2P

23/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to carry the above operation with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was, undoubtedly, a good attack, concentrated fires which were spreading to the West, and large heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a large curtain of searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. Enemy aircraft were very active and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by W/O. P. MOSELEY had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed as a probably destroyed. In the action our aircraft received damage the Pilot W/O. P. MOSELEY and the Mid Upper Sgt. C(?) MIDDLETON were slightly injured. The aircraft captained by P/O A. BURLEY had three combats with enemy aircraft, one of which was claimed as destroyed, the two as  damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility. Navigation was excellent. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.111 EF459 captained by P/O C.C. LOGAN, EH946 captained by F/Lt. G. TURNER , and EH935 captained by F/O L. KIRKPATRICK.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:30

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 EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:30

04/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. Three aircraft returned early and one failed to return. This was a good attack, ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very good concentrated fires and enormous explosions being seen, the fires were still visible on the homeward journey. A.A. Fire was negligible, there were many search lights which were cooperating with enemy night-fighters. The aircraft captained by S/Ldr. J.JOLL had a combat with a M.E. 109, which was claimed as possibly damaged. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but clear over the target, visibility was good except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by SGT. H.J. MIDDLETON.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:00

08/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lbs., 500lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Results were rather disappointing as owing to thick cloud, it was not possible to assess damage. Very few fires were seen and only one large explosion was observed. Slight ineffective A.A, Fire was encountered. Searchlights were active but hampered by cloud. Several combats with enemy aircraft took place. The aircraft captained by F/SGT. SPIERS, R. claimed a M.E. 109 as probably destroyed and a M.E. 110 as damaged. Another M.E. 109 was claimed as damaged by the aircraft captained by P/O o. WHITE. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

P/O Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot. P/O Sidney Alfred Clark, RNZAF NZ414591 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:15

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 LJ457 JN-J

P/O Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/S Ronald ‘Joe’ Hunt, RAFVR 1126956, 173363 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 06:00

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-X?

P/O Allan Johnson Mayfield , RNZAF NZ417084 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Russell , RNZAF NZ421133 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Jack Francis David Jarmy, RNZAF 1337320/ 134695 – Navigator.
Sgt. Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville, RNZAF 1562617/ 161049 – Air Bomber.
F/S William John Lake, RNZAF NZ416121 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Warburton, RAFVR 1624186 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Darbyshire, RAFVR 1032870 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Sabastian Hulena, RNZAF NZ416427 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:02 – Landed 21:18
Flight Time 04:16

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