F.A.J. Scott crew 20.10.43 †

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active.Mant enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF181 JN-?

F/O John David Grubb, RNZAF NZ415068 – Pilot.
F/S Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Leslie Blair Stitchbury, RNZAF NZ42311 – Navigator.
F/O James Allworthy Lee Martin, RNZAF NZ422197 – Air Bomber.
F/S Kenneth Graham Hazlett, RNZAF NZ421970 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Len Wright, RAFVR 1811800 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Robert Gilliland, RCAF R.138682/ J.85466 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Albert George Chatfield, RNZAF NZ425546 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 05:45

20/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. An uneventful sortie, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. It was clear on the route but misty in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good

Stirling Mk.III EJ901 ??-?

F/S Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Jack Edwin Hyde, RNZAF NZ416637 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, 1437112 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Clinch, RAFVR 1288144 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Kenneth Wilfred Gower, RNZAF NZ421272 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. James Rooker Mason, NZ421307 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:25 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 03:10

07/11/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH939 JN-J ‘Johnny’

F/S Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
Sgt. Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, 1437112 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.M. Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 07:30
Flight Time 08:00

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III EJ901 ??-?

F/S Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
Sgt. Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, 1437112 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. F.M. Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:34 – Landed 22:26
Flight Time 04:52

 

11/02/1944 – Mining off Morlaix
Two aircraft laid mines of 1500 lbs in the channels leading to MORLAIX, this operation was successful and uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 03:55

21/02/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed for mine laying off the Frisian Islands (North of Borkum). One aircraft failed to take off, but the other three dropped eighteen mines successfully and without incident. The weather, though slightly better than forecast, was rather bumpy.

Stirling Mk.III EF181 JN-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:05 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 04:10

24/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed with a large force to lay mines of 1500 lbs in Kiel Bay, and fourteen returned after completing their mission successfully. One aircraft (Captain NZ42367 F/S. Bruhns H.) is missing, and no news was heard after take-off.

Stirling Mk.III EJ108 AA-O

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 06:55

25/02/1944 – Mining in Baltic Sea
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs, south of Zealand, an island in the Baltic Sea. Thirteen aircraft completed their mission successfully. The weather was good with excellent visibility. One aircraft (Captain NZ421803 F/Sgt. Willis W.) encountered six JU.88s, four of which fired short bursts, our rear gunner and mid-upper gunner returning fire. Our aircraft was not damaged and no claims were made on the enemy aircraft. Two aircraft returned early with engine trouble.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 07:25

02/03/1944 – Mining off Cherbourg
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs. Two were successful off Le Havre and one off Cherbourg. The other aircraft (detailed for the Cherbourg area) returned early owing to failure of navigational aids.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 02:50

03/03/1944 – Mining off St. Malo
Eight aircraft were detailed for mine laying as follows:- two off Morlaix, two off St. Malo, two Cherbourg and two off Le Havre. Seven dropped their mines in the allotted areas, but one was off track and dropped somewhat to the west. All sorties were completely uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III LK396 ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:00
Flight Time 04:00

11/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period WHEELWRIGHT 84 (ABORTIVE
Operation WHEELWRIGHT 84 (Abortive).
In the target area, there was 10/10th cloud, with 4,000′ bases and visibility of 500 yards. The aircraft flew between 800 and 1,000′, but visibility was too bad to see any reception. On the return journey, 2 packages of leaflets were dropped in the Auch area.

Stirling Mk.III ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

13/03/1944 – Mining off Lorient
Sixteen aircraft were detailed for mine laying off St. Nazaire, Lorient, La Rochelle, and Brest. One aircraft (Captain NZ414567 F/Sgt. Rowberry T.) failed to return. Another aircraft (Captain NZ42999 P/O. C. Baker) returned early with aileron trouble and crashed at Castle Comb, without injury to the crew although the aircraft was burnt out. The remaining fourteen successfully laid their mines, one aircraft landing at Woodbridge on return.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:30

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period BOB 78 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation BOB 78 (Successful on alternative BOB 149).
The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘O’ took off at 23.42 hrs. No reception was received at the primary target area, but the alternative was located and identified by a wood and field and two men were seen. Fifteen containers were then dropped from 300′ at 03.17 hours. There was valley fog but no cloud. Course was set for Base at 03.17 hrs., two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chatillon. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 06.05 hours.

Stirling Mk.III JN-O

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:42 – Landed 06:05
Flight Time 06:23

16/03/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Amiens
12 aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Amiens. One aircraft was withdrawn and one, being unable to maintain height owing to engine trouble, was forced to jettison near the target. The remaining ten aircraft successfully bombed the target although haze prevented identification of ground detail. No fighter opposition was encountered, and only very slight A.A. Fire.

Stirling Mk.III EF181 JN-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 23:55
Flight Time 03:55

18/03/1944 – Mining in the Heliogoland Bight
Seven aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Heligoland Bight. Six were successful, the seventh bringing his mines back as he arrived too late for the flares and was uncertain of his exact position. There was no fighter opposition, but A.A. Fire was encountered. Visibility was poor with much haze.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 04:20

19/03/1944 – Mining of River Adour
Four aircraft were detailed for mine laying off the mouth of the river Adour and two in the St. Jean-de-Luz area. All were successful with the exception of one which had to jettison owing to an engine catching fire.

Stirling Mk.III EF137 AA-E

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 09:00

21/03/1944 – Mining off St. Malo
Four aircraft were detailed to lay mines off St. Malo and completed their tasks without incident.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 04:10

23/03/1944 – Attack Against Targets at Laon
Five aircraft took off to bomb the marshalling yards at Laon and they all returned safely.

Stirling Mk.III LK378 ??-?

F/S Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 00:02
Flight Time 04:27

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 03:20

09/05/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Cap Gris Nez and all successfully completed their mission. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 02:15

11/05/1944 – Attack Against Louvain
Twenty-four aircraft, representing the largest number of Lancaster aircraft so far detailed by this Squadron, were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Louvain. Twenty-three aircraft successfully attacked in good weather. One aircraft (Captain NZ414591 A/F/L. S. Clark) claimed a JU 88 destroyed in combat over the North Sea. Another aircraft (Captain 151118 A/F/L. D. Warren) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 02:45

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 02:55
Flight Time 04:25

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

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

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 03:50

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

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
W/O Ronald Thomas Clark, RNZAF NZ422369 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
F/S Steven Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time Missing

Lancaster Mk.III ND802 JN-D “The Flying Scotsman’ was attacked by a night-fighter 25 miles North West of Eindhoven, Netherlands, causing the aircraft to break up in flight then crashing near Gilze, 6 miles West of Tilsburg. The Captain, Air-bomber and W/Op did not survive the crash and were buried at Gilze.

Sgt. Francis Alexander Jack Scott, RNZAF NZ421105 – Pilot.
Killed age 28.
Son of Alexander Anderson Scott and Margaret Grace Scott, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Gilze-En-Rijen (Gilze) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 3.

F/S Stephen Astley Cook, RNZAF NZ421142 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 21.
Son of David and Lillias McGregor Cook, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Gilze-En-Rijen (Gilze) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 2.

F/S Ronald Edward Howson, RAFVR 1437112 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 21.
Son of David and Lillias McGregor Cook, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.
Buried Gilze-En-Rijen (Gilze) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Grave 1.
‘For life and liberty theirs was a great sacrifice.
Some day we shall understand ‘

W/O Ronald Thomas Clark, RNZAF NZ422369 – 2nd Pilot.
Evaded for approximately 3 months before being captured.
Prisoner of War Number: 770
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: 14th of May 1945

W/O Clark’s debrief by MI.9 read as follows:
“We were shot down on 29th of May 1944 on our way to bomb Aachen. I baled out and landed in a tree on the Dutch-Belgian border somewhere near Wasssau. I was wounded in my leg so I decided to rest awhile and then head West. When I started walking I found I was cut-off by barbed-wire so I turned North with the same result. I turned East and came to more barbed-wire, and then North from there and met a road going North-West. I decided to take cover here so walked about half a mile from the barbed-wire and lay down in a wheat field. Two hours later I heard lots of Germans shouting. I kept well covered and stayed there until midnight that night. I then headed West again and deciding to hunt for water came across a group of houses. Outside one of them I found a milk can with milk in it. I drank this and started out North again, ending up somewhere near Breda two night later. On the 31st of May I was seen by a civilian who spoke to me and took me to his house giving me food and drink and some wooden soled shoes. He tolf me to go down the Breda-Oostmalle road. So at about midnight that night I started off and reached the road next night. The following day I walked again and that night came to the border at crossed it quite easily at Strijbeck. I spent a day hiding in a ditch by the road where I was seen by school children coming home from school. They all started shouting and pointing at me and then a little boy came up and pulled me by the hand and started running with me across a field and men came along shortly afterwards and gave me something to eat, telling me that they would go in search of someone in the Underground for me. They left the little boy and I crawled out of the ditch and hid behind some trees close-by as I was unsure of their intentions. However, half an hour later a man and a woman came back to the ditch. The woman spoke to me in English telling me that this man would hide me for one or two days and then put me in contact with the Underground. She said that she herself knew nothing about the Underground. I went along with them. The old man took me to his house where he and his wife hid me in the fowl house for two days.On the 4th of June 1944 he took me and hid me in a barn quite near his house. I slept there that morning and later the man returned with cycles and we cycled through some woods where we meet a woman who led us to her house. I stayed there for seven weeks trying all the time to make contact with the Underground through these people but every time something was arranged at the last moment plans had to be cancelled. Finally I decided that I must move and the next day a young man came and said he would take me to Antwerp. He took to a house of the man who was a member of the Underground and a Lieutenant in the Belgian artillery. I stayed there one week but had to leave in a hurry because the Germans were approaching. We started wandering around Antwerp and went into a shop where I stayed that night and the next day. At about 1800 hours that evening two German soldiers and a Gestapo agent came into the shop to hunt for me but I managed to hide in the cellars whilst they were upstairs.and then sneak out the back way. My guide was still with me and we started walking around Antwerp again for two hours when he took me back to the shop again as the Germans had disappeared by this time. I was then taken by my guide to the damaged hospital at Asheertogen where I stayed for three weeks. He then took me into Antwerp again to a shop where there were three old ladies in charge. Next day another man came and told me that I should get over the border into France and join up with the British troops. He told me exactly how it was going to be done and that we would have to go to the park in Antwerp where we would meet a man who would make arrangements for crossing the border. We walked along to the park in Antwerp and met this man who spoke English with an American accent. He took me to an apartment house in Antwerp where I was interrogated about people who had helped me. I thought that this suspicious and later my suspicions were confirmed as I was led into an office by this English speaking man and confronted by the Gestapo. I was taken to Antwerp Civil Prison by a couple of S.S. men where I stayed from the 23rd of August to the 4th of September 1944. Then we were marched out of Antwerp to Rotterdam, and left there the next morning for Bocholt. I was imprisoned at Bocholt to the 6th of September ’44; Dulag Luft (Frankfurt)8th to the 14th of September ’44; Bankau 20th of  September  ’44 to the 19th of January  1945; March to Luckenwalds 20th of September 1944 to19th of January 1945. I was liberated by Russian forces on the 22nd of April 1945.”

F/S Leslie George Hill, RNZAF NZ426997 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 170
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII. Promoted to W/O whilst interred
Date of return to United Kingdom: 25th of May 1945

Sgt. F. Max Harris, RAFVR 1850150 – Flight Engineer.
Evaded for a month before being betrayed then P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 300
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Alan Mantle, RAFVR 925315 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 469
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

F/S Reginald Dale, RAFVR 1818763 – Rear Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 111
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

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