R.S. Crawford crew 05.10.42

25/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening of Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted by one of the aircraft, the other aircraft returned early owing to the Wireless being unserviceable. No. A.A. fire searchlights or aircraft were seen. It was cloudy over the Gardening area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.584 AA-C

Sgt. Peter John Oswald Buck, RNZAF NZ413377 – Pilot.
S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAF 39717 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Alexander Fielding Minnis, RAFVR 126499 – Observer.
Sgt. John Henry Symons, RCAF R.77568/ J.16507 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A.P. Sadler, RAFVR 1379771 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brian Arthur Rogers, RAFVR 1384352 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:15 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 01:15

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1738 AA-?

S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAFVR 39717 – Pilot.
Sgt. Benjamin Allan Franklin, RNZAF NZ414277 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William Henry Whitcombe, RNZAF NZ41561 – Observer.
Sgt. Harold Rangi Welch, RNZAF NZ41709 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Edgar William Harvey, RAFVR NZ41902 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Tom Pascoe, RAFVR 1308491 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 05:50

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.341 AA-?

S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAFVR 39717 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles John Shalfoon, RNZAF NZ413897 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Wolfenden, RAFVR 1237318 – Observer.
Sgt. Algernon Parsons, RAFVR 1196149 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Sydney Posner, RCAF 1078313 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Roy Harold Scott, RCAF R.137578 – Rear Gunner.

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

15/10/1942 – Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne

Wellington Mk.III Z.1652 AA-?

S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAFVR 39717 – Pilot.
Sgt. Raymond Herbert John Broady, RNZAF NZ39691 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt John Charles Kennedy Fabian, RAFVR NZ413720 – Observer.
Sgt. Edward Henry Gray, RNZAF NZ412878 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Trueman Jobson, RNZAF 1287935 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander McIssac, RNZAF NZ412891 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 04:25

23/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Genoa
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 1,000 lb. 500lb. and 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, some aircraft claimed to have also bombed Savona. A few light A.A guns and one or two searchlights were encountered. No combats took place. The cloud base at target was down to 3 to 4,000 feet. The aircraft came below this cloud to bomb. Navigation was good by D.R., T.R., loops and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

S/L Robert Stanway Crawford, RAFVR 39717 – Pilot.
Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. H.D. Reid, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Marama Tahu O’Tangi Potiki Te Whaiti Parata, RNZAF NZ391069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RAFVR NZ413307 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Carter, RNZAF NZ41570 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 08:35