W.E.R. Alexander crew 18.3.45

18/03/1945 – Attack Against Bruchstrasse
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the coking areas and Bensol plant at Bruchstrasse. Cloud was 10/10ths over the target with tops at 6/7,000 ft. Crew report formation was good through the target and bombs fell away together. No results were seen. Slight H.F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NG322 JN-F

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
P/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:56 – Landed 17:15
Flight Time 05:19

21/03/1945 – Attack Against Munster Viaduct
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Muster Viaduct. There was hardly any cloud over the target. It is thought that the concentration was good although the formation was broken up just prior to bombing. Three aircraft failed to return from this operation – AA”T”, NZ42451 F/L J. Plummer, AA”R” NZ429139 P/O A. Brown and JN”P” 190947 P/O D.S. Barr. All three aircraft were seen to hit in the target area. Considerable H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK593 JN-X

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
P/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:54 – Landed 15:31
Flight Time 05:37

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
P/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:35 – Landed 16:01
Flight Time 05:26

09/04/1945 – Minelaying at Kiel
7 aircraft were detailed for Mining at Keil. AA/U (F/O E Ohlsen) returned early through loss of petrol. Leakage in No.1 port tank suspected. There was no cloud and visibility good. Crews satisfied with the operation.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:42 – Landed 01:32
Flight Time 05:50

18/04/1945 – Attack on Heligoland
25 aircraft were detailed to attack the target HELIGOLAND. Weather was good with good visibility. Crews were able to identify northern top of Island and also western edge. The rest of the Island was obliterated by smoke. Bomb bursts on fires. The crews bombed as ordered by the Master Bomber and bombing was thought to be well concentrated, but there was some overshooting as well as undershooting.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 15:18
Flight Time 04:51

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I RA541 AA-J

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:30 – Landed 20:45
Flight Time 05:15

29/04/1945 – Supply Dropping in the Delf Area
9 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping in the Delft area. The operation was uneventful and crowds were seen waving and cheering. Quite a number of packs hung up.

Lancaster Mk.II ME531 AA-K

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:34 – Landed 15:07
Flight Time 02:33

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 14:12
Flight Time 02:22

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.III ME531 AA-K

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Thompson ,   – Passenger.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:17 – Landed 14:46
Flight Time 02:29

23/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
3 Passengers were carried in each aircraft. 10 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 240. F/Lt. J. Westbrooke (AA.C). had wheel trouble at Dunsford, and had to return to Base on the 24th of May.

Lancaster Mk.I RF190 AA-F

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:12 – Landed 14:17
Flight Time 06:05

31/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
4 Aircraft were detailed to view of the effects of the bombing offensive. Command personnel were taken in two of the aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:38 – Landed 15:32
Flight Time 05:54

29/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive

Lancaster Mk.I HK806 AA-B

F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O David Alexander Grahame Dickson, RNZAF NZ1981 – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Charles Octavius Joseph Carey, RNZAF NZ425385 – Rear Gunner.
Sgt Cochrane, CPL Watson , Passenger – .

Take Off 12:30 – Landed 18:00
Flight Time 05:30