P.J.R. Kitchin crew 07.11.41 Second Tour †

P.J.R. Kitchin crew 07.11.41 Second Tour †

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failled to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud ver target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1095 AA-?

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 23:55
Flight Time 03:20

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captianed by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enely aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1093 AA-M

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 04:30

26/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend
Seventeen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000,lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs. 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs were however dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10th cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was D.R. and Q.D. M.s. One of these aircraft, Z.1114, captained by Sgt. Evans, returned to base with engine trouble.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8441 AA-T
Rec’d 19.11.41 from No. 12 M.U.. “T” and Mk II from Mick Strickland logbook 5.12.41.

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, RNZAF NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:07
Flight Time 05:47

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8441 AA-T

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Desmond Stewart Tutty, RNZAF NZ404576 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:50? – Landed unreadable
Flight Time –

17/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Le Havre
Seven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in the target area but results were not observed. Light and heavy flak was encountered and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to low cloud. Visibility was fair but 10/10 cloud over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.1083, captained by Sgt. Climie, landed at Exeter on return to get medical aid to P/O Gunning who was injured whilst the aircraft was over target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9957 AA-?

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:45 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 05:45

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incedaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9957 AA-?

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAFVR 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Talyor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 05:00

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P/S

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry James Carter, RNZAF 929289/ 104474 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 04:15

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defense was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3587 AA-P/S

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman, RAAF AUS.404507 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henderson Taylor, RAFVR 1051621/ 122053 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry James Carter, RAFVR 929289/ 104474 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 04:05

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt. Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L. Kitchin, F/O. Sandys and Sgt. Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L. Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3588 AA-U

S/L Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
P/O William James Parton, RNZAF NZ41932 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Sidney George Cullen, RAFVR 926722 – Observer.
Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry James Carter, RAFVR 929289/ 104474 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The aircraft was recorded as lost without trace. All crew members are commemorated on the Runneymede Memorial

S/Ldr. Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 24.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 65.

P/O William James Parton, RNZAF NZ41932 – 2nd Pilot.
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Robert Alfred Parton and of Margaret Parton (Nee Couper), of Merivale, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 116.

Sgt. Herbert Sidney George Cullen, RAFVR 926722 – Observer.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Sidney William and Emily Cullen, of Bleadon, Somerset.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 81.

Sgt. Tony Kevin Carter, RAFVR 1375377 – Front Gunner .
Lost without trace age 20.
Son of Thomas Francis and Mable Alice Mary Carter.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 79.

Sgt. William Clezy, RAFVR 1365054 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 21.
Son of Archibald W. Clezy, and of Louisa S. Clezy, of Perth.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 180.

F/S Lloyd Montgomery Chamberlain, RNZAF NZ40914 – Rear Gunner.
Lost without trace age 28.
Son of Lionel Shafto Chamberlain and Rhoda Chamberlain, of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England.
Grave location – Panel 117.