R.N. Drummond crew 20.4.45

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/S Ronald Norman Drummond, RNZAF NZ4212653 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:30 – Landed 15:19
Flight Time 04:49

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 RA510 AA-E

F/S Ronald Norman Drummond, RNZAF NZ4212653 – Pilot.
F/S F. Leaman, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Nelson Bagnall, RNZAF NZ4216023 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Thomas Soper, RNZAF NZ427106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. Nash, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Poet,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Gaymer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:50 – Landed 17:09
Flight Time 07:19

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 NG448 AA-A

F/S Ronald Norman Drummond, RNZAF NZ4212653 – Pilot.
F/S F. Leaman, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Nelson Bagnall, RNZAF NZ4216023 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Thomas Soper, RNZAF NZ427106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. Nash, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Poet,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Gaymer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:50 – Landed 16:13
Flight Time 02:23

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 NG448 AA-A

F/S Ronald Norman Drummond, RNZAF NZ4212653 – Pilot.
F/S F. Leaman, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Nelson Bagnall, RNZAF NZ4216023 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Thomas Soper, RNZAF NZ427106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. Nash, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E. Gaymer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 14:14
Flight Time 02:27

27/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed to view the effects of the bombing offensive.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/S Ronald Norman Drummond, RNZAF NZ4212653 – Pilot.
F/S F. Leaman, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Frederick Nelson Bagnall, RNZAF NZ4216023 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Thomas Soper, RNZAF NZ427106 – Wireless Operator.
F/S D. Nash, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. N. Poet,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Gaymer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
Sgt Goodison, CPL Watson, LAC Day , Passenger – .

Take Off 09:15 – Landed 13:30
Flight Time 04:15