N.McL. McRitchie crew 20.9.44

16/09/1944 – Attack Against Moerdijk
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack Moerdijk Bridge. The operation was successfully carried out in good weather. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK953 AA-H

F/S Gerald Michael Francis Moore, RNZAF NZ421850 – Pilot.
F/S Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Eric Arthur Boyes, RAFVR 1324428/ 144324 – Navigator.
F/S John Lawrence Page Sherriff, RNZAF NZ42464 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Taylor, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Huckstepp, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Glendenning, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Richard Chatfield, RNZAF NZ422937 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:26 – Landed 00:13
Flight Time 02:47

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/S Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Purdy, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. F. Jolliffe, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Calverley Crabtree, RAFVR 1492180 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Ronald Starkey, RAFVR 1863956 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ronald Creasey, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Whitehead, RCAF R.201795 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:47 – Landed 17:33
Flight Time 02:46

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A “The Seven Sinners”

F/S Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Purdy, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S F. Jolliffe, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Calverley Crabtree, RAFVR 1492180 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Ronald Starkey, RAFVR 1863956 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. White, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Whitehead, RCAF R.201795 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:39 – Landed 23:47
Flight Time 04:08

25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to carry out an early morning attack on Calais. They all reached the target and found that ten tenths cloud with 2,000 feet tops and less than 1,000 feet base obscured it. The operation, therefore, had to be abandoned.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Purdy, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S F. Jolliffe, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
P/O Henry James Abrahams, RAFVR 1313153/ 183761 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Ronald Starkey, RAFVR 1863956 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Cyril Brewer, RAFVR 1418695 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Edward Roy Cooper, RAFVR 2221308 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:31 – Landed 11:17
Flight Time 02:46

26/09/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack a defended locality near Cap Gris Nez. They all attacked the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was negligible.

Lancaster Mk.I NG113 AA-D

P/O Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Purdy, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S F. Jolliffe, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Calverley Crabtree, RAFVR 1492180 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Ronald Starkey, RAFVR 1863956 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Alderson, RAFVR 2221636 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. M. Whitehead, RCAF R.201795 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:54 – Landed 14:03
Flight Time 02:09

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/O Norman McLeod McRitchie, RNZAF NZ421484 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Purdy, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S F. Jolliffe, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt John Calverley Crabtree, RAFVR 1492180 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Ronald Starkey, RAFVR 1863956 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S M. Whitehead, RCAF R.201795 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:21 – Landed 11:17
Flight Time 03:56