C.M. Stevens crew 6.1.45

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A fantastic picture of the Stevens crew. Charlie Stevens, Pilot in the middle of the picture. Far right Jim Saunders, Air Bomber and the the extreme left, Les Hoffert. The 2 chaps in the middle of the back row are thought to be Les Hall and George Giles, Navigator and Rear Gunner respectively.
© Nigel Saunders

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P/O James Harold Saunders RAFVR 1392219/196874 Air Bomber with Charlie Stevens crew.
© Nigel Saunders

Many thanks to Nigel for contacting me and passing on these 2 fantastic photographs of his Father, Jim Saunders, Air Bomber and member of Charlie Stevens crew. Having put together a starting crew list for the boys, the Op history shows a remarkable turn over of individuals – the positions of Wireless Operator, Mid Upper Gunner and Rear Gunner, at points in the tour changing on a raid by raid basis.

 

06/01/1945 – Attack Against Neuss
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Neuss but the operation was cancelled just prior to ‘take-off’. However, one hour after this cancellation, the operation was put on again. The fifteen crews were briefed a second time and eleven aircraft made an accurate attack on Neuss. Four aircraft captained by F/O Cumberpatch, F/S Russell, F/O Crawford and F/lt. Hannan had technical trouble and returned early. On this attack the aircraft carried 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., and Munro bombs. Cloud was nine to ten tenths. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M

F/S Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:48 – Landed 20:43
Flight Time 04:55

11/01/1945 – Attack Against Krefeld
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Krefeld, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. Seventeen aircraft bombed the target in tenths cloud with special equipment and two aircraft bombed last resort. Slight H/F was met over the target, but no fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:50 – Landed 17:02
Flight Time 05:12

13/01/1945 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Eighteen of nineteen aircraft detailed carried out a successful daylight attack on Saarbrucken Marshalling Yard, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500G.P., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. W/Cdr Baigent in ‘A’ had to return with his full load after reaching the target owing to technical trouble which prevented release of bombs. Crews bombed on special equipment. The Marshalling Yard was visible and many bursts were seen on the target. No opposition reported. All aircraft were diverted owing to bad visibility at Base.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 19:29
Flight Time 07:42

15/01/1945 – Attack Against Langendreer
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Langendreer, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500AMN., 500 M.C., 250 G.P., and Munro bombs. One aircraft ‘D’ captained by F/O Leadley failed to reach the target owing to starboard inner engine failing. No results were observed owing to ten tenths cloud. Flak was slight over the target. No fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X
Hit by flak once
F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:41 – Landed 16:54
Flight Time 05:13

16/01/1945 – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Seventeen aircraft attacked Wanne Hickel in ten tenths cloud, tops 6/7000 feet, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 G.P. 500 ANM, 500 M.C. 250 G.P. and Munro bombs. Crews bombed with the aid of instruments and sky markers. Flak was moderate. The general impression was that bombing was concentrated on markers and red glow seen through cloud. The aircraft captained by NZ426235 F/S Wood, J, was attacked by a F.W. 190. The rear gunner opened fire, but no hits were observed and our aircraft suffered no damage. The aircraft captained by NZ414376 F/L T. Blewett unfortunately crashed in this country. The captain and Air Bomber NZ426234 F/O J. Wilson were killed. The Navigator 1398282 F/S Cornell, B.T. died later as a result of severe injuries.

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
Sgt. Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:26 – Landed 05:00
Flight Time 05:34

28/01/1945 – Attack Against Cologne (Gremberg)
Twenty aircraft attacked Cologne (Gremberg) as ordered, carrying 4,000 H.C., 500 ANM., 500 M.C. “50 G.P. and Munro bombs. Cloud broke to nil just before the target and crews were able to identify the marshalling yard. Accurate slight to moderate H/F was met over the target. No fighters were seen. Bursts were seen on the marshalling yard. All returned to base.

Lancaster Mk.III HK597 JN-N

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/L Alan John Rhodes, RNZAF NZ42340 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S R. Muir, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:27 – Landed 16:18
Flight Time 05:51

14/02/1945 – Attack Against Chemnitz
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Chemnitz. Nineteen attacked primary. AA”J” F/O R.J. Pearson, returned early through engine failiure. Cloud was ten tenths with tops 16-17000 over the target. Aircraft bombed with the aid of special equipment. No resilts were observed, very slight H/F was met over the target. AA”D”, captained by F/L G.S. Davies failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III PB421 AA-K

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W. Pugh, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O R. Powell, RAFVR 1388980 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:29 – Landed 05:06
Flight Time 08:37

16/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aircraft attacked Wesel as detailed. Slight accurate H/F was encountered over the target but no fighters were seen. A concentrated raid was reported.

Lancaster Mk.I HK653? -W

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
W/O R. Powell, RAFVR 1388980 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 17:53
Flight Time 05:13

18/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty aircraft attacked Wesel. Twenty one were detailed but AA”R” F/S Scott, returned early through technical trouble. Aircraft bombed on special equipment in ten tenths cloud with tops about 10,000 ft. Leaders were satisfied it was a good raid. Very slight H/F was only opposition

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:47 – Landed 17:00
Flight Time 05:13

19/02/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Twenty one aitcraft were again detailed to attack Wesel. AA”J”, captained by F/S Lukins, B.L., returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was 1-10/10ths with some haze. A few crews were able to identify the river bend. Bombing appeared to be accurate. Very slight H/F was the only opposition.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 13:18 – Landed 18:27
Flight Time 05:09

22/02/1945 – Attack Against Osterfeld
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Osterfeld, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 250 GP bombs, JN”O” F/L Jones, K. returned early through engine failure. There was no cloud over the target, but some haze. Crews found it difficult to identify the target visually owing to smoke and difficult formation flying conditions in flak, but the impression is that the concentration of bombing was excellent and the target well “pranged”. Flak was moderate to intense and several aircraft were damaged.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/L W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S James Henry Murphy, RAFVR 1393306 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:49 – Landed 17:44
Flight Time 04:55

23/02/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Sixteen aircraft attacked Gelsenkirchen as detailed. There was ten tenths thin cloud over the target with horizontal visibility between 500/ 1000 yds. Formation keeping was very difficult in these conditions, but crews reported quite a good bombing concentration on special equipment and leaders. Opposition from flak was very slight and no fighters were seen. F/S Barr, D. landed at Warboys.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Frank Watts, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:45 – Landed 17:06
Flight Time 05:21

26/02/1945 – Attack Against Dortmund
Eighteen aircraft attacked Dortmund as detailed. Cloud was ten tenths over the target with tops 5-6,000 ft. No results were seen but bombing is thought to be concentrated. NZ428168 F/O N.H. Thorpe crashed in this country after passing over base in formation. Four members of the crew were killed.

Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator. ORB has E. Kidd as Nav, however service number is that of Les Hall
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
P/O W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:38 – Landed 16:16
Flight Time 05:38

27/02/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen, carrying 4000 HC 500 ANM 500 MC bombs. NZ426904 F/O M.Adamson and NZ425292 F/L D.Sadgrove returned early through engine trouble. Cloud was ten tenths. Leaders met slight to moderate H/F. No results were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N
Listed as HK591, but only occurance in records. Designator is listed as N – my opinion is its actually HK597
F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:28 – Landed 16:28
Flight Time 05:00

02/03/1945 – Attack Against Cologne
Twenty aircraft were detailed to attack Cologne. No aircraft bombed owing to special equipment failiure. Three aircraft jettisoned due to flak damage to engines, the remainder bringing their bombs back. F/O Woodcock was wounded in the neck and his engineer F/Sgt. Gibb in the legs but landed safely at base.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 DNC JN-P

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:59 – Landed 18:39
Flight Time 05:40

05/03/1945 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen. AA”E” F/S Lukins was withdrawn. AA”W” F/L Parker and JN”X” P/O Cleminson returned early through engine trouble. The remainder found the target obscured by 10/10ths cloud tops 15,000 ft. Aircraft bombed on special special equipment. Leaders had a good run in and there was a good concentration at this time. Aircraft were met by slight H/F on outward route. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I NG449 AA-T

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:34 – Landed 15:06
Flight Time 04:32

06/03/1945 – Attack Against Wesel
Five aircraft attacked Wesel carrying 4,000 H.C. and 500 ANM Bombs. These aircraft comprised the first attack and later three more aircraft carrying the same type bombs attacked. On both attacks aircraft had an excellent run in and report bomb flashes well concentrated round target area. Flak opposition was slight. No fighters were seen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 02:57 – Landed 07:48
Flight Time 04:51

17/03/1945 – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Nineteen aircraft took off to attack the Auguste Viktoria Benzol Oil plant. Cloud and vapour trails limited visibility to 50yds over the target, but the aircraft remained in light formation and bombs were released together. No results were seen. Opposition was slight H./F.

Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M

P/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:51 – Landed 17:03
Flight Time 05:12

20/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm
Twenty one aircraft were detailed to attack the Marshalling Yards at Hamm. There were 6-7/10ths cloud over the target with tops at about 10,000ft. Some confusion was caused by the preceding squadron leading this squadron off track and scattering the formation. However a fair concentration was attained in the end. Some H/F was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Tutty, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:01 – Landed 15:32
Flight Time 05:31

27/03/1945 – Attack Against Hamm (Sachsen)
Twenty one aircraft attacked Hamm (Sachsen) as detailed in ton tenths cloud, tops about 8,000 ft. Formation was well packed in the run in. No results were seen other than smoke pushing up through clouds after bombing. Very slight flak was the only opposition encountered.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot. F/S Richard John Urlich, RNZAF NZ426229 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:35 – Landed 15:54
Flight Time 05:19

04/04/1945 – Attack on Meresburg
21 aircraft were detailed to make a night attack on MERSEBURG.. (AA’R’ F/O C Stevens) returned early through technical trouble. (JN’D’ F/O J. Wood) was hit by flak before reaching the target, the B/ Aimer (F/S Hooper) was burned about the face and the Pilot’s hands were slightly burned, the F/Engineer (Sgt. Williamson) apparently fell through the M.U.G Turret. Crews bomber glows of fires on Master Bomber’s instructions. Fires were fairly concentrated though reports indicate a rather scattered raid. Flak moderate to light.

Lancaster Mk.III LM728 dnc AA-R

F/O Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot. F/S William George Reay, RNZAF NZ4211843 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
Sgt. James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:41 – Landed 22:37
Flight Time 03:56

09/04/1945 – Attack on Kiel
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack Kiel, carrying 8,000 H.C., 4,000 H.C.N. AND 500 A.N.M. A good concentration of bombing was carried out which appeared to have been a good prang. Many fires and explosions were seen. There was no fighter opposition. Flak was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:56 – Landed 01:58
Flight Time 06:02

14/04/1945 – Attack on Potsdam
25 aircraft were detailed to attack POTSDAM. There was no cloud and visibility was good. A very concentrated attack developed and the target was well alight by the time the last aircraft were on their way home. Flak was slight and bursting well below stream. AA’T’ (F/O A.R. Baynes) was attacked by two enemy aircraft believed to be JU.88’s 20 miles S.W. of Potsdam on the homeward journey. The Flight Engineer (Sgt. Sliman) was killed by canon shell.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:22 – Landed 03:00
Flight Time 08:38

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crews made out river bend and factory area. Bombing results were satisfactory though slight overshooting and undershooting but not outside built up area. Flak from Wilhemshaven and Bremen was at intervals moderate and very accurate. Flight Engineer (Sgt. R. Clark) of AA/P was killed. No fighters seen.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot. F/O Edward Ralph Plowman, RNZAF NZ4212601 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:29 – Landed 20:43
Flight Time 05:14

07/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
26 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The mission was uneventful. Oil patches and yellow objects were seen in the sea near the Dutch coast.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/O William Lachlan Wilson, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
LAC Barnes, RAF – Passenger.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:20 – Landed 14:47
Flight Time 02:27

10/05/1945 – Repatriation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O J. McLernon (AA-G). Had engine trouble when taxying at Juvincourt. The crew returned in AA.M. F/Lt C. Stevens (AA.Y), could not take off at Ford because of tyre creeping. Crew were brought back tio Base by F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O).

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y
ORB Diary records this crew in “AA-M”
F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
P/O James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 10:35 – Landed –
Flight Time missing

12/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The total number returned for the day was 336. F/O G. Cleminson (JN.O) developed a hydraulic leak at Juvincourt. He had to stay overnight and on the return trip next day, brought another 24 men. The total number of men brought back to date is 1320.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/S A. Griffiths, RAFVR 1652875 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 07:58 – Landed 13:44
Flight Time 05:46

14/05/1945 – Evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt
15 Aircraft were detailed for the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Juvincourt. The number of men brought back was 336. F/O W. Ranguiaia (JN.V) had some trouble at Juvincourt and decided to return empty.

Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
F/O J. Crawford, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 15:49 – Landed 21:39
Flight Time 05:50

09/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
5 Aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive.

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
P/O James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:02 – Landed 18:17
Flight Time 04:15

25/06/1945 – Checking German Radar Equipment
21 aircraft were detailed for the Postmortem operation for checking German Radar Equipment. W/O S. Sutherland (JN.K)had to make an early return through flat accumulators, but took off again in JN.T and completed the operation. F/L S. Peryer (JN.V)had a petrol leak and made an early return on three engines.

Lancaster Mk.I PB763 AA-M

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
P/O James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 09:51 – Landed 16:06
Flight Time 06:15

29/06/1945 – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing Offensive
2 aircraft were detailed for viewing the effects of the Bombing Offensive

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-U

F/L Charles Mackenzie Stevens, RNZAF NZ4210535 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Robert Hall, RNZAF NZ429331 – Navigator.
P/O James Harold ‘Jim’ Saunders, RAFVR 1392219/ 196874 – Air Bomber.
F/S W.E. Campin, RAFVR 1673010 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Leslie ‘Les’ Hofert, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S W. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S George Giles, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:33 – Landed 17:56
Flight Time 05:23