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Brock, Robert George DFC (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1944-April-25

Birth Date: 1918-May-26 (age 25)

Born: Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada

Son of George Russell Brock and Charlotte Ann (nee McGill) Brock, of Toronto, Ontario.

Husband of Alberta M Brock

Home: Toronto, Ontario

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sic Fidem Servamus (Thus we keep faith)
RAF Skellingthorpe
Pilot Officer
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
Bomb Aimer
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Lancaster Mk.III ND876

Bombing Munich Germany 1944-April-24 to 1944-April-25

50 Squadron (From Defense To Attack) RAF Skellingthorpe. Lancaster III aircraft ND 876 VN-Z was hit by flak and broke up in mid-air during a night operation against targets in Munich, Germany

Warrant Officer Class II J N Casaubon (RCAF), Pilot Officer R G Brock DFC (RCAF), Sergeant F P Brown (RAFVR), Flying Officer L Durham (RAFVR), Flight Sergeant N Jackson (RAFVR), Flight Sergeant E S Jones (RAFVR) and Flight Sergeant were all killed in action

General Royal air Force Serial and Image Database

Home in Toronto; enlisted there 1942. Trained at No 6 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No 4 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942), and No1 ADS (graduated 13 January 1943). Killed in Action, 24/25 April 1944 (Lancaster ND876); wife in Toronto. Addendum: - Distinguished Flying Cross - No 50 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 23 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Award presented to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946. The citation reads - "This officer has completed as air bomber many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Detail provided by H Halliday, Orleans, Ontario

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Pilot Officer Robert George Brock was exhumed and reburied.

Crew on Lancaster Mk.III ND876

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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Lancaster Mk.III ND876

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