P.J.R. Kitchin crew 26.09.40

26/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs bombs, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
CB.186 dropped bombs in one stick across west end of docks, but results were unobserved.
CB.197 observed bomb bursts in dock area, but these could not be pin pointed.
CB.198 failed to locate target but attacked LUCIEUX AERODROME where four hits were scored. No fires observed.
CB.199 dropped bombs in one stick from 10,000 foot heading 125°. All bombs were observed to burst.
CB.201 reports that no results were observed owing to intense searchlights over target.
CB.202 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and large fire started on N.N. side of basin which exploded at irregular intervals.

The two remaining machines, captained by P/O Gilmour and P/O Denton respectively, located the target. Bombs were dropped but owing to bad visibility and searchlights bursts were not observed by the first aircraft. Bombs dropped by the second aircraft were observed to burst.
Several fires seen in various parts of target areas. Rotating beacon at three second intervals on southern shore of Seine estuary, due South of LE HAVRE.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, not very accurate, experienced in all parts of the target areas.
Seven enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
Seven-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole of the journey.
Navigation was by D/R, WT, N.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.198 CC.24

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. A.P. Jones, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAF 78758 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:59
Flight Time 04:59

02/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69
Ten Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs delayed action, containers of 4lbs. Incendiaries, while CB.236 carried one flash bomb.
CB.226 failed to locate target and bombs were brought back as no military target could be located.
CB.227 reports that bombs were dropped in a single stick across ZWISCHEICHEUR AERODROME. Small fires started by incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CB.232 owing to nine tenths cloud.
CB.234 reports that target was not attacked owing to 10/10 cloud extending over route half way over North Sea to target area.
Owing to very low cloud, no definite results were seen by CB.235. Large flashes were seen reflected on clouds which kept going for about 20 mins.
No results were observed by CB.236.
CB.237 reports that bombs were observed to burst short of target by 400 yards.
CB.238 reports that a stick of bombs were dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME. First bombs seen to burst short, but remainder on aerodrome.
CB.239 dropped one stick of bombs on red obstruction lights at Aerodrome at WESSEL. Results not observed owing to cloud, but there was a glow against the clouds resembling a fire.
Bomb bursts were observed by CB.240
Large fire seen in vicinity of AMSTERDAM. Flak ships observed off Dutch coast for 20 miles.
Heavy and light A.A. fire, fairly accurate, experienced in all target areas.
Slight searchlights activity but ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was very poor; heavy cloud over whole of journey.
Navigation was mainly D/R, with Astro in one instance.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.237 A.69 (Texel Aerodrome attacked as secondary target).

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. A.P. Jones, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAF 78758 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:10

08/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.10, Marshalling Yards Gremburg and Cologne
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250 lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.253 reports a stick of four bombs dropped across target. Bursts observed, two fires started which burned until aircraft was out of sight of target.
CB.255 reached HAMBURG and dropped a flare over the town. A stick of bombs was dropped over the target but bursts were not observed due to searchlight activity.
CB.256 dropped in one stick and bursts observed in target area. Incendiaries seen to burn but no fires resulted.
CB.257 reports hits or near misses on target. Explosions unseen due to intense A.A. fire. Two fires seen burning afterwards.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports bombs fell short of target in docks on Northern side of the river. Observations of bombs uncertain due to heavy A.A. fire.
CB.258 dropped bombs in a level stick at 11,500 feet. Incendiary bombs started three small fires and a medium yellow explosion. Two bombs dropped on aerodrome at OLDENBURG; lights extinguished.
CB.259 reports one large fire started by stick of bombs. Smaller fires caused by incendiaries. Fires still burning after ten minutes.
CB.260 dropped one stick from 10,000 feet across target area.
CB.270 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target area. Three explosions seen in centre of incendiaries.
S/Ldr. Bain reports extensive and brilliant red fires visible for 60-70 miles.
Number of flare-paths seen at various parts of route. Flak ship North of WILHEMSHAVEN two miles off coast, 52* 50’N,04* 35’E.
Intense heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced on way to target and also in target areas.
Searchlights were fairly intense and accurate.
A number of enemy aircraft seen. CB.256 overtaken by two aircraft, believed ME.110, over target area. Three single engined machines, believed to be ME.109, circled this aircraft for ten minutes during dummy runs over target. No attacks.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced over North Sea on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, Homing Bearings, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.257 A.10

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. A.P. Jones, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAF 78758 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 23:59
Flight Time 04:44

10/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.68, A.28, A.71, and Eindhoven Aerodrome
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action and containers of incendiaries.
CB.278 reports that large fires started after bombs burst. Location was impossible because of thick haze and searchlights.
CB.283 dropped one stick from East to West across target. A number of large fires started, in the middle of which a large explosion was observed.
CB.284 reports that all bombs and incendiaries were seen to burst in target area. Two small fires left burning.
CB.285 reports bombs dropped on heading 120* in one stick. Bursts observed but unable to determine accuracy owing to searchlight dazzle.
CB.286 dropped one stick North to South. Bombs seen to burst on buildings. One bomb overshot landed in Rhine. Brilliant blue flashes observed. Small fires seen from incendiaries.
CB.288 reports that first two bombs caused two large orange flashes; nest four causes vivid blue flashes. Thought to be direct hits on power station.
CB.289 reports that all bombs fell in northern end of works on large building. Four fires started which eventually joined up into one large one.
CB.290 reports bomb burst in target area, with vivid green explosions. Incendiaries hung up so were dropped on large railway sidings near RHINEBURG. Twelve fires burning when aircraft was 50 miles away.
CB.291 reports bombs dropped in one stick from 12,000 feet. Results unobserved.
CB.294 reports that bombs fell short on docks. Explosions followed bomb bursts, fires started, burnt out after few minutes.
Flarepath, believed ENDHOVEN, observed in position 15* 20′ N, 04* 05* E. Dummy factory seen on Northern bend of river near DUSSELDORF.
Intense heavy anti-aircraft fire was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were active and fairly accurate.
CB.288 encountered and engaged one enemy aircraft which was seen to crash and burn three miles N.W. of STEENBERGEN.
Weather was fine. Cloud was experienced in some parts of route to and from target.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.284 A.28

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAF 78758 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 03:55

14/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.76 and CC.24.
Eight Wellington aircraft of were detailed to carry out attacks on the above targets. The bomb load, which was a mixed one, consisted of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, containers of4lbs. incendiaries, and tins of Deckers.
CB.303 reports bombs burst along length of target from South to North starting three fires burning with orange-red flame. Fires suddenly spread with great rapidity and a tremendous explosion followed immediately. Showers of sparks were thrown high into the air; orange fire raging as target was left.
CB.304 dropped one stick across railway line at HANOVER. Large white explosions seen leaving target.
CB.306 dropped bombs in one stick on North side of No.1 basin. Large fire started.
CB.307 failed to locate primary target, and secondary targets, although located target areas. Attack carried out from 14,000 feet on LINGEN railway station. Incendiary fires larger than usual; bomb explosions observed on railway.
CB.308 reports all bombs seen to burst on target. Two explosions followed 30 seconds after bomb bursts and one terrific explosion one and a half mins. afterwards. Two large fires with columns of white smoke 5000-6000 feet in height and two smaller fires from incendiaries. Six tins of deckers scattered over target area, and eight tins dropped over RUHR area.
CB.309 reports bombs dropped in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen to start a line of fires which grew rapidly then died down but again broke out with about six explosions. A heavy smoke cloud was seen over the fires.
CB.312 reports that bomb bursts were observed in target area from stick of eight between Nos. 2 and 3 basins, starting at entrance (dock gates) of No.3 and finishing about centre of No.3 basin.
CB.316 reports incendiary bombs seen bursting near fire previously started between Nos. 2 and 3 basins. Basins presumably hit by high explosive bombs. All bombs dropped in one stick.
Dummy flare path seen at SOESTERBERG in Holland. Suspected dummy marshalling yard observed 30* HAMM 12 miles.
Very little A.A. fire experienced.
Searchlights were numerous but no very accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen
Heavy cloud was experienced to English Coast on journey out. Clear from then on.
Navigation was by D/R, Q.D.M’s, and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.308 A.76

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAF 78758 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:03 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 06:37

16/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.3 at KIEL
Nine Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, captained by P/O. Morton, crashed in Cumberland after having completed operations.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. bombs, 1/10 sec. delay.
CB.312 reports that a large red fire was observed.
CB.313 bombed docks in KIEL, but results were no observed.
CB.315 reports that results were not observed owing to low cloud and gun flashes.
CB.322 reports that target was observed in floating dock. Bomb bursts seen on target.
On the first run, CB.323 dropped a stick of two bombs which burst in water one on each side of GNEISENAU. A salvo of two bombs was dropped on second run and burst either side of the jetty of target. Heavy orange explosion was seen.
CB.324 reports that primary target was obscured by 10/10 cloud. Secondary target clear and easily identified. Good run up and bombs aimed accurately but bursts were not observed.
CB.325 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Bursts seen. Bombs fell N.E. of target on quays.
CB.326 dropped bombs in one stick on target. Bursts observed, but no pinpointed in relation to target due to cloud layer, but definitely in immediate vicinity of target. Rectangle of red lights 800 yds. x 600yds. sen in vicinity of LECK. Green light flashed from end like Aldis. Four red lights in a line North and South, equally spaced, across BORKUM. These flashed for one second at eight second intervals. Two searchlights believed to be on HELIGOLAND.
Fair amount of heavy A.A. fire. Fairly accurate. Searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy aircraft seen in NEUMUNSTER area. Believed to be HE.113.
Weather was clear over target areas. Heavy cloud experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and MF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.323 D.3

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
P/O Edward Thomas Wilcox, RAF 78758 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:52 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:38

21/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.2 and A.28
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. CB.349 crashed and was burnt out at MANSTON, the crew escaping without injury. The aircraft captained by F/Lt. Gilbert lost port airscrew on return journey and crashed while trying to effect forced landing in fog. The crew suffered slight injury. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. S.A.P., 250lbs. fused N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.332 reports that bombs and incendiaries fell on docks in target area. Fire started which was seen for 30 minutes.
CB.335 dropped one stick of bombs in target area. Target not identified due to extreme haze. Explosions observed for 10mins. after leaving target.
CB.336 dropped one stick from 10,500 feet across target area. Bomb bursts seen but target not identified. Bombs fell on wharves and docks.
CB.343 reports that bombs were seen to burst in dock area.
CB.344 reports target area hit.
CB.345 dropped bombs in one stick. Bomb aimer identified docks but could not see the ship, so used neighbouring jetty as aiming point. Bursts were observed, followed by seven explosions, but visibility was insufficient to pinpoint these.
CB.349 reports numerous fires and a series of small explosions observed whilst locating target: visible for 10 mins after bombing until obscured by cloud.
F/Lt. Gilbert reports that results were not observed owing to searchlight glare. Three 500lbs. S.A.P. dropped to lighten aircraft to facilitate escape from searchlights and A.A. Incendiaries retained and dropped on railway siding N.W. of HAMBURG. Fire resulted, with a few small explosions.
P/O Wright reports large fires started, and 44 heavy explosions observed lasting about 10mins. Target burning steadily after setting course home.
Number of flare paths and boundary lights in area between EMDEN and WILHELNSHAVEN, also dummy aerodrome 5 miles S.W. HAMBURG. Balloons observed in DUSSELDORF area at 9000 feet.
Intense and accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced.
Searchlights were very active. In HAMBURG area they appeared to operate in groups, each group controlled by a pair of searchlights either on one mounting or on two mountings very close together and projecting parallel beams, one white, the other electric blue.
P/O. Wright reports being challenged by three enemy aircraft at 2000 feet over the Dutch coast. Stern attack by one, but avoided him by dive into cloud.
Weather was hazy over target areas. Heavy cloud encountered on return journey. Navigation was by D/R, Astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.344 D.2

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
Sgt. Neate, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Harry Albert Goodwin, RAF 79573 – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reeves, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 07:10

23/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Berlin, Potsdam Station, D.148.
Five Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One, CB.362, captained by P/O Sanderson, failed to return. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. Bomb, delayed action, 500lbs. Bombs delayed action, 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs delayed action, 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., containers of incendiaries, while CB.359 carried one flash bomb.
CB.358 reports results were not observed owing to two layers of cloud.
CB.359 attacked flarepath probably east of Berlin, bursts unobserved, but incendiaries observed burning 300 yards short of flarepath.
CB361 reports bombs seen to burst in vicinity of NEURUPPIN Aerodrome. No fires started.
NO results were observed by CB.368 due to intensity of searchlights.
EELDE Aerodrome lit with electric flare path and boundary lights. Red beacon at decoy aerodrome. Beacon flashing C.F. 530 3N 0450E. White beacon flashing 5 secs. approximately AMELAND.
A.A. fire was heavy and accurate.
Searchlights were few, and not very accurate owing to cloud. No enemy aircraft were seen. Heavy cloud was experienced in all areas. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.368 D.184

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
P/O Nicholas Richard Peel, RAF 42431 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reeves, RAF – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:52 – Landed 03:52
Flight Time 05:00

25/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets B.8, D.1, and AERODROME at BRUSSELS
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Bombs 250lbs. Bombs, delayed action, 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.387 reports that bombs were seen to burst. Incendiaries resulted in numerous fires.
CB.388 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts observed and incendiaries seen burning in target area, but not pin-pointed definitely. Fires still burning brightly 15 mins after leaving. One fire burning with bright greenish-blue flames.
CB.389 dropped bombs on heading 270*N, from a height of 11,000 feet. Bursts were seen, and six fires started.
CB.390 failed to identify primary target owing to low cloud or haze, but a terrific fire in the target area was located and attacked. Bursts were observed short of target and incendiaries started small fires.
CB.394 failed to locate the target.
CB.397 reports that bombs were seen to burst on target. No results were observed by CB.398.
CB.399 reports that fires and explosions, which silhouetted large buildings, were seen in target area.
F/O. Elliott reports that fires were started and a number of small explosions observed. Some large explosions occurred about five mins from time of bombing.
white flashing beacon 5 sec. interval seen South East corner of TESSEL. Several flashing beacons seen – ZUIDER ZEE, GRGINGEN, EMDEN.
A.A> fire was fairly intense, but not very accurate.
Searchlights were active but inaccurate.
Two enemy aircraft seen, but no attack made. Weather was poor, heavy cloud being experienced over most of the route.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Homing bearings, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3277 AA-Y
Raid No. CB.387 B.8 (Fire in target area attacked as secondary target)

F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin, RAF 39539 – Pilot.
P/O Gilbert Theodore Kimberley, RNZAF NZ391359 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Scrivener, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Emney, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Frederick James Read, RNZAF NZ39871 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:12 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 05:58