On the 30th of May 1944, just a week before D-Day, a new batch of trainee airmen arrived at RAF Chipping Warden, near Banbury in England. Pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, wireless operators and gunners. It was here at No.12 Operational Training Unit that they would form into crews and begin training to fly the RAF's ‘heavy’ bombers.

Among the new intake were three New Zealanders, two Canadians and an Englishman who somehow found each other and decided to make up a crew. Later they were joined by a young Scottish flight engineer and completed their training to operate the legendary Lancaster bomber. They would go on to fly 32 war operations together with 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, 19 of those in one particular aircraft, Lancaster HK601 JN-D "Dog".

Dog herself would go on to complete 84 operations and survive the war, a remarkable feat. However, on her very last trip, one particularly frightening night over Eastern Germany, she almost didn't come back.

Johnny Wood, Jack Pauling, Jim Hooper, Gerry Newey, Doug Williamson, Jack Cash, Ralph Sparrow, Dennis Jones, Alan Rowe, Ron Schoefield and others.

This website is dedicated to the boys who flew Lancaster JN-D "Dog" and the boys on the ground who kept her in the air.

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Coffee & tee-shirt

It’s such a privilege and such a pleasure to live in the same town as Dougie Williamson, the last of the JN-Dog Boys, and to be able to get together with him and his lovely wife Janet, pretty much any …

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Morning tea at Ron’s place

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a special morning tea at the Edmund Hillary Retirement Village at Remuera for a few of the remaining Bomber Command veterans in the Auckland-Hamilton area. It was organised by the New Zealand Bomber Command Association.   I picked …

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Air Gunners, Mepal 1945

In the last post there was a letter written to Mr & Mrs Williamson by Wing Commander C. H. “Mac” Baigent, DFC and Bar (later DSO and AFC), Officer Commanding 75 (NZ) Squadron, sending condolences for their missing son, Sgt …

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Failed To Return …

Yesterday morning I called in to have coffee, cheese & crackers with Dougie and Janet, and to wish Doug a belated Happy Birthday!   While we were catching up, Janet produced a folder marked “RAF”, in which she had kept …

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Happy Birthday Dougie!

The JN-Dog boys’ Flight Engineer and last surviving Johnny Wood crew member Doug Williamson turns 94 today. Dougie was born on the 8th of August 1925 at Seafield House in Roslin, near Edinburgh in Scotland, the son of a bookmaker …

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