R. Millar crew 22.10.43

22/12/1943 – Attack against a Special Target
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Bombing was very concentrated and some large explosions were observed. Very little opposition was met and it proved negligible. It was clear over the target except for scattered cloud. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EH152 ??-?

W/O Henry Leonard Burton, RNZAF NZ415863 – Pilot.
F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Samuel Seymour, RAFVR 1479930/ 173885 – Navigator.
Sgt. Herbert Donald Pitt Becker, RAFVR 171280 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Struminger, RAFVR 1803026 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. McGregor, RAFVR 1699864 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Andrew Anderson, RAFVR 1021289/ 172814 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 02:30

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 BF473 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
F/S Patton Mason East, RNZAF NZ426083 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 03:20

26/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK389 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Walker, RAFVR 1893235 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 05:30

04/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. The attack was very concentrated and appeared to be a success. Some slight heavy A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft were encountered but proved negligible. In spite of 3-4 10ths. cloud at the target, visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF217 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:25 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 03:00

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Robert Carroll, RAFVR 1367069 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 03:35

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, & four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:15

27/01/1944 – Mining in the Heligoland Area
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. An uneventful operation, little opposition was met, only slight A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft being seen. The weather was good, being clear except for sea haze. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 04:45

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF207 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
Sgt. Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 06:00

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines in Kiel Bay. Fourteen aircraft dropped 42 mines in 10 minutes. One aircraft returned early with a starboard engine failure. A very successful operation.

Stirling Mk.III EE958 ?-V

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:25 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 05:50

20/02/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs off the island of Borkum in the Frisian Islands. They all successfully completed their sorties without incident.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 ?-?

Sgt. Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 04:05

22/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1,500 lbs in Kiel Bay. After being airborne for one hour all of the aircraft were recalled owing to unsuitable weather conditions.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 dnc ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:35 – Landed 19:05
Flight Time 02:30

24/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed with a large force to lay mines of 1500 lbs in Kiel Bay, and fourteen returned after completing their mission successfully. One aircraft (Captain NZ42367 F/S. Bruhns H.) is missing, and no news was heard after take-off.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Gordon, RAFVR 1348378 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 07:10

25/02/1944 – Mining in Baltic Sea
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs, south of Zealand, an island in the Baltic Sea. Thirteen aircraft completed their mission successfully. The weather was good with excellent visibility. One aircraft (Captain NZ421803 F/Sgt. Willis W.) encountered six JU.88s, four of which fired short bursts, our rear gunner and mid-upper gunner returning fire. Our aircraft was not damaged and no claims were made on the enemy aircraft. Two aircraft returned early with engine trouble.

Stirling Mk.III EF254 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Pepper, RAFVR 1682572 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 20:50
Flight Time 01:10

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 68 (ABORTIVE)
Operation WHEELWRIGHT 68 (Abortive).
Reception area was reached but unable to obtain final pin point owing to low cloud.

Stirling Mk.III ? ?-?

FS Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

03/03/1944 – Mining off Morlaix
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 EH939 JN-J “Johnny”

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 03:15

05/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period AUTHOR 11A (ABORTIVE)
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.

Mk. ? ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

07/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 70 (SUCCESSFUL)
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.

Stirling Mk.III ? ?-T

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:29 – Landed 03:08
Flight Time 06:39

16/03/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Amiens
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.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ?-?

F/S Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:00

09/04/1944 – Attack against Villeneuve St. George
Eleven Lancaster aircraft successfully attacked Villeneuve St. Georges. Four Stirling aircraft were detailed to attack Lille. One jettisoned its load on the outward journey, but the remainder successfully attacked the target.

Lancaster Mk.III LL866 AA-S Sugar

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt G. A. Mercer, RAFVR 1802126 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 04:30

10/04/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Laon
Eight aircraft successfully attacked Laon.

Lancaster Mk.I LL865 AA-?

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Harold Max Hewett, RAAF AUS.419311 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:40 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 03:45

18/04/1944 – Attack Against Rouen
Ten Lancasters were also detailed to bomb the marshalling yards at Rouen, one was withdrawn, but the remaining nine attacked in clear weather with ground haze.

Lancaster Mk.I LL865 AA-?

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 03:20

22/04/1944 – Attack Against Dusseldorf
Eight Lancaster aircraft took part in a concentrated attack against Dusseldorf.

Lancaster Mk.I LL865 AA-?

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:10

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL865 AA-?

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 02:55

09/05/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Cap Gris Nez and all successfully completed their mission. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND782 AA-U

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:00 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 02:15

10/05/1944 – Attack Against Courtrai
Twenty three aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Courtrai. A concentrated attack was made with very slight opposition. One aircraft (Captain NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond) was hit by A.A. Fire on the return journey and the Captain received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I ME754 AA-A

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Eric William Elliott Marshall, RNZAF NZ415637 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 02:25

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 LL865 AA-?

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:55

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 ME691 AA-R

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 04:00

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 ME691 AA-R

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 03:30

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.I LL866 AA-S Sugar

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 07:00

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.III ND752 AA-O

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 04:55

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 ME691 AA-R

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
F/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:45 – Landed 06:45
Flight Time 03:00

07/06/1944 – Attack Against Massy Palaiseau
Six aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Massy Palaiseau near Paris. Five aircraft bombed successfully, one returning early with instrument trouble. The aircraft captained by AUS421504 F/S. Perfrement, J. had a brief encounter with a ME.210, claiming hits on the enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 05:15

08/06/1944 – Attack Against Fougeres
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Fougeres in N. France. Nineteen aircraft bombed successfully, one bringing its bombs back owing to the Bomb sight being unserviceable when over the target area. Two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy aircraft, but the remainder carried out their mission without incident, there being no opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
P/O Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 04:30

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 ME691 AA-R

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
F/O James Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. McDevitt, RAFVR 1586862 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Russell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 03:55

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 LL866 AA-S Sugar

P/O Ritchie Millar, RNZAF NZ412623 – Pilot.
W/O Rex Tabor Andrews, RNZAF NZ404524 – Navigator.
F/S Charles Benjamin Williams, RNZAF NZ422674 – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Powell, RAFVR 1442387 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Flindall, RAFVR 1804162 – Flight Engineer.
F/S R. Jones, RAFVR 1609239 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Griffiths Kirk, RAFVR 1528525 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 03:25

 

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