N.F. Dixon crew 23.02.41

23/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 delay; 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action 250lbs. N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action; containers of incendiaries, while XUK.463 carried one flash bomb.
XUK.163 dropped one stick on station heading 220* Mag. One explosion and S.B.C. seen in target area by rear gunner either on station or yards, railway lines clearly observed. Target was pinpointed by position of two lakes east of BERKENWERDER and also by Tiergarten.
XUK.176 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Bomb burst seen amongst buildings in target area.
XUK.328 reports fires and explosions observed slightly north of target.
XUK.463 reports bombs seen to burst but results unobserved owing to searchlights and ground mist.
XUK.513 reports bombs seen to explode and fires started, followed by minor explosions.
XUK.565 failed to observe results owing to low cloud and ground haze. Bombs definitely seen to burst near target area.
XUK.615 reports bomb bursts observed in target area on East side of the river Rhine. Incendiaries caused two small fires.
XUK.709 reports large fires and explosions observed from 10-12 miles form target.
XUK.770 was unable to locate target owing to cloud and was recalled to base. Bombs were jettisoned safe over sea.
XUK.840 reports incendiaries only observed, numerous fires resulting. No other results observed due to intense searchlight activity.
XUK.917 reports all bombs seen to burst. Incendiaries burst on last bomb flash.
Fires, apparently dummy, seen N.W. of HANOVER. Convoy observed in North Sea 30 miles East of HARWICH being attacked at South end. GHENT well lit up, practically no blackout.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate in all areas.
Searchlights were intense and moderately accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. XUK.917 reports being attacked by two or more in target area.
Opened fired with red and green tracer, and did a climbing turn straight at them. Did not see them again.
Weather in target areas was clear. Cloud was experienced at various parts of routes.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. XUK.565 M.499 (did not bomb?)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
listed as Dickson, but no idividual with this surname- must be phonetically, Dixon
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:49 – Landed 01:29
Flight Time 07:40

09/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries, while MS.342 carried one flash bomb.
MSW.112 dropped bombs in one stick on dicks on west side of harbour, but results were unobserved.
MSW.155 observed bomb bursts on S.W. of dock area. Fires from incendiaries followed by explosions in same area.
MSW.226 dropped bombs in stick. Three bursts observed and some incendiaries seen burning on West side of river in main dock area abreast of two 150 ton cranes and about 30-60yds from water front and between “Y” shaped dry dock and lower of two bridges.
MSW.296 failed to observe results which were indistinguishable from flak fire.
MSW.342 dropped bombs in stick from railway bridge towards estuary.
MSW.487 dropped bombs in one stick from 12000 feet. Bursts were observed followed by explosions in target area.
MSW.577 saw bombs burst in target area on South side of river followed by minor explosions and one large after five mins.
MSW.704 reports explosions in target area.
Dummy fires and explosions were seen on marshland 10 miles east of LORIENT. MSW.112 encountered two balloons at 11,200 and three at 11,000 feet over harbour itself. Flak ships observed in harbour approaches.
A moderate amount of light, medium, and heavy flak was experienced at parts of target areas, but this was not very accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was clear over target area, but cloud was experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, D/F, Q.D.M’s, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. MSW.704 CC.26

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:06 – Landed 00:11
Flight Time 07:05

11/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries.
DYG.114 dropped bombs in salvo. Two good fires were started and observed on North side of dock area; burning when seven minutes on homeward journey.
DYG.280 brought bombs back owing to intense ice conditions at FLUSHING.
DYG.502 dropped stick of bombs across docks. Cloud obscured any other observations.
DYG.532 reports several fires started in target area. Some still in sight when we were over CALAIS.
DYG.927 reports large explosions after small fire started. Small fires along railway.
Dummy flarepath seen approximately six miles North of IJMUIDEN in Holland. Aerodrome working at GHENT.
Some heavy A.A. fire was experienced at CAPE GRIS NEZ and CALAIS. Very little over target areas.
Slight searchlight activity was experienced over BOULOGNE and CALAIS. Searchlights were ineffective over MANNHEIM owing to cloud.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
ten-tenths cloud was experienced over MANNHEIM and RUHR areas. Icing conditions were also experienced.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. DYG.532 Mannheim (Boulogne attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:28 – Landed 21:28
Flight Time 04:00

13/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target N.62
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
MSC.125 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud, 6000-7000 feet.
MSC.175 dropped bombs over target area, but results were not observed owing to cloud.
Except for reflection of fires seen on clouds, results were unobserved by MSC.361.
MXC.428 failed to locate primary target but bombed flak emplacement at BREMEN.
MSC.795 dropped bombs in one stick over BREMEN.
It was impossible to pinpoint position of bursts due to complete cloud cover.
MSC.868 failed to observe results owing to cloud.
S/L. Bain reports bombs straddled hangars at SCHIPOL, causing fires which spread after two or three mins. Three large explosions occurred.
P/O. Morton bombed target through 10/10 cloud.
A number of ships were seen at sea at various parts of route.
Three ships at berths at ENKHUISEN.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target area. Very little activity elsewhere.
Searchlights were ineffective over target area due to cloud. Many, very effective, over AMSTERDAM.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
Heavy cloud was experienced over almost whole of route and in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s and D/F.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. MSC.361 N.62

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 16:57 – Landed 22:02
Flight Time 05:05

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 1000lbs., N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
FXP.270 failed to locate primary target but bombed marshalling yards and goods train N.W. suburbs of BERLIN. Fires started and two large explosions observed from trucks.
FXP.340 reports direct hit by 1000lbs. bomb on jetty at BREMEN DOCKS. Terrific explosion seen.
FXP.357 dropped bombs on marshalling yards and buildings at CHARLOTTENBURG. Bursts observed followed by series of minor explosions. Two large fires observed after turning to course for return trip.
FXP.616 reports bombs burst across target causing numerous fires and explosions.
FXP.653 reports bursts and incendiary fires seen in dock areas.
FXP.724 reports three large fires with four explosions and smaller fires caused by incendiaries.
FXP.792 reports bombs seen to explode in target area causing small fires.
FXP.877 dropped bombs in target area. Fires and explosions were observed.
Three large fires were observed in woods N.W. and W.N.W. of BERLIN. Several small ships seen at berths in CHERBOURG harbour. A.A. emplacement seen on breakwater and in dock area.
There was a fair amount of accurate heavy and light flak in target area and on route.
Searchlights were moderately active on route and in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target areas, but heavy cloud was experienced at many parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. FXP.340 G.30 (Bremen docks attacked as secondary target

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 06:05

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. LTG.477 (did not bomb)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 05:25

19/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft, RWA.258, RWA.551 and RWA.752, failed to locate the target. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
RWA.191 reports explosions observed reflected on cloud base about two minutes after bombs had exploded.
RWA.213 bombed on E.T.A. owing to 10/10 cloud.
RWA.392 dropped bombs in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts and four following explosions observed.
RWA.669 bombed area of HOMBERG through gap in clouds. No apparent fires caused by incendiaries. Five or six explosions observed 3-5 mins after bombing.
RWA.857 dropped bombs in one stick. No observations were made.
There was no A.A. fire except at HERTONGENBOSCH where heavy flak, accurate for direction but not for height, was fired through 10/10 cloud.
No searchlights were experienced.
One enemy fighter was seen over Germany. No attack.
Weather was not good 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole journey.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, Q.D.M.’s and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. RWA.258 A.71 (did not bomb)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 01:25

22/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft,DMU.692, captained SGT. Chuter, failed to return. DMU.936 failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T. and delayed action, 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
DMU.288 reports explosions and fires seen, but damage was unobserved.
DMU.303 reports numerous fires started by incendiaries in target area. Two other bomb loads dropped near by.
DMU.444 reports 1000lbs. bomb seen to land on or very near railway. Incendiary bombs not dropped.
DMU.494 reports several large fires caused, still burning when area was left.
DMU.515 dropped bombs on south perimeter of target along railway. Small fires started. Several large white explosions 3-5 mins after leaving target.
DMU.588 reports bombs and incendiaries seen to burst in the target area. Two fires persisting from the incendiaries, and one large fire, visible 17 mins after leaving, from the bomb bursts obscured in cloud after this time.
DMU.738 reports centre of town bombed and a large fire observed with six white explosions some minutes afterwards.
DMU.781 dropped bombs in two sticks over city causing one large line of fires quarter of a mile long. From these fires 15 to 20 large explosions were observed.
DMU.804 failed to locate target owing to low cloud, but bombed an aerodrome in France, RHEIMS AREA. Seven fires started. Six large explosions five mins later, presumably aircraft.
DMU.943 reports bombs seen to burst in target area amongst other fires, causing explosions.
Several flarepaths were observed at various parts of route. Large dummy town 30 miles S.E. of MANNHEIM and dummy fire seen in middle of town. Blackout very bad over ANTWERP and Belgium. Much snow in Germany.
Fairly intense A.A. fire experienced over MANNHEIM. Very little experienced elsewhere.
There was not much searchlight activity.
DMU.804 reports being attacked by one ME.110 five mins. after bombing. This machine was hit but not brought down (60 rounds fired by front gunner).
Low cloud was experienced at various parts and target areas.
Navigation was by D/R. W/T.Q.D.M’s, and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. DMU.303 D.55

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 06:45

01/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CAR.?? Captained by P/O Hankins, returned to base owing to starboard engine trouble and bombs were jettisoned in North Sea about 50 miles due East of Yarmouth. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, 250lbs. L.C.I., and containers of incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CAR.161 owing to numerous fires already in target area. Three runs were made over the target at 10,000 feet. H.E. and L.C. dropped on first run and incendiaries on second run on the target.
CAR.409 reports large fires added to on first run with incendiaries. Flashes observed from heavy bombs on second run.
CAR.581 saw bombs explode about 400tds. west of target.
Incendiaries added to numerous fires already burning.
CAR.658 reports bombs fell short to S.E. of target, adding to fires already burning there.
CAR.811 reports greenish explosion from H.E. bombs. Small fires from incendiaries. Bombs burst 400 yds S.E. of target.
CAR.992 failed to observe bomb bursts owing to fires in target area. Incendiaries added to fires.
Flashing beacon, one dot every two seconds, observed in position approximately 53N, 04 45’E. Several fires in and around BREMEN.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, inaccurate, experienced at parts of target areas.
Searchlights were intense but inaccurate in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was fairly clear over target areas, but cloud was experienced at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 05:55

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.
XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.
XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.
Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 06:30

15/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, JSK.150, failed to attack target owing to wireless failure on outward journey and jettisoned bombs in North Sea.
The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
As aiming point was already well alight, JSK.148 laid one stick from East to West just North of aiming mark starting fresh fires.
JSK.252 reports N.E. burst just by target. Incendiaries round target, starting large fires.
JSK.325 reports hits registered within target area. Exact position not visible owing to extensive fires previously caused. Further fires observed by rear gunner.
JSK.525 reports many fires seen in, and around target. Own results could not be defined owing to these fires.
JSK.600 dropped H.E. from 10,000 feet. Results unobserved owing to intense fires in target area. Incendiaries dropped on course of 110* from 10,000 feet in a position 300yds. south of railway station. Burned until aircraft was out of sight of target area.
JSK.696 dropped bombs in one stick running east to west. H.E. bursts observed. Incendiaries seen to cause large fire visible 15-20 mins after leaving target.
To large ships, presumed Bremen and Europa, in BREMERHAVEN. Dummy town in position 20 miles West of target area 52*45’N. 04*45’E. Dummy target bearing 190* 15 miles from target.
Intense light and heavy tracer and some heavy flak in target area. Intense heavy flak at OLDENBURG and BREMERHAVEN.
Several searchlights in target area; hampered by moonlight.
JSK.148 reports being attacked by enemy aircraft, probably ME.109, south of BREMERSHAVEN but the attack was not pressed home. One other enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, seen at BREMERHAVEN, but no attack made.
Weather was very good, there being little or no cloud. Visibility good.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:50

27/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BNF.882, captained by S/L. Kain, failed to reach target owing to engine trouble, and bombs were jettisoned “safe” in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries. BNF. 253 reports bursts observed in target area by rear gunners. BNF. 268 dropped bombs in a single stick: 1000 lbs. seen to burst near railway station. BNF.432 reports two fires caused by incendiaries. H.E. dropped in target area. BNF.550 dropped incendiaries on target on first run. H.E. dropped on second run and seen to explode on the fires. Three red fires burning in middle of incendiaries upon leaving target. BNF.654 dropped bombs in two sticks across centre of city. Numerous fires started, increasing in size as target was left. BNF.817 located target and dropped a stick of bombs running North East. Line of fires resulted. Aerodrome observed 10 miles N.W. of LINZEN. Two photos of target area taken by BNF.253.. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. Very few searchlights over target area: not accurate. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear over Germany. Low cloud over England and elsewhere en route. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Coventry Heppenstall, RNZAF NZ391382 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:45 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 06:00

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Coventry Heppenstall, RNZAF NZ391382 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:23 – Landed 03:28
Flight Time 05:05

23/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft failed to locate the target (WLR.245, WLR.807, WLR.948). A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs., 500lbs., 250lbs., and containers of incendiaries. WLR.319 bombed the dock area at BOULOGNE. WLR.519 reports bombs burst in target area, and fires were observed. WLR.547 reports two bombs seen to burst in dock area, 250lbs. not seen to burst. WLR.867 bombed target and saw bursts across docks. Small fires started. Explosions observed by rear gunner. WLR.398 reports that bomb bursts were not seen, owing to layer of cloud blowing across target. S.B.C’s seen to light in target area. A number of parachute flares were seen shot up on coast near Calais. A.A. fire was intense and fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous un target area. One enemy aircraft was seen. Eight tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over target area. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, and pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1161 AA-?

Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Alexander Walker, RNZAF NZ40782 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Rolfe, RAFVR 911408 – Observer.
Sgt. Richard Shuttleworth Blackwell, RAFVR 751892 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Owen Turner, RNZAF NZ401467 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 03:20

03/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. UNL.218 reported decision to turn back owing to wireless not acting correctly. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and cases of incendiaries. UNL.205 reports dropped stick of bombs across target. UNL.218 bombed HAMMSTEDE AERODROME and bombs burst near flare path.
UNK.633 reports bombs hit Dock Gates North East of Main Gates. UNL.640 reports bombs burst East side of RHINE.
UNL.645 reported red glow observed through target.
UNL.633 observed 2/5 star red cartridges seen and red tracer fired N.E. of HONNINGTON. Fires were observed in target area and UNL.783 took photographs of Dusseldorf aerodrome. A fair amount of heavy and accurate flak was experienced. Many enemy fighters were observed and UNL.347 observed plane bomb FELTWELL at 1200ft. The weather experienced on this raid was fine and clear. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Alexander Walker, RNZAF NZ40782 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Rolfe, RAFVR 911408 – Observer.
Sgt. Richard Shuttleworth Blackwell, RAFVR 751892 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Owen Turner, RNZAF NZ401467 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 12:55
Flight Time 17:30

12/03/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets GY477, Town 13a and CC29
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs 500lbs 250lbs and cases on incendiaries. XDA 240 reports bombs fell in target area and fires started. XDA.245 reports bombs dropped on Dock Buildings South of DOCK . XDA.283 dropped bombs across centre of targets on Westerly Leading.
XDA.283 captained by P/O Hewitt reports his aircraft was caught and held in searchlights for 30 minutes and was shot at from the ground during that time and machine hit in may places and hydraulic gear rendered U/S which necessitated a “Crash Landing” on return. This machine was damaged.
XDA.627 reports bombs burst in target area.
XDA.671 reports bombs dropped on SCHIPOL AERODROME owing to wireless being U/S.
XDA.907 reports bombs burst in neighbourhood of AIRMINISTRY BUILDING approx. 1/2 mile S.E. of TIERGARTEN.
Two dummy aerodromes were observed to West of SCHIPOL AERODROME. Very intense heavy A.A. Fire was experienced over the whole route. Intense searchlight activity was experienced and they were mostly operating in cones. XDA.283 report seeing one MW110 over Dutch Coast.
The weather throughout this trip was very good and Navigation was by D/R Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – Pilot.
Sgt. Basil Alexander Walker, RNZAF NZ40782 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Rolfe, RAFVR 911408 – Observer.
Sgt. Richard Shuttleworth Blackwell, RAFVR 751892 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Owen Turner, RNZAF NZ401467 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:59 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 06:46