V.A .Adolph crew 14.6.44

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircraft captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

F/O Colin Roy Baker, RNZAF NZ42999 – Pilot.
F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Charles Le Gallals Gardner, RNZAF NZ425204 – Navigator.
F/O Raymond Alexander Ramsay, RNZAF NZ416866 – Air Bomber.
F/S G. Marden, RAFVR 1585273 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William Philip Watson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. R. Renwick, RAFVR 1002868 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. R. Cornish, RAFVR 1280506 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:15 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 04:10

14/06/1944 – Attack Against Le Havre
Twenty six aircraft were detailed to attack shipping in the port area of Le Havre. Twenty five aircraft attacked and a very concentrated and accurate raid resulted. Fires from an earlier attack were still burning when our aircraft were over the target. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble. Opposition was slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 03:10

15/06/1944 – Attack Against Valenciennes
Twenty four aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Valenciennes. Twenty three aircraft attacked the primary target with the aid of markers. A.A. Fire was very slight, but fighters were active, two of our aircraft having combats with enemy aircraft. The aircraft captained by 175311 P/O. C. Crawford claimed hits on an enemy fighter, but sustained serious damage itself, the pilot, however, was able to land safely at Manstone. The aircraft captained by NZ421495 F/S. Betley, R. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:18 – Landed 02:10
Flight Time 02:52

17/06/1944 – Attack Against Montdidier
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Montdidier. All aircraft reached the target area where it was found that cloud conditions prevented accurate bombing. The master bomber accordingly gave instructions for crews to abandon their mission, all aircraft except one bringing their bombs back to Base. The exception was the aircraft captained by NZ42488 F/S. Whittington, H. who jettisoned his bombs “safe” in the Channel owing to having a combat with a F.W.190. Our pilot claimed the enemy aircraft to be possibly destroyed.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 dnc AA-E

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:14 – Landed 05:04
Flight Time 03:50

24/06/1944 – Attack Against Rimeux
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack the constructional works at Rimeux. Twenty four crews bombed successfully with the aid of markers, and an accurate raid was reported.   There were numerous searchlights in action, but the A.A. opposition was not serious. The aircraft captained by NZ424788 F/S. Bateson, B. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III NE148 AA-H

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:33 – Landed 01:57
Flight Time 02:24

27/06/1944 – Attack Against Biennais
Fifteen aircraft took off to attack the constructional works supply site at Biennais. All aircraft bombed through ten-tenths cloud with the aid of markers and no opposition from the ground was encountered. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with an enemy aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:49 – Landed 02:36
Flight Time 02:47

02/07/1944 – Daylight Attack Against Beauvoir
Twenty three out of twenty four aircraft detailed took off in daylight to attack the construction works supply site at Beauvoir. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was slight.

Lancaster Mk.I LL921 AA-E

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:50 – Landed 16:00
Flight Time 03:10

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Chalons Sur Marne
Eighteen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the marshalling yard at Chalons Sur Marne. All aircraft bombed the target and a good attack was reported, most crews being able to identify the marshalling yard visually. There was no A.A. fire opposition, but two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy fighters.

Lancaster Mk.I HK567 AA-C

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:03 – Landed 04:02
Flight Time 05:59

17/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The twenty seven aircraft previously detailed took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight, but the aircraft were recalled shortly after setting course. On landing they were re-fuelled and kept standing by to attack a tactical target.

Lancaster Mk.III ND800 dnc AA-J

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:10 – Landed 15:00
Flight Time 02:50

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Aulnoye
Twenty eight aircraft took off to attack the aircraft works at Aulnoye, one of those originally detailed being withdrawn. All crews were successful in attacking the target, and the bombing was well controlled by the Master Bomber. A concentrated raid developed, and several crews were able to identify the target visually. A.A. opposition was very slight, but enemy fighters were more active, and one aircraft (Captain NZ411411 F/O. G. Kennedy), claimed to have shot down two enemy aircraft. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ405801 A/F/L. J. Myers) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III PA967 AA-D

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 03:30

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.III ND800 AA-J

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:25 – Landed 07:50
Flight Time 03:25

22/07/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Six aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Kattegat area. All aircraft dropped their mines successfully, and crews reported an uneventful trip.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/O Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:09 – Landed 04:57
Flight Time 07:48

24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 07:30

25/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Fourteen aircraft took off to attack Stuttgart, only ten however, were successful, and they reported a concentrated raid to be developing, with many fires and explosions. Heavy A.A. fire was only slight in the target area, but enemy fighters were again active. Two aircraft had combats and one, captained by NZ425948 F/S. Smith, M. claimed a FW190 destroyed. On return two aircraft landed at Ford, one due to engine trouble and the other owing to damage to the petrol tank and rear turret by heavy A.A. fire. Of the four abortive sorties, one aircraft jettisoned after its starboard inner engine had caught fire when in combat, another failed to see any markers when over the target, and brought its bombs back, and the other two returned early owing to severe icing.

Lancaster Mk.III ND753 AA-G

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 05:42
Flight Time 08:17

28/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Twenty aircraft successfully bombed the target with the aid of markers, but it is thought that several aircraft undershot, as they appeared to be two concentration of fires 2-3 miles apart. Fighters were very active in the target area and also en route, several aircraft having combats. The aircraft captained by NZ413043 A/S/L. L. Drummond, was attacked five times by a JU88, all of which were indecisive, followed by an attack by an unidentified enemy aircraft which is claimed as destroyed, being seen to go down in flames. At the same time as this our aircraft was also being attacked by two JU88s, one of which was damaged by fire from our aircraft. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ421403 A/F/L. N. Stokes & NZ421469 F/O. I. Blance.

Lancaster Mk.I ME752 AA-E

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 05:47
Flight Time 07:42

30/07/1944 – Attack Against Amaye Sur Seulles
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to take part in an early morning attack on enemy troops and armoured concentrations near Amaye-Sur-Seulles. All crews successfully attacked from a low level and reports indicate that the bombing was well concentrated and ably controlled with a gradual advance southwards as ordered. No results other than clouds of smoke were seen. One aircraft (Captain NZ42117 F/S. Nairne, C.) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM266 AA-A

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:15 – Landed 09:55
Flight Time 03:40

03/08/1944 – Attack Against L’Isle Adam
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed took off to attack the Supply Dumps at L’Isle Adam, near Paris. They all attacked in clear weather and a very successful and concentrated raid was reported. There was no fighter opposition and only slight A.A. fire was met in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I HK594 AA-G

F/S Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:44 – Landed 15:30
Flight Time 03:46

07/08/1944 – Attack Against Mare De Magne
The target was enemy troops and armour concentrations at Mare De Magne, being made in direct support of the Allied Armies advance in the Caen area. Seventeen aircraft were detailed, all of which took off and dropped their bombs with the aid of markers, and a concentrated raid developed. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight, but a few enemy fighters were active. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat and another (Captain 150278 .F/O. G. Brunton) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK594 AA-G

W/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:03 – Landed 01:01
Flight Time 02:58

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

Lancaster Mk.I HK594 AA-G

W/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 01:16
Flight Time 03:11

16/08/1944 – Attack Against Stettin
Twenty three aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stettin. Twenty two were successful in attacking the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared scattered and no great concentration of fires was achieved. Slight A.A. fire was encountered in the target area and a few fighters were met en route, two aircraft having inconclusive combats. One aircraft returned early with icing trouble.

Lancaster Mk.I HK594 AA-G

W/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:13 – Landed 05:34
Flight Time 08:21

18/08/1944 – Attack Against Bremen
Twenty five aircraft took off as detailed to attack Bremen, twenty four of these contributed to a very successful raid, good concentrated fires being left burning. A moderate A.A. barrage, with numerous searchlights, was encountered between the enemy coast and the target, and three of our aircraft sustained damage. Fighter opposition was weak but one aircraft had an inconclusive combat over the target. One aircraft returned early.

Lancaster Mk.III ND914 AA-H

W/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:46 – Landed 02:51
Flight Time 05:05

25/08/1944 – Attack Against Russelsheim
Twenty eight aircraft took off as detailed to attack Russelsheim. Of these twenty five attacked the primary target and reported a good concentrated raid. A.A. opposition was slight, but enemy aircraft were active and one of our aircraft had two inconclusive combats. Another was unable to identify the target and jettisoned its load. A further one was caught in searchlights over the target and during evasive action lost both ailerons. This aircraft was captained by NZ424504 .F/S. O’Callaghan, E. The navigator 958564 .F/S. Hartley, R., kept the aircraft on track on the return journey even though his instruments were unserviceable and his chart lost. Two aircraft failed to return, they were captained by NZ422382 .F/O. J. Fleming and NZ421345 .F/S. Barker, R.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

W/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 07:55

29/08/1944 – Mining in the Gulf of Danzig
Six aircraft took off as detailed to lay mines in the Gulf of Danzig. They all dropped their mines successfully by means of navigational aids and their mission was uneventful apart from slight A.A. opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/S Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 06:00
Flight Time 09:45

03/09/1944 – Attack Against The Aerodrome At Eindhoven
Ten aircraft took off as detailed to attack the airfield at Eindhoven. All were successful in bombing visually and a good concentration of bombing was achieved. A.A. opposition was slight, but accurate, and three of our aircraft suffered minor damage. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:35 – Landed 19:05
Flight Time 03:30

08/09/1944 – Attack Against Doudenville
Twenty three aircraft took off at dawn to attack enemy defence positions at Doudeneville on the outskirts of Le Havre. Weather conditions were very unfavourable over the target and crews had great difficulty in seeing the markers. Only ten dropped their bombs before the Master Bomber gave instructions to abandon the mission. The remaining thirteen aircraft brought their bombs back to base. Considerable light A.A. fire and machine gun fire was encountered in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:27 – Landed 09:07
Flight Time 02:40

10/09/1944 – Attack Against Montivilliers
Twenty seven aircraft attacked Montivilliers in the Le Havre area, as detailed. All crews dropped their bombs on the target and a very concentrated raid developed. No fighters were encountered and only slight opposition was met from ground defences.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:25 – Landed 19:09
Flight Time 03:44

11/09/1944 – Attack Against Kamen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kamen Oil Refinery. Weather conditions were favourable and some crews were able to bomb visually, under the Master Bomber’s instructions. Clouds of black smoke rising to 15,000 ft. was reported and a very successful raid ensued. Opposition from slight but accurate heavy A.A. fire was met from the defences. No enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:01 – Landed 20:29
Flight Time 04:28

12/09/1944 – Attack Against Frankfurt
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart, but during the day the target was changed to Frankfurt. Two aircraft failed to take off for this operation and of the twenty that took off the majority were able to identify the target, by the river and several made out the railway yards. Fighters were fairly active and one aircraft claimed to have destroyed an enemy aircraft, the captain was AUS421308 .F/O. J. Bateman. Another aircraft had an inconclusive encounter. All aircraft returned to base and reported a good and accurate raid.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:37 – Landed 01:19
Flight Time 06:42

23/09/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Neuss. The target was obscured by ten tenths cloud with tops of 11,000 ft. Most crews bombed below cloud, some explosions and flashes were seen, but results were difficult to assess. One aircraft returned early through the complete failure of the electrical system and a further aircraft bombed the target, but owing to a technical failure, landed at Woodbridge on return. Moderate but inaccurate A.A. Fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 23:40
Flight Time 04:05

25/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to carry out an early morning attack on Calais. They all reached the target and found that ten tenths cloud with 2,000 feet tops and less than 1,000 feet base obscured it. The operation, therefore, had to be abandoned.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
W/O W. Brown, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:30 – Landed 11:50
Flight Time 03:20

27/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Fourteen aircraft attacked Calais as detailed, taking off in the morning during doubtful weather. Crews bombed visually under instructions from the Master Bomber and a good concentrated raid was carried out. Some accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was met over the target.

Lancaster Mk.III PB520 AA-G

F/O Victor Arnold Adolph, RNZAF NZ421808 – Pilot.
F/S Philip Rex Beach, RNZAF NZ429024 – Navigator.
F/O Richard John Hodgson, RNZAF NZ427209 – Air Bomber.
F/S Louis David Sampson, RAFVR 186413 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. G. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Clive Medhurst White, RNZAF NZ425480 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt, John Swale, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:30 – Landed 09:50
Flight Time 02:20