R.H.J. Broady crew 22.09.42 †

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.707 AA-?

Sgt. Kenneth John Bettles, RAFVR 657229 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. W. McIntyre, RAFVR 1073152 – Observer.
F/S Frank Arthur Stevens, RAFVR 942319 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Earl Ray Belford, RNZAF R.88751/ J.17419 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Dudley Harding Smith, RNZAF NZ405265 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 05:25

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

P/O Leo George Trott, RNZAF NZ412743 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William John Robert Scollay, RNZAF NZ41497 – Navigator/ Observer.
Sgt. Mikaere Tutahunga Tomika Manawaiti, RNZAF NZ412895 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Tom Pascoe, RNZAF 1308491 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Reginald Hamerton, RNZAF NZ412918 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:00

15/10/1942 – Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 AA-?

S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAFVR 39717 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RAFVR NZ413720 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Trueman Jobson, RNZAF 1287935 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander McIssac, RNZAF NZ412891 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:25

23/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Genoa
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000 lb. 500lb. and 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, some aircraft claimed to have also bombed Savona. A few light A.A guns and one or two searchlights were encountered. No combats took place. The cloud base at target was down to 3 to 4,000 feet. The aircraft came below this cloud to bomb. Navigation was good by D.R., T.R., loops and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

G/C John Alexander Powell, RAF 36122 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady RNZAF NZ39691 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
S/L Watkins, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander McIssac , RNZAF NZ412891 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 08:45

22/10/1942 – Operations. Daylight Attack on Targets At Essen
Two aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500lb. 250lb. And 30lb. Incendiaries. The bombs were successfully dropped in the target area from a low altitude. One of the aircraft claimed successful hits on a railroad station. No. A.A. fire was encountered and no enemy aircraft were seen. The cloud cover was good having a ceiling of 700ft. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – Pilot.
Sgt John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Trueman Jobson, RAFVR 1287935 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander McIssac, RNZAF NZ412891 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 16:10
Flight Time 03:20

24/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Milan
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000lb. 500lb. 250lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Some slight A.A. fire was encountered, cloud stopped searchlight activity. No combats with enemy aircraft took place. 10/10ths cloud from the French Coast to the target made identification of the target difficult. Navigation was difficult owing to cloud preventing the use of Astro. Wellington Z1652 captained by Sergt. Hugill and Wellington BK725 captained by Sergt. McConnell failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – Pilot.
Sgt John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RNZAF NZ413720 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Trueman Jobson, RNZAF 1287935 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander McIssac, RNZAF NZ412891 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 07:55

28/22/1942 – Night Flying Test
Crashed at 22:29 at Trinity Farm on Cambridge Road, near Oakington airfield. The aircraft stalled while trying to avoid a head on collision with another Stirling. The Rear Gunner, Sgt. Rogers, whilst surviving the crash, died two days later on the 30th of November.

Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of Herbert Horace and Adeline Jane Mabel Broady, of Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14732.

Sgt. George Trueman Jobson, RAFVR 1287935 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 20.
Son of John and Mary Edith Jobson, of South Broomhill.
Buried Chevington Cemetery, Northumberland, England..
Grave location – Sec. G. Grave 21.

Sgt. Robert James Mcwilliam, RCAF 93977 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 20.
Buried Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England..
Grave location – Grave 14740.

Sgt. Ronald Oswald Dibben, RAFVR 1252627 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 22.
Son of Bernard Oswald and Lydia Dibben, of Kingston-On-Thames.
Buried Ham (St Andrew) Churchyard, Richmond, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Row 3. Grave 12.
‘His noble duty ended,
Leaving hearts
That loved him
And a name ever dear’

Sgt. Alexander Mcisaac, RNZAF NZ412891 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 24.
Son of Allan Joseph and Adelaide Mcisaac, of Whakatane, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Chevington Cemetery, Northumberland, England..
Grave location – Sec. G. Grave 20.

Sgt. Charles Thomas Rogers, RAFVR 1170921 – Rear Gunner.
Injured – Died of injuries 2 days later age 20.
Son of Sidney and Eva Mary Rogers, of Crowle.
Buried Crowle (St.John the Baptist) Churchyard, Worcestershire, England..
Grave location – South of church.