W. Evenden crew 5.3.45

Evenden crew hut Mepal early 1945croped and cont

The Evenden crew enjoying the snow at Mepal Winter 1945.
Top left: Herbert Morgan, top right is Roland (Roly) Williams.
Middle left: Bill Evenden, middle right is Bill Godden, the driver is Neville Staples and the sidecar is occupied by Tom Lane…my uncle, Peter Dixon, took the picture. image supplied via Andrew Nodwell from Roland ‘Roly’ WIlliams

07/03/1945 – Attack Against Dessau
Thirteen aircraft attacked Dessau as ordered. Aircraft bombed in 10/10ths haze and thin cloud. Crews were given instructions by M/B to bomb on Skymarkers but some were able to make out T.I’s and in two cases identify the street. Fires were burning over a wide area when aircraft left the target. Flak practically nil in target area. Some E/A were seen and AA”S” F/L Spilman had a short inconclusive encounter. A satisfactory operation.

Lancaster Mk.I HK601 JN-D

F/O John Henry Thomas Wood, RNZAF NZ426235 – Pilot.
F/S William Evenden, RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S John Austin White Pauling, RNZAF NZ422976 – Navigator.
F/S Noel Ridley Hooper, RAFVR 1336483/ 196925 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gerald Newey, RNZAF NZ425285 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Douglas Williamson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Albert John Tipping Cash, RCAF R.147817 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ralph Charles Sparrow, RCAF R.263518 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:23 – Landed 02:14
Flight Time 08:51

Evenden crew relaxingb&w and cropped

The Evenden crew relaxing on a much warmer day…..
Back row left to right: Nev Staples,Bill Godden, Peter Dixon….
Front row left to right : Bill Evenden, Tom Lane, Roly Williams – this time Herbert Morgan was behind the camera.
image supplied via Andrew Nodwell from Roland ‘Roly’ WIlliams

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/S William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:45 – Landed 16:57
Flight Time 06:12

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Salzbergen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Salzbergen in 10/10ths cloud up to 11,000ft. with nil clouds below. The formation was well packed over the target and released simultaneously. A slight upheaval of the cloud a minute later was all that could be seen. Slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/S William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.
P/O Gwyn Duglan, Mid Under Gunner RAFVR – 179249.

Take Off 08:44 – Landed 14:39
Flight Time 05:55

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/S William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:01 – Landed 17:27
Flight Time 05:26

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 HK562 AA-L

F/S William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:57 – Landed 15:26
Flight Time 05:29

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I LM728 AA-R

F/S William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
Sgt. Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:54 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:41

13/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
21 aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel. The target was covered by 10/10 cloud with tops 4/5000. Bombing was concentrated and fires were seen on leaving the target. Flak was slight. M/B was clearly heard. (AA’K’ F/O. Morgan W.) returned early, bombs were jettisoned. This was also a leaflet raid.

Lancaster Mk.III LM728 AA-R

F/S William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:44 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 05:41

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.I HK561 AA-Y

W/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:36 – Landed 15:17
Flight Time 04:41

24/04/1945 – Attack on Bad Oldesloe
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BAD OLDESLOE. JN/N (F/L Preyer) failed to take off owing to engine trouble and AA/Y (F/S Reay) made an early return owing to fire in starboard outer engine. No opposition was encountered but slight flak seen over Dutch Coast. Some of the bombs fell to the port of the A/P. Main attack considered very good.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:27 – Landed 13:18
Flight Time 05:51

04/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft
6 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping. Three for The Hague, and three for the Delft. The missions were successful, but fewer people were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB427 AA-U

F/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/O Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
No Mid Upper Gunner on this Op,   – .
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:32 – Landed 14:52
Flight Time 02:20

25/05/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 Aircraft were detailed for flights over the continent to see the effects of the bombing offensive.

Lancaster Mk.- – —

F/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgann, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.
F/O Bedford , Passenger RAF – .

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 17:21
Flight Time 06:54

23/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effect of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-U

F/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:10 – Landed 18:35
Flight Time 04:25

25/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

F/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:39 – Landed 15:03
Flight Time 05:24

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y

F/O William Evenden , RAFVR 1337365/ 196039 – Pilot.
F/S Albert Neville Staples, RNZAF NZ427338 – Navigator.
F/S Tom Lane, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S William ‘Bill’ Godden, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S Herbert Morgan, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Norman Alec Peter Dixon, RNZAF NZ4215733 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Roland Spencer Williams, RNZAF NZ4215269 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:58 – Landed 15:55
Flight Time 05:57

Inscription by Peter Dixon on rear of 1945 75 NZ Squadron group photo cropped and cont

Inscription by Peter Dixon on rear of 1945 75 NZ Squadron group photo
supplied by Andrew Nodwell.

“This is the ‘gen’ Squadron, the only Squadron that does not break formation for flak over target…………”