W/C R.J.A. Leslie 28.5.44

28/05/1944 – Attack Against Angers
Twenty two aircraft were detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Angers. Six of these were withdrawn, two returned early with engine trouble, but the remaining fourteen aircraft successfully bombed the target in good weather. A good concentrated attack was reported, and opposition was only slight.

Lancaster Mk.I ME691 AA-R

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
S/L? Patrick, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/S William Philip Matthews, RAAF AUS.426258 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:40 – Landed 02:05
Flight Time 07:25

05/06/1944 – Attack Against Ouistreham
The target for No.3 Group was the coastal battery at Ouistreham in N. France. This target, and others in the same area were attacked by strong forces of Bomber Command aircraft immediately prior to the Anglo-American Invasion of the Continent. Twenty six aircraft from this Squadron participated and all were successful in bombing their target with the aid of markers. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III HK557 AA-P Peter

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/S P. Deane, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O John Francis Heal, RAFVR 1314466/ 162994 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. A. Lyon, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
P/O Hugh Henry, RAFVR 621460/ 54218 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Gordon Ross Ellis, RCAF J.89174 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O William Henry Cotterill, RAFVR 51720 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:30 – Landed 06:55
Flight Time 03:25

12/06/1944 – Attack Against Gelsenkirchen
Fifteen aircraft were detailed to attack Gelsenkirchen and all took part in a very concentrated raid, A.A. Fire not being so intense as expected. Although enemy fighters were active, no combats took place with our aircraft.

Lancaster Mk.III ND918 AA-Y

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P.W. McDevitt, RAFVR 1586862 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Russell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:30 – Landed 03:25
Flight Time 03:55

21/06/1944 – Attack Against Domleger
Twenty three aircraft were detailed to attack the constructional works at Domleger during daylight. Two aircraft failed to take off and the remainder were unable [to] locate the target, the markers not being visible owing to 10/10th cloud. they were instructed by the master bomber to abandon their mission, and apart from some aircraft which jettisoned their load, bombs were brought back. Opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.III LM592? –

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O John Murray Watts, RNZAF NZ427239 – Navigator.
F/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. S. Cooke, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. P.W. McDevitt, RAFVR 1586862 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Russell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:00 – Landed 20:40
Flight Time 02:40

18/07/1944 – Attack Against Cagny
Twenty eight aircraft took off, as detailed, to make a dawn attack on the village of Cagny, in Northern France where the enemy had large concentrations of armour and troops situated. This attack was in direct support of the Allied 2nd Army, and all crews were successful in bombing the target with the aid of markers and a very concentrated raid was reported. Moderate A.A. fire was encountered, but only one of our aircraft suffered damage, this was captained by NZ421549 F/S. Moriarty, D. who was injured on the scalp and left eye, by fragments of perspex or shell splinters caused by an A.A. shell which exploded in the cockpit. In spite of his serious injuries, F/Sgt. Moriarty safely flew his aircraft back to base.

Lancaster Mk.III ND801 JN-X “Get Sum Inn”/ “Astra”

W/O Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot. P/O Terence Cecil May, RNZAF NZ421383 – 2nd Pilot.
F/S Howard Bruce Carrington, RNZAF NZ429145 – Navigator.
F/S John Burgess, RNZAF NZ4211008 – Air Bomber.
F/S Maurice George Lewis, RNZAF NZ429726 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. H. Hutton, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Philip Albert Calnon, RNZAF NZ421675 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Jabez Alexander McDowell, RNZAF NZ426141 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 04:44 – Landed 07:53
Flight Time 03:09

24/07/1944 – Attack Against Stuttgart
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack Stuttgart. Eighteen aircraft bombed the target with the aid of markers, but the raid appeared to be scattered. One aircraft returned early with engine trouble. Intense A.A. fire was encountered over the target, and fighters were fairly active, two aircraft having combats. Two aircraft failed to return, these were captained by NZ415216 P/O. J. McRae & NZ428800 P/O. K. Whitehouse.

Lancaster Mk.I HK554 JN-F

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
Sgt. N. Wilkinson, RAFVR – Navigator.
Sgt. Norman William Strathearn, RAFVR 1585657 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. R. Hasler, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Searle, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Horne, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. B. Mitchell, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 21:42 – Landed 05:29
Flight Time 07:47

05/08/1944 – Attack Against Bassens
Eighteen aircraft were detailed to attack the Oil Storage at Bordeaux, Bassens. All aircraft successfully identified and bombed the target visually and a very concentrated raid was reported. Several good explosions and much smoke was seen on leaving the target. A.A. opposition was very slight.

Lancaster Mk.I HK563 JN-W “The Paper Doll”

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O Frank Ross Dawes, RNZAF NZ417273 – Navigator.
F/O Roy Alvan Laing, RNZAF NZ427806 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Ronald Vincent Kemp, RAFVR 1492881/ 188505 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Funnell, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Woods, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Cliff Newman, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 14:28 – Landed 22:15
Flight Time 07:47

08/08/1944 – Attack Against Lucheux
Twenty aircraft took off as detailed to attack Petrol Dumps at Lucheux, behind the enemy lines. All aircraft were successful in their mission, in good visibility. A good concentration of fires with smoke rising to 9,000 ft., was left burning. There was only slight A.A. opposition, but enemy fighters were active, and three of our aircraft had inconclusive combats, two suffering damage but no casualties.

Lancaster Mk.III ND904 AA-B “Target for Tomorrow Night”

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O Gordon Howe Warren, RNZAF NZ4212904 – Navigator.
F/O Roy Alvan Laing, RNZAF NZ427806 – Air Bomber.
F/S William Donovan Neville, RNZAF NZ425538 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Cunningham, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Alfred Thomas Bannan, RNZAF NZ425760 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Gordon Lawton, RNZAF NZ4210874 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 22:09 – Landed 01:17
Flight Time 03:08

26/08/1944 – Attack Against Kiel
Twenty out of the twenty one aircraft detailed, took off and participated in a very concentrated raid against Kiel. Several crews were able to identify the target visually and confirm the accuracy of the bombing. Heavy A.A. fire was moderate and a few of our aircraft suffered slight damage. The aircraft captained by NZ421343 .A/F/L. V. Andrew, was hit by A.A. fire over the target causing serious leg injuries to the MU/Gnr. 1862898 .Sgt. Molony, M. and damage to the Mid upper turret and fuselage.

Lancaster Mk.III PB430 AA-P

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/S Ian Campbell Cowie, RNZAF NZ425738 – Navigator.
Sgt. J.J. Fitzgerald, RAFVR 658963 – Air Bomber.
F/S Vernon John Smith, RNZAF NZ416826 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Alderson, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. W. Cousins, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. T. Clayton, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 20:21 – Landed 02:00
Flight Time 05:39

05/10/1944 – Attack Against Saarbrucken
Thirty one aircraft took off as detailed to attack the railway centre at Saarbrucken. They all reached the target area but only fourteen bombed before the Master Bomber issued instructions to abandon the mission. Bombing appeared scattered, and the raid was unsatisfactory. The aircraft captained by NZ 427481 F/Sgt Galletly, A. failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I ME753 AA-N

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O Ronald Thomas Ewen Baker, RNZAF NZ4211681 – Navigator.
F/O Leonard Walter Taylor, RAAF AUS.6316 – Air Bomber.
F/O Charles Alexander John Piesse, RNZAF NZ424996 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. R. Jones, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. S. Caldwell, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Gordon Beeston, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:33 – Landed 00:19
Flight Time 06:46

18/10/1944 – Attack Against Bonn
Sixteen aircraft were again detailed to attack Bonn and this time they were able to carry out the operation. For the first time the aircraft attacked flying in formation. Some moderate heavy A A fire was met over the target, but no fighter opposition was encountered.

Lancaster Mk.III PB418 AA-C

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
Sgt. Norman Frederick Wilson, RAFVR 1584666/ 190665 – Navigator.
F/S Clayton Dickson Williams, RNZAF NZ4214071 – Air Bomber.
W/O Lindsay Roy Switzer, RNZAF NZ422008 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. J. Sinclair, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S Tom Grady, RNZAF NZ416829 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S Walter Dalziel Sneddon, RNZAF NZ425436 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 08:42 – Landed 13:06
Flight Time 04:24

21/10/1944 – Attack Against Flushing
Twenty five aircraft took off to attack Flushing. All crews were able to identify the target visually and bombing was reported as being very accurate. A.A. opposition was moderate. One aircraft (Captain 176437 F/O J. Johnson) failed to return, but was seen to be shot down over the target by heavy A A fire.

Lancaster Mk.III ND747 AA-T
Hit by flak 4 times (AC)
W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
Sgt. P. Purdy, RAFVR – Navigator.
F/O Raymond Alexander Ramsay, RNZAF NZ416866 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. John Calverley Crabtree, RAFVR 1492180 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Charles Ronald Starkey, RAFVR 1863956 – Flight Engineer.
W/O Roderick Adrian Powell, RAFVR 1626025 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/O Stanley Raymond Haynes, RNZAF NZ401519 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:04 – Landed 13:58
Flight Time 02:54

02/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty aircraft took off to attack the Oil Refinery at Homberg, carrying 7 x 8,000 lb, 13 x 4,000, 99 x 1,000 and 132 x 500 lb Bombs. All aircraft were successful in bombing the target in clear weather, and a concentrated raid developed. A large pall of black smoke was soon burning in the target area, and many crews saw their bombs burst in the smoke, through which parts of the factory were observed. Flak opposition was moderate to intense and eight aircraft suffered minor damage, but one aircraft captained by NZ421343 F/L V.J. Andrew, was hit by heavy flak when over the target and the starboard engine caught fire which the crew only managed to extinguish with great difficulty.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”
Hit by flak 8 times
W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/S Arthur Leonard Humphries, RNZAF NZ428244 – Navigator.
F/O Edgar John Holloway, RNZAF NZ429923 – Air Bomber.
W/O Frederick Noel Chambers, RAAF AUS.413736 – Wireless Operator .
F/O S.E. Cowen, RAFVR 50955 – Flight Engineer.
F/O Russell James Scott, RNZAF NZ428984 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S A. McDonald ? ,   – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 11:39 – Landed 15:44
Flight Time 04:05

04/11/1944 – Attack Against Solingen
Twenty one aircraft took off to attack Solingen in daylight, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb, 4 lb incendiaries and No.17 Clusters. All crews dropped their bombs in the target area, but the raid appeared to be scattered. Flak opposition was moderate. One aircraft captained by NZ428797 F/O J. Scott, failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.III LM740 AA-B

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/L Frank Ross Dawes, RNZAF NZ417273 – Navigator.
P/O Raymond Alexander Ramsay, RNZAF NZ416866 – Air Bomber.
F/S Ronald Vincent Kemp, RAFVR 1492881/ 188505 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. A. Funnell, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. George Woods, RAFVR – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Cliff Newman, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.
This appears to be Nelson Bright’s crew. Without any evidence whatsoever at this point, I wonder if Nelson’s absence might be through him being commissioned??
Take Off 11:45 – Landed 16:07
Flight Time 04:22

21/11/1944 – Attack Against Homberg
Twenty one aircraft took off to make another daylight attack on the Oil Refinery plant at Homberg, carrying 4,000 lb and 500 lb bombs. On this occasion weather over the target was clear, and crews reported the bombing to be quite good, both the target and town being identified visually. Several good explosions were observed in the target area. Flak opposition was moderate.

Lancaster Mk.III NE181 JN-M “The Captains Fancy”

W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/O Colin William Hannam Woonton, RNZAF NZ429055 – Navigator.
P/O Graham Coull, RNZAF NZ425883 – Air Bomber.
F/S P. Kidd, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. name illegible, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S James Baird Nickels, RNZAF NZ425852 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S David Frank Sage , RNZAF NZ424824 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 12:36 – Landed 16:46
Flight Time 04:10

28/11/1944 – Attack Against Neuss
Twenty one aircraft took off as detailed to participate in a night attack on Neuss, carrying 8,000 lb, 4,000 lb, 1,000 lb, 500 lb and Incendiary bombs, together with one 12,000 lb bomb. Twenty aircraft were successful in dropping their bombs using navigational aids and a good concentration of fires was reported. Flak was very slight, the enemy defences appearing to be completely foxed. One aircraft captained by W/C R.J.A. Leslie, D.S.O., A.F.C. carrying the 12,000 lb bomb got in the wrong stream of bombers and bombed Essen.

Lancaster Mk.I HK600 JN-K
Carrying a 12,000lb bomb, the a/c entered the wrong stream and bombed Essen instead
W/C Roy John Alexander Leslie, RAFVR/ RNZAF 36255/ NZ2427 – Pilot.
F/S Herbert Ronald Holliday, RAAF AUS.434602 – Navigator.
F/S Hilray Hubert Stratford, RNZAF NZ4213296 – Air Bomber.
Sgt. D. Brazier, RAFVR – Wireless Operator .
F/S C. Payne, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Jack Heaton, 982650/ 196880 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. J. Messer, RAFVR – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 03:03 – Landed 07:38
Flight Time 04:35