W.J. Monk crew 19.06.42. †

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.3714 AA-W

S/L Frank Henderson Denton, RAF 36238 – Pilot.
P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Cyril Vincent Green, RAFVR NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
F/S James McQueen, RNZAF NZ404466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:10 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 05:00

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 X.3714 AA-W

S/L Frank Henderson Denton, RAF 36238 – Pilot.
P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
F/S Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
F/S James McQueen, RNZAF NZ404466 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 04:20

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.3714 AA-W

S/L Frank Henderson Denton, RAF 36238 – Pilot.
P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Nathaniel Edmund Hodson, RNZAF NZ403603 – Observer.
Sgt. Leonard Chambers, RNZAF NZ403758 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Vincent Green, RNZAF NZ402997 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Kenneth Atherton Crankshaw, RNZAF NZ404533 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:59 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:01

06/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Twelve aircraft were detailed to carry out an attack on the above target and a bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped on the target. Large buildings were seen to be ablaze and there were a number of small fires. Flak was fairly intense but searchlights few. No enemy a/c were encountered. Weather was good. Navigation was very good. One a/c sighted enemy flak ships and dived down to 200ft and attacked them. Results were not observed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3760 AA-L

P/O Allen Armistice Fraser, RNZAF NZ405030 – Pilot.
P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Allen Roy Henderson, RNZAF NZ401382 – Navigator.
Sgt. Greig, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Tate, RNZAF – Front Gunner.
F/S Raymond Wickliffe John Trengrove, RNZAF NZ40927 – Rear Gunner.

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

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.3720 AA-U

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Haig Randall, RNZAF NZ405454 – Observer.
Sgt. Ernest Francis Sydney Moncrieff, RNZAF NZ411087 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gordon George Hegan, RNZAF NZ411075 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Murdoch Gordon McGregor, RNZAF NZ411079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 03:15
Flight Time 03:30

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.3539 AA-T

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot.
F/S Stanley Frederick Hall, RNZAF NZ402182 – Observer.
F/S Errol Mervyn Greaves, RNZAF NZ404063 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. J.E. Ford,   – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Smith, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:40

22/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Emden
Thirteen a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, 250lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results were not observed. Flak was moderate and searchlights were scarce. One JU88 and one ME109 sighted by one of our a/c but no attack made. Weather good 5/10 cloud at 15,000’, clear over target. Slight haze. Nav was excellent.

Wellington Mk.III X.3539 AA-T

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Haig Randall, RNZAF NZ405454 – Observer.
Sgt. Ernest Francis Sydney Moncrieff, RNZAF NZ411087 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gordon George Hegan, NZ411075 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Murdoch Gordon McGregor, RNZAF NZ411079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:30

23/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at St. Nazaire and (Gardening)
Eight a/c were detailed to carry out the above sortie. Bomb load was 500lbs and vegetables. The task was carried out as ordered. Small concentration of flak and searchlights at Cherbourg. No enemy a/c seen. Weather was fine with slight ground have over France. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III – AA-

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Haig Randall, RNZAF NZ405454 – Observer.
Sgt. Ernest Francis Sydney Moncrieff, RNZAF NZ411087 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gordon George Hegan, RNZAF NZ411075 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Murdoch Gordon McGregor, RNZAF NZ411079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 05:15
Flight Time 06:15

25/06/1942 – Attack on Targets at Bremen
Twenty a/c were detailed to attack the above. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 1000lbs, 500lbs and 4lb inc was dropped in the target. Results not observed. There was a large amount of A.A. fire searchlights were ineffective. A JU88 followed Well.III X3664 but did not attack. Weather was moderate with 10/10 cloud. Nav was good.

Wellington Mk.III ? AA-P

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot. P
Sgt. Douglas Haig Randall, RNZAF NZ405454 – Observer.
Sgt. Ernest Francis Sydney Moncrieff, RNZAF NZ411087 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gordon George Hegan, RNZAF NZ411075 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Murdoch Gordon McGregor, RNZAF NZ411079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:45 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 04:15

29/06/1942 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Sixteen a/c were detailed to carry out the above attack. Bomb load of 4000lbs, 500lbs, and 4lb inc was dropped in the target area. Results not observed. A.A. fire was heavy in target area. Searchlights were ineffective through cloud. A JU88 was attacked and claimed as shot down by Well.BJ837, captained by Sgt. Hockaday. Weather was cloudy. Nav was excellent. Well.III (P/O Monk) failed to return and Well.III Z1616 (Sgt. Bertram) crashed after take-off and caught fire. All crew killed.

Wellington Mk.III X.3539 AA-T

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot.
Sgt. Douglas Haig Randall, RNZAF NZ405454 – Observer.
Sgt. Ernest Francis Sydney Moncrieff, RNZAF NZ411087 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Gordon George Hegan, RNZAF NZ411075 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. McGregor Murdoch Gordon McGregor, RNZAF NZ411079 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

The aircraft was almost certainly shot down by a night-fighter over the Dutch coast, crashing into the Waddenzee, off Holwerd (Friesland). Four bodies were later recovered and buried in the Holwerd Protestant Churchyard.
P/O Monk has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

P/O Walter Jack Monk, RNZAF NZ411432 – Pilot.
Lost without trace age 24.
Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England..
Grave location – Panel 116.

Sgt. Douglas Haig Randle, RNZAF NZ405454 – Observer.
Killed age 24.
Son of John Daniel and Elizabeth Cossar Randle, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Westdongeradeel (Holwerd) Protestant Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row 43. Grave 12.

Sgt. John Gordon George Hegan, RNZAF NZ411075 – Front Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Joseph Leslie Edward Hegan and of Martha Edwards Hegan (Nee Candlish), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Westdongeradeel (Holwerd) Protestant Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row 43. Grave 13.

Sgt. Ernest Francis Sydney Moncrief, RNZAF NZ411087 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 25.
Son of Ernest George Moncrief and of Amy Ellen Moncrief (Nee Empson), of Morrinsville, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Westdongeradeel (Holwerd) Protestant Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row 43. Grave 10.

Sgt. Murdoch Gordon Mcgregor, RNZAF NZ411079 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Evan and Flora Duff Wallace Mcgregor, of Turakina Valley, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Westdongeradeel (Holwerd) Protestant Cemetery, Holland.     .
Grave location – Row 43. Grave 11.