V.J. Andrew crew 27.6.44

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.I LL888 JN-X

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Belford, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Timothy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 02:26

30/06/1944 – Attack Against Villers Bocage
Twenty four aircraft in daylight were detailed to attack enemy concentrations at Villers Bocage, in support of the British and Canadian Armies advance in Northern France. Two aircraft were withdrawn, owing to technical faults, but the remaining twenty two aircraft all bombed their target successfully, and reported a very concentrated raid. Moderate, but heavy A.A. Fire was encountered over the target, but there was no fighter opposition. On return one aircraft landed at Woodbridge and another put down on one of our landing strips in Normandy (the Flight Engineer 1586862 Sgt. McDevitt, P.W. being slightly injured). A unique incident for the Squadron. Another aircraft was damaged by A.A. Fire, but reached Base and made a successful landing.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Belford, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Timothy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:45
Flight Time 03:35

07/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Vaires marshalling yard, but the operation was cancelled owing to weather conditions.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 dnc JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Belford, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Timothy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:58 – Landed 03:29
Flight Time 04:31

12/07/1944 – Attack Against Vaires
The same twenty five aircraft detailed earlier took off to attack the Vaires marshalling yard in daylight. All aircraft reached the target area, but only two identified the marshalling yard and bombed as ordered. The remaining crews abandoned their mission as instructed by the Master Bomber, and brought their bombs back to base, owing to 10/10ths cloud obscuring the target. Considerable heavy A.A. fire was encountered, but all aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Belford, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. E. Timothy, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:15 – Landed 22:00
Flight Time 03:45

15/07/1944 – Attack Against Bois Des Jardine
Ten aircraft took off to attack the constructional works site at Bois Des Jardins. All aircraft bombed the target, but a scattered raid was reported owing to eight to ten tenths cloud. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:31 – Landed 02:32
Flight Time 03:01

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.I LM104 dnc JN-K

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:26 – Landed 13:36
Flight Time 01:10

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.I LM104 JN-K

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
y Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:43 – Landed 02:21
Flight Time 03:38

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.I LM104 JN-K

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:36 – Landed 08:01
Flight Time 03:25

20/07/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty six aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack the oil refinery at Homberg. Nineteen aircraft were successful in bombing the target, with the aid of markers, which seemed well concentrated. Two good explosions were seen and smoke came up from the target area. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate, but fighters were very active, eight combats taking place. Seven aircraft failed to return, the captains were AUS22776 W/O. Gilmour, H., NZ428819 F/S. Howell, E., NZ421829 F/S. Mackay, K., NZ422057 F/S. Davidson, N., NZ42488 W/O. Whittington, H., NZ413219 F/S. Roche, G. & NZ414560 P/O. Burtt, H.

Lancaster Mk.I LM104 JN-K

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt.  Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:42 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 03:08

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 HK544 AA-J

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:09 – Landed 09:39
Flight Time 03:30

01/08/1944 – Attack Against Le Nieppe
Sixteen aircraft took off to attack the Constructional Works Site at Le Nieppe. All aircraft reached the target area and the ten which were at the head of the bomber stream, bombed with the aim of markers, but later aircraft were instructed not to bomb, and these brought their bombs back. There was slight A.A. opposition but no fighter activity. There was 10/10ths cloud at the target.

Lancaster Mk.III LM544 AA-J

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:10 – Landed 21:43
Flight Time 02:33

04/08/1944 – Attack Against Bec D’Ambes
Twenty aircraft were required to attack the Supply Depot at Foret De Nieppe, but this operation was cancelled, and the same aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage and Refinery at Bec D’Ambes near Bordeaux. All took off and nineteen attacked the primary target in clear weather. A good concentrated raid developed and many fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 10,000 ft. There was no opposition. One aircraft attacked Pauillic owing to flying in the wrong bomber stream.

Lancaster Mk.I LM544 AA-J

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:33 – Landed 21:23
Flight Time 07:50

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 LM544 AA-J

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 01:01
Flight Time 03:06

09/08/1944 – Attack Against Fort D’Anglos
Seventeen aircraft took off as detailed to attack the Army Fuel Depot at Fort D’Anglos. All were successful in bombing with the aid of markers. The raid appeared to be scattered but there was indication of a large conflagration. Opposition from A.A. fire was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-P “Bad Penny IV”

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:06 – Landed 00:17
Flight Time 02:11

11/08/1944 – Attack Against Lens
Twenty two aircraft set out as detailed to attack the Marshalling Yard at Lens. All aircraft attacked in good weather and an accurate and concentrated raid resulted. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND911 JN-V

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:26 – Landed 17:35
Flight Time 03:09

12/08/1944 – Attack Against Brunswick
Six aircraft set out to attack Brunswick and bombed by means of navigational aids as 10/10ths. cloud obscured the target. Red glows were seen through the clouds and it is considered that the raid was quite satisfactory. A.A. fire was moderate and no enemy fighters were encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:53 – Landed 02:49
Flight Time 04:56

14/08/1944 – Attack Against Hamel
Twenty two aircraft took off as detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations near Hamel, in support of the advancing British and Canadian Armies. Nineteen were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and in accordance with the Master Bomber’s instructions. Three aircraft were unable to bomb owing to being too late over the target. A.A. opposition was very slight and no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Joseph William Collins, RNZAF NZ424969 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:58 – Landed 17:39
Flight Time 03:41

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.I LM544 AA-J

F/O Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O J. Mercier,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:38 – Landed 03:11
Flight Time 05:33

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.I LM544 AA-J

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot. F/S Leonard Boyer, RAFVR 1602332/ 184498 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt.  Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O J. Mercier,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:29 – Landed 04:45
Flight Time 08:16

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.I LM544 AA-J
LM544 – flown by F/L Andrew & crew – received damage to the mid-upper turret and fuselage. The M/U gunner, Sgt Malony, received serious leg injuries.
F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Hughes, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Michael Dennis Elwin Molony, RAFVR 1852898 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O J. Mercier,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:02 – Landed 01:32
Flight Time 05:30

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.I LM544 AA-J

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Wood, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/L Kenneth William John Tugwell, RAFVR 162524 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:20 – Landed 09:27
Flight Time 03:07

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.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
F/O Stanley Moss, RAFVR 903734/ 146107 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O S. Raynes,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:32 – Landed 19:22
Flight Time 03:50

17/09/1944 – Attack Against Emmerich
In the evening ten aircraft took off and attacked Emmerich. All of these dropped their bombs as ordered. Much accurate Light A A Fire was encountered. All aircraft returned safely to Base.

Lancaster Mk.I NF980 JN-F

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Denys ‘Tubby’ Westell , RAFVR 2221192, 188789 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jones R ,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Moore L,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:34 – Landed 22:39
Flight Time 03:05

20/09/1944 – Attack Against Calais
Twenty seven aircraft set out as detailed to attack enemy strong points at Calais. They all successfully bombed the target from a low level and an accurate and concentrated raid was reported. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Denys ‘Tubby’ Westell , RAFVR 2221192, 188789 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Gray,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:34 – Landed 17:57
Flight Time 03:23

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.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Thompson F, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Gray J. Gray,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:25 – Landed 23:13
Flight Time 03:48

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.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S Frank Rendall Tibby, RNZAF NZ425469 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Thompson F, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R Maryan, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. P. Smith,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:20 – Landed 11:00
Flight Time 02:40

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.I NF981 JN-Y

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William John ‘Bill’ Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Dennis George Albert Bryer, RAFVR 1874880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John Gray,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:27 – Landed 10:10
Flight Time 02:43

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
F/L K. Cowan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:27 – Landed 22:48
Flight Time 05:21

06/10/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty nine aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund, but one of these was withdrawn owing to a technical failure. Twenty six aircraft attacked the target in good weather and a very accurate and concentrated raid was reported, large fires being left burning. A.A. Fire was moderate but fighters were active and the aircraft captained by NZ427798 F/S Farr, W. had a series of combats during which the enemy aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. One aircraft returned early and landed at Woodbridge owing to a technical failure and another (Captain NZ411048 F/O K. Southward) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. William John ‘Bill’ Warlow, RAFVR 1653307 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:31 – Landed 22:05
Flight Time 05:34

19/10/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty eight aircraft were detailed to attack Stuttgart. The attack was in two waves. Thirteen aircraft took part in the first wave and successfully dropped their bombs with the aid of markers and flares, in weather conditions of 9/10ths cloud. A.A. opposition was moderate and a few enemy aircraft were active. Fifteen aircraft took part in the second wave five hours later and they all dropped their bombs with the aid of flares through ten tenths cloud. The glow of fires seen, indicated that the fires were concentrated around the aiming point. A A opposition was less than that encountered during the first wave, but more enemy fighters were active. Four of our aircraft had inconclusive combats.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Gibbs, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:09 – Landed 03:57
Flight Time 05:48

22/10/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss. Eight attacked the target through ten tenths cloud, but results were unsatisfactory. One aircraft attacked Munchen Gladbach being unable to reach the primary target on time.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F. Thompson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:27 – Landed 17:31
Flight Time 04:04

23/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty seven aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Ten tenths cloud prevailed over the target but all aircraft were successful in attacking with the aid of marker flares. A A opposition was moderate but no enemy fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot. F/S Donald James Williams, RNZAF NZ426024 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. F/E?. Round, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:50 – Landed 21:50
Flight Time 05:00

25/10/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Twenty six aircraft took off as detailed to attack Essen. Twenty three of these attacked the target and bombing was good, built up areas and factories being identified visually. One aircraft brought its bombs back owing to the failure of the bombing equipment when over the target and two other aircraft returned early owing to technical failures.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Huckle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 17:32
Flight Time 04:27

26/10/1944 – Attack Against Leverkusen
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack Leverkusen. They all bombed the target in formation and a successful raid was reported. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Huckle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:05 – Landed 17:16
Flight Time 04:11

31/10/1944 – Attack Against Bottrop
Six aircraft took off as detailed to attack a target at Bottrop. they all attacked the target in formation and a fairly concentrated raid was achieved. A.A. fire over the target was intense but all of our aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Huckle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Cameron Robertson, RNZAF NZ411708 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 16:32
Flight Time 04:42

02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.I NF981 JN-Y
Hit by flak 8 times (AC) NF981, flown by F/L V Andrew & crew, was hit by heavy flak over the target and the starboard outer engine caught fire. After repeated attempts to quell the flames, it was finally extinguished with difficulty and the aircraft was nursed back to base on three engines.

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
F/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Huckle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E. Hadigate, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213  – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:40 – Landed 16:00
Flight Time 04:20

04/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen
Twenty one aircraft took off to attack Solingen in daylight, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb incendiaries and No.17 Clusters. All crews dropped their bombs in the target area, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Flak opposition was moderate. One aircraft captained by NZ428797 F/O J. Scott, failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/L Victor John Andrew, RNZAF NZ421343 – Pilot.
P/O Eric James Osborne, RNZAF NZ422795 – Navigator.
F/S Edward James Sinclair, RNZAF NZ428261 – Air Bomber.
F/S D. Roberts, RAAF AUS.426010 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Huckle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. E. Hadigate, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William Henry Grout, RCAF R.109213 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:30 – Landed 16:05
Flight Time 04:35