P.G.F. Fletcher crew 27.03.41

27/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Bombs were dropped, but owing to haze over target areas bursts were not observed. Five photographs were taken by GKN.832. Searchlights and heavy and light flak were fairly accurate. The weather was fair over route, but have was experienced in target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 04:35

03/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Agianst Brest
Eight Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. SAW728 brought bombs back as nothing could be seen over the target area owing to 10/10 cloud. SAW.898 (Captain , F/O Prichard) collided in mid air with another aircraft, believed to be a Blenheim, was badly damaged and force landed at Boscombe Down. The rear gunner of SAW.898 (F/O Brown), shot down one Me.110 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate). Owing to cloud, results were not observed. No observations or reconnaissance were made, but five photographs were attempted by SAW.778. Heavy and light flak was experienced at many parts of target area, and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous but not very accurate.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

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

07/04/1941 – Bombing Attack on Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was good and bombs were seen to burst on or very near the targets. Fires were observed over the whole of the target area. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and intense. Searchlights operated mainly in cones and were fairly accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks developed. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 07:15

09/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The target area was bombed and a number od fires started. One photograph of Templehoff Aerodrome was taken by XRY.645. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were numerous and also accurate. XRY.347 reports being attacked by cannon fighter over Zuider Zee. He also attacked a Dornier three miles off Yuimuden. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 08:00

14/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Brest
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The weather was fine but there was a thin layer of cloud over the target area. Bombs were dropped and a number of bursts were observed in target area. A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate, and searchlights were accurate when operating in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1162 AA-Y

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 06:25

16/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Bremen
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, captained by F/Lt. Fletcher, failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and bursts were observed from which fires resulted. Light and heavy A.A. fire, fairy accurate, was experienced in target areas. Searchlights were very active. One enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. There was a haze and layers of thin cloud over target areas. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 06:30

17/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Berlin
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of the aircraft, AXC.555, crashed on landing at Ternhill. No one was injured. All bombs were dropped and bursts were seen. A.A. fire was spasmodic and very accurate. Searchlights were intense over target and on route. A number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. There was ground haze over the target with heavy could on route. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gallie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 08:00

24/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Ostend and Kiel
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Three of these aircraft failed to locate targets and bombs were bought back. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and bursts were seen, and fires started in target areas. A.A. fire was failry intense and accurate. Searchlights were numerous and working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. Heavy cloud was experienced in Ostend area, but elsewhere the weather was fine.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O Alan Murray Hobbs, RNZAF NZ40230 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 08:00

29/04/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Rotterdam
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. Two of the aircraft bought bombs back, having failed to locate target. The remaining aircraft dropped bombs and fire were started. A.A fire was fairly intense but not very accurate. Searchlights were numerous, effective and working in cones. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was good, but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map-reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brooks, RAFVR 923693/ 115176 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 06:45

08/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, TBO.404, returned to base with bombs on account of rear turret and guns being out of order. The remaining aircraft all dropped their bombs and bursts were seen in target areas, as a result of which many fires were started. A.A. Fire was intense and fairly accurate, and searchlights were active. Enemy aircraft were numerous but no attacks were made. The weather was good, but a little too clear. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 03:30

09/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. All bombs were dropped, and bursts and fires were seen in target area. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered in target area but this was not vey accurate. Searchlights were not active. A number of enemy aircraft were seen bit no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility good. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend, RNZAF NZ401218 – 2nd Observer.
Sgt. E. B. Powell, RAFVR 907583 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:25
Flight Time 06:40

11/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, Captained by S/L. Widdowson, was attacked by an unforeseen aircraft at 4000 feet near Cromer. The machine was badly damaged and the rear gunner, SGT Ganaway, was fatally wounded. Bombs were jettisoned in sea and aircraft returned to base. The remaining aircraft dropped all bombs and bursts were seen and fires started. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas and searchlights were active and working in cones. Several fighters were seen in target areas. The weather was good, but there was haze over target. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mascall, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Mason, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Gascoyne, RAFVR 936622 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 07:05

17/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNY.170, returned to base, with bombs owing to turret trouble. The remainder all dropped their bombs, bursts being seen and fires started. It was observed that the black-out in Brussels was not good. Intense A.A. fire, and searchlights working in cones, were experienced, and although a number of enemy aircraft were seen no attacks were made. The weather was fair, but there was haze over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Birch, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Dewy, RAF? – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:15

27/05/1941 – Daylight Search for Hipper Class Cruiser
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above search. The bomb lead was mixed and consisted “B” bombs, 500 lbs. S.A.P. The target was not located and all bombs were bought back. A large number of enemy aircraft were encountered and attacks were made on our aircraft. No serious damage was sustained. Good weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Anthony Matetich, RAFVR 778235 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Allan Dyer, RNZAF NZ40101 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:05 – Landed 19:10
Flight Time 12:05

02/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped, but owing to fairly heavy cloud no results were observed. Fairly accurate light and heavy flak was scattered throughout target area. Searchlights were intense and working in cones. One enemy aircraft was seen near target area, but no attack was made. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Brian Smith, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Allan Dyer, RNZAF NZ40101 – Front Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:00

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Joint Navigator
P/O Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Joint Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 04:45

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, Searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Clements, ? – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:05

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. James, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 05:45

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ian Laurie Reid, RNZAF NZ391846 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

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

30/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Owing to engine failure, RYX.129, jettisoned bombs in Aachen area and a large fire was seen. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs in target area and bursts were seen. No results were observed owing to haze. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire encountered, and searchlights were active and working in cones. RYX.627 reports being attacked by HE.111 from 50yds astern, 50 miles west of Cologne. The attack put the rear turret and hydraulics out of action. Fine weather was experienced. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, Q.D.N, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:15

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

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

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:05

13/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Eleven Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X.9634 captained by SGT Miniken, was climbing on course when, apparently without warning, the starboard engine cut at 6,000 feet. He turned for base but lost height rapidly and force landed near the beach off Corton near Lowestoft. SGT. Miniken and SGT. Gilding (Navigator) were rescued but the others are missing. The weather was poor, there being 10/10 cloud over the target and results were not observed. Severe icing conditions were also experienced. Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was encountered on route and in the target area. Few searchlights in operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:05

15/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Duisburg
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.3171 captained by SGT. Fotheringham, failed to return to base. Another, W.5663, captained P/O Rees, (RJT.533) was attacked by unidentified enemy fighter over the target. The aircraft was badly damages and the 2nd Pilot Sgt. Joyce was killed. SGT. Conibear, the front gunner, was seriously injured and died in hospital; and SGT. Gwyn-Williams was injured (Rear gunner). The aircraft returned to base where a landing was made. P/O Rees was awarded the D.F.C.; and the wireless operator, SGT. Lewis, was awarded the D.F.M.

RJT.147 bombed marshalling yard south of aiming point.
RJT.319 Observed bomb bursts in target area.
RJT.385 Attacked target area and saw bomb bursts.
RJT.445 bombed target area.
RJT.533 bombed target area, but thin cloud prevented accurate pin-point.
RJT.570 reports big fire started by bombs on target area.
RJT.683 located target, but it was not clearly pinpointed. A fix was obtained from Rhine and autobahn. Bombs dropped in salvo on large fire within radius of 3 miles of target.
P/O Ashworth reports that results were not observed over Ruhr, but a fire was started and a building blown up on an aerodrome 6 miles southof Hague. HEavy accurate predicted A.A. fire was encountered in target area. Searchlights were very active and accurate. The weather was good, but there was a layer of cloud over target. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, W/T, astro

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:50

03/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, YAM.189 captained by SGT. Matich was intercepted by fighters and bombs were jettisoned. The aircraft was damaged and a landing was made at Newmarket. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and fires were started. The aircraft met heavy and light A.A. fire which was fairly accurate, but searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and in target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 06:55

06/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Calais
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, R.1648 captained by SGT. Millet, failed to return to base. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
GHC.170 sighted river near target but had to bomb through 10/10 cloud. Glow of a fire was seen through clouds. Bomb bursts were observed in target area by GHC.231. GNC.265 observed bomb bursts in dock area. GHC.279 bombed target area but was unable to pinpoint target on account of haze. GHC.324 saw bombs burst across outer harbour of Ostend. Unable to reach primary target owing to loss of time and petrol in extensive thunder cloud on East Coast. GHC.470 dropped bombs in target area but results were not observed. GHC.535 bombed target through 9/10 cloud. Fire observed on departure. GHC.688 failed to attack target. GHC.719 bombed flak and searchlight concentrations on E.T.A. through 10/10 cloud. Results were not observed by GHC.750.
P/O. Williams reports direct hit on lock gates. Results were not observed by P/O. Scott owing to heavy cloud.
A fair amount of activity was observed on enemy aerodromes in Brussels-liege area.
A.A. fire was slight but accurate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
GHC.279 reports encounter with probable JU.88. Three attacks were made but the enemy was driven off by return fire. Rear gunner believes he scored hit with third burst, causing aircraft to break away.
Weather was not favourable, there being heavy cloud, thunder, electric storms, and bad icing conditions.
Navigation was by W/T, D/R, astro and loop.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 03:30

08/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, WAX.319 captained by SGT. Saunders, jettisoned bombs in Westhaven area while taking evasive action to escape enemy fighter. The weather was poor, there being

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:30

12/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1237 AA-G

F/L Peter Gordon Frank Fletcher, RAFVR 39869 – Pilot.
P/O James Edward Johnson, RAF 66519 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Michael Minchen, RAFVR 751355 – Navigator.
Sgt. Wilfred Bearne, RAFVR 976174 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Ronald Davies, RAFVR 751130 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Martin Costin Fell, RNZAF NZ402118 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:05 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 06:00