S. Wilson crew 30.7.44


The Wilson crew:
L-R: Clarence Leslie Jones (mid-upper gunner), William Robert Morris (navigator), Laurence Edward “Shorty” Pettet (rear gunner), Sam Wilson (skipper), George Grainger Buckworth (wireless operator), Alan Fitch (air bomber), Leonard Arthur Watkins (flight engineer).
Dennis Jones collection, thanks to Glynis Bakker.
“Tour completed 1944″
Skipper – Sam Wilson (Australia) (centre, rear), Mid Upper – Clarie Jones (Aus) (2nd from right, kneeling), Rear Gunner – Laurence Shorty Pettit (Aus) (2nd from left, kneeling), Cpl Ron Schoefield (next to Skipper, in jerkin, eyes closed!), Sgt Alan Rowe (end of front row, right), Dennis Jones – in middle front row. Bomb Aimer, Al Fitch, second from right, rear.”
The Sam Wilson crew after they were tour expired on 21 November 1944,  taken in front of HK601, JN-Dog, LAC Dennis Jones (Flight Mechanic Engines) crouching at the front, centre, with Dog’s wheelblock.
Dennis Jones collection, thanks to Glynis Bakker. 

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.III LM593 AA-N

F/O James Allan Fleming, RNZAF NZ422382 – Pilot.
P/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O James Atkinson Dale, RNZAF NZ425562 – Navigator.
F/S Frank Arthur Vincent, RAFVR 1395910 – Air Bomber.
F/S Vernon John Smith, RNZAF NZ416826 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Eric Croxon, RAFVR 1893473 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E.P. Baines, RAFVR 1880749 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Alan Raymond Bryce Stewart, 1344346 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 06:10
Flight Time 08:15

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III LM593 AA-N

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:00 – Landed 09:50
Flight Time 03:50

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 HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

P/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 21:55
Flight Time 02:45

03/08/1944 – Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed took off to attack the Supply Dumps at L’Isle Adam, near Paris. They all attacked in clear weather and a very successful and concentrated raid was reported. There was no fighter opposition and only slight A.A. fire was met in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:00 – Landed 15:50
Flight Time 03:50

04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:30 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 08:00

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 03:15

09/08/1944 – Attack Against Fort D’Anglos
Seventeen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Army Fuel Depot at Fort D’Anglos. All were successful in bombing with the aid of markers. The raid appeared to be scattered but there was indication of a large conflagration. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 02:05

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:20 – Landed 17:40
Flight Time 03:20

12/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Ten aircraft set out to attack Factories at Russelsheim which are engaged in Flying Bomb production. Nine aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers and good results were reported. A.A. defences were light, but enemy fighters were active on the homeward route, one aircraft having an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. The aircraft captained by NZ428793 .F/S. Mulcahy, C., failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 04:55

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:40

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:03 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:32

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.III HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:10 – Landed 19:29
Flight Time 03:19

03/09/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrom At Eindhoven
Ten aircraft took off as detailed to attack the airfield at Eindhoven. All were successful in bombing visually and a good concentration of bombing was achieved. A.A. opposition was slight, but accurate, and three of our aircraft suffered minor damage. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V
Hit by flak 3 times

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S Ronald Gordon, RAFVR 1580245, 185116 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:35 – Landed 18:59
Flight Time 03:24

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 HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:41 – Landed 21:10
Flight Time 03:29

10/09/1944 – Attack Against Montivilliers
Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed. All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed. No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:34 – Landed 19:28
Flight Time 03:54

11/09/1944 – Attack Against Kamen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen Oil Refinery. Weather conditions were favourable and some crews were able to bomb visually, under the Master Bomber’s instructions. Clouds of black smoke rising to 15,000 ft. was reported and a very successful raid ensued. Opposition from slight but accurate heavy A.A. fire was met from the defences. No enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:06 – Landed 20:41
Flight Time 04:35

16/09/1944 – Attack Against Moerdijk
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack Moerdijk Bridge. The operation was successfully carried out in good weather. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:28 – Landed 00:04
Flight Time 02:36

28/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twelve aircraft took off as detailed to make an early morning attack on the defended localities near Calais. One aircraft landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure discovered shortly after take off. Of the remainder only one aircraft found a break in the clouds through which to bomb the Markers. Ten aircraft had to abandon their mission after circling the target area for a considerable time.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:50 – Landed 10:53
Flight Time 03:03

29/09/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Five aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. Weather conditions were very bad and the crews had difficulty in pin pointing. However four were successful, one being abortive. No enemy opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND917 JN-O

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:39 – Landed 07:03
Flight Time 07:24

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 22:59
Flight Time 05:24

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:02 – Landed 22:09
Flight Time 05:07

07/10/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Emmerich in support of the advancing Allied armies. They all bombed the target successfully and a concentrated and accurate raid was reported, the target area being entirely covered with smoke. Moderate heavy A A fire was encountered and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:23 – Landed 16:13
Flight Time 03:50

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg
Thirty one aircraft took off at dawn to attack Duisburg. Except for one aircraft which returned early, they all dropped their bombs in the built up areas of the town, which was identified visually and with the aid of markers. A moderate heavy A A barrage was encountered from the target area and a few of our aircraft suffered minor damage. One aircraft was damaged in the bomb bay which necessitated it landing at Woodbridge on return

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

P/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:55 – Landed 11:15
Flight Time 04:20

14/10/1944 – Attack Against Duisburg(2)
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to make a further attack on Duisburg, unfortunately, however, three aircraft had to be withdrawn. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable. The remaining twenty five aircraft took part in a very successful attack in excellent visibility and large fires were seen to break out and add to those already burning from the morning attack. AA opposition was negligible and searchlight did not operate until late in the raid. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy fighter.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:37 – Landed 02:22
Flight Time 03:45

18/10/1944 – Attack Against Bonn
Sixteen aircraft were again detailed to attack Bonn and this time they were able to carry out the operation. For the first time the aircraft attacked flying in formation. Some moderate heavy A A fire was met over the target, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Hit by flak once
F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:21 – Landed 13:15
Flight Time 04:54

19/10/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty eight aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart. The attack was in two waves. Thirteen aircraft took part in the first wave and successfully dropped their bombs with the aid of markers and flares, in weather conditions of 9/10ths cloud. A.A. opposition was moderate and a few enemy aircraft were active. Fifteen aircraft took part in the second wave five hours later and they all dropped their bombs with the aid of flares through ten tenths cloud. The glow of fires seen, indicated that the fires were concentrated around the aiming point. A A opposition was less than that encountered during the first wave, but more enemy fighters were active. Four of our aircraft had inconclusive combats.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:29 – Landed 23:57
Flight Time 06:28

21/10/1944 – Attack Against Flushing
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Flushing. All crews were able to identify the target visually and bombing was reported as being very accurate. A.A. opposition was moderate. One aircraft (Captain 176437 F/O J. Johnson) failed to return, but was seen to be shot down over the target by heavy A A fire.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:20 – Landed 14:00
Flight Time 02:40

23/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target but all aircraft were successful in attacking with the aid of marker flares. A A opposition was moderate but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:57 – Landed 21:49
Flight Time 04:52

25/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Twenty three of these attacked the target and bombing was good, built up areas and factories being identified visually. One aircraft brought its bombs back owing to the failure of the bombing equipment when over the target and two other aircraft returned early owing to technical failures.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Hit by flak twice
F/L Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
P/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:17 – Landed 17:25
Flight Time 04:08

28/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Seven aircraft took off a few hours later to participate in an attack on Cologne. They all bombed in clear weather and identified the target visually. Bombing was concentrated and a large smoke pall was seen on leaving. A.A. opposition was moderate, but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Hit by flak twice
F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:16 – Landed 18:21
Flight Time 05:05

30/10/1944 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne during daylight, but the operation was postponed until the evening. All aircraft attacked the target and although a good concentration of markers was achieved results were unobserved owing to ten tenths cloud. Moderate A.A. opposition was encountered and one aircraft received slight damage. There was no fighter opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

P/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:01 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 05:09

11/11/1944 – Attack Against Castrop Rauxel
Twenty five aircraft were detailed to make an early morning attack on Heinsberg in support of the American Army, but this was postponed and 6 aircraft were detailed for an attack on Castrop Rauxel. All aircraft reached the target area and dropped their bombs, but the results seemed unsatisfactory. Weather was ten tenths cloud with tops 8/9,000 ft and aircraft were seen to drop their bombs on many divergent headings. Flak was very slight and no fighters were seen. The bombs carried were 4,000 lb and 500 lb.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D
Hit by flak 5 times
F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot. F/S Keith Joshua Jones, RNZAF NZ422970 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:29 – Landed 12:57
Flight Time 04:28

15/11/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty five aircraft were detailed for an attack an the Soest Marshalling Yards, but this operation was cancelled and the same aircraft took off to attack an Oil Refinery at Dortmund in daylight, carrying 4,000 lbs and 500 lbs bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing in formation through ten tenths cloud with tops 10,000 ft. and a concentrated raid was reported. Flak was reported as being fairly accurate by the leading aircraft, but none of our aircraft were hit.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 17:09
Flight Time 04:37

16/11/1944 – Attack Against Heinsberg
Twenty five aircraft were detailed to attack an Oil Refinery target at Sterkrade but this operation was cancelled, and the 25 aircraft later took off to attack Heinsberg in support of the advancing American Army, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. All crews were successful in bombing the town which was identified visually. On leaving, the whole town appeared to be covered in a thick pall of smoke. Flak was fairly intense but only two of our aircraft received minor damage.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:40 – Landed 17:04
Flight Time 03:24

20/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery Plant at Homberg. Twenty two aircraft in daylight attacked the target in ten tenths cloud with tops at 23,000 ft. which made formation flying very difficult. They carried 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. Results of bombing could not be observed, but it is considered that the raid was unsatisfactory. One aircraft AA/J returned early owing to icing trouble and two aircraft bombed last resort targets at Duisburg and Hamborn. Three aircraft failed to return. These were captained by 185116 F/O R. Gordon, AUS419328 F/O P. McCartin and 152402 F/O H. Rees.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O Sam Wilson, RAAF AUS.418780 – Pilot.
F/S William Robert Morris, RNZAF NZ429025 – Navigator.
F/O Alan Fitch, RAFVR 1492018/ 153745 – Air Bomber.
P/O G. Buckworth, RAAF AUS.422928 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Leonard Arthur Watkins, RAFVR 188579 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clarence Leslie Jones, RAAF AUS.429037 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Laurence Edward Pettet, RAAF AUS.417758 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 17:07
Flight Time 04:27