M. Wyatt crew 11.6.43

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.III BK810 AA-G

W/C Michael Wyatt, RAF 37994 – Pilot.
F/O Charles ‘Charlie’ Eddy, RNZAF NZ39003 – 2nd Pilot.
P/O Arthur Wilfred Lane, RAFVR 1383885/ 139406 – Navigator.
Sgt. Homer Cecil Hurt, RNZAF NZ41589 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. H. Bourgeois, RAFVR 798662 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. H. Waring, RAFVR 1070627 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Eric Clifford Viccars, RAFVR 649196 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. H.D. Lucas, RAFVR 778858/ 160135 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:47 – Landed 03:29
Flight Time 03:42

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 EE881 JN-G

W/C Michael Wyatt, RAF 37994 – Pilot.
P/O Clifford Charles Pownall Logan, RAAF AUS.405918 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Geoffrey Phillips Sowerby, RNZAF NZ417243 – Navigator.
P/O John Paul Ingham, RAFVR 132331 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Terence James Hegarty, RAFVR 1030026 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Thomas Stewart, RAFVR 1117389 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Frederick Edward William Crowther, RAFVR 1339159 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Albert John Knox, RNZAF NZ416006 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 05:45
Flight Time 06:15

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