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Calder, Robert George (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-03-03

Age: 26

George H. Calder & Nora Preston Calder

Elizabeth McGregor Fraser Calder, of Edinburgh.

Home: Kenora, Ontario

1666 (B) HCU- Heavy Conversion Unit
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
Service Numbers

1666 Heavy Conversion Unit. Lancaster aircraft crashed, none of the crew survived.

Killed: P/O Robert George Calder RCAF J/19340 pilot KIFA Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh Sec. G. Grave 774. WO2 William Warren Campbell RCAF R/54351 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate Sec. F. Row C. Grave 5. WO2 Francis James Leech RCAF R/110015 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Harrogate Sec. F. Row C. Grave 6. Sgt John Simms RCAF R/166685 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Harrogate Sec. F. Row C. Grave 4. Sgt Richard Bell RAF KIFA Garden House Cemetery, Whickham Plot 1. Cons. Row 1. Grave 635. Sgt Robert Charles Gibbs RAF KIFA Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol Plot TTT. Grave 964. Sgt James Speight RAF KIFA Pontefract Cemetery Sec. N. Grave 1425.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

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Sec G Grave 774

Crew on Lancaster Mk.II DS650

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.II DS650

Used by No. 410 (B) Squadron, RCAF. No record of operations.

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