T.O. Metcalfe crew 06.09.42 †

04/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area by nine aircraft. Three aircraft were forced to return to base owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen with smoke rising up to 8,000feet. Intense light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered on the way to target and in target area, searchlights were concentrated and accurate over a large area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was fine over target area, visibility was good. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.968 AA-W

S/L Edgar Bernard Richard Lockwood, RAFVR 89584 – Pilot.
Sgt Thomas Otto Metcalfe, RNZAF NZ414386 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Walter Duncan McAlpine, RNZAF NZ403551 – Observer.
Sgt. Wallace Frederick Stokes, RNZAF NZ412362 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Eric Lumley Durham Ashwin, RNZAF NZ41563 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. William George Henry White, RNZAF NZ41717 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 05:45

06/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Duisburg
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Bomb load of 4,000lb. 1,00lb. 500lb. 250lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen to be growing in intensity. A.A. fire was heavy and intense but was bursting high above aircraft, searchlights were intense, particularly at target area.
Wellington BJ772 captained by F/Lt. Womersley was attacked from rear on return by an enemy aircraft, one bursts was fired by the rear gunner and the enemy aircraft was driven off. No other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good, clear over target with slight ground haze. Navigation was good. Wellington BJ.765 captained by Sergt. Sharman G.W> and Wellington X.3867 captained by F/Sgt.Parkes W.R. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.974 AA-?

Sgt. Thomas Otto Metcalfe, RNZAF NZ414386 – Pilot.
P/O Kevin John Devlin, RNZAF NZ413334 – Observer.
Sgt. Desmond James Walshe, RNZAF NZ412912 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Foch Kelcher, RNZAF NZ411908 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. P.W. Griffin, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:30 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 04:15

07/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry pout the above operation. Wellington BJ.772 captained by F/L Womersley was recalled from another mission. The remaining aircraft planted 1500lb. Vegetables, in target area. A.A. fire was light, no searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The sea was covered with cloud and haze. Navigaiton was good.

Wellington Mk.III BJ944 AA-?

Sgt. Thomas Otto Metcalfe, RNZAF NZ414386 – Pilot.
Sgt. Kevin John Devlin, RNZAF NZ413334 – Observer.
Sgt. Desmond James Walshe, RNZAF NZ412912 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Foch Kelcher, RNZAF NZ411908 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. P.W. Griffin, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

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

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.974 AA-?

Sgt. Thomas Otto Metcalfe, RNZAF NZ414386 – Pilot.
P/O Kevin John Devlin, RNZAF NZ413334 – Observer.
Sgt. Desmond James Walshe, RNZAF NZ412912 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Walter Foch Kelcher, RAFVR NZ411908 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Alexander John Locke, RAFVR 928209 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Wellington Mk.III BJ.974 was brought down by flak, crashing near Cologne, 20 miles South of the target Dusseldorf. There were no survivors. All five crew are buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Sgt. Thomas Otto Metcalfe, RNZAF NZ414386 – Pilot.
Killed age 19.
Son of Joseph William Metcalfe, and of Dorothy Mary Metcalfe (Nee Moore), of Norsewood, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand; Nephew of Ellis Todd, of Hastings, Hawke’S Bay.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. A. 20-21.

P/O Kevin John Devlin, RNZAF NZ413334 – Observer.
Killed age 26.
Son of Joseph Calixtus Devlin and Dorothy May Devlin, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. A. 20-21.

Sgt. Walter Foch Kelcher, RNZAF NZ411908 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Leonard and Isabella Mary Kelcher, of Maheno, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 4. A. 22.

Sgt. Desmond James Walshe, RNZAF NZ412912 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 25.
Son of James and Gertrude M. Walshe, of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. A. 20-21.

Sgt. Alexander John Lock, RAFVR 928200 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Thomas William and Maud Mary Lock.
Buried Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – Coll. grave 4. B. 3-19.