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Beanland, Charles Alec (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1944-August-05

Birth Date: 1923-August-20 (age 20)

Born: Iroquois Falls, Ontario

Son of Norman and Margaret (nee O'Neil) Beanland. Brother of Harry, Norman and Betty.

Home: Hamilton, Ontario

Enlistment: Hamilton, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1942-12-16

148 (SD) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Brindisi Italy
Flight Sergeant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
148 Squadron (Trusty). Halifax II aircraft JP181 FS-X flying from Italy and lost on an operation to assist the SOE. This aircraft was one of six that were shot down dropping arms to the underground in support of the Warsaw Uprising, some of which are believed to have been attacked by Soviet aircraft. FS CA Beanland (RCAF), P/O CW Crabtree (RAF), WO JA Carroll (RAF), FS A Bennett (RAAF), FS DJ Mason (RAF), Sgt A Baird (RAF) and Sgt A Sandilands (RAF) were killed. There were two 148 Squadron aircraft lost in the same area on the same night. Please see Liddell AG for the details of the other Halifax II aircraft, JP 276 "A" 23 aircraft attempted to fly arms to reinforce the uprising in Warsaw but only 12 made it to the target. Six were shot down, most of them by Russian fighter aircraft. The Russian forces had advanced and stopped just short of Warsaw and told the Polish underground General to rise up and attack the German occupying forces. This they did for 2 months while the Russian forces never moved - hoping the non Communist Polish underground army of 40,000 would be destroyed. They nearly all were. On August 14, 1944 a similar raid took place and 11 aircraft were shot down. This cemetery contains the graves of 7 Canadian, 62 British. 40 South African, and 15 Polish airmen all killed as a result of this bizarre operation.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

YouTube Halifax Heavy Bomber WWII

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Halifax Bomber

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Halifax B/GR.Mk.II JP181

Failed to Return, Special operations Executive, Poland, 5.8.44
Units 1 Overseas Aircraft Preparation Unit/301 Ferry Transfer Unit/ 1586 Flt

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