R.J. Hamilton crew 9.3.45

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Beasley, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S A. Davis RNZAF NZ425834,  – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge RAFVR,  – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Noble RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:42 – Landed 14:13
Flight Time 05:31

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-A

S/L John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Percival McDowell Johnstone, RNZAF NZ4215865 – Navigator.
P/O Maurice Edward Parker, RNZAF NZ414332 – Air Bomber.
P/O William Lachlan Wilson, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
F/O John Henry Morgan, RAFVR 1131866, 157630 – Flight Engineer.
W/O T.R. Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O Robert John Torbitt, RAFVR 1033159 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:29 – Landed 02:08
Flight Time 08:39

09/03/1945 – Attack Against Datteln
Twenty one aircraft attacked Datteln as detailed. A good concentration of aircraft and bombing reported. Cloud ten tenths. No opposition was encountered. A mushroom of smoke was seen penetrating cloud.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-F “The Seven Sinners”

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Beasley, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:49 – Landed 15:52
Flight Time 05:03

10/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-D

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Beasley, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:34 – Landed 17:28
Flight Time 04:54

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-K

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. L. Beasley, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Craft, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:59 – Landed 15:19
Flight Time 05:20

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB424 JN-O

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O J. Kennedy, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/S Thomas Dewsbury, RAFVR 1533969 – Mid Under Gunner

Take Off 10:32 – Landed 15:56
Flight Time 05:24

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O J. Kennedy, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:42 – Landed 19:13
Flight Time 06:31

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III ME741 ??-W?

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 01:46
Flight Time 06:01

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 HK806 AA-B

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:44 – Landed 17:12
Flight Time 07:28

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 NN773 AA-G

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S L. Beasley, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:17 – Landed 12:55
Flight Time 05:38

01/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:52 – Landed 16:13
Flight Time 02:21

05/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at the Hague
4 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at the Hague. The mission was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I NN773 AA-G

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.

Take Off 06:08 – Landed 08:29
Flight Time 02:21

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-B

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:36 – Landed 18:40
Flight Time 07:04

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 21:32
Flight Time 09:00

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/S Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
W/O Owen Charles Willetts, RNZAF NZ425964 – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:11 – Landed 13:45
Flight Time 05:34

12/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/O Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/S G. Boyle, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S D. Morrison, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:35 – Landed 19:19
Flight Time 04:44

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

F/O Robin James Hamilton, RNZAF NZ404136 – Pilot.
F/O Ivan Hislop, RNZAF NZ428181 – Navigator.
F/S D. Morrison, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Alan William Davis, RNZAF NZ425834 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. W. Edge, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Noble, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:49 – Landed 16:17
Flight Time 06:28