W.W. Morgan crew 8.9.43

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 EH880 AA-J

S/L Jack ‘Jacky’ Joll, RNZAF NZ40234 – Pilot.
F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Thomas Cameron Graham, RAFVR 125622 – Navigator.
Sgt. William Barron Kane, RAFVR 1312222/ 158333 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Hugh Falloon, RCAF C.18262 – Flight Engineer.
F/S L.C. Soreson, RCAF R.86749/ J.89823 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Joffre Reid, RNZAF NZ411779 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 06:10

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 BF461 JN-B

F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – Pilot.
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ralph Morley Woods, RAFVR 1386860 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Stanley Jones, RNZAF NZ421977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Beech, RAFVR 1584473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Armstrong, RAFVR 2209010 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Ian Melville, RNZAF NZ42349 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 03:40

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 EF513 JN-E

F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – Pilot.
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ralph Morley Woods, RAFVR 1386860 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Stanley Jones, RNZAF NZ421977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Beech, RAFVR 1584473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Armstrong, RAFVR 2209010 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Ian Melville, RNZAF NZ42349 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:25

18/09/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb. which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. A little A.A. fire was encountered but caused no trouble. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good with a bright moon which made visibility excellent. Navigation was good. On return all aircraft landed at TANGMERE owing to adverse weather conditions at base.

Stirling Mk.III EF513 JN-E

F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – Pilot.
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ralph Morley Woods, RAFVR 1386860 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Stanley Jones, RNZAF NZ421977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Beech, RAFVR 1584473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Armstrong, RAFVR 2209010 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Ian Melville, RNZAF NZ42349 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 05:40

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 EF515 AA-F

F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – Pilot.
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ralph Morley Woods, RAFVR 1386860 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Stanley Jones, RNZAF NZ421977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Beech, RAFVR 1584473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Colin Armstrong, RAFVR 2209010 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Ian Melville, RNZAF NZ42349 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 21:05
Flight Time 02:00

08/10/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Two aircraft were detailed to carry our the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the majority were seen to open. This trip was uneventful, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being seen. The weather was fairly good and it was clear in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF142 AA-C

F/S Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – Pilot.
F/O Hugh William Henderson, RNZAF NZ421713 – Navigator.
Sgt. Ralph Morley Woods, RAFVR 1386860 – Air Bomber.
F/S Arthur Stanley Jones, RNZAF NZ421977 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Beech, RAFVR 1584473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert James Ian Melville, RNZAF NZ42349 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Colin Armstrong, RAFVR 2209010 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 05:30

 

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