N.J.N. Hockaday crew 22.06.42

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – .

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 03:50

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – .

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:40

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – .

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 03:45

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RAFVR NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – .

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 01:25

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3751 AA-P

P/O Eric George Delancey Jarman , RAAF AUS.404507 – Pilot
Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Henderson Taylor, RNZAF 105162/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. J.A. Fernie, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davey, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Francis William John Chunn, RNZAF NZ40735 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:40

28/06/1942 – Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen
Four a/c were detailed to carry out the above sorties. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in the target area. Results not seen. Heavy flak was met at Vannes and Bremen and searchlights were poor. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fair with cloud. Nav. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3452 AA-J

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:00

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.Ic BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 05:45

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 02:25

07/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Nine a/c carried out the above sortie and carried 500lbs bombs and vegetables. A few machines returned with loads but some carried out their task. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft. Weather was cloudy with poor visibility. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Walter Rutherford, RNZAF NZ404572 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

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

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alpheus Leslie Groves, RNZAF NZ403574 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time –

13/07/1942 – Attack Against Duisburg
Nine a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc. was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was moderate and inaccurate. Searchlights were accurate but not numerous. One JU88 was sighted. No attack. Weather was good and navigation excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie Edward McKenzie, RNZAF NZ413266 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 03:55

14/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets Near Terschelling (Gardening)
Three a/c were detailed to carry out an attack as above. Load of vegetables was successfully planted. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy a/c. Weather was slightly cloudy otherwise good. Nav. was by TR and DR and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3452 AA-J

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Atkins, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 03:00

21/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs 30lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area but results were unobserved. Photographs were taken however. A.A. fire was not very heavy but there were any searchlight cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good, clear over target. Navigation was by TR & DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:15 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 03:35

23/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Fourteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was heavy and concentrated. Searchlights were few owing to cloud. One JU.88 was seen. Two other enemy a/c were seen but did not attack. Weather was poor, cloudy over the target. Nav. was good

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 03:40

25/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was accurate and in abundance. Searchlights were poor. Several enemy a/c were seen, one FW190 was seen near target and a JU88 attacking a Wellington. Weather was fair with 8/10 to 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 04:20

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 05:15

28/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area and bursts were seen in dock area. A.A. fire was very accurate, light and heavy predicted. There were many accurate searchlight cones in parts but clear over target. Navigation was good by TR and DR. Six a/c failed to return to base

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 06:10

29/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken
Ten a/c were detailed to attack the above targets and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Hits were observed in target area. A.A. fire was weak and searchlights scarce. A twin engined fighter was seen on return route. Well. III, X3396 was attacked by JU88 but was able to evade it. Weather was cloudy. Navigation was TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 06:05

31/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Eleven a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Good results were obtained and hits observed. A.A. fire was moderate and search lights although numerous, were ineffective. Well.III, X3396 was attacked by a JU88 but evaded successfully. F/Sgt. Lewis, rear gunner of Well.III, X3646 was struck and injured by a 4lb incendiary bomb falling from another a/c. Weather was good and navigation was by DR and TR

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 03:40

09/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb, incendiaries and flares was dropped in target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area and vicinity. A small amount of light A.A. fire was encountered, the target was ringed by a heavy concentration of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:00

11/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack above target. Bomb load of 4000lb, 1000lb, 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in target area. A.A. fire was light, searchlights were scarce and ineffective. One fighter was seen by P/O Horne in Wellington B.J.765 as he was crossing the Dutch Coast homeward bound, no attack was made. The weather was moderate, being cloudy near target. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ837 captain Sgt. Hockaday.N.J., five minutes from the English coast on way to target, fabric stripped off nose of aircraft to port and starboard, the Bomb load was jettisoned and the aircraft returned to base. Three aircraft failed to return, Wellington B.J.767 captained by F/O Dobbin, Wellington B.J.625, Sgt Barclay.T.S., captain, Wellington X.3646 captain Sgt Bradey.G.E.

Wellington Mk.III AA-

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RCAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 01:20

12/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area, large fires were seen. Wellington BJ.765 Captain P/O. Horne took photographs of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, heavy in places but scattered. Searchlights were few and ineffective. The weather was poor, being cloudy over target. Navigation was good by D/R and T/R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:15

17/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 11 1/2lb. Practice flash bombs and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, two large fires were seen blazing fiercely in target area. A.A. fire was heavy all the way to target area, also medium concentrations of searchlights. The target area was covered by thin layers of cloud, navigation was by D/R and T/R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 04:15

24/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack Bomb load of 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, one large fire was observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. Searchlights were moderate. Several enemy aircraft were seen, Wellington X.3396 Captained by Sgt. Kearns, R.S.D. was attacked by a FW.190. The weather was clear on route but cloudy over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.721 AA-A

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RNZAF NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 05:00

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourne failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric Perks, RNZAF NZ411934 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Percy Oaten, RAFVR 959151 – Rear Gunner.

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

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RAFVR NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 08:00

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RCAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 05:50

02/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Karlsruhe
Six aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen on the target, concentrated mainly in centre of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were few. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe was attacked by a JU88, the front gunner fired a burst at very short range, the enemy aircraft then broke off the attack, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was clear over the target, navigation was very good by T.R. and D.R. A large fire suspected to be a dummy, was seen 30 to 40 miles West of Target.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RAFVR NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 23:35
Flight Time 00:25

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 05:20

08/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Frankfurt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb., 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Larger fires were seen. A.A. fire was moderate, searchlights were numerous, particularly in target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was good, with slight ground haze. Navigation was accurate by DR and TR. Wellington captained by Sgt. Johnson failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 06:15

16/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. A.A. fire was intense heavy and accurate, searchlights were in heavy concentration. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe K, was hit by A.A. fire in starboard main plain two minutes prior to bombing, which made a big hole between starboard motor and fuselage, making it impossible to turn to port. Near Dutch coast on return, the aircraft was attacked from underneath by an unseen aircraft, being hit several times and the WOP. being wounded in the back. The enemy aircraft was not seen by any of the crew. On return the aircraft belly landed on the aerodrome with hydraulics unserviceable. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/Sgt. Wright J.L. was attacked by a JU.88 on return from bombing. The enemy aircraft was fired at by the front gunner; after several bursts it was seen by captain WOP and front gunner to explode in the air. A few enemy aircraft were seen by other aircraft but no attacks were made. The target area was covered by 8/10 to 9/10 cloud. Navigation was good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 05:40

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander Scott, RNZAF NZ413484 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RAFVR NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:25 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 06:00

24/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Texel
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Heavy Thunder storms and a low cloud was encountered. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III DF.639 AA-?

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RAFVR NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 02:35

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening in Baltic
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables and 500lb. Bombs were successfully dropped by two aircraft, who failed to hear a recall signal which was broadcast to all aircraft at approximately 2300hrs. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very cloudy with ground haze at base. Navigation was accurate by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BK207 captained by F/Sgt. Dunmall crashed at base on return due to bad visibility.

Wellington Mk.III X.3931 AA-?

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 03:35

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.837 AA-F

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RCAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:05

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III X.3954 AA-?

Sgt. Neville John Netscher Hockaday, RAFVR 1376051 – Pilot.
F/S Alfred Sydney Drew, RNZAF NZ404560 – Observer.
Sgt. M.H. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Donald Gordon, RNZAF NZ402995/ 70159 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Philip, RAFVR NZ405517 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 05:35