R.W. Raharuhi crew 01.09.42

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 BJ.772 AA-D “Donald”

F/S John ‘Jack’ Leonard Wright, RNZAF NZ405781 – Pilot.
Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Wynne Brunsdon Kelly, RNZAF NZ403562 – Observer.
Sgt. Maurice Allington Nick’ Carter, RNZAF NZ391694 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Raymond Clifford ‘Podge’ Reynolds, RNZAF NZ403030 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bruce Neal, RNZAF NZ411771 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 08:00

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.832 AA-Z

W/C Freeman, RAF – 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, RCAF NZ413307 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Carter, RNZAF NZ41570 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 05:35
Flight Time 05:10

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

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 BJ.832 AA-Z

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

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 01:30

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt. Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 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. R.J. Carter Robert James Carter, RNZAF NZ41570 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:35 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 03:45

07/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry pout the above operation. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/L Womersley was recalled from another mission. The remaining aircraft planted 1500lb. Vegetables, in target area. A.A. fire was light, no searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The sea was covered with cloud and haze. Navigaiton was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3747 AA-?

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

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 03:20

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.832 AA-Z

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

Take Off 21:20 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 03:40

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

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

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 05:33
Flight Time 05:03

15/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation, 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No. A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Electrical storms and cloud was over the sea. Navigation was by D.R., T.R. and fixes.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

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

Take Off 19:45 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 02:55

16/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Essen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen. A.A. fire was intense heavy and accurate, searchlights were in heavy concentration. Wellington BJ.790 captained by Sergt. Blincoe K, was hit by A.A. fire in starboard main plain two minutes prior to bombing, which made a big hole between starboard motor and fuselage, making it impossible to turn to port. Near Dutch coast on return, the aircraft was attacked from underneath by an unseen aircraft, being hit several times and the WOP. being wounded in the back. The enemy aircraft was not seen by any of the crew. On return the aircraft belly landed on the aerodrome with hydraulics unserviceable. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/Sgt. Wright J.L. was attacked by a JU.88 on return from bombing. The enemy aircraft was fired at by the front gunner; after several bursts it was seen by captain WOP and front gunner to explode in the air. A few enemy aircraft were seen by other aircraft but no attacks were made. The target area was covered by 8/10 to 9/10 cloud. Navigation was good by TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – Pilot.
Sgt. H.D. Reid, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. M.T. Parata 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 20:37 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 05:48

18/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening of St. Nazaire
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. Light tracer was encountered over St.Nazaire which appeared to come from the town. A few searchlights were seen operation independently. No enemy aircraft were seen, the weather was very clear at target area, navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

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

Take Off 19:05 – Landed 00:01
Flight Time 04:56

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – Pilot.
Sgt. H.D. Reid, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. M.T. Parata Marama Tahu O’Tangi Potiki Te Whaiti Parata, RNZAF NZ391069 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Terence Austin Murphy, RNZAF NZ413307 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Robert James Carter, RNZAF NZ41570 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 22:40
Flight Time 02:05

02/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Krefeld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Fires were seen, which appeared to be mainly in open country. Heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, mainly on enemy coast. Searchlights were considerable, operating in cones over the target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine at target, with considerable ground haze, Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

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

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 05:15

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 X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 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 19:15 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 05:20

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 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. Roy Harold Scott, RCAF R.137578 – Rear Gunner. Died Sunday 11th October 1942, age 20, during a mine-laying sortie to the Kattegat area of the Baltic Sea. Buried Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery Denmark.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 01:50
Flight Time 07:30

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

Wellington Mk.III BK.274 AA-?

Sgt. Roy William Raharuhi, RNZAF NZ412737 – 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 19:20 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 03:50