T.S. Mahood crew 14.04.42 †

08/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and S.B.C’s which were dropped in the target area, fires were seen to be burning in the target area. Weather was clear except for haze over the target. There were many searchlights but these were ineffective. Accurate heavy flak was encountered over the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335 and was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

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

09/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Eleven Wellington III aircraft carried out an attack against the above target. Bomb load consisted of 500 lbs, 250 lbs and containers of incendiaries, and was dropped in the target area, fires and bomb bursts being seen. A strong flak defence was encountered over the target and searchlights were very active. One Me.110 was seen and one unidentified aircraft was seen to be shot down by an enemy fighter. Weather was good. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RAFVR NZ403019 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 04:45

12/03/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kiel
Eight Wellington aircraft carried out an attack against the above target, one aircraft, captained by Sgt Bell did not carry out an attack. Three aircraft captained by S/L Kitchin, F/O Sandys and Sgt Parnham failed to return to base. Bomb load consisted of 1,000 lbs, 500 lbs and 250 lbs was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. There was heavy and light predicted flak and large cones of searchlights in the target area and one twin engined enemy aircraft made one unsuccessful attack on Wellington III X3586 captained by S/L Newton. Weather was clear over the target with 5/10 cloud over North Sea. Navigation was by D.R. and TR1335.

Wellington Mk.III X.3403 AA-S

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
Sgt. Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RAFVR NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:00
Flight Time 05:30

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.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RAFVR NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:30 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 06:00

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.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 04:45

10/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against Targets Essen
Eight Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250 lbs, was dropped in the target area but results were not seen. There was heavy predicted flak and searchlights were fairly intense. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather was fine with 7/10 cloud. Navigation by astro, D.F. and loop was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:11 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:24

12/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at LeHavre and Essen
Ten Well.III, aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, was dropped in the target area, bomb bursts being observed. Fairly accurate heavy and medium flak was encountered. There were a great number of searchlights active in cones. Many fighters flares and red and green lights were seen on route. One fighter a/c was seen over North Sea about 250 miles from the Dutch Coast. Weather was very clear with visibility up to 100 miles. Navigation was by TR, DR and loops.

Wellington Mk.III X.3487 AA-O

F/S Ralph Holland Tye, RNZAF NZ404002 – Pilot.
F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood RNZAF NZ404916 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RAFVR NZ403019 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 05:00

14/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Dortmund and Le Havre
Seven Well.III a/c from this unit were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 250lbs was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. There was very little flak and searchlights were few although there were some cones over the target. Two fighters were seen but they did not attack. Weather was fine with slight ground haze. Navigation by DR, TR and loops was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3636 AA-R

F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood, RNZAF NZ404916 –
Pilot. Sgt. Cyril Charles Wrightson RNZAF NZ411998 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RAFVR NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:39 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 03:51

15/04/1942 – Operations – Attack Against at Le Havre and Dortmund
Eight Well.III aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs was dropped in the target area and bomb bursts were seen. There was some heavy predicted flak and tracer over target and searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather at Dortmund was cloudy with slight ground haze. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3636 AA-R

F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood, RNZAF NZ404916 –
Pilot. Sgt. Cyril Charles Wrightson RNZAF NZ411998 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:50 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 03:40

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.3667 AA-J – ? check this designator

F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood, RNZAF NZ404916 – Pilot.
Sgt. Cyril Charles Wrightson RNZAF NZ411998 2nd Pilot.
F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402172 – Observer.
Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen McMahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. John Frederick McLinden, RAFVR 611555 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time  – Missing

Wellington X3667 failed to return. Little is known of the circumstances leading to its disappearance, except that it was brought down in the sea near Le Havre. Only the body of the RAF rear gunner was later washed ashore, the remainder of the crew (all RNZAF) being lost without trace.

F/S Thomas Stanley Mahood, RNZAF NZ404916 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 25.
Son of John Henry and Sarah Jane Mahood, of Cambridge, Auckland, New Zealand. B.Com.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

Sgt. Cyril Charles Wrightson, RNZAF NZ411998 – 2nd Pilot.
Lost without trace age 22.
Son of Cyril H. and Florence Mary Wrightson, of Hastings, Hawke’S Bay, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 118.

F/S Sydney Houston Dromgoole, RNZAF NZ402171 – Observer.
Lost without trace age 28.
Son of Victor Peter and Susan Sommerville Dromgoole, of Lyttleton, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

Sgt. Henry Thomas Owen Mcmahon, RNZAF NZ403019 – Front Gunner.
Lost without trace age 27.
Son of Michael and Gladys Mcmahon, of Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

Sgt. Reginald Joseph Stephen Kelly, RNZAF NZ403580 – Wireless Operator.
Lost without trace age 24.
Son of Thomas and Mary Margaret Kelly, of Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 117.

Sgt. John Frederick Mclinden, RAF 611555 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 24.
Son of John Mclinden, and of Lily Mclinden, of Onchan, Isle of Man.
Buried St. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France.
Grave location – Divn. 67. Row E. Grave 8.