Wilson crew 28.10.40

26/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on G.82, C.38 DUISBURG, ARNHEIM, and FLUSHING
Ten Wellington Crews from this Unit were detailed to carry out individual attacks against enemy objectives in enemy territory. Taken over all, the operations were very successfully, good weather being encountered at most targets. On the return journey CB.851 carried out an attack on a single engined aircraft in the region of NIVELLS, and shot down in flames.
The bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs G.P. bombs fused delay action, and containers of 4lbs. incendiaries.
CB.851 reports, due to heavy searchlights and A.A. fire on the run up to the main target, bombs were dropped on the secondary target C.38. Four bursts were observed, but damage could not be estimated due to avoiding action having to be taken, while hits are assumed.
No results seen from first stick of two bombs dropped by CB.852. Explosions and fire started by second stick of three bombs.
Stick of four bombs dropped to East of target, and small fires started by CB.853.
The target was located by CB.854, and a run up made from South to North at 23.20 hours. The bursts of two bombs were observed, these being approximately a mile South of the primary target. The results of the bursts were unobserved owing to intense searchlight activity at the time.
A stick was dropped by CB.856 from 13,000ft in a level attack. Three bursts were observed and three small fires started.
Owing to searchlights and haze, main target was not located by CB.857. Bombs were dropped on C.38 GRISCHEIM, from 12,000feet. Greenish flashes were observed in target area following burst of bombs, No fires observed.
Bombs dropped through clouds by CB.864 in DUISBURG – ESSEN area. Five A.A. gun emplacements bombed, but results not observed.
Target not located by CB.865 owing to low 10/10 cloud. Bombs were brought back.
CB.866 reports, original target (M.61) not located owing to thick cloud over area. Bombed aerodrome near ARNHEIM from 6,000feet and machine-gunned same from 2,000feet. Hits observed on hangar and on landing ground. Incendiaries overshot target and did no damage.
Five bombs were dropped over FLUSHING aerodrome by CB.874, bursts were observed, but not pin-pointed.
A large number of aerodromes were noticed to be carrying out night flying in HOLLAND, BELGIUM and FRANCE.
A.A. Fire was very heavy and accurate in the FRANKFURT area.
Searchlights active and very heavily concentrated in all main target areas.
CB.831 reports, attacking one twin engine Bomber (type unknown) as it was coming to land at NIVELLS aerodrome. The attack was successful, the Front Gunner shooting the aircraft down in flames and it crashed on the flare path.
Weather was perfect in the FRANKFURT area, but very cloudy in the RUHR district.
Navigation by D/R, homing bearings and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.866 M.61 (Arnheim attacked as secondary target)

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. William Grice Hotchmough, RAFVR 653978 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 01:35
Flight Time 04:45

29/08/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets A.69, Z159, M116, EVERE and WAALHAVEN
Eleven Wellington crews were detailed to proceed to allotted targets and carry out bombing attacks on same, and thus hinder the enemy in operations against this country. The three aircraft Detailed to attack target Z.159 (ST. NAZAIRE, FRANCE) encountered practically no opposition and a very peaceful trip was had throughout.
Total bomb load carried was made up of 500lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and delay action and containers of 4lbs incendiaries.
CB.881 reports, targets not located 10/10 cloud.
Aerodrome at WESSEL bombed and bursts observed on North East boundary of aerodrome and two medium fires started.
Two bursts observed by Navigator of CB.882, but results not observed. As aircraft passed over cloud, terrific flash observed, but results not noticed.
CB.883 reports, no results observed from first stick of 5 – 250lbs. bombs owing to searchlights.
Two fires started by second stick.
Owing to cloud 55 minutes was spent by CB.884 over target area for cloud to clear. A stick of bombs was dropped to target area for causing 5 or 6 large fires which lasted until leaving. On one bomb bursting a blue flash was seen.
Original target not located by CB.885 owing to cloud and haze over area. Bombs dropped on Marshalling yards, or railway junction to the West of BOTTROP. Three hits observed.
The target was located without difficulty by CB.887 due to the excellent position of such. An attack was made in a shallow dive from East to West and the bombs were released in a stick from 8,000 feet. Results not observed.
CB.888 reports, one 250lbs bomb N.D.T. and two 250lbs. delays were dropped in a high level attack on a heading of 020°M. Stick dropped across Western extremity of Eastern target causing medium sized fire. The last 3 N.D.T. 250lbs. G.P. and 1 – S.B.C. were dropped in a dive attack, 8,500ft to 4,000ft. The 250lbs G.P’s hit the Southern edge of the Eastern target. Incendiaries overshot into sea.
Target located and bombed by CB.889 at 00.35hrs one 250lbs bomb and one 500lbs bomb dropped at 8,000 feet. Two 500lbs bombs dropped at 4,000 feet, all bombs observed to burst on target, but with little result.
CB.894 reports , five bursts seen across target and large fires started with incendiaries. A series od explosions developed from fires – bright flashes intermittently resulted.
EVERE aerodrome attacked at 23.00 hours by CB.896 Direction of attack North West to South East. Three bombs seen to burst on N.W, boundary of aerodrome and last bomb in the flare path. Lights immediately extinguished.
CB898 reports, target found (ROTTERDAM) WAALHAVEN aerodrome. BRUSSELS aerodrome covered in 9-10/10 cloud, base 1,500feeet. Height 4,000 feet. Target found running up on river and hangar lights accidentally being switched on for a period od about 20 seconds. Bombs seen to land on aerodrome, but no results observed.
A number of flare paths were noticed in most of German occupied countries. Balloons were seen at target Z.159, these were flying at a height of 6,000 feet.
Heavy A.A. Fire in all the target areas.
Searchlights very active in the RUHR areas only.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.885 A.69 (Bottrop attacked as secondary target)

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 01:40
Flight Time 04:55

01/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116, A.17, F.40, and SOEST
Eleven Wellington aircraft took part, in above operations. A mixed bomb load was carried, consisting of 500lbs G.P. bombs, 250lbs. G.P. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action bombs, and containers of incendiaries.
One returning to base from a raid on HANOVER, CB passed over an aerodrome, presumed to be FELTWELL. Permission to land was granted, and an approach made using landing light. Thick haze made landing difficult, and another circuit made. Attempted other landing as fuel getting low, but lost sight of flare path on turning in. Just before touching down, line of trees appeared ahead of aircraft, hit these and burst into flames. The crew got clear of aircraft before bomb load (brought back) exploded, as a result of which explosion aircraft totally destroyed. Actually aircraft landed in field short of flare path at East Wrotham, Honnington Satellite aerodrome.
CB.921 reports, descended to 500 feet in target area on D/R but unsuccessful in getting below cloud. Target not located and bombs brought back. Target located at 23.40 hours by CB.914 and bombs dropped at 23.45 hours. Bursts observed on target area, but unable to see extent of damage owing to bad visibility.
CB.900 reports three terrific explosions from incendiaries in target area, and 250lbs bombs seen to burst in same place. Level attack made from 11,000ft the incendiaries being dropped on the first run.
Target located and bombed by CB.901 Results not observed owing to intense searchlights and A.A. fire.
CB.904 reports, Primary target not located owing to engine trouble. EINDHOVEN aerodrome bombed. Flare path and obstruction lights extinguished when a stick of three bombs was dropped across it at 12,000 feet at 22.46 hours. Large explosions observed.
CB.905 reports, on reaching area a flare was dropped, showing up ground clearly, and enabling target to be identified, attack then made from 11,000 feet in a South Westerly direction. Bursts observed and a line of fires started, about 7 or 9 in all and a further explosion seen. Fires still burning on leaving area.
CB.908 and CB.909 failed to locate targets and bombs were brought back.
CB.916 and CB.917 reports, that they located targets and bombed same, but results not observed due to cloud. Only observations, a large circle of lights mainly white with a few red seen, between BREMEN and BREMERHAVEN, presumably aerodrome or dummy on Eastern edge of MUNSTER, three red flares fired from ground formed isosceles triangle. On the whole A.A. was heavy, especially over HANOVER and between HAMM and ROTTERDAM.
Searchlights very active, but due to thick cloud layers and haze, they were ineffective. Weather taken all round was poor, on way out to targets, 8-10/10 cloud was encountered, while over actual targets almost clear with only hazy conditions. Navigation by D/R, and homing bearings.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 DNC AA-W
Raid No. CB.914 A.17

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:50 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 07:05

04/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Thurenger Forest, Black Forest, and Woods South of Strasburg
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took part in above operations. Seven of the aircraft detailed to carry out attacks on the woods carried 6 containers of incendiary bombs, while CB.931, who attacked wood South of Strasbourg, carried a load of 5 containers of incendiaries (25 lbs), 3 – 250 lbs. incendiaries and one flash bomb. CB.940 carried 6- 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T.
CB.992 made a level attack from a height of 11,000 feet, the bombs being dropped in a stick every 12 seconds. Terrific fires started in a line covering eight miles and could be seen 20 minutes after setting course for home.
CB.923 searched the target area and dropped bombs in a NW. SE direction covering an area of 5 or 6 miles. Over 100 small fires were started and the glow could be seen over 20 miles away on returning.
CB.926 dropped bombs in groups of four at eleven second intervals in a Northerly direction, from Swiss border on Western side of target area. The incendiaries were seen to be burning amongst the trees, but no time spent waiting to see further results.
CB.927 bombed central portion of target area L (Black Forest). Numerous small fires observed but no large conflagration seen at time of leaving area.
CB.928 reports that bombs were dropped in long circular stick and observed to burst. Some fires started but aircraft left area before extent of fire could be estimated.
CB.929 reports that bombs were dropped on targets and fires started.
CB.930 spread bombs in a stick running N.N.E. across Northern corner. Several small fires started. Half container was dropped from 6000 feet on LUNEVILLE aerodrome, and fires were started which could be seen for 40 miles.
CB. 931 reports that all incendiaries were dropped in a circular area, radius about 3 miles. The fires burnt for 10-15 minutes but did not persist. A photograph was taken 20 minutes after the first attack and shows that the fires were not catching.
CB.940 reports that two bombs fell on hangers and four on tarmac of aerodrome.
Extensive road traffic movements observed in North West France. Dummy aerodrome at LE TOUQUET – CB.928 reports, 2 lights flashing “S” alternatively and ‘M” together, situated 6 miles South East of OSTEND.
CB.922 and 940 report light and heavy flak, but taken all round, very little encountered.
Searchlights encountered over HAMM and Belgian Coast, but here again, on the whole very few.
Weather good throughout operations, mist patches in places, but visibility generally very good.
Navigation by D/R mainly, assisted by Astro in two instances.
System of locating beacons for balloons reported to be excellent by CB.931

Wellington Mk.1c R.3297 AA-S
Raid No. CB.926

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby, RAF 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:15 – Landed 02:30
Flight Time 06:15

07/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against A.70, Essen, Black Forest and Colnac Aerodrome, M.101.
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit detailed to carry out the above operations. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs delayed action, containers of 25lbs. incendiaries and CB.959 carried one flash bomb.
CB.944 reports that bursts were observed short of target.
CB.945 dropped bombs in one stick. Five fires were seen in a row.
CB.948 reports that fires were started in Black Forest with 5 cans of incendiaries. COLMAC Aerodrome was bombed with the remaining can which did not release over the Black Forest. A wooden hanger was set alight and two or more aircraft were seen to be burning inside and two were set alight on the tarmac outside. CB.950 failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back.
Cb.951 failed to locate the marshalling yards at KREFEL and bombed an aerodrome in the vicinity of KREFELD. Bombs were observed to burst 400 yards south of the flare path. All lights were extinguished but one fire was observed burning at time of leaving target.
CB.959 dropped incendiaries in level stick from10,000 feet at 12 second intervals and moderately large fires were started.
CB.960 located target in BLACK FOREST and bombs were dropped. The incendiaries were seen burning among trees but the fires did not appear to increase.
Bombs were dropped by CB.961 from 2000 feet in single containers. First container straddled railway line north of MULHOUSE and fire a large building, causing several large explosions. Remainder fell in forest and fires were started, but these did not spread to any great extent.
CB.962 dropped three bombs on the aerodrome at GLIZE RIZEN and these were seen to burst East of target. Two bombs were also dropped on the aerodrome at OOSTVOORING and these burst on the flare path.
Due to heavy cloud and thick mist, reconnaissance impossible, and observations few. Three flares forming a triangle shot up to 8000 feet over the sea 10 miles West of OSTEND, and rectangle of dim lights with three bright lights inside observed six miles East of NANCY, believed Prison Camp. Dummy aerodrome South of STRASBURG extinguished on approach of aircraft.
A.A. fire moderately heavy in RUHR area. A concentration of light flak observed at OSTEND, heavy A.A. South of ROTTERDAM, but not accurate, mainly below and ahead of aircraft.
Searchlights numerous in area South to South East of ROTTERDAM, but did not hold aircraft. In other areas active, but ineffective.
Four aircraft (enemy) were seen to burn on ground at COLMAC aerodrome.
Navigation done by D/R, homing bearing, and map reading. Astro fixes by one sortie.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. CB.960 Black Forest

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson*, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett*, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Thomas Leonard Mumby/ Sgt. Sills*, RAF 624569 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly*, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off m – Landed m
Flight Time –

10/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Ostend Harbour and Flushing Docks
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry put attacks on the above targets. The bomb load consisted of 250lbs G.P. bombs fused N.D.T.
Owing to 10/10 cloud over Belgian Coast a descent was made by CB.966 to 4000 feet where OSTEND was located. Three flares were dropped over docks. A stick of bombs was dropped at 3,500 feet over dock area but owing to violent evasive action bursts were not observed.
CB.967 failed to locate the target owing to heavy cloud extending from 12,000 feet to 1000 feet over Belgian Coast.
CB.968 failed to locate the target owing to heavy cloud and thick mist. Bombs were bought back.
CB.972 dropped bombs in a dive from 4000 feet to 1000 feet. No results were observed owing to violent evasive action, searchlights and haze. Flares were dropped over target and lighted up area satisfactorily.
Owing to 10/10 cloud down to 700 feet, CB.973 failed to locate target.
Five bombs dropped by CB.974 were seen to burst across docks. No results were observed of second stick owing to searchlights, but they believed to have hit the target.
Owing to 10/10 cloud, CB979 reports nil results observed.
Flares were dropped, warships were observed to open fire and continued a heavy broadside for almost half an hour. Several small vessels were seen close to coast line. Retaliatory action appeared to be taken by coastal batteries.
Some light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced at OSTEND and at other target areas.
Searchlights were active around the target areas, but were ineffective owing to cloud.
During the whole of the operations, only one enemy aircraft was seen – by CB.974 – off the Dutch Coast.
Weather was very poor, there being 9/10 – 10/10 cloud. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, and in some cases MF/DF and Astro.
Squeaker at HARWICH not heard, although balloons seen.

Wellington Mk.1c R.3168 AA-O
Raid No. CB.967 Ostende

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:20 – Landed 00:50
Flight Time 02:30

12/09/1940 – Bombing Attack on Emden and Schwerte
Nine Wellington aircraft from this Unit took part in Operations against the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 250lbs. bombs, fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs delayed action, and containers of incendiaries, while CB.984 carried one flash bomb.
CB.984 and CB.985 failed to locate the target due to 10/10 cloud, and bombs were brought back.
CB.986 reports that bombs were dropped, but bursts were unobserved due to bad visibility.
CB.987 bombed target in bad visibility from 6000 feet, but results were unobserved owing to cloud.
CB.988 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud. Intense A.A. fire was experienced and bombs were released over centre of A.A. activity.
CB.994 reports that results were not observed.
Owing to dense low cloud, CB.995 failed to locate original target, SCHWERTE. Bombs were dropped from 1000 feet on the aerodrome at DE KOOY, but results were not observed.
CB/997 failed to locate target, but bombs were released on A.A. emplacements between SOEST and DORTMUND.
CB.999 reports that direct hits were scored on ammunition store in dock buildings. Heavy explosions occurred and large fires were started.
Owing to bad visibility no observations or reconnaissance were made although CB.999 reports that docks and wharves were clearly seen.
Light and heavy A.A. fire was experienced in many parts of the target areas, while flak ships or warships continued barrage some distance to sea. Flaming onions were also experienced at one point.
Searchlights were numerous and very active, but owing to cloud were ineffective.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
ten-tenths cloud was experienced over most of the route. Icing conditions, rain and electrical storms were also experienced.
Navigation was carried out by D/R, W/T and homing bearings.
CB.999 returned to base with shell holes in wings and machine gun bullet through front turret. Attack was carried out from 150 feet – machine blown up to 600 and was very unstable on return journey. S.O.S. was sent out as machine was expected to land in sea. P/O Denton, captain of this machine, was awarded D.F.C. (Immediate).

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.9995 M.112

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:10 – Landed 23:10
Flight Time 03:00

14/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Antwerp and Soest
Ten Wellington Aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out above operations. Bomb load consisted of 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action bombs, containers of incendiaries and CB.120 carried one flash bomb.
CB.115 reports that owing to severe ice forming cloud, target was not reached, but an attack was made from 7000 feet on DE KOOY Aerodrome, where a stick of bombs was dropped on hangars. Numerous fires started, and major and minor explosions followed, suggesting blowing up of ammunition. Fires lit up aerodrome buildings.
Owing to 10/10 cloud Cb.116 failed to locate original target. Bombs were dropped on rail junction at AARHUS.
CB.117 reports three large explosions took place after the first stick of 8 – 250lbs. bombs had been dropped on East Docks. Second stick of 7 – 250 lbs bombs and one S.B.C. seen to explode on new docks.
CB.118 reports that target was located and bombs dropped, but owing to thick haze results could not be estimated.
CB.119 reports that one stick of bombs and one S.B.C. were dropped on dock basins and fires were started by incendiaries on quay. Yellow explosions from two of the fires at irregular intervals.
CB.120 reports that all bombs were seen to burst in docks, but no big fires were seen.
CB.122 reports that owing to an error in map reading, one stick of bombs was dropped over target area and hits are believed to have been scored although no fires were observed.
CB.123 reports that barges in chain basin were hit. Direct hits were scored on dicks and barges in basin North of town. A large fire was also started in this basin.
CB126 reports that bombs were dropped and bursts observed in main dock area. At time of leaving target incendiaries were observed burning fiercely with orange coloured flames. Repeated minor explosions were observed in vicinity of incendiaries.
P/O. Denton reports that one stick of nine bombs was dropped on N.W. docks, but owing to evasive action, only first two bombs observed to burst. One stick was dropped on South docks nearest town, and all bombs were observed to make direct hits.
Recognition signal – red and two white star cartridge, observed several times near target area. Flare paths observed at aerodromes near WOENSDRECHTE, and South of ANTWERP. Dummy flare path seen N.E. of ANTWERP. Flashing beacon 12 miles E.N.E. ANTWERP. Three pairs of ships about 1000 tonnes were observed on ZUYDER ZEE, while two large merchant ships were seen N.W. side of main basin, and one 4000 ton merchant ship seen sailing N.W.-S.E. of FLUSHING out into North Sea.
Fairly intense light and heavy A.A. fire experienced in many parts of target area. This was not very accurate.
Searchlights were few and inactive.
Only one enemy aircraft, an ME.109, was observed over target area.
Icing conditions and electrical storms were experienced by most aircraft. Weather in target area was good..
Navigation was mainly D/R, with W/T, MF/DF. Astro and homing bearings.
CB,123 reports an excellent trip, exceptional bombing done by Observer, also excellent Asto navigation. Approximately 50 small boats, believed fishing smacks seen on beach between HAGUE and the Hook near SCHEVENINGEN.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.118 Antwerp

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 23:20 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 02:40

29/09/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets L.86, M.480, and OSNABRUCK
Ten Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual attacks on the above targets. One of these aircraft, CB.213 failed to return to base, having crashed in Devon through lack of Petrol. One member of the crew, P/O. Jelley the rear gunner, was killed, but the other members all parachuted to safety. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. bombs, 250lbs. bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. bombs, delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
CB.213 reports that target was located and bombs dropped.
No results were observed by CB.214, except for small fire started north of target.
CB.216 failed to locate target owing to 10/10 cloud and difficulty in pinpointing. Heavy bombs dropped on DELMENHOERST AERODROME, hits believed, and incendiaries dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME where a few small fires were started.
CB.217 dropped though cloud – on target, but results were unobserved.
Owing to ten-tenths cloud, CB.215 failed to locate the target, but bombs were dropped at NORDHERN AERODROME. Bursts seen slight short.
CB.218 dropped bombs from 10,000 on first run, bursts being observed. A second was made and the remaining bombs dropped.
Target was not located by CB.219 owing to 9/10 cloud. Bombs dropped at MADGEBURG and bursts observed.
CB.223 dropped a stick of 8-250lbs. bombs along railway marshalling yards at MANNHEIM. Bursts observed on permanent way in woods S.E. of MANNHEIM.
CB.224 failed to locate original target and bombs were dropped in one stick on marshalling yards at KOBLEMZ. Results unobserved.
CB.225 dropped bombs in one stick. Bursts seen on railway line. Several small explosions and one large fire seen for 30 miles after leaving target.
One aircraft seen, by CB.214, shot down over EILENBURG. Dummy aerodrome seen about four miles East of DELMENHOERST. Circle of white lighs about a mile in diameter, with sharply defined red arrows in centre pointing S.W. in position 52*N. 0.8.43E.
Heavy A.A. fire in all parts of target areas.
Searchlights were very active and accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen at various parts of target areas.
Five-tenths to 10/10 cloud was experienced over whole.
Navigation was by D/R, and W/T bearings

Wellington Mk.1c N.3166 AA-?
Raid No. CB.219

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 20:05 – Landed 02:40
Flight Time 06:35

02/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.116 and A.69
Ten Wellington aircraft carried out the above attacks. A mixed bomb load was carried and was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., 250lbs. Bombs delayed action, containers of 4;bs. Incendiaries, while CB.236 carried one flash bomb.
CB.226 failed to locate target and bombs were brought back as no military target could be located.
CB.227 reports that bombs were dropped in a single stick across ZWISCHEICHEUR AERODROME. Small fires started by incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CB.232 owing to nine tenths cloud.
CB.234 reports that target was not attacked owing to 10/10 cloud extending over route half way over North Sea to target area.
Owing to very low cloud, no definite results were seen by CB.235. Large flashes were seen reflected on clouds which kept going for about 20 mins.
No results were observed by CB.236.
CB.237 reports that bombs were observed to burst short of target by 400 yards.
CB.238 reports that a stick of bombs were dropped on DE KOOY AERODROME. First bombs seen to burst short, but remainder on aerodrome.
CB.239 dropped one stick of bombs on red obstruction lights at Aerodrome at WESSEL. Results not observed owing to cloud, but there was a glow against the clouds resembling a fire.
Bomb bursts were observed by CB.240
Large fire seen in vicinity of AMSTERDAM. Flak ships observed off Dutch coast for 20 miles.
Heavy and light A.A. fire, fairly accurate, experienced in all target areas.
Slight searchlight activity but ineffective owing to cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was very poor; heavy cloud over whole of journey.
Navigation was mainly D/R, with Astro in one instance.
Wellington Mk.1c R.3166 AA-M
Raid No. CB.239 A.69 (Aerodrome ay Wessel attacked as secondary target)

P/O Douglas Veale Gilmour, RAF 36240 – Pilot.
Sgt. Wilson, RAF – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. John Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 19:35 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 04:15

28/10/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets D.4, A.72, Z.82, Z.83.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out the above attacks. The bomb load was made up of 500lbs. Bombs fused N.D.T., delayed action; and S.A.P. delayed action, 250lbs bombs fused N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
CB.402 dropped one stick of bombs on target which overshot into shipbuilding yards on South Eastern side of river. Bursts observed and fires from incendiaries, also one fire from one of bomb bursts.
CB.403 dropped one stick from 11,500 feet. Two bombs landed in water, also incendiary. One bomb believed to have hit floating dock of GNEISENAU. One bomb hit docks South of GNEISENAU.
CB.404 reports that results were not observed due to A.A. and searchlight activity, hazy conditions.
CB.405 dropped bombs in one stick. Three explosions observed on leaving target, also small fires. One 500lbs. N.D.T. dropped on WILHELMSHAVEN Aerodrome. Results unobserved.
CB.415 reports that results were not observed owing to cloud and gun flashes.
Bombs were seen by CB.416 to burst on target. One large explosion and a fire started.
CB.420 reports bomb flashes in middle of dock at ANTWERP.
CB421 dropped three 250lbs. N.D.T. on fire in neighbourhood of target, but results unobserved.
CB.422 reports that end of stick fell on aerodrome. Two fires started south of target.
CB.432 reports that primary target was obscured by heavy cloud. Attack was made on Z.110 at GHENT. Bombs observed to burst, and incendiaries started fires on west side of the aerodrome.
Three white flashing beacons observed near HAAMSEDE. Fires observed probably ANTWERP and OSTEND. White beacon flashing “M” at GILZENKIRCHEN target.
A medium amount of heavy flak was experienced. This was fairly accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
Nine enemy aircraft were seen West of ANTWERP. Weather was clear over target areas. Cloud over North Sea and Dutch Coast.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s W/T.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. CB.422 Z.83 (Z.82 attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Oliver Rayner Matheson, RAF 84010 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

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

08/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets M.487 and A.70
Eight Wellington aircraft were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. Delayed action, 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
RCP.164 dropped bombs in one stick from West to East and bursts observed in eastern sector of town and on marshalling yards. Fires were started by incendiaries on Western boundary of town and on Eastern boundary of marshalling yards.
RCP.189 dropped bombs on target from 11,000 feet. Fires observed from incendiaries and small explosions resulted.
RCP.336 dropped one stick from East to West on Marshalling Yard, resulting in a row of large fires from which sixteen explosions of different colours were observed burning for 60 miles after leaving target.
RCP.415 reports fires and explosions in target area.
RCP.435 reports that high explosives and incendiaries were seen to burst on aerodrome. Incendiaries started two medium fires which burnt with red flames.
RCP.545 reports fires and explosions in target. Fires also observed from previous attack.
S/Ldr, Bain reports direct hits on track and sheds. Extensive fires and continuous explosions seen after leaving target, visible for 30 mins on return journey. Attacked form 3000 feet.
P/O Hankins released bombs in one stick on Eastern end of target. Bursts observed in target area and fires started by incendiaries. Still burning after leaving target.
Two illuminated flarepaths observed in vicinity of BRUGES AERODROME. Dimly illuminated flarepath observed two miles S.S.E. MANNHEIM. Convoy sighted off East Coast steaming North East, position 52* 10N, 01*50E. Challenged and fired at immediately. Firing ceased on showing colour of period.
Intense medium and heavy A.A. fire on route between MANNHEIM and MUNICH. Very intense medium flak with heavy flak at MUNICH.
Searchlights were fairly numerous and accurate in all areas.
A few enemy aircraft were seen in various parts of route. Weather was good, apart from haze over English Coast on return.
Navigation was by D/R map reading, Astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c T.2474 AA-W
Raid No. RCP.45 A.70

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Oliver Rayner Matheson, RAF 84010 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Brenton Murray Sheppard, RNZAF NZ39977 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off not listed – Landed not listed
Flight Time not listed

12/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target A.71.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, containers of incendiaries, while CAN.103 carried one flash bomb.
CAN.103, CAN.508, and CAN.185 all failed to locate the target and bombs were brought back. The flash Bomb was dropped in the sea.
CAN.317 reports that no results were observed owing to low cloud, but flarepath at ARNHEIM AERODROME hit.
CAN.360 failed to locate primary target owing to 10/10 cloud. Bombs released on railway line and canal, D/R position in vicinity of target area. Bursts observed across railway line and canal.
CAN.760 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Bombs fell western area of docks (target M.61). Bomb flashes seen through cloud.
CAN.880 reports that bombs were seen to explode. Glare of fires visible on clouds.
Owing to heavy cloud no observations were made and no reconnaissance carried out.
Very little A.A. fire was encountered.
NO searchlights were experienced and no enemy aircraft encountered.
Weather was not good there being heavy cloud and icing conditions.
Navigation was mainly by D/R, with W/T and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. CAN.317 A.71 (Arnheim aerodrome attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Oliver Rayner Matheson, RAF 84010 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. Brett, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:25 – Landed 03:55
Flight Time 05:30

14/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets G.30, CC.47, SOESTERBURG AERODROME, AND SCHIPOL
Nine Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action, 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
STY.101 dropped one stick from East to West on target and bursts were observed just short of target, all in marshalling yard areas. Incendiaries still burning fiercely 20 mins after leaving target.
STY.255 dropped one 500lbs. and three S.B.C. in one stick from N.W to S.E. Three large fires and one white explosion in middle of fires believed to be just on Western side of target. One 250lbs. and one 500lbs. dropped in second stick from same direction. Explosions observed.
STY.404 reports bomb burst observed of 500lbs. N.D.T. on buildings on S.E. of aerodrome. Incendiaries dropped in same area as height only 4000 feet. Incendiaries subsequently merged into two persistent fires, observed until disappeared in mist on return journey.
STY.459 reports that the target was bombed successfully.
STY.504 reports target successfully bombed. After leaving target rear gunner reports further explosions.
STY.638 reports numerous fires in target area and many explosions. Fires visible approximately 40 miles from target on return journey.
STY.777 reports that bombs were observed to burst on target. Fire reported seen by rear gunner.
STY.851 dropped one stick from 12,000 feet. Explosions seen and small fires seen on leaving target. Bombs fell along marshalling yards.
STY.930 reports bombs seen to explode but results not observed owing to searchlight activity and avoiding action. Number of flarepaths in operation. Revolving beacons seen at various parts of route.
Heavy A.A. fire in BERLIN up to 30 miles West, fairly accurate. Intermittent flak experienced on route.
Intense searchlight activity in parts of target areas; fairly accurate.
Several enemy aircraft seen in target areas.
Cloud experienced on route, but target areas clear.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. STY.- Soesterburg aerodrome

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
P/O Oliver Rayner Matheson, RAF 84010 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 22:35 – Landed 02:16
Flight Time 03:41

23/11/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets M.66, M.499, BOULOGNE, BERLIN
Eleven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. S.A.P. 1/10 delay; 500lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. Delayed action 250lbs. N.D.T.; 250 lbs. delayed action; containers of incendiaries, while XUK.463 carried one flash bomb.
XUK.163 dropped one stick on station heading 220* Mag. One explosion and S.B.C. seen in target area by rear gunner either on station or yards, railway lines clearly observed. Target was pinpointed by position of two lakes east of BERKENWERDER and also by Tiergarten.
XUK.176 dropped one stick from 13,500 feet. Bomb burst seen amongst buildings in target area.
XUK.328 reports fires and explosions observed slightly north of target.
XUK.463 reports bombs seen to burst but results unobserved owing to searchlights and ground mist.
XUK.513 reports bombs seen to explode and fires started, followed by minor explosions.
XUK.565 failed to observe results owing to low cloud and ground haze. Bombs definitely seen to burst near target area.
XUK.615 reports bomb bursts observed in target area on East side of the river Rhine. Incendiaries caused two small fires.
XUK.709 reports large fires and explosions observed from 10-12 miles form target.
XUK.770 was unable to locate target owing to cloud and was recalled to base. Bombs were jettisoned safe over sea.
XUK.840 reports incendiaries only observed, numerous fires resulting. No other results observed due to intense searchlight activity.
XUK.917 reports all bombs seen to burst. Incendiaries burst on last bomb flash.
Fires, apparently dummy, seen N.W. of HANOVER. Convoy observed in North Sea 30 miles East of HARWICH being attacked at South end. GHENT well lit up, practically no blackout.
A.A. fire was fairly intense and accurate in all areas.
Searchlights were intense and moderately accurate. A number of enemy aircraft were seen. XUK.917 reports being attacked by two or more in target area.
Opened fired with red and green tracer, and did a climbing turn straight at them. Did not see them again.
Weather in target areas was clear. Cloud was experienced at various parts of routes.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, MF/DF, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. XUK.565 M.499 (did not bomb?)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.listed as Dickson, but no idividual with this surname- must be phonetically, Dixon
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Robert Alexander Newton, RAFVR 6511971 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:49 – Landed 01:29
Flight Time 07:40

09/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target CC.26
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries, while MS.342 carried one flash bomb.
MSW.112 dropped bombs in one stick on dicks on west side of harbour, but results were unobserved.
MSW.155 observed bomb bursts on S.W. of dock area. Fires from incendiaries followed by explosions in same area.
MSW.226 dropped bombs in stick. Three bursts observed and some incendiaries seen burning on West side of river in main dock area abreast of two 150 ton cranes and about 30-60yds from water front and between “Y” shaped dry dock and lower of two bridges.
MSW.296 failed to observe results which were indistinguishable from flak fire.
MSW.342 dropped bombs in stick from railway bridge towards estuary.
MSW.487 dropped bombs in one stick from 12000 feet. Bursts were observed followed by explosions in target area.
MSW.577 saw bombs burst in target area on South side of river followed by minor explosions and one large after five mins.
MSW.704 reports explosions in target area.
Dummy fires and explosions were seen on marshland 10 miles east of LORIENT. MSW.112 encountered two balloons at 11,200 and three at 11,000 feet over harbour itself. Flak ships observed in harbour approaches.
A moderate amount of light, medium, and heavy flak was experienced at parts of target areas, but this was not very accurate.
Searchlights were fairly active and accurate.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was clear over target area, but cloud was experienced on return journey.
Navigation was by D/R, D/F, Q.D.M’s, and map reading.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. MSW.704 CC.26

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:06 – Landed 00:11
Flight Time 07:05

11/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Boulogne and Mannheim
Five Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets.
The bomb load consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., containers of incendiaries.
DYG.114 dropped bombs in salvo. Two good fires were started and observed on North side of dock area; burning when seven minutes on homeward journey.
DYG.280 brought bombs back owing to intense ice conditions at FLUSHING.
DYG.502 dropped stick of bombs across docks. Cloud obscured any other observations.
DYG.532 reports several fires started in target area. Some still in sight when we were over CALAIS.
DYG.927 reports large explosions after small fire started. Small fires along railway.
Dummy flarepath seen approximately six miles North of IJMUIDEN in Holland. Aerodrome working at GHENT.
Some heavy A.A> fire was experienced at CAPE GRIS NEZ and CALAIS. Very little over target areas.
Slight searchlight activity was experienced over BOULOGNE and CALAIS. Searchlights were ineffective over MANNHEIM owing to cloud.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
ten-tenths cloud was experienced over MANNHEIM and RUHR areas. Icing conditions were also experienced.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, and Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. DYG.532 Mannheim (Boulogne attacked as secondary target)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:28 – Landed 21:28
Flight Time 04:00

13/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target N.62
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
MSC.125 failed to observe results owing to 10/10 cloud, 6000-7000 feet.
MSC.175 dropped bombs over target area, but results were not observed owing to cloud.
Except for reflection of fires seen on clouds, results were unobserved by MSC.361.
MXC.428 failed to locate primary target but bombed flak emplacement at BREMEN.
MSC.795 dropped bombs in one stick over BREMEN.
It was impossible to pinpoint position of bursts due to complete cloud cover.
MSC.868 failed to observe results owing to cloud.
S/L. Bain reports bombs straddled hangars at SCHIPOL, causing fires which spread after two or three mins. Three large explosions occurred.
P/O. Morton bombed target through 10/10 cloud.
A number of ships were seen at sea at various parts of route.
Three ships at berths at ENKHUISEN.
Fairly heavy and accurate A.A. fire was experienced over target area. Very little activity elsewhere.
Searchlights were ineffective over target area due to cloud. Many, very effective, over AMSTERDAM.
A number of enemy aircraft were seen at various parts of route, but no attacks were made.
Heavy cloud was experienced over almost whole of route and in target areas.
Navigation was by D/R, Astro, Q.D.M’s and D/F.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. MSC.361 N.62

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 16:57 – Landed 22:02
Flight Time 05:05

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Targets G.30, M.68, and Frankfurt
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. The bomb load was a mixed one and consisted of 1000lbs., N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. Delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
FXP.270 failed to locate primary target but bombed marshalling yards and goods train N.W. suburbs of BERLIN. Fires started and two large explosions observed from trucks.
FXP.340 reports direct hit by 1000lbs. bomb on jetty at BREMEN DOCKS. Terrific explosion seen.
FXP.357 dropped bombs on marshalling yards and buildings at CHARLOTTENBURG. Bursts observed followed by series of minor explosions. Two large fires observed after turning to course for return trip.
FXP.616 reports bombs burst across target causing numerous fires and explosions.
FXP.653 reports bursts and incendiary fires seen in dock areas.
FXP.724 reports three large fires with four explosions and smaller fires caused by incendiaries.
FXP.792 reports bombs seen to explode in target area causing small fires.
FXP.877 dropped bombs in target area. Fires and explosions were observed.
Three large fires were observed in woods N.W. and W.N.W. of BERLIN. Several small ships seen at berths in CHERBOURG harbour. A.A. emplacement seen on breakwater and in dock area.
There was a fair amount of accurate heavy and light flak in target area and on route.
Searchlights were moderately active on route and in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target areas, but heavy cloud was experienced at many parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s and Astro.

Wellington Mk.1c L.7848 AA-V
Raid No. FXP.340 G.30 (Bremen docks attacked as secondary target

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 00:25 – Landed 06:30
Flight Time 06:05

16/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks on Target D.55
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Two of these machines, LTG.477 and LTG.544 failed to locate the target, the former jettisoning bombs on waste ground near AACHEN. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. B.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
LTG.144 bombed the target, and a large fire was observed. Bombs were dropped in one stick by LTG.228 and fires were started.
LTG.293 dropped bombs on target and reports fires and explosions.
LTG.384 reports incendiaries and bombs observed to burst in target area. Small explosions seen from incendiaries.
LTG.417 dropped stick of bombs across railway station.
LTG.566 identified the target and dropped bombs in area.
LTG.746 dropped bombs in one stick. All bursts observed amongst fires in target area.
F/Lt. Kain reports that the target was bombed.
Numerous fires seen in target area. Intense light and heavy flak, not accurate.
Searchlights were active in target area, but hampered by moon-light.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Weather was good over target area. Cloud at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, W/T. and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. LTG.477 (did not bomb)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

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

19/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against Target A.71
Eight Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. Three of these aircraft, RWA.258, RWA.551 and RWA.752, failed to locate the target. The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., and containers of incendiaries.
RWA.191 reports explosions observed reflected on cloud base about two minutes after bombs had exploded.
RWA.213 bombed on E.T.A. owing to 10/10 cloud.
RWA.392 dropped bombs in one stick from 11,000 feet. Bursts and four following explosions observed.
RWA.669 bombed area of HOMBERG through gap in clouds. No apparent fires caused by incendiaries. Five or six explosions observed 3-5 mins after bombing.
RWA.857 dropped bombs in one stick. No observations were made.
There was no A.A. fire except at HERTONGENBOSCH where heavy flak, accurate for direction but not for height, was fired through 10/10 cloud.
No searchlights were experienced.
One enemy fighter was seen over Germany. No attack.
Weather was not good 10/10 cloud being experienced over whole journey.
Navigation was by D/R, astro, W/T, Q.D.M.’s and HF/DF.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. RWA.258 A.71 (did not bomb)

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 03:05 – Landed 04:30
Flight Time 01:25

22/12/1940 – Bombing Attacks Against targets D.55 and Flushing
Twelve Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft,DMU.692, captained SGT. Chuter, failed to return. DMU.936 failed to locate target and bombs were bought back. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T. and delayed action, 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
DMU.288 reports explosions and fires seen, but damage was unobserved.
DMU.303 reports numerous fires started by incendiaries in target area. Two other bomb loads dropped near by.
DMU.444 reports 1000lbs. bomb seen to land on or very near railway. Incendiary bombs not dropped.
DMU.494 reports several large fires caused, still burning when area was left.
DMU.515 dropped bombs on south perimeter of target along railway. Small fires started. Several large white explosions 3-5 mins after leaving target.
DMU.588 reports bombs and incendiaries seen to burst in the target area. Two fires persisting from the incendiaries, and one large fire, visible 17 mins after leaving, from the bomb bursts obscured in cloud after this time.
DMU.738 reports centre of town bombed and a large fire observed with six white explosions some minutes afterwards.
DMU.781 dropped bombs in two sticks over city causing one large line of fires quarter of a mile long. From these fires 15 to 20 large explosions were observed.
DMU.804 failed to locate target owing to low cloud, but bombed an aerodrome in France, RHEIMS AREA. Seven fires started. Six large explosions five mins later, presumably aircraft.
DMU.943 reports bombs seen to burst in target area amongst other fires, causing explosions.
Several flarepaths were observed at various parts of route. Large dummy town 30 miles S.E. of MANNHEIM and dummy fire seen in middle of town. Blackout very bad over ANTWERP and Belgium. Much snow in Germany.
Fairly intense A.A. fire experienced over MANNHEIM. Very little experienced elsewhere.
There was not much searchlight activity.
DMU.804 reports being attacked by one ME.110 five mins. after bombing. This machine was hit but not brought down (60 rounds fired by front gunner).
Low cloud was experienced at various parts and target areas.
Navigation was by D/R. W/T.Q.D.M’s, and astro.

Wellington Mk.1c N.2854 AA-?
Raid No. DMU.303 D.55

Sgt. Wilson, RAF – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franlin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAF – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAF – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Skelly, RAF – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner .

Take Off 17:05 – Landed 23:50
Flight Time 06:45

01/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets N.35 and D.1.
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, CAR.?? Captained by P/O Hankins, returned to base owing to starboard engine trouble and bombs were jettisoned in North Sea about 50 miles due East of Yarmouth. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, 250lbs. L.C.I., and containers of incendiaries.
Results were not observed by CAR.161 owing to numerous fires already in target area. Three runs were made over the target at 10,000 feet. H.E. and L.C. dropped on first run and incendiaries on second run on the target.
CAR.409 reports large fires added to on first run with incendiaries. Flashes observed from heavy bombs on second run.
CAR.581 saw bombs explode about 400tds. west of target.
Incendiaries added to numerous fires already burning.
CAR.658 reports bombs fell short to S.E. of target, adding to fires already burning there.
CAR.811 reports greenish explosion from H.E. bombs. Small fires from incendiaries. Bombs burst 400 yds S.E. of target.
CAR.992 failed to observe bomb bursts owing to fires in target area. Incendiaries added to fires.
Flashing beacon, one dot every two seconds, observed in position approximately 53N, 04 45’E. Several fires in and around BREMEN.
Intense light and heavy A.A. fire, inaccurate, experienced at parts of target areas.
Searchlights were intense but inaccurate in target areas.
No enemy aircraft were encountered.
The weather was fairly clear over target areas, but cloud was experienced at various parts of route.
Navigation was by D/R. Q.D.M’s, astro and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:50 – Landed 23:45
Flight Time 05:55

04/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Duisberg, Brest and Target M.61.
Ten Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks on the above targets. XMU.284 andXMU.989 failed to locate targets, the former bringing bombs back, while the latter dropped bombs safe in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. delayed action, and containers of incendiaries.
XMU.310 reports incendiaries seen to burst and five mins later reddish yellow explosions for a couple of minutes. Owing to cloud XMU.382 failed to observe results. Results were not observed by XMU.441 owing to 10/10 cloud. XMU.467 reports glow observed through cloud after bombs were dropped.
Owing to 9/10 – 10/10 clouds no results were observed by XMU.483. XMU.561 was unable to pinpoint target owing to 10/10 cloud. One 500lbs. bomb dropped. Rest of bombs in middle of resulting flak fire.
XMU.691 bombed through 10/10 cloud on concentration of flak. Bursts observed on cloud base.
XMU.784 dropped bombs in three sticks. One large bright explosion observed leaving a glow under the cloud. Two fires were observed near to BREST target.
Accurate heavy A.A. fire experienced in DUISBERG area. Intense light and moderate heavy flak, fairly accurate, in BREST area.
Searchlights were ineffective owing to heavy cloud.
No enemy aircraft were seen.
Ten-tenths cloud experienced over whole route. Severe icing.
Navigation was by Astro, D/R, and W/T.

Wellington Mk.Ic L.7848 AA-V

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:50 – Landed 01:20
Flight Time 06:30

15/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Wilhelmshaven
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above target. One of these aircraft, JSK.150, failed to attack target owing to wireless failure on outward journey and jettisoned bombs in North Sea.
The bomb load carried consisted of 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries.
As aiming point was already well alight, JSK.148 laid one stick from East to West just North of aiming mark starting fresh fires.
JSK.252 reports N.E. burst just by target. Incendiaries round target, starting large fires.
JSK.325 reports hits registered within target area. Exact position not visible owing to extensive fires previously caused. Further fires observed by rear gunner.
JSK.525 reports many fires seen in, and around target. Own results could not be defined owing to these fires.
JSK.600 dropped H.E. from 10,000 feet. Results unobserved owing to intense fires in target area. Incendiaries dropped on course of 110* from 10,000 feet in a position 300yds. south of railway station. Burned until aircraft was out of sight of target area.
JSK.696 dropped bombs in one stick running east to west. H.E. bursts observed. Incendiaries seen to cause large fire visible 15-20 mins after leaving target.
To large ships, presumed Bremen and Europa, in BREMERHAVEN. Dummy town in position 20 miles West of target area 52*45’N. 04*45’E. Dummy target bearing 190* 15 miles from target.
Intense light and heavy tracer and some heavy flak in target area. Intense heavy flak at OLDENBURG and BREMERHAVEN.
Several searchlights in target area; hampered by moonlight.
JSK.148 reports being attacked by enemy aircraft, probably ME.109, south of BREMERSHAVEN but the attack was not pressed home. One other enemy aircraft, presumed ME.109, seen at BREMERHAVEN, but no attack made.
Weather was very good, there being little or no cloud. Visibility good.
Navigation was by D/R, map reading, and astro.

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas James Desmond Baber, RNZAF NZ39857 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:20 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 04:50

27/01/1941 – Bombing Attacks on Targets at Hanover
Seven Wellington aircraft of this Unit were detailed to carry out individual bombing attacks against the above targets. One of these aircraft, BNF.882, captained by S/L. Kain, failed to reach target owing to engine trouble, and bombs were jettisoned “safe” in sea. A mixed bomb load was carried and consisted of 1000lbs. N.D.T., 500lbs. N.D.T., 250lbs. N.D.T. and containers of incendiaries. BNF. 253 reports bursts observed in target area by rear gunners. BNF. 268 dropped bombs in a single stick: 1000 lbs. seen to burst near railway station. BNF.432 reports two fires caused by incendiaries. H.E. dropped in target area. BNF.550 dropped incendiaries on target on first run. H.E. dropped on second run and seen to explode on the fires. Three red fires burning in middle of incendiaries upon leaving target. BNF.654 dropped bombs in two sticks across centre of city. Numerous fires started, increasing in size as target was left. BNF.817 located target and dropped a stick of bombs running North East. Line of fires resulted. Aerodrome observed 10 miles N.W. of LINZEN. Two photos of target area taken by BNF.253.. Fairly accurate heavy and light A.A. fire was experienced in target areas. Very few searchlights over target area: not accurate. No enemy aircraft were encountered. The weather was clear over Germany. Low cloud over England and elsewhere en route. Navigation was by D/R, W/T, astro, Q.D.M’s.

Wellington Mk.Ic R.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Lloyd Elliot, RNZAF NZ401204 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Coventry Heppenstall, RNZAF NZ391382 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 01:45 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 06:00

10/02/1941 – Bombing Attacks Against Targets at Hanover and Rotterdam
Thirteen Wellington aircraft of this Unit carried out individual bombing attacks on the above target. Hits were registered in the target area. A balloon was seen flying over Hanover at 9,000 feet. Two beacons were observed at Ymuiden flashing one dot every three seconds. Many dummy fires were also seen. Fair amount of heavy and light A.A. fire was encountered in target area. This ceased when red tracer followed by white tracer was fired. A number of enemy aircraft were seen, while LUX.657 reports being hit by machine gun bullets and explosive shells fired by enemy aircraft which attacked. The hydraulic gear was damaged and the aircraft crashed on landing at Methwold. The weather was good but there was scattered cloud. Navigation was by astro, pin points and map reading

Wellington Mk.Ic N.2854 AA-U

Sgt. Wilson, RAFVR – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Franklin Dixon, RNZAF NZ391345 – 2nd Pilot.
Sgt. North, RAFVR – Observer.
Sgt. Sills, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Henry Cumberland Stapleton Cotton, RNZAF NZ401202 – Front Gunner.
Sgt. James Coventry Heppenstall, RNZAF NZ391382 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:23 – Landed 03:28
Flight Time 05:05