R. Elliott crew 14.4.45

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S David Knight, RNZAF NZ433310 – Navigator.
F/O Robin Douglas Matthews, RAFVR NZ4212741 – Air Bomber.
F/S Keith David Cunningham, RNZAF NZ4215814 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry Patrick Carr, RNZAF NZ402678 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Robert Alfred Olsen , RNZAF NZ431204 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:22
Flight Time 05:37

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Lewis, RAFVR 1812698 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Arthur Henry ‘Peter’ Grace, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ralph Jeffrey, RAFVR 1868869 – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. ‘Jock’ Thain, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Hugh William Lempriere, RNZAF NZ4210519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clive Melvyn Prince, RNZAF NZ4213422 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 03:17
Flight Time 08:52

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – Pilot.
F/O David Lewis, RAFVR 1812698 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Arthur Henry ‘Peter’ Grace, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ralph Jeffrey, RAFVR 1868869 – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. ‘Jock’ Thain, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Hugh William Lempriere, RNZAF NZ4210519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clive Melvyn Prince, RNZAF NZ4213422 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:56 – Landed 17:25
Flight Time 07:29

24/04/1945 – Attack on Bad Oldesloe
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BAD OLDESLOE. JN/N (F/L Preyer) failed to take off owing to engine trouble and AA/Y (F/S Reay) made an early return owing to fire in starboard outer engine. No opposition was encountered but slight flak seen over Dutch Coast. Some of the bombs fell to the port of the A/P. Main attack considered very good.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – Pilot.
F/O David Lewis, RAFVR 1812698 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Arthur Henry ‘Peter’ Grace, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ralph Jeffrey, RAFVR 1868869 – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. ‘Jock’ Thain, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Hugh William Lempriere, RNZAF NZ4210519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clive Melvyn Prince, RNZAF NZ4213422 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:17 – Landed 13:15
Flight Time 05:58

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Lewis, RAFVR 1812698 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Arthur Henry ‘Peter’ Grace, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ralph Jeffrey, RAFVR 1868869 – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. ‘Jock’ Thain, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Hugh William Lempriere, RNZAF NZ4210519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clive Melvyn Prince, RNZAF NZ4213422 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:52 – Landed 19:42
Flight Time 02:50

23/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Lewis, RAFVR 1812698 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Arthur Henry ‘Peter’ Grace, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Jeffrey, RAFVR 1868869 – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. ‘Jock’ Thain, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Hugh William Lempriere, RNZAF NZ4210519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clive Melvyn Prince, RNZAF NZ4213422 – Rear Gunner.
F/L Tugwel, F/L Fuller F/L.

Take Off 09:45 – Landed 16:56
Flight Time 07:11

25/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees
6 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of Belgian refugees. 66 persons including a two months old baby were flown to Brussels.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Robert Elliot, RNZAF NZ4211949 – Pilot.
Sgt. David Lewis, RAFVR 1812698 – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Arthur Henry ‘Peter’ Grace, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Ralph Jeffrey, RAFVR 1868869 – Wireless Operator.
F/S W. ‘Jock’ Thain, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Hugh William Lempriere, RNZAF NZ4210519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clive Melvyn Prince, RNZAF NZ4213422 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:42 – Landed 16:54
Flight Time 06:12