A.R. Young crew 25.11.43

25/11/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area, and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was encountered and the trip was uneventful. There was 5-8/10ths cloud in the Mining Area and visibility was poor. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF507 ?-?

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:30 – Landed 20:45
Flight Time 03:15

30/11/1943 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operations with mines of 1,500lbs., which were dropped, successfully, in the allotted area, and the parachutes were seen to open . No opposition of any kind was encountered. There was 8/10ths cloud in the mining area although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. D. Baverstock, RAFVR 610905 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:20 – Landed 00:20
Flight Time 07:00

30/12/1943 – Mining between Le Havre and Cherbourg
One aircraft was detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500lbs, which were successfully dropped in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the trip was uneventful. There was ten tenths cloud in the mining area but visibility was very good. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:14 – Landed 20:16
Flight Time 03:02

04/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Ten aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. The attack was very concentrated and appeared to be a success. Some slight heavy A.A. Fire and a few enemy aircraft were encountered but proved negligible. In spite of 3-4 10ths. cloud at the target, visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
Sgt. Johnny Wainwright, RAFVR 1320248 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:15 – Landed 04:55
Flight Time 02:40

21/01/1944 – Attack against a Special Target
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack the above target with bombs of 500 lbs. All of the aircraft successfully dropped their bombs in the target area, large bomb bursts and some fires being observed. Very little opposition was encountered and this proved to be negligible. The weather was good with no cloud and clear visibility. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570/ 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:30
Flight Time 03:20

28/01/1944 – Mining in the Kiel Bay
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs. Three aircraft returned early, two dropped their mines in alternative areas, but the remainder successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. Some light and heavy A.A. fire was encountered, and one aircraft received slight damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen and the aircraft captained by P/O C. BAKER, whilst on the homeward journey was attacked by a M.E.110, which raked our aircraft with machine gun and cannon fire, from the tailplane to the Navigator’s compartment, causing considerable damage. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt. RENWICK, H. was slightly injured and the Flight Engineer Sgt. WATSON, W. was seriously injured. On return the aircraft crash-landed at COLTISHALL. The weather was variable with 5-10/10ths cloud, but fairly clear in the mining area. Severe icing was encountered on the return journey. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:56 – Landed 00:56
Flight Time 06:00

03/02/1944 – Mining off Cherbourg
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1500 lbs, both of which successfully dropped their mines in the allotted area. No opposition was encountered. One aircraft had its starboard inner catch fire ten minutes before reaching the area and this had to be feathered. The weather was squally but otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:54 – Landed 06:54
Flight Time 03:00

11/02/1944 – Mining off Mouth of River Ardour
Of the nine aircraft which were laying mines of 1500 lbs off the mouth of the river ADOUR, all but one did so though it meant flying down through very bad icing cloud and in these conditions one jettisoned to lighten the load.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:35 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 07:25

15/02/1944 – Mining in the Mouth of River Ardour
Six aircraft dropped mines of 1500 lbs in the mouth of the river Adour. The visibility was excellent and all crews reported a successful operation. Photographs taken show the aiming point in three cases, and the factory is covered in two more. Unfortunately the sixth aircraft did not carry a photo-flash bomb. The Bomb Development Unit have, however, got the evidence from which to calculate where the mines dropped.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:36 – Landed 07:16
Flight Time 07:40

19/02/1944 – Mining in Kiel Bay
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to lay mines of 1500 lbs from a high level, but two aircraft failed to take off owing to engine trouble. The remaining thirteen aircraft completed their operation without incident, and the pathfinder markers were dropped accurately for the final run, being identified by all.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:36 – Landed 05:16
Flight Time 05:40

02/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 115b (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 115b (Successful).
The m/.n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 20.45 hours. The target was reached at 00.26 hours, being pin pointed by junction of river, canal and railway. Fifteen containers were dropped from 450 feet at 00.35 hours and a flashing light was seen. Meteorological conditions were fairly good, visibility being 10 miles, cloud two tenths at 4,000 feet. Course was set for Base at 00.35 hours, leaflets being dropped at Agen. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 04.26 hours.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:26
Flight Time 07:41

04/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 129 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 129 (Successful).
The m/n. crew in Stirling III JN “X” took off at 20.45 hours. The target area was reached at 23.52 hours and pin pointed by a road through a wood N/S. Lights and the letter flashed were unmistakable, and 16 containers were dropped from 600 feet between 00.14 and 00.17 hours. Visibility was good except for slight haze. Course was set for Base at 00.18 hours, and four packages of leaflets were dropped at the Brive area. The aircraft returned to base, without further incident, and landed at 04.10 hours.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

F/S Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:45 – Landed 04:10
Flight Time 07:25

05/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TRAINER 149 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation TRAINER 149 (Successful).
The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 21.04 hours. The target area was reached at 23.54 hours and pin pointed. Reception lights were obscured by woods and difficult to see except when overhead, flashing of correct letter was good, fifteen containers were dropped from 500′ at 00.22 hours. There was slight ground haze, but no cloud. Course was set for Base at 00.22 hrs, one package of leaflets was also dropped in the Limoges … [end of sentence missing from copy of sheet]

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:04 – Landed down time cut off on ORB
Flight Time no record

10/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period MONGREL 20 (SUCCESSFUL)
Operation MONGREL 20 (Successful).
The m/n crew in Stirling III JN ‘X’ took off at 20.13 hrs. The target area was reached at 23.45 hrs and pin pointed by a deep ravine running N. and S. with tops about 7,000′. Reception lights were good but flashing light was not very clear against the snow, twelve containers were then dropped from 600′ at 23.57 hrs. The weather was good in the reception area, except for haze in the valleys. Course was set for Base at 23.59 hours, two packages of leaflets being dropped at Chambery. The aircraft, without further incident, landed at Base at 03.43 hours.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 JN-X “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:13 – Landed 03:43
Flight Time 07:30

15/03/1944 – Special Operations – March Moon Period TOM 46 (ABORTIVE)
Operation TOM 46 (Abortive).
The target area was reached but no reception was seen and a truck with very bright lights was driving along a road within the target area. The aircraft was caught in searchlights N. of Mons area and approximately three light guns opened up 15 miles N. On the return journey two packages of leaflets were dropped in the Mons area. The aircraft brought its load back to Base and landed safely.

Stirling Mk.III LK384 – “Excuse please Mr, I go, I come back”

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O Thomas Bolgar Bradley, RAAF AUS413338 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time no record

24/04/1944 – Attack Against Karlsruhe
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack Karlsruhe. One was withdrawn but the remainder carried out a successful attack with little opposition.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 04:00
Flight Time 05:00

26/04/1944 – Attack Against Essen
Fifteen aircraft (Lancasters) were detailed to attack Essen. Two were withdrawn, but the remaining thirteen took part in a successful and very concentrated attack. The defences were considered to be moderate and all the aircraft returned safely.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:25 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:25

27/04/1944 – Attack Against Friedrichshafen
Sixteen Lancasters were detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. Fourteen successfully carried out their mission, one aircraft bombed a decoy in error and another failed to return (Captain NZ42282 F/O. R. Herron).

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:07 – Landed 05:37
Flight Time 07:30

01/05/1944 – Attack Against Chambly
Sixteen aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Chambly. Fifteen of these successfully attacked in clear weather, bombing being accurate. Two brief encounters with enemy aircraft took place and resulted in one being possibly damaged. One of our aircraft (Captain NZ41362 F/L. A/S/L. E.W. Sachtler) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:50 – Landed 02:15
Flight Time 03:25

09/05/1944 – Attack Against Cap Gris Nez
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Cap Gris Nez and all successfully completed their mission. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:10 – Landed 05:10
Flight Time 02:00

19/05/1944 – Attack Against Le Mans
Twenty for aircraft successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Le Mans. Good results being reported.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
F/S James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:30 – Landed 03:20
Flight Time 04:50

21/05/1944 – Attack Against Duisberg
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Duisburg, of which twenty one attacked the primary target. Three returned early with various technical failures and one failed to return (Captain NZ421803 P/O. W. Willis). Another aircraft (Captain AUS413157 P/O. A. Humphreys) was attacked by an enemy fighter and the navigator 1438903 F/Sgt. Hill, A. was injured, the aircraft also being damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:57 – Landed 02:52
Flight Time 03:55

22/05/1944 – Attack Against Dortmund
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack Dortmund of which eighteen completed their mission successfully. Three aircraft returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ417016 P/O. E. Burke and NZ42354 P/O. C. Armstrong). The raid was well concentrated and carried out in good weather with excellent visibility. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU 88. Otherwise the operation was uneventful.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:00 – Landed 03:30
Flight Time 04:30

24/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Thirteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen and eleven to attack a target at Boulogne. They all were successful in attacking their respective targets and good concentrated bombing was reported. Two aircraft attacking Aachen had combats with enemy aircraft, NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney claiming the destruction of an enemy night fighter and 170664 P/O. T. Buckley claimed strikes on a F.W. 190. There was no opposition from the Boulogne target.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
F/S Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:35 – Landed 04:20
Flight Time 03:45

27/05/1944 – Attack Against Aachen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Aachen, one of which returned early and two failed to return (Captains NZ414971 F/L. S. Fauvel and NZ421105 Sgt. Scott, F.). The remaining fifteen successfully bombed the target in clear weather, one aircraft (Captain NZ40750 F/L. R. Berney) had five successive inconclusive combats with an ME 410 in the Courtrai area.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:50 – Landed 04:35
Flight Time 03:45

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:55 – Landed 01:45
Flight Time 06:50

31/05/1944 – Attack Against Trappes
Twenty four aircraft were despatched to attack the marshalling yards at Trappes. One was withdrawn and another returned early through technical trouble. The remainder, however, bombed in good visibility, reporting an accurate attack. One aircraft (Captain NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch) had a combat with an enemy aircraft which was seen to be shot down by another of our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 00:05 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 04:55

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night’

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:45 – Landed 07:10
Flight Time 03:25

06/06/1944 – Attack Against Lisieux
Twenty four aircraft took off, as detailed, to attack a target at Lisieux, in support of the invading forces which were establishing a bridge head in Normandy. All aircraft successfully bombed the target and an accurate attack was reported. Only slight opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night’

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:58 – Landed 03:23
Flight Time 03:25

08/06/1944 – Attack Against Fougeres
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Fougeres in N. France. Nineteen aircraft bombed successfully, one bringing its bombs back owing to the Bomb sight being unserviceable when over the target area. Two aircraft had inconclusive combats with enemy aircraft, but the remainder carried out their mission without incident, there being no opposition in the target area.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:05 – Landed 02:25
Flight Time 04:20

10/06/1944 – Attack Against Dreux
Of the twenty four aircraft detailed to bomb Dreux, twenty two successfully attacked in good weather, the marshalling yards being visually identified until they were obscured by smoke. One aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. The aircrafts captained by NZ422098 P/O. L. Bonisch and NZ422267 F/S. Donaghy, T. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:05 – Landed 03:50
Flight Time 04:45

11/06/1944 – Attack Against Nantes
Seventeen aircraft were detailed to attack a military target at Nantes. All aircraft successfully bombing the target. Large fires and explosions were reported. Intense light A.A. Fire was encountered in the target area. the aircraft captained by NZ421072 P/O. C. McCardle, shortly after leaving the target area, was damaged by what is now thought to have been a light A.A. Shell exploding in the cockpit. The Captain received severe injuries and the Flight Engineer Sgt. Benfold, R., superficial injuries. The Air Bomber, AUS410489 W/O. Hurse, A. took over the controls, and with the assistance of the Navigator NZ4310159 F/O. A. Zillwood, brought the aircraft safely back to this country, where a perfect landing was executed.

Lancaster Mk.I LL888 JN-X

P/O Arthur Russell Young, RNZAF NZ421133 – Pilot.
P/O Douglas Dean McDonald, RAAF AUS.422632 – Navigator.
P/O James Colin Burch, RAFVR 1434570, 175383 – Air Bomber.
W/O Ronald Charles Axten, RNZAF NZ404589 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Frederick Holt, RAFVR 1590363 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Melvin Sumner, RAFVR 1685755 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Ronald Burrows, RAFVR 1388459 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:50 – Landed 05:22
Flight Time 05:32