B.F. Wallis crew 24.10.43

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active.Mant enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

S/L David Stewart Gibb, RNZAF NZ401266 – Pilot.
F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. G. Collins, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:55 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 05:55

24/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs. One aircraft returned early owing to navigational failiure and the other aircraft dropped its mines, but on return as, apparently about to land, it crashed 1 ½ miles S.W. of this aerodrome and almost instantly caught fire and burnt out. The Captain, F/SGT. J.R. RANDLE and the Navigator F/SGT. P.M. East, the Air Bomber Sgt. J.J. Purves and the Wireless Operator F/Sgt. W. R. MYHILL were killed. The Flight Engineer, SGT. I.E. James and the Rear Gunner, Sgt. E.H. Bissett were admitted to R.A.F. Hospital, ELY. The Mid-Upper Gunner was uninjured.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – Pilot.
Sgt. Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry William Collins, RAFVR 1808961 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 19:05
Flight Time 01:15

03/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and some of the parachutes were seen to open. This was an uneventful trip, no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemey aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear on the route, but misty in the mining area. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – Pilot.
F/S Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry William Collins, RAFVR 1808961 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:35 – Landed 20:35
Flight Time 03:00

11/11/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EE958 AA-V

F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – Pilot.
F/S Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry William Collins, RAFVR 1808961 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 01:05
Flight Time 07:50

19/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Leverkusen
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 2,000lbs, 1,000 lbs and incendiaries of 30 lbs and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Except for one vivid  red flash seen through the clouds, little results were observed. Heavy and medium A.A. Fire co-operating with Searchlights was encountered, but caused negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and a few combats took place but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The aircraft  captained be F/S R.Hunt met a J.U.88 which attacked his aircraft, the fire was returned and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft. Our aircraft was then attacked by a FW190, the first was returned but the enemy aircraft disappeared. The weather was poor, being ten-tenths cloud over the target, there was also a fog at base which necessitated the aircraft landing at BRADWELL BAY on return. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER.

Stirling Mk.III BK695 AA-X

F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – Pilot.
F/S Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry William Collins, RAFVR 1808961 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 21:46
Flight Time 04:26

16/12/1943 – Attack against a Special Target
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 500lbs. Two aircraft crashed whilst taking off and one returned early. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack and many large bomb bursts were observed. No opposition of any kind was encountered. The weather on route was good and visibility was clear except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III BK777 AA-U

F/S Bernard Forfar Wallis, RNZAF NZ413326 – Pilot.
F/S Henry Reid Falloon, RNZAF NZ423939 – Navigator.
P/O William Albert Frederick Squibb, RAFVR 151601 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Alfred Sturgeon, RAFVR 1585202 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry William Collins, RAFVR 1808961 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Lyall, RAFVR 1569054 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Joseph Peter McGinn, RAFVR 1590360 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:15 – Landed 20:50
Flight Time 03:35