R.S.D. Kearns crew 25.06.42

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

F/S John Charles Wilmhurst, RNZAF NZ411962 – Pilot.
Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. James Douglas Gould, RNZAF NZ411233 – Observer.
Sgt. Richard Edwin Sharp, RNZAF NZ405513 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Peter Desmond Lowther, RAFVR NZ403583 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Raymond John Finlay Hirst, RNZAF NZ404067 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:35

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:00

28/06/1942 – Attack Against St. Nazaire and Bremen
Four a/c were detailed to carry out the above sorties. Bomb load of 250lbs was dropped in the target area. Results not seen. Heavy flak was met at Vannes and Bremen and searchlights were poor. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fair with cloud. Nav. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 07:05

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:20

02/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft left base to carry out an attack on targets at Bremen. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area. A.A. fire was poor and searchlights were scattered but numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was very clear over target. Navigation was very good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Eric Glover Wilson, RNZAF NZ404035 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 05:20

07/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frisian Islands (Gardening)
Nine a/c carried out the above sortie and carried 500lbs bombs and vegetables. A few machines returned with loads but some carried out their task. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft. Weather was cloudy with poor visibility. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RAFVR NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 04:05

08/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Wilhemshaven
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area and hit were believed to be scored. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were scattered. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was good clear over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:01

10/07/1942 – Daylight Sortie Against Dusseldorf
Four a/c set out to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lbs was bought back as m/c returned owing to lack of cloud cover. Well.III, X3720(Sgt. Wilmhurst) failed to return. There was no A.A. fire or fighters. Weather was cloudy and navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:30 – Landed 17:10
Flight Time 01:40

13/07/1942 – Attack Against Duisburg
Nine a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc. was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was moderate and inaccurate. Searchlights were accurate but not numerous. One JU88 was sighted. No attack. Weather was good and navigation excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3557 AA-X

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 04:55

14/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets Near Terschelling (Gardening)
Three a/c were detailed to carry out an attack as above. Load of vegetables was successfully planted. There was no A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy a/c. Weather was slightly cloudy otherwise good. Nav. was by TR and DR and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3751 AA-P

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. J.E. Ford, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 03:05

23/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Fourteen a/c were detailed to attack the above target and bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was heavy and concentrated. Searchlights were few owing to cloud. One JU.88 was seen. Two other enemy a/c were seen but did not attack. Weather was poor, cloudy over the target. Nav. was good

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 03:45

25/07/1942 – Attack Against at Duisburg
Thirteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Results unobserved. A.A. fire was accurate and in abundance. Searchlights were poor. Several enemy a/c were seen, one FW190 was seen near target and a JU88 attacking a Wellington. Weather was fair with 8/10 to 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:10

26/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Fifteen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack against the above target. Bomb load of 34000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and incendiaries was dropped on target area. Numerous fires and bomb bursts were seen. A.A. fire was accurate. Seven searchlights destroyed and others damaged and one m/c gun post silenced by Well.III, X3396, captained by Sgt. Kearns. Searchlights were ineffective owing to moon. One JU88 was seen 30 miles from enemy coast but did not attack. Weather was clear over target but cloudy on route. Navigation was very good by TR and DR

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 07:00

28/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area and bursts were seen in dock area. A.A. fire was very accurate, light and heavy predicted. There were many accurate searchlight cones in parts but clear over target. Navigation was good by TR and DR. Six a/c failed to return to base

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:20

29/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken
Ten a/c were detailed to attack the above targets and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Hits were observed in target area. A.A. fire was weak and searchlights scarce. A twin engined fighter was seen on return route. Well. III, X3396 was attacked by JU88 but was able to evade it. Weather was cloudy. Navigation was TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William George Henry White, RNZAF NZ41717 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 06:10

31/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Eleven a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Good results were obtained and hits observed. A.A. fire was moderate and search lights although numerous, were ineffective. Well.III, X3396 was attacked by a JU88 but evaded successfully. F/Sgt. Lewis, rear gunner of Well.III, X3646 was struck and injured by a 4lb incendiary bomb falling from another a/c. Weather was good and navigation was by DR and TR

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot. Sgt. Melbourne
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 03:55

04/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb lad of 500lb were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, searchlights were lighting up the clouds, but not in large numbers. No enemy aircraft were seen. Weather was fairly good, being cloudy in places. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RAFVR NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 03:05

06/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, Bomb load of 4000lb, 250lb, incendiaries and flares were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy and in some parts scattered, ground haze caused searchlights to be ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was fairly good bt T.R. and D.R. Wellington X3636, captained by Sgt. Jackson.J. was hit by A.A. fire which caused hydraulics to be unserviceable in his aircraft, he landed successfully on return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RAF? NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:35 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 03:25

09/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb, incendiaries and flares was dropped in target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area and vicinity. A small amount of light A.A. fire was encountered, the target was ringed by a heavy concentration of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RCAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 04:20

11/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack above target. Bomb laod of 4000lb, 1000lb, 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in target area. A.A. fire was light, searchlights were scarce and ineffective. One fighter was seen by P/O Horne in Wellington B.J.765 as he was crossing the Dutch Coast hoeward bound, no attack was made. The weather was moderate, being cloudy near target. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ837 captain Sgt. Hockaday.N.J., five minutes from the English coast on way to target, fabric stripped off nose of aircraft to port and starboard, the Bomb load was jettisoned and the aircraft returned to base. Three aircraft failed to return, Wellington B.J.767 captained by F/O Dobbin, Wellington B.J.625, Sgt Barclay.T.S., captain, Wellington X.3646 captain Sgt Bradey.G.E.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 05:00

12/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area, large fires were seen. Wellington BJ.765 Captain P/O. Horne took photographs of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, heavy in places but scattered. Searchlights were few and ineffective. The weather was poor, being cloudy over target. Navigation was good by D/R and T/R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 06:15

17/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Three aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 11 1/2lb. Practice flash bombs and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, two large fires were seen blazing fiercely in target area. A.A. fire was heavy all the wat to target area, also medium concentrations of searchlights. The target area was covered by thin layers of cloud, navigation was by D/R and T/R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 04:25

24/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack Bomb load of 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, one large fire was observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. Searchlights were moderate. Several enemy aircraft were seen, Wellington X.3396 Captained by Sgt. Kearns, R.S.D. was attacked by a FW.190. The weather was clear on route but cloudy over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

S/L Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RCAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 05:15

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourn failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3796 AA-?

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot. Sgt. Henry Edwin Rousseau, RAFVR 1026535 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 05:30

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot. Sgt. Eric Lees, RAFVR 1132278 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

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

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III X.3396 AA-S

Sgt. Richard Stansfield Derek Kearns, RNZAF NZ405572 – Pilot. Sgt. James Law, RAFVR 1101018 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. William John Muir Low Barclay, RNZAF NZ404454 – Observer.
Sgt. Morris Watson Egerton, RNZAF NZ41576 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew John Moller, RNZAF NZ411770 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Harold Ernest Anzac Price, RNZAF NZ405505 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 05:20