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Operation ‘Manna’ starts 70 years ago today…….

Today, 70 years ago, after the cessation of hostilities in Europe, a massive humanitarian operation began to drop food and supplies to the starving people of Holland. At  12:34, this afternoon F/L Bill Alexander took off in ME531 AA-K, ahead of another 8 Lancasters from the Squadron to take part in the first day of food dropping over Delft.

The aircraft, crews and order of take off as recorded in the Form 541 for April 1945 was as follows:

29/04/1945 – Supply Dropping in the Delf Area
9 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping in the Delft area. The operation was uneventful and crowds were seen waving and cheering. Quite a number of packs hung up.

Lancaster Mk.I NG448 AA-A
S/L Laurence Douglas McKenna, RNZAF NZ424493 – Pilot.
F/O Maurice Frank Thorogood, RAFVR 1322861/ 139697 – Navigator.
F/O H. St. Laurent, RCAF J.29721 – Air Bomber.
F/S Leslie Thomas Patrick Murphy, RAAF AUS.423476 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. T. Harper, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Sidney George Frederick Sizeland, RAFVR 196611 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Gordon Albert Mills, RAFVR 1445361/ 196610 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:36 – Landed 15:00
Flight Time 02:24

Lancaster Mk.I RA510 AA-E
F/O Albert George Bone, RNZAF NZ4211608 – Pilot.
F/S P. Henchie, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Maurice Patrick Power, RNZAF NZ421395 – Air Bomber.
F/S Raymond Joseph Butler, RNZAF NZ4213147 – Wireless Operator.
F/S V. Cramer, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R Lander, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Logan, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:37 – Landed 14:59
Flight Time 02:22

Lancaster Mk.II ME531 AA-K
F/L William Edward Robert Alexander, RNZAF NZ413801 – Pilot.
F/O Dixon D NZ1981,   – Navigator.
Sgt. W. Townsend, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. E. Preston, RAFVR – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. M Brown, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/L Basil Douglas Larbalestie, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Payne, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:34 – Landed 15:07
Flight Time 02:33

Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-T
F/O Thomas Wagner Good, RAFVR 1330401/ 195724 – Pilot.
F/S Woonton R, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S Williams E,   – Air Bomber.
W/O P. Brooke, RAFVR 1312079 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. R. Winning, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. H. Parry, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. W. Gilbert, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:39 – Landed 15:20
Flight Time 02:41

Lancaster Mk.I HK561 AA-Y
F/L Russell Ashley Banks, RNZAF NZ416437 – Pilot
F/O Maurice Wiggins, RAFVR 1219661/ 164286 – Navigator
F/O James Ernest ‘Jimmy’ Wood, RAFVR 1801019/ 154906 – Air Bomber
F/L Alexander Reid Hirst, RNZAF NZ41588 – Wireless Op
Sgt. Norman ‘Paddy’ Allen, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner
W/O John Edward ‘Jack’ Britnell, RAFVR 1579917 – Rear Gunner

Take Off 12:37 – Landed 15:06
Flight Time 02:29

Lancaster Mk,I RF127 AA-W
F/L Ian Taylor, RAFVR 1550767/ 135709 – Pilot
P/O David Dickson Hope, RAAF AUS.401954 – Navigator
W/O John Alfred Tarran, RAAF AUS.419395 – Air Bomber
W/O Mervyn John King, RAAF AUS.430036 – Wireless Operator
Sgt. L. Deeprose, RAFVR – Flight Engineer
W/O T. R. Kemp, RAFVR 1412409 – Mid Upper Gunner
F/S E. Franklin, RAFVR – Rear Gunner

Take Off 12:38 – Landed 15:17
Flight Time 02:39

Lancaster Mk.I PB820 JN-V
F/O Ronald Christie Flamank, RNZAF NZ427270 – Pilot.
F/S A. Westbury, RAFVR AUS.401954 – Navigator.
F/S E. Carver, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S Douglas Haig Rapson, RNZAF NZ428323 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. V. Saunders, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Leslie Dixon Moore, RNZAF NZ421327 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. D. Hills,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:39 – Landed 15:13
Flight Time 02:34

Lancaster Mk.II PB421 AA-P
F/O Wi Rangiuaia, RNZAF NZ427319 – Pilot.
Sgt. Mayhew A,   – Navigator.
Sgt. D. Morrison, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
F/S John Edward Barry Mossman, RNZAF NZ42112587 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. L. Player, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. T. Mynott,   – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Morgan,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:40 – Landed 15:10
Flight Time 02:30

Lancaster Mk.I RF129 JN-M
W/C Cyril Henry ‘Mac’ Baigent, RNZAF NZ411973/ 70038 – Pilot.
F/S James Randel Haworth, RNZAF NZ4216510 – Navigator.
F/L Grant Alan Russell, RNZAF NZ411729 – Air Bomber.
P/O William Lachlan Wilson, RNZAF NZ41117 – Wireless Operator.
W/O W. Peplow, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/O Harold George Howells, RAFVR 1292972/ 185219 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Gwyn Duglan, RAFVR 179249 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:46 – Landed 15:11
Flight Time 02:25

 

75(NZ) Squadron RAF would undertake another 117 flights to Holland over the next 9 days till the final on the 8th of May. An earlier post about Operation ‘Manna’ and the USAAF Operation ‘Chowhound’ can be read here.

30/04/45           
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.

01/05/45           
Supply Dropping at Delft  
21 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Delft. The population were very excited. There was a great deal of flag waving and thanks messages were seen painted on roof tops.

02/05/45           
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 gun posts on the coast.

03/05/45           
Supply Dropping at Delft and the Hague      
10 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping, five for Delft and five for the Hague. Crowds and flag waving were not so extensive as before and enthusiasm seems to be waining.

04/05/45           
Supply Dropping at the Hague and Delft      
6 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping. Three for The Hague, and three for the Delft. The missions were successful, but fewer people were seen.

05/05/45           
Supply Dropping at the Hague 
4 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at the Hague. The mission was uneventful.

07/05/45            
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.

08/05/45           
Supply Dropping at Rotterdam    
8 Aircraft were detailed for Supply Dropping at Rotterdam. The mission was uneventful, but considered successful.

 

Jim Saunders, Air Bomber – Stevens crew

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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.

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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

F/S Stevens and crew arrive on base on 2nd January 1945 from No.31 Base.

6.1.45 War Ops – Attack Against Neuss
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 Saunders RAFVR 1392219/196874. Air Bomber
Sgt. W. Pugh RAFVR. Wireless Operator
Sgt.Les Hofert RAFVR. Flight Engineer
Sgt. William Jones RAFVR. Mid Upper Gunner
Sgt. George Giles RAFVR. Rear Gunner

11.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Krefeld
Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X
Same crew

13.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X
Same crew

15.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Langrendeer (Recklinghausen)
Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X
Same Crew

16.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wanne Eickel
Lancaster Mk.III PB132 AA-X
Same Crew

28.1.45. War Ops – Attack Against Cologne
Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N ‘Bad Penny IV’
F/L Alan Rhodes  replaces Sgt. Pugh as Wireless Operator
F/S Jim Murphy replaces Bill Jones as Mid Upper Gunner
F/S R. Muir replaces George Giles as Rear Gunner

14.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Chemnitz
Lancaster Mk.III PB421 JN-P
Sgt.Pugh returns as Wireless Operator
Bill Jones returns as Mid Upper Gunner
W/O Roderick Powell replaces Sgt. Muir as Rear Gunner

16.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wesel
Lancaster Mk.I HK653 ‘W’
F/S William Campin replaces Alan Rhodes as Wireless Operator
F/S T. Dewsbury joins crew as a Mid Under Gunner

18.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wesel
Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z
Bill Jones returns as Mid Upper Gunner
George Giles returns as Rear Gunner

19.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wesel
Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C
Same crew

22.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Osterfeld
Lancaster Mk.I HK597 JN-N
Alan Rhodes replaces F/S Campin as Wireless Operator
Jim Murphy replaces George Giles as Rear Gunner
P/O Gwyn Duglan joins crew as a Mid Under Gunner

23.2.45. War Ops – Gelsenkirchen
Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W
Sgt. W. Campin returns to replace Alan Rhodes as Wireless Operator
Sgt. Frank Watts replaces Jim Murphy as Rear Gunner
F/S T. Dewsbury returns to crew as Mid Under Gunner.

26.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Dortmund
Lancaster Mk.I NF935 AA-P
George Giles returns as rear Gunner

27.2.45. War Ops – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Lancaster Mk.I HK591 ‘N’? (A/C does not appear in database?)
Same crew

2.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Cologne (ABORTED)
Lancaster Mk.I NG448 JN-P
Same crew

5.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Lancaster Mk.I NG449 JN-T
Same crew

6.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Wesel
Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-Z
Same crew

17.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Auguste Viktoria
Lancaster Mk.I ME751 AA-M
Same crew

20.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Hamm Marshalling Yards
Lancaster Mk.I RF157 AA-X
Sgt. J. Tutty replaces George Giles as Rear Gunner

27.3.45. War Ops – Attack Against Hamm
Lancaster Mk.I  RF127 ‘W’
Richard Urlich joins crew as 2nd Pilot

4.4.45. War Ops – Attack Against Mereseburg
Lancaster Mk.III LM728 AA-R
Bill Reay joins crew as 2nd Pilot

9.4.45. War Ops – Attack Against Kiel
Lancaster Mk.I RA127 AA-W
Same crew

14.4.45. War Ops – Attack Against Potsdam
Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W
Same crew

22.4.45. War Ops – Attack Against Bremen
Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W
Edward Plowman joins crew as 2nd Pilot

7.5.45. Operation Manna –  Supply Dropping Delft
Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W
LAC Barnes replaces Jones as Passenger instead of Mid Upper Gunner

10.5.45. Operation Exodus
Lancaster MK.I HK561 AA-Y
Same crew

12.5.45. Operation Exodus
Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W
F/S A. Griffiths replaces Jim Saunders as Air Bomber

14.5.45. Operation Exodus
Lancaster Mk.I RF127 AA-W
J. Crawford replaces F/S Griffiths as A/B

The Rangiuaia Crew

As a research activity gathering together the flights of Mikes father, John Rowlands (Turnbull crew), I ended up gathering the Op history of Wi Rangiuaia and his crew, so it seems a shame to waste the information and hopefully someone might come across this post and be able to tell us a little more about the boys………..

As is sometimes the case – a number of RAFVR boys in the crew and no record of their christian name – so fingers cross, we might get to know them a little better.

The Rangiuaia crew were;
Fg Off. Wi Rangiuaia RNZAF. (NZ427319) – Pilot
F/Sgt A Matthew RAFVR – Navigator
F/Sgt D Morrison RAFVR – Air Bomber
F/Sgt John Edward Barry Mossman RNZAF (NZ42112587) – Wireless Operator
Sgt L Player RAFVR – Flight Engineer
Sgt T Mynott RAFVR – MId Upper Gunner
Sgt T Morgan RAFVR – Rear Gunner

18.1.45. F/S Rangiuaia and crew arrived on posting from No. 31 Base
22.1.45. Rangiuiai 2nd pilot with Abrams crew. War Ops – Duisberg.
28.1.45. Rangiuiai 2nd pilot with W/C Baigent. War Ops – Cologne.

29.1.45. War Ops –Krefeld
13/14.2.45. War Ops – Dresden
14/15.2.45. War Ops – Chemnitz
16.2.45. War Ops – Wesel
18.2.45. War Ops – Wesel
23.2.45. War Ops – Gelsenkirchen
24/25.2.45. War Ops – Mining Oslo Fjord
26.2.45. War Ops – Dortmund
27.2.45. War Ops – GelsenKirchen
9.3.45. War Ops – Datteln
11.3.45. War Ops – Essen. P/O Kiwi Ernest Amohanga 2nd Pilot.
12.3.45. War Ops –  Dortmund
17.3.45. War Ops – Auguste Viktoria
21.3.45. War Ops – Munster. W/O T. Dewsbury as Mid Upper Gunner
29.3.45. War Ops – Salzgitter
9/10.4.45. War Ops – Kiel. F/O Gwyn Duglan as Mid Upper Gunner
14/15.4.45. War Ops –Potsdam. F/L Grant Alan Russell as Air Bomber.
29.4.45. War Ops – Supply Dropping over Delft
2.5.45. War Ops – Supply Dropping over Delft. Back to regular crew, but minus the MUG, Sgt. Mynott.
7.5.45. War Ops – Supply Dropping over Delft. Again no Sgt. Mynott.
10.5.45. War Ops – Juvincourt repatriation. F/O Patrick Wilson as Wireless Operator.
12.5.45. War Ops – Juvincourt repatriation. F/O Patrick Wilson as Wireless Operator.
14.5.45. War Ops – Juvincourt repatriation.
25.5.45. War Ops – Belgian refugees
12.6.45. War Ops – Viewing the Effects of the Bombing. Significant crew change; F/Sgt A Matthew – Navigator, F/Sgt Mervyn Lawrence Stewart – Air Bomber (ex Turnbull crew), F/Sgt John Edward Barry Mossman – Wireless Operator, F/Sgt John Gerald Rowlands – Flight Engineer (ex Turnbull crew), Sgt T Mynott – MId Upper Gunner, Sgt F Hadden – Rear Gunner (ex Turnbull crew).