Talbot crew 26.08.41

11/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf and Boulogne
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and fires were started. A.A fire was moderate in target areas, and searchlights were intense and accurate, working in cones. The weather was fine, but there was a layer of cloud over the target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 03:00

15/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Dunkirk
Four Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, THC.334 (P/O. Thomson) returned to base on account of intercommunication failure. SGT. Fox also returned to base on account of 10/10 cloud over target. Bombs were returned.
A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
THC.683 reports that bombs were dropped on Cologne.
THC.938 bombed concentration of flak and searchlights on E.T.A. Assumed over Cologne.
No observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
A.A. fire, light and heavy, was moderate.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen
Ten-tenths cloud was experienced over target areas and on route.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, loop, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 dnc AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 02:45
Flight Time 03:25

16/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Fifteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombes were dropped and bursts and fires were observed in target areas. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights, working in cones, were very active. FKU.846 reports being attacked by JU.88 on return journey. Cannon shells entered fuselage near elevator and machine gun bullets hit rear turret. There were no casualties. The weather was fine. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro, loop, lorenz

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:00

18/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Brest
Seventeen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One aircraft, MFW.819 was unable to locate the target on account of low cloud and smoke screen and bombs were bought back. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft, but owing to smoke screen, bursts were not observed. Moderate light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and searchlights were active. The weather was fine but there was slight haze over target area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, map reading, astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 04:25
Flight Time 05:50

21/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Cologne and Dunkirk
Fifteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. Bombs were dropped in target areas and a number of large fires were started. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced, and searchlights were moderate. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. Weather was fine but there was ground haze and cloud in Cologne area. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1457 AA-P

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:00

24/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Kiel and Dusseldorf
Eighteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft jettisoned bombs. The others reached the targets and bombs were dropped. Bursts were seen. A.A. fire and searchlights were intense, but no enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was fine but there was thick ground haze at some parts. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.3194 AA-S

F/O David Leatham Prichard, RAFVR 36203 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Kenneth Newman Struthers, RNZAF NZ40950 – Observer.
Sgt. Clark, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Brown, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Phillip Edgar Hare, RAFVR NZ401227 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 06:00

27/06/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Bremen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 1000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries.
TYF.138 bombed fire in target area, but failed to observe results owing to cloud.
TYF.200 reports that fires started.
TYF.226 was unable to pinpoint target owing to cloud, but bombs were dropped east of river just south of target.
TYF.393 observed bursts in target area.
TYF.447 dropped bombs on west side of river in town through gap in clouds. Bursts not observed but fire was seen in town area.
TYF.501 bombed target and observed bursts. No fires started.
TYF.571 bombed target and observed three fires started.
TYF.602 reports target obscured by cloud, but bombed flak concentrations.
TYF.617 bombed fire and enlarged it.
TYF.716 saw bombs burst in Southern part of the town.
TYF.741 reports incendiaries started fire about one mile S.E. of aiming point.
S/L. Lucas saw bombs burst across centre of city.
Results were not observed by P/O Scott.
F/Lt. Fletcher bombed factory in Bremen area, believed to be Focke Wolfe factory. Large fires seen after bombing.
F/Lt. Gill dropped bombs on town.
P/O Hamlin saw bombs burst and reports that two small fires started.
Several large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were seen on outskirts of City.
There was fairly accurate and intense heavy and light A.A. fire.
Searchlights were active, but hampered by cloud.
A few enemy aircraft were seen over the target area, but no attacks made. There was fairly heavy cloud on parts of route end in target area.
Navigation was by D/R, loop, astro, map reading, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Francis Charles Fox, RNZAF NZ40762 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Observer.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 05:15

03/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft , W,5621, captained by SGT. Reid, failed to return to base. Bombs were dropped by the remaining aircraft and fires were started. Heavy and light A.A. fire was intense and accurate, as also were searchlights which were working in cones. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks were made. The weather was fine with cloud in some places. There was haze over the target. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, loop, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:35

05/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Munster
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. All bombs were dropped and the operation proved to be successful. Several large fires were observed in and around the target area.. A.A> fire was slight, but searchlights were fairly numerous. One of our aircraft was attacked by a Me.109 which dived away after out rear gunner had fired two bursts. The weather was fine and clear.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:45

07/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CNF.994, captained by S/Ldr. Widdowson, was attacked by one Me.110 over the middle of the Zuider Zee and was badly damaged. The rear gunner attacked the enemy aircraft which fell away and dived into the sea with heavy smoke pouring from the port engine. On the journey back to base, fire broke out on the Wellington and the 2nd Pilot, SGT. Ward, climbed out on to the starboard wing and attempted to smother the fire, but with only partial success. The fire eventually burned itself out and a landing was made at Newmarket. For his courageous action SGT. Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross; while S/Ldr. Widdowson and Sgt. Box the rear gunner received immediate awards of the D.F.C. and D.F.M. respectively. (For fuller story see “SUMMARY OF OUTSTANDING EVENTS” at end of Forms 540).
CNF.240 reports bombs fell right on aiming point; 1000lbs. caused red glow which sprang into two fires, afterwards running into one.
CNF.260 reports bombs fell across target.
CNF.401 bomber centre of target area. Several large fires within target area seen as well as numerous scattered small fire in other parts of town.

CNF.477 reports S.B.C.’s started good fire near target.
CNF.523 was unable to pinpoint Munster.
CNF.605 bombed target.
CNF.708 bombed target and added to fires already there.
CNF719 reports G.P. bombs seen to burst in target. Incendiaries fell close to bursts.
CNF.994 saw bombs burst on target.
F/Lt. Gill bombed target.
Many large fire were observed on aiming point. Dummy fire and explosion seen 10 miles N.E. of target.
There was very slight medium light A.A. fire.
Searchlight activity was very slight.
The weather was fine and clear.
Navigation was by D/R, pinpoints, beacons, astro, W/T. map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:00

08/07/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Munster
Seven Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs; 500lbs; 250lbs; and incendiaries.
RJT.131 reports bombs were seen to burst in target area.
RJT.292 saw bombs burst along railway tracks.
RJT.356 reports S.B.C’s started fire in town.
RJT.607 reports that target area was bombed.
RJT.812 bombed target area.
Target area was bombed by RJT.972.
P/O. Scott reports that fires were started in target area. Large fires were seen in target area. A number of dummy fires were observed.
Slight but inaccurate heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Few searchlights were in operation.
A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks made. The weather was fine, but there was slight ground haze in target area. Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9628 AA-A

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:30

24/07/1941 – Daylight Attacks Against Battleship Gneisenau at Brest
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out daylight attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, N.2854 captained by SGT. Streeter failed to return to base. The bomb load consisted of 24 500lbs. S.A.P.
Results were unobserved by DNS.772.
DNS.329 reports bombs overshot aiming point. Direct hits on sheds or warehouses about half mile S.E. of aiming point were observed.
DNS.411 reports that one and possibly two hits were observed on north end of No.1 graving dock.
Results were not observed by P/). Ashworth.
S/L. Lucas reports that bombs were dropped in target area.
Balloons were observed in the harbour.
A.A. fire was very intense and accurate.
Enemy aircraft were numerous and our aircraft were attacked.
The weather was excellent and visibility was good.
Navigation was by D/R, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.3205 AA-L

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Dennis Chadwick Barnett, RAFVR 581260/ 45584 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Paul Andre Faguy, RCAF R.55329 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:55 – Landed 17:10
Flight Time 06:15

30/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Stettin and Hamburg
Six Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lbs; 500 lbs; 250 lbs; and containers of incendiaries. Light and heavy flak was encountered and this was fairly accurate. Searchlights were not very active. No enemy aircraft were encountered. Weather was fairly good, slight haze in target areas. Navigation was by D/R, map reading, loop, lorenz, W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9825 AA-V

P/O Hone Anderson Roberts, RAAF AUS.80885 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Geoffrey Arnold Bere, RAFVR 63084 – Navigator.
Sgt. Henry Charles Hill, RAFVR 912778, 117845 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Verdun Cecil ‘Mick’ Strickland, RAFVR 956811 – Front Gunner.
P/O Charles William Street, RAFVR 82999 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 08:30

20/10/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Bremen
Six* Wellington aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above target. One of these aircraft, captained by Sgt Parnham, crash landed at Marham. Target area was bombed but results were not observed owing to low cloud. Activity was observed North and North West of target following river at Oldenburgh. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was met and a belt of searchlights was observed at Bremen and Oldenburgh. Three enemy aircraft were seen but no attack was made. Weather was poor, with low cloud and thick ground haze over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic Z.8942 AA-J

Sgt. Ralph Norman Allen, RNZAF NZ401247 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Sidney Joseph Lawrence Levack, RAFVR 971231 – Observer.
Sgt. Dormand, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Reynolds, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 06:00

01/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Eleven Wellington Ic Aircraft from this Unit were detailed to attack the above targets. The whole Operation was marred by bad weather there being 10/10th. Cloud throughout the trip and no results were observed. Bomb load consisting of 1000lbs, 50lbs, 250lbs and incendiaries was dropped on un-identified town, and on area to the West of the target. Very heavy predicted A.A. fire was encountered over target area together with 75m.m. tracers. Searchlights were isolated and ineffective owing to cloud. One M.E. 110 enemy aircraft was seen but no attack was made. Navigation was good, Astro and D.R. loop being used. A convoy fifteen miles off the Wash fired at the aircraft until the colours were fired. There was a surprising lack of enemy fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Henderson, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 22:10
Flight Time 04:30

04/11/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Nine Wellington IC aircraft from this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Heavy cloud was experienced throughout the whole trip and although bombs were dropped in target area no results were observed. Accurate Heavy Flak was met over the target area and searchlights were active, but ineffective owing to cloud. No enemy aircraft were met. Weather was very poor with 10/10th cloud which completely marred the whole operation.

Wellington Mk.Ic T.2747 AA-J

S/L Frederick John ‘Popeye’ Lucas, RNZAF NZ1056 – Pilot.
Sgt. Talbot , RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Francis William Green, RAFVR 581283 – Observer.
F/S Leonard Roy Gould, RAFVR 552462/ 49001 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Burgess, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 22:25
Flight Time 04:15

26/08/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne and Boulogne
Fourteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. SWU.567 failed to identify the target and bombs were jettisoned over the sea when petrol gauges had been showing zero for approximately one hour. Another aircraft, captained by Sgt Curlewis, failed to identify the target owing to 10/10 cloud and bombs were returned. All other aircraft dropped their bombs, but heavy cloud in the target area prevented observation of results. A.A. fire was moderate and predicted. Searchlights were ineffective owing to cloud. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no attacks made

Wellington Mk.Ic R.1466 AA-U

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Jordon, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Frederick Harry Worledge, RAFVR 755764 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAFVR 930644 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Norman George Errington, RAFVR 942763/ 115638 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:20 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 03:40

06/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Huls
Thirteen Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these                   aircraft, X9767 captained by P/O Johnson, failed to return to base. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb GP, 500 lb GP, 250 lb GP, and SBC’s of 4lb incendiaries. One aircraft was seen under attack on the Dutch-German frontier. Another aircraft was observed possibly being shot down by dual AA fire/searchlight action about 15 miles west or south-west of the target. An enemy aircraft was seen taking off from Schipol, but no attacks occurred Bombs were dropped in the target area and numerous fires were started. A.A. fire was light over the target area, but heavy en route, while searchlights were working in cones around target. Three enemy  aircraft seen but no attacks made. The weather was good over the whole journey.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-U

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Climie, RNZAF NZ403561 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Ian William Lewis, RAFVR 952538 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAFVR 930644 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Blake Stephenson, RCAF R.65625/ 96324 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:04 – Landed 01:04
Flight Time 05:00

11/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Kiel
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, R1038 captained by Sgt Roe, failed to return to base. Four aircraft failed to locate the targets, but the remainder all dropped bombs and fires were started. A.A. fire was intense and working in co-operation with searchlights which were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.3205 AA-L

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Dow, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Robert William Toller, RAFVR 1054292 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Blake Stephenson, RCAF R.65625/ 96324 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:50

13/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Brest
Twelve Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One aircraft, GYM.833 was unable to identify target and returned to base with bomb load. The remaining aircraft bombed the target and bursts were seen A smoke screen covered the target area. A.A. fire was heavy, and searchlights were working in cones. The weather was clear over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.3205 AA-L

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
F/O Barnett, RAFVR – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAFVR 930644 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Blake Stephenson, RCAF R.65625/ 96324 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:09 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:51

15/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hamburg
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out the above attacks. Two of these aircraft failed to return, one being captained by Sgt J. A. Ward who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 August 1941. There was clear weather over the target, and bursts were seen in many parts of the target area. A.A. fire was heavy over and near target area. Searchlights were numerous, working in cones, ans co-operating with A.A. fire and night fighters.

Wellington Mk.Ic ? AA-?

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAFVR 930644 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Cope, RAF 548460/ 55877 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:02 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:58

17/09/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Karlsruhe
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft failed to return. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 250 lb and containers of incendiaries. A.A. fire and searchlights were slight in the target area. Weather was hazy over the target.

Wellington Mk.Ic X.9918 AA-U

Sgt. Talbot, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. John William Black, RNZAF NZ402843 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Mason, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. East, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Raymond George Butt, RAFVR 930644 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Cope, RAF 548460/ 55877 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 02:50