W.G. Horne crew 28.07.42

13/05/1942 – Gardening – Kiel Bay
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed from this Unit to carry out the above operation. One aircraft, X3482, captained by F/S. Fraser, failed to return to base. Vegetables were sown successfully and bombs were dropped on shipping in the vicinity. Inaccurate flak from flak ships was encountered. The weather was fine throughout the whole operation. Navigation was D/R. Astro, TR, loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

S/L Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 –
P/O Allen Roy Henderson, RNZAF NZ401382 – Observer.
F/S Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S Errol Mervyn Greaves, RAFVR NZ404063 – Front Gunner.
P/O Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 06:45

30/05/1942 – Bombing Attacks Against Cologne
Twenty-three Wellington aircraft, including IA, IC,III, were detailed to carry out the above attacks. One of these aircraft, Wellington IA T.2894, captained by P/O Johnson (attached to this Unit from C.G.S. Suton Bridge) failed to return to base. Another aircraft X.3751 captained by P/O Jarman, was badly damaged by flak, both fuel tanks being holed and both port and starboard airspeed indicators rendered unserviceable. The bomb load consisted of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 30lbs. and 4lbs incendiaries. The weather conditions were excellent, and the target was bombed successfully many fires being started in all parts of the town. A.A. fire was very erratic and searchlights were working in cones. A large number of enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks resulted. Navigation was by D/R, TR, Q.D.M., Loop.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

S/L Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Allen Roy Henderson, RNZAF NZ401382 – Observer.
F/S Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S Errol Mervyn Greaves, RAFVR NZ404063 – Front Gunner.
F/L Cecil John Myers, RAF 82193 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 04:50

01/06/1942 – Attacks Against Targets at Essen
Twenty Well. a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb loads of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250, 30lb inc and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but results were not observed owing to cloud over target. Large fires were, however, seen to be burning in the target area. A.A. fire was not particularly intense and searchlights were scattered. One ME.109 followed Well.IC DV884 for about 5 minutes but was eluded. Weather was fairly good until target was reached where there was low cloud and haze. Navigation was good by all aids.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1573 AA-T

S/L Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Allen Roy Henderson, RNZAF NZ401382 – Observer.
F/S Clements, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
F/S Hill, RAFVR – Front Gunner.
F/L Cecil John Myers, RAF 82193 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:25

02/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area but no results were observed. A few small fires were seen near target. A.A. fire was fairly heavy and searchlights operating in cones were numerous. No enemy a/c were seen. Weather marred the operation, there being a heavy ground have. Navigation was excellent. Well, X3408, captained by P/O Carter, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3646 AA-M

F/S Ivor John McLachlan, RNZAF NZ404390 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Frederick Hoare,   – Observer.
Sgt. Alfred George Edward ‘Butch’ Pugh, RNZAF NZ404096 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Jack William Walters, RNZAF NZ404106 – Front Gunner.
F/S Alan Glynne Lewis, RNZAF NZ40741 – .

Take Off 00:10 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 03:25

08/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4 lb inc was dropped in the target area. Owing to haze results were not observed. There was a heavy concentration of flak and searchlights in target area. Two unidentified a/c were observed near Dutch Coast by Well.III, X3720 and were eluded. Weather was good no cloud over target but hazy. Navigation was very good. Well.III, X3587, captained by P/O. Smith and Well.III, Z1573, captained by P/O Murdoch failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

S/L Raymond John Newton, RNZAF NZ40984 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Allen Roy Henderson, RNZAF NZ401382 – Observer.
Sgt. Hill, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Bruce Rahu Phillips, RAFVR NZ405517 – Front Gunner.
P/O Walter Gordon Fenton, RNZAF NZ391838 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:05

19/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Eleven a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 4lb inc was taken. Aircraft unable to identify Emden attacked Osnabruck. Results were not observed. Flak was not intense but searchlights were fairly active. One unidentified a/c followed Well.III X3539 for about 5 miles but made no attack. Weather was clear over Osnabruck. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:35

20/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve a/c were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. There was intense flak and searchlights were few. A JU88 attacked Well.III, X3539 without result. Weather was hazy with 5/10 cloud. Visibility very bad. Nav was good. Well.III, X3760 P/O Fraser failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3586 AA-A

F/L Edward Cecil Ball, RNZAF NZ40749 – Pilot.
P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O William Leslie Bridget, RNZAF NZ40731 – Observer.
P/O Douglas Howard Semmence, RAFVR 49002 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Cyril Ingleby, RNZAF 937625/ 118898 – Front Gunner.
P/O Reginald Leonard Clarke, RNZAF NZ40734 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 03:50

28/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area and bursts were seen in dock area. A.A. fire was very accurate, light and heavy predicted. There were many accurate searchlight cones in parts but clear over target. Navigation was good by TR and DR. Six a/c failed to return to base

Wellington Mk.III Z.1592 AA-O

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
F/S Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

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

29/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Saarbrucken
Ten a/c were detailed to attack the above targets and bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs, 30lb and 4;b incendiaries was dropped in target area. Hits were observed in target area. A.A. fire was weak and searchlights scarce. A twin engined fighter was seen on return route. Well. III, X3396 was attacked by JU88 but was able to evade it. Weather was cloudy. Navigation was TR and DR.

Wellington Mk.III Z.1592 AA-O

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
F/S Eric Norman Albert, RAFVR 623339 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 06:00

31/07/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Eleven a/c were detailed to carry out an attack on the above targets. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 30lb and 4lb incendiaries was dropped in target area. Good results were obtained and hits observed. A.A. fire was moderate and search lights although numerous, were ineffective. Well.III, X3396 was attacked by a JU88 but evaded successfully. F/Sgt. Lewis, rear gunner of Well.III, X3646 was struck and injured by a 4lb incendiary bomb falling from another a/c. Weather was good and navigation was by DR and TR

Wellington Mk.III Z.1592 AA-O

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RAFVR R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 05:20

06/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target, Bomb load of 4000lb, 250lb, incendiaries and flares were dropped in the target area. A.A. fire was heavy and in some parts scattered, ground haze caused searchlights to be ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was fairly good bt T.R. and D.R. Wellington X3636, captained by Sgt. Jackson.J. was hit by A.A. fire which caused hydraulics to be unserviceable in his aircraft, he landed successfully on return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RAFVR R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 02:45

09/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Osnabruck
Seven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 500lb, incendiaries and flares was dropped in target area, bomb bursts and fires were seen in target area and vicinity. A small amount of light A.A. fire was encountered, the target was ringed by a heavy concentration of searchlights. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good. Navigation was good by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III AA-

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

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

11/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack above target. Bomb load of 4000lb, 1000lb, 500lb and incendiaries were dropped in target area. A.A. fire was light, searchlights were scarce and ineffective. One fighter was seen by P/O Horne in Wellington B.J.765 as he was crossing the Dutch Coast homeward bound, no attack was made. The weather was moderate, being cloudy near target. Navigation was good by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ837 captain Sgt. Hockaday.N.J., five minutes from the English coast on way to target, fabric stripped off nose of aircraft to port and starboard, the Bomb load was jettisoned and the aircraft returned to base. Three aircraft failed to return, Wellington B.J.767 captained by F/O Dobbin, Wellington B.J.625, Sgt Barclay.T.S., captain, Wellington X.3646 captain Sgt Bradey.G.E.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:00

12/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Mainz
Five aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area, large fires were seen. Wellington BJ.765 Captain P/O. Horne took photographs of target area. A.A. fire was moderate, heavy in places but scattered. Searchlights were few and ineffective. The weather was poor, being cloudy over target. Navigation was good by D/R and T/R.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

F/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:40 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:20

24/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack Bomb load of 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area, one large fire was observed. A.A. fire was heavy and accurate. Searchlights were moderate. Several enemy aircraft were seen, Wellington X.3396 Captained by Sgt. Kearns, R.S.D. was attacked by a FW.190. The weather was clear on route but cloudy over target. Navigation was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

F/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:45 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 05:05

27/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000 lb. 500 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Numerous fires were seen in the whole area. A.A. fire was moderate, very few searchlights were encountered. Wellington BJ.584 captained by Sgt. Burril met JU88 when about 30 miles from target, combat ensued in which Sgt. Burrill’s aircraft was seriously damaged and port engine put out of action. The rear gunner, Sgt. Gorman claims to have shot down the JU88 and to have seen it falling in flames to the ground, the bomb load was jettisoned, and he turned for home. The aircraft failed to maintain height and was down to 700ft at the Dutch Coast, being shot at by light A.A. fire. He crossed the sea still losing height and belly landed at R.A.F. Wattisham on return. The weather was fine, navigation was excellent. Wellington BJ.708 captained by F/Lt Osbourne failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.766 AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RCAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 02:35
Flight Time 05:45

28/08/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4000lb. And 1000lb. 500lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen, A.A. fire was heavy but inaccurate, there were large concentrations of searchlights, enemy aircraft were very accurate. Wellington BJ.837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday reported that the whole town was ablaze and fires were observed 70 miles from the target. Four bomber and one presumed to be fighter were seen falling in flames. The nacelle tanks were pulled in the Amiens region, approximately 60 miles from the coast. Aircraft landed at Tangmere owing to shortage of petrol. On landing one tyre was discovered to be burst. Wellington X.3936 captained by P/O Trott, was attacked by ME.110 fire was returned and the rear gunner, Sgt. Hamerton, reported that the enemy aircraft was hit, no further fire was exchanged. the weather was excellent being clear moonlight over the target, navigation was very good by D/R and T/R. Wellington BJ.673 captained by Sgt. Davis and Wellington X.3389 captained by Sgt. Perks failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. Eric Richmond Hunting, RAFVR 1291752 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:15
Flight Time 07:25

01/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eleven aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. 1,00lb. 500 lb. 250 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area. Large fires were seen in the target area. Light and heavy predicted A.A. fire was accurate but not intense, few searchlights were seen. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and extra clear over target, navigation was good. Fires were seen by Sgt. Hunting, Captain of Wellington X3794 20 minutes before E.T.A.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.765 AA-L

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:30
Flight Time 05:50

10/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Dusseldorf
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in target area, Wellington X.3747 captained by Sgt. Rousseau and Wellington BJ.837 captained by P/O Jacobson were forced to return to base before reaching target area. owing to aircraft failures. Large fires were seen, a few dummy fires were also seen near target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, particularly in searchlight cones, which covered a large area. The weather was good, slight haze at target area. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R. Wellington BJ.828 captained by Sergt. Lees, Wellington BJ.968 captained by Sgt. Burrill and Wellington BJ.974 captained by Sergt. Metcalf, failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RCAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:10 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 04:25

13/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Bremen
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large concentration of fires were seen, numerous dummy fires were also seen, mainly South of the target. Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered mainly in co-operation with searchlight cones, which were very numerous. Sergt. Rousseau captain of Wellington BJ.898 reported one enemy aircraft was seen over enemy coast but no attack was made, no other enemy aircraft was seen. The weather was good with slight haze over target. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III X.3597 AA-C

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Stanley Wilkinson, RAFVR 642538 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:40 – Landed 05:50
Flight Time 05:10

14/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Wilhelmshaven
Six aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4,000lb. And incendiaries were dropped in target area. A few fires were seen. Light and heavy predicted accurate A.A. fire was encountered, searchlights were in small groups, widely dispersed. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear over target with moderate ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. and T.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3946 AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
P/O Gerald Howard Jacobson, RNZAF NZ41333 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J. Wright, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:00 – Landed 00:45
Flight Time 04:45

19/09/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Saarbrucken
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Results could not be entirely observed owing to considerable ground haze, Light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. No searchlights were seen at target area. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather was good on way to target, visibility was poor at target area. Navigation was by T.R. and D.R.

Wellington Mk.III X.3959 AA-L/R

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. John Mathers Bailey, RNZAF NZ412183 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 05:35

24/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening off Texel
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables were successfully planted. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. Heavy Thunder storms and a low cloud was encountered. Navigation was good.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 21:50
Flight Time 02:20

26/09/1942 – Operations. Gardening in Baltic
Seven aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. Vegetables and 500lb. Bombs were successfully dropped by two aircraft, who failed to hear a recall signal which was broadcast to all aircraft at approximately 2300hrs. No A.A. fire searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was very cloudy with ground haze at base. Navigation was accurate by D.R. and t.R. Wellington BK207 captained by F/Sgt. Dunmall crashed at base on return due to bad visibility.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:00 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 04:05

05/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Aachen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 30lb. and 4lb. incendiaries were dropped in the target area, large fires were seen in built up area, which appeared to spread between MAASTRICH and AACHEN. Heavy and Light A.A. fire was moderate, with a few scattered searchlights. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no attacks were made. The weather over target was good with slight ground haze. Navigation was by D.R. T.R. and visual.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.275? AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:30 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 05:35

06/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Osnabruck
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb. and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Scattered fires were seen, flares were lighting up the whole area. Considerable light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered. Searchlights were numerous and operating mainly in cones. The weather was good with low cloud and slight haze at target area. Navigation was good by D.R. , T.R. visual, pinpoints, loop and fixes. Wellington DF639 captained by Sgt. Rhodes G.W. failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BJ.725 AA-H

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RNZAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 04:35

11/10/1942 – Operations. Gardening in the Kattegat and Little Belt
Nine aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. 1500lb. vegetables were successfully planted in the allotted area. Wellington X.3597 captained by F/Sgt. Curr bombed a bridge near Middlefort with three 500lb. G.P. bombs, the first bomb was just short, others very close and might have hit the edge of the bridge. Light A.A. fire was encountered at Middlefort Bridge. No searchlights or enemy aircraft were seen.
There was no cloud, visibility was good. Navigation was good by D.R. T.R., and visual pin point. Wellington BK341 captained by Sergt. Shalfoon failed to return.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

P/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RCAF R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 07:25

13/10/1942 – Operations. Attack Against Targets At Kiel
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target. Bomb load of 4,000 lb and incendiaries were dropped in the target area. Large fires were seen particularly on West side of Fiord. Light, medium and heavy A.A. fire was encountered over a large area, searchlights were also seen on the way to the target. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was clear, with no cloud over the target, visibility was good by the light of flares. Navigation was D.R, T.R. visual and pin-points. Wellington X3954 captained by Sergt. Watters failed to return. Wellington BJ837 captained by Sergt. Davey crashed at R.A.F. Station Lakenheath on return owing to shortage of petrol, four of the crew were injured. All taking part considered this to be a very successful raid.

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

F/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RAFVR R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:20 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 07:10

15/10/1942 – Activities of “A” Flight at Mildenhall. Operations. Attacks Against Targets at Cologne

Wellington Mk.III BK.275 AA-?

F/O William Guy Horne, RNZAF NZ411983 – Pilot.
Sgt. D.C.B. Burke, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Denbeigh Peake, RNZAF NZ411775 – Wireless Operator.
P/O Lawrence Bruce Thistle, RAFVR R.88191, J.10874 – Front Gunner.
P/O Gerald Alfred Lunn, RCAF J.10875 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:15 – Landed 23:25
Flight Time 04:10