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Cain, William Edward (Warrant Officer 2nd class)

Killed in Action 1943-03-03

Age: 23

Son of William and Ellen Cain, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Home: Toronto, Ontario

207 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Semper Paratus (Always prepared)
Warrant Officer 2nd class
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

Took off from Langar at 19:00 in Lancaster Mk I (Sqn code EM-U Bomber Command) on an operation to Hamburg Germany.

Shot down by flak and crashed at Wedel 16 km W of Hamburg where all were buried at Ohlsdorf Cemetery. There were no survivors.

Killed includes Cain: WO2 William Victor Wallace RCAF R/92287 KIA Hamburg Cemetery grave 5A. A1. 2 F/Sgt Melville George Delatorre RAAF KIA Hamburg Cemetery grave 5A. D. 2. Sgt Peter Evison RAF pilot KIA Hamburg Cemetery grave 5A. D. 3. Sgt Raymond Walter Ernest Holley RAF KIA Hamburg Cemetery grave 5A. A1. 1. F/O Bernard Johnson RAF KIA Hamburg Cemetery grave 5A. D. 6. Sgt Lewis Reginald Thompson RAF KIA Hamburg Cemetery grave 5A. D. 5.

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Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED365

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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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III ED365

EMRAF RoundelU

Delivered to No. 207 Sqn (EM-U) Jan 1943. Missing on mission to Hamburg, 3/4 Mar 1943. 82 flying hours.

207 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Semper Paratus

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