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Elwood Leroy Stevens
Elwood Leroy Stevens Pilot Officer J/95484 Royal Canadian Air Force 102 (RAF) Squadron April 7, 1922 Bear River, Digby Co., NS October 24, 1942 Digby, NS Bear River, NS 20 5 feet, 8 inches Tanned Brown Black Single Cook Baptist Mary Marguerite Stevens (Mother) Bear River, NS January 5, 1945 23 Hanover Military Cemetery 6. A. 14. Commemorated on page 567 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 27 Pilot Officer Stevens was the son of Lyle James Stevens and Mary Marguerite Stevens, of Saint John, NB. He served in Canada until March 1943 and disembarked in the United Kingdom on April 2, 1944. He joined 102 (RAF) Squadron on December 20, 1944. On the night of January 5, 1945, Pilot Officer Stevens was the wireless operator on Halifax MZ.796 aircraft on a raid on Hanover in North West Germany. The aircraft failed to return to base. It was later determined that the aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and exploded in mid-air approximately ten miles north west of Hanover Germany. Two members of the crew survived and were taken as prisoners of war. They were informed that Pilot Officer Stevens was killed and his body was found near the wreckage. He was buried on January 7, 1945, together with four other members of the crew, in the Mariensee Cemetery, located nine miles north east of Wunstorf near Hanover, Germany. In 1947, the five crew members were reburied in the Hanover War Cemetery.