O.H. White crew 22.6.43

21/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. bombs in the target area. The operation was very successful, the whole of the town was seething in flames and the smoke from the fires was rising to a height of 8,000ft. On the return the fires could be seen from the Dutch Coast. Heavy, moderate and light A.A. fire. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good with clear visibility except in the target area, where there was haze caused by fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK778 JN-U (12)

P/O Alan Joseph Lyall Sedunary, RAAF AUS.416619 – Pilot.
F/S Osric Hartnell White, RNZAF NZ415807 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Aubrey Lens, RAFVR 149672 – Navigator.
Sgt. Cecil Reginald Parish, RAFVR 1332576 – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Hamilton Moss, RNZAF NZ404653 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frank Kitchener Alcock, RAFVR 532245 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Ernest Nicholson, RAFVR 1800467 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. John James Gratton, RAFVR 1351568 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:04 – Landed 03:36
Flight Time 03:32

22/06/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A. fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft were encountered. It was hazy in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III R9243 AA-C

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:54 – Landed 04:12
Flight Time 04:18

03/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Cologne
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiaries of 30lbs and 4lbs. All aircraft, with the exception of one, which returned early owing to engine trouble, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large concentrated fires were seen, the whole area appearing to be in flames. Heavy and medium A.A. fire was encountered, which was ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good and clear over the target, although slight ground haze partially obscured ground detail. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 04:55

24/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty-three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. Of these aircraft, two returned early due to unserviceable W/T and engine trouble respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. It was a very concentrated and successful attack. Very large spread fires were seen with black smoke rising to height of 1,400ft., some heavy explosions were also seen. A heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered and two aircraft were coned in the searchlights but neither were hit. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. TURNER whilst avoiding a searchlight cone, the starboard wing was struck by a JU 88approaching head on. The enemy aircraft turned over and dived to the ground, it was claimed to be destroyed.. The Stirling was badly damaged having more that 4ft. of the starboard main plane torn off, and the aileron and aileron controls being useless. The captain had extreme difficulty in controlling the aircraft, but kept it on an even keel with the assistance of the Air-bomber, and after the 3 hours return flight to base, made a perfect landing. Two other short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was very good, with clear visibility, except for haze caused by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE890 captained by Sergeant H. Nichol.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:10 – Landed 03:42
Flight Time 05:32

25/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs., 1,000lbs., and incendiaries of 30lbs., and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to take off, and two returned early, wing to engine trouble and an intercommunication failure respectively, and one aircraft failed to return. Sixteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs on target area, which was an absolute mass of flames. Many huge explosions were seen in the midst of the fires. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, one aircraft receiving slight damage. An aircraft was held in a searchlight cone for 3 minutes, but avoided it by making diving turns. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.C. WILLIAMS sighted an unidentified aircraft 400 yds away approaching from astern. The Stirling corkscrewed and the Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst, the enemy aircraft exploded in the air and dived to the ground. It was claimed to be destroyed. Another aircraft was sighted by them approaching on the port quarter, the Rear gunner fired two short bursts and the enemy aircraft broke away. The weather was hazy to the enemy Coast, but clear over the target. Visibility was good except for haze caused by smoke from the fires, which could be seen west of the DUTCH coast. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling MK.III EE892 captained by Sgt.. M. ASHDOWN

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Alfred Thomas Dance, RNZAF NZ42495 – Front Gunner
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 03:55

27/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Two aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack was more concentrated than the previous one, colossal fires and explosions were seen with smoke rising to 20,000ft. , a ship was also seen to be on fire in a Dock south of the target. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with search lights operating in belts were encountered, although the A.A. fire was heavier than the previous attack, it was ineffective except for slight damage to three aircraft. Some enemy aircraft were seen. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt.E.J.ROBERTS sighted a JU 88 approaching from port beam above and all gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft broke away firing and then approached on the port beam below. Mid-upper and Rear gunners fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft was claimed to be damaged. The Stirling was also damaged, having a bomb door blown off and a petrol pipe-line pierced, nevertheless the captain brought his aircraft safely back to base. The weather was good except for 3/10th cloud at the target, visibility was good, although smoke haze prevented identification of ground detail. Navigation was very good.

Document No. 82 (AIR 50/192/124)
Date of Report:
Not recorded
Date of Combat: 28th of July 1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Name of Airman that Combat Report is filed against: F/S Osric Hartnell White, RNZAF NZ415807
Position: Pilot
Aircraft involved in report: Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN – J

Summary of Combat Report:
Enemy aircraft involved: Ju.88
Damage to our aircraft: none
Claim made: No claim made

Combat report for the 28th of July 1943
Returning from bombing Remscheid Hamburg Stirling ‘J’ was intercepted at 53° 35′ N 09° 10′ E by a Ju.88 Our A/C was on a course of 306 (M) I.A.S. 180 and the height was 14000 feet.

The visibility was not good and there was no moon. Prior to the interception, the crew of the Stirling noticed activity that indicated their track.

The Ju.88 was first sighted flying on a parallel course 400 yds, away on the port beam. There was no boozer contact.

The E/A came in from the port beam and the M/U/G (Sgt. Collins) gave order to corkscrew to port and opened fire at 300 yds, with a three second burst.

The E/A did not open fire, but broke away to the port quarter and disappeared down to the starboard quarter. No hits were observed on the E/A. Evidently after seeing the Bomber’s fire the E/A did not press home an attack.

The M/U/G was trained at 11 O.T.U. 1651 Con Flt. and 1483 (B) Gunnery Flight.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Alfred Thomas Dance, RNZAF NZ42495 – Front Gunner
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:35

30/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Remscheld
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. And 4lb..One aircraft returned early as rear turret was unserviceable and two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large concentrated fires and some explosions were seen. Moderate heavy and light A.A fire co-operating with searchlight belts were encountered, and one aircraft was slightly damaged in the mid- upper turret. Some enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by F/S. O. WHITE sighted an unidentified aircraft which attacked three times. Each time the mid upper and rear gunners fired a burst, and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which then fell away and claimed to be damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility except for haze caused by fires. Navigation was very good. On return, one aircraft landed at HARDWICK, due to shortage of petrol. The missing aircraft were Stirling Mk.III BF458 captained by Sgt. A.J. THOMAS and Stirling Mk.III EE915 captained by F/Sgt. J. DARNEY.

Document No. 89 (AIR 50/192/132)
Date of Report: Not recorded
Date of Combat: 31st of July 1943 – Attack Against Targets at Remscheld
Name of Airman that Combat Report is filed against: F/S Osric Hartnell White, RNZAF NZ415807
Position: Pilot
Aircraft involved in report: Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN – J

Summary of Combat Report:
Enemy aircraft involved: Unknown twin-engined E/A
Damage to our aircraft: none
Claim made: claimed as damaged

Combat report for the 31st of July 1943
At a position 51° 43′ N 04° 04′ E, Stirling “J” flying at 16,000 feet with I.A.S. of 160 on a course of 116 M saw an unidentified twin-engined A/C flying on a parallel course on the starboard beam, approximately 1000 yards away, with his navigation lights on.

There was no searchlight activity and no flak. The visibility was not good. The I.F.F. was off.

The Pilot of the Stirling turned to starboard and the unidentified A/C crossed the Stirling’s bow in a steep fast turn then flew on a parallel course on the port beam for a few minutes, then disappeared on the port beam.

Three minutes later the unidentified A/C still with navigation lights on was observed about 700 yds away dead astern and slightly below. He came in rapidly and the pilot was told to corkscrew by the R/G but because of the visibility the crew of the Stirling could not definitely identify the A/C.

He closed in to 400 yds and the R/G (Sgt. Poole) opened up with two, two second bursts, hits were observed and the Navigation lights were extinguished and he broke away to the starboard quarter below at about 150-100yds.

No answering fire was received from the unidentified A/C which is claimed as damaged.

The R/G was trained at No.11 OTU, 1651 con Unit and 1483 B Gunnery Flight

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Alfred Thomas Dance, RNZAF NZ42495 – Front Gunner
P/O Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:45 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 04:15

02/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb and 4lb. Six of the aircraft returned early owing to severe icing and engine trouble, two failed to return. The remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires and columns of smoke were seen although this attack was not considered to be a successful as the previous one. Moderate heavy and light A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which proved to be ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good at the beginning of outward journey, but cloud gathered and was 10/10ths at the target, icing and electrical storms were also encountered. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk. III EH928 captained by Sgt. Baille, P. and BF 557 captained by F/Sgt. Couper, J.A.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
P/O Alfred Thomas Dance, RNZAF NZ42495 – Front Gunner
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 05:05
Flight Time 05:40

10/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nurenburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble, the remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large fires were seen glowing below the clouds and some heavy explosions were also seen, indicating that the attack was a success. Moderate A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but gave little trouble. Some enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was poor at the target, 9/10ths cloud prevailing, which prevented identification  of detail. Navigation was very good. The aircraft captained by P/O C.C.Logan, owing to unserviceable navigation aids on return journey went off track and ran short of petrol. The crew prepared to abandon the aircraft but fortunately the petrol lasted and they landed at R.A.F. Marston, after being airborne for 9 hours and 10 minutes.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 06:55

12/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 50lb. and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was an absolute mass of flames, colossal fires and heavy explosions were also seen. Very feeble A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, but were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one combat took place. The aircraft captained by P/O A. Burley sighted an unidentified aircraft on the way to the target in the Chartes area, which approached from astern, the rear gunner gave a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft broke away. The Stirling’s port outer engine was badly damaged and had to be feathered. The captain however, continued to target which was 380 miles distant on three engines, successfully bombed it and returned to base, making a perfect landing. The weather was clear with a bright moon over the target. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:25 – Landed 05:55
Flight Time 08:30

17/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Peenemunde
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., 500lb. and incendiaries of 30lb., and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This attack to be well concentrated, large fires and huge explosions being seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. The weather was good and visibility was clear except for a smoke screen which partially obscured the target. Navigation was excellent. On the return journey the fires could be seen 50 miles from the target.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
F/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:20

23/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb., 500lb., and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb.. Five aircraft returned early owing to failure and three aircraft failed to return. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area and all of the crews agreed that it had been well and truly hit. The fires were all concentrated and huge columns of smoke together with heavy explosions could be seen. A moderate heavy A.A. barrage co-operating with searchlights were encountered, but only one aircraft received damage. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON sighted a JU88 passing above, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners fired and strikes were seen on the enemy aircraft which was then lost sight of and is claimed to have been damaged. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WHITEHEAD whilst over BERLIN sighted an enemy aircraft on the starboard quarter, 300yds away. The Rear Gunner fired a five second burst and the enemy aircraft was seen in flames diving to earth, and was claimed as probably destroyed. The same aircraft encountered another unidentified aircraft 300yds away on the starboard quarter. The Rear Gunner fired another five seconds burst and the enemy aircraft exploded and disintegrated. It was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/O. A. Alexander, whilst over the target sighted a ME110 approaching from the starboard quarter above and firing at his aircraft. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunners replied with long bursts and the enemy aircraft was seen to be in flames. A fire was later seen on the ground and the enemy aircraft was claimed as probably destroyed. Scattered cloud was met on the outward route, but it was clear over the target. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BF465 captained by P/O A. RANKIN, BF564 captained by P/O A. Sedunary and EE938 captained by W/O T. Fear.

The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. WHITE, O.H. whilst approaching the target area was coned by searchlights and repeatedly hit by heavy A.A. fire, sustaining considerable damage to port mainplane. He continued towards the target though still coned by searchlights and was then attacked by a JU88 sustaining hits in the rear of the fuselage which shattered the rear turret and killed Rear Gunner Sgt. Poole, J.. The aircraft was forced into an uncontrollable dive and the captain warned his crew ‘Prepare to abandon the aircraft’. Unfortunately, in the middle of this order the inter-communication failed, and the Navigator, Air Bomber and Wireless Operator abandoned the aircraft, due to the fact that they were unable to contact their Captain. F/Sgt. WHITE jettisoned his bomb load whilst in the dive directly over the target area, managed to regain control of the aircraft when height had been lost down to 6,000ft. The captain and two remaining members of the crew after taking stock of the damage decided to attempt the long and hazardous return journey to base. This they did successfully and made a perfect crash landing at base without lights, flaps or under carriage, as the electrical leads were shot away.

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J

F/S Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/S Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator. P.o.W
F/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber. P.o.W
Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator. P.o.W
Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 03:40
Flight Time 06:55

Stirling Mk.III EF435 JN-J, F/S White & crew, sustained serious damage. As they approached the target area they were coned by searchlights and then hit repeatedly by AA fire. The port mainplane was holed severely. They continued to the target still coned by searchlights but then came under attack by a Ju 88 night-fighter. The rear fuselage was badly holed by gunfire, which also shattered the rear turret, killing Sgt Poole the gunner. The aircraft then went into an uncontrollable dive and the Captain warned his crew to prepare for an abandonment. At that point the intercom failed and the navigator, air- bomber and wireless operator all baled out believing the pilot was unable to recify the situation.

Meanwhile, still in the dive, F/S White jettisoned their bomb load right over the target and succeeded in regaining control of the Stirling at about 6,000ft. After taking stock of the damage, including disabled electrical systems, he decided to attempt the long and hazardous return flight back to base, with only himself, flight engineer and mid-upper gunner on board (and of course the fatally injured rear gunner). They achieved the seemingly impossible task with a skilful crash landing at Mepal at 03.45hrs, without lights, flaps, or undercarriage.

F/S O H White was later promoted to Flight Lieutenant, but on 22 Sep 1943 was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) for his outstanding airmanship.

F/S Osric Hartnell White, RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Remained with aircraft

F/S Reginald William Rogerson, RNZAF NZ415787 – Navigator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag IVB
Date of return to United Kingdom: 18th of May 1945

F/O John Stephen Murray, RNZAF NZ417093 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 2278
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft III
Date of return to United Kingdom: 7th of May 1945

Sgt. A.E.G. Smith, RAFVR 1386088 – Wireless Operator.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Cyril Alan Worledge, RAFVR 573978 – Flight Engineer.
Remained with aircraft

Sgt. T.J. Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: not known
Prison Camps: not known
Date of return to United Kingdom: not known

Sgt. Jack Poole, RAFVR 1190686 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of William and Louie Poole, of Bescot, Walsall.
Buried Ryecroft Cemetery, Walsall, Staffordshire, England..
Grave location – Sec. 31. Grave 15.
‘When you go back
Speak to them of us
Who gave our to-day
For their tomorrow’

For this act of bravery Oscric White was awarded an Immediate Conspicuous Gallantry medal. His citation reads as follows:
“This airman was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in August, 1943. When nearing the target, the aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and repeatedly hit by anti-aircraft fire sustaining damage to the port mainplane. Despite this Flight Sergeant White continued his bombing run but was attacked by a fighter. The bomber was hit by the attacker’s gunfire which wrecked the rear turret, killing the gunner, and causing the aircraft to dive out of control directly over the target. Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant White released his bombs and succeeded in regaining control. Considerable height had been lost but this pilot coolly and skillfully flew clear of the target area and a course was set for base. Much essential equipment had been rendered useless but, with unerring skill, Flight Sergeant White flew the damaged bomber to base. His courage, tenacity and devotion to duty set an example of the highest order.”

Cyril Worledge and Tim Collins were both award the Distinguished Flying Medal:
“These airmen were pilot, flight engineer and mid- upper-gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in August 1943. When nearing the target the aircraft was illuminated by the searchlights and repeatedly hit by anti-aircraft fire, sustaining damage to the port main plane. Despite this Flight Sergeant White continued his bomb run but was attacked by a fighter. The bomber was hit by the attacker’ s gunfire which wrecked the rear turret, killing the gunner and causing the aircraft to dive out of control directly over the target. Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant White released his bombs and succeeded in regaining control. Considerable height was lost but this pilot coolly and skilfully flew clear of the target area and course was set for base. His courage, tenacity and devotion to duty set an example of the highest order. During the return flight Sergeants Worledge and Collins assisted their pilot in every way within their power and proved themselves most valuable members of aircraft crew, displaying great courage and resource.”

Clearly after the events of that night, the remaining crew were sent on leave – there being a 2 week gap between Berlin and their next Op (below).

On return to Operations, while Tim Collins returned to fly with Osric as Mid Upper Gunner, Cyril Worledge did not return to the crew, being posted out from the Squadron on the 17th of September.

15/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Montlucon
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb..One aircraft failed to take-off, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires and heavy explosions being observed, smoke from fires was rising to a height of 12,000ft.. Inaccurate A.A. fire from a few guns was the only opposition, no enemy aircraft were encountered. There was 5/10th cloud over the target but visibility was nevertheless good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C.W. Gibbs, RAFVR 1277052 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:00

16/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Modene
Nineteen aircraft wee detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of  1,000lb.,and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and well concentrated attack. Large fires which appeared to be spreading and heavy explosions were seen. Some A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, they were ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. The port inner engine caught fire but what put out with the aid of a fire extinguisher, the propeller was then feathered and the aircraft continued its journey on three engines. A few enemy aircraft were seen, the aircraft captained by P/O. G.K.WILLIAMS had a combat with a JU 88 which was claimed as destroyed. One other short combat took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. It was clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was good.

Stirling Mk.III EF130 JN-M

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C.W. Gibbs, RAFVR 1277052 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 07:45

22/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft returned early, but the remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful and concentrated attack. Numerous fires which appeared to be merging into one large fire were seen, and were still visible as the aircraft were returning over the DUTCH Coast. Heavy A.A. fire and a great number of searchlights were encountered, but proved ineffective. Several enemy aircraft were seen and one of our Stirlings was hit, but the attacker was not seen, damage was received to the tail and main plane, and the port petrol tanks were punctured. The aircraft, however, was safely flown back to base and a crash landing was made with three engines. It was clear over the target and visibility was excellent. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH901 JN-O

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:45 – Landed 21:00
Flight Time 02:15

23/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to carry the above operation with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb.. Three aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was, undoubtedly, a good attack, concentrated fires which were spreading to the West, and large heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a large curtain of searchlights were encountered, but caused no trouble. Enemy aircraft were very active and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by W/O. P. MOSELEY had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed as a probably destroyed. In the action our aircraft received damage the Pilot W/O. P. MOSELEY and the Mid Upper Sgt. C(?) MIDDLETON were slightly injured. The aircraft captained by P/O A. BURLEY had three combats with enemy aircraft, one of which was claimed as destroyed, the two as  damaged. The weather was good with clear visibility. Navigation was excellent. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.111 EF459 captained by P/O C.C. LOGAN, EH946 captained by F/Lt. G. TURNER , and EH935 captained by F/O L. KIRKPATRICK.

Stirling Mk.III EF515 AA-F

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
P/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 06:25

27/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hanover
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4 lb. Two aircraft failed to return and one returned early owing to its rear turret being unserviceable. The remainder dropped their bombs in the target area. This was an exceedingly successful and well concentrated attack, considered to be even better than the previous one. Numerous large fires and columns of smoke rising to 12,000ft., were seen and the fires were again visible at the DUTCH coast. Very moderate, ineffective heavy A.A. Fire numerous searchlights and flares were encountered. Many enemy aircraft were seen and several combats took place. The aircraft captained by F.Sgt. HORGAN, D. had a combat with a JU88 which was claimed to be destroyed. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. BURTON, H., sighted a JU88 and the Rear Gunner fired, it was then seen to fall in flames and was claimed as destroyed. Two other short combats took place and one of our aircraft received slight damage. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but good with clear visibility over the target. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III, EF515 captained by Sgt. Martin, R., and EH877 captained by F/Sgt. WHITMORE, R.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:55 – Landed 01:15
Flight Time 05:20

08/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Bremen
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000 lbs., 500lbs., and indendiaries of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Results were rather disappointing as owing to thick cloud, it was not possible to assess damage. Very few fires were seen and only one large explosion was observed. Slight ineffective A.A, Fire was encountered. Searchlights were active but hampered by cloud. Several combats with enemy aircraft took place. The aircraft captained by F/SGT. SPIERS, R. claimed a M.E. 109 as probably destroyed and a M.E. 110 as damaged. Another M.E. 109 was claimed as damaged by the aircraft captained by P/O o. WHITE. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 04:45

25/10/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. This was an uneventful trip. No. A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. On return, all aircraft landed at other airfields owing to adverse climatic conditions at base.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
P/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:23 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 07:57

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 EH949 JN-P

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
Sgt. Roy Alexander Evans, RNZAF NZ41182 – 2nd Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:40 – Landed 23:30
Flight Time 05:50

01/12/1943 – Mining off the East Coast of Denmark
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lb. Two of the aircraft successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open owing to ten tenths cloud. Some heavy A.A. Fire was encountered, but caused negligible opposition. Visibility was poor in the mining area. Navigation was very good. On returning the aircraft captained by SGT. F/SGT.G.J.KERR crashed whilst attempting to land at R.A.F. Station ACKLINGTON. The aircraft crashed into a house and all of the crew were killed, except for the Mid Upper Gunner SGT. K.G.HOOK who was seriously injured. In addition to the crew, five children who were in the house were killed and their parents were admitted to Hospital.

Stirling Mk.III EH935 JN-P

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:30 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 07:00

16/12/1943 – Mining in the Bay of Biscay
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, but the parachutes were not seen to open owing to 10/10ths cloud in the mining area. Navigation was very good. On return two aircraft landed at DOWNHAM MARKET.

Stirling Mk.III EH949 JN-P

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 22:30
Flight Time 05:25

14/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs., one aircraft brought its bombs back, owing to a failure of Navigational Aid equipment, and one returned early as it could not maintain height. This attack was successful and concentrated, bombs being seen to drop within the target area. Some A.A. fire was encountered, but caused no trouble. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:15
Flight Time 03:05

25/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. One aircraft failed to take-off, and four brought their bombs back. The remainder however, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This operation did not appear to be very successful, the bombing being rather scattered, some large explosions were seen, however. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 ??-?

P/O Osric Hartnell White , RNZAF NZ415807 – Pilot.
F/O Douglas Jonathon Hibbs, RNZAF NZ415694 – Navigator.
F/O Ian Roderick McKenzie, RNZAF NZ426335 – Air Bomber.
F/S James William Scarll, RNZAF NZ417237 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Holden, RAFVR 993297 – Flight Engineer.
F/S Timothy James Collins, RAFVR 1583321 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O John Robert McCorkindale, RNZAF NZ392051 – Rear Gunner.

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

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