R.S. Milsom crew 17.3.45

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/L Laurence Douglas McKenna, RNZAF NZ424493 – Pilot.
F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Maurice Frank Thorogood, RAFVR 1322861/ 139697 – Navigator.
F/O H. St. Laurent, RCAF J.29721 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Thomas Patrick Murphy, RAAF AUS.423476 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T. Harper, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Sidney George Frederick Sizeland, RAFVR 196611 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Gordon Albert Mills, RAFVR 1445361/ 196610 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:34 – Landed 02:04
Flight Time 08:30

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:11 – Landed 17:17
Flight Time 05:06

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.
F/O Alec Gordon Leech, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – NZ413093.

Take Off 10:17 – Landed 15:44
Flight Time 05:27

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:52 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:08

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:23 – Landed 02:51
Flight Time 08:28

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:57 – Landed 17:18
Flight Time 07:21

24/04/1945 – Attack on Bad Oldesloe
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BAD OLDESLOE. JN/N (F/L Preyer) failed to take off owing to engine trouble and AA/Y (F/S Reay) made an early return owing to fire in starboard outer engine. No opposition was encountered but slight flak seen over Dutch Coast. Some of the bombs fell to the port of the A/P. Main attack considered very good.

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
W/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:16 – Landed 13:14
Flight Time 05:58

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:53 – Landed 19:31
Flight Time 02:38

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 RF190 AA-F

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:48 – Landed 14:06
Flight Time 02:18

11/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt
Two missions were made today. 15 Aircraft were detailed for the first mission, and 6 Aircraft for the second mission. F/O H. Trewheela and crew were on both missions. Repatriation of Prisoners of War at Juvincourt was the objective. F/O H. Trewheela (JN.F) starboard outer failed as he approached the landing field. He returned to Base without landing, and he reached Juvincourt on the second mission, but was refused permission to land and told to return to Base. F/O R. Milsom (AA.F) had engine trouble at Tangmere and his return was delayed. A total of 336 men returned for the first mission. Weather deteriorated during the day and only 48 men were brought back by the second mission.F/L S. Peryer (JN.N) returned from Juvincourt on three engines. F/O T. Good (AA.S) was forced to land at Upwood on return due to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 20:34
Flight Time 08:54

14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

Lancaster Mk.I NN747 AA-D

P/O Robert Sinclair Milsom, RNZAF NZ429356 – Pilot.
F/S Rex Baxter, RNZAF NZ432738 – Navigator.
F/O Lancelot Osgood Waugh, RNZAF NZ429021 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gilbert Randal Springer, RNZAF NZ4213129 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Smith, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O John Alexander Williamson, RNZAF NZ4210049 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Smith, RNZAF NZ428291 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:47 – Landed 21:23
Flight Time 05:36