R. Leggett crew 13.02.42

23/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dunkirk
Seven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed from this Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped on target area and flashes seen but full results were not seen. Heavy A.A. fire was met over target area and searchlights in large cones were active. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was fair with 7/10th. Cloud over target area and freezing level was at 9,000ft. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1114 AA-C

Sgt. Ian James Shephard, RNZAF NZ404414 – Pilot.
P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 1262939/ 103037 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Williams, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 03:50

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.8977 AA-N

Sgt. Stephen, RAF – Pilot.
very inclined to think this is a typo and that, given accuracy of other crew tis should actually be I.J. Shephard
P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 1262939/ 103037 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Williams, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 00:15
Flight Time 05:05

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic ? AA-

Sgt. Ian James Shephard, RNZAF NZ404414 – Pilot.
P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 1262939/ 103037 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Williams, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 22:45
Flight Time 05:35

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 Z.8968 AA-D

Sgt. Ian James Shephard, RNZAF NZ404414 – Pilot.
P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 1262939/ 103037 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Williams, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:45 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 06:45

15/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs and 500lbs. No results were observed owing to cloud over target area. Heavy, light and medium flak was encountered over the target area. Only a few searchlights were active. Weather was poor. High winds were prevalent. Navigation was marred by weather conditions

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8918 AA-?

Sgt. Ian James Shephard, RNZAF NZ404414 – Pilot.
P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 1262939/ 103037 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O J.J. Manson, RAFVR 1251684/ 104475 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tate, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Williams, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:10 – Landed 20:40
Flight Time 05:30

13/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dunkirk
Four Wellington III aircraft set out to bomb the above target but only one machine successfully carried out the task, Wellington III X3667, captained by Sgt Bell. Bomb load of 250 lbs was dropped on the docks but results were not observed. There were a small number of searchlights active and medium flak was encountered. no enemy aircraft were seen however. Weather was fine with a ground haze over the target. Navigation was good, TR1335 being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3359 AA-H

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Clements, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 01:15

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot. Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Clements, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 05:50

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 06:00

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.3482 AA-J

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RAFVR NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 06:00

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey-Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RAFVR NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
F/S Clements, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:25 – Landed 06:12
Flight Time 04:47

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.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 03:19
Flight Time 01:49

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.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
F/S Clements, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RAFVR NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Edwin Caitcheon, RNZAF NZ404016 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:07 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 01:33

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.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
F/S Clements, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:08 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 04:27

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.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
F/S Clements, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:15

14/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. There was very little flak and searchlights were few although there were some cones over the target. Two fighters were seen but they did not attack. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by DR, TR and loops was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:55

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 04:44
Flight Time 04:45

17/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. Well.III, X.3636 jettisoned its bombs when in searchlight beams. There was intense heavy flak co-operating with searchlights which were numerous. Weather was clear and there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was good by TR, loops and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 05:55

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 05:05

23/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb incendiaries was dropped on the target. Results were very good, many large fires were seen and bomb burst. A.A. fire was very small, some light and heavy flak being encountered. There were few searchlights active and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very good with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 07:15

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out their task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. Arthur Gibson Osborne, RNZAF NZ41353 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 06:00

29/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Gennevilliers
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 30lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Bombs were seen to burst on the factory and power station. There was very little flak and no enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good. Few searchlights were active and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 05:35

02/05/1942 – Gardening – St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed for the above operation. The bomb load consisted of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. The gardening was carried out and bombs were dropped on a number of land targets – aerodromes and dock buildings. Some light flak was encountered from a flak ship in St. Nazaire harbour, and searchlights were not numerous. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather conditions were fair, there being no cloud, but a heavy sea haze made pinpointing difficult.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Richard James Harris, RAFVR NZ402999 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 07:50

04/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Incendiaries and 4000lbs. bombs were carried and the majority dropped. Weather conditions were not good with the result that difficulty was experienced in pinpointing target and observing results. A.A> fire was slight in target area but fairly heavy at some parts of route. Searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR, TR, pinpoint, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Richard James Harris, RAFVR NZ402999 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 02:25

06/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Stuttgart
Eight Wellington aircraft of the Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A bomb load consisting of 4000lbs; and 4 lbs. and 30 lbs. incendiaries was carried and dropped in the target area and bursts and a number of large fires were observed. Weather conditions were fairly good although ground haze and intense darkness made pinpointing difficult. A.A. fire was slight and searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Navigation was by DR., TR., pinpoints, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 06:15

13/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operation. One aircraft, X3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. Inaccurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 06:10

19/05/1942 – Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington III aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with a bomb load consisting of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250lbs. bombs. The bomb load was dropped in the target area where fires and explosions were observed. A.A. fire was slight but ineffective, and searchlights were inaccurate. Weather conditions were good though there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was by TR, D/R, Loop, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:00

21/05/1942 – Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient
Seven aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above operations and carried a bomb load of 1500 lbs., and 500 lbs. bombs. Inclement weather conditions were encountered near the target and the majority of the aircraft bought the bombs back to base.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1570 AA-B

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 06:00

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:40

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of $000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:30 – Landed 03:10
Flight Time 15:40

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:10

05/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. No results were observed. A.A. fire was intense and searchlights active in cones. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was clear except for ground haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 03:40

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:10

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RAFVR NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:30

16/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was taken. One a/c did not carry out its task and returned early. Owing to insufficient cloud cover Essen was not attacked by a/c but bombs were dropped on Bonn. There was heavy flak and searchlights were moderate. Weather was unfavourable. Navigation was good. No enemy a/c were seen.

Wellington Mk.III X.3538 AA-N

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:00

17/06/1942 – Mine-Laying off Frisian Islands
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Mines were laid as ordered and all a/c returned safely. (Two a/c out of the above eight went to St. Nazaire on a sortie). There was very little flak and searchlights were few. There was haze and vis. was moderate. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

P/O Rufus Leggett, RAFVR 126293/ 103037 – Pilot.
F/S James Arthur Robinson, RNZAF NZ401409 – Observer.
Sgt. Paul Herbert Bosson, RNZAF NZ403754 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kerrison Philip Morris, RNZAF NZ403016 – Front Gunner.
F/S Gordon Phillip Newdick, RNZAF NZ40925 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 03:10