E.R. Plowman crew 30.4.45.

22/04/1945 – Attack on Bremen
21 aircraft were detailed to attack BREMEN. 2-5/10ths cloud over target and many crows (???) 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

30/04/1945 – Supply Dropping – Rotterdam
21 Aircraft were detailed to Supply dropping in the Rotterdam area. Crowds of Dutch were seen waving and cheering. The Operation was carried out successfully.

Lancaster Mk.I LM276 AA-S

F/O Edward Ralph Plowman, RNZAF NZ4212601 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Esterman, RNZAF NZ434660 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Lachlan Fraser, RNZAF NZ4211915 – Air Bomber.
W/O Owen Dudley Dunning, RNZAF NZ4213886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry ‘Jock’ Fraser, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Milton Edwin Bardsley, RNZAF NZ43211 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Stuart Henry McKechnie, RNZAF NZ4216737 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:54 – Landed 19:35
Flight Time 02:41

02/05/1945 – Supply Dropping at Delft
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. This mission was successful. The crowd were not as large as usual, but more flags were observed. F/O E.Ohlson reported having seen Germans in barracks cheering and waving white flags. F/O R, Flamank saw Germans waving from gunposts on the coast.

Lancaster Mk.III LM728 AA-R

F/O Edward Ralph Plowman, RNZAF NZ4212601 – Pilot.
F/S Leslie Esterman, RNZAF NZ434660 – Navigator.
F/S Francis Lachlan Fraser, RNZAF NZ4211915 – Air Bomber.
F/O Owen Dudley Dunning, RNZAF NZ4213886 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. Harry ‘Jock’ Fraser, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Stuart Henry McKechnie, RNZAF NZ4216737 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:52 – Landed 14:08
Flight Time 02:16