Summers crew 09.05.42

12/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Nine Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, and 500lbs was carried, and was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. An accurate barrage of light and heavy flak was encountered. There was a large number of searchlights operating in cones. Weather was good with 2/10 to 4/10 cloud over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.Ic W.9941 AA-?

Sgt. Neil Gordon Cresswell Ramsey, RAFVR 116065 – Pilot.
Sgt. Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. George Reginald McQueen, RAFVR 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:25 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 06:00

25/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St.Nazaire and Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Wellington III X3652, captained by P/O Slater failed to return, and two aircraft failed to locate the target. Bomb Load consisted of 500 lbs and 250 lbs, this being dropped in the target area but no results were observed. Slight A.A. fire and a few ineffective searchlights were encountered but no enemy fighters were seen. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 00:25
Flight Time 04:15

26/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, were dropped in the target area. Accurate, intense flak was encountered, searchlights were ineffective. One single engined aircraft was seen near Le Havre but no attack was made. Weather was fair with haze over target. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3914 AA-?

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts,   – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:35 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 04:05

28/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Lubeck
Ten Wellington aircraft took off to attack the above target, one aircraft, Wellington III X3462 captained by Sgt Bell failed to return to base. Bomb load consisting of 4,000 lbs, 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs, 250 lbs, and containers of incendiaries was dropped in the target area. Bombs were seen to burst on target and large fires were seen burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for slight haze over west portion of the North Sea. There was very little A.A. Fire and few searchlights over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation by TR1335 and D.R. was good. he whole operation was very successful.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 23:20
Flight Time 03:45

01/04/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hanau and Le Havre
Eleven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack against the above targets. Bomb load consisting of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 25 lbs was dropped in the target area but results were not seen except for bomb bursts on the docks at Le Havre and in the marshalling yards at Hanau. Wellington III X3714 returned with it’s bomb load. There was very little flak and only a few searchlights were active. Wellington III Z1566 was chased from Brussels for about 30 miles by a night fighter which was successfully evaded in the clouds. Weather was poor and there were severe icing conditions which handicapped the whole operation. TR1335 and D.R. were used as aids to navigation.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 04:15

05/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Cologne
Nine Wellington Aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped but results were not observed. There was intense heavy flak and many searchlights were active but ineffective owing to the bright moonlight. One Ju.88 aircraft was seen near the target and Wellington III X3705 was attacked by a Me.110 near Liege without result. Weather was good and navigation by TR1335 and D.R was also good. One aircraft did not carry out it’s mission and two are missing. Wellington III X3489, captained by W/Cdr Sawrey Cookson the C.O. of the squadron, and Wellington III X3661 captained by F/S Thomas.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 05:45

06/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Wellington aircraft were detailed from this unit to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area and fires were observed. There was intense heavy flak over the target but only a few searchlights were active. One single engined fighter attempted to attack Wellington II X3636 but was driven off by flak. There was 9/10th cloud on the route and 3/10th to 5/10th cloud over the target at 11,000 feet. Navigation was good TR and DR being used.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:55 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 02:35

08/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Hamburg
Nine Well.III aircraft from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 30lbs L.C. and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. Intense predicted flak S.W. of Hamburg but searchlight ineffective owing to cloud. One enemy a/c seen off Heligoland and believed JU88. Weather was very poor with 10/10 cloud over target and electric storms off East coast of England. Navigation was by DR and TR.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/O Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
P/O Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Watts, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 03:05
Flight Time 05:10

22/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Ten Well.III a\c were detailed attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 100lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area but no results seen owing to cloud. There were only a few searchlights active and A.A. fire was slight. Well.III, X3487 captained by P/O Jarman was attacked by a JU.88 which attacked once and broke away to port. The results of this short attack were however serious the second pilot, P/O Nicol being mortally wounded, the rear gunner Sgt. Harris being killed and the Navigator Sgt. Taylor and W/Op. Sgt. Fernie were wounded. The bomb load was not dropped on the target but was dropped in the sea. The a/c was brought back to base and crash landed. Well.III, X3705, captained by F/S. McLachlan, was also attacked and the second pilot killed (P/O. Fountain) and Sgt. Tutty was wounded. F/Sgt. McLachlan managed to reach base and crash land.

Wellington Mk.III X.3714 AA-W

F/L Alfred William Doel, RNZAF NZ39907 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Cyril Vincen Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RAFVR NZ403758 – Front Gunner.
F/S George Reginald McQueen, 1109382/ 123292 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 01:20

25/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Rostock and Dunkirk
Seven Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in the target area and fires were seen burning fiercely. Bombs were seen to burst across aiming point . A.A. fire was only slight and searchlights few. One enemy a/c was seen near Dunkirk. Weather was very clear with slight ground haze. Navigation was quite good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Charles Smith, RAFVR NZ401466 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 01:05

27/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets at Cologne and Mine Laying off Heligoland
Eight Well.III a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, and 4lbs incendiaries was dropped on the target and fires were seen burning at Cologne. The mine laying a/c successfully carried out their task, without interference. There was moderate A.A. fire over Cologne and searchlights working in cones. One enemy a/c was seen but no attack was made. Weather was good with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was good, DR, TR, loops and map reading.

Wellington Mk.III X.3482 AA-J

Sgt. Myles Frederick Gordon Fraser, RNZAF NZ403437 – Pilot.
F/S Summers, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Albert Ivan Smith, RNZAF NZ402221 – Observer.
Sgt. John Owen Henry Nichols, RAFVR 1257377 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RAFVR NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman Edward Whiting, RNZAF NZ404107 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 07:30

09/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operations. The bomb load consisted of 1500 lbs. and 500 lbs. The 1500 lbs bombs were planted successfully, and a few of the aircraft dropped the 500 lbs. bombs on land targets. Weather conditions were good and there was no opposition.

Wellington Mk.III – AA-

F/S Summers, RAF – Pilot. – –
Sgt. Herbert Ives, RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Newbury Howard, RNZAF NZ391384 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 06:20

17/05/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Boulogne
One Wellington aircraft of this Unit was detailed to carry outt the above operation, but owing to bad weather conditions this was not completed. On arrival at base the aircraft crashed owing to the pilot being unable to see the ground due to bad weather conditions.

Wellington Mk.III X.3420 AA-O

F/S Summers, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Ives, RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RAFVR NZ404533 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Newbury Howard, RNZAF NZ391384 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 02:50

19/05/1942 – Attacks Against Mannheim and St. Nazaire
Nine Wellington III aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with a bomb load consisting of 4 lbs. incendiaries and 250lbs. bombs. The bomb load was dropped in the target area where fires and explosions were observed. A.A. fire was slight but ineffective, and searchlights were inaccurate. Weather conditions were good though there was a slight ground haze. Navigation was by TR, D/R, Loop, astro.

Wellington Mk.III X.3720 AA-U

F/S Summers, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Ives, RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Arthur Stafford Christie, NZ402982 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:40

21/05/1942 – Gardening at La Pallice and Lorient
Seven aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above operations and carried a bomb load of 1500lbs, and 500lbs. bombs. Inclement weather conditions were encountered near the target area and the majority of the aircraft bought bombs back to base.

Wellington Mk.III X.3664 AA-X/Q/V

F/S Summers, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Herbert Ives, RNZAF NZ402192 – Observer.
Sgt. Jack Robert Mayall, RNZAF NZ404081 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack Lawrence Coy, RAFVR NZ403616 – Front Gunner.
F/S Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:40