P.J. Wilson crew 26.03.42 †

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 Z.9975? AA-?

W/C Reginald Sawrey-Cookson, RAF 39574 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cross, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
F/L Norman Dudley Greenaway, RAFVR/ RNZAF 78998, NZ2487 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 22:55
Flight Time 06:00

02/01/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisting of 500 lbs and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to 10/10th cloud. A.A. fire was only slight, only a few searchlights were active and no enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was poor and there
was 10/10 cloud throughout the operation. Navigation was entirely by D.R. Wellington aircraft R.1457 returned to base with it’s bomb load.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-?

P/O John Frederick Fisher, RAFVR 67067 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Patrick Arthur Townsend, RNZAF NZ401218 – Observer.
Sgt. William Maxwell Wilson, RNZAF NZ403036 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:10 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 05:35

15/01/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Schipol
Two Wellington IC aircraft from this unit were detailed to carry out the above attack, but one machine, captained by S/Ldr Kitchin, blew a cylinder and returned to base soon after take-off. Wellington IC Z.1114, captained by P/O Sandys carried out the operation as ordered. Bomb load consisting of 12 x 250 lbs was dropped on Schipol and neighbouring aerodromes. Bursts were observed. Light flak was encountered in the target area and searchlights were seen near the coast. No enemy aircraft were encountered. There were low clouds near the enemy coast but these cleared on the return trip.
Navigation was good, Lorenz being used on return.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1114 AA-C

P/O John Frederick Kelly Sandys, RCAF J.4814 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alexander John Lock, RAFVR 928209 – Front Gunner.
P/O Guy Lionel Roy Heyward, RNZAF NZ40622 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 03:25

13/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dunkirk
Four Wellington III aircraft set out to bomb the above target but only one machine successfully carried out the task, Wellington III X3667, captained by Sgt Bell. Bomb load of 250 lbs was dropped on the docks but results were not observed. There were a small number of searchlights active and medium flak was encountered. no enemy aircraft were seen however. Weather was fine with a ground haze over the target. Navigation was good, TR1335 being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

Sgt. Eric George Delancey Jarman , RAAF AUS.404507 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson RNZAF NZ402475 2nd Pilot.
P/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Navigator.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R.S. Davey, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Rains, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 02:45

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

W/C Reginald Sawrey-Cookson, RAFVR 39574 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
F/L Barnett, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, RAFVR NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
F/S Buckley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 04:45

06/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area and fires were observed. There was intense heavy flak over the target but only a few searchlights were active. One single engined fighter attempted to attack Wellington II X3636 but was driven off by flak. There was 9/10th cloud on the route and 3/10th to 5/10th cloud over the target at 11,000 feet. Navigation was good TR and DR being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-J

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RAFVR NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 02:55

10/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Eight Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250 lbs, was dropped in the target area but results were not seen. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were fairly intense. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fine with 7/10 cloud. Navigation by astro, D.F. and loop was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3667 AA-J

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, British Army NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

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

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3636 AA-R

S/L Cecil McKenzie Hill, RAFVR 36172 – Pilot.
P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davies, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RAFVR NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
P/O John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:30

26/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, were dropped in the target area. Accurate, intense flak was encountered, searchlights were ineffective. One single engined aircraft was seen near Le Havre but no attack was made. Weather was fair with haze over target. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3661 AA-Q
Noted as ‘A’ from Extract of logbook of Henry John Price, W/Op on the 24/2/42 – ‘Formation Flying’

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Graham Edward Murdoch, RNZAF NZ411927 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Wilfred George Reay RNZAF NZ405455 F/O Norman Harrison RAFVR 759028/ 116554,   – Observer.
P/O Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778/ 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Morrie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S White, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 04:25

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, British Army NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 02:20

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out their task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Cecil William Phair Carter, RNZAF NZ41874 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 05:25

29/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 30lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Bombs were seen to burst on the factory and power station. There was very little flak and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good. Few searchlights were active and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RAFVR NZ404016 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Cyril Hayton, RAFVR 1113610 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 05:35

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Mitchell, RAFVR NZ404084 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:10

04/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Incendiaries and 4000lbs. bombs were carried and the majority dropped. Weather conditions were not good with the result that difficulty was experienced in pinpointing target and observing results. A.A. fire was slight in target area but fairly heavy at some parts of route. Searchlights were not veru active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR, TR, pinpoint, loop.

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

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Joseph Guy Quinn, RAFVR 1256373 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Norman Mitchell, RAFVR NZ404084 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 06:50

07/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Nine Wellington aircraft of this unit were detailed to carry out the above operations. The bomb load was made up of 1500lbs. And 500lbs. All the 1500lbs. Bombs were dropped but the majority of the 500lbs were returned. Weather conditions were favourable and the target area was clear. One aircraft, X.3664 captained by P/O. Wilson was chased by an enemy fighter but no attack was made. Navigation was by astro, DR, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Bode, RAFVR 1185743 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Barry Herbert Coulter, RAFVR 1261820 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:30

09/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. The bomb load consisted of 1500 lbs. and 500 lbs. The 1500 lbs bombs were planted successfully, and a few of the aircraft dropped the 500 lbs. bombs on land targets. Weather conditions were good and there was no opposition.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Bode, RAFVR 1185743 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Hayton, RNZAF 1113610 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:25

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 05:15

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:20

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3636 AA-R

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:05

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:10

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Colin Valentine McPherson, RNZAF NZ404912 – 2nd Pilot
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:20

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Sutherland,   – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:15

16/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was taken. One a/c did not carry out its task and returned early. Owing to insufficient cloud cover Essen was not attacked by a/c but bombs were dropped on Bonn. There was heavy flak and searchlights were moderate. Weather was unfavourable. Navigation was good. No enemy a/c were seen.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

P/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAFVR NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 05:20

17/06/1942 – Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Mines were laid as ordered and all a/c returned safely. (Two a/c out of the above eight went to St. Nazaire on a sortie). There was very little flak and searchlights were few. There was haze and vis. was moderate. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAFVR NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

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

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3540 AA-H

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAFVR NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

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

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Alexander George Sutherland, RNZAF NZ405340 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:20

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:55

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Ronald Parkes, RNZAF NZ403822 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAFVR NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:35

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/O Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
P/O Donald Norman Potts, RNZAF NZ412267 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 05:05

13/07/1942 – Attack Against Duisburg
Nine a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc. was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was moderate and inaccurate. Searchlights were accurate but not numerous. One JU88 was sighted. No attack. Weather was good and navigation excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. William Ronald Parkes, RNZAF NZ403822 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RCAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 04:15

20/07/1942 – Daylight Sorties Against Bremen
Six a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load was not dropped as all returned to base owing to lack of cloud cover. There was no A.A. fire but four enemy a/c made unsuccessful attacks on Well.III, X3452, captained by Sgt. Croall

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:00 – Landed 15:05
Flight Time 01:05

21/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs 30lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area but results were unobserved. Photographs were taken however. A.A. fire was not very heavy but there were any searchlight cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good, clear over target. Navigation was by TR & DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Smith Barclay, RNZAF NZ411358 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:01

23/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Fourteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was heavy and concentrated. Searchlights were few owing to cloud. One JU.88 was seen. Two other enemy a/c were seen but did not attack. Weather was poor, cloudy over the target. Nav. was good

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Smith Barclay, RNZAF NZ411358 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 04:20

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Victor Kenneth Westerman, RNZAF NZ41970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 05:45

27/07/1942 – Daylight Attack on Bremen
Two a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 500lbs was dropped in target area on town. Bombs were seen bursting in built up area. There was no A.A. fire or enemy a/c. There was 10/10th cloud. Navigation by DR was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:00 – Landed 19:50
Flight Time 05:50

28/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area and bursts were seen in dock area. A.A. fire was very accurate, light and heavy predicted. There were many accurate searchlight cones in parts but clear over target. Navigation was good by TR and DR. Six a/c failed to return to base

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
F/S Victor Kenneth Westerman, RNZAF NZ41970 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Alan Campbell, RAF? NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The Wellington was shot down by AA fire near the target area, crashing at Fischbek, 18 miles SE of Stade. None of the crew survived. They were buried initially in a collective grave at Stade but later reinterred at Becklingen.

F/L Peter John Wilson, RNZAF NZ402475 – Pilot.
Killed age 22.
Son of Elsie Maud Wilson, of Woodville, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 14. F. 12-14.

F/S Victor Kenneth Westerman, RNZAF NZ41970 – 2nd Pilot.
Killed age 24.
Son of Ernest Alfred and Janet Westerman, of Hastings, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 14. F. 12-14.

Sgt. Robert Hylton Brisco, RNZAF NZ411204 – Observer.
Killed age 26.
Son of Hylton Musgrave Campbell Brisco and Kathleen Brisco, of Hunterville, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll grave 14. F. 12-14.

F/S Alan Campbell, RNZAF NZ391857 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of John and Mary Hannah Campbell, of Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 14. F. 12-14.

F/S Ronald Fraser Davis, RNZAF NZ403569 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of C. A. Davis, and of Elizabeth Mcewan Davis, of Outram, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 14. F. 12-14.

Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 28.
Son of William Gordon Caitcheon and of Ivy May Caitcheon (Nee Beresford), of Morrinsville, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – Coll. grave 14. F. 12-14.