Date of Enlistment:
? Ops with 75 Squadron, ? Ops with 7 Squadron
and 5 Ops with 156 Squadron.
(Total Ops 49)
Date of Birth:
Awards: Mention in
Despatches 2/6/1943, Distinguished Flying Cross 18/4/1944.
Son of Douglas Ernest and Daisy Gabrielle Josephine Saunders;
husband of Joan Elizabeth Saunders, of Forest Gate, Essex.
According to the 156 Squadron
Operations Record Book (ORB), S/L Saunders was posted in from 7
Squadron on 5/1/1944, he had previously served with 75 RNZAF
His final mission, to Leipzig, on the
19/2/1944 took off from Warboys at 23:51 and fell victim to a night
fighter, coming down at 03:10 about 1km S of Zasenbeck which is
roughly midway along the main road leading from Wittengen to Brome.
This very experienced PFF crew, whose pilot had completed at least
48 operational sorties, are buried in Hannover War Cemetery. F/L
Sterns RCAF was a BSc graduate from McGill University in Montreal. (details from Chorley's Bomber Command