R.W. Brumwell crew 27.5.44

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
listed in F.541 as R. Keane – but I assume this is a typo as there in not a Keane on the crew lists for the Squadron, therefore we must assume this was in fact also Max Ruane
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

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

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND752 AA-O

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 07:20

30/05/1944 – Attack Against Boulogne
Ten aircraft successfully bombed a target at Boulogne, encountering only very slight opposition. The attack was carried out in clear visibility.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 02:05

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:55 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 04:55

02/06/1944 – Attack Against Wissant
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack a target at Wissant, N. France. Owing to thick cloud over the target, twelve aircraft were unable to identify the markers and brought their bombs back. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:10 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 02:15

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I ME702 AA-Q

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
F/L C. Stacey, ? – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:40

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 01:55

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 20:50
Flight Time 02:50

23/06/1944 – Attack Against L’Hey
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at L’Hey. All crews bombed on instructions from the Master bomber, and the glow of fires seen through clouds indicated a concentrated raid. Opposition was very slight, although one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with two enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 01:10
Flight Time 01:55

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 02:20
Flight Time 03:00

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:17 – Landed 21:10
Flight Time 02:53

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/L Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 03:00

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 04:45

10/07/1944 – Attack Against Nucourt
Twenty seven aircraft took off at dawn to attack Nucourt constructional works site, all aircraft bombing through 10/10th cloud, using navigational aids, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Slight opposition from A.A. fire was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:50 – Landed 07:50
Flight Time 03:00

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 03:50

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the marshalling yard at Chalons Sur Marne. All aircraft bombed the target and a good attack was reported, most crews being able to identify the marshalling yard visually. There was no A.A. fire opposition, but two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.III LM593 AA-N

F/S Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 06:30

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 dnc AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:15 – Landed 14:10
Flight Time 01:55

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.III ND756 AA-M

F/O Ralph William Brumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:50 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 02:55

01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.I HK564 AA-P
Hit by flak 17 times (AC)
Craig Ruane passes on that his Father, Max Ruane recalled that he would have been hit by at least one of these pieces of Flak, other than for the fact that he had sat up from the A/B position a few seconds before. Craig still has that piece of shrapnel and a piece of alloy from HK564.

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/L William Edward McAlpine, RAFVR 115790 – Rear Gunner (Gunnery Leader).

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 02:55

12/08/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Gironde Estuary. They all dropped their mines in the allotted area without incident.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-Y

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 06:55

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-Y

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:05 – Landed 17:25
Flight Time 03:20

15/08/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome at St. Trond
Nineteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Aerodrome at St. Trond. All aircraft made a successful attack and bombing results were confirmed visually, the bomb bursts being well concentrated on the runways. Opposition was almost negligible both over the target and en route.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-Y

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:05 – Landed 13:50
Flight Time 03:45

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/O Jack Plummer, RNZAF NZ42451 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 05:40
Flight Time 08:40

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/O Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:29 – Landed 02:56
Flight Time 05:27

29/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Fourteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin and thirteen of these successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers. A good concentration of fires developed and all crews reported a successful raid. A.A. opposition was moderate and enemy fighters were active on the outward route. Three of our aircraft had combats, two being inconclusive but the third (Captain NZ428797 .P/O. J. Scott) claimed one enemy aircraft as probably destroyed. The aircraft captained by 1323677 .F/S. King, D., failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/L Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 06:45
Flight Time 09:25

31/08/1944 – Attack Against Pont Reny
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Flying Bomb Supply Dump at Pont Reny. All were successful in bombing the target, although cloud obscured it to some extent, which caused part of the bombing to be scattered. No enemy fighters were encountered and A.A. opposition was slight, but one aircraft (Captain NZ421488 .F/O. J. Aitken) was damaged and the Air Bomber, NZ429967 .F/O. R. Mayhill received slight injuries.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/L Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:09 – Landed 19:16
Flight Time 03:07

05/09/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Eighteen aircraft were standing by to attack Dortmund, but this operation was postponed and twenty five aircraft took off to attack Le Havre in favourable weather. Opposition was negligible and a very successful raid was carried out, without loss. Most of the bombing was done visually. Reports indicate that the target was well saturated.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/L Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 20:55
Flight Time 03:15

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/L Ralph WilliamBrumwell, RAFVR 127140 – Pilot.
F/S Charles Cawood ‘Buzz’ Busfield, RNZAF NZ426033 – Navigator.
F/S Robert Max Ruane, RNZAF NZ429063 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ernest Charles Armitage, RNZAF NZ391690 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Nelson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Arthur Limage, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Clayton Albert ‘Blue’ Arthur, RNZAF NZ415981 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:45 – Landed 19:30
Flight Time 03:45

Many thanks to Craig Ruane, son of Max Ruane, via Brian Strong for supplying the nicknames of ‘Buzz’ Busfield and ‘Blue’ Arthur, as well as the extra information regarding the 1st of August Le Nieppe Op.