NE181 “The Captains Fancy”

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – NE181

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 21/05/44 Duisberg JN-M P/O Crawford 04:25
2 28/05/44 Angers JN-M F/S Perfrement 07:15
3 30/05/44 Boulogne JN-M P/O Crawford 02:10
4 02/06/44 Wissant JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:40
5 03/06/44 Calais JN-M F/O Lethbridge 02:05
6 05/06/44 Ouistreham JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:50
7 06/06/44 Lisieux JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:56
8 10/06/44 Dreux JN-M F/S Nairne 04:20
9 11/06/44 Nantes JN-M F/S Nairne 05:25
10 14/06/44 Le Havre JN-M F/S Nairne 03:30
11 15/06/44 Valenciennes JN-M F/S Nairne 03:25
12 21/06/44 Domleger JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:30
13 23/06/44 L’Hey JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:25
14 24/06/44 Rimeux JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:30
15 30/06/44 Villers Bocage JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:10
16 02/07/44 Daylight Beauvoir JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:18
17 05/07/44 Watten JN-M F/S Lethbridge 01:48
18 07/07/44 Vaires JN-M F/S MacKenzie 04:30
19 09/07/44 Linzeux JN-M P/O Timms 03:01
20 10/07/44 Nucourt JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:10
21 12/07/44 Vaires JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:35
22 15/07/44 Bois Des Jardine JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:55
dnc 17/07/44 Vaires JN-M F/S Lethbridge 01:00
23 18/07/44 Aulnoye JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:48
24 18/07/44 Cagny JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:55
25 20/07/44 Homberg JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:05
26 23/07/44 Kiel JN-M P/O Timms 05:00
27 25/07/44 Stuttgart JN-M F/L Gunn 08:14
28 28/07/44 Stuttgart JN-M F/L Gunn 07:45
29 30/07/44 Amaye Sur Seulles damaged by own bomb splinters – Air 14/3463 JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:56
30 01/08/44 Le Nieppe JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:21
31 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:40
32 04/08/44 Bec D’Ambes  * Listed as being flown by Lethbridge crew, however recorded in logbook of Pilot Andrew MacKenzie

damaged by hailstones – Air 14/3463

JN-M P/O MacKenzie 07:35
33 05/08/44 Bassens  * Listed as being flown by O’Callaghan crew, however recorded in logbook of Pilot Andrew MacKenzie JN-M P/O MacKenzie 07:38
34 07/08/44 Mare De Magne JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:00
35 09/08/44 Fort D’Anglos JN-M F/S Lethbridge 02:11
36 11/08/44 Lens JN-M F/S Lethbridge 03:18
37 12/08/44 Mining in the Gironde Estuary JN-M F/S Lethbridge 06:57
38 15/08/44 The Aerodrome at St. Trond JN-M F/O Scott 03:36
39 16/08/44 Stettin JN-M F/S Lethbridge 08:07
40 18/08/44 Bremen JN-M F/S Lethbridge 05:34
41 26/08/44 Kiel JN-M F/S McCartin 05:50
42 29/08/44 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig JN-M S/L Williamson 09:35
43 31/08/44 Pont Reny JN-M S/L Williamson 03:00
44 05/09/44 Le Havre JN-M F/S McCartin 03:39
45 06/09/44 Harqueboc Le Havre JN-M F/O Cuming 03:47
46 08/09/44 Doudenville JN-M F/S McCartin 04:25
47 12/09/44 Frankfurt JN-M F/O Cuming 07:05
48 14/09/44 Waasenaar JN-M F/O Southward 02:36
49 16/09/44 Moerdijk JN-M F/O Cuming 02:52
50 17/09/44 Emmerich JN-M F/O Cuming 03:02
51 20/09/44 Calais JN-M S/L Williamson 03:39
52 23/09/44 Neuss JN-M F/O Cuming 03:51
53 25/09/44 Calais JN-M F/O Cuming 03:04
54 26/09/44 Cap Gris Nez JN-M F/O Cuming 02:24
55 03/10/44 the West Kapelle Dyke JN-M S/L Williamson 03:18
56 05/10/44 Saarbrucken JN-M F/O Cuming 05:01
57 06/10/44 Dortmund JN-M F/O Cuming 00:00
58 07/10/44 Emmerich JN-M S/L Williamson 04:04
59 14/10/44 Duisburg JN-M S/L Williamson 04:24
60 14/10/44 Duisburg(2) JN-M S/L Williamson 04:40
61 15/10/44 Mining in the Kattegat Area JN-M F/O Robertson 05:53
62 19/10/44 Stuttgart JN-M F/O McIntosh 06:16
63 21/10/44 Flushing JN-M F/L Waugh 02:53
64 22/10/44 Neuss JN-M F/L Waugh 04:06
65 23/10/44 Essen JN-M F/O Cuming 04:53
66 25/10/44 Essen JN-M F/O Cuming 04:12
67 26/10/44 Leverkusen JN-M F/O Cuming 04:06
68 28/10/44 Cologne JN-M S/L Bailey 04:31
69 30/10/44 Wessling Hit by flak once JN-M S/L Bailey 04:33
70 30/10/44 Cologne JN-M F/O Butler 05:15
71 31/10/44 Cologne JN-M F/O Cuming 04:15
72 02/11/44 Homberg Hit by flak 8 times JN-M W/C Leslie 04:05
73 04/11/44 Solingen JN-M S/L Bailey 04:34
74 05/11/44 Solingen JN-M F/O McIntosh 04:15
75 06/11/44 Coblenz JN-M P/O Cuming 04:45
76 08/11/44 Homberg JN-M S/L Bailey 04:27
77 20/11/44 Homberg JN-M F/O McDonald 04:38
78 21/11/44 Homberg JN-M W/C Leslie 04:10
79 23/11/44 Gelsenkirchen (Nordstern) Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 14×500 G.P., 2×500 M.C.
Primary target Nordstern
Very good concentration of aircraft. Bombing should have been good.
JN-M F/O McDonald 04:18
80 27/11/44 Cologne Marshalling Yard Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 14×500 ANM, 2×500 M.C.
Primary target Cologne M/Y
Fairly good concentration
JN-M P/O McDonald 04:31
81 28/11/44 Neuss Bomb Load – 1×4,000 HC; 6×1,000 MC; 6×500 GP.
Primary Target – NEUSS
Main cluster of sky markers well concentrated
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:14
82 02/12/44 Dortmund Bomb Load 13×1,000 M.C.
Primary target Dortmund
Noting to report
JN-M F/O McDonald 04:19
83 04/12/44 Oberhausen Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C. 6×1,000 ANM 6×500 G.P. 2×500 M.G.
Primary target Oberhausen
Fairly scattered run up and bombing.
JN-M F/O Williams 03:51
84 05/12/44 Hamm Marshalling Yards Bomb Load – 1×4,000 HC; 12×500 GP; 2×500 GP/LD; 2×500 MC
Primary Target – Hamm M/Y (bombed Hainstrop)
Suspect that OJ/K did not bomb so when having overshot at least six miles, decided it was impossible to get back into scream, so chose first available target.
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:36
85 06/12/44 Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C. 6 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 G.P.L.D. 6 hrs. Primary target Meresburg Oil Refinery. Good concentration of bombing JN-M P/O Simpson 07:19
86 08/12/44 Duisburg Bomb Load 13×1,000 M.C.
Primary target Duisburg
Very difficult formation flying owing to fogging to windscreen. Could not find leader at rendezvous owing to cloud.
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:13
87 11/12/44 Osterfeld Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 13×500 G.P., 2×500 M.C. 1 Munro Bomb
Primary target Osterfeld
Poor concentration. From Gee fix it appeared a 2/3 overshoot
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:11
88 12/12/44 Witten Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 14×500 G.P., 2×500 M.C.
Primary target Witten
Fair concentrationNE181, F/L Hannan & crew, collided lightly with another aircraft in the stream just before reaching the target but was able to continue and bomb the target. They vacated quickly and headed back to base, landing safely at 16.18hrs. Conjecture that the other aircraft was HK576 piloted by Taffy Zinzan
JN-M F/L Hannan 05:06
89 16/12/44 Siegen Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C. 5×1,000 M.C 4×500 ANM
Primary target Siegen
No results seen, but should have been concentrated attack.
JN-M S/L Bailey 06:10
90 21/12/44 Trier Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 7×500 ANM., 2×500 M.C. 6 WTP G.P. 1×350 Munroe
Primary target Trier
Good lead up to target. Fairly good concentration bombing.
JN-M F/O Davies 04:41
91 23/12/44 Trier Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C, 7×500 ANM., 6×250 G.P. 1×350 Munro T. 748
Primary target Trier
An excellent concentration
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:17
92 27/12/44 Rheydt Bomb load 6×1,000 ANM. 4×500 ANM. 2×500 M.C. 4×250 G.P.
Primary target Rheydt
A very good attack, much smoke.
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:36
93 31/12/44 Vohwinkel Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 14×500 ANM
Primary target Vohwinkel
Do not consider attack good.
JN-M F/L Hannan 04:55
94 01/01/45 Vohwinkel Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 12×500 G.P. 2×500 M.C.
Primary. Vohwinkel
Likely to be a good attack.
JN-M F/L Hannan 05:50
95 03/01/45 Dortmund Oil Refinery Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 14×500 G.P., 2×500 M.C.
Primary target Dortmund Oil Refinery
Flew into snow storm; nearly collided with another aircraft. Called Bury St. Edmunds three times on Darky but no joy, so circled and received permission to land at Mendalsham. Appeared good concentration on flares over target.
JN-M F/L Hannan 05:08
96 05/01/45 Ludwigshafen Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 11 x 500 M.C. 1 Munro. Primary target Ludwigshafen. TK/F not at forming up point so went on and was unable to get into any vic had to turn off before end of photo run. JN-M F/O Simpson 05:47
97 06/01/45 Mining off Pilau Mine Load 1xB240, 1×0706, 1xG718
Primary target – off Pilau
Several J.U.88’s seen but they made no attempt to approach. Returned on three engines from Danish West coast
JN-M F/O Clement 09:40
98 11/01/45 Krefeld Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 12×500 M.C., 4×250 G.P.,
Primary target Krefeld
Mediocre concentration
JN-M S/L Bailey 04:55
99 16/01/45 Wanne Eickel Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 10×500 G.P., 2×500 M.C., 2×250 G.P. 1 Munroe
Priamery target Wanne Eickel
Good concentration on glow beneath. Saw large explosions over target
JN-M S/L Bailey 05:01
100 29/01/45 Krefeld M/Y 1×4,000 M.C., 9×500 ANM., 2×500 M.C., 4×250 G.P.
Primary target Krefeld M/Y
Pretty well concentrated in line, but pretty broad. HA/A HA/S HA/W HJ/A came through from rear to front of formation contrary to instructions and upsetting our formation
JN-M S/L Bailey 05:46
101 02/02/45 Wiesbaden Bomb Load 1×4,000 H.C., 10×500 ANM., 2×250 G.P.
Primary target Weisbaden
Red T.I. seen at 20,000 ft. possible dummies
JN-M S/L Bailey 05:45
102 11/05/45 Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt Number of men carried – 24 JN-M F/O Ware 07:13
103 12/05/45 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt  Number of men carried – 24 JN-M S/L Ballingall 05:22
104 13/05/45 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt Owing to strong crosswind at Juvincourt, Aircraft were not allowed to take off till the wind lessened.

Number of men carried – 0

JN-M F/O Thompson 03:26
105 14/05/45 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt  Number of men carried – 24 JN-M F/O Opie 06:35
106 15/05/45 Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt  Number of men carried – 24
Port inner engine was u/s and delayed take-off at Juvincourt for 3 hours.
JN-M F/O Ware 09:59
107 16/05/45 Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt Number of men carried – 24 JN-M F/O Shaw 04:43
108 26/05/45 Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England Number of Refugees carried – 104.
24 Prisoners of War were bought back to Ford
JN-M S/L Ballingall 08:18
Total Op hours 469:45

NE181, JN-Mike – ‘The Captains Fancy’ holds a special fascination with 75(NZ) Squadron as it was the only aircraft in the Squadron to pass it’s ‘century’ of completed Operations. Perhaps inevitably because of this ‘fame’ there is a degree of ‘fogginess’ that exists around the aircraft, regarding the exact number of Ops credited to it and even in some quarters, what crew and what date the magic figure of 100 Ops final was recorded.

We intend the following to be an ongoing conglomeration of available information that will hopefully represent a real time statement of all that we currently know of this aircraft. I have and will continue to resist the claim of a ‘definitive’ record or statement – the reach of this blog and the internet, will I suspect, continue to allow information to be added……

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Ian Wallace in the drafting of the first portion of this history.

Lancaster NE181 was completed in May, 1944 by A.V Roe and Co. Ltd (or Avro, for short) at their Chadderton factory in Manchester – she received the final serial from the eighth production batch of Lancaster bombers built for the British Government under contract No. 1807. Her four Rolls Royce Merlin 38 engines made her a Lancaster B.III; she was also fitted with de Havilland ‘narrow blade’ propellers, a chaff-dispenser chute, a ‘late model’, deep nose-blister, the later pitot head placement common on Lancasters and an H2S radome on the lower, rear fuselage.

Part of the eighth production batch of 600 aircraft built by A.V.Roe & Co. Ltd. at their Chadderton works, being the third part of Contract No. 1807 and the second part of Works Order No. 8545. Serials ND324-ND368, ND380-ND425, ND438-ND479, ND492-ND538, ND551-ND597, ND613-ND658, ND671-ND715, ND727-ND768, ND781-ND826, ND839-ND882, ND895-ND936, ND948-ND996, NE112-NE151, NE163-NE181. Deliveries commenced 12-43; completed 5/44.
Retrieved 2 Sep 2014 from http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_prod_avro3.htm.

She was delivered to 75 (NZ) Squadron RAF in Mepal, Cambridgeshire on the 20th May, 1944.

NE181’s first operation was flown the day after delivery, on the 21st May, when she was taken to Duisburg by Pilot Officer Christopher Crawford and crew. It seems unlikely that she flew this operation with the code letters JN – M applied, however: there was already a JN-M on C Flight strength, a Lancaster serialled ND908. Although ND908 didn’t take part in the Duisburg raid, she is recorded as flying the day after on her 9th operation to Dortmund (coincidentally perhaps, flown again by Crawford and crew). ND908 would fly only two more operations before being shot down on the 27th May on a raid to Aachen.

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg (1)
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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


28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers (2)
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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Dudley Perfrement, RAAF AUS.421504 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Frederick Hall, RAFVR 1396280, 177981 – Navigator.
Sgt. Albert Kirkham, RAFVR 1223786 – Air Bomber.
P/O John Duncan Craven, 1007069/ 57882 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Tomlinson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. King, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Douglas Hugh Trigg, RAAF AUS.419577 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 07:15


30/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne (3)
Ten aircraft successfully bombed a target at Boulogne, encountering only very slight opposition. The attack was carried out in clear visibility.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Christopher Nigel Charles Crawford, RAFVR 1395602 – Pilot.
F/S Eric Thomas Rivers, RCAF R.10088 – Navigator.
Sgt. T. Mason, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T. Feavers, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Frost, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Heslopp, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Phillips, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 02:10


02/06/1944 – Attack Against Wissant (4)
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Wissant, N. France. Owing to thick cloud over the target, twelve aircraft were unable to identify the markers and brought their bombs back. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:15 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 02:40


03/06/1944 – Attack Against Calais (5)
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Calais, and all crews were successful in contributing to a good concentrated raid in clear weather. Defences were slight to moderate and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 02:05


05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham (6)
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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J.Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:50 – Landed 06:40
Flight Time 02:50


06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux (7)
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 03:56


10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux (8)
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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Colin George Nairne, RNZAF NZ42117 – Pilot.
F/S Lyndon Clifford Perry, RNZAF NZ428925 – Navigator.
F/S Denis Alfred Kidby, RAFVR 1391158 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alfred Richard Stannard, RAFVR 1338510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Raymond Charles Smith, RAFVR 1235250 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Woodford, RAFVR 922095 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Philip Falkiner, RNZAF NZ425140 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:20


11/06/1944 – Attack Against Nantes (9)
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Nantes. All aircraft successfully bombing the target. Large fires and explosions were reported. Intense light A.A. Fire was encountered in the target area. the aircraft captained by NZ421072 P/O. C. McCardle, shortly after leaving the target area, was damaged by what is now thought to have been a light A.A. Shell exploding in the cockpit. The Captain received severe injuries and the Flight Engineer Sgt. Benfold, R., superficial injuries. The Air Bomber, AUS410489 W/O. Hurse, A. took over the controls, and with the assistance of the Navigator NZ4310159 F/O. A. Zillwood, brought the aircraft safely back to this country, where a perfect landing was executed.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Colin George Nairne, RNZAF NZ42117 – Pilot.
F/S Lyndon Clifford Perry, RNZAF NZ428925 – Navigator.
F/S Denis Alfred Kidby, RAFVR 1391158 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alfred Richard Stannard, RAFVR 1338510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Raymond Charles Smith, RAFVR 1235250 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Woodford, RAFVR 922095 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Philip Falkiner, RNZAF NZ425140 – Rear Gunner.

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


14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre (10)
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Colin George Nairne, RNZAF NZ42117 – Pilot.
F/S Lyndon Clifford Perry, RNZAF NZ428925 – Navigator.
F/S Denis Alfred Kidby, RAFVR 1391158 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alfred Richard Stannard, RAFVR 1338510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Raymond Charles Smith, RAFVR 1235250 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Woodford, RAFVR 922095 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Philip Falkiner, RNZAF NZ425140 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:30


15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes (11)
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Colin George Nairne, RNZAF NZ42117 – Pilot.
F/S Lyndon Clifford Perry, RNZAF NZ428925 – Navigator.
F/S Denis Alfred Kidby, RAFVR 1391158 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Alfred Richard Stannard, RAFVR 1338510 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Raymond Charles Smith, RAFVR 1235250 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stanley Alfred George Woodford, RAFVR 922095 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Philip Falkiner, RNZAF NZ425140 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 03:25


21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger (12)
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 20:40
Flight Time 02:30


23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey (13)
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 02:25


24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux (14)
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 02:30


30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage (15)
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.     –
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 03:10


02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir (16)
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:57 – Landed 16:15
Flight Time 03:18


05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten (17)
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:07 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 01:48


07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires (18)
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Andrew David MacKenzie, RAFVR 1564491/ 178802 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce, RAAF AUS.418339 – Air Bomber.
W/O J. ‘Ginge’ Wright, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:59 – Landed 03:29
Flight Time 04:30


09/07/1944 – Attack Against Linzeux (19)
The twenty five aircraft detailed on the previous day took off to attack the constructional works site at Linzeux in daylight. All aircraft bombed through cloud, using navigational aids. A.A. fire opposition was reported as slight, although one aircraft suffered considerable damage when over the target. There was no opposition from enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Frank Maxwell Timms, RNZAF NZ421544 – Pilot.
Sgt. W. Morton, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O John Hale Noble, RNZAF NZ427223 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. P. McKerral, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Woods, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Hindley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Kemp, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 16:06
Flight Time 03:01


10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt (20)
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:20 – Landed 07:30
Flight Time 03:10


12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires (21)
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:11 – Landed 21:46
Flight Time 03:35


15/07/1944 – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine (22)
Ten aircraft took off to attack the constructional works site at Bois Des Jardins. All aircraft bombed the target, but a scattered raid was reported owing to eight to ten tenths cloud. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

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


17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires (did not complete Operation)
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 dnc JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 13:20
Flight Time 01:00


18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye (23)
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:38 – Landed 02:26
Flight Time 03:48


18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny (24)
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:40 – Landed 07:35
Flight Time 02:55


20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg (25)
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickenson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:05


23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel (26)
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Kiel, and all successfully bombed the target. A concentrated raid was reported and the glow of fires could be seen from the Danish west coast on return. A moderate A.A. barrage was met and two aircraft had combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Frank Maxwell Timms, RNZAF NZ421544 – Pilot.
Sgt. W. Morton, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O John Hale Noble, RNZAF NZ427223 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. P. McKerral, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Woods, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J. Hindley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Kemp , RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:44 – Landed 03:44
Flight Time 05:00


25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart (27)
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Garth Reginald Gunn, RNZAF NZ411397 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Robert Smith, RAFVR 1457442/ 153453 – Navigator.
F/O Angus Moorcroft Millar, RNZAF NZ428249 – Air Bomber.
F/L William French Morison Naismith, RAFVR 47714 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Henry Bruce, RAFVR 1566967 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:40 – Landed 05:54
Flight Time 08:14


28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart (28)
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Garth Reginald Gunn, RNZAF NZ411397 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Robert Smith, RAFVR 1457442/ 153453 – Navigator.
F/O Angus Moorcroft Millar, RNZAF NZ428249 – Air Bomber.
F/L William French Morison Naismith, RAFVR 47714 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Henry Bruce, RAFVR 1566967 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:58 – Landed 05:43
Flight Time 07:45


30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles (29)
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
damaged by own bomb splinters – Air 14:3463
F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:05 – Landed 10:01
Flight Time 03:56


01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe (30)
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:13 – Landed 21:34
Flight Time 02:21


03/08/1944 – Attack Against L’Isle Adam (31)
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed took off to attack the Supply Dumps at L’Isle Adam, near Paris. They all attacked in clear weather and a very successful and concentrated raid was reported. There was no fighter opposition and only slight A.A. fire was met in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:56 – Landed 15:36
Flight Time 03:40


04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes (32)
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
damaged by hailstones – Air 14/3463

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie, RAFVR 1564491/ 178802 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce, RAAF AUS.418339 – Air Bomber.
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain, RNZAF NZ415983 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:38 – Landed 21:13
Flight Time 07:35


05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens (33)
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Andrew David MacKenzie, RAFVR 1564491/ 178802 – Pilot.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Stoneham, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Gregory Bunce, RAAF AUS.418339 – Air Bomber.
W/O Sinclair Archibald Bain, RNZAF NZ415983 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. George ‘Geordie’ Robertson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gilbert ‘Mac’ McKellow, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Barker, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:29 – Landed 22:07
Flight Time 07:38


07/08/1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne (34)
The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
W/O Cyril Aubrey Newark, RAFVR 743086 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:57 – Landed 00:57
Flight Time 03:00


09/08/1944 – Attack Against Fort D’Anglos (35)
Seventeen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Army Fuel Depot at Fort D’Anglos. All were successful in bombing with the aid of markers. The raid appeared to be scattered but there was indication of a large conflagration. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:08 – Landed 00:19
Flight Time 02:11


11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens (36)
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:28 – Landed 17:46
Flight Time 03:18


12/08/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary (37)
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Gironde Estuary. They all dropped their mines in the allotted area without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:44 – Landed 05:41
Flight Time 06:57


15/08/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond (38)
Nineteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Aerodrome at St. Trond. All aircraft made a successful attack and bombing results were confirmed visually, the bomb bursts being well concentrated on the runways. Opposition was almost negligible both over the target and en route.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O John Harold Scott, RNZAF NZ428797 – Pilot.
F/S Alister Henry Scott, RNZAF NZ428259 – Navigator.
F/S Kenneth Peder Christian Andersen, RNZAF NZ429128 – Air Bomber.
F/S Edward John Francis Howard, RNZAF NZ424469 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Howard Mansel Thomas, RAFVR 1895708 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Thomas Beardmore, RAFVR 1818755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Thomas Bayes, RAFVR 1595589, 185783 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:55 – Landed 13:31
Flight Time 03:36


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The Wood crew, stood in front of NE181 “The Captains Fancy” – ironically, the crew never flew this aircraft operationally – one wonders whether because of the nose art they simply took a photo opportunity?!?
Back row left to right: Arthur Taylor (Wireless Operator), Ron Johnson (Navigator), Frank Wood (Pilot) & Les Hurcombe (Air Bomber)
Front row left to right: Alf Woolley (Mid Upper Gunner), George Mahoney ( Rear Gunner) & ‘Gibby’ Gibbs ( Flight Engineer)
There is no clear explanation as to the blacked out 21st Op or for that matter why the next Op was not recorded over the omitted one. Showing 38 Ops, this photo must have been taken after St. Trond and before Stettin


16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin (39)
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:09 – Landed 05:16
Flight Time 08:07


18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen (40)
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S John Devon Lethbridge, RNZAF NZ424482 – Pilot.
F/S P. Crane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O J. Dickinson,   – Air Bomber.
F/S L. Edgerton, RAFVR 1463367 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Barnes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert Charles Markham, RNZAF NZ428011 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Robert Snodgrass, RNZAF NZ425773 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 03:09
Flight Time 05:34


26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel (41)
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Patrick Leo McCartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Miles, RAFVR 845847/ 187426 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard ‘Len’ Arthur Martin, RAFVR 153528 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Phillip Francis Smith, RAAF AUS. 427206 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William John ‘Bill’ Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gray, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 01:55
Flight Time 05:50


29/08/1944 – Mining in the Gulf of Danzig (42)
Six aircraft took off as detailed to lay mines in the Gulf of Danzig. They all dropped their mines successfully by means of navigational aids and their mission was uneventful apart from slight A.A. opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Kenneth William John Tugwell, RAFVR 162524 – Rear Gunner (Gunnery Leader).

Take Off 20:20 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 09:35


31/08/1944 – Attack Against Pont Reny (43)
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Flying Bomb Supply Dump at Pont Reny. All were successful in bombing the target, although cloud obscured it to some extent, which caused part of the bombing to be scattered. No enemy fighters were encountered and A.A. opposition was slight, but one aircraft (Captain NZ421488 .F/O. J. Aitken) was damaged and the Air Bomber, NZ429967 .F/O. R. Mayhill received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Kenneth William John Tugwell, RAFVR 162524 – Rear Gunner (Gunnery Leader).

Take Off 16:30 – Landed 19:30
Flight Time 03:00


05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre (44)
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Patrick Leo McCartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Miles, RAFVR 845847/ 187426 – Navigator.
P/O Leonard ‘Len’ Arthur Martin, RAFVR 153528 – Air Bomber.
F/S Phillip Francis Smith, RAAF AUS. 427206 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William John ‘Bill’ Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gray, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:39 – Landed 21:18
Flight Time 03:39


06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre (45)
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:56 – Landed 19:43
Flight Time 03:47


08/09/1944 – Attack Against Doudenville (46)
Twenty three aircraft took off at dawn to attack enemy defence positions at Doudeneville on the outskirts of Le Havre. Weather conditions were very unfavourable over the target and crews had great difficulty in seeing the markers. Only ten dropped their bombs before the Master Bomber gave instructions to abandon the mission. The remaining thirteen aircraft brought their bombs back to base. Considerable light A.A. fire and machine gun fire was encountered in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/S Patrick Leo McCartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Miles, RAFVR 845847/ 187426 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard ‘Len’ Arthur Martin, RAFVR 153528 – Air Bomber.
F/S Phillip Francis Smith, RAAF AUS. 427206 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William John ‘Bill’ Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gray, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:21 – Landed 10:46
Flight Time 04:25


12/09/1944 – Attack Against Frankfurt (47)
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart, but during the day the target was changed to Frankfurt. Two aircraft failed to take off for this operation and of the twenty that took off the majority were able to identify the target, by the river and several made out the railway yards. Fighters were fairly active and one aircraft claimed to have destroyed an enemy aircraft, the captain was AUS421308 .F/O. J. Bateman. Another aircraft had an inconclusive encounter. All aircraft returned to base and reported a good and accurate raid.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:47 – Landed 01:52
Flight Time 07:05


14/09/1944 – Attack Against Waasenaar (48)
Ten aircraft attacked Waasenaar in Holland, as detailed without loss. The operation was carried out in good weather and bombing was accurate.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Keith Southward, RNZAF NZ411048 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4212803 – Navigator.
F/O Baden Gordon Clare, RNZAF NZ429590 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E.W. Vero, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D.J. Roberts, RAFVR 2220435 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. L. Cooper, RAFVR 1585673 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Burnett, RAFVR 1823259 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:00 – Landed 15:36
Flight Time 02:36


16/09/1944 – Attack Against Moerdijk (49)
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack Moerdijk Bridge. The operation was successfully carried out in good weather. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:27 – Landed 00:19
Flight Time 02:52


17/09/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich (50)
In the evening ten aircraft took off and attacked Emmerich. All of these dropped their bombs as ordered. Much accurate Light A A Fire was encountered. All aircraft returned safely to Base.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:33 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 03:02


NE181 original artwork

(Original caption from Jack Wall); 75(N.Z.) Squadron – Mepal. The Captains Fancy prior to the Air Ministry order that the majority of the figure was to be blacked out as it was too visible at night……
NE181 sporting a ‘brighter’ version of ‘The Captains Fancy’ nose art, after her 51st Op, which was to Calais, 20th of September 1944, piloted by S/L Williamson.

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais (51)
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 NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
F/S S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. McElligot, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:29 – Landed 18:08
Flight Time 03:39


23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss (52)
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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:27 – Landed 23:18
Flight Time 03:51


25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais (53)
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 NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:20 – Landed 11:24
Flight Time 03:04


26/09/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez (54)
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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 14:11
Flight Time 02:24


03/10/1944 – Attack Against the West Kapelle Dyke (55)
Twenty one aircraft we detailed to attack the West Kappelle dyke. Twenty of these were successful in bombing although some crews had to make two or three attempts owing to low cloud base. Bombing was reported to have been fairly good and some flooding was seen. One aircraft had to bring its bombs back owing to a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
F/S S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 15:08
Flight Time 03:18


05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken (56)
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 22:31
Flight Time 05:01


06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund (57)
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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


07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich (58)
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
W/O S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/L Kenneth William John Tugwell, RAFVR 162524 – Rear Gunner (Gunnery Leader).

Take Off 12:04 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 04:04


14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg (59)
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.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/O Colin William Hannam Woonton, RNZAF NZ429055 – Navigator.
F/S Robin Douglas Mathews , RNZAF NZ4212741 – Air Bomber.
F/S H. Pritchard, RAFVR 1259238 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/L Kenneth William John Tugwell, RAFVR 162524 – Rear Gunner (Gunnery Leader).

Take Off 06:50 – Landed 11:14
Flight Time 04:24


14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg(2) (60)
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to make a further attack on Duisburg, unfortunately, however, three aircraft had to be withdrawn. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining twenty five aircraft took part in a very successful attack in excellent visibility and large fires were seen to break out and add to those already burning from the morning attack. AA opposition was negligible and searchlight did not operate until late in the raid. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy fighter.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Neilson Arnold Williamson, RNZAF NZ411438 – Pilot.
F/L A. R. S. Stewart, RAFVR – Navigator (Navigation Leader).
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
Sgt D. Brazier, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/L Kenneth William John Tugwell, RAFVR 162524 – Rear Gunner (Gunnery Leader).

Take Off 22:39 – Landed 03:19
Flight Time 04:40


15/10/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area (61)
Five aircraft took off as detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All of these were successful in dropping their mines in the allotted positions, without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Edmund Frederick Robertson, RNZAF NZ421767 – Pilot.
F/S Anthony Charles John Herrold, RNZAF NZ422399 – Navigator.
F/O Stuart Hector Richmond, RNZAF NZ425433 – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Rendall Tibby, RNZAF NZ425469 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Thompson , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ronald Maryan, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:27 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 05:53


19/10/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart (62)
Twenty eight aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart. The attack was in two waves. Thirteen aircraft took part in the first wave and successfully dropped their bombs with the aid of markers and flares, in weather conditions of 9/10ths cloud. A.A. opposition was moderate and a few enemy aircraft were active. Fifteen aircraft took part in the second wave five hours later and they all dropped their bombs with the aid of flares through ten tenths cloud. The glow of fires seen, indicated that the fires were concentrated around the aiming point. A A opposition was less than that encountered during the first wave, but more enemy fighters were active. Four of our aircraft had inconclusive combats.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O James Alexander McIntosh, RNZAF NZ411915 – Pilot.
F/S Robert Carhampton Morgan, RNZAF NZ421389 – Navigator.
F/S Ronald Wynne Newman, RNZAF NZ4210960 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert James Boag, RAAF AUS.432097 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Graves,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Cyril Brewer, RAFVR 1418695 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Edward Roy Cooper, RAFVR 2221308 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:37 – Landed 23:53
Flight Time 06:16


21/10/1944 – Attack Against Flushing (63)
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Flushing. All crews were able to identify the target visually and bombing was reported as being very accurate. A.A. opposition was moderate. One aircraft (Captain 176437 F/O J. Johnson) failed to return, but was seen to be shot down over the target by heavy A A fire.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Thomas Christie Waugh, RAFVR 159174 – Pilot.
P/O Colin William Hannam Woonton, RNZAF NZ429055 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Irwin Swetland, RAFVR 1098818, 186577 – Air Bomber.
F/S Peter Kidd, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. N. Southgate, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Baird Nickels, RNZAF NZ425852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Frank Sage, RNZAF NZ424824 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:17 – Landed 14:10
Flight Time 02:53


22/10/1944 – Attack Against Neuss (64)
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss. Eight attacked the target through ten tenths cloud, but results were unsatisfactory. One aircraft attacked Munchen Gladbach being unable to reach the primary target on time.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Thomas Christie Waugh, RAFVR 159174 – Pilot.
P/O Colin William Hannam Woonton, RNZAF NZ429055 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Irwin Swetland, RAFVR 1098818, 186577 – Air Bomber.
F/S Peter Kidd, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. N. Southgate, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Baird Nickels, RNZAF NZ425852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Frank Sage, RNZAF NZ424824 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:27 – Landed 17:33
Flight Time 04:06


23/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen (65)
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target but all aircraft were successful in attacking with the aid of marker flares. A A opposition was moderate but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 21:48
Flight Time 04:53


25/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen (66)
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Twenty three of these attacked the target and bombing was good, built up areas and factories being identified visually. One aircraft brought its bombs back owing to the failure of the bombing equipment when over the target and two other aircraft returned early owing to technical failures.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O R. Powell , RAFVR 1388980 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:10 – Landed 17:22
Flight Time 04:12


26/10/1944 – Attack Against Leverkusen (67)
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Leverkusen. They all bombed the target in formation and a successful raid was reported. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:04 – Landed 17:10
Flight Time 04:06


28/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne (68)
Seven aircraft took off a few hours later to participate in an attack on Cologne. They all bombed in clear weather and identified the target visually. Bombing was concentrated and a large smoke pall was seen on leaving. A.A. opposition was moderate, but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Jack Henry Bryant, RAAF AUS421654 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:15 – Landed 17:46
Flight Time 04:31


30/10/1944 – Attack Against Wessling (69)
Six aircraft took off to attack a target at Wesselling. Bombing was reported as being rather scattered. A.A. opposition was moderate to intense, but only one aircraft suffered damage.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Hit by flak once
S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Jack Henry Bryant, RAAF AUS421654 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:02 – Landed 13:35
Flight Time 04:33


30/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne (70)
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne during daylight, but the operation was postponed until the evening. All aircraft attacked the target and although a good concentration of markers was achieved results were unobserved owing to ten tenths cloud. Moderate A.A. opposition was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. There was no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Eric Frank Butler, RAFVR NZ425558 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert Ronald ‘Ron’ Holliday, RAAF AUS.434602 – Navigator.
F/S Hilray Hubert ‘Ray’ Stratford, RNZAF NZ4213296 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Daniel ‘Dan’ Brazier, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles ‘Charlie’ Payne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Heaton, RAFVR 982650/ 196880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Messer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:03 – Landed 23:18
Flight Time 05:15


31/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne (71)
Eighteen aircraft took off in the evening to make a further attack on Cologne. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target area, but markers were well placed and a good glow from fires beneath the clouds was observed on leaving. A.A. opposition was slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 22:35
Flight Time 04:15


02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg (72)
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Hit by flak 8 times
W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Leonard Humphries, RNZAF NZ428244 – Navigator.
F/O Edgar John Holloway, RNZAF NZ429923 – Air Bomber.
W/O Frederick Noel Chambers, RAAF AUS.413736 – Wireless Operator .
F/O S.E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Russell James Scott, RNZAF NZ428984 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S A. McDonald ? ,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:39 – Landed 15:44
Flight Time 04:05


04/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen (73)
Twenty one aircraft took off to attack Solingen in daylight, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb incendiaries and No.17 Clusters. All crews dropped their bombs in the target area, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Flak opposition was moderate. One aircraft captained by NZ428797 F/O J. Scott, failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
P/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:29 – Landed 16:03
Flight Time 04:34


05/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen (74)
Eighteen aircraft detailed to make a second attack in daylight on Solingen carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb inc. No.17 Clusters. All crews were successful in bombing in formation and reports indicate that bombing was more concentrated than in the previous raid.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O James Alexander McIntosh, RNZAF NZ411915 – Pilot.
F/S Robert Carhampton Morgan, RNZAF NZ421389 – Navigator.
F/S Ronald Wynne Newman, RNZAF NZ4210960 – Air Bomber.
F/S Robert James Boag, RAAF AUS.432097 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Knight,   – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Cyril Brewer, RAFVR 1418695 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Edward Roy Cooper, RAFVR 2221308 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:44 – Landed 14:59
Flight Time 04:15


06/11/1944 – Attack Against Coblenz (75)
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for a night attack against Coblenz carrying 8,000 lb; 4,000 lb; No.14 clusters; No.17 clusters; 4lb inc. Fifteen aircraft were successful. The aircraft captained by F/O T. Winter (152351) returned early on account of engine trouble. Crews were able to identify the target visually in clear weather and a good concentrated raid developed, with smoke rising to 10,000 feet. NZ421919 F/O Kilpatrick, M had a short inconclusive encounter with a JU.88. Flak was moderate to slight.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O Robert Gordon Cuming, RNZAF NZ428083 – Pilot.
F/S John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Scott, RNZAF NZ4213321 – Navigator.
F/S Sydney George Sewell, RNZAF NZ423916 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Durant ‘Jack’ Christie, RNZAF NZ426309 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J.C. Lambert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Scott, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Daniel Philip ‘Paddy’ McElligott, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:59 – Landed 21:44
Flight Time 04:45


08/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg (76)
Twelve aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg in daylight carrying 8,000 lb., 4,000 lb., 1,000 lb., 500 lb., and No 14 Clusters.  All crews report identifying the target visually through breaks in the clouds, and bombing was fairly concentrated, much smoke and many explosions were seen around the target.  Flak defences were moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:52 – Landed 12:19
Flight Time 04:27


20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg (77)
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:42 – Landed 17:20
Flight Time 04:38


21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg (78)
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O Colin William Hannam Woonton, RNZAF NZ429055 – Navigator.
P/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Kidd, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. name illegible, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Baird Nickels, RNZAF NZ425852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Frank Sage , RNZAF NZ424824 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:36 – Landed 16:46
Flight Time 04:10


23/11/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen (79)
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Nordstern Oil Refinery Plant at Gelsenkirchen carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All aircraft attacked in formation bombing on navigational aids as the cloud was 10/10 with tops at 8000 ft. The attack was thought to be well concentrated, though it was impossible to observe the results. Flak opposition was moderate, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:49 – Landed 17:07
Flight Time 04:18


27/11/1944 – Attack Against Cologne Marshalling Yard (80)
Twenty three aircraft carried out a successful attack on Cologne Marshalling Yard with 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Flak over the target was moderate but accurate. One aircraft captained by F/O D.P. Leadley landed away at Manston. The crew were unhurt, but the aircraft was damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

P/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Messer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:28 – Landed 16:59
Flight Time 04:31


28/11/1944 – Attack Against Neuss (81)
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack on Neuss, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb and Incendiary bombs, together with one 12,000 lb bomb. Twenty aircraft were successful in dropping their bombs using navigational aids and a good concentration of fires was reported. Flak was very slight, the enemy defences appearing to be completely foxed. One aircraft captained by W/C R.J.A. Leslie, D.S.O., A.F.C. carrying the 12,000 lb bomb got in the wrong stream of bombers and bombed Essen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:58 – Landed 07:12
Flight Time 04:14


02/12/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund (82)
Seventeen aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on the Coking Plant at Dortmund. All crews were successful in attacking the target which was covered by 10/10 cloud, tops being about 12,000 ft. and the raid was thought to be successful, though the Bomber stream was not as concentrated as usual. Flak was moderate, but very erratic, and none of our aircraft suffered damage. Bombs carried on this attack were 4,000 lb H.C., 1,000 lb. M.C. and 1,000 lb ANM.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O John Henry McDonald, RNZAF NZ414647 – Pilot.
F/S C. Aylott, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O E. de Schaine, RCAF R.109929 – Air Bomber.
W/O E. Hughes, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
W/O J. Dunn, RAFVR 528241 – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Davies, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O H. Campbell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:46 – Landed 17:05
Flight Time 04:19


04/12/1944 – Attack Against Oberhausen (83)
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack an Oil target at Oberhausen, carrying 1 x 12,000 lb, 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM, 500 G.P., 500 M.C. and 4 lb I.B. bombs. Nineteen aircraft attacked the target using navigational aids and the raid was reported as well concentrated though results were unobserved owing to 10/10 cloud with tops 10,000 ft covering the target. One aircraft bombed Gelsenkirchen, having been damaged by flak.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – Pilot.
F/S Derek James Sim, RNZAF NZ425946 – Navigator.
W/O G. Duncan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O Osmond William Harrison, RNZAF NZ422708 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. E. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ivan Darrell Carrington, RNZAF NZ429080 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ray Frederick Smith, RNZAF NZ424217 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:17 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 03:51


05/12/1944 – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards (84)
Twenty one aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Railway Marshalling Yards at Hamm during daylight, carrying 8,000 lb H.C., 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (LD.), 500 M.C., 4 lb I.B. bombs and Munroe bomb. Twenty aircraft attacked the target area through 10/10 cloud but a break in the cloud a little later disclosed bomb bursts to be rather scattered. One aircraft was led astray by the leader, and bombed a last resort target at Heintrop.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:11 – Landed 13:47
Flight Time 04:36


06/12/1944 – Attack Against Mersburg Leuna Oil Refinery (85)
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack o the Merseburg Leuna Oil Refinery, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 G.P.(LD) bombs. The target was covered with 10/10 cloud, tops about 14,000 ft and all aircraft were successful in bombing the target with navigational aids. The attack was considered to be concentrated, though bombing results could not be seen, apart from the glow of fires seen beneath the cloud. Flak was intense in the target area and a few enemy fighters were seen en route but no attacks were reported. One aircraft, AA “R” captained by 1585981 F/O D. Atkin, had engine trouble after leaving the target, the starboard inner catching fire, and it was with great difficulty that the crew managed to keep the fire under control. When approaching this country the starboard inner engine went u/s and after jettisoning all equipment and with the aircraft losing height at 100 feet per minute, the Captain made a very good ditching in the River Orwell. None of the crew were hurt.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C. 6 x 500 G.P. 2 x 500 G.P.L.D. 6 hrs. Primary target Meresburg Oil Refinery. Good concentration of bombing
P/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:08 – Landed 00:27
Flight Time 07:19


08/12/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg (86)
Twenty one aircraft took off to make a daylight attack on Duisburg Marshalling Yards carrying 1,000 M.C., 1,000 A.N.M. and Munro Bombs. All aircraft successfully attacked the target and a very concentrated attack was reported, but apart from one report of smoke coming through the tops of the cloud at 15,000 ft., no results were observed. One aircraft “D” captain F/S Wood, J., landed at Woodbridge on return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/L Grant Alan Russell, RNZAF NZ411729 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
P/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:30 – Landed 12:43
Flight Time 04:13


11/12/1944 – Attack Against Osterfeld (87)
Seventeen aircraft attacked Osterfeld carrying 4,000 H.C., 1,000 ANM., 500 G.P., 500 G.P. (L.D.), 500 M.C. and Munro Bombs. No results were seen owing to 10/10 cloud over the target. Slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:42 – Landed 12:53
Flight Time 04:11


12/12/1944 – Attack Against Witten (88)
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Witten in daylight and again found their target obscured by ten tenths cloud. Moderate flak was encountered and enemy fighters were seen attacking the first wave of aircraft ahead. No results were observed owing to cloud. The aircraft captained by F/Lt Hannan collided with another aircraft just before reaching the target, however the target was bombed and base reached safely. The a/c captained by F/S Zinzan was damaged in landing and the Air Bomber F/O Mesure sustained a broken leg.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
NE181, F/L Hanan & crew, collided lightly with another aircraft in the stream just before reaching the target but was able to continue and bomb the target. They vacated quickly and headed back to base, landing safely at 16.18hrs. Conjecture that the other aircraft was HK576 piloted by Taffy Zinzan
F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:12 – Landed 16:18
Flight Time 05:06


16/12/1944 – Attack Against Siegen (89)
Eighteen aircraft took off to attack Siegen in rather poor weather conditions, carrying 1 x 12,000 H.C., 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C., 1,000 H.C., 500 cluster 4 lb and 4 lb I.B. Bombs. Three returned early with icing trouble. The main body experienced dense cloud and were unable to formate until they reached 30K. All crews bombed the target, several being able to see a built up area through occasional gaps in the dense cloud cover. It is concluded that the attack was successful. Some fighter and flak opposition was noticed en route, but our aircraft experienced no difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Arthur Gethin Creagh, RNZAF NZ404340 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:18 – Landed 17:28
Flight Time 06:10


21/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier (90)
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. NZ42397 F/L I. Hannan landed at Mendlesham on return, but reached Base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O George Stanley Davies, RNZAF NZ427262 – Pilot.
F/S Claude Cuthbert Greenough , RNZAF NZ429069 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Edward Chalmers, RAFVR 1565986 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. T.M. White , RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. I.R.H. Evans, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. J.J. Maher, RAFVR 1434090 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O William Reavley, RAFVR 1378740 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:26 – Landed 17:07
Flight Time 04:41


23/12/1944 – Attack Against Trier (91)
The twenty one aircraft detailed on the 22nd December took off to attack Trier in improved weather conditions, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P., 500 M.C., 500 ANM., 250 G.P. bombs. The target could be identified visually and T.Is were aimed at by most crews. The attack was reported as being good with very few scattered bombs. Several explosions were seen as our aircraft left the target.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 16:17
Flight Time 04:17


27/12/1944 – Attack Against Rheydt (92)
As many crews as possible were required for an attack on Cologne. The target was cancelled and an attack on Rheydt was substituted. Inexperienced and special equipment leaders not being required the offer of 26 was reduced to 20. Aircraft took off carrying 1,000 ANM., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. and 250 G.P. Bombs. Visibility over the target was excellent and crews were able to identify the target, the flares being accurately placed. Clouds of smoke were seen to rise from the target. One aircraft AA”Q” captained by NZ421746 F/O H. Miles failed to return. This aircraft was seen to be hit by bombs and to spiral down.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 16:46
Flight Time 04:36


31/12/1944 – Attack Against Vohwinkel (93)
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel in daylight. Moderate accurate heavy flak was met over the target, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ4213273 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Williams, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:34 – Landed 16:29
Flight Time 04:55


01/01/1945 – Attack Against Vohwinkel (94)
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Vohwinkel, in datlight. Nineteen aircraft took off, seventeen of which attacked the primary target. F/O McMillan attacked a last resort target. NZ40984 W/Cdr. R.J. Newton and NZ429286 P/O R. Aitchison as second pilot, failed to return. There was very little opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:03 – Landed 21:53
Flight Time 05:50


03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery (95)
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Landed at Mendalsham on return
F/L Leonard Walter Hannan, RNZAF NZ42397 – Pilot.
F/S Hector Duncan McLeod, RNZAF NZ42397 – Navigator.
P/O William Ernest Brizley, RNZAF NZ429030 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wallis George Jenkins, RNZAF NZ425258 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Yellin, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Raymond Williams, RAFVR 3040687 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 05:08


05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen (96)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Bomb load 1 x 4,000 H.C., 11 x 500 M.C. 1 Munro. Primary target Ludwigshafen. TK/F not at forming up point so went on and was unable to get into any vic had to turn off before end of photo run.

F/O Alexander Dunbar Simpson, RNZAF NZ427055 – Pilot.
P/O Richard Hilary Woodhouse, RNZAF NZ413925 – Navigator.
F/S John Hemingway , RAFVR 971941/ 189261 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Dibbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Johnstone, RAFVR 1825953/ 190653 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Esmond Pareta Montgomery Thomas, RNZAF NZ425753 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. C. Chippendale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:36 – Landed 17:23
Flight Time 05:47


06/01/1945 – Mining off Pilau (97)
Four aircraft successfully laid mines in the Danzig area. Crews reported a good trip. One enemy aircraft was sighted, but made no attempt to approach.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Douglas St.Clair Clement, RNZAF NZ421679 – Pilot.
F/O Randall Hewitt, RNZAF NZ4216258 – Navigator.
F/O Ross Manley Cato, RNZAF NZ4212791 – Air Bomber.
F/S Tapua Heperi, RNZAF NZ426199 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Richardson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Sydney Wildish, RAFVR 1894220 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:18 – Landed 01:58
Flight Time 09:40


11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld (98)
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
P/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
– not listed, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 16:47
Flight Time 04:55


16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel (99)
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
F/S Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:16 – Landed 04:17
Flight Time 05:01


The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike ‘The Captains Fancy’, just after ‘bombing up’ 29th January 1945. L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Sgt. Phillips, unknown ground crew member, Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG), unknown ground crew member. picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

The Bailey crew in front of NE181 JN-Mike ‘The Captains Fancy’, just after ‘bombing up’ 29th January 1945.
L to R (back row), Jack Brewster (Nav), Norman Bartlett (F/E), Jack Bailey (Pilot), Jack Wall (A/B), Dick Pickup (W/Op). (front row) Sgt. Phillips, unknown ground crew member, Roy Corfield (R/Gnr), Tony Gregory (MUG), unknown ground crew member.
picture supplied by Tony Pickup ©

29/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld M/Y (100)
Nineteen aircraft attacked Krefeld marshalling yard in ten tenths cloud, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C., and 250 G.P. Bombs. Aircraft bombed in formation with the aid of instruments. A good concentration was reported. Slight H/F over the target was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
F/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:12 – Landed 15:58
Flight Time 05:46

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Air Ministry Bulletin announcing the award of a Bar to Jack Bailey’s D.F.C., won during the Osterfeld Op.
Jack Wall’s Recollections of the OSTLEFELD Operation;
This was a daylight raid and we led the flight formation – this was probably why we had so much flak aimed at the aircraft. When the other aircraft in the formation saw our bomb doors open they opened theirs and when they saw our bombs start to fall they followed with theirs. If we had been shot down they were instructed to bomb on their own. We did take a battering and Jack had to feather one engine over the target. However he still managed to fly straight and level for our bombing run and I have a good photo of the bombing in my small collection. Our load was 1×8,000 lb., 6×500 lb., and 1×250 lb. Bombs. When we landed it was found that we had been hit in all engines and had a total of 57 holes in various sizes. However no one was injured and all 21 Aircraft from the Squadron that took part returned safely I cannot remember if any others were hit by flak; It was for his skill and courage on this operation that Jack was awarded the Bar to his D.F.C. – John was always known as Jack.

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A letter from Fred Woolerton, one of the ground crew that looked after NE181 throughout her stay at Mepal.
The first part is an extract from an Air Ministry Bulletin, sent by Fred to Jack, the second part an explanation from Fred why ‘The Captains Fancy’ missed that one Op…….
Interestingly, the bulletin says that NE181 never returned early – -this is in fact incorrect, failing to complete on her 23rd Op to Vaires on the 17th of July 1944


02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L John Mathers ‘Jack’ Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – Pilot.
F/L Jack Geoffrey Brewster, RAFVR 130520 – Navigator.
P/O Jack Christopher Wall, RAFVR 143421 – Air Bomber.
P/O Richard Pickup, RAFVR 98926/ 188816 – Wireless Operator.
F/O Norman Bartlett, RAFVR 54290 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Thomas Douglas Gregory, RAFVR 1283636/ 183718 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Ivor Corfield, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:46 – Landed 02:31
Flight Time 05:45


11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Esmond Edgar Delwyn Ware, RNZAF NZ42486 – Pilot.
F/O Colin Campbell Emslie, RNZAF NZ431170 – Navigator.
F/S Stanley John Heald, RNZAF NZ415319 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wilfred Darling Cairns, RNZAF NZ427794 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. P. Easter ?, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G.B. White, RCAF R.209852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Richard H. Wright, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 19:04
Flight Time 07:13


12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Alexander Stewart Ballingall, RNZAF NZ2286 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Paul Bonney, RAF 55618 – Navigator.
F/S D. Morgan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
W/O V.R. Mepham, RCAF R.186393 – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. Johnson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Huckle, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Gillmore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:33 – Landed 13:55
Flight Time 05:22


13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Allan Francis Thompson, RNZAF NZ4213953 – Pilot.
F/S Bruce Halliday Flyger, RNZAF NZ436145 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard George Harper, RNZAF NZ4211890 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Mervyn Fry Johnston, RNZAF NZ4213898 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Ronald Cocking, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Duncan Charles Marshall Rugg, RNZAF NZ4211676 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Roy Wynyard, RNZAF NZ429977 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 16:11
Flight Time 03:26


14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Cyril Vernon Opie, RAAF AUS.429990 – Pilot.
F/S Hugh Stanforth Ramsay, RNZAF NZ4216269 – Navigator.
F/S P.Melvill, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William Clough, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Rasmussen, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Michie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bumford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:52 – Landed 22:27
Flight Time 06:35


15/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
8 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Prisoners of war from Juvincourt. The total number of men brought back was 191.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O Esmond Edgar Delwyn Ware, RNZAF NZ42486 – Pilot.
F/O Colin Campbell Emslie, RNZAF NZ431170 – Navigator.
F/S Stanley John Heald, RNZAF NZ415319 – Air Bomber.
F/S Wilfred Darling Cairns, RNZAF NZ427794 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. David Carter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G.B. White, RCAF R.209852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Richard H. Wright, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:41 – Landed 21:40
Flight Time 09:59


16/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
4 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. 96 men were brought back bringing the total number now to 1967.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

F/O James Shaw, RAFVR 1549541/ 189682 – Pilot.
F/S R. Weir, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S C. Dunn, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S R. Donald, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Webster, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Thomas Beall, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Craig, RNZAF – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:11 – Landed 13:54
Flight Time 04:43


26/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England
7 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 71 Belgian refugees. 120 ex Prisoners of War were brought back on the return trips. Flight Lieutenant Lukins was involved in a slight mishap at Brussels and some of the crew were brought back by another aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

S/L Alexander Stewart Ballingall, RNZAF NZ2286 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Paul Bonney, RAF 55618 – Navigator.
F/S D. Morgan, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Allen Francis, RNZAF NZ427272 – Wireless Operator.
F/S S. Johnson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. C. Huckle, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Gillmore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:05 – Landed 20:23
Flight Time 08:18