H.C. Williams crew 4.5.43

75 squadron Mepal 1943 left to right Speedie Williams pilot,Ivon Kate RG,Shorty Carson B:A, Taffy Williams W:OP, Trevor nav < Dicky F:E and Billy M:UG

The Williams crew, RAF Mepal, 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, 1943
From L to R: Hilton Clifford ‘Speed’ Williams (Pilot), Ivon George Kaye (Rear Gunner), Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson (Air Bomber), ‘Taffy Williams (Wireless Operator), Trevor Dill (Navigator), ‘Dicky ‘Dickinson (Flight Engineer) and William ‘Billy’ Hemsley (Mid Upper Gunner)
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26/04/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Duisburg
Eight aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1000 lb. and incendiaries of 30 lb. and 4 lb. One aircraft however failed to take-off as the pilot was sick. And two aircraft returned early. The remaining five aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, which was a mass of flames. Large concentrated fires being seen which were spreading. Very heavy A.A.Fire was experienced in the target area, which was mainly predicted and co-operation with cones of searchlights. Some enemy aircraft were seen and one combat took place. The weather was very good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by haze caused by the large fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III BF517, captained by F/O P.J. Buck, was attacked by an unseen fighter when about 30 miles North of the target. The rudder and tail of the aircraft was damaged, and the rear gunner was mortally wounded. The fighter was evaded and by jettisoning all moveable objects height was maintained and the aircraft returned to base where a perfect crash landing was made. Besides the rear gunner who lost his like, minor injuries were also received by two other members of the crew.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

Sgt. Alfred Edward Lewis, RAAF AUS.412458 – Pilot.
Sgt. Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Henry George Corin, RNZAF NZ417269 – Navigator.
P/O Charles John Bickman, RAFVR 49977 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Frederick Arthur Moulton, RAFVR 1292879 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Andrew Graham, RAFVR 1369996 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. John Herbert Whitehart, RAFVR 964185 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Victor Charles Howes, RNZAF NZ413418 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:00 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 04:10

04/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets, with bombs of 2000lb 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft, however, failed to take-off owing to engine trouble. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, with the exception of two which returned early owing to engine trouble. Large fires and explosions were seen, which appeared to come from the centre of the target area. Some A.A.Fire and searchlights were encountered, but they were ineffective. A few enemy aircraft were seen, but no combats took place. No cloud was prevalent in the target area, and visibility was good, ground detail was obscured by the smoke from the fires. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BK434? AA-?

Sgt. Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:13 – Landed 01:28
Flight Time 02:15

16/05/1943 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their Mines in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. No A.A.Fire or searchlights were encountered. A few enemy aircraft were seen but no combats took place. The weather was clear and visibility was good in the mining area. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III BF561 AA-O

Sgt. Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:11 – Landed 05:29
Flight Time 04:18

21/05/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Five aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with Mines of 1500lb. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their Mines in the allotted area. Some light A.A.Fire and one searchlight was encountered, but was ineffective. No enemy aircraft were seen. The weather was good and visibility was variable. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

Sgt. Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 05:28
Flight Time 07:13

23/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dortmund
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attacks with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and the remaining aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Some very large fires were seen, and the bombs were seen to explode amongst large buildings. Medium and Heavy A.A.Fire co-operating with searchlights was encountered. One aircraft was hit whilst over the target, and the port outer propeller was shot off, but the aircraft successfully returned to base. Some enemy aircraft were seen, and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but identification was difficult owing to smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. Stirling Mk.III,BK.783 captained by Sergeant S.M. Tietjens failed to return.

Stirling Mk.III – ??-?

Sgt. Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:17 – Landed 03:52
Flight Time 04:35

25/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above attack with bombs of 1000lb and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. Four aircraft returned early owing to engine trouble, and one failed to return. The remaining eleven aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, and some large explosions were also seen. Both heavy and light A.A.Fire was encountered, co-operating with searchlights, which were ineffective. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. Ten tenths cloud was prevalent in the target area, but visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good. This missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.I. BK602, captained by Sergeant T.W. Darton.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

Sgt. Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:03 – Landed 04:07
Flight Time 04:04

29/05/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Wuppertal
Twenty aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with bombs of 2000lb, 1000lb, and incendiaries of 30lb and 4lb. One aircraft failed to take-off owing to the rear turret being unserviceable, and two returned early. Four aircraft failed to return. The remaining thirteen aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires were seen and also some big explosions. Some heavy A.A.Fire was encountered, but it was ineffective. No searchlights were seen. A few enemy aircraft were seen and one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good in the target area, but visibility was impaired by smoke from the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III BK776 Captained by P/O. R.F.Bennett, Mk.I EF398, captained by F/O. R.B. Vernazoni, MK.III EH881 captained by Sgt. J.H. Carey and Mk.III Bf561 captained by Sgt. S.R. Thornley.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:32 – Landed 04:16
Flight Time 04:44

11/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Dusseldorf
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb.,1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft failed to return and two returned early owing to engine trouble. The remainder of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Many large fires and huge explosions were seen. Moderate and heavy A.A.fire co-operating with search lights were encountered. One aircraft was coned by searchlights, but violent evasive action eventually avoided them with difficulty. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was clear and the visibility was good except for haze caused by the fires. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stiring Mk.III BK817 captained by Squadron Leader R.H. Laud, (“A” Flight Commander).

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:24 – Landed 03:42
Flight Time 04:18

19/06/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Krefeld
Fourteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lb., 1,000lb., and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early as it was hit by A.A. fire in the fuselage, mainplane and mid upper turret. The Flight Engineer made a really good effort to overcome the damage by hacking his way through the fuselage into the port wing to get at the petrol tank controls, which he then operated by hand. The BREUIL STEEL WORKs was very badly damaged and appeared to have the roof missing. Large fires and huge explosions were seen in the target area. An aircraft captained by P/O Sedunary, lost the outer propeller , just before bombing. He carried out his bombing successfully and returned to base. At the beginning of the attack little light and heavy A.A fire and one searchlight were encountered, but as the attack progressed the defences were thoroughly disorganised. There was no cloud in the target area and visibility was excellent, except for smoke from out flares. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Wilcockson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:02 – Landed 04:53
Flight Time 06:51

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.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 04:50
Flight Time 05:45

13/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Aachen
Nine aircraft were detailed to attack targets as above, with incendiaries of 30lbs. And 4lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large fires were seen which appeared to be scattered. Some light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered. The aircraft captained by P/O CC. Logan, was hit by A.A. fire in the starboard outer engine, fin and elevator, and had to make a landing at FORD, which he did successfully. Some enemy aircraft were encountered. The aircraft captained by P/O. A. Rankin was attacked by a JU.88 and the wireless operator was wounded. The rear gunner returned fire and the enemy aircraft broke away, returning astern and firing a short burst. The Stirling rear gunner then fired a long burst and the enemy aircraft gave a flash, spun half round and disappeared into the cloud , followed by an explosion on the ground. This aircraft was claimed as being destroyed. The aircraft captained by P/O. A.A. ALEXANDER sighted an ME210 on the port beam, 100 yards slightly below. As the enemy aircraft passed below, the front gunner fired a short burst, the Stirling corkscrewed and the enemy aircraft appeared astern, the rear gunner then fired a short burst and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive into the clouds, and is claimed as possibly destroyed. There was 8/10ths. broken cloud at the target, but visibility above that was good. Stirling Mk.III EE886 captained by F/O. C. EDDY on return, crash landed at OAKINGTON, the under carriage collapsed and the aircraft turned over and caught fire. The mid-upper gunner E.C. VICCARS was killed on impact and the remainder of the crew escaped although not without injuries. The captain, navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer were seriously injured, the remainder being slightly injured.

Stirling Mk.I BF443 AA-V “Waikato”

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
Sgt. Philip Albin Miles Moseley, RAFVR 1389095/ 158020 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
Sgt. Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:20 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 04:35

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 mainplane 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.I EH936 JN-W

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Jack Neville Darney, RNZAF NZ42376 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:55 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 06:35

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

Document No. 80 – 81 (AIR 50/192/122)
Date of Report: Not recorded
Date of Combat: 26th of July 1943 – Attack Against Targets at Essen
Name of Airman that Combat Report is filed against: F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speed’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219
Position: Pilot
Aircraft involved in report: Stirling Mk.I EH936 JN – W

Summary of Combat Report:
Enemy aircraft involved: 1 x single-engined E/A & 1 x twin engined E/A
Damage to our aircraft: none
Claim made: Single engined E/A claimed as destroyed

Combat report for the 26th of July 1943
Stirling ‘W’ at a position 52° 00′ N. 06° 20′ E. flying with an I.A.S. of 160 at 15,500 feet on a course of 150 M. Visibility was good, no cloud, the moon was still down and there were no pronounced Northern lights. There was no searchlight activity or track indicating lights.

The R/G (F/Sgt. Kaye) saw the unidentified single-engined A/C flying at the bombers height on the port beam 2,000 yards away. There was no flak in the immediate vicinity.

The E/A shadowed the bomber for about five minutes closing round the port quarter to dead astern. The E/A had a bright white light on the top of the fuselage.

The R/G told the pilot to corkscrew to port and opened fire with a 3 second bursy on the E/A at 400 yards. The E/A closed into 300 yards and both the Mid Upper Gunner (Sgt. Hemsley) and the R/G opened fire with a 3 second burst. The E/A did not reply with any fire at the bomber and both gunners observed the E/A blew up in mid-air.

It fell to the ground and the gunners and captain saw it burning on the ground. The E/A is claimed as destroyed.

At 0055hrs
The same crew on the home at a position five miles north of Duisburg at a height of 15,000 feet flying on a course of 296 M. with a speed of 200 m.p.h. (I) was attacked twice by an unidentified twin – engined A/C.

The visibility was good the moon was low and there were no pronounced Northern Lights.

The E/A was first seen 500 yards away on fine port quarter at this range, the R/G told the pilot to corkscrew to port and he opened fire with three short bursts, The E/A broke away to starboard without opening fire but came in again from the starboard – the R/G again opened fire at 300 yards with two short bursts and told the pilot to corkscrew to starboard. The E/A broke away on the port quarter down and was not seen again, but no hits were observed on the E/A.

There was no searchlights or Track indication Lights near the bomber during any of the attacks..

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

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 03:50

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.

Stirling Mk.I EH936 JN-W/B?

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 03:45
Flight Time 05:30

29/07/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Hamburg
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with incendiary bombs of 30lb. And 4lb. Two aircraft returned early and the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a very successful attack, large concentrated fires with heavy explosions and smoke rising to 15,000ft., were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were scattered and unpredictable. One aircraft was held in searchlights cones for periods of 10 and 8 minutes, he avoided them with extreme difficulty and whilst so doing was hit in the fuselage by A.A. fire. Two other aircraft also received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by Sgt. P. Hartstein sighted a JU 88 which came in from astern firing a cannon, the Rear gunner replied and the enemy aircraft broke away. The aircraft captained by F/O. G. DUNCAN sighted a JU 88 on the port quarter , the Mid upper gunner gave a 10 second burst and the enemy aircraft dived away. The aircraft captained by F/S/ E. WILKINSON sighted a JU88 on the port quarter, the enemy aircraft opened fire and the Rear gunner replied, the enemy aircraft then broke away. The aircraft captained by F/S. J. DARNEY encountered an unidentified enemy aircraft which fired from the starboard quarter, the Rear gunner replied and the enemy disappeared. It was clear at the target area and the visibility was good except for haze from the fires. Navigation was excellent. The aircraft captained by P/O. A. SEDUNARY just after bombing, had one of its engines failed. After unsuccessful attempts to start it, he brought the aircraft back to base on three engines and made a perfect landing.

Stirling Mk.I EH936 JN-W

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
P/O Jeffries,   – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:15 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 05:20

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. 90 (AIR 50/192/133)
Date of Report: 30 July 1943
Date of Combat: 30/31st of July 1943 – Attack Against Targets at Remscheld
Name of Airman that Combat Report is filed against: F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speed’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219
Position: Pilot
Aircraft involved in report: Stirling Mk.I EH936 JN – W

Summary of Combat Report:
Enemy aircraft involved: – Unknown twin engined E/A
Damage to our aircraft: – None
Claim made: – Claimed as destroyed

Combat report for the 30/31st of July 1943
Stirling “B” on route for Remscheld on a course of 093? (M) at 13,500 feet witnessed a combat taking place about 3,000 feet up and 3,000 yards away on the starboard bow.

Our A/C at this time was flying at 165 M.P.H. and the position was 50°20’N, 07°00’E.

The visibility was quite good with no moon and no cloud. There was no searchlight activity and no flak. The I.F.F. was off.

The Front Gunner Sgt.XXXXXXX noticed a white light dead ahead slightly down, xxx xxxxx xxx xxxxxxxx xxx xxxxx. The light grew brighter and eventually a twin engined E/A was observed at a range of 800-900 yards.

The Stirling F/G opened fire with three bursts. Flames xxxxx from the unidentified E/A as it xxxxx on to the starboard bow and fell to the ground on fire. The captain and gunner observed the E/A explode on the ground.

The E/A did not return the Bombers fire.

The xxxx xxx xx cloud that xxx xxx F/G fired xxx third burst xx xxxxxx xxx xx xxx lit up xx xxx xxxx Bomber xxxxxxxx

The E/A is claimed as destroyed.
The F/G was trained at No.11 OTU 1657 Con Flt.

Aircraft landed at Ardwick Aerodrom on return owing to low fuel

F/S Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Warwick Harold Batger, RNZAF NZ421003 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:23 – Landed 03:19
Flight Time 04:56

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 BF518 AA-E

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:40 – Landed 05:20
Flight Time 05:40

16/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Turin
Twelve aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lb. and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb.. All of the aircraft successfully bombed the target except one which jettisoned its bombs 10 miles N.W. of Turin owing to an electrical equipment failure. Some huge explosions and very large fires were seen, which appeared to be spreading. Slight A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective except for one aircraft that received negligible damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained to our aircraft. The weather was good except for ground haze. Navigation was very good. All the aircraft were diverted to other aerodromes on return, owing to fog at base.

Stirling Mk. EH936 JN-W
details in Mepal log regarding fog at base and alternate return destinations for aircraft – try to sort out which went where

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 02:50
Flight Time 06:35

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 EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lewis Patrick Parsons, RAFVR 1455528 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:40 – Landed 04:40
Flight Time 08:00

27/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Nuremburg
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft failed to return, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Good concentrated fires and heavy explosions were seen. A moderate barrage consisting of light and heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, and two aircraft received slight damage. Some enemy aircraft were seen, one short combat took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was cloudy on the outward journey but clear over the target and visibility was good. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was Stirling Mk.III EE955 captained by F/Sgt. Higham.

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
P/O Ian Robert Menzies, RNZAF NZ415002 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:31 – Landed 04:31
Flight Time 07:00

30/08/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Munchen-Gladbach
18 Aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. All aircraft with the exception of one which failed to return, successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very large fires which were well concentrated and spreading, were seen. All crews were of the opinion that this was a good attack. Moderate heavy A.A. fire and a few searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. A great number of enemy aircraft were seen and some short combats took place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. Batger, H. sighted an enemy aircraft 600 yards away, ahead and the front gunner fired a long and short burst, the enemy aircraft then disappeared and was claimed as possibly destroyed. . The aircraft captained by F/S McGregor,K. sighted an Me110 astern, the rear gunner fired a long burst. The enemy aircraft replied and dived away with smoke pouring from its engines. It is claimed as a possible destroyed. There was 8/10ths cloud at the target approaches although it was clear in the target area. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was  Stirling MK.III EH938 captained by Sgt. Parkin, T.

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 03:35

05/09/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft had trouble shortly after take-off and was forced to jettison its bombs four miles north of CAMBRIDGE. The attack was well concentrated and large fires together with heavy explosions were seen. Moderate heavy A.A. fire co-operating with searchlights were encountered, which were ineffective. One aircraft on the return journey when near the FRENCH Coast was hit by A.A. fire. It received considerable damage and two of its engines were made unserviceable. The ENGLISH Coast was reached however, it belly-landed at Hunsden. Many fighters were seen and some combats took, place. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. H.BATGER sighted an enemy aircraft on the port quarter which opened fire on them and our aircraft corkscrewed. The Mid-upper and Rear Gunner then opened fire and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive to the ground in flames. It was claimed as destroyed. Our aircraft received considerable damage and the Flight Engineer Sgt. R. DALKINS was seriously wounded. The aircraft captained by F/Sgt. R. WHITMORE sighted an enemy aircraft 100yds. astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners opened fire, the enemy aircraft was seen to turn over and spin into the ground afire. It was claimed as destroyed. This was flowed by another enemy aircraft approaching from starboard to port astern, the Mid-upper and Rear Gunners again fired and the enemy aircraft broke away. One minute later an unidentified aircraft was seen firing at a Lancaster aircraft, which was afire. F/Sgt. WHITMORE’s Mid-Upper and Rear Gunners opened fire on the enemy aircraft, which disappeared. The Lancaster was then seen to break up. Some cloud was encountered on the way to the target, but there was a clear sky and visibility was good in the target area. Navigation was very good. One aircraft failed to return, it was captained by F/Sgt. WILKINSON, E.S.

Stirling Mk.III EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:55

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 EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S R.V. Love, RAF- 2nd Pilot. Not a member of the Squadron – flew as 2nd Pilot as an Observer?
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:30 – Landed 02:30
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 EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner. Flight Time 08:10

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 EH936 JN-W

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 05:30

03/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Kassel
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lbs. and 4lbs. One aircraft returned early as the Navigator was ill, but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. This was a good concentrated attack, large fires and heavy explosions being seen. Moderate A.A. Fire was encountered, which was ineffective except for one aircraft which received damage. This aircraft was captained by F/Sgt. N. PARKER, damage was received to the starboard elevator , starboard tail plane and the rear turret war partly shot away. The rear gunner Sgt. S.W. RIDDLER was lost over the target when the rear turret was damaged. It is considered that he may have baled out as the escape hatch was found to be open. The aircraft successfully landed at WING. Very few enemy aircraft were seen. It was clear at the target, but slight haze was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/L Kenneth Aubyn Hassell Lawrence, RAF 41031 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:00 – Landed 00:30
Flight Time 05:30

04/10/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Frankfurt
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with incendiary bombs of 30lb. and 4lbs. Three aircraft returned early and one failed to return. This was a good attack, ten aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Very good concentrated fires and enormous explosions being seen, the fires were still visible on the homeward journey. A.A. Fire was negligible, there were many search lights which were cooperating with enemy night-fighters. The aircraft captained by S/Ldr. J.JOLL had a combat with a M.E. 109, which was claimed as possibly damaged. The weather was poor on the outward and return journeys, but clear over the target, visibility was good except for smoke haze. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft was captained by SGT. H.J. MIDDLETON.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ??-?

P/O Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/O Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 06:20

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 incendiaries 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 Hilton Clifford ‘Speedy’ Williams, RNZAF NZ416219 – Pilot.
F/O Spencer Francis Fauvel, RNZAF NZ414971 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Trevor Gordon Dill, RNZAF NZ42292 – Navigator.
F/S Adrian Leslie Bernard ‘Shorty’ Carson, RNZAF NZ411347 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. M. ‘Taffy’ Williams, RAFVR 1314844 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. C. ‘Dicky’ Dickinson, RAFVR 812100 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. William A.C. ‘Bill’ Hemsley, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ivon George Kaye, RNZAF NZ39558 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:55 – Landed 03:35
Flight Time 04:40

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