Sykes crew 06.11.41

06/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen and Le Havre
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit made attacks against the above targets. A mixed load consisting of 500lbs and incendiaries was carried. Bombs were dropped in target area and extensive fires were left burning. There was little A.A. fire but there was great activity with searchlights. No enemy aircraft was met. Weather was fair with 6/10ths cloud over target area. Navigation was satisfactory.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9975 AA-U

Sgt. Sykes, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Stabler, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer.
Sgt. Nobbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Locke, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Blagg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 22:30

08/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington Ic aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks from this Unit. Three aircraft, X.9628, captained by Sgt. Smith, X.9977, captained by Sgt. Nunn, and Z.8942 captained by Sgt. Wilson failed to return to base. Many large fires were started with resultant explosions and bursts were observed across a built up area. A railway junction south of target was also successfully attacked. Much heavy and light flak was experienced and heavy concentrations of searchlights were active in target area. Several enemy aircraft were seen at target but no attacks were made. Weather was moderately clear to target but haze 5/10ths to 9/10ths over target area. Navigation was very good.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.1068 AA-R

Sgt. Sykes, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Stabler, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer.
Sgt. Nobbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Locke, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Blagg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 21:50
Flight Time 03:00

30/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Emden and Hamburg
Eleven Wellington Ic and two Wellington II aircraft were detailed from the Unit to attack the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried consisting of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Weather was clear and visibility good. A few bombs were dropped in the target area the remaining were bought back to base. Heavy, medium and light flak was encountered and a large number of searchlights were active. (Sentence illegible). One unidentified aircraft was also seen off the Frisian Islands. A convoy off Cromer fired at aircraft until colours were fired. Navigation was good. Astro and D.R. loop being used. One Wellington Ic aircraft, 1099, captained by Sgt. Harrison-Smith failed to return to base.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8904? AA-?

Sgt. Sykes, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Mundy, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer.
Sgt. Ronald Gilliam Allen, RAFVR 1261123 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Locke, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
– -,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed unreadable
Flight Time –

11/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Le Havre
Four Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs and containers of incendiaries, but as the target was not identified the bomb load was returned. A.A. fire was moderate and searchlights were isolated. Navigation was satisfactory. The operation was marred by 10/10th cloud over target area.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.7825 AA-?

Sgt. Sykes, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Mundy, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer.
Sgt. Nobbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Locke, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Blagg,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:50 – Landed 21:35
Flight Time 04:45

15/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Five Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs and 500lbs. No results were observed owing to cloud over target area. Heavy, light and medium flak was encountered over the target area. Only a few searchlights were active. Weather was poor. High winds were prevalent. Navigation was marred by weather conditions

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8904 AA-?

Sgt. Sykes, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Mundy, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer.
Sgt. Nobbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Locke, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Blagg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:50 – Landed 21:10
Flight Time 05:20

27/12/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest and Dusseldorf
Twelve Wellington Ic aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs,250lbs and containers of incendiaries. Bombs were seen to burst in town and railway station at Dusseldorf. Intense heavy flak was encountered over target areas and large concentrations of searchlights were active. Weather was good with very good visibility over target area. Navigation was good. Wellington Z.8971, captained by Sgt. Machin, crashed near Dartmoor owing to the port engine failing. The entire crew baled out safely.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Sykes, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Mundy, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Ray John Baxter, RNZAF NZ403593 – Observer.
Sgt. Nobbs, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Locke, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Blagg, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:40 – Landed 21:18
Flight Time 04:38