W.J. Farr crew 6.9.44

16/09/1944 – Attack Against Moerdijk
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack Moerdijk Bridge. The operation was successfully carried out in good weather. No opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I NN710 AA-Q

F/S Kenneth William Cooper, RAFVR 1440684 – Pilot.
F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Ian Campbell Cowie, RNZAF NZ425738 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.J. Fitzgerald, RAFVR 658963 – Air Bomber.
F/S Vernon John Smith, RNZAF NZ416826 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Alderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Cousins?, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Clayton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:35 – Landed 00:29
Flight Time 02:54

06/09/1944 – Attack Against Harqueboc Le Havre
Twenty four aircraft were detailed to attack the German Army Headquarters at Harqueboc, near Le Havre. All aircraft bombed the target according to the Master Bomber’s instructions and a very accurate raid was reported. Fires were seen to be still burning from the previous day’s attack on Le Havre. Once again no opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Raffill Wood, RNZAF NZ4212783 – Navigator.
F/S Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Ford, RAFVR 1523080 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cook, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Mantipley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:55 – Landed 19:35
Flight Time 03:40

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 HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Raffill Wood, RNZAF NZ4212783 – Navigator.
F/S Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Ford, RAFVR 1523080 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cook, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Mantipley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 06:10 – Landed 09:45
Flight Time 03:35

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 HK574 AA-R “Rio Rita”

F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Raffill Wood, RNZAF NZ4212783 – Navigator.
F/S Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Ford, RAFVR 1523080 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cook, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Mantipley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:23 – Landed 19:10
Flight Time 03:47

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 LM276 AA-S Sugar

F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Raffill Wood, RNZAF NZ4212783 – Navigator.
F/S Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Ford, RAFVR 1523080 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. L. Cook, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Mantipley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:40 – Landed 17:50
Flight Time 03:10

04/10/1944 – Mining in the Kattegat Area
Five aircraft took off to lay mines in the Kattegat area. They all successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area in good weather. Apart from a little AA fire encountered from Flak ships all crews had an uneventful trip.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M Mother

F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Raffill Wood, RNZAF NZ4212783 – Navigator.
F/S Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Ford, RAFVR 1523080 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. D. McNeil, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Mentiply, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:00 – Landed 00:40
Flight Time 07:40

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 NF935 AA-P
F/S Farr and crew, came under attack several times by one unidentified aircraft and the rear gunner, Sgt Ballard, succeeded in disabling the enemy aircraft with long bursts, claiming it as destroyed.

F/S William John Farr, RNZAF NZ427798 – Pilot.
F/S Kenneth Raffill Wood, RNZAF NZ4212783 – Navigator.
F/S Richard Godfrey Dawson, RNZAF NZ421686 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. G. Ford, RAFVR 1523080 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Kenneth Futter, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Mantipley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. A. Bolland, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:50 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 05:25