R.W. Russell crew 5.1.45

03/01/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund Oil Refinery
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund Oil Refineries in daylight. Crews bombed by instruments in ten tenths cloud. Results were unobserved. The aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 M.C. 500 G.P. 500 ANM and Munro bombs. NZ42397 F/L L. Hannan landed at Mendalsham on return, but reached base later the same evening.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/O Douglas Ross Sadgrove, RNZAF NZ425292 – Pilot.
Sgt. Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Robert Trevor Dixon, RNZAF NZ4212652 – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Stimpson, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Frederick Fleming, RNZAF NZ425241 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Bernard John Mahoney, RAFVR 1628335/ 190539 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Robert Samuel Bawden, RNZAF NZ4212629 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Douglas Dallimore, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:33 – Landed 17:55
Flight Time 05:22

05/01/1945 – Attack Against Ludwigshafen
Twenty one aircraft attacked Ludwigshafen, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 G.P. 500 M.C., and Munro bombs. Visibility was clear. H/F was met, but all aircraft returned safely. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/S Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
P/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
P/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:32 – Landed 17:50
Flight Time 06:18

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 dnc AA-B
Returned early owing to technical problems

F/S Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
P/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
P/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:58 – Landed 18:59
Flight Time 03:01

07/01/1945 – Attack Against Munich
even of eight aircraft detailed attacked Munich in ten tenths cloud carrying 4,000 H.C. , 1,000 M.C., 500 MC., 500 cluster 41b., 750 cluster No.17 and No. 15. Bombs. Crews bombed on flares. A mushroom explosion and red glow were observed through cloud. F/O Flamank in ‘P’ returned early through a technical failure.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:02 – Landed 03:13
Flight Time 08:11

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
P/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:37 – Landed 16:49
Flight Time 05:12

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/S Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:39 – Landed 18:56
Flight Time 07:17

02/02/1945 – Attack Against Wiesbaden
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target but two failed to take off. Crews bombed on navigational aids in ten tenths cloud with tops up to 21,000 ft. A scattered raid was the report of most crews generally. Slight H/F was the only opposition. JN/Y F/Lt. L.W. Hannan landed at Woodbridge owing to damage received over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Bates, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 02:04
Flight Time 04:54

09/02/1945 – Attack Against Hohenbudburg
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Lutskendorf, but the target was changed during the afternoon to Hohenbudberg. This operation was carried out in 8/10th cloud with tops about 10,000. Flak was slight to moderate and S/L effective. A scattered raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Bates, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:50 – Landed 08:18
Flight Time 04:28

13/02/1945 – Attack Against Dresden
Twenty aircraft attacked Dresden as detailed. Very slight H/F was only opposition. The first aircraft over the target reported thin cloud which had cleared for later aircraft. Some aircraft were able to bomb visually. Crews reported the whole town was well alight and could see the glow of fires 100 miles away on return A highly successful raid.

Lancaster Mk.I NG113 AA-D

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Bates , RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:17 – Landed 07:25
Flight Time 09:08

14/02/1945 – Attack Against Chemnitz
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Chemnitz. Nineteen attacked primary. AA”J” F/O R.J. Pearson, returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was ten tenths with tops 16-17000 over the target. Aircraft bombed with the aid of special equipment. No resilts were observed, very slight H/F was met over the target. AA”D”, captained by F/L G.S. Davies failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:27 – Landed 04:54
Flight Time 08:27

16/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aircraft attacked Wesel as detailed. Slight accurate H/F was encountered over the target but no fighters were seen. A concentrated raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts , RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:31 – Landed 18:00
Flight Time 05:29

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:54 – Landed 17:59
Flight Time 05:05

25/02/1945 – Attack Against Kamen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen. Thin stratus cloud in layers covered the target area, but at times crews were able to make out the target and report a considerable white smoke followed by thick black smoke rising to a good height. Accurate H/F was experienced. AA”B” captained by F/S Klitscher is missing from this operation

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivor Polley, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:30 – Landed 15:11
Flight Time 05:41

26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.I HK576 AA-G

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:58 – Landed 16:24
Flight Time 05:26

28/02/1945 – Attack Against Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen)
Fifteen aircraft attacked Nordstern (Gelsenkirchen) as detailed carrying 1 x 8000 HC 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 GP bombs. Accurate slight H/F was met over the target. Cloud was ten tenths. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-D

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Henry Murphy , RAFVR 1393306 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:05 – Landed 14:07
Flight Time 05:02

09/03/1945 – Attack Against Datteln
Twenty one aircraft attacked Datteln as detailed. A good concentration of aircraft and bombing reported. Cloud ten tenths. No opposition was encountered. A mushroom of smoke was seen penetrating cloud.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:36 – Landed 16:13
Flight Time 05:37

10/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen Buer
Twenty one aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. Aircraft bombed in light formation and all bombs were dropped together. Cloud was ten tenths. Slight H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S William Henry Grout , RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:24 – Landed 17:19
Flight Time 04:55

14/03/1945 – Attack Against Heinrich Hutte
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Crews found the target covered with 10/10ths cloud. Formation was good though the target and bombs fell away together. Very accurate moderate H/F was met on the run in and over the target. F/Lt. E. Parsons in AA”E” failed to return. His aircraft was seen to be hit causing it to spiral into cloud. F/S McLernon landed at Woodbridge but returned to base the following day.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:30 – Landed 18:44
Flight Time 05:14

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.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
P/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 17:13
Flight Time 05:13

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 NF981 JN-K

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Arthur George Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:01 – Landed 15:40
Flight Time 05:39

23/03/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack Wesel carrying 1,000 M65 (RT), 1,000 M65 (B.T.) and Munro bombs. The target was attacked with the aid of special equipment. There was no cloud over the target but the visibility was poor owing to smoke. All crews reported a good concentration of bombs on the A/P. Very slight H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:09 – Landed 19:17
Flight Time 04:08

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
P/O Walter Willoughby Morgan, RNZAF NZ421083 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:44 – Landed 19:25
Flight Time 06:41

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Fairbairn, RNZAF NZ4211901 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:31 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 08:29

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:41 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 05:24

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.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:53 – Landed 19:30
Flight Time 02:37

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Noted in the Logbook of Wynn Russell as ‘Charlies 100th’

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
LAC Fry , RAF – Passenger.
Sgt. Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 14:51
Flight Time 02:21

10/05/1945 – Repatriation 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 J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/S Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:23 – Landed 16:46
Flight Time 06:23

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 HK573 AA-H

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:45 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 05:50

16/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
4 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. 96 men were brought back bringing the total number now to 1967.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-G

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:02 – Landed 15:15
Flight Time 06:13

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 HK562 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 10:05

10/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:53 – Landed 14:19
Flight Time 04:26

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 NN747 AA-D

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:37 – Landed 15:01
Flight Time 05:24

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

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-C

F/O Ronald Wynn Russell, RNZAF NZ37220 – Pilot.
F/O Francis Neville Selwood , RNZAF NZ4215756 – Navigator.
F/O Victor Digger Hendry , RNZAF NZ425570 – Air Bomber.
F/S F. Jillians, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Hunt , RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S G. Robson, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Harold George Howells , RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:10 – Landed 15:50
Flight Time 05:40