R.T. Clarkson crew 18.3.45

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.I RF157 AA-X

F/O Vernon John ‘Taffy’ Zinzan, RNZAF NZ425314 – Pilot.
F/S Ronald Thomas Clarkson , RNZAF NZ4213732 – 2nd Pilot.
W/O James Sydney George Coote, RAFVR 517881/ 56715 – Navigator.
P/O John Horace Herbert Williams, RAFVR 190525 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Miles ‘Joe’ Parr, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. A. Ackroyd, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. Hutchinson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Herbert Steele, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:54 – Landed 17:06
Flight Time 05:12

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 NN773 AA-G

W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 01:52
Flight Time 05:57

18/03/1945 – Attack Against Bruchstrasse
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the coking areas and Bensol plant at Bruchstrasse. Cloud was 10/10ths over the target with tops at 6/7,000 ft. Crew report formation was good through the target and bombs fell away together. No results were seen. Slight H.F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/S Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:58 – Landed 17:09
Flight Time 05:11

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 NG449 AA-T

F/S Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:15 – Landed 15:46
Flight Time 05:31

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 NN747 AA-D

F/S Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:37 – Landed 15:26
Flight Time 04:49

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 HK561 AA-Y

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:04 – Landed 19:34
Flight Time 02:30

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 LM276 AA-S

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 14:11
Flight Time 02:20

08/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Rotterdam
8 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Rotterdam. The mission was uneventful, but considered successful.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
F/L Greenwood , Passenger RAF – .

Take Off 12:45 – Landed 15:15
Flight Time 02:30

09/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War
10 Aircraft were detailed for repatriation of Prisoners of War. The number of men brought back was 240. S/Ldr. B. Mckenna (AA.J) crashed when taking off at Dunsfold for Baso. There were no injuries and the crew returned with F/Lt. M. Adamson (AA.K). Compalints were made of the bad landing procedure at Dunsfold.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:47 – Landed 14:14
Flight Time 06:27

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:15 – Landed 14:26
Flight Time 06:11

26/05/1945 – Repatriation of Belgian Refugees to Brussells and Exprisoners of War to England
7 Aircraft were detailed for the repatriation of 71 Belgian refugees. 120 ex Prisoners of War were brought back on the return trips. Flight Lieutenant Lukins was involved in a slight mishap at Brussels and some of the crew were brought back by another aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Form 541 specifically states that the crew carried passengers from Group Headquaters on the flight, however they are the only crew not to have any passengers listed

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 20:09
Flight Time 07:59

14/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:05 – Landed 16:48
Flight Time 04:43

17/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-U

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:36 – Landed 13:58
Flight Time 04:22

29/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
11 aircraft were detailed for the Post Mortem Operation for checking German radar equipment.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O Ronald Thomas Clarkson, RNZAF NZ4213732 – Pilot.
Sgt. D. Brooke, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S W. Apps , RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Edgar Ernest William Clark, RNZAF NZ4212642 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Walmsley, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S K. Connelly, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. F. Firth, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:13 – Landed 15:53
Flight Time 05:40