S.J.G. Isherwood crew 11.09.41 †

21/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Mannheim and Cherbourg
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.

CKN.294 reports that bomb bursts were observed. Bursts were observed by CKN.326

Bombs were dropped in target area by CKN.342.

The target was attacked by CKN.380 and bombs were seen to burst. CKN.432 attacked the docks at Cherbourg and reports hits on North West corner. The target was bombed by CKN.446.

CKN.530 bombed target area but no results were observed.

CKN.591 reports that a large fire was started in target area.

CKN.627 started medium fire slightly south east of target and several explosions were observed.

CKN.664 saw H.E.’s and incendiaries burst in target area.

P/O. Scott reports that incendiaries were seen burning.

Dummy fires were observed. An aircraft was seen to be caught in searchlights over Ostend. It was hit by A.A. fire and seen to burst into flames.
A.A. fire was not very intense.
Searchlights were active in target area and at parts of route.
No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:25

24/07/1941 – Night Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
RTH.140 bombed target area slightly north of target.

RTH.183 reports incendiaries burst on N.E. corner of target and moderate fires were started.

RTH.215 reports that fires were started.

The target area was bombed by RTH.242.

Owing to evasive action P/O. Scott did not observe results.
A.A. fire was heavy and predicted.
Searchlights were plentiful and fairly accurate.. No enemy aircraft were encountered. FIne weather was encountered all the way.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 07:25

03/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, YAM.189 captained by SGT. Matetich was intercepted by fighters and bombs were jettisoned. The aircraft was damaged and a landing was made at Newmarket. The remaining aircraft all dropped bombs and fires were started. The aircraft met heavy and light A.A. fire which was fairly accurate, but searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Heavy cloud was experienced over most of the route and in target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 04:05
Flight Time 05:15

12/08/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Le Havre
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, SXA.893 captained by P/O. Roberts was attacked over the Zuyder Zee by an enemy fighter. Our aircraft was damaged but a good hit was scored on the enemy which turned away in a steep dive. When nearing base out aircraft ran out of petrol and the captain succeeded in baling out 5 of his crew, but he himself had no time to jump. By the aid of his landing light he picked out a fire break in a forestry plantation and landed safely with little additional damage. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A. fire was heavy and co-operating with searchlights. Search lights were numerous but not troublesome. Thunderstorms were encountered on route and there was slight cloud and haze in target areas.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 05:35

02/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Frankfurt
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, GYM.475 failed to reach the target owing to failure of the rear gunners oxygen  supply. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, and large fires were started. A.A. fire was slight but accurate in target area. Several cones of searchlights were reported near the target but these were not very accurate. Three enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks  developed. The weather was clear over the target area, but hazy on the return journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2835 AA-C

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Lawrence Alan Lawton, RNZAF NZ391883 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Rochford, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

20/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Berlin and Ostend
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft is missing. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries.

Worsening weather resulted in a general recall to all aircraft. Three crews carried on to Berlin and reported AA fire was heavy and fairly intense, and accurate. The aircraft Captained by Sgt Curlewis was attacked by a Ju.88 night fighter after being caught in a cone of searchlights. It was only a single attack, which gave the air gunners little chance of countering before it made off.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8834 AA-P

Sgt. James Reginald Fairfax Brookes, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Observer.
Sgt. Welby, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Clements, RAFVR   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Bourne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:18 – Landed 02:53
Flight Time 06:35

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.1771 AA-T

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Kenneth Climie, RNZAF NZ403561 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:40 – Landed 00:35
Flight Time 04:55

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, and co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic – AA-

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Kenneth Climie, RNZAF NZ403561 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:50 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 07:40

29/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Genoa and Frankfurt
Nine Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Target areas were bombed, bursts were seen, and fires started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was ineffective, and very few searchlights operated in target areas. Weather was not too good, there being cloud on route and in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, QDM, pinpoints, loop, Lorenz, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1177 AA-C
crashed at 03.20 at Birds Green, Sible Hedingham, 3 miles NW of Halstead, Essex, after being abandoned by the crew.

note that crew baled out safely on return so this aircraft thus lost this night

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. James Kenneth Climie, RNZAF NZ403561 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 08:00

10/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z8969, captained by Sgt Kurlewis, failed to return to base. Another, X9825, captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, jettisoned bombs on a road WSW of Cologne, as owing to damage to hydraulics, the aircraft was unable to maintain height with bombs on. Centre of town was successfully attacked and bombs were seen to burst. large fires were started and were seen to be burning twenty minutes later. One aircraft was seen to crash and explode in the city area. A.A. fire was intense at all heights from 12,000 feet, to 4,000 feet. Searchlights were active in two cones, one each side of target. Visibility was good, with large clearing in low cloud over the target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond Joseph Pyman, RNZAF NZ403473 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 06:10

12/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Nurenburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out these attacks. One of these aircraft, X9981 captained by S/Ldr Chamberlain, failed to return to base. Wellington IC X9975, captained by P/O Fisher returned to base owing to over heating of an engine. Direct hits were observed on the docks at Ostend and large fires were started which were visible for 90 miles. Incendiary bombs were dropped on a large factory and fires left burning. Other machines were dropping loads within 50 mile radius. A.A. fire was nil at primary, but there was a heavy flak after dropping bombs on Ostend. Searchlights were active to the East and West of target area. Weather was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond Joseph Pyman, RNZAF NZ403473 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –

13/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen and Dusseldorf
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP and SBC’s of 4 lb incendiaries. Considerable A.A. fire was experienced North and West of the target area, both light and heavy. Target was bombed and fires were observed on leaving. Many large cones of Searchlights were active West and North of the target. Enemy aircraft were seen on the return flight over the Dutch coast but no attacks were made on our aircraft. An unidentified aircraft followed Sgt Taylor and crew in X9977 for about 40 minutes. No attacks were initiated. The aircraft was using a hand lamp for signalling. The weather was 10/10 cloud over target area, with haze. Navigation was by Lorenz, QDM’s, Astro Fix and DR.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond Joseph Pyman, RNZAF NZ403473 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:00
Flight Time 05:30

15/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Boulogne
Ten Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb GP’s and containers of incendiaries. Captains report that bombs were dropped on the target by estimation, but owing to slight haze over the target results were not seen. A considerable amount of heavy AA fire was experienced in and around the target area. Fire was accurate over Aachen. Searchlight activity was intense throughout the route but ineffective in the target area because of the cloud. Weather was fair en route but thick ground haze over all target area. Navigation was by Astro, D/R, QDM. Pinpointing and Lorenz check. Two of these aircraft, Z8945, captained by Sgt Barker, and X9916, captained by Sgt Matetich failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1409 AA-N

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond Joseph Pyman, RNZAF NZ403473 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:30 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 05:55

26/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburgh and Cherbourgh
Five Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Z1168, captained by Sgt Isherwood, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were dropped on target, but owing to intense cloud, bursts were not observed. One large fire was started which was visible for 35 miles. An enemy aerodrome was in use to the North of the target, and a large fire was observed burning N.E. of Auster Altern. There was a heavy flak of A.A. fire over the target and from the direction of Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven. One enemy aircraft observed landing on aerodrome bombed. Approximately 150 searchlights were coned over the target area. Cloud was 10/10th over sea, but very good visibility in breaks over target. Searchlights were observed to be operating in conjunction with night fighter aircraft over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1168 AA-H

Sgt. S. J. G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
Sgt. Desmond Joseph Pyman, RNZAF NZ403473 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Navigator.
Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF R.67559 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1168 AA-H failed to return to base. The aircraft suffered catastrophic damage from heavy AA fire over Hamburg but all but one of the crew successfully baled out and were subsequently taken prisoners of war. The Front Air Gunner, Sgt B W Shelnutt, went down with the aircraft and was killed.

Sgt. S.J.G. Isherwood, RAFVR 776066 – Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24462
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Desmond Joseph Pyman, RNZAF NZ403473 – 2nd Pilot.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24469
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI and 357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 24th of April 1945

P/O Edward Miller Sangster, RCAF J.5079 – Observer.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 658
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags Luft I and Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: 8th of May 1945

Sgt. Barney Walker Shelnutt, RCAF 67759 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 23.
Son of Barney Walker Shelnutt and Idell Smith Shelnutt, of Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.A.
Buried Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 61.

Sgt. Harold Arthur Dagwell Stanley, RCAF R.69657/ J.96212 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24459
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI, and 357
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. H. Bell, RAFVR 1159189 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 24461
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalags, VIIIB, Luft III, Luft VI/357. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known