W.R. Brinsden crew 20.4.45

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 PB418 AA-C “Charlie”

F/L Sidney Lewis ‘Buzz’ Spillman, RNZAF NZ413138 – Pilot.
F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Norman ‘Norm’ Holbrook, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Thomas Ernest ‘Tom’ Corlett, RAFVR NZ425692 – Air Bomber.
F/S Gerald ‘Gerry’ Abrahams, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harold ‘Harry’ Thorne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O Vernon Alfred ‘Vern’ Clouston, RNZAF NZ428285 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O William Patrick ‘Pat’ Burke, RNZAF NZ4210017 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:26 – Landed 15:08
Flight Time 04:42

20/04/1945 – Attack on Regensburg
20 aircraft were detailed to bomb REGENSBURG. Perfect visibility and the river, dock and target areas could be made out. Bombing appears to have been fairly well concentrated round the target starting with a slight undershoot but some bombs also spread to the M/yards beyond. The crew on starboard side of formation claimed direct hits on railway bridge. Flak slight but accurate.

Lancaster Mk.I HK562 AA-L

F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – Pilot.
F/S G. Hodgetts, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Harry McArthur, RNZAF NZ4215916 – Air Bomber.
F/O William Lachlan Wilson, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
F/S J. Sargent, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Lewis Weekley, RNZAF NZ43591 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leslie Hugh James Reid, RNZAF NZ4210852 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:55 – Landed 17:15
Flight Time 07:20

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – Pilot.
F/S G. Hodgetts, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Harry McArthur, RNZAF NZ4215916 – Air Bomber.
P/O Wilson W NZ1117, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
F/S J. Sargent, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Lewis Weekley, RNZAF NZ43591 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leslie Hugh James Reid, RNZAF NZ4210852 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:03 – Landed 19:45
Flight Time 02:42

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 PB132 AA-T

F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – Pilot.
F/S G. Hodgetts, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Harry McArthur, RNZAF NZ4215916 – Air Bomber.
P/O Wilson W NZ1117, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
F/S J. Sargent, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Jack Lewis Weekley, RNZAF NZ43591 – .
F/S Leslie Hugh James Reid, RNZAF NZ4210852 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:53 – Landed 14:18
Flight Time 02:25

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T

F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – Pilot.
F/S G. Hodgetts, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Harry McArthur, RNZAF NZ4215916 – Air Bomber.
F/O Wilson W NZ1117?, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
F/S J. Sargent, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Lewis Weekley, RNZAF NZ43591 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leslie Hugh James Reid, RNZAF NZ4210852 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:03 – Landed 13:35
Flight Time 05:32

04/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed with viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/S William Harry McArthur, RNZAF NZ4215916 – Air Bomber.
P/O Wilson W NZ1117, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
F/S J. Sargent, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Lewis Weekley, RNZAF NZ43591 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leslie Hugh James Reid, RNZAF NZ4210852 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:41 – Landed 20:52
Flight Time 04:11

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 RF157 AA-X

F/O William Roy Brinsden, RNZAF NZ427573 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald Thomas Kilroy, RNZAF NZ433309 – Navigator.
F/S William Harry McArthur, RNZAF NZ4215916 – Air Bomber.
F/O Patrick Wilson, RNZAF NZ429584 – Wireless Operator.
F/S J. Sargent, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Jack Lewis Weekley, RNZAF NZ43591 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Leslie Hugh James Reid, RNZAF NZ4210852 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:00 – Landed 15:56
Flight Time 05:56