C.A.G. McKenzie crew 22.10.43

22/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. An uneventful trip, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. There was 6 to 7/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 JN-E

F/S Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
Sgt. Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Ronald Gordon Freeman, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. P. Skingley, RAFVR 1336876 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 04:15

10/11/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 ??-?

F/S Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Ronald Gordon Freeman, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. P. Skingley, RAFVR 1336876 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:12 – Landed 00:42
Flight Time 07:30

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.Mant 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 BK777 AA-U

F/S Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Ronald Gordon Freeman, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. P. Skingley, RAFVR 1336876 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 03:25

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 EF514 ??-?

F/S Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Ronald Gordon Freeman, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. P. Skingley, RAFVR 1336876 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:41 – Landed 22:47
Flight Time 05:06

29/12/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open. Heavy A.A. Fire was encountered on the route and one aircraft received slight damage. There was ten tenths cloud in the mining area and visibility was poor. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ??-?

F/S Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
Sgt. Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ426999 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 20:45
Flight Time 03:20

03/02/1944 – Mining in St. Malo
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the operation was uneventful, except for squally weather.

Stirling Mk.III EF958 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
F/S Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Herbert Barker, RNZAF NZ417189 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Cyril Beech, RAFVR 1584473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Armstrong, RAFVR 2209010 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Ethelbert Henry Maurice Eaves, RAFVR 915615/ 121974 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:30 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 04:15

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III EF514 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/S Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
F/S Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
F/S Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:45

02/03/1944 – Mining off Le Havre
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.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 02:30

03/03/1944 – Mining off Le Havre
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.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ??-? (9)

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 02:55

04/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 124 (ABORTIVE)
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.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

07/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 121 (ABORTIVE)
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.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 18 (SUCCESSFUL)
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.

Stirling Mk.III ?-B

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:38 – Landed 04:18
Flight Time 07:40

13/03/1944 – Mining off La Rochelle
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.

Stirling Mk.III EF233 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:35

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period ARCHDEACON 11 (ABORTIVE)
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.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

18/03/1944 – Mining in the Heliogoland Bight
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.

Stirling Mk.III LJ457 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 04:30

19/03/1944 – Mining of River Adour
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.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 ??-E

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
P/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
W/O R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:01 – Landed 03:32
Flight Time 08:31

21/03/1944 – Mining off St. Malo
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines off St. Malo and completed their tasks without incident.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 04:15

22/03/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay. Only four took off, but they completed their sorties successfully.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ??-?

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

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

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III ND796 AA-J

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:30

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND796 AA-J

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

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

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Edwards, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Sparkes, RAFVR 1613098 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:25

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:25

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 04:10

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:15

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:37 – Landed 04:18
Flight Time 03:41

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
P/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 07:20

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:03 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:42

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:34 – Landed 07:02
Flight Time 03:28

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:17 – Landed 03:14
Flight Time 02:57

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
F/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:40

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I ND915 AA-A

P/O Colin Archibald Gunn McKenzie, RNZAF NZ417078 – Pilot.
P/O Drummond Blair Livingstone, RNZAF NZ424959 – Navigator.
P/O Gilbert Gillies Ward, RNZAF NZ422655 – Air Bomber.
W/O Jack Jones, RNZAF NZ403011 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Conner, RAFVR 1603909 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Tedman, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Howard Douglas Stewart Bridge, RAFVR 155028 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:50