T.C. Cox crew 19.2.45

20/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Ten aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. AA”E” captained by F/L. E. Abrahams returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was 9-10/10ths, tops 5-6,000’. Some moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Crews reported seeing many small fires . A successful raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I PB741 dnc AA-E

F/L Ernest Joseph Abraham, RNZAF NZ428061 – Pilot.
P/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Donald John Glengarry, RNZAF NZ422059 – Navigator.
F/O David George William Hubert Jones, RAFVR 186301 – Air Bomber.
W/O Robert William ‘Bobby’ West, RAFVR 195545 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Samuel Joseph Hughes, RAFVR 2218612 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ronald William Makin, RNZAF NZ4212812 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Evans, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:03 – Landed 02:38
Flight Time 04:35

19/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aitcraft were again detailed to attack Wesel. AA”J”, captained by F/S Lukins, B.L., returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was 1-10/10ths with some haze. A few crews were able to identify the river bend. Bombing appeared to be accurate. Very slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-H

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.
W/O R. Powell, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 1388980.

Take Off 13:31 – Landed 18:37
Flight Time 05:06

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I HK573 AA-R

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:51 – Landed 17:38
Flight Time 04:47

04/03/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. JN”O” F/O D. Barr returned early through engine failiure. Crews bombed with the aid of special equipment in 10/10ths cloud. No results were seen but crews were satisfied that it was a good attack. Slight to moderate H/F was experienced.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-D

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:02 – Landed 14:43
Flight Time 04:41

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:46 – Landed 16:14
Flight Time 05:28

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:22 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 09:08

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:57 – Landed 15:17
Flight Time 05:20

29/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzgitter
Twenty one aircraft attacked Saltzgitter as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths, tops up to 19,000 ft and thin cloud and contrails persisting above, reducing visibility to 500yds. No results were observed and a scattered raid is reported. Flak moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 19:26
Flight Time 06:56

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:43 – Landed 03:11
Flight Time 08:28

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 05:40

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot. F/S Ronald Norman Drummond, RNZAF NZ4212653 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:30 – Landed 15:19
Flight Time 04:49

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:17 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 05:43

03/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague
10 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping, five for Delft and five for the Hague. Crowds and flag waving were not so extensive as before and enthusiasm seems to be waining.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
No Mid Upper Gunner on this Op,   – .
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:11 – Landed 13:24
Flight Time 02:13

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
LAC Gough , RAF – Passenger.
Sgt. Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:14 – Landed 14:36
Flight Time 02:22

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A
Listed as NG445, but only occurance. Designator is confirmed as A, so I belive this to actually be NG448
F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
P/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:24 – Landed 16:38
Flight Time 06:14

13/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
20 Aircraft were detailed to evacuate Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. This was a bad day, for only 24 men were bought back, and these men were bought back by F/S R. Hamilton (AA.F)

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 16:23
Flight Time 03:53

14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:46 – Landed 20:56
Flight Time 05:10

16/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
4 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. 96 men were brought back bringing the total number now to 1967.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A

F/O Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Calvert U’Ren Tait, RNZAF NZ431105 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:04 – Landed 13:38
Flight Time 04:34

01/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/L Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Roy deWilmot Tully, RAFVR 175537 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:00 – Landed 14:02
Flight Time 04:02

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I PP678? ??-A

F/L Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Roy deWilmot Tully, RAFVR 175537 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:49 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 06:16

30/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
1 aircraft was detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/L Trevor Cyril Cox, RNZAF NZ416193 – Pilot.
F/O Arthur Johm David Pimm, RAFVR 1685807/ 165275 – Navigator.
F/O Frank Wayland Gilbert, RNZAF NZ4216287 – Air Bomber.
F/S Basil Albert Reeve, RNZAF NZ4213283 – Wireless Operator.
F/S C. McDairmid, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Ervin Charles Wright, RNZAF NZ4210536 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Roy deWilmot Tully, RAFVR 175537 – Rear Gunner.
Sgt. Cochran, CPL Watson, Passenger.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time –