P.R. Coney crew 18.03.41

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic N/L AA-

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:25

14/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Gelsenkirchen
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in target area, and many fires were observed. Dummy fires were seen near the target. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and on route. Searchlights were active from the Dutch coast to target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was fine, but there was some ground mist.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2805 AA-E “D for Donald”

P/O Clive King Saxelby, RAFVR 36275 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 06:10

23/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Boulogne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft failed to locate the target (WLR.245, WLR.807, WLR.948). A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs., 500lbs., 250lbs., and containers of incendiaries. WLR.319 bombed the dock area at BOULOGNE. WLR.519 reports bombs burst in target area, and fires were observed. WLR.547 reports two bombs seen to burst in dock area, 250lbs. not seen to burst. WLR.867 bombed target and saw bursts across docks. Small fires started. Explosions observed by rear gunner. WLR.398 reports that bomb bursts were not seen, owing to layer of cloud blowing across target. S.B.C’s seen to light in target area. A number of parachute flares were seen shot up on coast near Calais. A.A. fire was intense and fairly accurate. Searchlights were numerous un target area. One enemy aircraft was seen. Eight tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over target area. Navigation was by map reading, D/R, and pin points.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Kenric Clement Harvey Banfield, RNZAF NZ391874 – Navigator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 03:00

26/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Bombs were seen to burst in the target area and fires were started. Fairly accurate heavy to medium and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were intense and accurate over Holland and the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fairly good over most of the journey, but ground haze covered the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 04:50

01/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Cologne
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. Many fires were observed in the target. Area and DLN 881 reports seeing dummy fires North West of the target. DLN 626 reported a stick of bombs seen to burst 15 miles East of Lowestoft. Inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered and searchlights were numerous. One enemy searchlight carrying fighter seen by DLN 931 at 500 yards but no attack made. 10/10ths cloud was experienced over North Sea but clear over target area. Navigation was by pin-pointing and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 07:35

03/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. UNL.218 reported decision to turn back owing to wireless not acting correctly. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and cases of incendiaries. UNL.205 reports dropped stick of bombs across target. UNL.218 bombed HAMMSTEDE AERODROME and bombs burst near flare path.
UNK.633 reports bombs hit Dock Gates North East of Main Gates. UNL.640 reports bombs burst East side of RHINE.
UNL.645 reported red glow observed through target.
UNL.633 observed 2/5 star red cartridges seen and red tracer fired N.E. of HONNINGTON. Fires were observed in target area and UNL.783 took photographs of Dusseldorf aerodrome. A fair amount of heavy and accurate flak was experienced. Many enemy fighters were observed and UNL.347 observed plane bomb FELTWELL at 1200ft. The weather experienced on this raid was fine and clear. Navigation was by D/R, Astro and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Malcolm George Harris, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry John Milner, RNZAF NZ40924 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

13/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Hamburg
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Hits were registered in the target area and many fires were observed to be burning when last aircraft left. Heavy and light flak was experienced over the target and numerous searchlights were used working in cones. ARU 271 observed one ME109 and one ME110 near DUTCH COAST and ARU 250 engaged one JU88 results were not observed. Good weather was experienced and navigation was by D/R and Map Reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2736 AA-A

F/O John Kenneth Collins, RAFVR 40082 – Pilot.
Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Clarence William ‘Taffy’ Evans, RNZAF NZ40619 – Observer.
Sgt. Daniel Gilmore, RAFVR 818024 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cole, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 07:05

18/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Rotterdam
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft. GKN.542, ran short of petrol and crashed at Ryhill, Yorkshire. The crew baled out, but one member, SGT. Gilmore (Wireless Operator) was killed owing to his parachute failing to open. Direct hits were scored and fired started. Two photographs of town and docks were taken by GKN.465. Intense and accurate heavy and light flak was encountered at various parts of route, and there was intense searchlight activity over target area. No enemy aircraft were observed. The weather over the target was fair, but fog was experienced over English coast on return. Navigation was by D/R, pinpoint and astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.3171 AA-E

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. S. Dawson, RAFVR 942476 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Reginald Walter Watkins, RNZAF NZ401469 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 03:05

21/03/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Ostend and L’Orient
Three Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing arracks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs., 250lbs., and containers of incendiaries. No results were observed by SLY.486. SLY.498 dropped bombs on A.A. batteries and searchlights at Boulogne. SLY.509 dropped bombs on West bank of river. Bursts not observed. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced on route. Slight searchlight activity was experienced at many parts of route. One unidentified aircraft was seen over BRIDPORT and YEOVIL while one enemy aircraft was seen over target area. Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target area. Navigation was by D/R, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 05:40

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 T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 04:35

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:50

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 01:25
Flight Time 04:55

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 07:10

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 06:15

02/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg and Emden
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P. and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped and hits scored. Many fires were started. Accurate heavy A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. There was intense stationary cones of searchlights over Hamburg. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and visibility was good. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:40

04/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P. 500lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P. while flash bombs were also carried by two aircraft. All bombs were dropped and bursts were observed. Many fires were started. Intense heavy and light flak was experienced on route and in target area, while searchlights were intense but not very accurate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine and clear. Navigation was by astro. D/R, W/T, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:20

06/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, R,3169, after having bombed the target area, and while on return journey, crashed into a barrage balloon cable at the mouth of the River Humber and dived into the water. The rear gunner, SGT. Craven, was the only survivor of the crew of six. The bomb load carried by the ten machines consisted of 1000 lbs., 500 lbs., and 250 lbs.

Bombs were dropped by all aircraft, but owing to heavy cloud no results were observed. No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced on route and in target area. Searchlights were few and ineffective. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was not good, ten-tenths cloud being experienced over route and target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro,

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 06:10

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:00

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:00

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Tristram Peters, RNZAF NZ401230 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:30

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:35

23/05/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. G.P.; 500lbs G.P.; 250 lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries, while one flash bomb was carried by RWX.437.
RWX.241 attacked docks 4,5,6, at Dunkirk and reports that small fires were started in the vicinity.
RWX.275 reports that bombs were seen to burst.
Results were not observed by RWX.437.
Bomb bursts were seen by RWX.468 and reports that a large orange fire started in target.
RWX.585 bombed target area. Incendiaries were seen to burn and bombs burst.
RWX.616 dropped bombs through cloud, but bursts were not observed.
RWX.712 saw green flashes from incendiaries.
RWX.943 saw bombs burst through gaps in cloud.
RWX.991 bombed target and a small fire was started.
P/O Rees reports that no fires were observed, but there was one explosion larger than usual.
No observations were made, and no reconnaissance carried out.
Heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target areas.
There was a cone of 22 searchlights at Dunkirk. Elsewhere they were intense and fairly accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The Weather was fair, but visibility was bad. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

10/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was mixed and consisted of 2000lbs. S.A.P., 500 lbs. S.A.P. 250lbs. S.A.P., whilst RGS.772 carried one flash bomb.
Owing to smoke screen and ground haze no results were observed but all bombs were dropped.
No observations were made.
There was moderate light and heavy A.A. fire, but not accurate.
There were few searchlights.
Two enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made.
The weather was fine, but there was haze over the target.
D/R, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 05:45

12/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamm
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1000lbs, G.P., 500lbs. G.P.; 250lbs. G.P.; and containers of incendiaries.
KHS.163 dropped all bombs and fires were started.
KHS.312 saw bombs burst in group of fires.
KHS.527 reports bombs burst in target area.
KHS.524 saw bombs burst and incendiaries start a small red fire which burned for some time. The target itself was not pinpointed although it was in the vicinity of Hamm.
KHS.634 reports large fires at North and East of marshalling yards.
KHS.763 did not observe results.
KHS.809 reports bombs were dropped on target.
KHS.862 bombed primary target.
Results were not observed by P/O. Ashworth
KHS.981 saw bombs burst in target area.
A number of flashing beacons were seen in enemy territory. Heavy and light A.A> fires was experienced. This was fairly accurate. Searchlights were fairly active, working in cones.
KHS.635 reports that at position 090 50 miles SOUTHWOLD he was attacked by three enemy aircraft. One is believed to have been shot down by rear gunner. On turning back to confirm he was chased by remaining two.
The weather was fairly good, with ground haze over the target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert William Toller, RAFVR 1054292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:40

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

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 expereinced, ut 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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

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.1648 AA-K

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:10

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.1177 AA-C

Sgt. Phillip Ronald ‘Pip’ Coney, RNZAF NZ391825 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leopold Ian Adrian Millett, RAFVR 1164817 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Derek Clare, RAFVR 103536/ 951765 – Navigator.
Sgt. C. Simpson, RAFVR 943822 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Wilson Bottomley, RAFVR 943398 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Oddie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 04:25