Crew : Flying Officer James Ian Wiseman
Service No : 120629 RAFVR
No.1657 Con Unit :
No.623 Squadron : 21.08.1943
No.218 Squadron : 06.12.1943
Three mines dropped on last DR Fix.
Planted three mines on DR run from Ile d’Oleron, Lake Hourtin could not be identified owing to bad visibility. Saw light flak from Nantes and search light from Il de Rue.
A/C Not recorded
Swung on take-Off, did not carry out operation.
Boulogne (Gun Positions)
Bombed from 16,000ft.This aircraft reports haze and no ground details. Bombed on TI Markers, Green. Flak described as moderate and flak as not troublesome.
Bombed on Green TI markers from 16,000ft. Visibility over the target area good, but ground details could not be seen.
Approaching target area at 17,000ft F/O Wiseman bombed on TI Markers. The visibility was good with no cloud. but slight haze. At 21.56hrs there was a large explosion, a lot of smoke was observed but fires did not appear concentrated.
F/O Wiseman arrived over the target area at 22.16hrs and bombed from a height of 16,800ft on green TI Markers. Visibility was good and dense black smoke was reported. One dense column of thick brown smoke was rising quickly as they were leaving the target.
F/O Wiseman arrived over the gardening area at 22.55hrs and planted his mines in the allotted position. He also reported good visibility and a trip minus incident.
Bombing was from a height of 16,200ft at 2138hrs Flying Officer Wiseman that in good visbility he carried out bombing on green and red markers, the bombs were not seen to explode. F/O Wiseman reported that on the way to the target he saw red & green TI’s at the red marker position and ended his report with a “Why”?
Flying Officer Wiseman reported low cloud over the target bombing was carried out from 15000ft on Green TI Markers. No results could be seen. Enemy fighters were just making an appearance when we left target.
2nd Pilot Sgt J Roger
Flying Officer Wiseman reported no ground detail visible. On runways two fires seen south west of target. Photo attempted, Duty carried out.
2nd Pilot F/Sgt McGillivray
Flying Officer Wiseman reported very large explosions around 20.20hrs over the target are. Possible damage by HF. Cloud cover 10/10th all the way to target. Sky markers and green TI markers. Aircraft returned safely.
No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.
Pas-De-Calais (Special target)
Bombed from 13,000ft in the middle of Red TI Markers, visibility 4/10th cloud
Cherbourg (Constructional Works)
Bombed primary target from 13000ft between 1st & 2nd TI’s. No ground detail visible.
Planted three vegetable in allotted area from 1000ft. No and no flak seen whole trip.
Mining (Nectarines I )
Planted six vegetable from 4000ft in allotted area. Visibility fair.
Vegetables planted from 15,000ft in allotted area. Bomb doors had to be opened manually, two runs made.
Mining (Borkum Island)
18.10hrs – FTR
Squadron crews stated that they had successfully mined the primary target, flak from Borkum was encountered and returning crews reported seeing an aircraft burst into flames about two miles north of the island and fall in flames into the sea. This was the crew of 24-year-old Scotsman Flight Lieutenant James Ian Wiseman who failed to return. The bodies of two of the crew were recovered, Flight Lieutenant James “Red” Wiseman washed ashore on May 8th 1944 near Groningen, Netherlands while the rear gunner, Flight Sergeant George Brasington RAAF washed ashore on the island of Borkum on March 16th. It was initially thought the crew were brought down by flak, however recent information via Dr Theo Boiten’s book Nachtjadd War Diaries indicates that Short Stirling EJ125 HA-J and its crew may have been the victim of Uffz Lorenz Gerstmayr of 4./NJG3.