R.J. Urlich crew 29.3.45

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.I RF127 AA-W

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:35 – Landed 15:54
Flight Time 05:19

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

W/O Eric Morton Ohlson, RNZAF NZ416529 – Pilot.
F/S Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Albert George Benest, RAFVR 162049 – Navigator.
F/S John Gerard Murphy, RNZAF NZ426251 – Air Bomber.
F/S J. Burge, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Mervyn Price, RAFVR 1836910 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. A. Akehurst, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Keene, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:41 – Landed 03:03
Flight Time 08:22

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.III PB132 AA-T

F/S Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:38 – Landed 19:21
Flight Time 06:43

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-P

W/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:31 – Landed 20:46
Flight Time 05:15

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 PB132 AA-T

W/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:59 – Landed 19:46
Flight Time 02:47

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

W/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:54 – Landed 14:19
Flight Time 02:25

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

W/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
CPL Hale,   – Passenger.
F/S Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:21 – Landed 14:44
Flight Time 02:23

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

W/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:37 – Landed 16:54
Flight Time 06:17

14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

W/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:15 – Landed 21:38
Flight Time 06:23

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.III PB132 AA-T

F/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/O Lawrence Ronald Luxton, RNZAF NZ4211873 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 16:47
Flight Time 04:49

10/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – Pilot.
F/S G. Hodgetts, RAFVR – Navigator.
P/O Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leonard Murton Cross, RNZAF NZ4213387 – Wireless Operator.
F/S F. Ratcliffe, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Maurice Maxwell Benjamin, RNZAF NZ4213449 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Henry John Anderson, RNZAF NZ4214079 – Rear Gunner.
CPL Solley, Passenger .

Take Off 10:04 – Landed 14:25
Flight Time 04:21