R.H. Tye crew 03.10.41

26/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 05:35

29/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BRO.345 failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were brought back. All bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but heavy cloud made observations of results difficult. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. No enemy aircraft were seen.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. David Alexander Abbott, RNZAF NZ401219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:12 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:08

06/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, X9767 captained by P/O Johnson, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP, and SBC’s of 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft was seen under attack on the Dutch-German frontier. Another aircraft was observed possibly being shot down by dual AA fire/searchlight action about 15 miles west or south-west of the target. An enemy aircraft was seen taking off from Schipol, but no attacks occurred Bombs were dropped in the target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over the target area, but heavy en route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy  aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 05:25

08/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kassel
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to make individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, (including delay), 250 lb (including delay fuses), and containers of incendiaries. AA fire was very light and searchlight activity was also light and ineffective. No enemy aircraft seen. The weather conditions were excellent in the target area and en route. Navigation includes:- D.R., Q.D.M., Astro., Pinpoint., Loop and Lorenz.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9834 AA-O

Sgt. Anthony ‘Tony’ Saunders, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Gwyn Martin, RAFVR 981426/ 110857 – Observer.
Sgt. Albert George Windiate, RAFVR 911390/ 112731 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Dennis Thompson, RAFVR 1152206 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Charles Thomas Black, RAFVR 1377719 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 06:25

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and       working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z8834 AA-P

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:15 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 06:15

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

Sgt. Cyril Taylor, RAFVR 110661 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Harrington, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. James Roberts, RAAF AUS.400310 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.B. Hopkinson, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert Holtby Tasker, RAFVR 1381172 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:06 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 07:29

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8868 AA-C

P/O Timothy John Wilder Williams, RNZAF NZ401797 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wellington Clifford, RCAF R.60247/ J.4770 – Observer.
Sgt. Ayres, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Atkins, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. W.A.C. Hemsley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 03:10

29/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target areas were bombed, bursts were seen, and fires started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was ineffective, and very few searchlights operated in target areas. Weather was not too good, there being cloud on route and in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, QDM, pinpoints, loop, Lorenz, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 09:25

03/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk
Three Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target area and docks were bombed and fires started.
The weather forecast was favourable, with a slight haze along the French coast. A.A. fire was fairly intense to the south of the target, with searchlights co-operating.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 02:40

10/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z8969, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X9825, captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne, as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes later. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode in the city area. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 feet, to 4,000 feet. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of target. Visibility was good, with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 18:05

12/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington IC X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 00:55
Flight Time 08:00

13/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP and SBC’s of 4 lb incendiaries. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced North and West of the target area, both light and heavy. Target was bombed and fires were observed on leaving. Many large cones of Searchlights were active West and North of the target. Enemy aircraft were seen on the return flight over the Dutch coast but no attacks were made on our aircraft. An unidentified aircraft followed Sgt Taylor and crew in X9977 for about 40 minutes. No attacks were initiated. The aircraft was using a hand lamp for signalling. The weather was 10/10 cloud over target area, with haze. Navigation was by Lorenz, QDM’s, Astro Fix and DR.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975! AA-U

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 05:50

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:45

20/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above target. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Parnham, crash landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed North and North West of target following river at Oldenburgh. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburgh. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was poor, with low cloud and thick ground haze over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9976 AA-O

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 07:00

22/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets Mannheim
*Six Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Owing to the weather conditions operations were marred, but a fire was bombed in a town on the Rhine, probably Mannheim and bomb bursts seen. There was slight A.A. activity and searchlights were ineffective where seen. Electrical storms, thunder cloud and snow storms were met throughout operations. Navigation was good. D.R. and special beam No.6 used. Icing (black) was experienced over Continent. Unable to see through windscreens owing to accumulated snow, from Belgian coast onwards. Severe weather conditions made accuracy impossible. One of these aircraft, X.9914, captained by Sgt. Taylor, failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 06:40

01/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington Ic Aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. The whole Operation was marred by bad weather there being 10/10th. Cloud throughout the trip and no results were observed. Bomb load consisting of 1000lbs, 50lbs, 250lbs and incendiaries was dropped on un-identified town, and on area to the West of the target. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75m.m. tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One M.E. 110 enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. Navigation was good, Astro and D.R. loop being used. A convoy fifteen miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. There was a surprising lack of enemy fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1093 AA-M

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 06:30

04/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Nine Wellington IC aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Heavy cloud was experienced throughout the whole trip and although bombs were dropped in target area no results were observed. Accurate Heavy Flak was met over the target area and searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was very poor with 10/10th cloud which completely marred the whole operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:55 – Landed 23:15
Flight Time 05:20

07/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Fourteen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. Two of these aircraft, X.9951, captained by F/O Methven and X.9976, captained by Sgt. Black, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped in target area and some large fires were started, but results were not clearly observed owing to heavy cloud over target area. A considerable amount of heavy flak was met over target area but searchlights, where seen, were ineffective. No enemy aircraft were met throughout the trip. Weather was poor with 10/10th cloud over target area. Navigation was good, Astro and D/R loops being used. Wellington Z.1091, captained by P/O Sandys returned to base owing to engine trouble. Wellington Z.1068, captained by Sgt. Parham returned to base owing to Navigator being sick.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 08:10

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enemy aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Giddens, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:45 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 05:00

26/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Ostend
Seventeen Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000,lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs. 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Very bad weather prevented the target being identified and results were not observed. A few bombs were however dropped in target area and one flash was seen. The remainder were brought back to base. Heavy and light predicted A.A. fire was met over target area and cones of searchlights were active. One single engine aircraft and one Junkers 88 enemy aircraft were seen but were successfully evaded. Weather was extremely bad and marred the whole operation. 10/10th cloud was met throughout the journey to and from the target. Navigation was D.R. and Q.D. M.s. One of these aircraft, Z.1114, captained by Sgt. Evans, returned to base with engine trouble.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1099 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 00:05
Flight Time 06:15

12/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Nine Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 500lbs was carried, and was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. An accurate barrage of light and heavy flak was encountered. There was a large number of searchlights operating in cones. Weather was good with 2/10 to 4/10 cloud over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:33 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 06:32

23/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Seven wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bomb bursts and fires were seen in the target area. Light, medium and heavy flak was met and searchlights were not very active. Weather was good over the target. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8834, captained by Sgt. Bentley, crashed at Burner’s Heath on return and Sgt. Bentley was killed, the crew being injured.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9757 AA-S

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 06:25

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incedaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8978 AA-G

Sgt. Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Navigator.
Sgt. Hibbard, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. McAroy, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:55 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 05:35

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

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

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RAFVR NZ403019 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 04:45

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L Kitchin, F/O Sandys and Sgt Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RAFVR NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 05:30

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Charles Wrightson RNZAF NZ411998 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:15

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.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RAFVR NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

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

08/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg
Nine Well.III aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 30lbs L.C. and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. Intense predicted flak S.W. of Hamburg but searchlight ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy a/c seen off Heligoland and believed JU88. Weather was very poor with 10/10 cloud over target and electric storms off East coast of England. Navigation was by DR and TR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 04:45

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.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:11 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:24

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.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RAFVR NZ403019 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 05:00