R.J. Wisker crew 30.5.44

30/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Ten aircraft successfully bombed a target at Boulogne, encountering only very slight opposition. The attack was carried out in clear visibility.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 02:00

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III HK557 AA-P Peter

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:00 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:40

02/06/1944 – Attack Against Wissant
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Wissant, N. France. Owing to thick cloud over the target, twelve aircraft were unable to identify the markers and brought their bombs back. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:20 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 02:00

03/06/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Calais, and all crews were successful in contributing to a good concentrated raid in clear weather. Defences were slight to moderate and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 02:00

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:40 – Landed 07:05
Flight Time 03:25

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 03:40

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:45

11/06/1944 – Attack Against Nantes
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Nantes. All aircraft successfully bombing the target. Large fires and explosions were reported. Intense light A.A. Fire was encountered in the target area. the aircraft captained by NZ421072 P/O. C. McCardle, shortly after leaving the target area, was damaged by what is now thought to have been a light A.A. Shell exploding in the cockpit. The Captain received severe injuries and the Flight Engineer Sgt. Benfold, R., superficial injuries. The Air Bomber, AUS410489 W/O. Hurse, A. took over the controls, and with the assistance of the Navigator NZ4310159 F/O. A. Zillwood, brought the aircraft safely back to this country, where a perfect landing was executed.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:45

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I HK558 AA-D

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:25

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 03:10

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 02:07
Flight Time 03:02

23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 02:40

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK558 AA-D

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 02:40

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:20
Flight Time 03:10

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:57 – Landed 16:01
Flight Time 03:04

05/07/1944 – Attack Against Watten
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Watten. All were successful in bombing the target, and a good raid was reported. Moderate to heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but there was no fighter opposition. In addition, four aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat, but this operation was cancelled.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:06 – Landed 01:08
Flight Time 02:02

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:34
Flight Time 04:34

09/07/1944 – Attack Against Linzeux
The twenty five aircraft detailed on the previous day took off to attack the constructional works site at Linzeux in daylight. All aircraft bombed through cloud, using navigational aids. A.A. fire opposition was reported as slight, although one aircraft suffered considerable damage when over the target. There was no opposition from enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F
HK554, F/S Wisker & crew, was hit causing considerable airframe damage while over the target. They were able to continue and return safely, landing at 16.08hrs.
F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:02 – Landed 16:08
Flight Time 03:06

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
S J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L William Edward McAlpine, RAFVR 115790 – Mid Upper Gunner (Gunnery Leader).
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:23 – Landed 07:53
Flight Time 03:30

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E. P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:12 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 03:43

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Ten aircraft took off to attack the constructional works site at Bois Des Jardins. All aircraft bombed the target, but a scattered raid was reported owing to eight to ten tenths cloud. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L “Lucy”

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 02:30

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 dnc JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:22 – Landed 15:08
Flight Time 02:46

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
F/S N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:38 – Landed 02:44
Flight Time 04:06

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:35 – Landed 08:03
Flight Time 03:28

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 02:59
Flight Time 03:14

23/07/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Kiel, and all successfully bombed the target. A concentrated raid was reported and the glow of fires could be seen from the Danish west coast on return. A moderate A.A. barrage was met and two aircraft had combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/S Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:39 – Landed 04:03
Flight Time 05:24

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/O Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:30 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 03:10

12/08/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Gironde Estuary. They all dropped their mines in the allotted area without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/O Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:57 – Landed 06:02
Flight Time 07:05

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

F/O Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:01 – Landed 18:49
Flight Time 04:48

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F
from Leo McCartin logbook
F/O Raoul John Wisker, RNZAF NZ415255 – Pilot. F/S Patrick Leo McCartin, RAAF AUS.419328 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:07 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 07:58